FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Better off in every way.
Karaka Lifestyle Estate is a village with a difference. But not just one difference, in many ways our village ensures the resident is better off; through our Next Generation financial model ensuring the resident benefits from the the capital gain in the sale of their home, through providing a choice of a large range of large and beautifully appointed homes, and from a village based on values of respect and care, a community where you can relax and enjoy life.

“A village with heart and soul.” Karaka Pines Villages build villages based on our values of respect, care and integrity.

  • We don’t want to own peoples futures
  • We build homes and not houses
  • It’s not our village, it’s your village
  • We do things for people, not to people.
  • We want residents to feel like they own the place

The Next Generation Model

The Next Generation model is based on you getting the capital gain from the sale of your unit. If your unit rises in value then you – not the village operator – gain the benefit of that, leaving you with the financial ability to make choices. When you sell you can leave a legacy such as fund your grandchildren’s education, or leave money to your favourite charity. Knowing you get to keep the full sale price of your unit, and not lose all the capital gain, you can relax and enjoy the many opportunities of village life.

Karaka Lifestyle Estate offers you a choice of facilities fee (sometimes called a deferred management fee). Our standard package is a facilities fee is 12.5% deducted from the sale price of your unit. With this package you pay a weekly fee of $165. This weekly fee is reviewed each year based on the actual running costs of the village, so it tends to rise with inflation.

You have a choice though. We also offer a weekly fee of $100 fixed for the time you live in the village. If you choose this package the Facilities Fee is 25% of the sale price of the unit.

How is the Village Weekly fee set?
The Village Weekly fee is set based on the property running costs. At Karaka Lifestyle Estate, all of these costs have to be paid for by the Residents of the village. The fees are currently set at $165 p.w.. These will be reviewed each year and set according to any changes in actual running costs.

The Weekly Fee includes:

  • Land Rates
  • Full replacement Insurance
  • Rubbish Collection
  • Gardening & lawns
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Village security and lighting
  • External window washing
  • Management costs
  • Legal compliance required by the Retirement Villages Act
  • A long term sinking fund to cover major village renovation costs

Selling Costs?

There is no need to sell through a Real Estate Agent as the Village Manager can handle this for you, although the choice is still yours. The Village Manager will not charge a commission to sell your unit – only the costs of advertising and marketing.

The only legal fees incurred will be for your use of your own lawyer.

What other fees/costs will we incur?

The only other fees payable to the village are a cost to upgrade your unit prior to selling. Refurbishment is important in a village environment for the village to be maintained to a high standard. The more appealing that a village is to other people the more valuable the units in the village will become. The Village itself takes care of keeping the grounds and facilities to a high standard but you will need to play a part in this in the way your unit is presented.

The refurbishment requirement is necessary so that every unit that becomes available for sale is presented to the highest standard possible. The unit needs to be in a near new conditon. You or your family do receive the benefit of this through a higher selling price.

You are required to pay for your own utilities and telecommunications.

What are the facilities at the Country Club?

The facilities to be provided at the Country Club are likely to include:

  • Dining area and commercial kitchen
  • Bowling Green
  • Heated Indoor Pool
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Billiards Room
  • Wellness Centre
  • Massage therapy/Hairdresser room
  • Hobby rooms

How involved do I need to be?

The choice is entirely yours. Some residents like to be totally involved while others prefer to live quietly. Our villages are a community of similar aged residents with varying interests and different circumstances so you decide just how much you want to be involved in the life of the village.

Can I rent out my Unit or let my children live in it?

Your right to live in the unit is personal to you. Your family may visit you and even stay for long periods (maximum 40 days), but they may not live permanently with you.

You may have other guests stay with you for up to 40 days. You may also allow other people to look after the unit while you are away, but they may not rent the unit, and they must be suitable residents for a retirement village.

Will my unit be safe if I go away for a while?

We ask that you notify us of the duration of your absence and leave a contact address or phone number. Because we are regularly moving around the village, your home is kept under surveillance.

Can I keep a pet?

The Village rules don’t allow pets that are likely to cause a nuisance. Normally birds and cats are acceptable. Small dogs may be permitted but will need to be approved by the Manager. If you already have a small dog, you will be allowed to bring her/him with you if approved by the Village Manager, however, requests for replacement dogs are normally declined.

Can I make structural changes to the Unit I have chosen?

Structural changes to units are not allowed.

Can I redecorate the inside of my unit?

You may decorate your unit to suit your preferences, within reasonable boundaries.

Can I sell the Unit whenever and to whomever I want?

You may sell the unit whenever you want. You get to set the selling price and whether to accept an offer. You can choose to use a Real Estate Agent or to use our village manager. However, you may only sell the unit to a person who is approved by the village manager as being suitable for the village.