Why it is a good time to buy in Geelong now

Posted on 1 September 2017

The Melbourne property market is experiencing what every real estate professional is calling ‘a perfect storm’. According to Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), prices have continued to rise in Melbourne because of buyer demand, population growth, low stock, and falling interest rates.

Moving to a new city like Ballarat can often be daunting, especially if you have small children that you like to keep active. To make the process easier we've provided some of our favourite child-friendly places to visit in Ballarat.

Moving to Toowoomba? This picturesque Queensland city in the Darling Downs region has many local attractions that are great ways to entertain the family on weekends or school holidays. Below is our pick of five must-see local attractions in Toowoomba and the surrounds.

4 things to do when moving to Geelong

Posted on 28 June 2017

Geelong is the largest provincial city in Victoria and is located a short one hour drive south west of Melbourne. There are several reasons why people are now looking to move into provincial cities on the outskirts of Melbourne, the most common reason is the fantastic real estate value. For example, the average house price in Melbourne is now at a high $700,000, while the average house price in Geelong sits at a far more affordable $450,000. With more and more people deciding to move to Geelong, here is a list of things you should do when moving.

Buying in Toowoomba? Read this first

Posted on 28 June 2017

On the crest of the magnificent Great Dividing Range, some 90 minutes away from Brisbane is Southern Queensland Country’s biggest city of Toowoomba. Located 700 metres above sea level and nestled in the heart of Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba is one of the most beautiful places to live.

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.

If you're about to put your home on the market, investing in a pre-sale inspection is essential to ensure you are aware of the condition of your home and anything that may affect negotiations. By undertaking a pre-sale inspection in advance, this allows you an insight into any repairs or maintenance that may be required, giving you time to have these completed in advance, so that you can get top dollar for your home. It also gives you a realistic estimate of the cost of repairs, so that if you decide to go into negotiations on your home without doing the repairs, then you can't be knocked down on less than the estimated cost of these.

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.

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