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Australians spend more time looking at property than at the gym

May 24, 2019

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Aussies spend twice as much time looking at property than they do going to the gym – even people who aren’t looking at buying property! A global study conducted by HSBC founded that Aussies clock up to 2.5 hours a week researching the property market, compared to the 1.08 hours spent at the gym. The […]

Beware of joining investment clubs or groups

May 9, 2019

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Beware of joining investment groups or clubs, many of which are full of marketeers. These groups attract potential buyers through ‘wealth creation seminars’ or ‘investment seminars’ that promise to show you how to make your fortune through real estate. They often have stands in shopping centres along with a slick online presence. These wealth clubs […]

Australia has how many property investors?

May 7, 2019

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Australia has 2,156,319 property investors, most of whom own just one property, according to the ATO. The ATO figures show that 71% of people who own investment property have just one, while a further 19% own two properties. Less than 1% of investors own five properties and less than 1% own six or more properties. […]

Queensland's largest and fastest growing suburb is right at our doorstep

May 2, 2019

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Pimpama is Queensland’s largest and fastest growing suburb. During the 2016-17 financial year, the Gold Coast suburb’s population grew by 30.8 per cent (3000 people) and had $352 million worth of residential properties approved during the 2016-17 financial year. Furthermore, net internal migration accounted for 90 per cent of population change. Pimpama came in as […]

Know your purpose for investing in property

April 30, 2019

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Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree. This is far from true. Most residential property investors are simply striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They own one property – or possibly two – and rent it out in the hope that one day, with smart management and capital […]

Land value increases right across South East Queensland

April 26, 2019

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Landowners across South East Queensland are in a better position than what they were two to three years ago when land valuations last took place as land values have since increased. The state’s valuation service considered extensive land sales and undertook economic analysis to determine the new valuations. Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said the valuations […]

What's happening in Brisbane this May

April 23, 2019

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Brisbane is buzzing this May. If you’re not sure how you’re going to keep your weekends (and a couple of weeknights) entertained in May – read along – we’ve got you covered. Valley Sounds: Thursday May 9 The Brightside, Brisbane A showcase of Brisbane’s up-and-coming bands. Etsy Made Local: Friday May 10 – Saturday May […]

The golden rule of selling – pay no money until the property is sold: The cost of advertising 3/3

April 17, 2019

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If an agent suggests an advertising campaign involving upfront marketing costs, ask them to pay for it. If the agent is so confident their marketing plan will result in a sale, they should be happy to front the costs. A good agent will always be happy to receive reimbursement for marketing costs after the sale […]

Have you outgrown your home?

April 16, 2019

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How do you know if it’s time to move on? Maybe you have more kids than bedrooms, or you’re getting to an age where maintaining your property is physically demanding. Our lifestyle and social lives dictate what we do and don’t need in a home. Change in family size The house may be too crowded […]

Agents love that sellers pay for large advertisements with their name on it: The cost of advertising 2/3

April 11, 2019

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Marketing is not cheap. That’s why so many property advertisements have agents’ faces and agent names so predominantly displayed. If agents’ marketing costs can be subsidised by sellers, why not? Although the house is advertised, agents are also marketing themselves to other potential sellers. One major website will not allow agents to have their name […]

The air in your home could be polluted and doing you harm

April 9, 2019

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You wouldn’t think so, but air pollution can create havoc for us indoors as much as it can outdoors. Australians on average spend 90 per cent or more of their time inside – whether that be in homes, classrooms, offices, restaurants, cars or recreational buildings.  In winter, doors and windows are shut to block out […]

Upgraded online property advertisements are a win for the agent, not for the seller: The cost of advertising 1/3

April 4, 2019

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The real estate industry has convinced itself and the marketplace that the more exposure a property gets during the sales process, the better the outcome. Paying for exposure through expensive advertising presents two dangers: the loss of any upfront monies paid and the real responsibility of an eventual lower selling price. The Real Estate Institute […]

You may be forgetting to clean these parts of your home

April 2, 2019

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The floor gets a vacuum, the pots and pans get washed. But for every table that gets wiped after dinner, there’s an equally deserving shower curtain that has been neglected and requires a clean. The greatest household inequality of all is that not all parts of the home are treated equally in regards to cleanliness. […]

The internet records everything and forgets nothing

March 28, 2019

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Before the internet, properties were mainly promoted via newspaper advertisements, flyers, signs and agents’ windows. These locations had a remarkable and often overlooked advantage over modern forms of advertising: they left no easily traceable marketing or sales history. There is an old saying: ‘Nothing is as useless as yesterday’s newspaper’. In the newspaper age, a […]

Bamboo furniture making a comeback

March 26, 2019

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Retro bamboo furniture and homewares is making a big comeback. As one of the most environmentally-friendly resources, redecorating with bamboo is pretty much a win-win. From homewares to flooring and fabrics, there really isn’t much you can’t do with bamboo. Chairs, couches, bedframes, lampshades, mirrors and baskets are some of the more popular bamboo pieces […]

More than ever, home ownership matters

March 21, 2019

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8 out of 10 survey respondents believe Australians should be able to own their home and that housing affordability is a top 3 concern. The Housing Industry Association says the survey confirms that The Great Australian Dream is still embedded in the psyche of Australians. The research found that 92% of renters aspire to own […]

How different countries decorate

March 19, 2019

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A recent scientific study of over 50,000 photos of living rooms in properties advertised for rent on Airbnb has founded that despite globalisation and the ease of being able to buy the same stool in Toronto and Brisbane, countries still have their very own sense of style, especially in living areas. Homes with lots of […]

Hiring the wrong agent

March 14, 2019

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The most common and most dangerous way to hire an agent is based on an estimated sale price and the agent’s fee. This rarely works out well. Owners basing their decision on these two factors alone are more likely to fall victim to an inflated price estimate. The agent gives little thought to achieving the […]

Things to do in and around Brisbane on a rainy day

March 12, 2019

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A rainy, miserable day eliminates the beach, an outdoor hike or a picnic in the park, unless if you really don’t mind doing things in the rain or hail and with little shine. There is a myriad of things to do in and around Brisbane. Some options may be more expensive than Netflix-ing and downing […]

Creating a pet-friendly yard

March 7, 2019

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If you have kids, ensuring the yard is child-safe is usually a very high priority, from a pool fence around the pool, to making sure that there are no toxic plants or shrubs that are going to cause irritable skin rashes. The same goes for pets. Creating a safe but fun environment for your furry […]