There was much excitement when it was announced that Denman Prospect would boast Canberra’s newest…
You’ve probably seen Zango’s yellow and purple signage on buses, trams, TV and everywhere else over the last year. But does Canberra’s newest real estate platform live up to the hype?
I started 2020 with one dream: to get the hell out of Canberra.
My virtual moodboard for the year ahead was filled with six months of Croatian beaches, Scottish hillsides and Vietnamese food. Gap Year 2.0, here I come! Or…not.
Cue COVID-19, some crying, some credited flights and one empty suitcase. ‘Okay’, I thought to myself. ‘New dream’.
I’d been living with my parents for almost 18 months, saving up for said holiday, and I can honestly say I loved it. But with no certainty as to when international travel would resume, I was acutely aware that the next 18 months could look like Groundhog Day…and the 18 months…and the next…
I knew I needed a change, but that didn’t crystallise until I was…actually at work doing work. HerCanberra was doing some work with Zango and I was snooping around their Million Dollar Homes section to research a new article.
Not a realistic new dream for a Millennial, I know, but nice to look at, nonetheless. After I’d had my fill of inground pools and palatial kitchens, I was curious. If this was the ‘top end of town’, what would the ahem, bottom end, look like?
Having lived in the 2602 postcode for most of my life, I knew it was really hard to break into the Inner North market—especially as a first home buyer. But, I thought, imputing my search parameters, what would the cheapest house in the 2602 postcode look like?
Three houses down, I found it. It sounds corny, but it really was love at first sight. I pored over the photos. An apartment, check. Surprisingly cheap, check. Floating floors. Check. Loads of natural light, check. Then I checked myself. You’re a Millennial, I thought. You can’t afford a house—especially not by yourself.
Then I scrolled down a little. Inbuilt into the listing was a mortgage calculator by Canberra-based franchise, Nectar Mortgages. Well, I thought, this will actually prove how unrealistic this little daydream is.
But the numbers were…far less scary than I had anticipated. I sat there, staring at the listing. Had Zango just sold me my first home?
I would like to say at this point that while this is a sponsored editorial, I did not buy a house for the sake of an article. Although Zango, mates, if you’d like to sling me one of those Million Dollar jobbies, I’d be most grateful.
Did I check AllHomes to see the listing there and check for any discrepancy between the sites? Of course, I did—I’m not stupid. But there was no difference, and it was the Zango listing that I checked every day like a madwoman until the open home time was listed.
In fact, having worked with Zango, I know the only difference is that a listing on AllHomes will cost you up to $2,250 while the exact same listing on Zango will only cost you $299. No, that’s not a typo.
So, will Zango work when it comes to selling your property? Well, while I can’t predict the future, what I can say is that thousands of properties rent and sell every day on the site, and if you do try Zango, you’ll be saving a pretty penny.
I know this is a sponsored editorial and I know that means you have to take my hype with a pinch of critical thinking. But what can I say? I found my new home on Zango—and my legend of a mortgage broker, who was happy to advocate for an avocado-loving Millennial—and I’m typing this from my new living room, where there’s floating floorboards and plenty of natural light.
I never thought my new dream could look so good.