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You’ve got an offer! Now what?

You’ve got an offer! Now what?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments When you’re selling your home, one of the trickiest parts can be knowing when to accept an offer, especially if you have a specific price in mind. This is why you need an experienced agent to help you make this all-important decision. Take a look at some of the factors you should be thin...

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Rental property risks and how to avoid them

Rental property risks and how to avoid them


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments A rental property is a long term strategy for financial security, however there are some common pitfalls which can cost you money and reduce your profits in the long term. The following tips will help you make the most of your rental property, resulting in less headaches when you own it and ma...

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Beat the crowds and buy before the competition begins

Beat the crowds and buy before the competition begins


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments How many houses have you trekked to in the hope of finally owning your first family home, only to end up disappointed? It can be so frustrating to be pipped at the post time and time again. Right now in Sydney and especially on the Northern Beaches, there are thousands of buyers scouring the m...

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Tick proofing your home and garden

Tick proofing your home and garden


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Avalon and surrounding suburbs are almost paradise, if only we could escape those darn ticks! It seems as though every season is tick season and they just keep getting worse. While it may be tempting to go to town with the insecticide, this is not good for your garden or the surrounding enviro...

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Ku-ring-gai Chase: Discover a living museum

Ku-ring-gai Chase: Discover a living museum


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Framing Pittwater to the west is majestic Ku-ring-Gai Chase. This massive National Park is a treasure trove of ancient history and natural beauty. It is surprising how many Peninsula residents have never taken the time to properly explore the bush land and beaches of this World Heritage listed s...

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The biggest threats to your Northern Beaches home

The biggest threats to your Northern Beaches home


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Owning a Northern Beaches property is one of the most effective strategies for long term financial security, however it is not without its costs. Along with paying insurance and maintenance costs, you have to take care of repairs to your home or investment property. However, as the saying goes, ...

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Five questions you must ask your prospective real estate agent

Five questions you must ask your prospective real estate agent


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments At the beginning of 2018, the Northern Beaches property market is shifting. It is more important than ever to be selective when choosing a real estate agent to help sell your home. Choosing the right real estate agent can make a difference of up to thousands of dollars at the end of the sale p...

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Caring for the planet, it’s easy!

Caring for the planet, it’s easy!


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Avalonites are known for being responsible and doing their part to care for our local area as well as the planet. If you haven’t adopted environmentally friendly practices at your place just yet, there is no better time to get started. Here’s a look at a few ways to go green to help ...

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Initiatives making Avalon Beach and nearby communities a better place

Initiatives making Avalon Beach and nearby communities a better place


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments The Avalon community is driven by a core of environmentally and socially responsible residents. Many of us chose to live in the area because of a desire to live a more conscious life. Swapping the hustle and bustle of the city for a beachside location, we seek a cleaner environment and a more ha...

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Why retirement living isn’t what it used to be

Why retirement living isn’t what it used to be


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Many Australians have the impression that retirement living means ending up in a block of dingy and cramped apartments. This holds them back from enjoying the freedom of downsizing. However, this notion is no longer true. These days, retirement communities are more akin to resorts, providing a v...

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How to have a summer staycation in Avalon

How to have a summer staycation in Avalon


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments   Relax and enjoy some personal time When you’re on summer holiday, even if you’re staying close to home, you deserve some pampering. Avalon and Palm Beach have plenty of places where you can have a massage or Reiki treatment. Chakana Avalon offers some great spa trea...

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Do you have to renovate your home before selling?

Do you have to renovate your home before selling?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments The question of whether you need to renovate before selling has plagued home sellers for about as long as the real estate market has existed. When you are hoping to sell your home, renovations can make it more attractive to potential buyers while also possibly adding value to the property. On th...

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The Life Aquatic: Enjoying The Peninsula’s waterways

The Life Aquatic: Enjoying The Peninsula’s waterways


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments From the crests of the ocean waves to the stunning clear waters of Pittwater, the sea is one of the things which makes the Northern Beaches Peninsula such a sought after place to live. The idyllic coastal area and the outdoor lifestyle are huge selling points for buyers looking for property in...

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Storage solutions for your home

Storage solutions for your home


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Many properties around Avalon, Clareville, Bilgola and surrounding suburbs were built in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s – a time before double garages and walk in wardrobes were standard features in every property. These days, storage is a huge factor when it comes to the value of ...

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Why you need a property manager

Why you need a property manager


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments An investment property in the Avalon Beach area is a huge asset and one which should yield you money in the long term. To maximise profits, some investment property owners choose to manage their properties themselves. However, this can be false economy. Here are five reasons why hiring an exper...

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Sustainable heating during the colder months

Sustainable heating during the colder months


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments When the mercury drops, that breezy home you enjoy in summer can become an icebox! Here’s how to keep your place warm. Brrrrr! As an acclimatised resident of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, you are likely to shiver your way through the colder months, longing wistfully for summer. It is...

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A brief history of the Peninsula

A brief history of the Peninsula


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments How much do you know about the early days of Avalon, Palm Beach, Clareville and the surrounding areas on the Peninsula? The slopes and shores of Palm Beach, Avalon, Clareville, Bilgola and Newport are known for being some of the most beautiful parts of Sydney. The lifestyle is enviable, the pe...

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Listing your home in winter

Listing your home in winter


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Should you sell your Northern Beaches home when the weather turns cold? As we enter into the cooler months, I often speak to homeowners who are unsure of whether or not to list their properties for sale. The general impression is that winter is not a good time to sell because there are not as ...

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Long term leases vs holiday lets: How should you lease your property?

Long term leases vs holiday lets: How should you lease your property?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments If you have an investment property in a popular holiday destination like Avalon Beach, it can be tempting to lease it on Airbnb or Stayz rather than looking for a long-term tenant. Before you do, it’s important to be aware of the pitfalls. Here’s my advice for anyone considering of...

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How to sell without the hassle

How to sell without the hassle


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Looking to sell your home fast?Don’t like the idea of opening up your home to the public?One Agency Ireland is here to help. One of the biggest challenges for many home sellers I speak to is the thought of the actual sales process itself. It can be daunting having to open up your home to...

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Why winter is wonderful in our area


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments There may be a chill in the air but the cooler months bring many reasons to love life in our area. Palm Beach, Avalon and surrounding suburbs are one of Sydney’s most popular areas. In summer, we welcome thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the stunning surroundings, relax at our beau...

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Preparing your Peninsula property for sale: Interior styling

Preparing your Peninsula property for sale: Interior styling


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments By John Ireland When it comes to selling your property, interior styling matters. Every room should give the right impression if you want to achieve the best possible price for your home. I’ve put together a checklist of essential tasks you need to think about before putting yo...

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How to decide between auction and private treaty

How to decide between auction and private treaty


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Now you have decided to sell your home, the question is how will you sell it? Take a look at the pros and cons of selling at auction vs private treaty. With the local property market on the Peninsula stabilising in 2018, many home vendors are confused about which selling strategy to choose. Sh...

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How to afford a home on the Peninsula

How to afford a home on the Peninsula


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments We choose to live in Avalon but we’re not all millionaires. However, with the right strategy, you can live here and build the funds to own your dream forever home. More and more people are now “rentvesting” outside of the area where they live, with the aim of one day being ab...

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The benefits of a buyer’s agent

The benefits of a buyer’s agent


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Have you heard of a buyer’s agent? This may be your secret weapon in securing your dream property. With 30 years in the property industry under my belt, I am also an active buyer’s agent, representing property hunters across the Peninsula and giving them the edge over the competiti...

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Home decor trends for 2018

Home decor trends for 2018


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Whether you are planning to sell soon or in the future, a home that looks modern is more attractive to buyers. Not only that, but it makes it a lot better to live in until you are ready to sell. The following are some of the home decor trends that are most in demand for 2018! The trend for ind...

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Why good tenants are worth the wait

Why good tenants are worth the wait


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments By now you understand that a good property manager is worth their weight in gold, saving you money, stress and time by looking after your property and helping you maximise its value. At One Agency Ireland, we go above and beyond to ensure our landlords and their rental properties are...

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First-time buyers – your time is now

First-time buyers – your time is now


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments It’s been a long time coming, but, finally, a change has come to the housing market and it’s good news for first-time buyers…New rules limiting lending to property investors at a time when the market has seen a surge in new apartments, has had a cooling effect and given a...

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July Market Update

July Market Update


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments New research suggests that property investors may hold onto an asset in a declining market for longer than they should out of fear of making a loss… Such a decision can be especially financially damaging for highly leveraged investors who bought at the peak of the market with the ex...

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Peninsula property market wrap

Peninsula property market wrap


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments What a year it has been so far! After months of some properties setting incredible records while others take a lot longer to sell or are withdrawn, the market has finally settled and gone into the natural ‘quiet’ part of its regular cycle. Having been in the real estate business fo...

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How to profit from changing market conditions

How to profit from changing market conditions


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments When a market is transitioning it takes a while for both sellers and landlords to catch up. If a market is softening, for example, people will often stick to prices that they think they already know because they’re in denial to a degree. They falsely believe that their property is protec...

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What makes a good investment property?

What makes a good investment property?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Once you have made inroads into paying off your home loan, and once you have witnessed your property’s value grow over a five or ten-year period, you may be able to speak to your advisors about purchasing a second property and becoming an investor. Going by the Sydney market and in parti...

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Setting the right price when selling a home

Setting the right price when selling a home


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Many homeowners make the mistake in believing their property is worth significantly more than other similar properties in the suburb because they are emotionally attached to the home… One of the most difficult decisions that a home owner has to make is decide on the selling price of the...

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What happens at the Tribunal?

What happens at the Tribunal?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments If there was ever a word to strike anxiety into the hearts of real estate agents and property owners alike, it’s the dreaded “Tribunal”. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is the main forum for resolving residential tenancy disputes between landlords and tenants...

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Do you have to renovate your home before selling?

Do you have to renovate your home before selling?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments The question of whether you need to renovate before selling has plagued home sellers for about as long as the real estate market has existed. When you are hoping to sell your home, renovations can make it more attractive to potential buyers while also possibly adding value to the property. On ...

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Mark Tuckey: How to choose key pieces of furniture for your home

Mark Tuckey: How to choose key pieces of furniture for your home


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments “I’m often asked what are the key pieces of furniture a person should invest in for design longevity in their home and why?” There’s heaps of what I call fast-fashion and disposable furniture out there for the short term, and there’s the forever furniture pieces t...

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Getting A Jump On The Spring Market

Getting A Jump On The Spring Market


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments The spring market is a hot topic right now with homeowners who are thinking about selling. Listing your property in the spring market is the traditional approach due to the fact that the weather is starting to get better. Gardens can normally be made to look their best and all in all I think o...

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A few commonly missed tax deductions…

A few commonly missed tax deductions…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Depreciation is a complex area, so unless you’re a specialist quantity surveyor or a qualified tax accountant, it can be hard to wrap your head around it. As such, investors miss deductions all the time, meaning they could be losing out on thousands of dollars. Research shows that 80 pe...

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Your rights as a landlord and how to protect them

Your rights as a landlord and how to protect them


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments Owning an investment property is a strategy for securing personal wealth, however it can backfire if you do not have good tenants. This is why it makes sense to have an understanding of your rights as a landlord and to know what your tenants are responsible for. Here’s a look at some of th...

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Top tips for cultivating your street appeal

Top tips for cultivating your street appeal


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 18 Dec 2020 | Comments If you are selling your home or just want to improve the street appeal, these top tips will give you all the tools you need to create a magical front yard. PrunePruning your plants not only makes them look tidier but encourages growth and health. But when is the best time of year for your plan...

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Banking royal commission findings: no directive to further tighten lending

Banking royal commission findings: no directive to further tighten lending


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments The royal commission final report, handed down on Monday, did not recommend banks further tighten their lending practices, with the desired outcome on lending having already been met. Even though the royal commission into banking has triggered alarmist messaging about a housing bust, Kenneth H...

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Be prepared when buying into a strata scheme…

Be prepared when buying into a strata scheme…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments People buying strata-titled apartments or townhouses have been warned to do their homework before purchase to ensure they fully understand the financial position and personalities within the property. “You’re not just buying the residence, you’re also buying into a body corpo...

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A practical guide to maximising your valuation figure

A practical guide to maximising your valuation figure


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments In the world of property investing, and the finance that comes along with it, one of the most challenging aspects is ensuring you get the best possible figure when valuations are completed on your holdings. Experienced investors might think they’ve heard it all before, but when it comes ...

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How to have a summer staycation in Avalon

How to have a summer staycation in Avalon


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments Avalon Beach and the Northern Beaches in general are a fabulous holiday destination. If you call The Peninsula home, you can take advantage of living in such an amazing location by having a staycation this summer rather than going on holiday somewhere else. Don’t just sit around the house...

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The graph that puts falling home prices in perspective

The graph that puts falling home prices in perspective


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments In one of his last public appearances before he retired from a decade-long stint as governor of the Reserve Bank in September 2016 – what we now know to be approaching the peak of Australia’s property price boom – Glenn Stevens gave a prescient warning. “Prices can fall; ...

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As a property investor one should be looking Nationally to invest…

As a property investor one should be looking Nationally to invest…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments Western Australia is the most affordable state in Australia for housing, the Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing Affordability Report has revealed. The report revealed that Western Australia was the most affordable state to rent in out of all states and territories. Real Estate Institu...

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The 4 upsides, to downsizing…

The 4 upsides, to downsizing…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments Let’s explore some of the benefits of downsizing – from cutting back on maintenance and energy costs, to having more money in your pocket to invest for retirement and that lifestyle you’ve been looking for! Remember, when you are ready, make sure you get ...

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Renting guide: What you can and can’t change in a rental property

Renting guide: What you can and can’t change in a rental property


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments As a general rule, tenants should leave a rental property as they found it, except for general wear and tear. Tenants, therefore, must get permission from their landlord or real estate agent before making any changes to a rental property, even if they think they w...

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7 property market predictions for 2019

7 property market predictions for 2019


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments In 2019, there will be several political and economic factors that will continue to impact Sydney’s property market, according to a leading real estate CEO. 1.       Politics to have a major influence in 2019. The impending NSW state and federal elections in the fir...

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What can home owners and property investors learn from the last property downturn?

What can home owners and property investors learn from the last property downturn?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments With the media constantly reminding us we’re now in the downturn phase of the property cycle, what lessons are there to learn from past property downturns to help navigate the times ahead? Michael Yardney, leading property commentator and author of “How to grow a multi million doll...

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As stock levels surge, buyers are back in the drivers seat!

As stock levels surge, buyers are back in the drivers seat!


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments As stock levels surge to their highest level since 2012, buyers are back in the driver’s seat. CoreLogic’s Head of Research, Tim Lawless discusses what rising stock levels means for buyers. The seasonal surge in listing numbers is well underway… With fresh listin...

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Why you must understand market cycles…

Why you must understand market cycles…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments There have been even more media stories lately foretelling some type of Market Armageddon that is about to hit nationwide. The issue is that it may well come true if enough people believe it. It’s all about mindset. If there are enough people making noise about it, it is easier to ...

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The skinny on vendor bids…

The skinny on vendor bids…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments Vendor bidding is an accepted auction practice, but it doesn’t have the best reputation… One of the reasons is that it has been unfairly lumped in with dummy bidding which, of course, is illegal.  Vendor bidding, on the other hand, is a way of transparently moving the auction...

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How to know if an interstate investment is worth it…

How to know if an interstate investment is worth it…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments If you’re an avid investor in the property market, you’ve probably realised many of the best buys aren’t necessarily in your own backyard. And while you’re interested in those interstate hot spots, you’re more hesitant to invest in unknown territory. Now, if that ...

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Tactics to secure a tenant from day one

Tactics to secure a tenant from day one


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments One of the biggest fears of property investors is that they won’t have a tenant in their property from day one.  After all, the rent doesn’t get paid until you have a tenant. Now, if that sounds like you and you’re in the process of purchasing property, then you’re...

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The biggest home design trends in 2019

The biggest home design trends in 2019


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments Interior designer Sarah-Jane Mossop from CLOStudios and Tegan Robbins from Wavetrain share the home design trends that will be big in 2019. It’s that time of year again when predictions for decor trends start popping up. Senior interior designer Sarah-Jane Mossop and Tegan Robbins fr...

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Six predictions for the Australian economy in 2019

Six predictions for the Australian economy in 2019


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments 2019 is likely to be an interesting year for the Australian economy. Some of the big drags of recent years are receding but housing is turning down, uncertainty is high around the globe and it’s an election year. 1. Economic growth may continue to slow GDP growth for the September qu...

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How technology is creating smart homes

How technology is creating smart homes


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 17 Dec 2020 | Comments By Guest Blogger Series What is smart home technology? The answer to this ranges from total home automation where budget is limitless to a start point of just one or two operations perhaps voice controlled by your Google Home device or an Amazon Alexa unit. Nowadays most of us use sm...

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Styling your home for sale on a budget

Styling your home for sale on a budget


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Staging your home for sale doesn’t need to be expensive. Here’s how you can do it on a budget. You’ve taken the leap and the home is on the market but you’re not quite sure how to make it stand out from the rest of the properties on the market? In a soft proper...

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Five questions you must ask your prospective real estate agent

Five questions you must ask your prospective real estate agent


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments The Northern Beaches property market is shifting. It is more important than ever to be selective when choosing a real estate agent to help sell your home. Choosing the right real estate agent can make a difference of up to thousands of dollars at the end of the sale process. Your agent should ...

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Why the property market looks more positive

Why the property market looks more positive


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Is the housing market about to lift and return to normal? There is certainly more positivity around now that the Federal Election is behind us and the RBA has cut interest rates. With confidence restored, property investors and home buyers are coming back into the market – so home sellers s...

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D-Day: 6 reasons to sell property in a correcting market

D-Day: 6 reasons to sell property in a correcting market


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments The property market in Australia might be slowing down, but life still goes on. There are many reasons why you might need to know how to sell a house fast in a slow market in 2019. Here are the most common reasons why Australians are selling a home in a cooling market, and why it can actually tur...

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8 key steps for pre-sale home prep this spring

8 key steps for pre-sale home prep this spring


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments The season from September to November is the most popular time to sell a home in Australia. This has a number of advantages for sellers, but it is essential to start preparing your house for sale early if you want it to stand out from the many other properties on the market. Here’s everyth...

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Buy first, or sell first? Your home conundrum answered

Buy first, or sell first? Your home conundrum answered


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Buying and selling houses can be tricky, particularly if you are selling and buying a home at the same time. Should you buy a new property first, or sell your current home before purchasing a new one? It’s an age-old conundrum. We take a look at the pros and cons in the light of the curr...

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Selling property under duress: debt or divorce

Selling property under duress: debt or divorce


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments When you have to sell your home due to debt or divorce, this can be an extremely traumatic experience. However, with the right help and advice, it is possible to get through it and move onto the next phase of your life. Here is some essential information to help you make the transition as smoothl...

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5 reasons why now is the best time to buy property in Sydney

5 reasons why now is the best time to buy property in Sydney


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Conditions are the best they’ve been in a decade! While the softening Sydney real estate market is scaring off many buyers, smart buyers and property investors know that now is time to snap up a bargain. Here are five reasons why the real estate market in Sydney is the best it’s be...

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Home improvements on a budget

Home improvements on a budget


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Is it worth renovating a house before selling? This is a question many home sellers ask, particularly if they are selling a house that needs repairs. Before you start spending, it’s essential to know the right home improvements to make before selling your home. Getting the balance right is ...

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Why great comparable evidence is essential

Why great comparable evidence is essential


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Being an active property investor involves making decisions about everything from asset selection and finance, through to tenant types and repair priorities. Making the right choices is imperative because poor decisions in real estate can be expensive.  Perhaps the most crucial concl...

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Auction vs Private Sale…Which should I choose?

Auction vs Private Sale…Which should I choose?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments The decision on which way to sell a property should not be taken lightly. Auctions and private sales can offer different benefits depending on the situation. When you’re preparing to sell your home, and deciding whether to sell via an auction or pursue a private sale, it is important to ...

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Why choose a natural swimming pool?

Why choose a natural swimming pool?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments As the weather begins to turn cool, I am already thinking ahead to next summer, and dreaming of having our own swimming pool.  At the top of my wish list would be a ‘natural pool’, a pool that doesn’t use chlorine or salt to purify the water, but uses ...

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Ten things to check before buying an apartment

Ten things to check before buying an apartment


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments There are a number of factors that contribute to making an informed decision when buying an apartment. Here’s a top 10 checklist of items that buyers should be considering before purchasing an apartment, so that you can be more informed and make the ri...

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What happens when only one bidder shows up to an auction?

What happens when only one bidder shows up to an auction?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments It’s a question that I often get asked – am I able to conduct an auction with just one bidder? The reality is this: At times, there may be a shallow pool of buyers for any property. Whether it’s the location, price, or general suitability, the reality is that there are no...

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Five things to know about depreciation this tax time

Five things to know about depreciation this tax time


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments BMT Tax Depreciation has some tips for investment property owners when it comes to claiming depreciation at tax time. Below are five ways to make sure you get what is yours. 1. Don’t miss out on depreciation deductions Property investors are entitled to a range of tax deductions which ...

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A guide to choosing a builder right for you

A guide to choosing a builder right for you


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments There are several important factors to take into account before choosing a builder for a new home. It can be time-consuming but it’s time well spent when you consider the amount of money involved. Price and budget are major considerations. There are specialist builders for first time bu...

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Common property – what is your obligation?

Common property – what is your obligation?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Before buying a property on a strata scheme, it is important you understand what you are entitled to. A strata scheme is a piece of land… …that contains a building or a collection of buildings that has been divided into ‘lots’. Lots can be individual units/apartments...

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Lifting the lid on investment loans, encourages Investors & first home buyers…

Lifting the lid on investment loans, encourages Investors & first home buyers…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments …back into the market! Sydney’s residential market has endured a range of restrictive regulatory policies in recent years including the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) cap on banks’ new interest-only loans and annual growth cap on lending to propert...

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Winter’s here, but agents have a spring in their step

Winter’s here, but agents have a spring in their step


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments Agents who are hosting auctions this Saturday will front up to a dramatically different marketplace to the one in which they listed their properties. Since launching their campaigns on May 10, agents have seen a likely bid to remove negative gearing and Capital Gains tax discounts repelle...

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3 Ways to add value to your home, pre-sale

3 Ways to add value to your home, pre-sale


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 16 Dec 2020 | Comments What adds value to a house in Australia? This is a question we are frequently asked by home sellers wanting to increase home resale value. Ultimately, all sellers want to achieve the maximum sale price along with a smooth sale. Even in a buyer’s market like we are currently experiencing,...

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Why property styling gets you the best sales price

Why property styling gets you the best sales price


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments When you’re selling your home, professional property styling can help you achieve the best possible price. But what will a home stylist do for you? How much does home staging cost? And how much return can you expect on your investment? We take an in-depth look at home staging, to put you i...

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Marketing your home to stand out from the crowd

Marketing your home to stand out from the crowd


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments The housing market is extremely competitive, so if you want to know how to sell your house, you need to learn how to market it to show buyers exactly what they are looking for. Here we explain what adds value to a house in Australia, and what you can do to appeal to potential buyers to ensure yo...

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3 best home price negotiation strategies

3 best home price negotiation strategies


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Selling a home is something you can do in a number of ways. In order to achieve the best results and sale price for your individual circumstances, you need to know the different types of methods used for selling property and then work with your agent to choose the right method for you. Here&rsqu...

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How to get home buyers in the door

How to get home buyers in the door


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments When you’re selling your home, you need to get as many potential buyers as possible to attend your home open-for-inspection days. How you present the exterior of your property has a huge impact on buyers, as it makes your home stand out from other properties for sale in the area. Here&rsqu...

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Is this the new normal?

Is this the new normal?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments As baby boomers are continuing to retire, choices of where to live may not be that wide. So it’s 1946 and we’re about to see the largest increase in birth rates the country has seen for some time until 1965, roughly 5.5 million Aussies were born.  Post the depression and ...

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Create A Better Life Through Property

Create A Better Life Through Property


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Sometimes during our working life we start to look at other options to give us more choices in life – one of those being property investing. Go to school, get good grades, go to uni, get a good job, buy your family home and retire comfortably… THAT was the old formula that many of...

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6 questions you must ask the selling agent…& 1…

6 questions you must ask the selling agent…& 1…


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Don’t miss out on the best investment opportunities, because you haven’t asked the right questions, says Steve Waters. When researching a potential property investment, there are a range of golden opportunities to source information that could shave thousands of dollars off the pur...

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Auctions off to a roaring start!

Auctions off to a roaring start!


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments People are becoming more assertive at auctions and “fringe bidders” have become extinct. If you want to understand what is happening in most of our property markets around the nation at present, you only need to look at the auction clearance rates. This time last year, clearan...

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Where do you want to be in 2030?

Where do you want to be in 2030?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Now is the time to establish your investment goals for the next decade. Where you want to be in 2030 might seem like a strange question to ask when we’ve just welcomed in 2020. However, psychologically, it is the perfect time to make wealth creation plans that you would like to achi...

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NSW to reopen property inspections and on-site auctions from next weekend.

NSW to reopen property inspections and on-site auctions from next weekend.


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard NSW property market will roll out the welcome mat from next weekend with agents and vendors able to hold traditional property inspections and on-site auctions. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said...

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12 Sydney property market predictions for 2020

12 Sydney property market predictions for 2020


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments In 2020, there will be several political and economic factors that will continue to impact Sydney’s property market. These are my 12 property market forecasts for 2020: 1.       Property owners will continue to sit on their hands. Listings will continue to be at relati...

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The ins and outs of a property settlement – what you need to know, prepare, and do

The ins and outs of a property settlement – what you need to know, prepare, and do


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Buying a property, whether you’re a first home buyer or seasoned investor, may feel like a long and complicated process. Buying a property is a big life moment, so be patient; the prize is just around the corner.  A buyer’s first and most important job, long before the day ...

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September quarter economic update – major markets on cusp of upswing


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Major capital city markets have started to strengthen over the past quarter, courtesy of lower interest rates, as well as a relaxation in lending policies.  However, the economy remains sluggish, with the Reserve slashing the cash rate again in October – the third time this year &...

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Riskier lending remains low, according to APRA data

Riskier lending remains low, according to APRA data


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments New data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority suggests the flow of housing credit may have reached a turning point. APRA’s property exposures data is published each quarter and provides a summary of lending by ADIs over the quarter.  The data is valuable because it...

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The insider’s guide to easements

The insider’s guide to easements


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Far too many novice investors spend all their time looking for that rare jewel – that probably doesn’t exist, or they simply don’t have the networks or expertise to find it. There is no such thing as a perfect property. Far too many novice investors spend all their time lookin...

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Spring has sprung – What’s happening to the property market?

Spring has sprung – What’s happening to the property market?


POSTED BY John Ireland ON 15 Dec 2020 | Comments Here’s what Australians can expect for the property market this spring… As the weather heats up, so too does the property market. The market is warming up for spring with more properties being listed, good buyer enquiry for the lower price points and auctions being scheduled. ...

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