What do the best suburbs have in common
April 25, 2017
Understanding what attributes are known to increase the attractiveness of a suburb can help you as a buyer to make a savvy decision on which property to buy – whether to live in yourself or as an investment property. Picking the right area can mean the difference between an eventual return on your investment, or not.
DIY or don’t
April 24, 2017
There are so many DIY shows on TV that it may seem to be easy to attempt some home reno yourself. Before you start though, you may need to consider what is needed vs what you can reasonably do vs what DIY changes will need a professional.
How to sell a deceased estate
April 21, 2017
When a person dies, the executor(s) of the deceased person’s estate are responsible for their assets – including any property that they may have owned.
Questions for your real estate agent if you are selling
April 20, 2017
If you have decided to sell your home, it is important that you secure the services of a good real estate agent. But how do you determine what “good” is, and what will enable you to decide which real estate agent will be “good” for you?
How to build a property portfolio from scratch
April 19, 2017
If you own a home and you are thinking about building a property portfolio, it may not be as difficult as you may think. The equity in your home may be enough to invest in a second property. The equity is the difference between the value of your property today, versus your remaining mortgage balance – so if the value of your home has increased since you bought it, and you have paid off a portion of your mortgage, you have built up equity that you can leverage to buy your second property.
How to pick the colours and looks for your house renovation
April 18, 2017
It can be really confusing when you are planning your renovation – what design and colours for which room – you certainly don’t want to land up with a number of individual rooms which all look totally different.
Selling? Here are some things to keep an eye on
April 17, 2017
Its really not difficult to understand what buyers will like, and dislike when viewing a home.
Things that you can do to increase your property value in one weekend
April 15, 2017
You don’t have to spend a fortune and hire a team of professionals to spruce up your home pre-sale. If you can dedicate just one weekend of effort, you will be amazed at the difference that you can make.
Small changes to make your home a nicer place to live
April 13, 2017
Sometimes, small changes to the home can make a real difference to the look and feel of the environment.
Design trends that buyers can't get enough of
April 12, 2017
For 2017, designers are predicting the return of bold colours, particularly green and blue. So get creative with your favourite feature colours in 2017. Using these colours as part of your decorating or as subtle touches in a more subdued palette will stop them being overwhelming, and might be a particularly good idea if you’re renovating to sell.
What are clearance rates and what do they mean?
April 11, 2017
A clearance rate is a key property market indicator. It is generally used to establish if the market favours buyers or sellers. Clearance rates reflect the proportion of homes sold at auction (whether that is under the hammer, prior or just after) of the total number of reported auctions.
Jobs around the house that really should be left to the experts
April 10, 2017
Fancy yourself as a Blocker? You may consider that you are able to tackle most DIY jobs around your home – but know that there is a lot that can go wrong as far as home repairs are concerned.
Tips to stop your house from looking dated
April 07, 2017
Have you been in your home for a while, and are you starting to feel that you need a décor refresh?
House flipping and how to make it work
April 06, 2017
Some people flip houses for a living, making good profits out of the endeavour. If you are interested in getting in to house flipping, have a look at the following tips.
How to prepare your house for sale on short notice
April 05, 2017
Where do you start when you need to sell your home quickly, and you have to prepare your home for viewing within a day or two?
Where to spend money when selling
April 04, 2017
Thinking of selling your home? Wondering whether to spend a bit to get the best possible selling price, but not sure where?
What is multi listing?
April 03, 2017
A multiple-listing (MLS) agreement is an agreement where you sign with a single agent, but that agent shares the listing with other agents who are members of a multiple-listing network. You are locked into this agreement for the specified time as you would be with an exclusive agency agreement. This method then gives other agents in your area, who are members of the multi-list system, automatic access to your property. All the agents who have access to your listing will market your home to buyers registered in their buyer databases, and the listing agent and the selling agent will share the commission.
Home staging – something to invest in?
March 31, 2017
Many of us have had the experience of viewing a home, and being severely distracted or potentially even offended by the furnishings or other content in the home. Intellectually we can tell ourselves that we are looking to buy the house, not the contents, but emotionally it is so easy to get put off a home because of the way that the home is furnished, clutter in the home or even artwork that doesn’t match our taste.
Things to splurge on when renovating to sell
March 30, 2017
You have decided to put your home on the market – but you want to spruce it up a bit in order to get a better price. What can you do that will add the maximum value in a short space of time? Where do you spend the money that you have allocated?
Tips to save for your first house deposit
March 29, 2017
Many Australian would-be first-time buyers have the income to afford mortgage repayments, but are not able to save a deposit. Saving for the deposit on your first home purchase can seem like a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you meet this challenge head-on.