Live mode versus sell mode

One of the most common mistakes people make when they put their property on the market is to put it on too quickly.The time it takes to prepare a home for sale depends on the state of the property, the motivation of the owners and the time and money they have to spend on it. The duration between... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 18 Apr 2019 0

The profit in your garden

When preparing their home for sale, most people pay close attention to the house itself, but often neglect to consider the state of their garden. And yet the garden can have a massive impact on the profit of a sale.In real estate, we refer to the front shot of a property as the ‘dollar shot’. A... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 11 Apr 2019 0

What are the greatest energy guzzlers at home?

We’ve all been there. You receive your quarterly energy bill, gasp at the figure and wonder where on earth all the energy goes in your home.Are certain appliances greater energy guzzlers than others? Or are the occupants of your home solely the reason why the graph on your bill indicates... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 05 Apr 2019 0

Tips to keep your home inspection ready

You’ve prepared your home beautifully to go to market. It’s been freshly painted and de-cluttered, new carpets have been laid, the timber floors have been polished and it presents beautifully inside and out.Now for the real challenge – how to keep it that way for the duration of the... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 29 Mar 2019 0

Selling tips for pet owners

When selling your home, keeping it inspection-ready at all times is hard enough without having pets to contend with as well. While we love them dearly, pets do add an additional challenge to the table when selling. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.Here are some tips when selling... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 22 Mar 2019 0

The right story sells houses

They say a picture tells a thousand words and we couldn’t agree more when it comes to selling property. What many people fail to put enough emphasis on though is the story that accompanies the photos – the copywriting.Here’s why professional copywriting is just as important as... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 15 Mar 2019 0

Make an offer or risk losing your ideal home

As real estate professionals, it is frustrating when we are faced with a disappointed buyer who failed to secure their ideal home simply because they hesitated to put forward an offer.This is made even more frustrating for them when they see the property sold for a price they would have been... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 07 Mar 2019 0

Why overpricing your home is a bad idea

It may seem logical to think that setting the price of your home above market value when selling might be a good idea to give buyers room for negotiation. You may also think that doing so would allow you to pay the agent their commission without compromising what you receive from the sale proceeds.... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 01 Mar 2019 0

How an offset account can help pay your home off faster

Anyone with a mortgage will know that the goal is to pay it off as early as possible in order to pay as little interest as possible.There are many ways you can reduce your debt, including depositing lump sums when you can. One of the best ways however is to open an offset account.What is an... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 22 Feb 2019 0

The pros and cons of ‘rentvesting’

If you have been following our newsletters lately you would probably have noticed the term ‘rentvesting’ in recent newsletters. It’s not a term we made up but a buzzword for an alternative way of getting into the property market and achieving property ownership.So what is... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 16 Feb 2019 0