October 28, 2020

Best of both worlds

Rentvesting is becoming increasingly more popular in every part of Australia. Essentially, this concept sees you becoming both a landlord and a renter. Pick your favourite location, virtually regardless of its price, to rent out and at the same time, buy a cheaper property, more suited to your budget, as an investment. In this way, you can enjoy living in a great house in a lovely suburb – despite paying someone else to live there. You’ll have also grabbed a foothold into the property market, much […]
October 26, 2020

How best to enjoy a successful rural lifestyle

You’ve bought your perfect rural home, which ticks every one of your boxes. You’re loving the peace, quiet and scenery and watching your kids and pets enjoy the great outdoors. What can you do to ensure this dream lifestyle doesn’t fail? Here are some ideas for you. Preparation is key It looks gorgeous now but your acreage won’t always stay that way. Just like your former metropolitan home, it will need regular maintenance and upkeep, particularly so if you plan to bring in livestock. So, bring […]
October 23, 2020

Top tips for downsizing

Your children have left home and they’re now hell-bent on living their own exciting lives. The once noisy family house where you’ve lived for 20-odd years shrieks with memories of kids playing and arguing – while simultaneously featuring echoingly empty rooms and extraordinary silence. Yes, it’s the time of your life you never thought would come: downsizing to a smaller place, and possibly a smaller town. But this move doesn’t necessarily have to be scary and sad. Firstly…. Three important points to consider when downsizing – […]
October 21, 2020

Don’t be reserved when setting a reserve

The auction to sell your house is around the corner and you’re struggling to set the perfect reserve price. But setting this price isn’t a simple process so take a deep breath and ensure you have plenty of time to manage this decision. It could mean the difference between selling your property under the hammer – or not. Let’s start at the very beginning…. Your reserve is the lowest price at which you’re prepared to sell your property. You’re looking for the ideal sales price which […]
October 19, 2020

Interest-only home loans: smart or silly?

As you hunt down houses and chat to lenders, you could bump into interest-only (IO) home loans. They sound nifty and are certainly an alternative to regular mortgages. But are these loans the way to go for you? Interest-only loans explained Basically, IO loans come down to less repayments now – usually for about three to five years, depending on your lender – but much more repayments later, when the loan expires. As the name suggests, IO loans see buyers only paying the interest of their […]
October 16, 2020

Disaster zone or winner’s circle?

Whether you live in Brisbane’s flood plain setting, or are surrounded by thick, drought-prone bushland, natural disaster zones can be both beautiful and hazardous. And never more so than in summer, now just a few months away. But you can protect your house and even enjoy great price growth and sales while enjoying life in our land of droughts and flooding rains, bushfires, storms and cyclones. Disaster tests Homes in risk-prone places can still sell for high prices, with many buyers happy to take the chance […]
October 14, 2020

Ins and outs of escaping to the country

After years of watching Escape to the Country, you’ve decided to organise your own escape to a regional or rural area. You’re loving the thought of peace and quiet, pretty scenery, walking down the main street where everyone knows your name, and plenty of room for pets and veggie patches. All of this sounds delightful after years of living in bustling, busy suburbs. These dreams could come true but consider these points before you start your new journey. For starters… It can take several years to […]
October 12, 2020

Common first home buyer mistakes

Few things are more exciting and anticipated than buying your first home. Whether you’re doing it on your own or with a spouse or sibling, here’s how to plunge into the thrills while avoiding any spills. Financial checks It’s easy for first home buyers to fall in love with the first property they see. But before you start exploring different properties, talk to a variety of different lenders and obtain a pre-approval – otherwise known as exactly how much cash you can borrow. It’s best to […]
October 9, 2020

October 2020 – Market Update – Matthew Rosie

October 9, 2020

Building a rural support network

Small towns can be great places to live, work and play. But for those new to the area – and new to country living overall – making friends can be tricky with fewer social groups and possibilities available. You want to walk down the main street and have everybody know your name. Becoming that person ain’t so easy though but don’t despair! Begin with… Firstly, be kind to yourself. You had plenty of pals who cared about you when you were in the city so there’s […]
October 8, 2020

Don’t let home work daunt you

If you’re a sole trader or similar, working from home is an easy, nothing new experience but for others, especially parents, there’s nothing easy about working “remotely”. Here’s how to work well – and keep your mental health intact – in your in-house office. Stick to a schedule It can be tempting for remote employees to enjoy an extra few hours’ shut-eye on workdays. But aim to stick as closely as possible to your normal job routine and structure, including starting work at your usual time. […]
October 7, 2020

Ins and outs of cooling off periods

You’ve found the perfect home, you and the seller have agreed on a perfect price, and “all’s right with the world”. Or is it? Excitement and expectations run high when it comes to property purchases and sales but concerns can move in afterwards. This is why cooling-off periods are crucial. Cold feet or concerns = Cool off relief As real estate agents, we’re all too aware post-contract doubts and problems occur. Your finances may fall through; unexpected emergencies might crop up, such as losing your job […]

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