• Advantages Of A Local Agent

    21st March, 2019 | by John Beal
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    What is a local agent? The definition of ‘local’ has changed over recent years.  It used to mean the real estate agency had to be physically located as a bricks and mortar office within the neighbourhood.  Residents would stroll past and gaze into the window to find out what was for sale.  However, that’s not… Read more »

  • Indoor Plants – Our Top 5!

    14th March, 2019 | by John Beal
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    What is a better way to decorate than by using live plants? Houseplants can add character and texture to any room, and can also be beneficial by increasing air quality and air moisture. – there are so many benefits of having indoor plants around your house. However, it can be hard to know which varieties of… Read more »

  • Cost-Saving Tips For Renovating On A Budget

    7th March, 2019 | by John Beal
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    1. Get some DIY lessons Basic DIY usually requires a bit of practical knowledge and some tools. You can get both from any good hardware store. Check out if your local DIY stores have any upcoming workshops. And the web also has a lot of DIY resources, ideas, forums and how-to-guides. Search for specific DIY… Read more »

  • 5 Things To Consider When Renting Your Family Home

    28th February, 2019 | by John Beal
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    1. Does it make sense financially? Start by preparing a detailed budget, your budget should account for all income and expenses associated with renting out your home, together with the costs associated to renting or buying your ‘new’ home. Items to consider can include but not limited to – Landlord and Building Insurance, Rates and… Read more »

  • Understanding Stamp Duty

    21st February, 2019 | by John Beal
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    A major up front cost that you have to consider when buying a house is stamp duty.  What is it and why do you need to pay it?​ Purchasing a new home is the largest transaction that most people will make and the sums involved mean that the amount of stamp duty payable can be… Read more »

  • What To Compromise On And What Not To When Buying

    14th February, 2019 | by John Beal
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    If you are anything like most buyers, you’ll undoubtedly have a wish list for your new home that’s pages long…but few of us have a bottomless pit of money to fund our long wish list and we’re therefore forced to make some compromises when buying.  Compromise is necessary in nearly every purchase, so working out… Read more »

  • Tips for first time property-investors

    7th February, 2019 | by John Beal
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    Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree. This is far from true, especially for the first-time investor. First time investors are simply everyday people striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They aim to buy property, rent it out in the hope that one day, with smart management and… Read more »

  • Plan Your Finances to Buy a House in 2019

    31st January, 2019 | by John Beal
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    Buying your very first home is a grand step in life, and it’s perhaps one of the most financially-confusing and challenging tasks for an aspiring homeowner. There is no denying that the Australian housing market is not cheap, and that if you are to procure a home in this economy while staying solvent and maintaining… Read more »

  • Top 3 Tips To Prepare For Real Estate Photos

    24th January, 2019 | by John Beal
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    High quality photos have become an integral part of marketing your home when selling. When searching for a property, almost all buyers will turn to the internet to find their next home, with buyers perusing many listings before making their final decision. Excellent photos are a critical part of quality marketing and will strongly influence… Read more »

  • What’s ahead for the Brisbane property market in 2019 ?

    17th January, 2019 | by John Beal
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    While many of Australia’s property markets have been experiencing falling property values over the last year the Brisbane market has remained relatively steady. But many are forecasting Brisbane to be one of the strongest property markets over the next few years, including Trent Wiltshire – economist at Domain and author of  their Property Price Forecast report who Brisbane… Read more »