Preparing to sell your home in the New Year

Posted on November 15, 2021

If you are thinking about selling your property in the New Year, it pays to start planning right away.In this article, I'm going to walk you through the steps you can take now, to make sure you secure the best possible result when you go to market.Step 1. Plan to beat the rush.In every market, there are times when the number of properties available... read more

How to Start a Home Compost Bin...

Posted on November 15, 2021

The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 per cent of global carbon emissions, according to Project Drawdown. That wasted food can easily be used to make compost instead, rather than being thrown into a landfill.What is compost?Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together curren... read more

Should you keep your first home as an investment property?

Posted on November 10, 2021

One of the questions potential first-time sellers face is whether or not they should keep their existing property as a rental when they move up to a bigger home.In this guide, we'll talk through the pros and cons and suggest some questions to consider if you find yourself in this position.But first, a disclaimer: The suggestions in this guide are g... read more

Selling a home with unconsented improvements? Here's what you need to know

Posted on October 28, 2021

The first thing to understand is that lots of houses sell with unconsented changes. It's more common than you might think.The key to a successful transaction is to be upfront with all the relevant information right from the start.Buyers genuinely want to buy a property and they don't necessarily expect it to be perfect. What they do expect is to be... read more

How to read a building inspection report

Posted on October 26, 2021

When buying a home, coming to an agreement with the owners on price is just the first hurdle.The second, and often biggest barrier to progress is the builder's report.The 'builder's report' is an inspection, usually commissioned by the buyer, where a qualified inspector goes through the property with a fine-tooth comb. They look for any signs of da... read more

How to Avoid Underselling Your Home

Posted on October 19, 2021

When it comes to selling your home, there are 4 common traps that many owners fall into. Avoid these mistakes to maximise your chances of achieving a great result.Mistake 1. Listing with an agent who is only focused on a quick sale.Some agents are focussed on turnover. They want to get your home sold as quickly as possible so they can bank a commis... read more

Homebuyer Roadmap

Posted on October 12, 2021

Buying a home can seem like a monumental challenge at the beginning. Especially if it's your first time, or you haven't moved in a few years. Let's break the process down into smaller steps so you know where to start.

Step 1. What are you trying to achieve?

What are you looking for that you don't currently have? Be clear on what you want so you d... read more

Five reasons not to sell your home privately

Posted on October 06, 2021

It is completely understandable to be tempted by the idea of selling your home yourself, without the help of a real estate agent. Real estate agency fees are a sizeable amount of money no matter what the value of your property might be. And at the start of the process, the only number you have that you
can focus on is the selling fee or commission... read more

What is a Free Appraisal?

Posted on October 01, 2021

If you own a home already, you have probably been offered a 'free appraisal' dozens of times from local real estate salespeople in your area.You may be wondering: What does a 'free appraisal' actually involve? Should you get one? And what's the catch? Can a buyer order a free appraisal too?As a homeowner, it can be difficult to accurately work out ... read more