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Harper & Lulu

April 10, 2019

Style + Culture The Local

Handcrafted. Locally sourced. A little bit of luxury. A great way to treat someone. I first came across Harper and Lulu on Instagram. Their hampers always look delicious and they’re beautifully packaged and presented. I first met Laura, the founder and creator, over coffee at Portafilter. Vibrant. Energetic. Fun. Her zest for life leaves you […]

Investor Numbers

April 8, 2019

Market Update Property News

The number of investors looking to purchase property appears to be have been steadily dropping for some time. We thought it would be worthwhile looking at some data. These stats show the percentage of buyers who purchased our properties that were buying as an investment rather than to live in.     These are just […]

Why Strata can be a good thing?

March 13, 2019

Property News Property Tips

  There are not many things that are universally loathed. Even Donald Trump has his supporters. But there is one word that seems universally despised…. STRATA! I meet so many people that come to my inspections. Whether they come to a villa, townhouse or unit, they will always start by asking the same question: “Is […]

Market Update

February 28, 2019

Market Update Property News

  So, you’d have to be seriously living in a cave not to know the property market around Newcastle is slowing. We’ve been feeling it all year. We know it and buyers certainly know it. The media is not helping sellers. A Newcastle Herald report from December stated that ‘the typical Newcastle house is more […]

helloHOLT

November 16, 2018

Style + Culture The Local

I love Mayfield for its village feel. Everywhere you go, there is a surprise. It’s a cute cottage garden that grabs your attention when walking the dog. It’s the stranger that gives you’re a genuine ‘hello’ as you pass one another. It’s catching a glimpse of a small business you didn’t know existed while passing […]

What is a Limited Title?

October 15, 2018

Property Tips

Many people will be familiar with the terms Torrens title and Strata title. These words describe the relationship with the property that you own to the land around it. If you buy a property in a new subdivision, there’s a very strong chance it will be on Torrens title. If you buy a unit, villa […]

Ask an Expert: Rising Damp

October 15, 2018

Uncategorized

For some homeowners, rising damp can be a major issue. It’s also problematic when trying to sell a home. It definitely turns off some potential buyers who can smell and feel the damp when they enter a home. While ventilation works as a short term solution, rising damp needs to be fixed before more serious […]

What is a 66W?

October 15, 2018

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  A 66W is the term for a letter that is included in the buyer’s contract when purchasing a property. It is signed by the buyer’s solicitor and explains that their clients have agreed to waive their rights to a cooling off period. If the contract does not include a 66W when exchanging contracts, it is assumed that […]

The price equation – What determines the price you receive for your property?

October 15, 2018

Property News

The price you will get for a property depends on the level of interest from buyers (pretty crazy, right?). If at your first open home you have 50 people turn up, chances are that you will receive multiple offers and end up walking away with an amazing price. If two groups turn up, buyers will […]

What is gazumping?

October 15, 2018

Property Tips

What is gazumping? Gazumping is the term used to describe a situation where Buyer A places an offer that is accepted only to later discover that Buyer B has placed a higher offer that has been accepted by the vendor. Is gazumping illegal? No, not in NSW Why does this cause frustration? The frustration is […]

How to avoid buyers remorse when selling your home?

October 15, 2018

Property Tips

One of the things that you will need to consider when selling a home is buyers remorse. It’s that feeling you get, deep in your stomach when you decide to buy something – the mini panic attacks that make you think you are making the wrong decision. In life, making no decisions is always easier […]

Ask an Expert: Asbestos in your home

October 15, 2018

Property Tips

Without doubt the one word that universally freaks out most potential purchasers is asbestos. We have all heard terrible stories of people developing cancer and dying from its poisoning. The reality is though, that there would be few homes in Newcastle (besides those built in the last 30 years) that don’t have it. I recently […]

Do property prices double every 7 years?

October 15, 2018

Property News Property Tips

There is a theory that property prices double every 7-10 years. It’s one of those things that everybody seems to know but Ive never really seen any hard evidence. Until now! Some smart journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald (6th July 2018) tested the theory recently and found the results were less conclusive. This is […]