Ballarat is the third largest city in Victoria and is only a short one hour drive away from the state capital of Melbourne. What tends to bring new residents to Ballarat is the promise of affordable housing, quality schooling, and excellent health care. In fact, the average house price in Ballarat is $317,250, which is slightly below the Victorian average of $346,000 and is far less than the Melbourne inner city average price of $1.2 million. With more and more people deciding to move to Ballarat, here are five things you should do if moving to Ballarat.

There's no doubt about it, buying a house is a complicated process, a huge financial investment and a big decision. Unfortunately, those three factors are incompatible with most of our lifestyles these days, particularly with house prices pushing further upwards and balancing work and home life becoming ever more difficult.

The first thing that catches the eye of potential home buyers when scanning through property listings online or in the local newspaper is the photos displayed. As the saying goes, "a picture paints a thousand words", which is why it's important to have quality images that effectively showcase your home for your print or online marketing campaign, to increase sales opportunities.

When people are considering selling their home, they have two main choices: private treaty, or auction.

Private treaty - with an asking price and 'offers' being presented by the buyer to the vendor - is the most popular choice, but there are plenty of benefits of a sale by auction as well.

Sometimes, it's just how you look at things. When it comes to buying or selling a home, it can be argued that it is harder than ever in 2016 - or perhaps it's easier.

Prices are at fingertip-reach at best for many millennials, and there is now so much information and analysis within reach too, which can make buying confusing. All of that makes it hard for sellers, too.

The 'must dos' when buying your first home

Posted on 10 October 2016

So you've saved your home deposit, and you've discussed your finance options with your lender. You've even been pre-approved for a home loan and conducted real estate research. Now it's time to find the right place for you to call home. But, before you rush out and sign a contract, there's a number of factors that you need to consider. Let's look at these now. 

When browsing real estate listings, buyers are naturally more attracted to listings with well-framed photos of a beautifully lit and staged living room than to cell phone photos of a cluttered living room. That seems like common sense, but people still make that mistake. Hiring a professional stager can pay for itself with a significant return on the investment. That said, allowing a stager into your home can sometimes be an unexpectedly touchy transaction. Here are a few tips on how to best work with your new stager to get the best possible result.

Can you afford to do a 'DIY' house sale?

Posted on 7 September 2016

In slightly less than thriving property market, an increasingly popular way to cut some costs is to do a DIY sale, forgoing the help (and the big fees) of a professional real estate agent and going it alone.

What is a building inspection?

Posted on 16 August 2016

A building inspection is an important part of buying your home. Having your property inspected by a professional can give you peace of mind that you are moving your family into a sturdy and safe home.

When buying your first home, there is a lot to think about. It’s a huge investment and you will probably be nervous and excited, wanting to make sure you get it right. Your real estate agent needs to be helpful and guide you through this process, and you want to be able to rest assured that they have your best interests at heart.

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