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What to do when a developer knocks on your door

As competition for well-located properties intensifies, developers are increasingly seeking off-market opportunities to amalgamate sites. But what should you do if a property developer comes knocking on your door?

Jarrod McCabe
Jarrod McCabe said property owners can expect a significant premium to their house's value if they negotiate well with a developer. Photo: Wakelin Property Advisory

A shortage of inner suburban land for sale over the last 18 months amid surging homeowner and investor demand means property developers have had fewer options to choose from when scoping out their next project.

As property developers need larger sized blocks to accommodate their building plans, often in times of shortage they look to persuade residents of adjoining blocks to sell up. 

If successful, the current dwellings are knocked down and re…