Crossman launches one-stop Property Shop


Howard Salkow

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The sales team from Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman: (L-R) Mathew Essex, Caitlyn Carli, Kurt Freitas, Ritsuko Dickinson, Nicole Dwyer, Cindy Lam-Molnar, Alan Crossman, Rosie Wang. Image: Karlie Brady.
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A new look … same locations … plenty of familiar faces … and a fresh approach.

This much sums up an ‘experienced kid on the block’ with the launch of the independent real estate company Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman.

And it will be business as usual when the brainchild of well-known realtor Alan Crossman is launched at a time when the Port Douglas real estate market is booming.

“With demand outstripping supply, and house prices on the up, there’s no better time to cut loose and fly free from franchise restrictions,” says Crossman, who will serve as Principal and Licensee of the Property Shop.

He added they would continue with the same offices in three locations: 48 Macrossan St. Port Douglas; 366 Port Douglas Road, and 53 Front St. Mossman.

His staff complement will be 15 – many of whom have been with the business (formerly Ray White) and working with Crossman for more than a decade.

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Expanding on the property market as a whole, Crossman said we have gone from a very low demand one year ago – due to the onset of COVID-19 – to a very high demand right now.

“The same applies to long term rental properties and holiday let properties,” he said.

Crossman said the pandemic is certainly not negatively impacting sales now.

“And yes, there have been more buyers than normal buying ‘sight unseen’ particularly with the regular use of video and virtual tour attached to listings.

“But this needs to be qualified in that most have been to Port Douglas and the surrounding area before, and know the lay of the land.

“They may have even stayed in the holiday complex or suburb where they are now buying.”

In addition, says Crossman, investment buyers do not have the same emotional connection to the purchase that they would have if they were buying a property that they are going to live in.

“The number of ‘sight unseen’ purchasers are dropping back to a more normal rate as Australians can now fly in – and New Zealanders as well,” he said.

Over the last 20 years, Crossman has established one of the most successful real estate agencies in the area.

“We have a deep understanding of the local market. We have represented vendors, developers, landlords and purchasers of real estate property throughout the area and as the Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman, we offer the strength of three local offices and 15 sales and rental specialists.

“We see moving forward as an independent a step towards a more efficient autonomy in an ever evolving marketplace.”

Crossman was involved in the initial set up of Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman in 2000, but then steered his business under the franchise model for many years before turning full circle in a tactical manoeuvre to being independent again. Along the way, he gathered years of knowledge, expertise and a sterling reputation in the local property market.

Crossman said the Property Shop will showcase properties to suit all pockets and tick all the boxes. From investment properties, studio apartments to luxury homes, from land for self-builds to rental accommodation and management for tenants and landlords.

“Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman is THE place for property. We understand the market and can ensure vendors are cared for. Free appraisals and advice are available to help anyone navigate the selling process.

“We're proud to become independent and supporting local community as a major sponsor of the Port Douglas 2021 Carnival Street Parade this year,” said Crossman.

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