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The market is strong but think local when you sell

The market is strong but think local when you sell

If there’s a boom, then pundits claim a bust just around the corner. We’ve heard this a thousand times but the information is too general to help you decide whether it’s a good time to upsize, downsize or buy your first home.
It’s important to shut out the noise and focus on your local area. Australia isn’t one huge market of boom-bust cycles but thousands of micro-markets in which property performs slightly differently.

6 reasons why you should list your home right now

6 reasons why you should list your home right now

The demand for property during Covid caught many people by surprise as buyers optimistic for the future poured into a market suffering from a lack of homes for sale. 

The supply and demand equation is only part of the real estate picture. We have record-low interest rates supplemented with federal and state government saving schemes, tax discounts and grants of $25,000 and more for first-time buyers.

What you need to know about APRA’s tightened home loan rules

What you need to know about APRA’s tightened home loan rules

If you are concerned about this new APRA ruling, we suggest that you talk to your bank or mortgage broker and discuss the impact on your situation.
For buyers about to seek a home loan, below are some of the essential documents and details you will need to pull together as part of the application. We hope you find our guide useful.

Insights for a successful property investment

Insights for a successful property investment

Investing in real estate isn’t just about finding a great property. You’ve got to make the numbers work or you’ll be seriously out of pocket. Many investors choose to be a landlord in their own neighbourhood while others buy further afield to take advantage of strong capital growth and rental yields.

You’ve sold your home, so what’s next?

You’ve sold your home, so what’s next?

It’s a great feeling when you put the ‘Sold’ sticker across the signboard on your home and have found a motivated buyer who can’t move in fast enough.
Now, you face a big question: should you begin a deadline-driven search for a new home and risk rushing into a deal, or find a rental and take your time.

Tips to help you sell during lockdowns

Tips to help you sell during lockdowns

Selling your property during this latest lockdown is not “mission impossible”. There are many technologies and techniques to help you maximise the value of your home despite the pandemic.
Buyer demand is still at record highs even though restrictions have been placed on inspections, limiting it to one person at a time.

9 essentials when selling your home

9 essentials when selling your home

The amount of effort you put into your home will pay dividends when the offers start coming in. Here is a shortlist of necessary activities you should complete to ensure a successful sale.

Four easy maintenance jobs for winter

Four easy maintenance jobs for winter

Unattended maintenance tasks, such as cleaning gutters or fixing a roof tile, can cause bigger problems and become expensive to fix, especially as the weather deteriorates. 

Six heating options if you’re feeling the chill

Six heating options if you’re feeling the chill

Mornings and evenings are developing a distinct chill across most of Australia now that we’ve moved from autumn to winter. And it’s at this time of year when we regret having not thought earlier about the type of heating that would best suit our homes.

How to buy in a booming market?

How to buy in a booming market?

Sudden increases in property prices, such as the one we’re experiencing right now, is not a new phenomenon in real estate. While sellers might rejoice, buyers face an increasing financial challenge.

9 mistakes to avoid with your new kitchen design

9 mistakes to avoid with your new kitchen design

No room carries more influence with a buyer than the kitchen – it’s where the family gathers and many memories are made. The kitchen can represent up to 20% of the entire value of a property, and if it’s not up to scratch, many buyers will walk away regardless of how...

Three ways to understand the value of your property

Three ways to understand the value of your property

There are three key ways to understand the value of your property and keeping them in mind makes it easier to understand how you can add value to your investment down the track. Those three elements are Land, Dwelling and Extras. Let’s step through each of these:...

How to beat the heat in your home this summer

How to beat the heat in your home this summer

With summer well and truly heating our homes, you’ve probably fired up the air-conditioning unit and decided to worry about the electricity bill later. But there’s a better approach that will add value to your home as well as give you a comfortable living experience....

Create a family kitchen without breaking the bank

Create a family kitchen without breaking the bank

It’s so easy to walk around kitchen showrooms and go crazy with excitement at the possibilities. Their designers seem to have thought of everything – and you want it all! There’s no doubt that a beautiful kitchen enhances the enjoyment of your home and adds tremendous...

How much a school – and family-friendly features – add to your home price

How much a school – and family-friendly features – add to your home price

If your home is near a top-performing school and you think that’s it’s time to sell, then it’s possible you’re sitting on a potential gold mine. Property within the catchment area of Australia’s highest-ranking schools command a price premium of up to 15% – and that...

Spring into action!

Spring into action!

If you’re thinking of selling your home before Christmas, now is the time to take action. The selling season this Spring and Summer is set to be a bumper one. The shortage of properties for sale during Covid has caused a build up of demand from buyers, giving sellers...

Six ways to buy with confidence

Six ways to buy with confidence

One of the sins when you’re buying a property is to allow yourself to be rushed into a decision. It might seem strange, even ironic, to learn this from a real estate agent but there’s no denying its truth. It’s a great time to buy right now with record-low interest...

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