Why you should invest in marketing when selling your home

Posted on January 19, 2022

When you go to put your home on the market, your salesperson may offer you an opportunity to invest in extra marketing options. Over and above what their standard plan includes.At this point you might understandably think:"Hey, I'm already paying you a commission. Why should I pay extra for advertising?"The reason is, to ensure you get the best pos... read more

How To Set Up Your Home Office

Posted on January 11, 2022

Many of us have fallen in love with working from home over the last few years: the 5-second commute, attending 'meetings' in your track pants, no one stealing your snacks from the office fridge. The benefits are numerous.There is a catch though! Working from home can be difficult if you don't have the right space. Somewhere you can focus and avoid ... read more

Should you sell your home now or wait?

Posted on December 16, 2021

The right time to sell your property is when you have something better to do with the money.You might sell the home you live in to find more space for a growing family. Or to downsize to a more manageable property.Maybe you plan to shift to a cheaper town and work remotely, so you can reduce your mortgage or remove it completely.You might choose to... read more

Is the market starting to turn?

Posted on December 06, 2021

Are we switching from a hot, seller's market to a more balanced market?In some centres around the country, we're starting to hear of open homes getting a little bit quieter and fewer offers being put forward for properties compared to say, six months ago.So what does this mean if you're trying to buy a house right now?Tip 1: Timing the market is di... read more

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