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Downsizing: Selling the Family Home After Almost Half A century

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Real Estate | Comments Off on Downsizing: Selling the Family Home After Almost Half A century

Downsizing: Selling the Family Home After Almost Half A century
Gerry and Rosemary Franklin have made a bittersweet decision that empty-nesters right across the country are faced with each year. The Canberra couple will move into retirement accommodation later this year and sell the family home where they have lived for almost half a century. At 83, Mr Franklin is determined that he and his wife, 82, downsize together while they are both fit and well.


An ideal family home

It was 1971 when the Franklins bought land and built the first house on Wenholz Street in Farrer. “The house itself cost $17,000 and the block of land we bought at auction,” Mr Franklin said. “We said we wouldn’t go beyond $1,500 for the land, but we actually went to $1,900. “A very expensive block,” he added, chuckling. Moving from their small “govie house” in Dickson, the Franklins were in need of a bigger home to accommodate their six young children. “Farrer was a lovely neat little suburb and we were pleased to be here,” Mrs Franklin said. “To us, this place was ideal.”


Changing needs

Over 46 years the house has undergone numerous additions and renovations to accommodate the family’s changing needs. “For a time there was our family of eight living here and now it’s just the two of us, so it’s a big house to be in,” Mr Franklin said.  

Rosemary and Gerry Franklin sitting in backyard
Rosemary and Gerry Franklin say their children have accepted the decision to downsize and sell the family home was a good idea. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley) Sitting in their flourishing backyard, the Franklins joked that they would not miss having to weed the garden. “The garden that we planted, we’ve enjoyed the garden, but as we’ve got older, it is harder to do the gardening,” Mrs Franklin said.

“Although I will miss being able to go outside every morning and pick a bunch of flowers from my garden.”


A house full of memories

“It’s been a real family home with so many big celebrations here for the children and grandchildren,” Mrs Franklin said. “Now our children have been through school, been through university, married local girls and boys and most of them have settled here. “They’ve loved the house as much as we do.” For the Franklins, leaving the family home will be “tinged with sadness”. “Rosemary’s mother also came and lived with us here for the last six years of her life, before she died at 101,” Mr Franklin said. “Those memories are all part of the house. “With Rosemary’s heredity behind her — her father was 97 when he died and her mother at 101 — I figured she might be a widow for a few years and I couldn’t see her rattling around in here on her own.

“If we’re going to move, it’s better that we move together.”

“Our new home will be a lot easier for one left alone to feel secure.”

magnificent garden
  Rosemary Franklin says her garden has been magnificent in bloom each spring. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley) The Franklins will also leave behind their much-loved neighbourhood community. “We love the street,” Mrs Franklin said.

“We’ve had such a friendly number of neighbours and we’re going to be grieving at leaving the street.”

Encouraged by friends who have already moved into retirement villages and smaller homes, the Franklins are proud their decision is one they have been able to make for themselves.

“All the people that we know who have been through this say it’s like going overseas — it’s like sheer hell to go through, but when you get there, it’s marvellous,” Mr Franklin said.”



If you are really set to sell your property, you can always contact your local Property Advisory on prepping your house for sale.

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Are You Searching House For Sale Maleny ? Read This Article!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Real Estate | Comments Off on Are You Searching House For Sale Maleny ? Read This Article!

Are You Searching House For Sale Maleny ? Read This Article!

Shopping around for a house in Maleny can be a bit overwhelming due to the stress of trying to find the right neighbourhood and home. You have to be able to picture yourself in the house, and sometimes it can be quite difficult when the dwelling is already occupied with someone else’s stuff. For good house shopping tips and helpful advice that will try and take a stressful situation and make it easier, keep on reading. Everybody knows that moving is one of the most stressful things that you can go through in life. It becomes even more complicated when you have deadlines and lots of stuff to either get rid of or take along to your new residence. However, most people frantically try to do everything at the last minute which only adds to their anxiety when house shopping. You may have to clean up your old house before looking at something new before feeling comfortable enough to make a good decision on what to buy.

Real Estate Maleny | Remax Hinterland

Houses for sale in Maleny are much easier to search for these days thanks to the internet. In fact, not only is it easier to find what you’re looking for online, it saves both you and the realtor a lot of time and aggravation. In the past, you may have gone out with an agent only to discover that what they showed you were nothing at all like you wanted. This adds to a lot of wasted time going back and forth to different places causing much frustration all around.  

To save time and get the ball rolling on potential housed for sale, search online

You can search on one of the many real estate websites. The beauty of searching online is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, it helps you get an idea of the different houses on the market, ones that you may never have even considered looking at. What’s, even more, fun is seeing the different houses for sale and how they decorated them. It can give you a lot of ideas once you do decide to move.  

If you have the time drive around the neighbourhoods to see what life is like.

What you hear from friends and other acquaintances might not match reality. You may find that a certain area has more appeal to you because it is closer to your job, or your friends or place where you go to the gym. Maybe the area is up and coming with lots of new restaurants and people from all different cultures creating a vibrant scene. It really depends on what your preferences are and what you value the most when shopping for a house.  

It is important to have patience when looking for a house

Well, unless you find something that you absolutely must have. It may be because the price is too good to pass up or you might have had your eye on that particular street for some time. If the real estate market is tight it may make sense to hurry up and get your paperwork and finances in order just so you can secure the house that is your first choice.  

You never want to rush into buying a house just because that is what you plan on doing.

Rushing into something this big without researching the property, doing an inspection, and checking out the surrounding area is not a wise decision. It is, however, wise to have the house properly inspected because anything that is wrong with it may lower its value. Not enough to cause you to pass on the house, but enough to argue for a lower price, or have the owner of the house make the necessary repairs before you take ownership.  


As you can see from above, so much goes into buying a house that it can be overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be that bad if you have a gameplan and keep everything written down. Know how you plan on moving out of your old place, then the move itself and after that, it is all the things that are needed once you do take ownership of the new house.   There are so many things to know when buying and selling houses that even those who are experienced at it become frustrated from time to time. Thanks to articles like these, and other great tips online you can feel comfortable shopping for a house.

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