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Is the bank of mum & dad the key to home ownership?

With house prices continuing to rise, more than half of Australian parents (around 53%) are thinking about helping their kids buy a home of their own by going guarantor, according to a recent survey of 1000 Australians.Colloquially known as ‘the bank of mum and dad’,... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 13 May 2021 0
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Home open etiquette – the do’s and don’ts

There’s a new Australian novel calledOther People’s Houseswritten by Kelli Hawkins in which the main character, Kate, loves to spend her weekends attending open homes in the luxury end of the market to get a glimpse of how the other half lives. In the novel, Kate takes what she... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 07 May 2021 0
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Who gets the house if you break up?

Some couples these days buy a property together before they have even lived together, full of hopes, dreams and anassumption that they will always be together. The last thing on the minds of most couples is, ‘what would happen if we break up?’ But it’s actually quite... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 30 Apr 2021 0
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Tips to manage FOMO when property hunting

Saving for a deposit isn’t the only hurdle to overcome, especially in a property market like the one we are experiencing right now. There is added pressure from all angles on buyers at the moment to get in now to avoid being priced out of the market in the future. Combine this with... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 24 Apr 2021 0
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4 cheaper & less traditional ways to buy your first home

While WA remains the most affordable state in Australia for first homebuyers, prices are on the rise and many West Aussies are struggling to save the money needed to make owning a home a reality. It’s not just the deposit that’s needed, there’s also stamp duty, finance costs,... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 17 Apr 2021 0
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Tips to buy in a hot market

With home buyers now facing strong demand, few properties to select from and intense competition, we’ve compiled a few tips from expert home buyers on how to buy in a hot property market.Be well preparedAt the moment there is a real mix of buyers in the market, from frustrated... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 09 Apr 2021 0
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How to make a great first impression at your open home

Just mentioning the words ‘Open Home’ to some people is enough to send them into a mild panic. But with a little forward planning and the right information, you can quickly turn the stress into confidence and excitement knowing your home is showtime ready.Think of the Open Home as a job... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 03 Apr 2021 0
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Will the end of JobKeeper derail the housing boom?

With JobKeeper, loan repayment deferrals, rental moratoriums and other COVID-19 support measures about to end, how will the housing market, which is performing well nationally, be affected?The answer is that it will likely have minimal overall impact on the housing market, according to... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 26 Mar 2021 0
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Moving house? Avoid these common mistakes

Even if you’ve moved many times and think you’ve got it down pat, there are bound to be a few things you neglect to organise in the madness and mayhem that tends to precede a move. This is generally exacerbated for first time movers.There’s no doubt that moving is... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 19 Mar 2021 0
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What buyers want in a post-COVID world

COVID-19 has changed what we want from our homes. And the proof is in the most searched for keywords on realestate.com.au and what buyers are telling agents they are looking for. If you’re in the market to sell, it is important to be aware of what your target buyer is looking for so your... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 12 Mar 2021 0