Is it true that most of the people who buy golf course villas don't play?
Yes. It's a very small percentage who play golf, often close to 20 to 25 per cent, developers say. But people like golf course views more than the sport itself. And homes by golf courses often hold their value better than the overall market.
What's with all the theme developments these days?
Builders are looking for ways to differentiate their homes and a "sports city" or an active retirement complex can make all the difference in a competitive field. Many buyers are shopping for a lifestyle as much as a home.
Then why bother putting in granite countertops and stainless steel appliances?
Valid question. But if there are two houses in the same area and one house has granite countertops and the other does not, buyers will invariably choose the house with the extras. And, remember, it's often women who make the final decisions.
Aren't big kitchens the key for women?
Kitchens can be a major selling point and state-of-the-art appliances are key. But it's not universal. Asian buyers tend to like compact, closed-off kitchens, while Europeans like big open kitchens, agents say.
Should I put in a swimming pool to help to sell my house?
Tough call. But not every prospective buyer wants a pool. Agents say you would probably be better off spending money to fix up the house and make sure it is looking good.
What is the biggest mistake people make when selling a home?
They don't spend enough time making it presentable. A nice balcony is not going to be a selling point if it is cluttered with old boxes. And a nice view is not going to make a difference if the apartment looks poorly maintained and rundown.
OK, so what amenity is more important than any other?
Opinions vary, but if you were to take a poll of buyers and property experts, a good view would probably come out on top. Not everybody likes a pool, or a squash court or a tennis court, but everybody likes a nice view.
* Kevin Brass