August Masterclass

The first masterclass in the new series, August was a successful month with a total of 7 people in the room. The attendees varied from first home buyers wanting to build innovative teepee homes, from existing sites zoned LMR, to renovation projects. 

'Watching the participants faces light up, after showing them some tools and insights, is so rewarding as a facilitator', says Jessica Osborne, the founder of Buyers Guide.

The day presented practical exercises, where we drew things on paper, looked up specific addresses on the internet tools, put to the test how various builders reputations are stacking up & got familiar with a few different contracts.

The day was held at the Bulimba Library and fully catered for morning & afternoon tea with lunch.

September class is booked for 16th and will follow the same format and opportunity. Book here

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June in the Community

What an amazing month of June in the community, meeting people from the Northside to the Southside of Brisbane. 

I was lucky enough to be involved in two community events and speak at the Green Heart Fair in Chermside run by Brisbane City Council and Northey Street Winter Solstice Festival run by Northey Street City Farm.

Two considerably different audiences I must say. Covering topics: Value Add for a Sustainable Home, Free Methods Towards Higher Energy Ratings and Return on Investment.

The Green Heart Fair was so inspiring as people were very much in challenge mode, with no real guide to practical applications of sustainable construction. Here I received the most interest in the masterclass as community members found the mini sessions rewarding and left wanting more.

Northey St Winter Solstice was an eye opener. Community members were doing projects or had done projects and we talked retrospective and improvements. Surprisingly i also had two lots of tenants approach me about what they were doing off their own back to make the house more comfortable to live, where the retrofit could be dismantled at the end of the lease. Imagine as landlord if you installed simple, low cost solutions just as the tenants are doing, and attract a greater rental return as result (alleviating the cost upon the tenant), kind of a no brainer wouldnt you agree?

6th August looks set to be the first masterclass for the new sustainability series, so Save the Date & keep an eye out for the details soon!

Great meeting you all! Thank you for your amazing feedback and support!


Winter Solstice Festival - Northey Street City Farm

Winter Solstice Festival

Join us in “Celebrating Nature’s Abundance” at the annual Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival. As well as a full program of great live music acts on stage, the afternoon will have a smorgasbord of educational workshops and activities for adults, teens and kids to choose from around the farm. 

The Buyers Guide to Builders - Sustainability Series for the mini classes on schedule below:

Fair Share Tent 12.00 - 1.00pm

Fresh from presenting at the BCC Green Heart Fair on Building Better Homes, Jess Osborne will be presenting in our Fair Share tent at Winter Solstice Festival. 

She'll be presenting two of her talks from her Sustainability Series from 12-1pm. 

- Free Methods towards Higher Energy Ratings gives you knowledge of how the climate affects the function of the home & how to incorporate free tools to add value. 

- Cost of Not - Return on Investment, where you will here about practical applications of successful retrofits and new build sustainability stories, including several examples of Tiny Houses. By the end of this talk, you will have an idea of where to from here for your own building or reno project. 

Jess is an experienced presenter with loads of knowledge to share. This talk is not to be missed. 

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Green Heart Fair - Building Better Homes Stage - 4th June 2017 from 9am - 2pm

Green Heart Fair is Brisbane’s largest free community and sustainability event which celebrates and promotes innovative sustainable living in a fun, family-friendly environment.

Come down to the Building Better Homes Marquee for Buyers Guide to Builders - Sustainability Series Mini Classes. Schedule below. Book a Date

Building Better Homes Stage


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A young property consultant and industry trainer, who has built and sold nine homes in the past three years, will lead a workshop in Logan, sharing her tips and tactics to make  building or purchasing a home a smooth and stress-free process.

Property expert Jessica Osborne will host the free event, which will be held on April 22 at Fitzy's Pub in Loganholme, to teach buyers the essentials about choosing the right home to suit individual lifestyles and budgets.

Ms Osborne, who has worked as a land sales agent for ten  years, says she started running workshops after realising many purchasers lacked confidence in making decisions about buying or building a new home and were often unsure about what to look for.

She says while location and purchase price play an influencing role in any property transaction, buyers need to pay more attention to the design of the home they are choosing in order to maximise financial and lifestyle benefits.

"A lot of prospective purchasers are suffering from information overload - there are plenty of resources available about home buying but it is difficult for purchasers to understand what is important and how to relate what they learn to their own circumstances," she said.

"This workshop distils the home buying process into simple steps, showcases the pros and cons of different options and offers interactive and tailored activities so buyers walk away with a clearer picture of the direction they want to head in.

"I have realised that one of the key factors that people tend to overlook when purchasing a home is the design or floorplan of the property. A good design often takes a backseat to a preferred location or more affordable option, which may cause issues in the long term.

"One of the things I encourage purchasers to do in the workshop is to think ahead and consider how a property can 'grow' with them. For example, if they are a young couple they may need to think about room for a family or the ability to rent out a room for additional income.

"Even investors need to consider floorplans in relation to the demographic of the area they are buying in, so they can be sure they are choosing a home that meets the needs of the local population.

"Choosing a home with a flexible floorplan is my top tip for buyers, whether they are buying new, established or building the property themselves."

Ms Osborne says research is another critical tool for savvy buyers.

"If a purchaser is buying a new home or building, this workshop will teach them how to conduct searches to establish the credentials of developers and builders, to ensure they will not be disappointed with the end result," she said.

"A lot of this research can be completed online, but it's always a good idea to visit developments or display homes to get a first hand look at the quality and type of homes that have already been delivered."

The workshop is sponsored by developer AVJennings, which is currently selling new townhomes in its Parkside Bethania community, priced from $299,900. The first stage of the new community is now complete, featuring 13 townhomes, a display unit and a residents' recreation space including a pool and barbeque terrace.

AVJennings Queensland Sales Manager Tony Creighton says it is important for purchasers to do their homework before buying.

“We find value in having Jess come in to provide independent advice and information to buyers. One of the biggest hurdles, based on buyer feedback, is the unknowns when buying a new home for the first time. We are impressed with the content of the workshop and believe it will be a worthwhile event for all types of purchasers."

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 2pm to 4pm at Fitzy's Pub, corner of Bryants Road & Pacific Hwy, Loganholme. To register for the free workshop, visit HERE or please text or call Jessica Osborne on 0418 873 430.