Spotting and selling an Endeavour Foundation “prize home”

RE/MAX First Caloundra Principal Karl Rademeyer knows what it takes to spot a “prize home”, having sold three properties to charity the Endeavour Foundation as a part of their annual home lottery giveaway.

Mr Rademeyer said to be considered a prize home, a property must have the “wow factor” and ensure there’s enough demand to sell tickets.

“There are certain elements that make homes stand out,” Mr Rademeyer said.

“It must have great finishes and there must be some aspect that’s really going to be the go-to factor of the property so it can be used for the main shots.

“It could be a really nice outdoor area with a pool or a really nice internal area with a unique kitchen.”

Mr Rademeyer said he initially started identifying and selling prize homes to the Endeavour Foundation after building his own spec home and selling it to the organisation.

Endeavour Foundation bought the five-bedroom, three-bathroom designer home in Bokarina Beach in January last year and the relationship has continued to strengthen.

The property was situated just 350m from the beach on a small, easy-to-maintain block.

According to Mr Rademeyer, the Endeavour Foundation has a very stringent list of requirements for a property to become a prize home.

“It must be a four-bedroom and it must have a study area,” he said.

“It needs to have a pool or room for a pool and it can’t be too old.

“What they ultimately look for is a property that will entice people to buy tickets to win it.”

Mr Rademeyer said he has already sold another home to the Endeavour Foundation for the upcoming Christmas lottery.

“I sold 12 Homestead Drive, Little Mountain, to Endeavour in June this year and this property is being used for this coming Christmas Prize Home draw,” he said.

“It presented as a magnificent single-level home on approximately half an acre. 

“There’s a large pool with huge inbuilt spa, double bay shed with extra high doors offering accommodation for a boat, caravan or additional cars, the zoning allows for an additional small free-standing dwelling, and this is all located within less than 10 minutes drive from beaches and Caloundra CBD.”

RE/MAX First Caloundra Principal Karl Rademeyer.

Mr Rademeyer said he also identified another Little Mountain listing that ticked all the boxes and is destined for a 2023 lottery.

“Last month Endeavour Foundation purchased a resort-like five-bedroom home on a 2151sq m block, which has expansive living areas, a magnificent alfresco area, and stunning gardens and pool,” Mr Rademeyer said.

“Its winning location is up a private driveway in a cul-de-sac, six kilometres to beaches, schools within a five-kilometre radius and 10 minutes’ drive to the Sunshine Coast Hospital hub.”

Endeavour Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit charity organisation established in 1951 with a vision to support people with an intellectual disability to live their best life and is one of the largest disability service providers in Australia.

“A huge amount of work behind the scenes goes into putting together an Endeavour Foundation Prize Home,” Mr Rademeyer said. 

“From choosing an amazing home and location to the interior decoration, furnishing and final landscaping touches, the aim is to create something that is truly special and worthy of its million-dollar-plus price tag.

“When you purchase lottery tickets from Endeavour Foundation, you help to provide opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to learn life skills, live independently, have a job they love, and be actively involved in their local communities.

“I find it personally rewarding to work with the Endeavour Foundation and help bring magnificent Sunshine Coast homes to the lottery pool.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.

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