Renovating to sell? Here’s how NOT to blow the budget

If you are renovating to sell, there are three key things you should avoid:1. Over-capitalising (spending more than you stand to gain in the sale).2. Not finishing the renovation and selling it half done.3. Blowing the budget.There’s no question that a beautifully renovated house that... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 16 Aug 2018 0

10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Street Appeal

As real estate sales professionals we can vouch for the popular saying that first impressions count. It really is true that if you haven’t got a buyer’s interest from the roadside, you’ve all but lost them. Many buyers do a drive-by before they will express interest in an... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 09 Aug 2018 0

Renovating the bathroom? Here are 3 things to consider

Bathrooms are without a doubt one of the biggest sellers of a property. After all, who doesn’t love a luxurious, well-appointed bathroom? But it can also be one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate.When starting any renovation project, whether it be in preparation to sell... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 02 Aug 2018 0

Which rooms sell a house?

A common question asked of real estate agents is, ‘Which rooms sell the house?’ In other words, is it worth spending money on one room over another to appeal to more buyers and hopefully achieve a higher sale price?Kitchens and living rooms are always high on the list but outdoor... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 27 Jul 2018 0

Home staging tips when selling in winter

So you’ve decided to sell your home in winter. Contrary to what some may think, winter can be a great time to sell. For starters there’s generally less competition. There are also some great ways to make your home look warm, inviting and welcoming in winter.Below is a list of simple... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 21 Jul 2018 0

Snooze, you lose!

We are seeing all the signs that the market is changing. As a result, buyers who wait to make offers because they think they have time on their side, like they did when the market was slower, are ultimately missing out on the property they love.The past three properties we have sold have... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 15 Jul 2018 0

Australian Architecture 101 – a brief history

They say what goes around comes around. The saying is true in personal fashion (think of the popular vintage and retro trends), interior design (old trends are constantly being revived and reinvented), motor vehicles, and architecture (there’s nothing like the character and warmth of an old,... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 05 Jul 2018 0

One mistake that can cost you a home loan

When applying for a home loan to buy your first home it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Many first timers have a secret fear that their credit rating may not be completely up to scratch, especially if they recall the days when maxing out their credit card and paying their rent a few... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 29 Jun 2018 0

The great home loan hack

Too many people we speak to simply set and forget their home loan repayments.They don’t realise that one of the most effective ways to pay off their home loan more quickly and save money on interest is to make additional payments, even if it’s only a minimal amount.Regularly paying a... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 22 Jun 2018 0

Investment special – how to minimise Capital Gains Tax

It’s almost tax time. If you own an investment property and are thinking about selling, you will no doubt want to know the best ways to avoid or at least minimise Capital Gains Tax.Leading property investment expert, Michael Yardney spoke with tax expert, Ken Raiss who shared a few... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 19 Jun 2018 0