Meet the couple who sold their house on Facebook for double what they paid for it


Michael Dell and Shariah Steele with daughter, Lily, at their newly purchased property in the Glass House Mountains.

WHEN their first child came along, Shariah Steele and Michael Dell knew they would soon have to start looking for a bigger house.

They could not believe their luck when they saw a post on an online marketplace seeking a house in the Sunshine Coast hinterland suburb of Landsborough.

“We ended up reaching out to him and he came out and put an offer in,” Ms Steele said.

“It was exactly what we were looking for.”

This property in Gympie Street South, Landsborough, recently sold for $800,000.

When they bought in the electorate of Fisher four years ago, the couple never expected house prices to rise as much as nearly 60 per cent in that time.

“It’s ridiculous,” Ms Steele said.

“There was a lot more to choose from back then and less competition.”

They purchased the Landsborough property for $425,000 in 2019 and have just sold it for nearly double that three years on.

But they have managed to buy back in to the same market, just a suburb away in the Glass House Mountains, where they secured a four-bedroom house for $1 million on nearly 1400 sqm — plenty of room for their 11-month-old daughter, Lily, to grow and enjoy.

This house at 16 Smerwood Way, Glass House Mountains, just sold for $1m.

Ray White Beerwah agent Alex Garden, who negotiated the sale of the property, said the entry level price for a house in the area had jumped from around $500,000 in 2019 to $800,000 today.

Mr Garden said most buyers looking in the area were mums and dads with two kids looking for “room to kick a soccer ball”, or retirees wanting a property with room for a shed.

“Besides having some of the best schools on the Sunny Coast, we’ve also got quite a friendly community,” he said.

“You walk down the street and everyone smiles and says G’day. It’s out of the way, you get peace and privacy, and the zoo is just down the road.”

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