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Buying a Strata Title Property

Historically, first-home buyers have purchased a house (or land) in the suburbs; however, with the ever-changing socio-economic landscape coupled with housing affordability issues, as well as the shift towards easy-care low maintenance living – an increasing number of buyers are purchasing properties in a community titles scheme, i.e., townhouse, unit, or apartment.

What is a strata title?

Strata title is a method of facilitating individual ownership of part of a lot/unit whilst … Read the full post »

Selling in Cooler Months

Traditionally, the real estate market is widely acknowledged as having its busiest activity occur across the season of spring – warmer weather, blossoming flowers, heightened levels of optimism in general, along with the motivation of moving and being settled into a new property by Christmas.

However, when the market is as buoyant as it is right now, the onset of winter is unlikely to slow the momentum that has swept across … Read the full post »

Happy Easter

Well, it’s Easter-Eve, so (most) of us are preparing for some sort of break, whilst some of us with school-aged children may also be on holidays.  Here on the Sunshine Coast, we are so blessed with so much to do on our doorstep, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get away on holidays, you can have a fabulous ‘Staycation’ at home!

Below are just a few of the many things to … Read the full post »

Possible Changes to Lending Laws

The federal government is currently weighing up proposed changes to responsible lending laws, that could see a relaxation in credit terms, as part of the recovery from the financial devastation of COVID19.

If the amendments are passed, loan approvals for investors should become more streamlined; making access to credit more effortless than it has been in the past; particularly after the tightening up post-GFC (Global Financial Crisis), and further down the … Read the full post »

FOMO – Fear of Missing Out

Many parts of the housing market are experiencing low levels of stock; hence the increased prices we have been experiencing, particularly in key lifestyle areas such as the Sunshine Coast.  So, whilst your own home’s value may be rising, so too is the likely value of any property you will purchase after you sell.

Eventually, more supply will come onto the market and the frenzy will abate somewhat; but until that … Read the full post »

Women and Property Report

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day, and there were various fundraising and network events held throughout the Sunshine Coast to mark the occasion.  In this same week CoreLogic, Australia’s leading property data, information, analytics, and services provider; released an inaugural report “Women and Property: State of Play” providing evidence of the relationship between the gender pay gap and the gender wealth gap.

The report analysed a 2021 snapshot of property … Read the full post »

Growing Wealth Through Property

The path to financial prosperity is not always straightforward, cheap, or easy; however, it is widely acknowledged and consistently proven over time, that one of the most solid ways to build wealth is through property acquisition.

Outlined below are a few key steps to consider when building a property portfolio:

Goal Setting:  this is a fundamental first step.  What do you want to achieve (for example early retirement)? What is your timeline? … Read the full post »

New Loan Commitments Continue to Grow

Despite the pandemic still hanging around creating intermittent havoc, the Australian property market remains resilient, continuing to break records and defying the logical premise of instability one would have predicted when the COVID lockdowns commenced in 2020.

The latest information from CoreLogic, sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – reveals the total value of new loan commitments for housing grew for the seventh consecutive month and shows no sign … Read the full post »

Has My Tenant Abandoned My Property?

If you are a private landlord, managing your rental portfolio yourself, occasionally you may come across a situation of ‘abandonment’; whereby a tenant has unexpectedly vacated your property.

What are the ‘red flags’?

Late rent
Cessation in communication ie no response to emails etc
Unkempt gardens
Overflowing letterbox
Information from neighbours
Direct indication/communication from tenants themselves

What happens now?

It is essential that you follow the correct procedures before changing the locks and … Read the full post »

The Importance of Investing in a Marketing Campaign

In our daily work life as Agents, we often meet with sellers who are totally sold on the idea of selling their home for a premium price, but not sold on the idea of investing in a marketing campaign.  The main reason for this seems to be hesitation at making an investment without the guarantee of a sale.  Now, in a flat market, this can seem like an understandable concern; … Read the full post »

Maintaining Indoor Plants

With downsizing and high-density living a trend that is here to stay, there’s an increasing market for indoor plants; despite garden sizes shrinking, many of us still like to have some greenery in and around our homes, as plants not only enhance ambience and promote calm, but they also produce oxygen (critical for our survival).  Plants are an essential part of any home, and if well maintained boost aesthetic appeal … Read the full post »

Regional Markets Continue to Shine!

Australia’s leading property market analysts and data collectors, CoreLogic released their latest report on the health of the national property market this week, and there’s plenty of good news, particularly for regional markets along the eastern seaboard, such as the Sunshine Coast.

December home value data showed the combined regional dwelling market increased 6.9% in value over the year; a growth rate more than three times the rate of the combined … Read the full post »

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