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Port Douglas buyers purchase with heart as well as head, says agent

By Kaz Stanaway

Mark Flinn, of Ray White Port Douglas, first fell in love with the town while travelling in Australia. He talks about his experience as an agent in far north Queensland.

What led you to Port Douglas?

I was travelling around Australia with my now wife and immediately fell in love with the place. I was working at the Sheraton Mirage and then moved to landscaping before seeing an advertisement for a real estate trainee and the rest is history.

How has this market changed in 20 years?

Port Douglas has had change, but nothing too dramatic. It has more luxurious top-end holiday residences. It has also seen a transition into private executive home holiday letting, which has increased in line with the popularity of some online booking sites.

What do you love about your job?

That every day is different and I am selling in an area as beautiful and diverse as Port Douglas. As I say to buyers, when you buy in Port Douglas you buy with your heart as well as your head.

Is there anything difficult about selling in a holiday market?

One of the hardest parts of our job is actually accessing some of the properties for sale as most are in the holiday letting market. We will usually have a one-hour window to actually get in a property to show a buyer. Most buyers are on holiday or up here for a limited time so it can make it very difficult to show them what we have for sale.

What is something few would know about Port Douglas?

The town has more restaurants for its permanent population than anywhere in Australia, which means we have some of the best dining options. The Daintree is the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef. Also Port Douglas still has no traffic lights.

Who is the most famous person you have met in your job?

A big part of why the town is so famous with celebrities is we have no paparazzi who would do anything to jeopardise their privacy. I can remember sitting at the original central pub when Bill Clinton walked in to have a beer, which is the same pub US actor Matthew McConaughey visited while filming, and singer Jimmy Barnes pulls in for a drink.

Contact: Mark Flinn 0405 646 313

Author: Caroline James, Domain Prestige, Feb 2017

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