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Household items that won’t spark joy in home buyers

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Household items that won’t spark joy in home buyers

Organisational guru Marie Kondo and her KonMari method have taken the world by storm, and if you’re thinking about selling your home then there’s no better time to jump on the decluttering bandwagon. One of the biggest bugbears of many sellers is decluttering their home. It can be hard to know what to keep and what to throw. It’s also hard to know which regular household items will bring down the overall presentation of a property. Watching ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix may be a good place to start if you want to get your...

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Fallen in love with a property? Here’s how to secure it

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Fallen in love with a property? Here’s how to secure it

Found the perfect property that ticks all the boxes and want to ensure that you’re the lucky one that will be able to call it home? Certain properties are highly sought after and when there are a number of bidders involved there’s no guarantees that you’ll be the one walking away with the keys. However, if you put your best foot forward and make your offer as appealing as possible then there’s a good chance that you will be able to secure the home of your dreams. Be ready Ideally you will have your finances and everything in place...

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Will the RBA cut interest rates in 2019?

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Will the RBA cut interest rates in 2019?

There have long been predictions that the next interest rate move by the RBA would be an increase, but there are growing reasons to believe that interest rates could be headed lower instead. At the RBA’s last meeting in February they kept the official cash rate at 1.5 per cent. Interest rates have remained on hold for more than 2 years now, last moving in August 2016. While in the short term many believe that interest rates will remain at their historic low, with few forecasting any changes in March 2019, there are a number of indicators...

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5 ways you can make an older property feel like new

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

5 ways you can make an older property feel like new

You don’t need to do a major renovation or a knockdown-rebuild of an older property to make it feel modern and new again. If any older home is in good condition then it may only need some simple changes to make it feel fresh and more functional. Remove or replace carpet If you’re lucky then you might have some beautifully preserved floorboards hiding underneath old, daggy carpets, which you can simply pull up to reveal what’s underneath. Sometimes what’s found underneath is better left hidden though. If this is the case then a room...

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Should I buy the most expensive home I can afford?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Werribee News | 0 comments

Should I buy the most expensive home I can afford?

Buying a property can take a lot of time and energy and so it’s understandable that many home purchasers hope to buy a home they can remain in for the foreseeable future. This is why so many first home buyers try to push themselves to afford the biggest and best home possible, saving them from the hassle of having to move again down the track. But is it wise to extend yourself to afford the most expensive home in your budget? Or should you be more conservative in your approach? Figure out your priorities  Buying an expensive property now...

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Has your lender raised its rates?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Has your lender raised its rates?

NAB has recently announced it will be increasing its variable mortgage rates, making it the last of the Big Four banks to bring in out-of-cycle rate hikes. The bank will be increasing its investor and owner-occupier rates on its variable Tailored Home Loans, effective as of 31 January 2019. According to NAB’s Chief Customer Officer – Consumer Banking Mike Baird the bank held off on raising rates as long as they could, “despite being subject to the same increasing wholesale funding costs and market pressures as other major...

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Current home too small? The steps you need to take to upsize

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Current home too small? The steps you need to take to upsize

Is your current home starting to feel a little cramped? Or maybe you’ve gotten a job promotion and you want a home with more features or in a better location? Whatever the reason you have for upsizing, it can be hard trying to figure out what steps to take to get you where you want to be. Finding a local agent to have a chat to can help put you on the right path. They might be able to answer any of your specific concerns or point you in the right direction to help you on your property journey. But before you give your local real estate agent...

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Should you buy based on school zones?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Should you buy based on school zones?

With the summer school holidays almost over, many parents are starting to think about where they want their kids to go to school in the years ahead. Picking a school isn’t as easy as it seems however, with many schools requiring that their students live within designated school catchment boundaries. This means that parents should start considering the school they want their child to go to years before they need to enrol them to ensure that they have time to move into the right zone if they need to. A few things to consider: – Property...

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Appealing to buyers in a competitive market

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Appealing to buyers in a competitive market

The property market has cooled across the country and this means that sellers may need to work that little bit harder if they want to dazzle buyers and sell in a short time frame. In the current market a lot of buyers are taking their time finding the right property and being conservative in their offers, but there are things that sellers can do to make buyers act fast! Get to know the competition While no two properties are ever the same, it’s worth doing some research to find out if there other properties like yours currently on the...

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How a cool garden can cool your home

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

How a cool garden can cool your home

Homeowners are increasingly looking for inexpensive ways they can keep their home cool, (i.e. without having to keep the air-conditioning running all summer long) and an often overlooked way of doing this is by making the most of gardens. A well-designed garden can help make a property far more bearable on a scorching hot day, while a bad design will have you reaching for that air-conditioning remote. Make some shade Try to find trees and plants that will provide adequate shade for you and your home. Tall mature trees can be great for...

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