5 buyer mistakes in a hot property market
BlogOne thing is certain: when markets are hot, some buyers lose their cool. Unfortunately, some buyers are now scrambling to get into the market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, because they presumed that prices would soften and now have a very bad case of FOMO. While there may be some moderation in price growth in […]
Apps to help you invest: do they really work?
BlogIn this fast-paced digital world there’s already an app for everything—and investing is no exception. For people who are living paycheck to paycheck, or those who don’t want to grapple with the tedious task of creating a budget, these investment and money management apps are a godsend. Only one question remains: do they actually work? […]
Melbourne market continues to deliver solid price growth
BlogMelbourne’s median house price has surged over $750,000 for the first time, new data from the REIV shows. In the three months to December 31, Melbourne’s median house price increased 5% to a record high $770,000. Growth was widespread across Melbourne and the market – from Toorak and Brighton to Moonee Ponds and Macleod. Double-digit […]
Getting the garden ready for an autumn sale
BlogAs autumn comes around and the selling season statistically starts to slow, you’ll need to get your landscaping in order to give yourself the best chance of a strong sale. Manicured lawns, potted plans, well maintained shrubs and an attractive letterbox: these are just some of the things people notice when arriving at a property […]
Tips for residential odour control
AdviceResidential odour may not be something we talk about in polite company, but they happen to all of us and getting rid of them isn’t always as simple as lighting a scented candle. There is a huge number of things that can cause bad smells in your home, and some of them are more difficult to […]
Family friendly streets from around the country
AdviceIn a digital age, raising a family has become largely reliable on technology and keeping children entertained with toys. But for those traditional parents with active kids who want to get out and graze the occasion knee, closed off streets make for great family homes. Generally speaking, courts and other closed off streets have less […]
NSW tertiary students feel the rental squeeze as vacancy rates fall
BlogFor thousands of students set to return to university by the end of February, tight vacancy rates are making the hunt for accommodation in Sydney and Newcastle even more urgent, according to leading real estate group, Raine & Horne. “In suburbs close to the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle, there are slim pickings […]
4 low-maintenance pets for smaller homes
AdviceSometimes a home just isn’t a home without the pitter-patter of feet, or claws for that matter. Perhaps you want to train an animal to remind people to wipe their feet before coming in? That’s where a cockatoo is all-too-valuable. Or maybe the kids have repeated “Can we get a pet, please?” for the 1346th […]
Investing capital before selling
AdviceInvestments can be confusing. The capital on a property is no different. It’s difficult to know when to buy, when to sell, when to wait and when to move. Particularly when looking at buying a new property at the expense of an existing property, there’s much to consider. The experts say never sell. But as […]
AdviceIt has finally arrived: moving day! It’s all very exciting and fun until you think about the mammoth task ahead that is shifting all the countless boxes and bags of your possessions from one location to another. Moving house can be a stressful time, but with careful planning and organisation, you can help to reduce […]
What property managers look for at inspections
AdviceWhile you’re leasing a property, it is common practice for the property manager to carry out routine inspections. These may be as often as every three months, but usually occur once every six months. These are important for both the owner and the renter. They give both parties an opportunity to ensure that everything is being […]
Renovating vs relocating
AdviceSo, what’s the story? Have your kids (finally!!) fled the coop? Are you at that stage where your bedroom is at risk of becoming a nursery or are there not enough good schools in your area? The decision between renovating and relocating is usually for those who need more space or need a different type […]
Christmas hacks for your home
Advice‘Tis the season to get festive! With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to put up the Christmas tree, hang the fairy lights and get into the spirit of the holidays. But decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. With a bit of creativity and these Christmas hacks, you can enjoy the festive spirit at […]
Buying a holiday house with friends: is sharing really caring?
AdviceBuying a holiday house is for many one of their biggest dreams. But for some of us, finding that extra money to purchase a second property may just keep it as a day dream. However, there is a way to get around this. More and more buyers are choosing to pool funds with friends or family […]
Low maintenance houseplants
AdviceSpring has come and gone, and nature and greenery is flourishing everywhere. But you can still bring Spring right into your home. Fresh houseplants and flowers bring life and joy – and even help to improve the quality of the air! Many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy expansive gardens, but some do not […]
Feng shui your new home on moving day
AdviceMoving house is a stressful time, but it is also a time for new beginnings. If you want your house to stay zen, it is important to start in the right way. Give your new home the best possible beginning by bringing feng shui into your moving process. Here’s how. Moving day It is said […]
Are you a smart downsizer?
AdviceAre you assessing your requirements logically? Just like a smart investor, a smart downsizer is someone who can make decisions with a cool head. Downsizing provides you with an opportunity to free up capital to finance your retirement and future health requirements. As such, it is integral not to let your emotions dictate your decision-making […]
Real estate disruptions: Purple Bricks
AdviceLooking at the effect Uber has had on the taxi industry, it is common sense to wonder why there haven’t been the same sort of real estate disruptions as in other sectors. This is probably due to both Australia’s particular real estate model and the fact that the move of the real estate industry to […]
Starting a share house with friends
AdviceEvery man, woman and monkey who hasn’t been living under a rock knows how hard it is to get into the real estate market today. The entire generation of baby boomers are collectively breathing a sigh of relief that they aren’t starting out in the game. Sydney’s ratio of dwelling prices to household income in […]
Buying: when is the right time?
AdviceDo you mean, when is the right time to buy, for you? Or do you mean, when is the right time to buy, for everyone? The fact is, these questions get different answers. First thing’s first: what is your personal situation? Are you in a position to buy? If so, is there a time of […]
Renovating with an architect vs draftsperson
AdviceFirst, a quick history lesson. No! Don’t leave! If you want to renovate or build in the future, you will want to know this stuff. Many people don’t really know the difference between an architect and a draftsperson/building designer. Because of this they end up either spending way too much on a simple renovation or […]
How to pack fragile items for storage
AdviceThere is a lot of nuance to the art of packing for storage. And when it comes to packing fragile items, there are some key things to be aware of. The following hints and tips are designed to provide you with the most important information you need on how to pack fragile items for storage. […]
Moving house: what to keep and what to toss
AdviceMany tips on sorting through your belongings before moving house tend to sound like Seymour Skinner’s advice to Bart on licking envelopes. If it isn’t seeing how many envelopes you can lick in an hour, it’s taking on the mind numbing 12-12-12 challenge (find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, 12 items to keep!) […]
Adding value to your home without renovating
AdviceWhen your house is on the market, there’s plenty to be done to ensure you are adding value to your home. Sometimes, a full renovation is not within the budget. But you can still give your house a good sprucing at half the price (and a fraction of the effort!) if you know where to […]
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