Tips on how to save flood-damaged items

Posted on June 18, 2024

There are few things more emotionally distressing – to say nothing of financially difficult – than cleaning up a home after a flood.Finding badly damaged, much-loved items is particularly heart-breaking.Yet even the unprepared should take heart: while some damaged items will have to be thrown away, others can be restored.Clothes and linenHomeowners... read more

Choosing a great property manager

Posted on May 27, 2024

Property investors will soon discover that property management fees are one of their highest financial expenses.While this expense is tax deductible and investors aren't legally required to engage a property manager, interstate or overseas investors in particular will find their lives far easier with one.Here's why.Property manager tasksProperty ma... read more

What to do when disaster hits

Posted on May 14, 2024

Insurance claims can be a tough part of the cleanup process if you get hit with a natural disaster. If you live in flood, cyclone or bushfire-prone areas, it is wise to ensure you have the correct insurance cover, and that it is up to date. Coverage in high-risk areas can also come with a hefty price tag so it will pay to shop around.Before a natur... read more

Demystifying real estate jargon

Posted on May 14, 2024

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor, or simply curious about the nuances of property transactions, the terminology used in the real estate industry can often seem like a foreign language, leaving many feeling overwhelmed and confused.This guide to some of the most frequently used terms has been designed to help you speak the ... read more

Ten tips that could save you from a house fire

Posted on May 13, 2024

It's hard to imagine losing a home in a fire but it happens every day and ironically, the colder months are often a time of greater risk. For those who survive, the sense of loss stays with them for the rest of their lives. It can be truly devastating both physically and emotionally. As local real estate agents, we know how precious our homes are –... read more

Pistachio Cake

Posted on May 09, 2024

INGREDIENTS:100g fine granulated sugarzest of 2 lemons¼ teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract113g unsalted butter roomtemperature2 large eggs at room temperature50g all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder100g pistachio flour or unsalted pistachios ground fine 130g icing sugar½ cup of pomegranate arils or thawed frozen raspberriesM... read more

How to sequence work for a bathroom renovation

Posted on April 29, 2024

One of the most valuable and ambitious renovations before putting your home on the market is to rip out and replace your bathroom.A brand new bathroom can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home and help it sell quickly.A bathroom is arguably the most complicated area of the home to renovate – a key reason why it is seen so favou... read more

Lemon Honey Brown Butter Potatoes

Posted on April 26, 2024

INGREDIENTS:450g baby potatoes1 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp of nutmeg/cayenne pepperOlive oil2 sprigs rosemary1 stem of vine cherry tomatoes1/4 cup salted butter4 cloves of garlic1 lemon2 tbsp honey4 sprigs of thyme1 cup ricotta1 tsp white & black sesame seedsMETHOD:Preheat the oven to 220°C Add potatoes to a large pot of water and salt and boil for 1... read more

Cooktop conundrum for kitchen renovators

Posted on April 24, 2024

Owners who choose to renovate their kitchens before putting their property on the market are making a smart strategic decision to maximise the value of their homes.Kitchens and bathrooms top the list of renovations that today's buyers find most desirable as the market continues its swing into positive price territory.One key question homeowners ten... read more

Has flooding affected your garden?

Posted on April 16, 2024

Another summer is over but for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas, now is a great time to consider how to protect your property for next season.Don't forget the garden will also need protecting, so green thumbs start thinking about how to guard the greenery from dreaded downpours.Preparation is everything when it comes to living with a flood-... read more