Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Marina property prospects buoyant

It¹s good to see that little South Australia is keeping up with the rest of
the nation when it comes to developing marina areas. With Newport Quays
underway, Cape Jaffa and Ceduna seeing some development as well South
Australia is now able to offer some prime marina properties which offer
fabulous lifestyle choices.
Earlier this month I received some information from Australian Property
Investor which I¹d like to share with you ­ especially if you¹re thinking of
an investment or a change from everyday life.
Homes with a private marina berth are emerging as one of the property
market¹s most sought-after commodities, according to researcher Terry
Ryder, who has identified marina hotspots in five states.
Private marinas and moorings will attract a premium because few new
facilities for Australia¹s boating fraternity are being developed, Ryder
³Any properties with existing marina facilities, or any new properties
being built with approved facilities, will enjoy strong price growth due to
the lack of stock, the difficulties in developing more stock and Australia¹s
growing appetite for luxury toys such as boats,² he says.
The actual homes that house marina berths are becoming secondary in
assessing the value of properties that have private mooring facilities,
Ryder says.
³The value in this specialist category is all about boating access and
there just happens to be a home attached as well. In fact, the size of
the typical waterfront properties with private moorings is becoming
smaller, while prices are rapidly increasing.²
In a hotspotting.com.au report, Ryder identifies 14 marina hotspots
across four states. They are:
Queensland: Trinity Park, Cairns; Port Hinchinbrook;
Magnetic Island; Townsville; Jacobs Well, Brisbane.
New South Wales: Rozelle Bay, Sydney; Batemans Bay.
Victoria: Martha Cove, Mornington Peninsula; Paynesville and
Metung, Gippsland Lakes.
South Australia: Port Adelaide/Newport Quays; Cape Jaffa; Ceduna.
Western Australia: Coogee.
From The Australian Property Investor ­ July
If this article has gotten you enthused to find out more about the
opportunities of purchasing a marina property in South Australia, in
particular at Newport Quays, phone our friendly team at the port on 8200
Karen Raffen, CEO


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Toops tip for keeping warm this winter

The days just seem to be getting colder! House hunting can be a difficult
time and now that we are well and truly in the midst of winter with the real
estate market in full swing, it doesn¹t make this process any easier.

So to help prepare you for an afternoon out in the cold trekking between
open inspections, here¹s one of our favourite soup recipes to warm you up!

Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Ingredients (serves 6)
€ 2 tablespoons olive oil
€1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced
€ 2 garlic cloves, crushed
€ 1 large carrot, peeled, diced
€ 2 sticks celery, diced
€ 2 small zucchini, diced
€ 1 turnip, peeled, diced
€ 1 1/4 cups dry soup mix, rinsed
NB: Packet dry soup mix is a combination of split peas and lentils.
You can find it near the chickpeas in the supermarket
€ 8 cups chicken stock
€ 1kg skinless chicken legs

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and
garlic. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until soft but not
coloured. Add carrot, celery, zucchini and swede. Cook for 2
minutes. Stir in soup mix, stock, chicken and 1 cup cold
water. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil.
2. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered (stirring
occasionally) for 1 hour or until soup mix and vegetables are
3. Remove chicken legs from soup. Allow to cool slightly. Remove
meat from bones. Roughly chop chicken meat and add to soup.
Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into warmed bowls. Serve
with hot buttered rolls ­ Yum!
While you enjoy this delicious soup, get out your mobile phone, log on to
www.inspections.toop.com.au and plan your afternoon of Toop&Toop viewings
Anthony Toop, Managing Director


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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Guess who's docked at the Port?

Port Adelaide ­ The only port in Australia yet to be developed. Now it¹s
finally happening and Toop&Toop are proud to be a part of this dynamic

We¹ve jumped on board with Urban Construct and their phenomenal development,
Newport Quays. With stage 1 of the project ³Edgewater² now complete and
stage 2 ³Marina Cove² underway the ball is really starting to roll as the
quays take shape. As the preferred agent for any Newport Quays rentals or
re-sales, what our specialized team at Toop&Toop doesn¹t know about this
development isn¹t worth knowing! I have to say, if you haven¹t seen what
this project offers then you¹re missing out ­ it really is impressive and is
going to greatly improve the life and economy of the Port.

To top it all off last Friday night, the 6th July, we braved the stormy
weather for the official opening of our brand new office on Commercial Road,
Port Adelaide. To help formalise the event the Hon Kevin Foley MP was there
to mark the occasion, along with local identities and the Toop&Toop Port
Adelaide Team.

We are so excited to be launching into an area of Adelaide which will be
seeing some huge potential and growth over the coming years.

So if you¹re after advice on any of the new developments or current
properties at the Port, give us a call on 8200 9888 or drop in and visit the
Toop&Toop team at 71 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide and they¹ll be only too
happy to help.
Karen Raffen, CEO


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Monday, July 09, 2007

The market is Hot!

Yes that¹s rightŠthe South Australian real estate market is in the midst of
another boom. We¹re not sure how extreme it will be or how long it will
last, but the fact is it¹s happening now.
All across the industry properties are simply flying out the door as eager
purchasers snap them up. There is a shortage of homes on the market (as is
common during these colder months) yet the demand for residential properties
is still very strong.
At Toop&Toop we¹re well and truly feeling this change in the market.
Over the past 2 months Toop&Toop have sold over $100 million worth of
property, experienced a huge surge in the number of properties selling
before auction and our VIP inspections are generating sales before
properties hit the open market!
What does this mean for you?
Well, if you¹re currently looking to purchase a home and are finding that
properties are selling before you hear about them ­ register with us and
become part of our VIP list. It will take only a few moments of your time
and will allow you to get your foot in the door of your dream home before it
hits the open market. There are a few ways to do this.
You can register:
On-line - Just type in the address bar buyer.toop.com.au and it will link
you straight through
At Open Inspections - speak to any Toop&Toop agent at an open inspection &
they¹ll help you out
At any of our offices either over the phone or in person.
That way you¹ll receive email or SMS messages of VIP opens for your ideal
If you¹re looking to sell ­ there¹s no time like the present! We have buyers
ready and waiting to purchase your home so feel free to give us a call on
8362 8888 to set up a suitable appraisal time with a specialist in your
Don¹t wait until Spring, the time is now so make the most of it!
Anthony Toop, Managing Director

www.toop.com.au <http://www.toop.com.au>

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