As the fires continue to burn throughout our southern states I can’t help but feel somewhat powerless to the destruction and senseless loss of property and life, at catastrophic levels.
It’s our animals that have suffered the greatest loss and being an animal lover myself, I’ve resorted to unfollow the posts on my facebook feed that reek of the devastation.
It’s just too unbearable to see.
Who would have ever thought in our lifetime, our beautiful country would face such a terrible natural disaster?
Maybe the climate activists perhaps?
My own father is one of them and for years now I have sat across the kitchen table from him, listening to the rants about how the government and media are corrupt, and how corporate entities are putting profits above a sustainable future, free from the effects of an altered climate.
Is he right?
Well, some would wholeheartedly agree, and others would think he’s mad, just like the rest of those Stop Adani folk.
But what is interesting about this bushfire disaster that is currently unfolding is how the Australian public will view issues such as climate change moving forward.
When the ash settles, will we awake to a new and growing army of climate activists?
As an independent Buyer’s Agent, I always like to keep an open mind to all of this, because let’s be honest, whether you believe in the whole climate change thing or not, people are beginning to make big life decisions based on what they think to be happening in the world.
One of these that impacts my daily work as a Brisbane Buyer’s Agent is how people are beginning to view property in certain areas.
I recently inspected a beautiful home in the hills for some clients who are relocating from Sydney. We came very close to bidding at auction on this property, but after much thought and consideration, the wife called me to say she had done a 180 on the home.
Sure, she loved it. They both loved it. BUT, the dealbreaker was that it was directly beside acres of wild scrub and bushland.
She couldn’t move past the fact that her home could be up in smoke in a few years time.
Now, this might sound a little extreme, but I completely understood where she was coming from.
As a young mother to two children and looking to set up nest for the long term in Brisbane, buying a property so close to the bush was just too much of a threat.
The anxiety was just something she wasn’t prepared to live with, and so we moved on to the next.
Now this is just one example I can share with you, but there are others.
I’ve had buyers snub properties that are in low laying flood impacted areas, and I’ve had clients tell me they would never buy an oceanfront home unless it was high on a hill.
“In a few years time, we’ll be underwater”, was one remark from a Melbourne based client I worked with.
And so all of this leads me to believe that yes, people are now basing their property decisions around what they think will happen as a result of a changing climate.
Whether they believe in the science or not, they’re just not taking the risk.