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August 18, 2017

10 Signs You Live in a great Neighbourhood

It’s true that what makes a great neighbourhood differs from person to person, but all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would like to live in) is truly special.

Great schools
Even if you don’t have children now, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. In Australia, you generally need to live within a...

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August 18, 2017

Happy Dog, Happy Home

Ben Ballard | Complete Removals

Moving house can be a very fun and memorable experience. After all, our homes are the centre points of our lives.

The thing is, often your home is also the centre point of not just your life or your family’s life…your pets spend more time at your home than you!

The average dog will spend most of their life either at home or with a member of the family going out on one of life’s greatest adventures...

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July 31, 2017

Preparing for Spring!

With the Spring selling season is just around the corner, now is the time to be giving the preparation of your home some thought if you’re looking to make an impact on the market.

Taking steps to get your home ready now, will help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush. Here’s our Top 10 tips to get ready for Spring!

1. Do a thorough inspection
Place yourself in a buyer’s shoes, grab your iPad to take notes and view...

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July 28, 2017

You, Me or Us

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

Whose name should be on the title of your new property? Traditionally when purchasing a home with your partner, it would be registered in both people’s names… But is this the best structure for every occasion?

There are a number of options to consider when purchasing a property with other people, which have various legal, tax and future borrowing implications.  Let’s explore these:

Joint Tenancy
This is the most common ownership structure when a family home...

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July 28, 2017

7 Color Rules to Ignore

The Decorating Rules That are Made to be Broken! When you're decorating your home, rules can be helpful when you're deciding things like how high to hang the pendant light, or whether you should sample your paint first. The best decorating rules are essential to getting the basics done in your home, but many rules were created for aesthetic reasons and aren't set in stone.

The most beautiful and inviting interiors are designed when a decorator or homeowner takes creative risks...

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July 25, 2017

Investment Properties: What to look for

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Each investor is different. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to choosing a property that’s right for you. So where do you start? By asking yourself these 5 simple questions, you’ll be on track to secure a smart investment for your portfolio.

Is this your first investment?
The good news is you don’t have to start off small, it all depends on your budget and what you’re able to commit...

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June 23, 2017

Pets or No Pets?

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Why is this decision so hard? 

Some of my best tenants have pets, and I too have had the pleasure of mothering my very own doggo while still managing to keep an immaculate home. Chances are you have too or you know someone who has - So do we feel we can’t trust anyone else?

Horror Tenant stories. That's why. We hear of these awful compensation claims… properties with dogs the size of horses trapped...

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June 23, 2017

Making Equity Work for You

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

Equity… many people are unaware of just how it can be used as security for a future property transaction. Allow me to shed a little light on this for you.

What is Equity?

Equity is essentially the difference in value between what your property is worth and the amount you borrowed against it. Calculating the equity in your property is as easy as subtracting the balance owing (mortgage) on your loan from the current value of...

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June 23, 2017

Attracting Winter Buyers – the Cosy Effect!

Winter home staging tricks are just as essential as summer and springtime.

By adding the cosy factor, paying attention to details and highlighting seasonal features, you can make your property really stand out. Here are a few winter home staging tricks that will make your open homes pleasant and enjoyable for every buyer.

Start with great Lighting
Since buyers may visit your home in the evening, make sure your home is well lit. Adding lamps, recessed lighting fixtures, and drop lighting...

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May 23, 2017

What’s on your list?

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Securing the right Property Manager can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, so how do you decide on who’s right for you?

While it’s easy to slip into making a decision based on fees, there are many more important areas you should take into account when it comes to the management of your largest financial asset. Here are five golden questions to help you uncover the best Property Manager for...

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