Imagine walking into your home with beautiful parquetry floors, high ceilings, light flooding into every oversized room in the whole house (except the media room where dark is good). Tasteful artwork adorning the walls, kitchens and bathrooms to die for, lounges that you just want to sink into and never leave. And then you step outside… [...]
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I worked with a client last year who wanted it all. Actually, I work with lots of clients who want it all, but I'm going to tell you about Sally. She's a self-employed single mum. She owned an apartment in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and had good equity in the property. She also had [...]
Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing break and got to do all those things you'd planned to tick off your list. Having just sold and then bought a new home before Christmas, my break went a little like this... packing, throwing, donating, sleeping, repeat - with a little bit of family time in between. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]