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4. March 2016 07:14  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Perth sales activity on the rise



Perth sales activity on the rise - reiwa.com

Sales activity in the Perth metro area increased significantly in February.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the market had enjoyed a healthy rebound following the Christmas and New Year dip.

“reiwa.com data shows sales activity in Perth lifted 16 per cent over the month and five per cent when compared to November 2015.

“We’ve also seen that weekly sales over the last three weeks are higher than they were at the same time last year. While it’s too early to call this a trend it’s a good indicator that mobility in the market is beginning to improve,” Mr Groves said.

At a sub-regional level, the Central sub-region had the strongest increase in sales activity over the month lifting a healthy 37 per cent, followed by the North West sub-region with a 24 per cent lift.

“Baldivis in the South West sub-region and Canning Vale in the South East sub-region were the top selling suburbs in February, followed by Scarborough in the Central sub-region,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median house price etched back 1.1 per cent in the three months to February, coming in at $529,000.


Mr Groves said there had been a three per cent increase in listings stock in February which wasn’t surprising as vendors traditionally returned to the market at the start of the year.

“This is a marginal increase given the time of year, but it’s significant to note that listings are now eight per cent lower than they were in November which suggests this could be the early stages of a correction in a market of prolonged higher than average stock levels,” Mr Groves said.

Rental market

Perth’s overall median rent price held firm at $400 per week in the three months to February 2016.

In terms of houses and units, Mr Groves said the median price for both was unchanged over the month at $400 and $380 per week respectively, but each had dipped $10 per week when compared to November 2015.

“While tenants are still in a good position to secure a competitively priced lease in Perth, it’s encouraging for investors that rent prices are appearing to steady in 2016,” Mr Groves said.

Rental listings in the Perth metro area declined three per cent in February but remain above the long term average.

19. November 2015 13:37  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Extracted from Ellenbrook Advocate 18 Nov 2015 The Advocate (Perth) Joel Kelly

ELLENBROOK is on track to have WA’s smallest green title lots at just 80sq m.



The WA Planning Commission has approved LWP Property Group’s amended development plan to create smaller lots near the Ellenbrook town centre.

This means a reduction of a third from the previous minimum green title lot size of 120sq m.

LWP has now applied to the City of Swan to progress the subdivision plan for the area and expects an approval next year.

At this point, LWP will be able to create the lots and construction of the two to three-storey homes will follow.

The final hurdle will be getting the development application for the buildings through the City of Swan.

When the council voted on the density increase in July, the proposal passed with eight out of 13 councillors voting in favour.

But some of those were eager to look over the final details when it returned to them at the development application stage.

Only eight lots will be 80sqm and two will be 89sqm out of the 290 dwellings planned in Ellenbrook’s Reveley precinct.

Project manager Megan Buckland said the proposed new homes were aimed at home buyers who wanted the convenience of town centre living without the cost of strata fees.

“The concept is to create an attractive two-bedroom home with the look and feel of a two-storey terrace inclusive of lock-up garages,” she said.

“The location of these lots is critical… LWP is only looking at sites in the Ellenbrook town centre.”

The lot and concept house designs were prepared after study tours of development projects in Queensland and South Australia, where small lot housing has already been built.

RobertsDay town planning director Tim Trefry said the tours were invaluable in determining the most appropriate lot dimensions and house layouts for Ellenbrook.

“The 80sqm lot is part of a range of urban lot and housing types that will be available in the Ellenbrook town centre,” he said.

“This product will cater for a range of demographics and assist in creating a vibrant and successful town centre.”

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the council would determine how the small-lot trial would be assessed when it returned to planning officers.

“We’ll see what happens during that trial and see what the results are,” he said.

29. June 2015 15:52  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The following post was taken from LWP – Ellenbrook’s Facebook page.

Woodlake was our first village, launched in 1995. Did you know that all of the street names in Woodlake are named after Australian plants and birds, a nod to the ‘return to nature’ theming of the village?

For example Bronzewing Avenue is named after the Bronzewing Pigeon, which is native to Australia.

22. May 2015 14:30  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

A Super Hero Lego workshop for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Sounds like great winter fun.

The City of Swan has just announced its school holiday programme for July and is now taking bookings. 

Places are limited so please book ASAP by phoning the Ellenbrook Library on 9297 9600.

8. May 2015 16:08  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


One of the best ways to determine how and Agency and Sales Representative will preform in the sale of your house is to ask their past clients!

Below are some recently received glowing TESTIMONIALS for Swan Valley Realty

Steve and I wanted to send you an email to let you know how much we appreciate what you have done for us with regards to the sale of our home. I ‘interviewed’ a number of Real Estate agents and could not find one that we were comfortable with or who actually listened to us and we trusted enough to sell the most expensive item that we owned! When I initially met with you, I knew that your professional and positive attitude was perfect for us. Lisa, you really helped us as we struggled emotionally with selling the home that we had lived in and loved for 17 years.

It was important to us that we received feedback from prospective buyers after ‘Home Opens’ and with some of your advice, we were able to present a home that sold quite quickly for a price that we are more than happy with. The entire process from start to finish was very smooth and we always felt that we were your most important clients and our interests were the ones that mattered. It is a credit to you the amount of effort and professionalism that you exhibit and we are so glad that it was you that helped us through the process of selling our beloved home.

Thank you again, we will definitely be recommending you to others! I hope you are enjoying a well deserved glass of wine.

Kind Regards 
Steve and Rae Haywood

I am writing to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Swan Valley Realty, in particular Lisa Driehuis, who successfully sold our home in Ellenbrook last year.

Not only was our home sold very quickly (within a week of listing), but we got the price we wanted too. We could not have asked for a better result!
During our dealings with Lisa we found her to be approachable and friendly, professional and very switched on. Communication was excellent and we always knew exactly where we were at during each stage of the selling process.
I would certainly use her services again in the future and would have no hesitation in recommending Lisa & the team at Swan Valley Realty to anyone who is after an honest, friendly and professional Real Estate Agent in the Swan Valley area.

Yours sincerely,
L & L Bowers

I would like to say a big thank you to you for a very stress free sale of our home. 
Your professionalism and commitment were second to none and nothing was too much trouble. Particularly with us being out of town for most of the time there were times when you really went over and above expectations for ensuring the house presented well.

Prior to engaging Swan Valley Realty, we were approached by several other realtors but felt happy with your fees but more particularly we both felt it was right to have you act as our agent.
It really has been an enjoyable and not in the least bit stressful experience.

We wish you well in the future and will recommend you as an agent to any of our friends who may wish to purchase or sell property in the future.

Thanks so much Lisa

Kindest regards,
Anne Fisher and Nick Gagliardi

You did an amazing job selling our house and making sure the whole process ran smoothly. I would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone requiring a real estate agent. You are an asset to your company.

Kind regards,
Tania Gregory

Your quality of service was excellent and the communication was great too!
Handling of enquires was done well with superb professionalism.
Presentation was good and I found you to be very approachable.
You were competitively priced and I would certainly use Swan Valley Realty again.

All the best for the future and I hope things are going well!

Kind regards, 
Peter Sture

I would give Lisa 10/10 for quality of service, communication and presentation. Lisa always returned my calls, answered my queries promptly and met all of my requests. Lisa appeared confident and knowledgeable. She also showed a lot of respect towards the vendors. I found her to be very approachable, warm and professional. I would recommend Lisa and Swan Valley Realty to others buying or selling a home.

Melissa Dybing

5. May 2015 11:30  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (4)

During the three week trial there will be a range of ‘loose parts materials’ at the playground that children of all ages can interact with.

The idea behind the loose part materials is to inspire creative, experimental play.

The trial will run until Friday, May 22.

To provide feedback on the project, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/natureplayarea or call Cath Hewitt on 9207 8573.


28. April 2015 13:24  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Ellenbrook Advocate Reported on how Ellenbrook residents turned out in huge numbers to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. The ceremony was held at Woodlake Amphitheatre.  Below is a post that local resident placed on The Advocates Facebook page about the event.

Janet Potsch This was a wonderful turn out to respect and remember the Anzacs……Mike & I decided to join the girls their hubbies and Aaron’s parents and brother at The Ellenbrook ceremony today. It was a great service very community based Girl Guides, Scouts , Police Cadets, schools , local RSL members and Politicians. We even had 2 Light horseman atop their army horses. Many wreaths were laid included one from the local Bunnings store proudly laid by our son in law Mark.the music, the readings were wonderful . well done Ellenbrook RSL !

Check out the picture gallery at: www.communitynews.com.au/…/Perths-Biggest-Anzac-Day-Ga…/4785


10. April 2015 11:42  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Ellenbrook Community Library is hosting a pop up play space info session.

Please see Flyer below for details and times. Basically the sessions are about the importance of outdoor play for children for their health and development.

Luckily Ellenbrook has lots of lovely open space and playgrounds for children to play outside and receive all the benefits the studies refer to in these sessions.

11. February 2015 11:50  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

I wrote a post on Monday about a group of lady’s who are over 50, who were inspired by a poem to inject a bit of fun and friendship into their lives.

Realizing how poems can inspire and be an avenue for a creative outlet The Ellenbrook Library and Ellenbrook Secondary College both embraced poetry as part of National Numeracy and Literacy week.

Students made pocket sized scrolls with poetry scrawled on the inside – these ‘Poems In Your Pocket’ were then distributed at the school, library and other places in the community for people to be able to pick up a poem on the go. What a great idea! Another great community initiative in Ellenbrook.


3. February 2015 13:13  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Ellenbrook Community Library is holding a session to answer questions you may have if you have a rainwater tank, or are interested in getting one.

For example, how much water you could collect from your roof.

Or what the risks are to having a rainwater tank,

And what regular maintenance is required to keep the water safe for your family.

Head along to this entertaining workshop presented by City of Swan’s Health Services staff and you’ll discover all these answers and many more. Bookings essential. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday February 11th 6-7.30pm

15. January 2015 15:26  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (6)

Its that time of year again in Ellenbrook and surrounds where we get the opportunity to get rid of unwanted goods and avoid time consuming and at times costly trips to the tip. 

For bu;k rubbish collection times in your area click on the City of Swan Website Link



14. January 2015 10:29  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (2)

In the Market Watch section of The Sunday Times real estate lift out Terry Ryder, founder of hotspotting.com.au stated that although momentum in WA has cooled, affordable suburbs were the best investment option and that these suburbs are resisting the pattern of market activity tapering off.

Mr Ryder includes the Swan local government area in his list of the strongest markets in Perth. He explains that The City Of Swan is hot due to Urban renewal, government policy and job nodes.

With regards to affordability Ellenbrook still has a median price range of $439,00 which puts in among the most affordable suburbs in Perth.

Source; Sunday Times Jan 11, 2015

12. December 2014 09:55  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Just in time before Christmas – get rid of all your junk to make way for the new stuff! The City of Swan is providing a recycling service so that all the unwanted things can be recycled and put to a future good use. And we get to de-clutter!

See below for details of what you are allowed to take to drop off and where to take your items.

3. December 2014 16:33  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

I am so impressed with Ellenbrook Residents who put so much effort into creating a festive atmosphere for all the community to enjoy. First there was Halloween with the Marshals and now the Christmas Lights of Granesse Drive in the lovely Charlotte’s Vineyard townsite within Ellenbrook.

At the house pictured below there are some amazing lights to see and a Christmas Grotto. All donations collected by visitors go to PMH Foundation.

For more information and pictures go to the facebook page below;


Photo: I'm so impressed with Ellenbrook Residents who put so much effort into creating a festive atmosphere for all the community to enjoy. First there was Halloween with the Marshals and now the Christmas Lights of Granesse Drive in the lovely Charlotte's Vineyard townsite within Ellenbrook.

At the house pictured below there are some amazing lights to see and a Christmas Grotto. All donations collected by visitors go to PMH Foundation.

For more information and pictures go to the facebook page below;


2. December 2014 11:15  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Some great community events have been planned for Ellenbrook this festive season. To get into the spirit of Christmas there will be the Ellenbrook Christmas Pageant, an Arts and Produce Market to grab some Chrissy pressies and food, Carols by Candlelight and a Theater Group Performance. See poster below for details.

28. November 2014 10:43  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

A car boot sale and the Swan Valley Markets are taking place this Sunday 30th November on the Woodlake Oval, Fortescue Place, Woodlake. Apart from some great family fun activities it is also a chance to buy some goodies for Christmas!
Car Boot Sale – Fortescue Pl Woodlake 8am – 1pm
Swan Valley Markets – Woodlake Oval 9am – 3pm



26. November 2014 14:18  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (8)

I enjoyed a delicious coffee at the new Mecca Gourmet in Aveley last week. It is a coffee shop, pizza place and cafe that is open early until late 7days a week. The shop is beautifully fitted out, the service was great and the cakes look lovely- must try next time I visit! They do a Detox Breakfast that looks divine- it has crispy bacon, chorizo, roasted potato, garlic, onion, poached egg, avocado and salsa. Yum! Mecca Gourmet is situated at the shops on Egerton Drive, Aveley