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How To Negotiate To Buy A Home!

Negotiating is intimidating for some. For the negotiators out there who are intimidated, have no fear. You are closer to being a better negotiator than the people (and in the case of you buying a property, the agent) who take pride in being the intimidating negotiator. The first and most important thing to understand with negotiating is that it’s not meant to be a headbutting exercise! If a negotiation is done well, the agent will feel almost as if you…

5 Keys To Minimising The Stress Of Selling Your Home!

There have been countless studies done on the most stressful things we human beings can do in our life time. Most of those studies include selling a property up there in the top 5 most stressful things we can do or have happen to us. It makes sense, there is a huge element of uncertainty which is where stress thrives. Use these 5 pro tips to minimise the stress associated with your next sale.   1. Be really clear on…

So You’ve Got A Buyer For My Home, Hey?

*At your home after inviting a real estate agent over to see if they can help you sell* Agent: “You know what, I’ve got the perfect buyer for this place right now!” Owner: “Really, great! Agent: “I know right, just sign this 3 month lock in contract and I’ll bring them right on down!” Owner: “….ohhh….Okay” *Owner signs contract* Agent: “You know what, they are no longer looking for a property in this area but let’s get started on finding…

Is Renovating Your Home A Mistake?

Sounds like a silly question, right? Of course renovating is a great idea, isn’t it? The answer actually depends on one main factor… Are you doing the renovations to enjoy your lavish new home? Or are you renovating to add value to a property, and make a profit via re-financing or selling? If you are renovating to live in and enjoy, go for yours. This article is not for you, it is for anyone out there who is considering renovating…

4 Tips To Get Every Cent From The Bank

Some people don’t need to borrow any money from a bank or lender to buy property, bully to those people! For most of us mere mortals, we need a bank to provide us with the lion’s share of the money required to buy a property. This is how the banks make a tonne of money so don’t get me wrong, they want to lend you money. There are, however, many factors that influence their ease or difficulty in lending you…

Do’s And Don’ts Of Real Estate Photography

Without a doubt in Australian modern day real estate, photos are important, possibly the most important component of your marketing material! When you are selling, they are the first impression a vast majority of buyers and the general public have of your home. What do we need to do to get this right without deceiving and disappointing potential buyers and how does the process work? Lets start with the don’ts. The first is obvious, don’t take tacky/ cheap photos by…

How The Election Affects Your Property

With the passing of the election, I thought it would be of value to write a short and sweet article about the policies that are, the policies that could have been and the affect this all has on Australian real estate. The liberal party won the election after a campaign which looked all but won by labor and the ramifications for real estate look a little like the following:   No changes to Capital Gains Tax concessions: Capital Gains Tax…

To Floorplan Or Not To Floorplan?

Is it necessary to have a floorplan available for buyers when advertising a property for sale? That is the question… and the answer is a resounding yes! Let’s take a quick look at one of the most cost effective advertising weapons you should include in your arsenal when you hit the market. Photos will rarely tell the full story of a home. Often, when you look at properties for sale online, the photos will leave you wondering where one room…

How To Dominate An Auction

Auctions can be scary right?!?! Should I use one to sell my home? What do I have to have organised as a buyer before showing up to bid? How do I register to bid? How on earth do I bid? The fear is all in the unknown for an auction, almost anything can happen in that highly emotional environment. The key is to have a plan as a buyer or seller, so here are some of our best tips and…

7 Tips For Researching Market Value

Buying and selling can be a stressful and difficult process. This is especially true when contemplating how much to spend for your new home or how much money you'd need to  be offered in order to sell your home. If you use the following principles of market research prior to buying or selling, chances are you will have put yourself in a much better position to make the right decision around your hard earned money. 1. Compare the property to…

What should my asking price be when selling my house?

When buying or selling real estate in Australia, one of, if not the biggest factor for a lot of families, is the price. How much money is too much/ not enough to advertise for and how do we go about asking for our dough! Between the “Offers Above” campaigns (which are now illegal in NSW), the “Contact Agent” campaigns, the houses with an advertised price range of 10’s of thousands of dollars and everything in between, it can be hard…