Category: Buyers

What happens at settlement?

For many home-buyers, what happens on settlement day can feel like secret solicitor business. Of course, it’s the day when the deal is truly sealed. You take ownership of your new home, receive the keys and begin the next chapter of your life.  Settlement day affects buyers in different ways – some are excited about…
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Six things to do before you move

Moving home is both one of the most exciting and stressful moments in life. It marks a new chapter or even a fresh start. But once you have bought your next home, or have given notice to leave your rental, the clock starts ticking. You’ll have between four to six weeks to pack up your…
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How to buy an off-market property

This is one of real estate’s great secrets: agents are often selling properties that are not in the window, on websites or advertised in local newspapers. These properties are known as “off-market”. Their owners either don’t want others to know they are selling, or they’re testing the market to see if they can achieve a…
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Seven ways buyers can beat auction nerves

It’s Saturday morning, and you didn’t sleep much last night. Over and again, you kept picturing in your mind today’s auction and how you’re going to win it, and lose it. When your dream home goes under the hammer, anxiety and nerves creep into your thoughts about the prospect of missing out to someone with…
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How to ensure your home is adequately insured

It’s a sad fact that most homes are under-insured and too many owners will not make this discovery until it’s too late. Your home is your greatest asset and failure to protect yourself financially against fire, storm damage or any other type of disaster can prove an expensive mistake. Home insurance is not a set-and-forget…
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Top tips for bidding at auction

Bidding at auction for your dream home can be a stressful yet exciting experience, and several strategies will enhance your chances of winning the property. Always be prepared for someone who has deeper pockets and a greater desire, but it’s possible to exert some control over the process. First of all, you should gain from…
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4-week countdown to moving home

The countdown for moving home begins the moment agreement has been reached a sale and your agent receives a deposit. Moving may feel like an enormous task, especially when you survey your property and realise how much you’ve packed into it over the years. The best way to approach projects of this scale is to…
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Working from home sparks new property buying trend

It’s amazing how our attitudes have changed since the coronavirus lockdowns began. The convenience of working from home has been a revelation to many of us – no battling traffic or public transport, fewer distractions from workmates and a much healthier work-life balance. As agents, we’re now getting inquiries from potential buyers for properties that…
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What will a Covid-19 property recovery look like?

Gazing into a crystal ball is a fraught exercise at the best of times, but many buyers and sellers are anxious to know how the property market might behave once we’re through the worst of the coronavirus crisis. To find that answer, you need to look at the price levels immediately before and during this…
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Brisbane’s growth holds promise for post-virus future

Brisbane remains the most affordable city on the East Coast and was showing strong and steady growth in property values when the coronavirus struck. And with Queensland the first state to start to lift lockdown restrictions, it augurs well for the market’s return. New research shows property values in the city increased by 3.1% in…
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