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Downsizing with ease

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

26 August 2016

We work with many sellers who are at the stage in their lives where they’re ready to sell the large family home and move to something smaller and easier to look after. In most cases this happens once the children have left the ‘nest’ and the 4 or 5 bedroom home with games room and pool is no longer needed (or wanted).

Once cashed up, many couples in this situation make the decision to move to a lifestyle suburb and purposely seek out a low maintenance ‘lock and leave’ type of property so they have the freedom to do things like travel and enjoy the recreational facilities on their doorstep without being bogged down with the endless To Do list. But how can you possibly fit 25 years of treasured memories and ‘stuff’ into a smaller home with less storage?

Here are a few tips to remove the stress from downsizing:

  1. Start planning early. Once you have made the decision to downsize, start by writing a list of all the items you wish to keep and can’t live without. Everything else can be given away, sold at a garage sale or donated to charity.
  1. Do an inventory and start sorting. Go through each room in the house, one by one, and start sorting your things into groups. Be ruthless! When doing this exercise, consciously think about the size of the home you are looking to buy. Are you looking for a 2 or 3-bedroom home? Will one of the bedrooms be used as a study or guest accommodation? Do you want a home with a garden or would you prefer a villa with a paved courtyard and covered alfresco area? How you sort your belongings is up to you but an idea could be to sort them as follows:
  • Items to keep
  • Items to sell at a garage sale (your trash may be someone else’s treasure)
  • Items to give to family members
  • Items to donate
  • Items to discard

Arrange a skip bin or council collection if you have a lot of items to discard.

  1. Start packing. When you think about it, there are many things that don’t get used regularly that you could easily pack away in boxes early. For instance, if it’s spring/summer, you could pack away all the winter woolies and bedding, etc.

Doing all these things early will make your move a breeze once the time comes. That way you can thoroughly enjoy the experience, which is how it should be when moving into an exciting new chapter in life.

Contact us if you’d like a list of properties for sale that are perfectly suited to the downsizer market.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHELMARK!

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

19 August 2016

Earlier this week marked a milestone for us. On Tuesday, 16 August we celebrated 10 years of serving the community with our own boutique brand of real estate sales and service.

Mark and I started this business 10 years ago with a vision to move away from the traditional real estate model and deliver what we believe all buyers and sellers truly deserve – honest, personalised service and professional, tailored marketing campaigns that deliver results.

As a small boutique agency we have the freedom to partner our clients every step of the way on their property journey – whether it be buying their first home, moving from one home to another, or buying an investment property. Helping people realise their dreams and goals is what drives us every day. To us there’s nothing better than seeing the absolute excitement on the faces of all family members when they exchange contracts on the home of their dreams. Similarly, when we achieve a sales result that exceeds expectations for our owners, we know it means more than just a financial outcome for them – it means they can move on with their plans for the future. To us, that’s what real estate is all about.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years. We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support of all our wonderful clients and are proud to say that our greatest source of business continues to come from word of mouth referrals (we must be doing something right). We are excited about the next decade and look forward to continuing to be of service to you.


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Interests slashed to a new all time low! & Evidence of stronger buyer activity on the home front!

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

08 August 2016

Interests slashed to a new all time low! 

Interest rates have reached a new all time low following the Reserve Bank Board’s decision on Tuesday to take another 0.25% off the cash rate. The cash rate now stands at 1.5%. It was the first cut since May 2016 and had been predicted by the majority of financial experts.

Why was the rate cut?

The primary reason cited was inflation. The latest inflation data confirms price growth well below the RBA’s preferred range, despite the fact that the latest economic indicators have been relatively neutral. So in a nutshell, the cash rate was cut because the RBA Board felt it necessary to create a stimulus for the economy, as inflation remains low.

Are lower interest rates having an effect on the housing market?

Low interest rates are having a positive effect on the housing market with strong buyer activity since the last rate cut in May resulting in substantial price growth in most capital cities. This latest cut is expected to keep that momentum going as we approach the spring selling season.

Will the rate get any lower?

The expectation is that the RBA will follow up this month’s decision with another rate reduction – perhaps not next month but in the near future – particularly if inflation continues to drop and the labour market deteriorates (currently the labour market is steady).

How have the Banks responded?

Within minutes of the RBA Board’s announcement to take another 0.25% off the cash rate, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) responded with an announcement that it would pass on just 0.13% to mortgage holders.

The other 3 of the Big 4 Banks (NAB, ANZ and Westpac) quickly followed suit with announcements that they too would not be passing on the rate cut in full.

NAB has passed on 0.10%, ANZ – 0.12% and Westpac – 0.14 for those paying principal and interest and just 0.10% for those paying interest only.

Bank Executives cited, “the need to balance costs and shareholder returns and the need to strengthen balance sheets and increasing funding costs” as the basis for their decision not to pass on the full rate cut to customers.

This is by no means the first time that the banks have held back some of the RBA cuts. In May this year, when the RBA cut the rate by 0.25%, an average of 0.18% was passed on to customers.


Evidence of stronger buyer activity on the home front

In last week’s newsletter, Zoe our roving property reporter, introduced readers to a stunning architecturally designed property at Booragoon that was being launched on the market last weekend.   We had a huge response from the market with 27 families inspecting 61 Dickenson Way Booragoon over 2 open homes. The result is that the property is now Under Offer after just 1 one weekend! While we can’t yet reveal the acceptance price, we can tell you that the owners are over the moon with the pending result!

With 26 families missing out on buying this property it just goes to show how important it is to put your best offer forward if you find a property that ticks all the right boxes. It also means we have a number of buyers in our database who are still on the hunt for a property to buy. Contact us if you’re thinking of moving and would like us to give you an obligation free property appraisal. Knowing what your property is worth in today’s market will allow you to work out the numbers to see if moving is the right decision for you.

 


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