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Subdividing – know the facts!

Posted on May 24, 2017

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Are you thinking about subdividing your property? All the paperwork, jargon and regulations can get a little overwhelming, but once you have all the facts, it can be a great way to build wealth from your property!

So what is property subdivision?

Subdividing is the process of dividing a single piece of land into two or more pieces that have their own titles.  Each new piece of land will become a separate dwelling. If you are to do so, there are numerous options to consider – for example you can subdivide and sell the land, build and sell the new property, build and rent the new property, or build and sell both properties – all have their benefits, and the financial rewards will vary according to a number of factors.

Different subdivision solutions

  • Battleaxe (House behind house): A division of the existing block, creating a rear property with side driveway access
  • Side-by-side (Duplex): A length-wise division allowing two homes to have street frontage
  • Multi-unit: Anything over two dwellings including a triplex or quadruplex.

Restrictions apply

Restrictions vary according to your local council zoning. Zonings require a minimum size that each piece of land can be.  You also need to find out information regarding your land zoning, what easement regulations there are, what potential restrictions there are and so forth. Get in touch to talk to an expert.

Is sub-division for you?

First, it’s time to assess whether your property lends itself to sub-division:

  • Do you have a large block?
  • Do you have the appropriate zoning?
  • Make sure you meet minimum lot requirements (this changes between zonings.)
  • Generally there is a minimum 3-4 metre access required for the driveway.)

All these elements are regularly updated and easy to misunderstand, so make sure before you begin planning to talk to an expert. With different councils having varied policies, don’t be left confused – Stratawise have a high understanding of up-to-date town planning schemes, and have lots of experience in the area, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With numerous different solutions, we can help provide the best possible development solution for your block.

Inner-city suburbs are in high demand!

If you own land within a 20km radius of Perth, there is bound to be a high demand for the land you have to offer. With city dwellers spending far less time on their daily commute, and within easy access of all the city has to offer, you can see the appeal. With a hive of building activity within the inner-suburbs, it might be time you joined the movement,

It’s all in the location – in the current housing market, many buyers would rather purchase in a sought-after and convenient location, that selecting a larger piece of land further afield.

Why the sudden popularity of subdivision?

As land prices rise and low vacancy rates within the rental markets adapt, subdivisions are becoming more popular. Lack of land, combined with strong demand is resulting in a very attractive position for those with some to spare.

Reasons for subdivision…

Whatever your financial reasoning, the benefits speak for themselves:

  • Free up equity in a home
  • Add to your retirement fund
  • Simply to make a profit on your land

The investment benefits of subdividing

There are numerous variables to the financial benefits of subdividing, such as location, current financial situation, demand on the area, the cost of living on a building site etc. So if you want to find out more, simply give us a call to get further details.

Pros and cons

Building as opposed to selling the land, not only gives you more control of what is built next-door to your property, but also the length of build time. However organising a new build can be time consuming and stressful if you don’t have the correct team working alongside you.

Now’s the time to consider if you intend to continue living on the land, sell both, either separately or as a home and land package etc.

Know the facts so there’s no need for mistakes

Mistakes can easily be avoided by discussing all your options with an expert. Experience is everything when it comes to subdivision, so don’t go it alone and you’re sure to have a smooth ride.

Stratawise want you to get the most from your block, profiting from subdivision is what we do best – just take a look


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