Business booming in CQ - says Rockhampton home sales man
CENTRAL Queensland's building industry might be in a downturn, but one Rockhampton man claims business is actually booming.
CJ Homes sales consultant Steven O'Hanlon argues against numbers pointing to a building slowdown, saying CJ Homes had enjoyed a record run with 75 homes constructed in the past two years.
"I see 10-20 people every Saturday and Sunday that are physically looking to build a house,'' he said in response to a Bulletin report about a building slump in CQ.
"There's still people genuinely wanting to build. It's about working with the client to establish their needs and offering choice."
Mr O'Hanlon sells home packages throughout Gracemere, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
"As long as people can get what they want at a reasonable price they will build," he said.
Mr O'Hanlon said CJ Homes offered a package deal of land, house and design.
"I found that buyers wanted a complete house, not all the hassles involved," Mr O'Hanlon said.
"(Clients) wanted to know the exact costs, that everything they wanted was complete and done so they could just move in.
"We help people buy the block of land, design and get a fixed price, do the grass, clothesline - it's all done.
"It's a bit different to builders where they build the house and let the owners finish it off."
When it comes to the economy having an effect on the industry, Mr O'Hanlon said he hadn't seen a flow on to the industry.
CJ HOMES FACTS
The business has homes being built in Gracemere, Rockhampton and Yeppoon
14 homes under construction at present
11 set to commence construction at present
99% of their trade workers are from Rockhampton
Have built 75 homes in the last two years