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Selling Ipswich’s fnest homes
"I believe great things have already
happened to the Ipswich market and I
believe it will continue to grow," he said.
Mr Athanates likens the property
market to a growing Sydney suburb.
"It's like the Parramatta of Queensland
in terms of all the growth in this
western corridor and it is still coming in
this direction," he said.
"As a result of that growth, there's a
demand for space and I believe this
positions Ipswich ideally.
"Ipswich will continue to deliver
strong capital growth and provide an
opportunity for real positive returns for
both investors and for home owners.
"Obviously the capital growth that the
area is going to experience basically
means that your home, which is the
only tax-free investment you get in life,
is going to continue to grow (in price)
building your equity.
"Over the past six months the market
has been strong and it's been getting
stronger as the months progress,
particularly after Christmas there's been
a lot of activity from investors."
Mr Athanates said the recent interest
is due to renewed con dence in the
market place and people realizing that
the global nancial crisis hasn't ended
the world and that it is in fact a good
time to invest.
"We're nding that the enquiry rates
through the Internet and all forms of
print media are increasing because
investors and home owners alike
have decided that now is the time to
move and either upgrade or extend
themselves into an investment property
or investment properties," he said.
"Areas like Leichardt, One Mile and
East Ipswich have been identi ed as
potential hot spots within Australia, not
just in Queensland, that people should
be investing in.
"Consequently what usually happens
is those areas, which tend to me more
a ordable areas, as they increase in
value, based on an increase in demand,
you get a ripple e ect through the
"Basically everyone gains from the
fact that as people buy from the more
a ordable end of the real estate market,
as it increases in value, it becomes a
natural progression that other houses
increase in value.
"Therefore residents of Ipswich should
be excited by the city they live in."
Mr Athanates excitement about the
future of Ipswich shines through in
both voice and expression.
The 40 year-old, has been in the real
estate industry for over 11 years, active
in everything from land marketing,
house and land sales and the sale of
both new and pre-loved family and
He got an opportunity with a friend in
real estate and has never looked back.
Long before starting in the industry,
Mr Athanates has had a love for
property. "I have a passion for real
estate. "I just loved houses and looking
"If I could, I'd have a hundred square
house, no house is too big."
Establishing a company isn't new for
"In 2005, I jointly established Realway
Property Consultants into Raceview
and then Yamanto and later sold my
controlling interest in that company in
2009," he said.
As the name of Mr Athanates new
company, Ipswich 1st Real Estate,
suggests, sta at this local real estate
agent work by the motto of "putting
Ipswich and its people rst".
"We deliver results not excuses," he
"We sell houses at all price ranges
in all areas, but we have developed a
reputation for selling many of Ipswich's
"Currently, we're selling a magni cent
prestige home for $699,000 in Flinders
View. It's massive. It's on a 1529 sqm
block in the Kensington Hills Estate. It
has four bedrooms, a study, big living
areas, and an in-ground saltwater pool.
That's just an example of the quality of
the homes we sell."
Before Mr Athanates started in real
estate, he was a policeman based in
Ipswich for 17 years.
In fact he's been local since he was 15,
when he moved here with his father.
"My dad was with the RAAF and was
transferred here," he said. "I came with
him and did grade 11 and 12 out at
Rosewood State High School."
Mr Athanates experience in real estate
shows through in his ability to set
"I have developed a reputation for
selling Ipswich's nest homes and set
pricing records within many of Ipswich's
best suburbs including Yamanto,
Flinders View, Deebing Heights, Brassa
and Pine Mountain," he said.
Ipswich 1st covers the local ground
when it comes to buying and selling.
"We've sold as far down as Brookwate
and out to Fernvale, but predominantl
we sell the whole of Ipswich with an
emphasis on Yamanto, Flinders View
and the Deebing Heights areas," he said
"Properties in these areas have alway
experienced high interest and high
demand because there's a con dence
in the market place based on excellent
local infrastructure and planning, good
land and quality homes.
"We've sold a huge amount of
prestigious properties in these areas --
both residential and acreage lots."
Mr Athanates said perhaps propertie
sell well in these areas because
Australians love large houses and this
area has large blocks for large houses.
"We love our houses and nothing is
too big," he said.
"People are con dent spending
money on building larger homes
on larger style blocks so as to
accommodate their lifestyle and to
meet the Australian belief that your
home is your castle and consequently
people want their castles to be bigger
If you're interested in nding out mo
about property in the local area or if
you're interested in buying or selling
a property, phone Steve Athanates at
Ipswich 1st Real Estate on 0414 235
933 or (07) 3288 8977 or email stevea@
The Ipswich 1st o ce at Shop 2 384
Warwick Road, Yamanto or check out
their website www.ipswich1st.com.
Licencee and principal of Ipswich 1st Real Estate, Steve Athanates, has great faith in the Ipswich property market.
And he would know prospects in the area, having a well-established company selling prestigious local property.
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