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Making the decision to sell your home or investment property is one of life’s major milestones. Whether you are selling to upgrade, relocate to another area, cash up or downsize, it can be an exciting journey or a complex and overwhelming one without the right support and guidance.

At SHELMARK we work hard to ensure the property sale journey is as easy and stress-free for you as possible. We call it the SHELMARK Difference.

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It’s about perspective

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

29 November 2018

While Perth’s housing recovery remains fragile, we can’t lose sight of the fact that Australia’s GDP growth rate remains strong, confirming our resilience as a nation.

According to the latest National Accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we are now entering our 28th consecutive year of economic growth. Furthermore, between 2019 and 2023 our economy is predicted to outperform every other major advanced economy in the world. More significantly, Australia is the only country in the developed world to have experienced uninterrupted economic growth over the past 27 years. These are pretty impressive figures amidst all the ‘doom and gloom’ reports we keep reading about the national housing market.

What should we all take from this news? The bottom line is, while it may not always feel like it, we really do live in the lucky country, and things aren’t always as bad as they are portrayed in the media.

While the Perth housing market remains fragile, according to the latest figures released by CoreLogic, for the housing market to recover, demand must be created through sustainable employment opportunities in industries that are more stable than the mining and resources sector. With substantial infrastructure spending underway in WA, including the multi-million-dollar overhaul of many shopping centres like Garden City, those employment opportunities will come.

Our message to you is this …

If you want (or need) to sell your home or investment property, then you must employ a professional real estate agent who will work harder for you than anyone else, someone who has the experience to lead you through this less than ideal time.

Choose an agent who:

• Has the experience, skills and resources to implement world-class marketing campaigns that ensure your property will be noticed in a crowded market place,

• Won’t over-inflate your price or tell you what you want to hear just to please you but will be totally honest about the need to be realistic in your price expectation right now,

• Will advise you on the best way to present your house for sale so it appeals to your target markets.

• Will keep you informed every step of the way, and

• Suggests changes to your marketing and/or pricing to avoid the property become stagnant on the market.

As experienced real estate professionals, you can trust us to deliver all those benefits and commitments to you.


Last but not least, when you sell your home and buy another during a time when the market is less than ideal, the home you buy will also be priced lower than it would be when the market is performing well. So, the key is to focus on the changeover cost rather than just the price you achieve in your sale. If you wait until the market picks up, the price of your next home will go up too. So why wait?

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How to style that awkward space in your home

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

23 November 2018

Do you have a space in your home that you just don’t know what to do with? It’s that spot that is not quite big enough to be its own room but too large to do nothing with. Perhaps it has little natural light and seems in limbo between other rooms.

So just how do you optimise and style those awkward spaces? Here are five tips from interior designers.

1. Assess your home for spaces that need some love

Take a good look through your home to identify under-utilised areas that you normally pay no attention to. It could be the void under a staircase, or an awkwardly sized wall between two windows. For the void under the stairs, you could create some amazing storage or even create a small reading nook by adding an armchair or a bench seat that neatly tucks underneath when not in use, along with some nice shelving to display books.
For the awkward wall between two windows, consider adding a small floating shelf and some artwork.

2. Give the space a purpose

Consider functionality as well as aesthetics when assessing your awkward space. Perhaps your space lends itself to a compact study area or a media nook where family members can plug in their digital devices – the perfect 21st functional use of an awkward space.

3. Use the power of paint

Given that most awkward spaces in the home attract little natural light, it is a good idea to get creative with paint to combat this. Introducing a feature wall in a study nook is a great way to use colour to highlight the space and help add a distinction between other spaces in the home. If the space is quite dark, adding a lighter, cooler colour can help brighten it up while also creating the illusion that the space is a bit larger than it actually is.

4. Look for smart furniture

When it comes to furnishing small awkward spaces, take the time to measure the dimensions and physically look at items of interest in-store rather than buying them online. Don’t forget to bring your tape measure when shopping for the right furniture piece. It is also a good idea, where possible, to look for furniture items that lend themselves to having a dual purpose. For example, a bench seat can be used in a small entryway for seating, but can also be used to store shoes underneath.

5. Style it to perfection

Soft furnishings and artwork will add the finishing touch to the solution for your awkward space. A rug, a beautiful painting or photo, a feature wall, a statement mirror (always an effective style hack for creating the illusion of space) or a plant, and clever, decorative lighting will help define the zone you are creating and give it a warm, welcoming ambience.

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Should we stay or should we go?

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

15 November 2018

Love it or list it? Should we stay or should we move? It’s a commonly asked question in lounge rooms all over the country. Perhaps it’s on your mind right now.

We have put together a list of simple questions and suggested answers to help you decide…

1. Do you love your street and your neighbourhood but your bathroom is in a terrible state? STAY & RENOVATE THE BATHROOM

2. Are you planning to grow your family in the next five years and know you will outgrow the home you’re in? MOVE

3. Do you expect that your older kids will be leaving the nest soon? MOVE

4. Is the aspect and size of your home perfect, but it’s very dated? STAY & MODERNISE

5. Have you just had surgery on your hips, knees or back and you live in a multi-level home? MOVE

6. Are you on acreage and you hate gardening? MOVE

7. Do you live in the worst house on the best street? STAY & RENOVATE

8. Is your home too small but there’s no cost-effective way to extend? MOVE

9. Do you constantly have to do the car shuffle at home and you want to buy a boat or caravan but you’ve only got a single garage with no room on the block to extend it? MOVE

10. Do you have a pool you no longer want and you’re constantly maintaining it? MOVE

11. Do you envy the lifestyle of your friends who can walk to cafes and restaurants etc. from home but there’s nothing wrong with your house? MOVE

12. Are you keen to get your kids into a particular school but you live out of zone? MOVE

The above Q&A is just a guide. There is no definitive right or wrong answer. But it may help you rationalise your thinking before making a decision. Call us if you would like to have an obligation free chat about your plans and goals. We would be more than happy to come out and listen as well as take a look at your home.

No matter what your reason for moving there will always be buyers looking for a home like yours. Just married, just divorced, just had a baby, just retired, just got a new job, just had the kids move out, there is always someone looking to move.

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6 reasons to live in a walkable neighbourhood

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

05 November 2018

Living close to it all is no longer just reserved for inner city living. These days a lot more thought is being put into planning outer suburbs to make them more liveable and promote a greater sense of community, health and wellbeing.

The old-fashioned notion of village-like, leave-the-car-at-home living is enjoying a resurgence in popularity across the generations.

Here are six reasons why walkability should be a key factor when you’re looking for your next home.

1. Leave the car at home
We are so fortunate in the area we call home and service clients that so many of our suburbs are within a pleasant strolling distance from so many conveniences, from Garden City, public transport and restaurant/cafe strips to beautiful parks, cycle ways, the lakefronts and local schools.

2. Health and wellbeing
Leaving the car at home has obvious health and wellbeing benefits. And there have been University studies to prove it, comparing the health of people living in suburbs in which you need a car to get anywhere to those who live in communities that cater to residents walking more. It’s not just physical health benefits either. The stress relief people gain from a regular walk outdoors is well known too.

3. Child safety
From walking a few blocks to the local school or parks, or strolling to the shops, cinema and sports field with their friends, a well-planned walkable neighbourhood provides both safety and a happy, healthy environment for kids to grow up in. This in turn provides peace of mind and extra time for busy parents.

4. Getting to know the neighbours
How many people do you know that don’t even know their neighbours let alone live in an environment that encourages neighbours to look out for one another? A walkable neighbourhood encourages engagement and connectivity, just as people used to enjoy in villages a long time ago.

5. The chance to dine out close to home
There’s nothing better than being able to walk to and from your favourite local cafe or restaurant to meet friends for a coffee or a meal. No need to worry about where to park or how to get home if you’ve had a couple of glasses of wine.

6. Better on the hip pocket
Living in a walkable neighbourhood also delivers financial benefits. Proximity to public transport and amenities will cut down on petrol and motor vehicle maintenance costs. And, according to property expert, Michael Yardney, owning a home in a walkable neighbourhood can also boost your property’s value as it delivers so many features that people want.

The CSIRO’s new Liveability Ranking lists ‘living local’ (a connection to community, village feel, bike paths, walkways and public transport) among 17 features that contribute to a property’s overall liveability score.

Scroll down and you will see that many of the properties we currently have listed for sale tick so many of the boxes mentioned in this article. Aren’t we lucky to live where we do!

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