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WINTER KERBSIDE APPEAL IDEAS

Don't settle for dull gardens these cooler months. If you're thinking of selling, it's important to sprouse up the property appeal before going to market.

here are some tips how.

 

  • Plant Evergreen Trees for Winter Landscape Beauty. Evergreens are a great way to help your winter landscape look beautiful and lush all season. ...
     
  • use stylish stone planters for hardy succulants...
     
  • Attract Birds With Food and Water. ...
     
  • Beautiful Lighting. ...
     
  • Add water feature or fountain at entry and window flower boxes...
     
  • Repurpose Existing Decorations. ...
     
  • Consider Your Hardscape,, borders, paths and driveways..
     
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Simple ways to brighten up your home

6 Simple ways to lift up your rented home.
 
1. Get a statement rug. Hide old carpets or boring floors with a stand out rug.
2. Hide ugly tiles. Unattractive bathroom and kitchen tiles can be covered up with retro-style waterproof stickers called Tile Tattoos from Mibo.
3. Hang without holed. I always use 3M Command Strips. They’re great because you can hang picture frames without creating holes in walls.
4. Brighten up the place. Use floor or table lamps to create feature lighting around the home.
5. Fancy a cushion. Designer cushions are fast becoming a fashion trend and covers are easily interchangeable.
6. Add some mirrors. This will brighten up a room and make it look bigger.
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How to Prepare your Property for Rent

Preparing our property for rent optimises the return on your investment. If you take the time to ensure your property is well presented and inviting, prospective tenants will be drawn to your property. Remember, we want prospetive tenants to feel at home and to basically picture themselves living there in a nice, clean and inviting environment. So how does our property attract tenants and make them feel welcome?

1. Pest Control. There is nothing worse than the sight of bugs and pests crawling around the property during a property inspection. The first thing I would do is leave.

2. Gardens. Ensure the lawns are neat and green, the hedging has been done and the flower beds are looking their best. A neglected garden is detering and often puts people off. Hence, a blooming and healthy garden shows pride and care and prospective tenants often picture themselves spending time maintaining the gardens and enjoying some outdoor leisurly fun.

3. Paint. Walls and ceiling must feel fresh and clean. If paint is overdue it might be worthwhile slapping on a new coat to brighten up the place.

4. Carpet. It is reccommended that carpet is replaced every 10 years however it might not need replacing this often if it is well maintained. A steam clean and deodouriser might do the trick. If carpets are freyed or damaged, you might want to consider placing a nice rug over them or change them all together.

5. Wardrobes. Add cheap long framed mirrors in the same colour to older style wardrobes. This brings them into the 21st century and adds light while gives the perception of a bigger space in the room.

There are many DIY tips you can take advantage of to bring your rental property up to grade. The key is making a good first impression.

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Australian Property Market Still Going Strong

"How is the property market in Sydney and Brisbane" I am being asked. Well they are selling strong with investors from China and India buying up a lot of our countries prime real estate. An article I read recently gave stats that 10,000,00 wealthy Chinese would like to invest in Australia with a long term goal to emigrate here and live the Australian lifestyle. That's positive news for capital growth and supply and demand as many local investors continue to buy off the plan. With Brisbane having said to be a world class city, much focus has been invested into making this city bigger and better. Let me know if you want to know which buildings are set to make an impression and become landmark builds.

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OFF THE PLAN PURCHASES! To buy or not to buy?

It's not an unreasonable question, is it? Buying off the plan can sometime be worrying, especially if we're not well informed about the procedure and process of the transaction from start to finish. Here are some things to consider when buying off the plan.

Benefits to buying off the plan:

  • Lock in a price – One of the advantages of buying off the plan is that you will pay the current market price for a property, even though it will be completed in the future.
  • Securing a high value asset for a low initial capital outlay While a deposit is made to secure the property (usually 10%), the entire payment doesn’t need to be paid until the property has been built. This provides you with time to organise your finances and if required sell your existing home without the need for bridging finance.
  • Increase in property value – If the market experiences growth, the property you purchase off the plan today may increase in value when you settle two years later.
  • Tax advantages – If purchasing for investment purposes, you may be able to claim depreciation on your tax for items like fixtures and fittings. It is important to consult your Accountant to find out if you are eligible.
  • Stamp duty savings in some states – State governments (in certain states) offer bonuses and reductions in stamp duty for buying off the plan which can save you thousands of dollars.
  • Seven year builders guarantee – Newly built properties in Australia come with a 7 year builders guarantee which means structural or interior building faults must be repaired by the builder.

 

Risks to buying off the plan:

 

  • Falling property market – There is a risk that you may pay too much for a property if the market falls between the exchange of contracts and building completion. If this does occur you may find it difficult to secure finance for the full amount.
  • Failed expectations – As many builders do not allow you to see the property until construction has completed, there is a risk that what you envision is not what you will receive. The quality of work may also not meet your standards.
  • Rising Interest rates – Interest rates could increase before you settle on the property which is problematic if you wanted to fix the term of the loan at the current interest rate.
  • Bankruptcy – Many buyers fear the developer could go into liquidation before the project is completed. You need to ask what the options are if this occurs; will you get your money back and what guarantees do you have?

Ensure you have a Solicitor or Conveyancer check the terms of the agreement to ensure you are protected should this occur.

 

Before you sign the dotted line…

  • Visit the property site and check the location. If there are other constructions in the area, it may affect your view.
  • Carefully inspect the display home, models and plans. Investigate the fixtures, fittings and finishes.
  • Research the market conditions and speak to an expert to determine the property prices.
  • Research the developer. You may wish to
 
  1. Ask how long they have been in the industry and how many properties they have built.o Visit your developer’s previous work, inspect the quality and speak to previous clients to determine their satisfaction with the property.
  2. Ask questions to determine what is covered as part of the purchase price, for example, what fittings, floor coverings, painting and decorating is part of the package and what is additional.
  3. Discuss your expectations for the property with your developer and have them written into the contract to avoid disagreement with the developer at the completion of the project.
  4. Obtain guarantees of their financial status written into the contract if possible, to avoid encountering financial complications with the developer. Ask to see the developer’s balance sheet to determine their financial strength as there is a risk that if the developer goes into liquidation before the property is finished you may lose your deposit and other costs.

 

  • Carefully review the contract with a legal professional. Take note of:
    o The completion date.o If there are penalties if you withdraw from the contract
  • o If you can visit the site during construction.
  • o If you can make changes to finishes and fixtures.
  • o What happens if the developers run into financial problems and what happens to your deposit?
  • o What happens if faults are identified post-completion?
Contact us at Australian Prime Realtor for more information.
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Selling House and Hidden Agent Costs

Not all of us are familiar with the costs associated with selling our home. Agent fees can sometimes be unclear or daunting and on such an important matter, it is essential that we understand exactly what we're in for whether the property is sold or not sold with the listing agent. Often, advertising fees are unavoidable and we are faced with bills amounting to thousands to cover the cost of on-line advertising, printed material, professional photography and sign-boards just to name a few. Wouldn't it be nice if the stress of paying bills when trying to sell your home for the best price possible was removed, and advertising cost were incorporated in the sales commission fee. I agree it would be a much simpler and desired avenue to take when selling house. It is therefore important to shop around for the right agency when you are thinking of selling.To find out what our agents can do for you, call us and ask about any promotions on our professonal services www.primerealtor.com.au

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Which City Will be Australias Next Big Thing

We have heard it before, Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. It is loved and has seen huge progress of late in the property stock market. So we might ask the question, which Australian city is set to make waves in the near future? We know Melbourne has also seen growth and is becoming unaffordable in some parts, there is still some areas to snatch up a good home and growth is expected to increase in 2016 even though we are seeing a slower sales rate.
What if you could buy a family home for under $400k, or better yet, less than $300,000. We know there are many remote areas where we could buy property and earn a good return, but we want growth, not just a rental income to cover the mortgage. We want to see our investment grow and double the equity within a matter of just a couple of years right?
 
The next city set to see the spotlight has been in the making for some time now. With planning to increase the population, job creation, and affordability, extensive and careful planning around infrastructure are the right ingredients to see this to success. Investors from abroad have their eye on it, and the locals are catching on. Investors with big money and big plans have come from Asia and have purchased sites which will be transformed into high-rise living. Exceptional living quarters will gear this stylish and upcoming city to boom, driving more to own a piece of the pie.
 
So where exactly are we expecting to see large scale developments and outer regions of this city transformed into a cosmopolitan bliss? The Brisbane region is your answer and the magic word is water.
 
Buying can be difficult if you are not familiar with an area. We do require some assistance to determine which street or suburbs are better and how they vary. It's generally a safe bet looking at property with water views.
For instance, the prices of property in Freemantle, Western Australia has jumped as its only 30 minutes from Perth but more-so because it is close to the West Coast.
 
If you're not sure how to explore your options or how to go about purchasing interstate, contact us for more insight.