Forums kick off to end blame game

HUGE losses in value across regions that have flood-affected properties have hit sales hard and the number of people looking to buy in certain postcodes has plummeted.

Laurie Metcalfe, owner of Ray White Lowood and Plainland, said mortgage insurers and major financiers must take responsibility for blacking out postcodes and provide a fix-it solution as soon as possible.

“They have blacked out the postcodes and I was talking to a mortgage broker this morning who said the blacklist is in place,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“That includes the 4311 postcode that covers a huge area, roughly stretching from Minden to Gatton-Esk Rd and beyond to Atkinsons Dam, Tarampa, Brightview and Prenzlau.”

He said it is a huge area and a very low percentage of properties have been affected by flooding.

“After comparing the figures from the January 1, 2011 to now, only about 18 houses sales have been settled compared to about 93 last year,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“The media reports of the flood obviously showed flooded areas but there is a false perception of the public outside of the areas affected.

Mayor Steve Jones said a common position must be established.

“We need to push the positive stuff and remind people that our region offers a vibrant lifestyle on the doorstep of Brisbane,” he said.

Mr Metcalfe reiterated Lowood businesses in town were not flood-affected.

“We are fighting the perception that the area was badly affected and that it was devastated,” he said.

“The whole thing that Queensland is back in business is true here.”

He acknowledged a few properties and people in the Fernvale and Patrick Estate were still in trauma from the devastating events in January but in reality “a very small percentage were actually affected”.

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