July 15, 2020

5 ways to ‘fake’ your renovation

We’d all love to live in a brand new, freshly renovated home. But renovations cost money. Luckily there are ways you can overhaul your property and ‘fake’ your renovation without spending a lot of money or knocking down walls.  Replace old door and cupboard handles Door, cupboard and drawer handles can contribute to making your house feel dated and unkept. Changing these will have a big impact on the overall look of your home, especially in the kitchen and the bathroom. You can replace all of […]
July 13, 2020

How to find the perfect fixer-upper

While you might be looking for a fixer-upper, you want to make sure you’re not purchasing a money pit. But how do you know whether your fixer-upper is going to be worth the renovations and work you do to it?  Make sure the house is structurally sound One of the most expensive parts of a house to repair or replace is its structure. Make sure you get a professional building inspection of a property you’re considering purchasing if you’re concerned the building isn’t structurally sound. Being […]
July 1, 2020

How to know which type of property is right for you

There are a range of different property options available but choosing the one that’s right for you can be difficult. With so many different dwelling types available and the options to buy an existing home or building a new one, it can be difficult to know where to invest such a large amount of money.  Buying a home vs building a new home While buying an established home means you know exactly what you’re getting, it can also mean you’ll have to spend on renovations and […]
June 26, 2020

Should I get a real estate agent to manage my rental property?

The services that we, as real estate agents, provide when managing your rental property aren’t just convenient for you as a property owner, they’re also very valuable. Renting out a property requires a high level of commitment and a lot of work. Here are some of the value-adds you can get by having a real estate agent manage your rental property.  Agents find suitable tenants for your rental property We’re able to help you avoid long periods of vacancy by finding suitable tenants for your property, […]
June 15, 2020

5 DIY ways to improve your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most influential rooms in a home. Not only is it a room that we all use daily, it’s one that can also influence buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to completely renovate and buyers will appreciate it being done for them. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on improving your kitchen.  A new coat of paint If your kitchen feels outdated or needs a new look, […]
June 12, 2020

How can I buy a house privately if it’s going to auction?

If you’ve fallen in love with a house but you don’t want to risk losing it at auction, you can always offer to buy it privately. Auctions can be a daunting experience, especially for first home buyers. Not only do you have to be well researched on the property and your own financial position, you also have to be ready to out-bid other prospective buyers in front of the public. So, how can you buy a house privately, even if it’s going to auction? Make a […]
June 10, 2020

What is a sinking fund?

A sinking fund is an essential pool of money established by the owners’ corporations to cover the costs of future maintenance expenses of a strata building. In a strata building, such as a block of apartments, there are a range of expenses which include the repairs and renovations to common areas that need to be planned for. The costs of these works cannot be imposed on any one property owner alone.   What exactly is a sinking fund? A sinking fund is designed to help owners’ corporations […]
June 8, 2020

How to claim the government’s new HomeBuilder grant

The federal government is giving eligible Australians a $25,000 HomeBuilder grant towards building their new home or substantially renovating their existing homes. The grant scheme has been announced as an effort to boost demand in the construction sector, and keep builders and tradespeople employed as the country braces for an economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Master Builder’s Association has welcomed the package which will provide a huge relief for the construction sector, warning that without assistance contracts could be expected to […]
May 30, 2020

Top features to include when renovating to sell

Knowing which features are most important to buyers can help you renovate your home for a higher profit when it comes time to sell. Certain features such as extra storage and parking, and luxuries such as ensuite bathrooms are becoming more popular among buyers. Including them when renovating to sell can help increase your sale price of your property.  Parking space Higher density suburbs means parking is becoming more of an issue, especially in our capital cities. And as a result, garages and carports are becoming […]
May 29, 2020

Top tips to flip a house

Buying, fixing and reselling a house at a profit, or flipping a house, can be a lot of work, but it isn’t impossible. By purchasing the right house and making renovations, you can sell for much more than you paid for it in a short amount of time. Done the right way, a house flip can be a great investment. Buy below market value or at the lower end  Buying below market value might be a little difficult in a seller’s market, but it’s not impossible […]
May 13, 2020

Why now is a great time to prepare to sell your home

With lockdown restrictions slowly being eased, most of us still have more time at home. That’s why now is a great time to prepare to sell your home. With the property market tipped to start gaining momentum again soon, it’s important to have your house ready for interested buyers.  What are buyers after? According to industry researcher, CoreLogic, house prices around the country have not plummeted, despite a decrease in the number of transactions that took place during the Covid-19 lockdown. There were sellers who pulled […]

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