Packing… lessons I’m learning!

Packing and moving. What a nightmare! Or is it? I actually kind of like it – I mean “kind of” because I wish it was done and over, but I love the end result. I love setting up my kitchen and wardrobe – even the bathroom cupboards. You get a clean slate to start with and it’s up to you to create turn an empty shell into your home. But there are some things that I’m learning as I go… Don’t pack it unless you Read More +

2018 – what will it bring?

I find that it’s always good to end the year with a bit of a reflection on the past and pondering on the future. So here’s some tips to get you in the mood… What has 2017 brought you? Did you achieve your goals? Why did you achieve some and not others? Are there any lessons you can learn from the year? If there was one stand out memory, what is it? If there was something you could “do over”, what would it be? How Read More +

Newsletter – December 2018

Merry Christmas! Christmas is always a time to think about others and support those in need in any way you can. This year, instead of sending Christmas cards I’ve made a donation to Black Dog Institute to help them continue their great work and their vision of having a mentally healthier world. If you want to join me supporting them with their life changing work, you can donate here. We hope that you have a great festive season spending time with those you love. We’ll be working Read More +

Want to pay off your home loan faster?

Your home loan is probably the biggest financial commitment you’ll ever make, so you need to make it work for you. And you usually want to get it paid off sooner so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour – or you put it to work and leverage to buy an investment property. Either way, here’s a couple of tips to help you pay off your loan faster: Pick the right loan Putting in a little extra effort at the Read More +

Newsletter – November 2017

There’s always talk about what’s going on in the property market. There’s speculation, forecasting, research and all kinds of talk – that often contradicts one another – depending on their motive. So I’m going to join in on the talk because I’m excited about what I’m seeing. After a long stretch of being firmly wedged in a seller’s market, the property market seems to be finally balancing out so that savvy buyers can buy well. Buyer’s agent Elaine Davies writes about it in her blog. Read More +

Tips to negotiating…

When you’re negotiating to buy a property, you need to remember that the real estate agent is employed by the vendor – your opponent, and their commission is directly proportionate to the amount of money they can make you pay. So while we love agents, we need to respect them as our opponent. That’s our number one tip! Here’s a few more… 1. Research – know your market, know the history of the property you’re buying, know of any plans for development in the area. Read More +

Newsletter – October 2017

Everyone around me seems to be buying and selling houses, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too. And what a journey that is! My life outside of work at the moment is: Traipsing to open houses every weekend, Falling into the big black hole of real estate websites that seem to just eat hours of my spare time, Tossing up one suburb over another, Driving through the suburbs to see what they’re like – what streets are nice, what aren’t. Doing my numbers… Read More +

Newsletter – September 2017

Spring is here and that means that the real estate selling season is about to get busy. There seems to be a bit of uncertainty in the marketplace at the moment, but there are a few things that we’re certain of… Real estate isn’t getting cheaper – the longer you wait, the higher the prices. So if you want to buy, keep your eye on your goal, get everything in place so that you’re in a good position to negotiate when you find the right Read More +

Newsletter – August 2017

Buying a home used to be a simple process. You see the house, you inspect and you purchase. Done. But times have changed and the level of competition in the housing market means that it’s rarely that easy. More and more often clients are telling me how challenging and time consuming it has been to buy the right property. Whether it be at auction or private sale, the common theme is many people struggle to secure the right home in the right location at the Read More +

Newsletter – July 2017

Happy New Financial Year! This is the ideal time to take control, set goals and take stock of your financial position. Here’s my top tips to help you take stock: Put together a good working (realistic!) budget. Take a look at where your disposable income is going. Do you have leaks? Calculate your debt and note the interest rate. Is this too high? Could you consolidate or re-finance? What are you doing with surplus funds? Are they working for you? Do you have an investment plan Read More +