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September 01, 2019

The Hidden Benefits of Gardening

Gardening and being in nature are known to be physically and mentally beneficial. Despite this, many of us are still not spending enough time outdoors.

An analysis of recent research examining the effects of gardening indicated a wide range of positive improvements in social, physical and psychological health.

In the long term, these can all alleviate and prevent various health issues. For example, a bit of weeding and pruning is enough moderate activity to keep adults in good shape and, according to  FULL ARTICLE

September 01, 2019

Simple Appliance Tips to Save Money on Energy

Simple tricks to save money and energy through your appliances

During winter, most people think of the heater as the item driving up the energy bills. But our use of other appliances increases too.

Slow-cooked meals on the stove top and storing leftovers in the freezer all add to the cost of energy. Clothes take longer to dry and we are wearing more of them, so more washing and drying.

On rainy, winter days, most people turn to the dryer rather than risk...

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August 30, 2019

Top 10 Things Buyers are seeking in 2020 and beyond

From swimming pools and garages to a sun-filled aspect, these are the features Aussie buyers are seeking in a new home in 2020, as revealed by Realestate.com.au stats 


1. The ideal layout

Open-plan homes are no longer being sought-after in the way they used to be. The modern buyer is looking for a home with more than one living zone and a seamless flow. 

If you’ve got children, one open-plan living space can mean you’re living on top of each other; a...

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August 01, 2019

Market Snapshot

Sales Market

No ScoMo bounce or interest rate boost for Adelaide, but it is a market that probably didn't need it.

While Adelaide didn't see the heady highs that we saw in Melbourne and Sydney during the boom, it kept powering ahead when both those markets started declining. Adelaide was under the same funding constraints as everyone else, but it had little impact.

Similarly, Adelaide didn't see the same boost in activity post Federal election or interest rate cut that we saw in...

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August 01, 2019

Annual Client Cinema Night

Last Tuesday we invited 300 of our clients to our annual Client Cinema Night. This year we watched The Lion King at Event CInemas, Marion. 

The remake of the Disney classic was a hit with young and old, with fantastic visual effects, great songs and one of the best narratives ever written!

If you didn't get an invite this year, but would like to be a part of it next year feel free to reach out to us via email: marion@harcourts.com.au

 

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June 27, 2019

State of the Market July 2019

There have been three significant events that have led to a slow down in the Adelaide property market. The first event was the Federal Election. Lots of people are aware that the market always dissipates in the lead up to a Federal Election, but this year was particularly significant with Liberal and Labor Parties both with very daring ideas about economic policy relating to real estate. The second significant event was the Royal Commission into banking, which of course caused...

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June 26, 2019

Five things you shouldn’t DIY when preparing a property for sale

If you’re putting your home on the market, you’ll need to get it in tip-top shape. But when it comes to getting the best price result, a DIY approach may not always be the best option, even if it does save you money.

Buyers can spot sloppiness, laziness and bad finishes from a mile away. An amateur renovation can give an impression that the house has faults which have been camouflaged, and buyers may wonder what else is wrong with the...

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June 26, 2019

The Key to Securing a Buyer: why pre-sale preparation is more important than ever

Falling property prices have presented patient house hunters who missed out in the boom with an opportunity.

But while many buyers are hunting for a bargain, nobody wants to buy a lemon. Those ready to buy want to minimise the chances of their new property falling in value and are understandably cautious.

As a result, agents report that quality homes are performing better at auction than those that need work.

Presentation is the key to securing a buyer in this market....

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May 31, 2019

Selling in Winter

For some vendors, the thought of selling in winter gives them the chills. But there is actually very little concrete proof that winter yields either lower prices or longer sale times.

While traditionalists say spring is the best time to sell and there are usually many more buyers around, this is also when there are the most listings on the market, increasing your competition with other properties. In winter, there are fewer buyers but also fewer listings to compete against, which...

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May 31, 2019

Home cleaning hacks that professional cleaners use!

Cleaning the house — you either love it or hate it. For some, getting out the gloves and making every surface crystal clean is therapeutic, and maybe even enjoyable, but for others cleaning is a dreaded chore that evokes huffing and puffing.

You only have to do a quick Google search to see all of the new cleaning hacks circulating. All of them proclaim themselves to be the newest and easiest ways to clean different areas of the home, but it...

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