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Top 8 interior design trends for 2018

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

29 January 2018

If you are in the process of designing a new home or a renovation to your existing home, it can be quite overwhelming when trying to keep up with the latest design trends. Researching interiors can lead you to an almost endless array of styles and choices.

Thanks to Pinterest, lifestyle magazine editors and design bloggers are able to stay abreast with the key trends interior designers from around the world are searching.

While minimalism has been in vogue for some time, the numbers are stacking in favour of maximalism this year.

From resort-inspired bathrooms to statement doors and statement ceilings, there is no shortage of inspiration and trends begging your participation if you’re planning to build, renovate or modernise your home.

If staying on point is important to you, you will love this concise overview of eight of the top interior design trends for 2018 (as featured in the latest edition of Vogue Living). Here they are, in no particular order: 

  1. Resort-inspired bathrooms– Think spa baths, rattan furniture and rustic, recycled timber features.
  2. Big, bold art pieces– Searches for the term ‘big wall art’ are up a whopping 637 per cent.
  3. Terrazzo– They say ‘what goes around comes around’, and clearly the same is true for interior design trends. Regulated to office flooring in the 2000s after losing its popularity as residential flooring in the 80s and 90s, Terrazzo is officially back in vogue. But don’t expect to see it looking like the concrete original from its heyday in the ‘70s. In 2018, we will see Terrazzo used not only in flooring but also in statement furniture pieces like occasional and coffee tables.
  4. Patterned plants– The popularity of indoor plants has been on the rise for the past couple of years, not only for their obvious beauty, but also for their proven health and wellbeing  Now we’re moving beyond the standard green with searches for ‘patterned plants’ (patterned foliage with splashes of colour) up by more than 500 per cent.
  5. Statement doors– You know what they say about making a great first impression. Nothing does this like a fabulous statement door. Is it any wonder that searches for interesting, intriguing and colourful entryways are on the rise?
  6. French floors– Commonly found in chic Parisian apartments, French wooden floors are characterised by their interesting herringbone design.
  7. Metallics– Mixed metals have been in vogue for the last few years and it’s clear they are not going anywhere based on global Pinterest search results.
  8. Statement ceilings– No longer relegated to basic ‘ceiling white’, ceilings are now being given a new lease of life and the predictions are that this trend will be huge this year. Think graphic patterns and colourful prints using wallpaper, painted patterns, exposed beams, sleek textures, and even custom ceiling coverings like timber.


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How to find the best agent

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

19 January 2018

Last week we shared tips on how NOT to find your agent. So this week we thought we’d turn the tables and share a list of questions to ask the agents on your shortlist. If you think that sounds like you’re conducting a job interview, you would be correct. Finding the right agent to sell your most significant financial asset should be taken as seriously as finding the right person for a job if you owned a business or was responsible for hiring at your work.

6 questions to ask your shortlisted agent

1. How will you target the right buyers for my property?
There’s more to targeting buyers than advertising alone. While a professionally prepared tailored marketing campaign that targets the right buyers is vital, your agent should also be actively contacting buyers looking for a property like yours. Unfortunately too many agents wait for a buyer to come to them.

2. How do you calculate what my property’s worth & can you substantiate the figure?
Many people are lured by the promise of a high price without being told how that price was calculated and how it will be achieved. Ask an agent to explain how they arrived at a figure when appraising your home to ensure it’s not simply a number designed to draw you in. Nothing will damage the integrity of a sale faster than a home that’s unrealistically priced. It’s important to ensure your agent prices your property in line with current market values to avoid it becoming stale on the market.

3. How will you achieve the best sales result for me?
When it comes to achieving the best possible price there are 3 key factors to look for – attention to detail (on everything from property presentation, marketing and local knowledge to follow-up communication); highly skilled negotiation skills (why not put the agent to the test by role playing a negotiation with them); and last but not least, friendly, professional service, without the pressure (buyers see straight through the ‘pushy salesperson spiel’).

4. Can you show me the results & testimonials from your last 3 sales?
If an agent can’t show you recent sales results and testimonials (not results from 3 years ago) then how can you be sure they have what it takes to achieve top dollar in the current market?

5. How often will I hear from you? And how do you communicate with prospective buyers?
There’s nothing more frustrating than an agent that fails to keep you fully informed during the sales campaign. You should never have to ask for information. Ask each prospective agent how he or she intends to communicate with you and with prospective buyers of your property. You may be surprised to learn how many buyers fail to be contacted after an inspection, even in a tough market!

6. How many properties do you look after at any one time?
How can you expect to receive personalised attention and 100% commitment from an agent who juggles a huge number of listings at any one time? You don’t want to be seen as simply a means to achieving a sales target for the month!

We feel confident we tick all these boxes and would be more than happy to sit down with you to answer these and any other questions you may have. Contact us for an obligation free chat any time.


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How NOT to choose your agent

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

12 January 2018

If you owned a business and needed to fill an important role, you wouldn’t simply hire the first applicant that walked through the door would you?If you owned a business and needed to fill an important role, you wouldn’t simply hire the first applicant that walked through the door would you?

Finding the right real estate agent to sell your greatest financial asset should be no different to hiring the best person for a job.

Many sellers head to the Internet these days to help shortlist agents to meet their needs. However, according to Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) President and Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Deputy President, Hayden Groves, the old fashioned methods of choosing your agent are still best.

“Well established methods of choosing your agent such as re-employing an agent previously used, adverts in the Herald, recommendations from friends and relatives or visiting Home Opens to meet agents remain effective methods,” said Mr Groves.

However if you want a credible online source to find a reputable agent, Mr Groves said it is vital that the source be independent.

REIWA’s Agent Finder tool is an independent, credible source for finding professional agents.

Mr Groves warns of the many commercial operators that claim to ‘find the best agent near you’.

The following is what he had to say to support his argument of how NOT to choose your agent…

“Conducting a Google search of “Real Estate Agents Fremantle” for example will throw up paid for adverts for:


These ‘intermediaries’ claim they can find you the best agent. The truth is they merely run a portal and a call centre whereby they contact local agents offering them a lead for a property listing in exchange for about 20% of their sales commission. The consumer then contacts the participating agents, chooses one from the list and is astonished to find the agent will be paying a referral fee to the intermediary. Suddenly, the vendor’s confidence in their agent – one prepared to give up a portion of their fee to obtain a lead – is undermined.”

Now working for less money, how hard do you think that agent would work for you?

The best agents don’t need to use intermediary services as they get their business based on their merit, which leads to word-of-mouth referral.

“Consumers need to know that in using these sites, they’re simply not getting access to the best agents, just the cheapest and most desperate,” said Mr Groves.

Not all agents are the same

Remember, an agent works for YOU. Your needs must be their top priority. If they’re not the right person for the job, it can cost you dearly.

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