JOINING FORCES: Derran and Liz make a dynamic duo at Ray White Gladstone.
JOINING FORCES: Derran and Liz make a dynamic duo at Ray White Gladstone. Photo Contributed

Dynamic agents share advice for buying and selling success

MEET Derran Corke and Liz Hagedorn, property consultants at Ray White Gladstone.

This week in Agent Insight, Derran and Liz have joined forces to provide steps for successfully selling and buying a home.

About Derran and Liz

With more nine years of experience in negotiating the highest selling price for his clients, Derran has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful and dynamic agents in the Gladstone industry today.

In 2010, Derran was recognised for being the number one agent in Queensland for number of sales.

Liz has been working in real estate for two years and comes from a finance background.

She prides herself on her market knowledge and provides advice and strategies to her clients that will help them achieve the best sale price for their biggest asset.

Liz believes that communication is the key, ensuring clients are kept fully informed at all stages of the sale.

Derran and Liz both have a genuine passion for property and a commitment to providing a high level of client service.

They believe the key to success in residential sales is really listening to a client's needs and applying effective marketing strategies to achieve the maximum exposure for the property.

Key Steps to Buying

Check your finance

When you have found the home of your dreams, it's important that you are finance-ready.

The first step is to talk with your bank or mortgage broker about your capacity to borrow.

They will advise you if you are eligible for any government grants.

Most lenders will also help you develop a savings plan if you need to build up your deposit.

Research the market

Go to our website for all the current properties for sale in the marketplace.

Decide on whether you want to buy an established home, a new home or if you wish to build.

It's also important to think about what areas you would prefer to live in.

Finding your home

Time to start shopping.

Every weekend Domain is full of properties that offer open homes, and this is a great place to start.

Remember that this will be the biggest single asset that you will purchase in your lifetime, so be sure it suits the needs of you and your family.

If you would like a complimentary copy of our suburb reports, please contact Derran or Liz at Ray White Gladstone.

Key Steps to Selling

Property presentation

The presentation of your home is a major factor that will influence what price you will get in the sale, so take a walk in a buyer's shoes and look at your home.

Are the front gardens neat and tidy?

Is the inside of the home clean and clutter-free?

Are there any maintenance issues that need fixing?

These are all things that buyers will be looking for, so good preparation prior to selling your property will result in a better price.

Price it right

The single most important factor to consider when selling your home is the price: how much is your house worth?

In today's market, if you price the property above market-value, you will lose the buyers who are interested in your property.

If you price the home too low, your property will be sold below market value.

We have great tools for owners to keep in touch with what is happening with prices in the market.


You can't sell a secret… This is very true when it comes to selling property.

To achieve the best result, you must expose your property to as many buyers as possible.

The greater the competition, the better the result.