A new Illawarra-based podcast aims to offer tips and insights for purchasers, strata owners and property industry professionals.
Coastal Strata is a property research company based in Shellharbour.
Coastal Strata’s main service is providing Strata Inspection Reports throughout the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.
They recently launched their new free podcast, Hello Strata.
Hello Strata consists of short weekly episodes (released on Wednesday mornings), with a focus on advice designed to educate and inform strata owners and property industry professionals.
Episodes so far have included ‘Levies – Your Questions Answered’, ‘Seven Steps To Buy a Strata Unit’ and ‘Pets - Help, I Need Permission ASAP’.
According to Land & Property Information NSW August 2017, there are approximately 77,000 strata schemes in NSW with 836,828 lots.
Coastal Strata’s managing director Craig Baylis, the show’s host, said the aim of the podcast was to “provide a mix of insights and tips along with interviews and chats recorded for the show”.
On the show, Mr Baylis refers to himself as a “straight-talking strata expert”, and said it was intended to apply to people who own units and those who were buying them, as well as people in the industry such as strata managers.
“In November 2016 more than 90 law changes were passed by the NSW Parliament,” Mr Baylis said.
“There’s been quite a few changes to the strata laws recently, so we’re just using a different medium to get the information out there.
“We’ll be interviewing a mix of different experts, strata managers, architects.
“It’s been received quite well so far. At the moment the episodes have all been short, but if we have an episode where we’re interviewing someone, that will go for longer.
“Coastal Strata aim to provide insights, not just information and the Hello Strata podcast will continue this in an easy listening format.”
Mr Baylis said the show was also an avenue to educate newcomers to strata.
“Sometimes because I’m dealing with it day-to-day, I sort of forget that people can have almost the entry-level questions, like, ‘what are levies? What’s a strata unit?’ The real basic questions.
“So they’re some of the things we’re definitely going to cover.
“So if people are first home-buyers and haven’t been involved in strata at all then we’re going to have a lot of information on that as well.”
Mr Baylis said while there was plenty of property-related content available online, the podcast would provide answers to some of the most common questions industry professionals get asked.
“It applies to anyone in NSW,” he said of the show’s content. “There’s so many units around already, and there’s definitely going to be a lot more in the future.”
You can listen to the show at www.coastalstrata.com.au/hello-strata/. It is also available via iTunes.
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