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Top tips if you’re renovating to sell

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

24 April 2017

Have you been thinking about renovating or refurbishing your home with a view to selling in spring? If so, there is no better time than the cooler months of the year – so right now is a great time to get moving on your project. But where to start and how much to do? That’s (potentially) the million-dollar question.

Start by considering your budget. Some rooms require a larger budget than others. Wet areas like the kitchen, bathrooms ad laundry are always more expensive to renovate than other rooms in the home due to the cost of both materials and labour (most people require professional assistance from a plumber, tiler and electrician in wet areas, which adds significantly to the bill).

However you don’t necessarily need to go to the expense of a full renovation to spruce up your wet areas. You would be amazed at how much new tapwear, a shower head, light fittings and door hardware will do for your wet areas. You could even pick up a new shower screen at places like Bunnings or other local hardware stores and install them yourself.

The kitchen is seen as the heart of the home so buyers tend to put a lot of weight on this room when inspecting a home. Again you don’t need to install a brand new kitchen (although if your kitchen has seen better days and you can afford to, a new kitchen has the potential to add tens of thousands to the value of your property). If you can’t afford a new kitchen don’t despair. Consider a new bench top, new cupboard doors, modern stainless steel appliances and a new splash back. If that is still beyond your budget, simply replacing the handles and knobs and installing new tapwear can be enough to revitalise a tired old kitchen.

Bedrooms, lounge and dining rooms can be made to look modern and fresh with new carpet, light fittings and window treatments. Or if you know your old carpet covers floorboards, consider ripping them up, polishing the boards and adding some rugs.

A fresh coat of paint never goes astray during any home renovation – just be sure to stick to neutral tones for a broader appeal (same rule applies throughout the home). Leave splashes of bold colour for soft furnishings and accessories.

Consider professional home styling once your refurbishments have been completed. We can look after this for you if you wish.

We have access to some reliable local tradespeople and home stylists who we regularly recommend to clients and are more than happy to pass their details on to you or coordinate the process for you. We would also be more than happy to provide obligation free advice on what to do to your home to attract more buyers and maximise your sales price along with a free property appraisal. Call us if this is of interest you you.

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Autumn outperforms spring as the No. 1 selling season

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

14 April 2017

In April last year the Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) released data which proved what many real estate professionals had observed for some time – that Autumn is now officially recognised as the number 1 selling season of the year, outperforming Spring, which now comes in second.

Figures between 2001 to 2015 showed there were an average of 50% more sales between March and May than at any other time of the year. It is thought that the primary reason for this is that March has been pinpointed as the month of the year when people are ready to start tackling their goals for the year in earnest as all thoughts of summer holidays have long passed. For many, their goals include upgrading the family home, downsizing or buying an investment property.

There are two schools of thought as to why Spring no longer comes in at number 1. One school of thought is actually linked to the AFL Grand Final and the start of the spring school holidays. Another is simply that so many people assume that most wait till Spring to list their homes for sale that the market would be flooded and their property would have less chance of standing out in the crowd. As a result, some are now opting to avoid Spring to sell and choosing Autumn instead.

With beautiful weather, clear skies, warm (but not hot) days and crisp evenings, Autumn can be a great time to sell and have your property presenting at its best.

If you would like to know how the market is performing in your neighbourhood and are interested to know what the best selling strategy for you would be, give us a call. We would be happy to come and see you for an obligation free property appraisal.

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Housing affordability VS retirement affordability – which is the greater evil?

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

08 April 2017

Housing affordability has been the hot topic for a while now and there’s no sign of this interest cooling off any time soon, especially with the May Federal Budget drawing ever closer.

Pauline Hanson and a number of Federal backbenchers have been lobbying the government to allow young Australians to access their superannuation in order to give them a better shot at buying their first home and thereby easing the affordability crisis.

While this may seem like a plausible solution on the surface, former Chief Operating Officer of the Property Council of Australia, Ross Elliott says it is not good policy and “reeks of short term reactive opportunism.”

Mr Elliott believes that if the government moves ahead with this plan, we will face an even bigger problem than housing affordability in the future – an inability to afford retirement.

The facts are eye opening.

According to a 2013 OECD report:

  • Australian’s aged over 65 have the second worst seniors poverty in the world (behind Korea).
  • One in four Australian retirees receives the full pension and a further 25% receive a part pension.
  • 2/3 earn less than $400 a week in total.
  • About 25% are still paying off a mortgage or renting.
  • About 65% of Australians over 65 have no superannuation at all.
  • The average superannuation balance for someone aged 70 to 74 is $102,000.
  • Australians aged over 65 are now the fastest growing age group.
  • By 2033, one in five Australian will be over 65.

While the above picture should improve as more people reach retirement with a lifetime of contributions behind them (compulsory super only started in the early 1990s), the facts are nonetheless very sobering.

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