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Shipping Container Homes

Eco-friendly shelters made out of used shipping containers are big right now.

As the name suggests, these are made from shipping containers which are refitted for use as modular homes; modular meaning they can be tailored to fit the size requirements of their owners.

There is a surprisingly large number of designs, sizes and uses for container properties – houses, granny flats, shops, hotels, offices …and like Mudgee’s latest offering to coffee-lovers, cafes! More »

10 Things to Check Before You Buy a Home

We all know that before you sign the papers to take over your new home, there are some very important checks to be made; like building and pest reports.

But once your mortgage is up and running, and you’ve just moved in, the last thing you want to find is that you’ve just inherited previous tenants past problems and the costly repairs begin.

However, here are 10 very simple  maintenance checks which can sometimes make the difference between buying your dream house and stepping into a costly nightmare. More »

Should I Still Hold My Open House In The Rain?

Come rain or come shine…the real buyers will be out like the postal service.

You may only get one visitor but you can be sure they are serious about buying.

While you don’t want someone trudging through your home, over newly cleaned carpets and polished floorboards with wet, muddy feet; there are a few precautions you can take to protect your home while still making the prospective buyer feel welcome, warm and happy when they enter your home. More »

Property buyers could save thousands before Christmas

Smart investors have a small window of opportunity to nab festive-season property bargains, says a leading market commentator.

CPREA (Certified Practicing Real Estate Agents) chairman Geoff Baldwin said whilst there is no doubt that the market has slowed as we approach Christmas, there is now a “short but attractive opportunity for property buyers to negotiate harder and save thousands”. More »

Bushfire Survival Plan

Prepare a bushfire survival plan.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the country, city or suburbs – if your home is in an area even remotely at risk of bushfire you need to have a bushfire survival plan.

Generally speaking, this should apply to:

  1. Any house in an area with a history of bushfires;
  2. Houses within a few blocks of bushland;
  3. Properties not at direct risk but that are situated near a wilderness corridor, and
  4. If you’d need to travel through bushland in order to escape.

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Eco friendly renovation tips

Ecofriendly renovationsWith ailments such as asthma, allergies and hypersensitivity being linked to chemicals, creating a healthy home environment has become a priority for many homeowners. More »

The top 10 tips for auction bidding

By Cate Bakos

As a trained auction bidder and experienced property buyer, I’ve bid at hundreds of property auctions over the years and have learnt many tricks along the way.

Being based in the country’s auction capital, Melbourne, means that I’m exposed to auctions every single weekend, from the beginning of February until the week before Christmas. Melbournians, Sydneysiders and even Brisbane shoppers understand that the chances of a good property being taken to auction are high. So why do so many people fear auctions? More »

Swimming Pools – Added value or Limited appeal?

Summer is just around the corner and, before we know it, another sweltering hot Mudgee summer will be on our doorstep.

And what’s better than being able to cool off by simply jumping into your backyard pool?

How many of us look back fondly at the years we spent in our youth lounging in the family backyard pool and having summer pool parties with friends?

Does having a pool on your property help or hinder when it comes time to sell your home?  How about if it’s an investment property?

The answer is neither simple nor straightforward as investing in a pool can benefit one home owner while not adding an ounce of value to the next. More »

10 Essential Tips For Collecting Rent

Investment properties should make money for you; not work.  

If you manage your own investment property, you’ll know that one of the biggest stresses can be collecting (and chasing) rent.

Using a professional Property Management team definitely makes life as a landlord easier however, if you decide to go it on your own,

here are ten tips to ensure you always get your rent. More »

Safety Tips for Rural Living

Today I got a call from an elderly client, devastated and distraught because her house was broken into while she was undergoing a hernia operation in Sydney.


Not only was EVERYTHING stolen – tv’s, jewellery, tools, even the electric kettle – the thieving scumbags even stole the wooden panelling off her walls!  Apparently someone did see a car and caravan parked outside her place and had the sense of mind to report it, however the damage had already been done. Hopefully, the police will be able to catch the thieves before they manage to sell off most of her belongings.

While isolated rural living is peaceful, away from traffic and noise, isolation has its downside in that it’s exactly this which makes for perfect targets as they are often far away from watchful neighbours and police presence.

Because rural thieves are less concerned about being discovered in the act, they are more likely to clean out the house of everything marketable.

So today’s post is written with rural safety in mind. More »