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Safe as houses: securing your home for holiday enjoyment

Prevention is always better than cure, especially in the case of potential home burglaries. Are you planning an Easter getaway or a future holiday? If you’d prefer not to use a housesitter while you’re away, you should follow our home-security checklist.    For example, is your home-security system being used for the purpose it was designed?...

Prime selling seasons

Real estate auctions across Australia and New Zealand operate year-round, but certain sales periods, including holiday seasons, can prove more beneficial for prices and property values.  When is the best time to sell? The Easter, Christmas and New Year periods are traditionally key times for taking a break. However, the property market rarely rests. Real estate calendar...

Realising the dream of overseas real estate

Dreaming of a chateau in the south of France, coastal villa in Italy or even a hideaway in neighbouring New Zealand? Investing in foreign property often evokes dream-like scenarios, but the reality can vary markedly from idyllic visions. Australians citizens are permitted to buy property in New Zealand, with around 60,000 Australians calling New Zealand...

Pet ownership: what you can and can’t do

Even though two-thirds of Australian households are pet owners, finding a pet-friendly residence to rent can prove difficult and competitive. Basically, keeping a pet on the premises is at the landlord’s discretion, although assistance pets, such as guide dogs, cannot be refused. There are differences in Australian states and throughout New Zealand about pet ownership...

Showstopping home-staging tips

Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale. The objective is to present the property in as appealing a manner as time and budget allow. Ensuring the home is attractive to the highest number of potential buyers also enables the promptest and most effective sales results.   Staging your home for maximum effect...

The cooling-off period: what it is and how it works

Widely regarded as a contractual reprieve or biding of time while property inspections take place, the cooling-off period is a short timeline in which the buyer can change their mind about a non-auction home purchase.  During this period, the buyer can withdraw their offer of sale, although it is generally used for final inspections and...

How to comply with COVID-safe auctions

The COVID pandemic has dramatically altered the real estate industry, from lifestyle aims to the way properties are bought and sold. A major change is the practice of COVID-safe auctions and the rules and requirements that apply to bids for property acquisition and the best of public health.  What is the correct procedure? With most...

Unprecedented high for Sydney real estate reflects the state of the nation

Record highs for Sydney property values are great news for the real estate industry but challenging for potential buyers. Reports last week indicate that the 5.7 per cent rise in Sydney home values exceeds previous peak levels. The latest results derive from a CoreLogic capital city growth index, which found all cities’ property values were...

Regional values boom as top-end property drives rise in capital cities

Housing in regional markets may have outperformed their city cousins in annual price rises for the first time since 2004, but results in the prestige market are also helping restore confidence. The surge in “high end” prices highlighted by CoreLogic shows the top 25 per cent of property values for Australia’s combined capital cities increased...

The rights and obligations of landlord and tenant

The landlord/tenant dynamic is rarely smooth, even at its best.  But the COVID-related rental freezes in 2020 further divided relations and opinion. Getting back to basics Simple reminders often stem potentially complicated situations.  Entering into the contractual commitment of a residential or commercial lease is a legally binding agreement under which both parties comply with...