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The Dangers of Home Valuation Websites

March 14, 2019

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You may have noticed the growing number of  websites and home-valuing apps that  have popped up in recent times offering free valuations.          Typically, there are two types of valuations offered online: the automatic algorithm or the referral to a real estate agent (some offer both), and it’s very easy to be fooled by the result. All […]

5 Tips on how to sell for MORE in 2019

February 7, 2019

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Accept the market was overpriced – the market is not falling from fundamental value, it is falling TO fundamental value.  When you accept the market was overvalued, the slowing becomes less painful and the next decision becomes easier to make.    Waiting for prices to return to fresh highs means you won’t be selling in 2019. Accept […]

Should you buy? Should you sell? or Just wait?

January 17, 2019

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If you are like most people who may be thinking of selling or buying, you’re probably wondering – what’s the right move to make in the current market?  Should you sell?  Should you buy? or should you wait? The news as we know rarely delivers anything good and the negative portrayal of the property market, […]

Advertise your property-NOT the agent! Don't be duped into Unnecessary Advertising!

November 21, 2018

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Some Real Estate advertising is an example of dishonesty in the real estate industry with home sellers duped into spending thousands of dollars of unnecessary real estate advertising through a system known as vendor paid advertising(VPA). Real Estate Advertising went through a revolutionary change in mid 1980s when VPA was introduced, and allowed agents to transfer most of […]

The UPSIDE to buying in a down market

November 14, 2018

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Written  by  Peter O’Malley,  Author of Inside Real Estate Property  prices  across  many  parts  of  Australia  are  falling,  of  that  there  is  now  little  doubt. The  prevailing  sentiment  would  have  you  believe  that  falling  prices  are  terrible  for  all concerned.  Admittedly,  the  net  result  of  those  trading  in  a  falling  property  market  is probably  to  the  downside. Make  […]

Are you Underinsured?

September 3, 2018

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4 out of 5 are Underinsured.  An alarming 80 per cent of property owners are underinsured- according to data from the Insurance Council of Australia. While some may underinsure their property on purpose, believing that an event may never happen to save on costs; there are many home owners and investors that are unaware that […]

Why Public Auctions get lower prices!

August 27, 2018

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Public Auction is the most deceptive method used to sell property in Australia.  Home sellers tempted to go to Public Auction their homes should remember four words: AUCTIONS GET LOWER PRICES! Why? For the Agent, public auctions are all about gaining advertising revenue and personal profile.    The “sale” is more important that the “price”.      We […]

Thinking of Selling? Why IS Important.

July 12, 2018

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If you are like most sellers, the thought of selling your property can be daunting. When it comes to getting the highest price for your property, these are the two things that, more than any others, will optimise your chances of success. But before we get into those areas, do you mind if I ask […]

Is Winter a good time to sell?

June 15, 2018

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As the cooler weather sets in, many people considering going to the market will be faced with a decision – sell in winter or wait until spring.     Aside from the practical considerations such as work commitments, school terms and actually being ready to go on market, the impact of the season on a campaign success […]

Don't Wait until it's too late

April 17, 2018

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Unfortunately many elderly people put off selling their family home until it’s too late and the decision to sell is no longer theirs to make, it’s made instead by others. It is sad to see this happen to many of our elderly. Generally the reason the elderly have to move is because the upkeep and […]

Buying a tenanted property

March 16, 2018

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Are you considering purchasing a tenanted property?    If so it’s essential that you find out important information to mitigate any ongoing potential risk eg. How much is the current rent? Is rent being paid on time? Is there a bond held? How long have tenants been in the property & how many approved? Have pets been approved […]

Q. Is it worth buying a renovator as an Investment?

March 14, 2018

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The TV house renovation programs are very addictive and make it look so easy! A.    You need to take into consideration many aspects such a depreciation, return on investment (ROI), borrowings, etc.      There is good money to be made if you buy right and renovate within a budget that has an outcome of a fair sale price […]

What to expect when selling your home

January 17, 2018

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Whether you’re downsizing or moving to a new area, most home owners will find themselves selling at one point in their lives. Selling your home can be a stressful period, particularly if you’re not sure what to expect. This blog post will guide you on the process to successfully selling your home and starting a […]

How to attract a good tenant - and keep them!

November 2, 2017

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Good tenants make property investment a less stressful experience – they lead to reliable cash flow, a reduction in turnover rates, less wear and tear on the property and generally less work overall. But how do you find the perfect tenant? Once you find them, how do you keep? While there may be no magical […]

First Impressions are Crucial

October 24, 2017

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The outside of the house if the first impression that a potential buyer is going to have and it’s vital that you present the property in the absolute best possible way you can.     You want buyers to fall in love with your property, so give it that loved, friendly and welcoming look.     […]

Spring Cleaning

September 1, 2017

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Whether you are thinking of selling now or in the future, there is no better time to get into a thorough clean out  than in spring,  when you feel more energised and enthusiastic.       And there’s no better feeling than coming home to a clean house! You could plan this for a free day on a  […]

ATO Guide for Rental Property Owners

August 25, 2017

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Rental properties 2017 The ATO has a great publication guide that explains how to manage and understand rental income and expenses, including how to treat more than 230 residential rental property items; depreciation of items such as building, fixtures and fittings, capital gains tax; general value shifting regime, goods and services tax (GST); negative gearing; […]

Tips for Choosing an Investment Property

August 17, 2017

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Every property investor would love to have a crystal ball and be able to buy in an area before it becomes ‘up and coming’, in order to buy cheaply and reap the benefits of a subsequent increase in property prices. There are certain indications that a suburb may boom, but none of them are set […]

Planning a renovation??

July 22, 2017

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THINKING OF RENOVATING? It can be possible to renovate and upgrade your property without having to utilise money from your savings account and improve your after tax cash flow. If you have some equity in your property, a re-draw facility or line-of-credit you may be able to free up funds and upgrade your property.  Your […]

What is Capital Gains Tax?

June 13, 2017

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LIKE MOST TAX AND ACCOUNTING RELATED MATTERS, CAPITAL GAINS TAX CAN BE COMPLEX AND DAUNTING FOR SOME Capital gains tax is tax on the profit made on the sale of any capital item. Capital gains tax applies in the financial year a capital asset is sold. It is important to note that the date of […]