Category Archives: Tips & Advice

For you’re a jolly good seller

Just a flourish with the paintbrush can put some wind in the sales.

It is possible to add $100,000 of value to some properties by spending just $10,000, provided you learn to do most of the renovation yourself.

Experts say few property owners who embark on a quick, cosmetic renovation achieve sky-high returns. It is more likely you will get back $3 or $4 for every dollar you spend, but only if you focus on maximising profit with minimum outlay and tackle these critical areas: Continue reading For you’re a jolly good seller

Questions to ask at an Open House

Knowledge is power, so being armed with as much information as possible about a property is going to help you make an informed decision about any potential purchases.

What are the key questions to ask at an open home inspection to get the information you need without coming across as a desperate buyer?

Similarly, you don’t want the agent to think you’re a novice at the real estate game and that they can use your inexperience to their own advantage. Continue reading Questions to ask at an Open House

Don’t forget to claim Depreciation

There’s nothing more exciting than buying your first investment property and getting that first slip from your property manager to show your rent coming in.   However, rental income is just the start.  Around tax time, there are even more ways to help you pay off your investment – and one of those is by getting a property depreciation schedule that you can claim on tax. Continue reading Don’t forget to claim Depreciation

10 tips for getting started in property investment

When it comes to building a retirement nest egg for the future, property is still regarded as one of the safest long-term investments.

While some investors may want to buy a property and rent it out straight away, others may choose to live in the home while they renovate it. Investing in bricks and mortar can be a great way to create wealth, but there are some golden rules to consider before taking the plunge into property investment. Continue reading 10 tips for getting started in property investment

New Year’s Resolutions for the Property Owner

Every year people make their New Year’s resolutions.

Next year, you’re going to finally get in shape, start saving money or maybe even take that exotic trip you’ve been thinking about.

Here’s a resolution that might be easier for property owners to keep:  Make at least one significant upgrade to your rental property in 2014.

Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for the Property Owner

Preparing your home for sale over Christmas

Christmas is a naturally festive and joyful time.

It falls during the first month of summer, which provides a bright, cheerful and sunny setting for the home.  This, combined with holiday cheer, can make your home seem extra inviting.

Home Staging is all about highlighting your home’s strengths and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers.

You don’t want to lose prospective buyers who arrive at a viewing, only to witness a Christmas explosion.  So put away the Christmas tablecloths, dish towels, snowman candles and tinsel hanging over every window.

Here are some simple staging techniques to enhance your home this Christmas to appeal to all buyers! Continue reading Preparing your home for sale over Christmas