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10 tips to secure your home over the festive season

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

22 December 2017

When you’re trying to enjoy a relaxing break away from home over the festive season, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the security of your house while you’re away.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can significantly reduce your chance of coming home to a nasty surprise.

Here are 10 simple and practical ways to secure your home while you’re away on holidays.

Don’t post it – As tempting as it is to tell all your Facebook and Instagram friends about the wonderful holiday you’re going on, it’s best to keep it under wraps. This includes posting holidays snaps while you’re away (save it for your return). You never know who else is watching. In fact, a recent survey conducted by a team of security experts revealed that 78% of ex-thieves interviewed said they strongly believed social media platforms are being trolled by today’s thieves to help determine which properties to target.

Tidy the garden before you go – Nothing says vacant house like unkempt lawns and nothing pleases burglars more than a home shrouded in overgrown shrubs to hide their activities.

Timed lights and motion detectors – Light timers are a cost effective addition to your household security at all times, not just while you’re away. To conserve energy, attach the timer to one or two lights at the front and rear of the home. It is also a good idea to install a motion detector to a light near your front door to deter unwanted guests.

Ask a neighbour or a friend to collect your mail and bring in your rubbish bins – An overflowing mailbox and empty bins by the roadside for days are a real giveaway that there’s nobody home. It’s also a good idea to leave a key with a friend or trusted neighbour in case of emergencies.

Ensure your garage is secure – If your garage is one that automatically opens by remote control, it is a good idea to switch off the power source so it can’t be opened by a thief with a universal remote control device. Many garages have internal access into the house so garages that are easy to enter are a burglar’s dream as it allows them easy undisturbed and unseen access.

Secure all windows and doors – Windows and screen doors are a favourite access point for home thieves, so make sure yours have good locks. Fit security screens where you can and consider placing a wooden rod or metal bar in the track of your sliding windows and doors, so that even if the locks are picked, the thief still can’t slide them open.

Lock up your storage shed – most sheds contain a number of items that a thief would love to get their hands on, even if only to give them some tools to help break into the house.

Consider installing a home security system – there are some very advanced home security systems on the market these days. If you live in a high risk area, a home security system is well worth the investment.

Put away your hidden spare keys – Many people hide a spare house key in the garden or under a mat. But thieves know all the spots and are very good at locating even the best hidden spare key.

Check your contents insurance policy – Taking precautions to secure your house can make a big difference. However, if the worst happens, you need to be prepared! Check your policy to ensure it is valid and that your cover is sufficient.

Now go and have fun!


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Perth parents going to extremes for their kids’ schooling

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

15 December 2017

You may notice that we almost always highlight the school zoning in the marketing for properties we list for sale. There’s good reason for this.

Many parents will go to great lengths to live in a suburb or even a particular section of a suburb to be in the school zone of their choice.

A recent article in PerthNow highlighted how some Perth parents are exploiting loopholes in the system so their kids can attend one of WA’s most popular state high schools.

Some of the methods parents are reportedly attempting are:

  • Buying and leaving vacant homes in their desired catchment area.
  • Producing fraudulent documents, such as using a grandparent’s address on the enrolment form.
  • Stipulating bills and utilities be sent to rental properties which are then used as false evidence of address.

Some are even going so far as to move into a rental property within the high school zone of choice and leasing out the family home while their children attend high school.

We have a number of very popular and high performing state schools in and around the City of Melville, including Applecross & Rossmoyne Senior High Schools, and often get requests from buyers looking to purchase a home within the zone for one of both of these schools.

If you have a property to sell within a popular state school precinct like Applecross or Rossmoyne High, let us know, as we have registered buyers on our books right now keen to get a foot in the door in time for the new school year.

To read the full PerthNow article, click on the link.


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What is an exclusive listing & why does it make a difference?

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

07 December 2017

When you decide to sell your home you naturally want to get the best price within a reasonable timeframe, right? Some people believe that it makes sense to enlist the help of more than one real estate agent to increase their chances of achieving these goals.

While this makes sense in theory, there are a number of benefits for signing an Exclusive Agency Agreement. For starters, it simplifies the sales process for you and gives your campaign a more dedicated and focused approach.

What is an Exclusive Agency Agreement?

An Exclusive Agency Agreement occurs between a seller and their chosen real estate agent or agency. It excludes all other agents from representing your property for the contract period and means you have one central point of contact for the sale of your property.

What is an Open Agency Agreement?

This is the opposite of an Exclusive Agency Agreement. The Open Agency Agreement leaves you free to list your home with multiple real estate agents. While this may appear attractive as you will presumably have access to more buyers, the downside is that none of the agents are likely to give your property their full commitment.

The pros and cons of an Exclusive listing

The overriding benefit is as the name implies – exclusivity. It means you will have the agent’s total commitment to your property and the return they receive is entirely dependent on the result they achieve.

The only downside is if you end up with a ‘bad agent’. Then you’re limited in how much control you have over improving the situation if things aren’t going well.

The bottom line

An agent’s income is earned from sales, not listings. If an agent has the exclusive responsibility to sell your property, they will work hard to achieve a result you are happy with. That way it will be celebrations all round once the property is settled.

Contact us if you’re still confused and would like more information.


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