“Building Costs” – Can they be designed away?
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How to reduce Building Costs: The Answer? The answer is YES, Building Costs can be ‘designed away’ and by that we mean limited or minimized through careful and considered design, but only if you get started on the necessary processes … Read More

A Project Manager’s Role
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The Role Of A Project Manager What does a Property Development Project Manager Do? This is a question that continually comes up that surprises us to some degree. It seems that was appears obvious to us is not to others. … Read More

BCC – Introduces Stringent New Rules
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The Bad News: Brisbane City Council have recently implemented the “Suburban Construction Management Task-force” [SCMT] which is part of their Development Assurance Unit and still in its infancy. It is slowly being rolled out. In truth, it’s not really bad … Read More

Is my project Feasible?
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How to tell if your project is feasible So, you want to be a property developer to make some extra money? Everybody seems to be doing that – it’s the favourite topic of conversation at the dinner party table. You’ve … Read More

7 Reasons why property developments don’t see daylight
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Some Property Developments are Stillborn – Here are 7 deadly sins some property developers commit that ensure their project doesn’t get out of the ground By Adrian Stagg All Property Developments involve risk, but it is the Developers that correctly identify … Read More

How to be a successful Property Developer
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The Recipe to be a Successful Property Developer By Jacon Parry What makes a successful property developer? A lot of people seek the answer to this question. And by successful I mean over the longer term, not just someone who … Read More

Advantages of Hiring a Project Manager
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A project manager is a professional who oversees the whole project from beginning to end whether construction or subdivision. They deal with planning, design, conception and completion – making sure that the entire process runs smoothly. If you think about … Read More

Splitter or Subdivision – What’s The Difference?
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Splitter Block or Subdivision??Splitter Block or Subdivision – – what’s the difference??(part 1) by Adrian StaggLots of people looking in real estate agents windows or on the internet see this term “Splitter Block” being used but do not fully understand … Read More

How Councils Assess DA’s
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How do Councils assess development applications in the various zones? Here at SCM Projects we specialise in getting Council approval and developing real estate as project managers for clients and naturally enough one of the questions I am constantly asked … Read More

Doughnuts and Building Quotes – What do they have in common?
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Building Costs quoted in many contracts are unrealistic – here’s why I was just a young, wide eyed, impressionable kid when doughnuts were first introduced to Australia. My father took me to this specialty restaurant in George street Sydney called … Read More

Unlicensed PM can have Severe Unexpected Impacts
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Risk – The Importance of Licensing when it comes to Project Management – by Jacon Parry It is not widely known or understood by many in building services and support industries here in Queensland that Project Managers are required by … Read More

Golf Pro vs Project Manager
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What do they have in common? If you thought that it was a good strike off the 1st tee or a hole in one on the 9th you would be wrong, especially in the case of Jacon Parry! When you watch … Read More

Dumps on Stumps – traps for the unwary
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But these horrors may be worth a fortune There have been a number of recent stories published along these lines that have attracted our attention recently some of which we will re-publish here FYI. It’s not unusual for us here … Read More

Big Concerns over Brisbane Town Plan Changes
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BREAKING NEWS!!! Brisbane Town Plan Changes Again! Considering that a whole new Town Plan was introduced in July 2014 after many years of planning and public discussion these proposed changes are causing much concern to the owners of properties likely … Read More

Koala Research Centre
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How Much Can A Koala Bear? Here at SCM Projects we are very pleased and proud to tell you all that we were appointed late last year to Project Manage the new, Brisbane City Council funded, Koala Research Centre at … Read More

“Dual Keys” and “Granny Flats” – Councils are changing the Rules!
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The Times are A Changing – – – – -Again It was only a few years back [ since 2013] when most of the Councils in South East Queensland [SEQ] started to reform many of the rules around what are … Read More

GST Retention – Big Changes Are Coming
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Warning: Big changes are being introduced by the Federal Government in the way that they collect GST on “New Residential Premises” & “New Residential Subdivisions” which will very likely affect some of our clients. In an effort to combat a … Read More

Interest Rates – Where are they headed now?
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Opinion piece by Adrian Stagg This question of where interest rates are heading is on many peoples lips right now and in truth it hasn’t been too far out of mind for at least the past 3+ years. I recall … Read More

Subdivisions are like Icebergs
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Subdivisions and Property Development Projects are like icebergs – by Jacon Parry You might seriously question that assertion about Subdivisions and I can understand why your brow may be a little furrowed right now but read on and you will … Read More

Splitter block or Subdivision? [part 2]
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Splitter or Subdivision? – The differences By Adrian Stagg In part 1 of our blog story on ‘Splitter Blocks’ we sought to actually define what a splitter block was and how it differed from a normal subdivision (ROL). We learned … Read More

Subdividing Land – Is it that Simple?
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The basics At the risk of stating the obvious let’s start with the basics first with subdividing land. Our titling system here in Australia is very well organised in comparison to some other parts of the world. Each individual piece of … Read More

Difficult Building Sites
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Home design for Difficult Building Sites – Odd shaped blocks. Difficult Building Sites where we and our team of specialists offer solutions to get the job done. In this example we worked in closely with Joh Domingo of Building Buddy whom we … Read More

Project Management – Here’s why it may cost nothing
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Project Management Costs Money: – Fact or Fiction? It is often simply fictitious to think of professional Project Management as a cost centre So, I am quite confidently able to tell you that there are very many occasions when the … Read More

Fact or Fiction – Project Management Costs Money?
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Project Management need not cost money When we posed this question last time in Australian Property Investment magazine we showed how using a competent Project Manager [PM] reduced project hard costs from around $1.1M to just under $850,000 on a Wooloowin … Read More

Property Joint Ventures
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Property Joint Ventures – What are they & why do them? Sharing The Spoils – Something is better than nothing ! by Adrian Stagg Just because you may not have enough money to invest in a property by yourself does … Read More

The Difference We Make
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Case Study: We were recently engaged to do a job at Bennetts Rd, The Gap here in Brisbane. The property already had a DA to subdivide a lot off the side of an existing home and the client had approached … Read More

The Importance of Process
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An absolutely integral part of having a successful project, and by successful we mean one that commences on time and is finished on time and to budget is the planning approval process. This process can and often does have an … Read More

Contract Crashed – Deposit forfeited!
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We were approached by the buyer of this home in Fig Tree Pocket, a leafy western suburb of Brisbane. He was ebullient because he believed that he’d just found the bargain of the century. He couldn’t believe his luck! He’d … Read More

Does Design Make a Difference?
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Case study  – Keperra Brisbane What a silly question you might say and of course you would be right! It can make a huge difference in all sorts of ways. Some are quite obvious whilst others not so much. And … Read More

A Tale of Two Houses
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Why involving us at design stage makes dollars & cents. Architects and Building Designers can be a funny lot, sometimes temperamental even. But then that can be true of many talented artistic people. Take composers for example. Mozart was known … Read More

Subdividing Land for Profit – 4 Key steps.
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Subdividing Land For Profit – 4 Key Steps Land subdivision is the way developers create new allotments and make profits. When a developer or land owner creates a new allotment, they usually do so to increase the value of their … Read More

Site Plans – Why Bother?
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Site Plans – why bother? Now before I go any further let me say straight up that there’s any number of reasons why you would bother and why you should bother. Investment in a good quality comprehensive ‘Site Plan’ is … Read More

Comparing Sydney’s Parramatta to Brisbane’s Ipswich
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There was an interesting article that caught our eye recently inThe Property Observer  that posed this question. At the end of the article they featured a straw poll / survey of their readership that asked their readership the simple question … Read More

3 Essentials of Smarter Property Investment
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Simple Choices lead to Long Term Success by Adrian Stagg 1. Knowledge: There’s a well worn phrase “knowledge is power” and it applies to property investment as well as many other things in life. Of course knowledge without action is … Read More

Are Fixed Interest Rates Too Good to Pass Up?
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As the major banks cut their fixed interest home loan rates this week people have been asking this question. The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. If you’d like to share your thoughts and comments, and I’d encourage … Read More

Dual Living – What & Why?
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It’s worth considering if you’re just starting out by Adrian Stagg There’s a growing trend toward what’s known as as “Dual Living” or “Dual Dwelling” . These types of dwelling are proving popular with both extended families and investors and … Read More

Granny Flats – How Do They Rate as an Investment?
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Granny Flats have been in the news more so in the past 12 months or so than they have been for a long time. Much of this “news” relates to them being offered as an “investment” rather than housing your Granny. … Read More

5 Tips to Consider when Building Units or Townhouses
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Many would-be property developers don’t even get started because they don’t know where to start. If you want to get involved in the development of new townhouses or apartments, then a great place to start is understanding the process. Here … Read More

4 Reno Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value
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Considering the high costs of buying and selling homes these days, many people are choosing to renovate their current home instead of buying a new one. People are thinking about how they can get the most value out of their living … Read More

3 Things to look for when buying land
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It’s a BIG investment – get it right Buying land is a big investment for you and your family. While you might use a real estate professional to help you find just the right piece of land, there are three … Read More

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