Property SOLD in Oak Flats – 78 Bridge Avenue Oak Flats

Oversized block with escarpment views one street from the lakes edge Set on a large parcel of land positioned on the high side of the street very close to the edge of Lake Illawarra, is a spacious property brimming with untapped potential. The family friendly location is close to walking and bike tracks, a sportsRead more

Introducing our Stunning New Holiday Property😍……Vila Cass

This stunning property is all about indoor/outdoor entertainment set in a prime location, a mere 3 minutes walk from the breath-taking Waterfront Marina with a beautiful boardwalk, shops, cafes and restaurants. With spacious and bright interiors this property is a great way to enjoy your holiday away in luxury. The property accommodates up to 8Read more

The School Holidays are Almost Here! Do you Still Need Somewhere Amazing to Stay?

We have some great Holiday Accommodation Properties on offer and would love to see you in our beautiful Shellharbour Illawarra Region the weather is amazing this time of year!…/holi…/ #shellcove#shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation#southcoastnsw#nswschoolholidays#shellharbour#illawarraholidays 02 4295 1550

We Love Receiving Amazing Reviews from our Lovely Tenants❤️

“I am beyond pleased with our experience with Shellharbour Marina Real Estate. Jacqui has been nothing but amazing and kind and has been extremely helpful with moving us in our new home. Thank you so much Jacqui. You have been amazing!” If you need any Property Management advice please get in touch, we would loveRead more

🏠Open Homes & By Appointment Inspections🏠

See below our Open Homes for this Saturday 6th April;  9:15am – 9:45am 78 Bridge Avenue, Shell Cove10:00am – 10:30am 8 Torres Circuit, Shell Cove10:45am – 11:15am 6 Hayman Crescent, Shell Cove11:30am – 12:00pm 11 Sovereign Court Shell Cove12:15pm – 12:45pm 27 Hinchinbrook Drive, Shell Cove   Inspections are also available by appointment on request, please contact Michelle on 0407Read more

Family Getaway Opposite Warilla Beach – Client Review 🤩Shellharbour Marina Holiday Accommodation

We Love this Review from a Recent Visitor at one of our Holiday Accommodation Properties “I recently had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful house with my family, and it exceeded all our expectations! The location couldn’t have been more perfect for a family getaway near the beach. We spent countless hours building sandcastlesRead more

🌳🌺Do your Lawns and Gardens need a Tidy up as we head into Autumn?

But you just don’t have the time or energy to get them under control and looking good?️ Matt from Shellharbour Marina Group – Property Maintenance is your man! and will come to the rescue of your lawns and gardens! We can provide a once off service for a trim and tidy of your lawns andRead more

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures 🤩🌳 🌅

A great activity for the upcoming school holidays and located just over 30 minutes from Shellharbour. Take a walk through the treetops on the Treetop Walk, a 1.5km walk through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20-30 metres above the ground. The walkway culminates inRead more

We have two Amazing Rental Properties Available Soon😍 118 Harbour Boulevard, SHELL COVE and 14a Bonville Parkway, Shell Cove

Designer Townhouse 4 3 2 118 Harbour Boulevard, SHELL COVE $950/week, available 18th April. This recently renovated townhouse is situated within walking distance to the Waterfront Marina and has lots of great added features. and Luxury with District Views 4 2 2 14a Bonville Parkway, Shell Cove $830/week, available 8th April. Offering a relaxed lifestyleRead more

Killalea Beach – also known as ‘The Farm’ 🌊☀️….. Has been named the Best Beach in NSW!😍

The Farm Beach within Killalea Regional Parklands just near Shellharbour has been named the best beach in New South Wales! This iconic stretch at Killalea was awarded second best beach in the country in Tourism Australia’s annual Best Australian Beaches list! Embark on an extraordinary journey to the shores of Killalea Beach, known locally asRead more

Some Great Client Reviews for Michelle Mannex and Jacqui Rowe, from two of our Vendors and Landlords👏👏…..Thank You….😀

If you need any Sales or Property Management advice please get in touch, we would love to be able to assist you! 02 4295 1550 / /…/

We Would Like to Wish Everyone a Wonderful Easter Break!

Our office is closed Today and Monday but we have a number of open houses scheduled for tomorrow Sat 30th March, we hope to see you at one of them. Michelle is also still available by phone over the Easter break 0407 986 455. #openforinspection#shellharbourmarinarealestate#happyeaster

The Shellharbour Illawarra region hosts some great local Boutique and Farmers Markets

here are just a few coming up while you are visiting our lovely region why not visit one…or two. Easter Sunday 31st March The Georgia Rose Boutique Market at the Waterfront Marina Shell Cove, artisan stalls, boutique retailers, local makers & emerging brands at the regions newest market. Easter Friday 29th March Kiama Seaside MarketRead more

HARS Aviation Museum Albion Park ✈️ Tarmac Days 12-14 April

Tarmac Days highlight specific events or eras in aviation and are held outside the HARS hangars on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month, displaying some of the unique aircraft held at its headquarters at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park. Members of the public will be able to board and sitRead more

Shellharbour Village Seaside Retreat Holiday Accommodation – Shellharbour Marina Holiday Accommodation Service

This brand new holiday home is modern in design and interior with loads of natural light perfect for relaxing in the open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas cooktop, oven and all the amenities you need to cook in style and luxury in your holiday home awayRead more

Just Listed – Generously Sized Striking Family Home Close to Natural Regional Parklands and Marina – 27 Hinchinbrook Drive, Shell Cove

A distinctive architectural design has been created by a complete renovation of this spacious family home set over a split level design. The transformation has produced a magnificent light filled property with contemporary chic interiors and multiple living spaces and zones that are functional as well as beautiful. The location is set in a privateRead more

🪂🤩BIGWAVE Skydive Shellharbour🤩🪂

Enjoy a Beach Skydive this Long Weekend….. with Sydney’s most scenic skydive and only 5-star rated skydiving experience! Its an unforgettable adventure. The combination of adrenaline-pumping excitement and stunning natural views, makes BigWave Skydive Sydney’s best beachside skydive. #bigwaveskydive#shellharbour#shellcove

❤️SOLD Off Market in Shell Cove❤️ 19 Barque Avenue, Shell Cove by Shellharbour Marina Real Estate

Single Level Family Home with Versatile Floorplan Close to Shellharbour Village and Marina This incredibly spacious modern single level home offers lots of opportunity to use the versatile floorplan to suit your own family living situation. The location is ideal being very close to the Waterfront Marina and the lovely Shellharbour Village main street, bothRead more

We Love 5 Star Reviews 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟for Jacqui Rowe Property Manager Shellharbour Marina Real Estate

A very happy landlord and tenant! Please speak to our incredible Property Manager Jacqui, if you need your property leased or you are a tenant looking for a great new home! “We were very impressed with Jacqui in helping get our property rented for the price we had hoped for. She managed to do thisRead more

A Recent 5 Star Client Review! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for one of our lovely Holiday Accommodation Properties in Shell Cove – right near the Waterfront Marina

35 Whimbrel Terrace, SHELL COVE 4 2 2 “Great place to stay. The house was lovely, had everything we needed. It was very, very clean. The pool was super warm. Great location, close to the marina. Would recommend”…/r334…/ For more details contact us on 02 4295 1550 or Follow our Facebook and InstaRead more

Media Release 19/3/2024…..Statement by the Reserve Bank Board: Monetary Policy Decision (on Interest Rates)

As generally predicted……at its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate target unchanged at 4.35%. “Inflation Continues to Moderate but Remains High. Recent information suggests that inflation continues to moderate, in line with the RBA’s latest forecasts. The headline monthly CPI indicator was steady at 3.4 per cent over the year toRead more

Modern Shellharbour Holiday House in Great Central location

Another one of our lovely properties on offer! This freestanding family home is centrally located between Shellharbour Village Town Centre and the new established Waterfront Shellharbour Marina. Walk two minutes to Shellharbour Village with cafes and shops, or use the locals walking track at the end of Sophia Street to access Shell Cove by foot,Read more

Austcycling Slopestyle National Championships are coming to Shellharbour City on the 20 and 21 April 2024 at GreenValleys Mountain Bike Park.

The launch of the @auscyclingaus Slopestyle National Championships NSW State Gravity Series Downhill round Pro line Whip Off Competition. Airbag Under Lights Jam Full event information can be found on Need Accommodation while participating or visiting the event? We have some great properties available for short and long stays.…/holi…/ #shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation#southcoastnsw#illawarraholidays#auscyclingslopestylenationalchampionships#greenvalleysmountainbikepark

5 Star Landlord Review for Jacqui Rowe

Thank you to my lovely landlord for your kind review for the leasing of your home! Contact Jacqui for further details on leasing your property 02 4295 1550 #propertymanager #forrent #justleased #shellharbourmarinarealestate

❤️SOLD in Shell Cove❤️ 157 Harbour Blvd. Shell Cove

Near New Luxury Townhome in the Waterfront Maria Precinct Architecturally designed and built only six years ago, this chic contemporary home is situated in the enviable Marina precinct, surrounded by an array of bars, cafes, specialty shopping, landscaped gardens and social spaces. The stylish 270 berth Marina provides a backdrop of serene waterside living forRead more

RUN Shellharbour is happening on Sunday 14 April

This is a course designed for speed and spectacular views and will suit all ages and abilities with three distances and several categories to choose from. Not a ‘runner’? No worries! With such spectacular views on offer, this is a great chance to get fit, healthy or why not run or walk for a cause…GetRead more

Vendor Testimonials Shellharbour Marina Real Estate

Thank you to my lovely vendors for your kind words on the sale of your homes!…/ #justsold #welovegreatreviews #shellharbourmarinarealestate

Just Listed For Sale in Shell Cove 6 Hayman Crescent Shell Cove

Bushland Views with Loads of Space and Light in Quiet Central Location. This spacious contemporary north to rear light filled family home, with an elevated natural bushland and district vista has an impressive internal floor plan of 254 sqm. The quiet location is ideally positioned only moments to the lovely Shell Cove Ponds reserve andRead more

How to Save money on Your Energy Bills…..

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) supports households and businesses across NSW to take action to reduce their energy use and save on energy bills. This includes discounts for installing or upgrading to a more energy-efficient appliance or product in your home or business. If your home has old style lights, you’re paying too much forRead more

Two Amazing Properties Just Leased by Shellharbour Marina Real Estate Property Management

😍Two Amazing Properties Just Leased🔥 26 Fairways Drive, Shell Cove and 1/66 Pur Pur Avenue, Lake Illawarra Contact our lovely Property Manager Jacqui if you want your property leased quickly and efficiently with great tenants! or 02 4295 1550 #rentalproperty #forrent #shellharbourmarinarealestate #justleased

Another one of our lovely Holiday Accommodation Properties Shallows Coast Retreat Walking Distance to Shell Cove Marina & Beaches

This beautiful light filled property with contemporary stylish decor and fixtures is only a year old. The larger than normal alfresco courtyard space is bathed in north facing sunlight and has a large undercover pergola and luxurious outdoor spa perfect for relaxing in whilst away on holidays. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything youRead more

Housing values posted a broad-based rise in February with CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index (HVI) up 0.6% in February (Sydney 0.5%).

“Potentially we are seeing some early signs of a boost to housing confidence as inflation eases and expectations for a rate cut, or cuts, later this year firm up,” Mr Lawless said. Although the pace of gains has shown some uplift, most regions are still recording value growth well below the highs of last yearRead more

🏠For Sale Open Homes & By Appointment Inspections🏠Shellharbour Marina Real Estate

See below our Open Homes for this Saturday 9th of March 2024; 9:15am – 9:45am 78 Bridge Avenue Oak Flats 10:00am – 10:30am 15 Horsley Road, Oak Flats 10:45am – 11:15am 1 Nightingale Close, Blackbutt 11:30am – 12:00pm 11 Sovereign Court Shell Cove 12:15pm – 12:45pm 44 Mystics Dr, Shell Cove 1:00pm – 1:30pm 103Read more

😍Waterfront Marina Shell Cove – Shellharbour😍

The Waterfront Marina is a world class lifestyle and boating destination located on our beautiful NSW South Coast in Shell Cove just near Shellharbour. The Marina has quickly become a lifestyle and social hub for many visitors and locals to enjoy. It consists of 270 berths and is surrounded by a multitude of harbourside diningRead more

Just Listed – Majestic Entertainer with Stunning Pool in Quiet Cul-De-Sac😍11 Sovereign Court, Shell Cove

Set in a family friendly cul-de-sac on a large block, this modern light-filled home is generous in size and has a superb alfresco area with heated salt water swimming pool. Renovated interiors have created a perfect family haven that offers lots of internal space on a large low maintenance 600 sqm size block. The WaterfrontRead more

Holiday Accommodation Manager Position Available with Shellharbour Marina Holiday Accommodation

Part time 15-20 hours per week The Shellharbour Marina Group is a high performing boutique Real Estate Business located in Shellharbour servicing the Greater Shellharbour region. We are looking for a part-time Holiday Accommodation Manager to join our team and continue to grow and develop the newest part of the business in our Holiday AccommodationRead more

😍Just Listed – Near New Hamptons Style with Lovely Escarpment Views😍

Offering a divine Hampton’s coastal theme, this almost new property with bright fresh interiors is contemporary and architecturally designed. Escarpment views from every room create a sense of peace and calm while being close to all of the amenities and transport that modern life demands. Configured over two spacious levels, the Torrens title property withRead more

😍Waiheke Holiday House with Heated Pool😍Reduced Rates

We wanted to share one of our beautiful Holiday Properties in Shell Cove with you.Waiheke Marina Getaway is located in the heart of the Shell Cove Marina precinct. An easy 250m flat stroll to the stunning Shellharbour Marina with cafes and restaurants, and within close proximity to Shellharbour Village with beaches and boutique shopping. ThisRead more

Minnamurra Falls and Rainforest Walk 😍 in Budderoo National Park 🌳 20km from Shellharbour 🌊

Minnamurra Falls is a beautiful two-tiered waterfall on the Minnamurra River, quietly tucked away in a thriving rainforest in Budderoo National Park. Both Minnamurra Falls and Minnamurra Rainforest are accessible from the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park, located between Wollongong and Kiama. To get to the Centre, turn into Minnamurra Falls Road fromRead more

Shellharbour Waterfront Marina

Bordered by the sunny, sandy beaches between Wollongong and Kiama located less than 90km south of Sydney, The Waterfront Marina in Shell Cove located near Shellharbour is our pick of the season for those seeking an easy weekend escape. While it’s packed with many of the natural wonders synonymous with the neighbouring NSW South CoastRead more

Discover Shellharbour City Museum

Discover the people, places and events that make our great City what it is today! Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529 (corner Cygnet and College Avenue) (02) 4221 6100 Holiday Properties #shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation#shellharbourholidays#shellharbouraccommodation#southcoastnsw#Holidays

Congratulations to Michelle Mannex for achieving the RateMyAgent Australia top spot once again as the #1 5-star rated agent in Shell Cove for 2024!

This marks her incredible FIFTH consecutive win, showcasing her unparalleled dedication and excellence in the real estate industry. Michelle’s commitment to her clients and unmatched expertise truly set her apart. Here’s to many more years of success ahead! Sales and Property Management #RateMyAgent#ShellCove#RealEstateExcellence#MichelleMannex#FiveYearsStrong

SOLD in the Waterfront Marina

C103/17 Cormorant Way, SHELL COVE $1,395,000 The Shell Cove World Class Marina is at your doorstep in this apartment situated in the Ancora Apartment Complexes, on the North side of the Marina. Take in the water views over the Marina and landscaped wetlands from your balcony on the middle section of level 1 on theRead more

Pelican Rocks in Barrack Point Holiday Accommodation

Escape to the South Coast to this Coastal Stay a mere 80 metres to Little Lake and Black Beach, a great spot to enjoy the sunshine with the family or friends. Wake up to the smell of the salt breeze and lush gardens that surround the property, creating a sense of an oasis away fromRead more

😍Waterfront Marina Nautilus Apartments Available Soon😍

The magnificent Nautilus Apartments at the Waterfront Marina have been described as the architectural statement piece of the Waterfront development. Designed by award winning Smart Design Studio with a complete focus on luxurious lifestyle design and inclusions, creating absolute Liveability for its new residents. The development showcases an expansive rooftop terrace that captures views ofRead more

Anzac Day Holiday 25 April

Anzac Day falls on a Thursday this year, why not make an extra long weekend of it and come and visit the beautiful Shellharbour Illawarra region. We have lots of holiday accommodation available. 02 4295 1550…/holi…/ #shellcove#shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation#southcoastnsw#anzacday2024#shellharbour

What does a Property Conveyancer actually do?

Conveyancing covers all the legal aspects of buying a property and transferring the property out of the vendor’s name and into your name at settlement. Conveyancing can be both complex and time-consuming. It includes liaising with all relevant parties, obtaining a title search, examining the sale contract for any hidden details, checking for unpaid ratesRead more

We love Killalea Regional Park and its right on our Doorstep!

Killalea is the jewel in the crown of the Illawarra when it comes to majestic natural beauty. Located just near Shellharbour and The Waterfront Marina, visit for a day to surf world-class breaks or enjoy the beaches; The Farm or Minnamurra Beach, also known as ‘Mystics’ to the locals, there are beautiful coastal walks andRead more

The School Holidays are Not Too Far Away! They come around Very Quickly

Have you booked your holiday break yet? if not, we have some great Holiday Accommodation Properties on offer and would love to see you in our beautiful Shellharbour Illawarra Region Follow our Facebook and Insta pages @shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation and @shellharbour_accommodation for all of our holiday properties and local events.…/holi…/ #shellcove#shellharbourmarinaholidayaccommodation#southcoastnsw#nswschoolholidays

Two Rental Properties JUST LEASED!

Two of our great rental properties leased after their very first open houses 1/149-151 Central Ave, Oak Flats $600/week 134 Whittaker St, Flinders $780/week Contact our amazing Property Manager Jacqui today to find out how we can also lease your property after the first open house! 02 4295 1550 / 0438 860 668…/Read more

Easter is less than 2 months Away! the Easter Long Weekend is early this year 29 March – 1 April which means still great weather

If you haven’t already booked a mini break, check out our lovely holiday properties. There is so much to do while visiting the Shellharbour Illawarra region….. Incredible beaches at The Farm, Shellharbour North and South Beaches, the Chic Waterfront Marina with loads of cafes and bars, Killalea Regional Parklands, Lake Illawarra, Minamurra Falls, Jamberoo ActionRead more

Open Homes and By Appointment Inspections see below our Open Homes for this Saturday 10th February

9:00am – 9:30am 103 The Promontory Drive, Shell Cove 9:45am – 10:15am 2/22 Tasman Drive, Shell Cove 10:30am – 11:00am 15 Horsley Road, Oak Flats 11:15am – 11:45am 71 Shallows Drive, Shell Cove 12:00pm – 12:30pm 157 Harbour Boulevard, Shell Cove 12:45pm – 1:15pm 44 Mystics Drive, Shell Cove 1:30pm – 2:00pm 30 Dampier Crescent,Read more

Are you Looking for an Exceptional Property Management Service?

Looking after a rental property is a specialized area that deals with lots of legislation and rules that relate to residential tenancies. Our Property Management service offers a boutique locally based service for our landlords that covers every aspect of this specialised area of real estate. We are offering a reduced management fee of 5.25%Read more

January is a Great Time to Review your Home

January is a great time to take stock and review a few areas in your home that can be easily updated, enhanced, cleaned or even re-organised. Here is a list of a few things to review 1. Clean the windows – its amazing how much difference clean sparkling windows make 2. Fertilize and mulch theRead more

Xmas Giveaway

We raised over $800 towards gifts for the SAHSSI foundation. We would like to say a huge thank you once again to all our businesses who donated and anyone who purchased a raffle ticket. Congratulations to our winners! Judy Bella Bec Michael Fundraising; Join us on Friday the 15th of December 5pm – 8pm andRead more

Is Now a Good Time to Sell?

We are in a prime vendors market and it is the perfect time to sell! Property stock is low, buyer demand and confidence has increased, and property prices are predicted to increase as a result. See below a recent article by Domain regarding the current market. I have also noted a few important and relevantRead more

Access to Rental Properties

Tenants have the right to reasonable peace, comfort and privacy when renting. The law restricts when and how often landlords, agents or their authorised persons can enter the property while it is rented. A landlord, agent or authorised person acting on their behalf can generally only enter the property without the tenant’s consent if theyRead more

What are Separately Metered Rental Properties?

In NSW, there are laws that state who must pay for utility services. Your tenancy agreement will state who is responsible for each utility, most of which are not included in the rent. Tenants will generally pay for electricity, gas, oil or water usage charges if the property is separately metered. A rental property isRead more

Rental Properties and Problems with Pests and Vermin!

Who is responsible for removing or exterminating pests or vermin during a tenancy depends on whether: • pests or vermin were already a problem when the tenant moved in • a problem with the property has allowed the pests to enter or an infestation to develop • the tenant contributed to the problem Generally, landlordsRead more

Residential Tenancy Safety Requirements

Windows and Balcony Safety In NSW, all residential strata buildings must be fitted with window safety devices so that the maximum window opening can be limited to less than 12.5cm. The devices must be able to withstand a force of 250 newtons (which is equal to 25 kilograms of force), and if the device canRead more

Mould and Rental Properties – Who is Responsible?

Mould can be a problem in any property, both in winter but also humid summer weather. Mould has been associated with respiratory illness and can cause serious health problems. It can grow indoors in wet or moist areas lacking adequate ventilation, including walls/ wallpaper, ceilings, bathroom tiles, carpets (especially those with jute backing), insulation materialRead more

How to Find a Great Tenant?

Good tenants are worth their weight in gold and not always easy to find. There are a few things we look out for when on the search for your new tenant; 1. They happily provide a good detailed application with all information needed 2. Have good previous landlord or agent references 3. History of rent being paid onRead more

How do you find out the real cost of owning an investment property ??

BMT Tax Depreciation specialists now have a handy calculator tool called PropCalc, that estimates the likely cash flow on your investment property. This is a great way to compare notes on properties you may be interested in buying before you make a decision. PropCalc uses property specific information to provide you with the real costRead more

What happens with your rental property when there is a natural disaster?

We have experienced both devastating bushfires and floods in Aust. the last few years. If a rental property has been affected by a natural disaster, tenants and landlords have certain rights and responsibilities, which include; The tenant can move out temporarily and return once repairs have been carried out. The landlord is not obliged toRead more

Property Manager Roles and Functions

Finding a tenant and collecting rent each is a very small part of the role of a property manager, there are lots of other complex processes that are required to manage a rental property, here are just a few that a professional property manager and agency will take care of for you; Professional property advertisingRead more

Increased first home buyer assistance thresholds and other changes to NSW housing grants and schemes are now available.

The NSW Government has expanded the First Home Buyer Assistance Scheme (FHBAS). From 1 July 2023, the transfer duty exemption threshold for new and existing home purchases by eligible first home buyers will increase from $650,000 to $800,000, and the concessional rate will increase from $800,000 to $1 million. The Government is also closing offRead more

A Landlord’s Guide to the End of Financial Year

With the EOFY fast approaching it is a good time to review whether you are doing all you can to be tax-compliant but also whether there are any opportunities to increase investment property returns. While many of us don’t particularly enjoy tax time and look to outsource everything we can to an accountant, taking aRead more

How Much Notice Do You Need to Give When Ending a Residential Tenancy?

A tenancy agreement is a legally binding agreement that can only be ended in certain ways. The landlord or the tenant will need to give the other party a written termination notice with the applicable notice period to end a tenancy. In some cases, the landlord or tenant can apply directly to the Tribunal forRead more

Are you happy with your current Property Manager?

Property Management Specialists Are you happy with your current Property Manager? Would you like a Property Manager that will actually deliver what they promise? Contact us today and find out how we do just that! 02 4295 1550 8/32 Addison Street, Shellharbour

I’m doing the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Only 10 days until the Vinnies CEO Sleepout I’m almost half way to my goal of reaching $5000…..please help me get there by donating any amount no matter how small….thank you for your support I really appreciate it

Rental Property Reno’s – What Important?

The golden rule to any investment property renovation is to know your market and set a budget. You’re renovating the property directly for returns and tenant appeal, not your personal preference. There are certain things that will increase appeal and return but won’t break the bank – here is a list. It’s also important toRead more

2023 Illawarra Women in Business Awards (IWIB)

On Friday 5th May we celebrated all of the other finalists and award winners at the 2023 Illawarra Women in Business Awards (IWIB) in Wollongong. It was great to hear about so many amazing businesses and the women behind them.  

The Dreaded End-of-Lease Clean!

Here are some tips for doing a rental clean once it’s time to move out Plan Ahead Just as cramming all your studying into the night before a test leads to poor results, cleaning your entire rental property in one fell swoop is a recipe for disaster. If you’re planning on cleaning the property yourselfRead more

Tenant Damage or Wear and Tear on your Rental Property – What’s the Difference?

It’s part of the unavoidable ageing process of investment properties, yet wear and tear is often misunderstood and miscalculated by landlords and inexperienced property managers. Many property managers have likely dealt with landlords who are disappointed to find their property has not remained in exactly the same condition as when their tenants first moved in.Read more

Investment Property Tax Deductions

Along with mortgage interest, the next biggest tax deduction is usually for depreciation. BMT Tax Depreciation specialists are currently offering a reduced fee offer to have a schedule completed for your property. BMT have also created a great YouTube video (link below) explaining the process for claiming depreciation. On average, BMT finds residential property investors $10,000 in theRead more

When can a Tenants Rent be Increased?

From March 2020 the following rules were changed… Periodic Lease Agreement (no fixed term or end of lease) If the agreement does not specify a fixed-term or if the fixed-term period of the tenancy agreement has ended and is on a continuing (periodic) tenancy, then rent can only be increased once in a 12-month period.Read more

Happy 4th Birthday to us! 

This month is our 4th Anniversary of the business opening and we just wanted to say…a big thank you to all of our valued clients, contractors and business associates for your continued support of the Shellharbour Marina Group. We love that we get to help people every day on their property journey. We are veryRead more

Rental Property Condition Reports

A condition report records the condition of the property, room by room, including fixtures and fittings and is completed when a new tenant moves into a property, and is called an ingoing inspection report. It contains thorough descriptions and photos and can be done electronically or on paper. A copy is given to the tenantRead more

When Can I charge My Tenant for Water Usage?

Water is different to other utilities as it is always connected, therefore the account for the water supply will be in the landlord’s name. Landlords must pay all water supply service charges and all sewerage supply service charges. In NSW, a landlord can only ask a tenant to pay water usage charges if: the propertyRead more

Market Update – April 2023

Where is the Property Market now at? There is some evidence to show we may have reached the bottom phase of the market over the last month. The cash rate remaining unchanged this month is also positive news. It’s important to note that our region in Shellharbour and surrounds sometimes takes a few months toRead more

How do you find out the real cost of owning an investment property?

BMT Tax Depreciation specialists now have a handy calculator tool called PropCalc, that estimates the likely cash flow on your investment property. This is a great way to compare notes on properties you may be interested in buying before you make a decision. PropCalc uses property specific information to provide you with the real costRead more

Break Lease Fees for Ending a Fixed Term Tenancy Lease Agreement

Mandatory fees apply to all fixed-term agreements of three years or less, when a tenant ends the lease agreement early. This applies to agreements that are entered into from 23 March 2020 onwards, which is when these rules were changed. The break lease fees are: Four weeks rent if less than 25 per cent ofRead more

SMRE Movie Preview Video

We’re now screening live on the big screen at Event Cinemas in Shellharbour. Pop on down to the movie theatre for a great movie, popcorn, and our entertaining promo video! Contact our office today on 42951550 for a free, no obligation Market Appraisal.

Domestic Violence and Residential Tenancy Changes

On 11/12/2020 new laws started allowing a tenant to be able to end their lease without penalty if they or their dependent child is in a domestic violence situation and need to leave their rental property immediately. From this date a broader range of health professionals are able to complete the declaration needed to giveRead more

Positive trend for housing values through first half of March but bottom of the cycle could still be ahead

The momentum in Australia’s housing downturn has been easing since September 2022, with value falls virtually flat lining in February. Sydney led the change as housing values recorded their first month-on-month rise (+0.1%) since January last year. This positive momentum has carried through the first half of March.  CoreLogic’s Daily Home Value Index (HVI) is upRead more

When can a Tenants Rent be Increased?

From March 2020 the following rules were changed… Periodic Lease Agreement (no fixed term or end of lease) If the agreement does not specify a fixed-term or if the fixed-term period of the tenancy agreement has ended and is on a continuing (periodic) tenancy, then rent can only be increased once in a 12-month period.Read more

#1 Agent Shell Cove for Most Sold Properties!

Michelle Mannex is currently ranked as the top agent on for the most sold properties in Shell Cove for the last 12 months. This is an amazing achievement for Michelle! Michelle also sells homes in the Illawarra Region, having sold homes in Flinders, Blackbutt, Warilla, Barrack Heights, and Mount Warrigal. Call Michelle today on 0407986455 forRead more

Changes to Tenancy Laws – New Rules for Rent Bidding

The rental market is very tight at the moment with limited stock available and properties in high demand by prospective tenants. Fair Trading NSW has brought in new rules around what is known as “Rent Bidding” the process of negotiating on the price of rent. From 17/12/2022, real estate agents in NSW will not beRead more

Suburb Winner in Shell Cove for the 4th consecutive year! 

Michelle Mannex has received the 2023 Rate My Agent Shell Cove Suburb of the Year Award for the 4th consecutive year. She has also been recognised to be in the top 5% of leading agents within Australia for the exceptional service she has delivered, providing her clients with positive life changing outcomes they will neverRead more

First Home Buyer – Stamp Duty or Annual Property Tax?

First Home Buyer Choice now gives first home buyers the option between paying a smaller annual property tax each year, instead of a lump some stamp duty payment at purchase time. If you’re an eligible first home buyer looking for a property up to $1.5 million, the program can lower the upfront costs of yourRead more

Why are so Many People Building Granny Flats?

In 2009, the NSW government released the Affordable Housing State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) which allows residential home-owners with a property larger than 450m² (which also has a minimum 12m street frontage) to build a granny flat on their property if their property is considered to be complying. A granny flat is a self-contained smallRead more

Lets Talk Tax Deductions!

What is a Rental Property Tax Depreciation Schedule? Depreciation can be one of the largest tax deductions that you can claim each year for your rental property. A depreciation schedule is a document prepared by a specialist quantity surveyor. This schedule outlines the amount of depreciation available year by year throughout the lifetime of theRead more

Suburb Market Update – November

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Spring Market Update Shell Cove

Market Insights   Median Sales Price – The current median sales price in Shell Cove is $1,360,000, which has seen a 32.4% increase since October 2021. Rental Demand – we are seeing huge demand for rental listings despite there being more properties available for rent. On average we are receiving 5-15 applications per property inRead more

CEO Sleepout 2022

Michelle is sleeping out again for this year’s CEO Sleepout! The goal this year is to raise more money and awareness for the ever growing reality of homelessness, and to help more homeless people stay warm this winter or change a person’s life forever. We are fortunate enough to deal with many people within our community on a dailyRead more

Introducing Property Maintenance

Shellharbour Marina Group is excited to announce its new arm to the suite of services provided by the business – now including Shellharbour Marina Property Maintenance. The new service provides property maintenance i.e. repairs/handyman work/ minor upgrades/ongoing maintenance for clients including; * Preparing For Sale * Rental Property Maintenance * Holiday Accommodation Setup and MaintenanceRead more

Supersized Xmas Giveaway!

We are giving away 2 Christmas Hampers to two lucky people who drop by our office to make a Christmas donation to go towards our donations drive to SAHSSI Charity. Each person who donates will receive 1 raffle ticket for the draw to be drawn on the 21st December for two lucky winners! Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services ShoalhavenRead more

Market Update July 2021

Shellharbour Marina Real Estate has had a record month for property sales achieved in June 2021. Our sale at 10 Grace Place, Flinders achieved a record suburb sales price for $1,450,000 beating the record by $100,000. We’ve also seen continued growth in Shell Cove, selling 3/93 Harbour Boulevard, Shell Cove at $1,280,000 a record resaleRead more

Essential pre-purchasing costs to account for

Buying a property requires more than a deposit.  Pre-purchase costs can add up to 10 per cent to the price of an average family home.  Some of these, such as conveyancing, stamp duty and mortgage costs, are only incurred once.  However, inspections and valuations may need to be carried out on more than one property. Read more

To renovate or detonate: that is the question

There are two schools of thought when it comes to enhancing your lifestyle and increasing property values.  Making the most of raw material (i.e. your place of residence or investment property), where location and median house prices are desirable, suggests the need for a complete overhaul or partial home improvement. However, if your property isRead more

How to choose the right agent for your property sale

Selling your home is one of life’s major decisions — with successful outcomes often attributed to the real estate agent representing your property. So, it makes sense to do your research if you aim to minimise stress and maximise financial returns.  Big or small: tailoring a perfect fit  Broadly speaking, smaller boutique agencies can claimRead more

How building to rent addresses long-term affordability

Industry analysts and the renting public alike are acutely aware of the housing affordability crisis.  Research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute shows Australia is short 173,000 affordable dwellings for rent, with Sydney alone short 60,000 dwellings. The research also shows that 71 per cent of all lower-income, private-rental households struggle to payRead more

Apartments under the investment spotlight

Not everyone can afford to spend a small fortune when buying their first home, which is why apartments will continue to be popular.  Factor in the often central location, low-maintenance lifestyle, other conveniences and resale potential, and their appeal is obvious.  Big issues of shared, smaller places But there are areas to consider before investingRead more

In appreciation of depreciation

Simply put, depreciation is the act of a fixed asset losing value over time. It occurs in all acquired entities. The nature of this ongoing prospect in terms of an investment property precludes depreciation solely for end-of-financial year prioritising. Rather, a concerted financial planning approach and effort ensures that your investment and deprecation remain aRead more

You’ve sold your house, now what?

The sold sticker has been freshly plastered on the board outside and the celebratory bottle of champagne is empty. It is only natural to feel the stress relief — but enjoy that breather because the process is only just beginning. Many people dread the thought of moving house, but it can be a cathartic andRead more

Heat seekers: staying warm this winter

Winter is upon us and for homeowners and renters, that often means one thing: staying warm. With the nightly and early-morning temperatures set to plummet, particularly in southern Australia and New Zealand, The Real Estate Voice offers several energy-saving, eye-catching and heart-warming ways to stay snug and cosy this winter.  On the surface Feature fireplacesRead more

‘FOMO’ meets its match in market driver ‘TINA’

Record-low interest rates and surging property prices in Australia and New Zealand have fuelled buyers’ fear of missing out, otherwise known as FOMO, since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. But with the cost of renting closing in on that of standard mortgage repayments and demand for housing stock continuing to outstrip supply, TINARead more

Real estate tax terms explained

The end of a financial year prompts swift action for tax-related matters.  This includes relevant information for property owners, renters and potential buyers in their bid to streamline real estate and financial processes. With this in mind, our explanatory guide about tax terms and real estate phrases are designed to clarify, refresh knowledge, simplify selling-and-purchaseRead more

Buying land: what to consider

With record construction figures and government stimulus propelling the growth of new-build industries, there’s increasing interest in building on property dreams from the ground up. Regional appeal, design customisation and cementing lifestyle aspirations are the major attractions. But it’s paramount to be aware of the pros and cons of buying land and what to expectRead more

The pressures driving regional property growth

Affordability and remote accessibility are two main motivators for the exponential growth in regional real estate.  COVID-19 played a key role in the initial push towards urban fringe or regional lifestyles. This was enhanced by remote work opportunities that were emphasised by pandemic-led realities. Yet even prior to the pandemic, it’s a common misnomer toRead more

Restoring period homes to their former glory

Owning or buying a period home is a pleasure and privilege, but not without its maintenance challenges.  Reflecting current and recent trends, the National Trust is noticing an uptake in the restoration of period residences from the 1940s to 1960s. As a general guide, there are several aspects to consider when caring for, or renovating,Read more

Your end-of-financial-year property tax checklist

It’s that time of year again when many property managers email their landlords about the rental deductions available as tax time rolls around. COVID-19 may have transformed the market, but little has changed in terms of how the Australian Taxation Office treats investors’ deductions. In New Zealand, there are no capital gains or land taxes,Read more

Bank of Mum and Dad chips into affordability crisis

Surging property prices that are fuelling the national and multinational housing affordability crisis are leading many first-time homebuyers to a trusted financial source: The Bank of Mum and Dad. Concerns that parental financial assistance is contributing to record house prices are not unfounded. Analysts note that in the March quarter, 60 per cent of first-homeRead more

Your guide to becoming a landlord

If you have purchased an investment property and intend to become a landlord for the first time, you should conduct research and know your obligations, responsibilities and rights. Landlords are generally derided for their money-making, unresponsive reputation.  But a thorough knowledge of the highlights and potential low points of property leasing is the basis forRead more

Buyer sentiment downcast amid rosy property outlook

Affordability and supply issues appear to be dampening the mood of Australian homebuyers, according to findings from ME Bank’s latest Quarterly Property Sentiment Report. Conducted in April 2021, the report perceives the overall sentiment of buyers and sellers in the residential property market dipping seven percentage points to 42 per cent in the past three months. This follows record-highRead more

Homeownership: getting your finances in order

Money truly makes the world go around, and nowhere more so than in real estate. It talks in terms of what and where you can buy, and it speaks volumes about your aspirations and motivations. In the case of first-home buyers, spending power will be the biggest single factor in determining the choice available toRead more

Buying into leading affordable growth regions

The sea-changer/tree-changer rise is no surprise, but a recent report estimated the combined development value of Australia’s top 10 regional growth areas at more than $15 billion this year — with Greater Geelong, Victoria, representing $7.52 billion in value alone.  This represents a wealth of opportunity for developers, with buyers looking to secure affordable optionsRead more

Budget encourages young buyers and single parents and rewards retirees

The Australian Federal Government’s May 2021 budget offers positive signs for first-time buyers in the real estate sector. In terms of a recap and brief overview, the budget makes allowance for an extra 10,000 places to be added to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The scheme enables first-home buyers to purchase a property withRead more

Virtual reality puts homeownership in the picture

It’s comforting to know that advanced technological aids will never replace the personability, experience and reputation of real estate professionals. But when distance, situation and time are a barrier, virtual reality succeeds in replicating the real-life experience of buying property remotely. Even in uncertain times, this provides buyers with a level of stability and reliabilityRead more

Alternative growth areas for real estate investors

Traditional investment areas, such as commercial property and residential developments, are enhanced by opportunities in future growth markets. Research conducted by The Intelligence Lab and Knight Frank uncovered several key trends in global real estate investment that are gathering steam in Australia and New Zealand. These include: Trailer parks Investment in high-end trailer parks gatheredRead more

Strata inspection reports – the inside knowledge

“Buyer beware” is one of the most commonly used phrases in property, and it’s just as important to heed if you’re considering purchasing an apartment or villa unit as it is for houses. That’s where a strata inspection report – otherwise known as a strata search or Owners Corporation Records Inspection – can prove invaluableRead more

Buying off the plan: positives and checkpoints

On paper, buying a property off the plan can be an extremely profitable experience. However, as with any new acquisition, particularly when sight unseen, an internal radar and thorough research are required.  Mostly offered in new and refurbished apartment and townhouse projects, off-the-plan developments reward forward-thinking buyers with considerable stamp duty concessions (the earlier youRead more

Cashing in on the mortgage boom

Broker-originated home loans reached record highs towards the end of 2020, according to mortgage broker eChoice. Data commissioned by the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia and researched by CoreLogic estimated that $57.47 billion of new loans were settled by 18 leading aggregators. “With great wealth comes great responsibility,” Bill Gates famously quipped. So, howRead more

What to look for in a home inspection

When buying a property, doing your homework is all-important. An initial home inspection is the first step. But where do you start and what should you inspect?   Tick all the right boxes for legal clarity and peace of mind with our must-do checklist for home inspections. Inspection checklist  Ensuring that the property is sound andRead more

New home sales set to reflect record results

Record-low interest rates and government stimulus, such as the HomeBuilder grant, has motivated exceptional multinational rises in the construction industry. The Housing Industry of Australia’s New Home Sales Report revealed that December 2020 was the strongest month in the survey’s 20-year history. HIA economist Angela Lillicrap said the extension of the HomeBuilder grant to allowRead more

Buying property through self-managed super funds: what you need to know

If you’re considering setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) to invest in residential property, it’s important to understand the rules, risks and costs involved. An SMSF is just that, but there’s more than one manager and multifarious financial commitments, legalities and responsibilities. The Australian Taxation Office states that the difference between an SMSF andRead more

Using free market appraisals to your advantage

Go to your letterbox and, most weeks, householders will find an offer of a free market appraisal from one or more real estate agents.  Designed primarily as the first contact point in what agents hope is a lifelong relationship, the obligation-free quote can be a positive experience for interested parties, depending on how it isRead more

Child-proofing your home

Bringing up babies and toddlers is challenging enough in the outside world. Your number one asset warrants the highest level of protection in all environments, but particularly on the home front. Help is at hand With sound advice, the right safety measures and surveying your young charge under an ever-watchful eye, you can safeguard yourRead more

Bridging finance: what it is and how to use it

Imagine that your dream home is up for sale and you can’t live without it.  The only problem is that your current home isn’t even on the market, never mind sold.  But don’t lose hope. Bridging finance can be the answer to your property aspirations, provided you meet certain criteria. Bridging finance or a bridgeRead more

Practise makes perfect before committing to a loan

Buyers are being warned not to succumb to temptation and borrow beyond their means. As record-low interest rates in Australia attract first-time buyers to the property market at their highest level in years, the Federal Government is relaxing the responsible lending laws in place since the global financial crisis of 2008. The free flow ofRead more

Homebuyer must-haves: the 2021 top 10 wish list

The COVID pandemic and its extended lockdown periods have altered the way most people live and their must-have qualities when buying a property.  Expectations have drastically changed, resulting in conditions that were favourable to buyers but now are equally rewarding for vendors.  Careful research and advice from industry experts culminate in the top 10 qualitiesRead more

Homebuyer must-haves: the 2021 top 10 wishlist

The COVID pandemic and its extended lockdown periods have altered the way most people live and their must-have qualities when buying a property.  Expectations have drastically changed, resulting in conditions that were favourable to buyers but now are equally rewarding for vendors.  Careful research and advice from industry experts culminate in the top 10 qualitiesRead more

Bidding to win at auction, regardless of the outcome

Whether you’re bidding for a prized piece of real estate or rare work of art, auction results — on the surface — can be a triumph or travesty. The outcome should always depend on the financial discrepancy, rather than an emotional attachment. But how do you navigate the adrenaline-charged auction environment without overpaying, overplaying orRead more

The upsides of downsizing

The thought of exchanging the maintenance of a larger home for a hassle-free future full of travel, friends and newfound freedom is a common aspirant for downsizers on the move. Given the ideal replacement residence, more than half of Australians and New Zealanders aged over 55 are open to downsizing opportunities, according to Australian HousingRead more

Impact of strata on Australian and New Zealand markets

The concept of strata or unit title is relatively new. Strata title came into being around 50 years ago and, according to the Strata Community Association (SCA), and other research, there are an estimated 270,000 such schemes encompassing more than 2 million land lots (with strata and community titles potentially closer to 3 million) inRead more

How to create a portable vertical garden

Vertical walls of decorative vegetation have been popular in Europe and other countries with high-density cities, where ground cover is at a premium, for years. Professional installations on a large scale — such as the 24-storey Tree House in Singapore, Patrick Blanc’s CaixaForum in Madrid, the towering green wall at One Central Park in SydneyRead more

Safe as houses: securing your home for holiday enjoyment

Prevention is always better than cure, especially in the case of potential home burglaries. Are you planning an Easter getaway or a future holiday? If you’d prefer not to use a housesitter while you’re away, you should follow our home-security checklist.    For example, is your home-security system being used for the purpose it was designed?Read more

Prime selling seasons

Real estate auctions across Australia and New Zealand operate year-round, but certain sales periods, including holiday seasons, can prove more beneficial for prices and property values.  When is the best time to sell? The Easter, Christmas and New Year periods are traditionally key times for taking a break. However, the property market rarely rests. Real estate calendarRead more

Realising the dream of overseas real estate

Dreaming of a chateau in the south of France, coastal villa in Italy or even a hideaway in neighbouring New Zealand? Investing in foreign property often evokes dream-like scenarios, but the reality can vary markedly from idyllic visions. Australians citizens are permitted to buy property in New Zealand, with around 60,000 Australians calling New ZealandRead more

Pet ownership: what you can and can’t do

Even though two-thirds of Australian households are pet owners, finding a pet-friendly residence to rent can prove difficult and competitive. Basically, keeping a pet on the premises is at the landlord’s discretion, although assistance pets, such as guide dogs, cannot be refused. There are differences in Australian states and throughout New Zealand about pet ownershipRead more

Showstopping home-staging tips

Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale. The objective is to present the property in as appealing a manner as time and budget allow. Ensuring the home is attractive to the highest number of potential buyers also enables the promptest and most effective sales results.   Staging your home for maximum effectRead more

The cooling-off period: what it is and how it works

Widely regarded as a contractual reprieve or biding of time while property inspections take place, the cooling-off period is a short timeline in which the buyer can change their mind about a non-auction home purchase.  During this period, the buyer can withdraw their offer of sale, although it is generally used for final inspections andRead more

How to comply with COVID-safe auctions

The COVID pandemic has dramatically altered the real estate industry, from lifestyle aims to the way properties are bought and sold. A major change is the practice of COVID-safe auctions and the rules and requirements that apply to bids for property acquisition and the best of public health.  What is the correct procedure? With mostRead more

Unprecedented high for Sydney real estate reflects the state of the nation

Record highs for Sydney property values are great news for the real estate industry but challenging for potential buyers. Reports last week indicate that the 5.7 per cent rise in Sydney home values exceeds previous peak levels. The latest results derive from a CoreLogic capital city growth index, which found all cities’ property values wereRead more

Regional values boom as top-end property drives rise in capital cities

Housing in regional markets may have outperformed their city cousins in annual price rises for the first time since 2004, but results in the prestige market are also helping restore confidence. The surge in “high end” prices highlighted by CoreLogic shows the top 25 per cent of property values for Australia’s combined capital cities increasedRead more

The rights and obligations of landlord and tenant

The landlord/tenant dynamic is rarely smooth, even at its best.  But the COVID-related rental freezes in 2020 further divided relations and opinion. Getting back to basics Simple reminders often stem potentially complicated situations.  Entering into the contractual commitment of a residential or commercial lease is a legally binding agreement under which both parties comply withRead more

What is the difference between an appraisal and a property valuation?

Both appraisals and valuations are methods used to help determine the market value of the property you are wishing to sell. Before deciding on whether you want to have an appraisal or a property valuation it is important to understand how both of them work to determine which process will be most beneficial. What isRead more

How long does selling a house really take?

Selling a home is a long process, from preparing the house for sale, getting photos taken, advertising and then sometimes seemingly endless open homes. If you are considering selling read ahead to find out more about how long the process takes and what factors can impact how quickly you can sell. How is the marketRead more

Four tips for property investors

Investing in property for the first time can feel daunting. If you make the right choice, your investment property can provide you with a second income stream for life. Poor decisions, on the other hand, might see you taking on overheads that you can’t manage without stress. Before you sign on the dotted line, hereRead more

Inspecting homes in 2021

With some property inspections subject to social distancing restrictions, inspecting homes for sale or for rent is taking on a new life. If you haven’t attended an inspection recently, here are some of the ways we are all adapting to inspecting properties in 2021.  Virtual inspections  Virtual inspections are a great way to help expediteRead more

What to expect at your first auction

Your very first auction can be quite a confronting and confusing moment if you’re not entirely sure what you’re in for. There are a few things to note and look out for, but most importantly you want to take in what’s happening at this auction, so you can be more prepared for the next one.Read more

What are buyer’s agents?

What is a buyer’s agent and what benefits can they offer you as a homebuyer? In very broad terms, buyer’s agents are licensed professionals who search, evaluate and negotiate the purchase of property on your behalf. Just like a real estate agent advocating for the seller, a buyer’s agent advocates for the buyer. There areRead more

Steps to Owning a Successful Investment Property

    1.Know the value of Your Property & the Current Market Conditions An up to date rental appraisal is one of the first places to start – it’s important to know what your property is worth and what similar properties are also on the market. Knowing how your property’s rental return can be maximisedRead more

Property investment jargons explained

Getting your head around the ins and outs of property investment isn’t easy, especially with all those head-scratching terms you hear in the business. But never fear! Here’s a list in “plain English” list to help you find your way around all these jargons. Cash flow A positive cash flow is one in which theRead more

What makes a good property manager

Finding a great property manager is crucial to the investment game. You can be a first-time investor or a property portfolio pro but either way, you want your manager to treat your rental investment as if it’s their own – and that’s just for starters.  Bring it on A property manager’s most important job isRead more

Why first impressions are so important when selling

They say that it takes you one-tenth of a second to judge and form your first impression on someone. Although this saying was probably meant to be about first impressions on other people, there’s no reason not to apply this idea when selling your home. First impressions always count, and it will certainly matter whenRead more

FIY Landlord Guide

You’re a nervous first-time landlord or you’re a pro investor to whom rentals are old hat. Either way, it never hurts to learn more about landlord ups and downs. Character traits Something you may never have considered is whether you have the right personality to be a landlord. It sounds strange but as a landlordRead more

4 things every real estate investor needs to know to be successful

Some people have the courage to dive right in when they see a window of opportunity to make their money grow. In the case of real estate investors, it is equally important to know what kind of investment to be involved with. After all, your hard-earned money should be placed into something that is eventuallyRead more

How to simplify your house move

There’s nothing like packing up your house for a big move to increase stress and diminish your bank account. Luckily, there are ways to make The Big Day easier. Budget and plan Expect more expense than you bargain for and ensure extra funds are available for unlooked-for issues. Reliable removalists are crucial. These people willRead more

Turning your holiday spot to a full-time residence

Many people can vouch for being tempted to move permanently to their favourite holiday spot. After all, what’s not to like about living full time in a beautiful location so many people use as their place of relaxation! There are a few important aspects when considering a permanent move to your favourite holiday destination, whether toRead more

4 tips for first-time renters

When you’re renting for the first time it can feel like there’s a lot to get your head around. Because you’re signing a contract to live in a property that someone else owns (a lease), you can’t do things in the same way as you would if you owned the property. You have certain responsibilitiesRead more

4 rules you need to achieve work-life balance for real

How many times have you heard the words “work-life balance”? In a world where everything seems to be moving so swiftly, we all crave for even just a little time to relax and enjoy the life that we work so hard to achieve. But the thing is, there is no one rule in achieving work-lifeRead more

A quick guide to inspecting a home

Conducting effective inspections is a key part of the journey to buying a home. You want to find a home that’s both a nice place to live and a good investment, and a thorough inspection helps to gather the information you need to make the best decision. This quick guide will equip you with theRead more

20 foundational financial principles you can live by

Here are the 20 foundational principles shared with us by MoneyMiniBlog, that you can easily live by… 1. Giving is the foundation of your financial health How’s your giving? It’s in giving that you receive, but you should give to give, not to receive. 2. Plan for the worst Emergencies will always happen. Even more so whenRead more

Top tips for moving house with your dog

Buying a new house is a super exciting time in your life. Everything would be great if it weren’t for the actual moving. Moving house is an absolute faff – it’s the time when you realise just how much junk you’ve got, and that you need to somehow pack it all up and move itRead more

How to grow your money through your investments

For you to become wealthy, there are a couple things you need to do. Simply earning money is not going to help you break even. The most important thing you need to do is save the money you are earning. This way, you can easily start growing your money. So, how do you increase yourRead more

Creative storage ideas to help declutter your life

Do you feel tired of spending hours trying to find your clothes, shoes or other daily essentials in your home? Sometimes you may feel as though you are drowning in material possessions yet cannot bring yourself to throw any of them away. Get inspired, with these creative and practical ways to simplify your life andRead more

How to successfully put your property on the market

If you are looking to sell your property, here are some tips to help ensure that your property has a successful marketing campaign and an even more successful sale. Get top quality photographs If you are looking to sell your property then it is imperative for you to hire a professional photographer to take photographsRead more

How to stop spending money on things you don’t need

Getting caught up in a shopping spree is easier than anything – you just have to take that wallet out of your pocket and proceed with your decision. This obviously applies especially when you have enough money to spend. Disorganised spending is a very common tendency which is present in today’s consumer’s behaviour. But these rushed decisionsRead more

6 tips to get your dog ready for summer

Whether your dog is coming with you on holiday, or if it is having a holiday of its own, it is always a good idea to pack some familiar items.  Although most of us humans are looking forward to the summer, for many dogs it can be a stressful time. Long car journeys, hot weatherRead more

Shielding seaside homes from spoilage

Saltwater, sun and sand make for a great holiday but your coastal property may not welcome these details as much! By all means, you should still buy that beachfront dream but it’s a smart idea to keep up-to-date with upkeep. If you don’t, your seaside estate could literally fall to pieces. Salt and moisture SaltwaterRead more

Media Release: Price Expectation Report July-Sep 2020

Regional Aussie Sellers Happier than Metro – Solid recovery trend continues from initial COVID-19 and restrictions shock   20,000 polled in RateMyAgent’s new quarterly Price Expectation Report Nationally, vendor sale price happiness is up 4% from Q2 2020 Regional areas across the country achieving highest rate of above-expectation property sales with 41% of vendors receivingRead more

Why Christmas can be a good time to sell your home

Spring sellers are on the lookout We all know that spring is the most popular season to put your property on the market as there are statistically more people out looking to buy. This can work to your advantage. People who have put their property on the market and sold in spring will be onRead more

Many signs, same place

You’re keen to snap up a house and you spot a street or block with multiple “for sale” signs. Alternatively, you want to sell your place and suddenly, almost every home in your area is up for grabs. Both buyers and vendors can be left pondering whether this situation is a good or bad thing.Read more

How to bring country and city together

Scratching your head trying to reconcile your appreciation for both city and country? There is a way to have your country cake – and eat your city style too – and all while (possibly) enjoying extra cash on the side. Read on to find out more. Rustic opportunity You’re keen to escape to the countryRead more

Understanding rural distances

If you’ve just moved to a rural or regional area, the nearest supermarket may easily be 50km away. The same might also be the case for a post office or chemist, leaving you balancing the costs of petrol and car maintenance with the joys of peace and quiet. Both sides of the coin might leaveRead more

To buy or to rent?

It’s the question everyone asks themselves at one point in their lives: should I buy or rent? Answer: there’s no easy answer! A lot depends on your financial and personal situation, and where you wished to live and work. But that’s OK. This is always a good question to consider, especially when your circumstances changing.Read more

Recovering from an investment gone bad

Ideally, your set and forget investment property should be wending its way through life, enabling you to enjoy increased funds and causing you few problems, either with bad tenants or major fix-ups. But even for experienced investors, this isn’t always the case. Here are some tips on what to do if your great investment is,Read more

Slow down for serenity’s sake

Rurality has finally become a reality and it’s a dream lifestyle indeed. Or it would be if you could just turn off your active city mindset. But when you’ve spent most of your life running, mentally and physically, it can take a while to consciously slow down and relax – without feeling guilty or foolishRead more

Rural buyer checklist

Excitement is high as you plan for a life-long dream of living in a regional town or rural area. While perfect in your mind and heart, this move should include reflecting on points you may never have thought of when buying in suburbia. Access to amenities and utilities When you live in the city, schoolsRead more

Acreage challenges

Moving away from city hustle and bustle to a quiet, peaceful acreage is many peoples’ dream. But, without wanting to ruin this dream, it’s important to remember that your “vision splendid” will need extra money and time to maintain. Outdoor needs It may look perfect when you move in but the gardens and paddocks surroundingRead more

How to get home loan ready

Whether you’re preparing for your first or your 10th home purchase, it’s crucial to get your loan application ready. But where to start with so many issues to consider? Throw away your dismay and settle in for a long – but exciting – haul! Borrowing budget Firstly, start preparing for your purchase early on inRead more

Tips for selling rural properties

Selling a property is never easy and when it comes to rural and regional homes, issues you’ve never heard of in suburbia will arise. Here’s our top tips for vendors selling farms, cattle stations and more. What’s in the sale? When it comes to a city apartment or house, it’s easy to find the answerRead more

How interest rates affect real estate

Make no mistake! Interest rates always affect how much you’re paying to enjoy your dream abode. Incredibly far-reaching and essentially set by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), interest rates also influence the how and why of property values across the country. The basics On the first Tuesday of every month (except January), the RBARead more

How to finance a rural property

You’re dreaming of finally enjoying a peaceful country abode, far away from neighbourhood noise. Or perhaps you’re keen to begin that lifelong fantasy of a hobby farm or a regional B&B. Either way, approaching lenders for a rustic loan can be a tricky affair compared to buying in the suburbs, so ensure you consider theRead more

Best of both worlds

Rentvesting is becoming increasingly more popular in every part of Australia. Essentially, this concept sees you becoming both a landlord and a renter. Pick your favourite location, virtually regardless of its price, to rent out and at the same time, buy a cheaper property, more suited to your budget, as an investment. In this way,Read more

How best to enjoy a successful rural lifestyle

You’ve bought your perfect rural home, which ticks every one of your boxes. You’re loving the peace, quiet and scenery and watching your kids and pets enjoy the great outdoors. What can you do to ensure this dream lifestyle doesn’t fail? Here are some ideas for you. Preparation is key It looks gorgeous now butRead more

Top tips for downsizing

Your children have left home and they’re now hell-bent on living their own exciting lives. The once noisy family house where you’ve lived for 20-odd years shrieks with memories of kids playing and arguing – while simultaneously featuring echoingly empty rooms and extraordinary silence. Yes, it’s the time of your life you never thought wouldRead more

Don’t be reserved when setting a reserve

The auction to sell your house is around the corner and you’re struggling to set the perfect reserve price. But setting this price isn’t a simple process so take a deep breath and ensure you have plenty of time to manage this decision. It could mean the difference between selling your property under the hammerRead more

Interest-only home loans: smart or silly?

As you hunt down houses and chat to lenders, you could bump into interest-only (IO) home loans. They sound nifty and are certainly an alternative to regular mortgages. But are these loans the way to go for you? Interest-only loans explained Basically, IO loans come down to less repayments now – usually for about threeRead more

Disaster zone or winner’s circle?

Whether you live in Brisbane’s flood plain setting, or are surrounded by thick, drought-prone bushland, natural disaster zones can be both beautiful and hazardous. And never more so than in summer, now just a few months away. But you can protect your house and even enjoy great price growth and sales while enjoying life inRead more

Ins and outs of escaping to the country

After years of watching Escape to the Country, you’ve decided to organise your own escape to a regional or rural area. You’re loving the thought of peace and quiet, pretty scenery, walking down the main street where everyone knows your name, and plenty of room for pets and veggie patches. All of this sounds delightfulRead more

Common first home buyer mistakes

Few things are more exciting and anticipated than buying your first home. Whether you’re doing it on your own or with a spouse or sibling, here’s how to plunge into the thrills while avoiding any spills. Financial checks It’s easy for first home buyers to fall in love with the first property they see. ButRead more

Building a rural support network

Small towns can be great places to live, work and play. But for those new to the area – and new to country living overall – making friends can be tricky with fewer social groups and possibilities available. You want to walk down the main street and have everybody know your name. Becoming that personRead more

Don’t let home work daunt you

If you’re a sole trader or similar, working from home is an easy, nothing new experience but for others, especially parents, there’s nothing easy about working “remotely”. Here’s how to work well – and keep your mental health intact – in your in-house office. Stick to a schedule It can be tempting for remote employeesRead more

Ins and outs of cooling off periods

You’ve found the perfect home, you and the seller have agreed on a perfect price, and “all’s right with the world”. Or is it? Excitement and expectations run high when it comes to property purchases and sales but concerns can move in afterwards. This is why cooling-off periods are crucial. Cold feet or concerns =Read more

5 things you must do before undertaking a DIY project

Recent times have seen a wave of DIYers willing to give a few jobs around their home a try. While we think it is fantastic for you to be involved in improving your home, there are a few things you must do before undertaking a DIY project, to ensure your safety and the ensure theRead more

Learning auction lingo

Real estate auctions are heady, emotional times for buyers and sellers. Both groups are keen to remain savvy, shrewd and unemotional but this isn’t always easy. Becoming well wised up on the many auction terms we, real estate agents, throw out will help you though. Read on to get smart! Vendor bid This is actuallyRead more

Is it worth buying a derelict property?

You’re happy to tackle a renovation or simply want a bargain buy property. Both of these ideas are great but is a delipidated dump really worth the stress and high costs such homes can bring to your life? Ramshackle attraction Despite issues such as rotten floorboards, peeling paint and all manner of structural and otherRead more

Top questions to ask your mortgage broker

You’ve made the decision to buy a home and now the hunt is on not only for a house but for someone to help you find a loan. This is when a mortgage broker comes into the picture. If you’ve never dealt with these financial advisers before, here are some good questions to ask them.Read more

Little girls bedroom makeover

By guest blogger, Nicole -The Builders Wife The beginning of the year has been a busy one with clients looking for my mood board services. I’ve just completed a new board, for a 3-year-old girl who is moving into her big girl bed. I’ve loved the tween boards I completed last year, but I think thisRead more

Investment-worthy suburb features

You’re keen to splash your cash on an investment property. But how do you choose which area to buy in? one which will appeal to plenty of people and ensure strong rental yields? Investment starters Investment purchases are a considerable leap away from an owner-occupier one. Both types of buyers obviously want a great cashRead more

Blackbutt Spring Report

Demand is high for houses in Blackbutt, due to a 35.45% increase in demand, making now a perfect time to sell your home. As shown below, the median selling price of a house in Blackbutt is $704,500 and median rental price of $518. We can evidently see that demand is very high for properties inRead more

Shell Cove Spring Report

Demand is high for houses in Shell Cove due to a 49.13% increase in demand, almost half, making now a perfect time to sell your home. As shown below, the median selling price of a house in Shell Cove is $925,000 and median rental price of $595. We can evidently see that demand is veryRead more

Barrack Heights Spring Report

Demand is high for houses in Barrack Heights due to a 21.63% increase in demand, making now a perfect time to sell your home. As shown below, the median selling price of a house in Barrack Heights is $518,000 and median rental price of $450. We can evidently see that demand is very high forRead more

Shellharbour Spring Report

Demand is high for houses in Shellharbour due to a 30.02% increase in demand, making now a perfect time to sell your home. As shown below, the median selling price of a house in Shellharbour is $835,000 and median rental price of $510. We can evidently see that demand is very high for properties in thisRead more

Dressed to impress for inspections

Your home looks perfect to you but when it comes to open inspections, potential buyers may beg to differ. So, how best can you impress these crucial people? Calling all objective opinions When you live at a house all the time, it’s easy to miss dirt, mould and cracks as well as pet smells andRead more

How do online auctions work?

COVID-19 is not only about border closures, face masks and half-empty supermarket shelves. Depending on where you live, house hunters and us, your real estate agents, have been forced to think outside the box and rely almost solely on digital technology. Trembling at the thought of doing this, when you haven’t ever used Facetime orRead more

What can go wrong when building or renovating?

Building and renovating is hardly a stress free time, and many issues can blow out to create bigger ones. We’ve all heard the horror stories of something catastrophic going wrong during a build or renovation, but what can it go wrong and how can you prevent it? Education is the single biggest key to preventRead more

Clarifying real estate jargon

You’re stressed and concerned about buying or selling your property and now you’ve bumped head to head into a load of odd terms and phrases. Read on to avoid a muddy puddle of real estate confusion. Appraisal This is where sellers usually begin their potential property transaction. Usually available for free, house appraisals involve aRead more

Our Trusted Finance Broker 

Is Now The Right Time to Borrow or Refinance?   Yes now is the perfect time! With the current interest rates being at an all time low, there has never been a more opportune time to scope out your financial capacity and perhaps purchase your first home, refinance, upgrade, or buy an investment property. Finding theRead more

What makes a kid-friendly suburb?

It takes a village to raise a child – and here’s hoping your new village will offer these key places so your child can play, learn, shop and more with ease.  Schools Yes, you guessed it! From kindergartens to Year 12, your child should be educated in the best school you can find. And withRead more

Selling your home? Why property styling is your new best friend

To say that the property market we experience today is different from what previous generations experienced is an understatement. On the backs of home improvement shows and competitions and the increasing demand for a picture-perfect lifestyle, the need to impress has become all-consuming as purchase prices continue to climb. They say that you know withinRead more

Ins and outs of buying a tenanted property

There can be big benefits for investors in buying an already tenanted property. But don’t forget to consider both sides of this opportunity, as well as exploring the fine print and particulars.  From high goals… One of the most difficult – and longer lasting – issues in landlord life is finding a great tenant. So,Read more

Selling virtually

We’re all living in a whole new world, thanks to COVID-19 – especially residents of metropolitan Melbourne – and those selling property need to tread the trail of virtual or online appraisals and inspections. Read on to clear the path between you and these strange new possibilities. COVID appraisals explained As as any smart sellerRead more

Setting up an ideal home office

Even when COVID-19 wasn’t the be all and end all of our lives, home offices were a necessary feature for freelancers and self-employed businesses. Now, more than ever, these rooms are crucial. Yet while offering great freedom to work – and wear – just how you like it, without battling hours of trains and traffic,Read more

How to use your fireplace in spring

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, the fireplace can look hot and bring unnecessary warmth to a room. Instead of trying to hide it, why not embrace some decorating ideas to cool it down. There are some great ideas on how to use your fireplace in Spring to unsure that your living areasRead more

Top tips for green living

You regularly recycle and you put aside vegetable scraps for a compost heap. But what else can you do to greenify your home, short of literally painting it green? Answer: put aside the paint can and consider these options. Solar and water savings Top of the list for creating an eco-friendly house is installing solarRead more

Reality of renovating

With so many renovation reality television shows on offer, it’s easy to believe you know all the ups and downs of this unique domestic experience. But whether you’re doing the work yourself, or employing tradespeople, a home-cooked renovation has to be experienced first-hand to be believed. Luckily, there are ways to get through this timeRead more

Six tips for strata living

Apartments, townhouses and units are a hit with buyers and sellers and it’s not hard to see why with time-poor, budget-priced people loving the easy-care gardens and outdoor facilities. But if you think you’ve bought just the ground beneath your feet and the walls around you, think again. There’s more to strata purchases than meetsRead more

6 renovation jobs you shouldn’t do

While there are plenty of DIY jobs that are suitable for the novice there are a few jobs that you should never attempt both for the safety of your family and your home, not to mention the possibility of voiding your home insurance if you do. Let’s explore those renovation jobs you shouldn’t do. Waterproofing Bathroom leaksRead more

Next stop: negotiating

For buyers and sellers, there are few moments more disheartening than seeing a property pass in after auction. Both parties have plenty to lose in this situation with the next stop a round of often daunting negotiations. But take heart! Post-auction discussions often end in great satisfaction for everyone involved. “Passed in” explained A propertyRead more

Using equity to buy an investment property

It sounds like a dream deal: buy a second house without a big bank account. Is this really possible? Using the equity on your first property, it is. It’s a smart move that many people have benefited from but as a real estate agent, we suggest you consider all the pros and cons of equityRead more

How to manage your first move from home

Young people are staying at the family house for longer than ever before and may be in their mid-20s before they decide to leave the nest. Hopefully, these more mature years will mean they’re working to pay rent to their parents, can do their own laundry and cook basic meals. But either way, the first-timeRead more

The secret to making low-cost decorating work

I’ve never had a huge budget for decorating my home, there are simply too many other things to spend my money on. But that has never stopped me from having well decorated spaces, nor should it stop you. Instead we should all be able to celebrate our own unique style without breaking the bank. SoRead more

Should I get landlord insurance?

You’ve just bought an investment property and excitement and anticipation is high. But with your short-term bank balance possibly in the red, you may be tempted to disregard landlord insurance. On the other hand, you’ve bought this property to enjoy greater financial security, so why risk not having extra cash protection? Is this landlord insuranceRead more

Is now a good time to sell in the Shellharbour Region?

Recent data and reports from multiple sources including Core Logic RP Data all indicate that now is definitely a good time to sell your property in the Illawarra region.    Demand still very much outweighs the supply of properties on the market at the moment. This creates a market where buyers are competing for propertiesRead more

How to choose a conveyancer

House hunters, I know it’s easy to become immersed in the stress and excitement of buying or selling your home. Yet whatever else you might miss on your to-do list, don’t forget to choose your conveyancer early on. As crucial as us, your real estate agents, to the property process, no conveyancer means no possibilityRead more

Interstate investing

Investors may find it simpler to buy property close by, or at least in a location they know and trust. Yet it can be incredibly worthwhile to widen your pool of possibilities into another state or region.  New ideas Reaching out to an alternative area gives you a range of new options to consider, suchRead more

Shaping up for spring

Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer, sunnier weather comes the busiest time of year for real estate. So, if you’re keen to sell, don’t waste any time preparing your property for new owners – while remembering COVID-19 could add to possible issues. But first, fundamentals…. Research your local region and talkRead more

Apartment or house: what’s best for you?

Apartments can make ideal homes but the differences between them and a detached house may surprise, especially if you’ve always lived in a standard home. So, which property will satisfy you and your lifestyle? Yes to less? With less space than a house and a lower purchase price, apartments suit time-poor couples and singles onRead more

Look outside your property box

Our busy lifestyles don’t leave much time to enjoy relaxing in the great outdoors. But this doesn’t mean your next real estate purchase shouldn’t have an alfresco area, even if you’re not a top-notch green thumb. Your bank account, your mind and body, and your friends and family, will all thank you for the space.Read more

Covid-19 sees real estate skills combine with counselling

Yet again, Victorians are struggling with COVID-19 lock downs from home schooling their children to night curfews and panic grocery buying, leaving the rest of us wondering if we’ll be next. But even before this sad second wave, we as real estate agents were being swamped by concerns from people of all ages and backgrounds.Read more

Urban, regional or rural?

Proximity or price? Peace or potential noise? Space or restrictions? You might love country solitude but the city suits you too. So, which area best becomes you?  City and suburbia Two words: employment and proximity. With an urban lifestyle comes quality jobs along with transport, shops, and education and health hubs. Property blocks are relativelyRead more

Simplifying your house move

There’s nothing like packing up your house for a big move to increase stress and diminish your bank account. Luckily, there are ways to make The Big Day easier. Budget and plan Expect more expense than you bargain for and ensure extra funds are available for unlooked-for issues. Reliable removalists are crucial. These people willRead more

Combining convenience and tranquillity

It can be difficult to blend a quiet location with proximity to transport, shops and schools. If you’re struggling to find serenity with a train line outside your home, or highways and industrial areas close by, fear not. There are simple, budget-priced ways you can reduce the noise. Where to start Carefully examine your walls,Read more

Chaos clean up

We’ve all been there – we check a garage or cupboard and discover a mountain of forgotten molehill details. Objects such as photos and cards easily take up precious space but how can we throw away these special memories?  Weigh up yesteryears Whatever you choose to keep, only put aside one box or shelf forRead more

#1 Agent Shell Cove

Shellharbour Marina Real Estate is incredibly proud of our amazingly passionate and talented lead agent Michelle Mannex. Latest data reveals that Michelle Mannex is #1 for the highest number of properties sold in Shell Cove and #1 5 star rated agent in Shell Cove. Michelle is a highly driven, goal oriented property sales expert. HerRead more

Tiny houses: neat, sweet and petite

They’re not for everyone but if you crave simplicity and mobility, tiny homes will suit you. With a maximum size of just 50m2, according to the Australian Tiny House Association, these little places combine jaw-dropping prices with a standard home’s functionality and style. Starting off small If you’re buying your first tiny house, consider havingRead more

Pet persuasion

For animal lovers, there’s nothing nicer than a hug from their furry friend. But owning such a friend becomes tricky when you’re hunting for a rental house, with many landlords not enjoying pet purrs and snuggles as much as you. So, how can you persuade landlords to agree to your four-legged buddy? Law changes ForRead more

Resolving neighbour noise

You’ve just moved into your dream home but noisy neighbours are destroying your peace of mind. Whether it’s backyard arguments, barking dogs or parties, next-door clamour is a common issue and can quickly descend into aggressive quarrels and worse if not resolved. Adjacent emotions As with family, we can’t choose ideal neighbours. We’re stuck withRead more

BFFs to the rental rescue

Tenants moving to an unknown, remote area often don’t have the time, or extra cash for travel, to inspect potential homes. The answer? Call for help from BFFs already living in your dream region.  Reliability and responsibility BFFs are great for support and encouragement but they might not be great house hunters. Ensure they’re readyRead more

“New normal” house transformation

Household living has reached a strange new stage in our COVID-19 world. Home-schooling is back underway in metropolitan Melbourne, and then there’s home-working and uncertain indoor and outdoor entertainment possibilities. All of these issues have led people to take a fresh look at domestic surrounds.  Zoom in on work A well designed and organised officeRead more

5 ways to ‘fake’ your renovation

We’d all love to live in a brand new, freshly renovated home. But renovations cost money. Luckily there are ways you can overhaul your property and ‘fake’ your renovation without spending a lot of money or knocking down walls.  Replace old door and cupboard handles Door, cupboard and drawer handles can contribute to making yourRead more

How to find the perfect fixer-upper

While you might be looking for a fixer-upper, you want to make sure you’re not purchasing a money pit. But how do you know whether your fixer-upper is going to be worth the renovations and work you do to it?  Make sure the house is structurally sound One of the most expensive parts of aRead more

How does the RBA influence interest rates?

When you hear news of changing interest rates around Australia, you’ll also hear mention of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). But how exactly do they influence interest rates and what’s the difference between the cash rate and interest rates?  The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) The RBA is Australia’s central bank which oversees Australia’sRead more

Breaking down loan to value ratios for first home buyers

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) can help first home buyers borrow more money for a home loan. However, it’s important you understand what LVR is and how to calculate it correctly as it can affect your buying power.  What is loan to value ratio? LVR compares the value of a property to the amount ofRead more

Options for first home buyers with no or a low deposit

While no deposit home loans can help first home buyers break into the property market, you should always do your research before taking out a loan to make sure it’s the right one for you. Generally, there is a very tight criteria to be eligible for a low or no deposit home loan and theRead more

How to stay on top of the property market

It can be very time consuming trying to stay on top of the property market. Whether you’re scrolling through the latest property listings or spending each weekend at auctions, there are ways to simplify your process of staying on top of the market.  Get on your agent’s radar Subscribing to your agent’s emails allow youRead more

Keeping your Airbnb Covid-free

As travel restrictions begin to be lifted across Australia and New Zealand, Aussies and Kiwis are keen to see more of their own country. With an increase in local and trans-tasman travel, Airbnb bookings will start growing making maintaining the cleanliness of your property a high priority.  How to keep your Airbnb Covid-free  Due toRead more

How to know which type of property is right for you

There are a range of different property options available but choosing the one that’s right for you can be difficult. With so many different dwelling types available and the options to buy an existing home or building a new one, it can be difficult to know where to invest such a large amount of money. Read more

How to find a property that’s perfect all year round

The time of year that you view a property can have an impact on how it looks and feels. But there are a few things you can check when inspecting a property that can help prepare you to make the right buying decision.  Consider the home’s orientation  The orientation of the building in relation toRead more

Should I get a real estate agent to manage my rental property?

The services that we, as real estate agents, provide when managing your rental property aren’t just convenient for you as a property owner, they’re also very valuable. Renting out a property requires a high level of commitment and a lot of work. Here are some of the value-adds you can get by having a realRead more

Where to buy your first home

Looking for your first home can be an overwhelming experience. Afterall, it’s most likely the most amount of money you’ve ever spent in one transaction. And you definitely don’t want to make the wrong decision. So, how do you know you’re purchasing your first home in the right suburb?  Keep an open mind One ofRead more

What investment costs are deductible?

While the rewards of property investment can be high, it doesn’t come cheap. Most investors will pay several thousand dollars per year in property management fees, maintenance costs, council and water rates, insurance and loan interest expenses while waiting for their asset to grow. Your rental income will cover a significant proportion of these expensesRead more

4 home maintenance jobs to complete in winter

The winter months provide the perfect time to start improving your home, especially if you’re planning on listing your home for sale during the busy spring season. The combination of harsh winds, cold nights and rain can damage both your garden and the exterior of your home without some maintenance. Keep your home in goodRead more

Financial tips for first home buyers

Purchasing your first home is a big deal and it’s likely the biggest investment you’ll make. But where do you start? And what do you need to know about finances before you purchase a home? Borrowing money Working out how much money you can borrow from a bank or lender is one of the mostRead more

Should I get a strata inspection report?

Is it worth spending the time and money to get a strata inspection report before you make an offer on a property? We explain why a small investment in a strata inspection report could give you a lot of peace of mind.  What is strata and a strata inspection report? Strata schemes are those thatRead more

5 DIY ways to improve your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most influential rooms in a home. Not only is it a room that we all use daily, it’s one that can also influence buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to completely renovate and buyers will appreciate it being doneRead more

How can I buy a house privately if it’s going to auction?

If you’ve fallen in love with a house but you don’t want to risk losing it at auction, you can always offer to buy it privately. Auctions can be a daunting experience, especially for first home buyers. Not only do you have to be well researched on the property and your own financial position, youRead more

What is a sinking fund?

A sinking fund is an essential pool of money established by the owners’ corporations to cover the costs of future maintenance expenses of a strata building. In a strata building, such as a block of apartments, there are a range of expenses which include the repairs and renovations to common areas that need to beRead more

How your agent can reduce the stress of your divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful events in your life, so having the right resources throughout your divorce journey can reduce the stress and anxiety of this emotional rollercoaster! A key resource for your divorce is a Real Estate Agent. You may have to sell your family home, sell investment properties or move toRead more

How to claim the government’s new HomeBuilder grant

The federal government is giving eligible Australians a $25,000 HomeBuilder grant towards building their new home or substantially renovating their existing homes. The grant scheme has been announced as an effort to boost demand in the construction sector, and keep builders and tradespeople employed as the country braces for an economic downturn as a resultRead more

Why you should invest in a property video

More and more house hunters are using the internet to research homes before they commit to attending an open home inspection. As a result, sellers are investing more in video tours of their homes to attract potential buyers. While including video in your online property listing can attract more buyers, there are multiple benefits toRead more

Home builders, renovators offered $25,000 grants in federal government package

Australians will be offered $25,000 grants to build a new home or start a major renovation under near-$700 million federal government housing package in a bid to boost the economy and act as a lifeline to the home construction industry. The government announced the $688 million HomeBuilder program on Thursday after new figures revealed theRead more

How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Should you sell first, then buy? Or buy first, then sell? Whether it’s time to upsize or downsize, your strategy will need to be carefully thought out to help you find a new home and sell your current home without putting you at a loss. Most people have similar goals when buying and selling aRead more

Is winter a bad time to sell your property?

Winter can be a challenging season to put your property on the market. Winter months bring darker days, cooler weather and fewer hours of warm sunshine. Any deciduous trees you may have will have lost their leaves, beautiful flowers will not be in bloom and the interior of your house may appear darker overall. AsRead more

What does a strata manager do?

You’ve heard of a strata manager, but what do they actually take responsibility for? And is their role the same as that of a property manager? While they might be similar, strata managers actually have a very complex role to play in managing a block of properties.  What is a strata manager? A strata managerRead more

Top features to include when renovating to sell

Knowing which features are most important to buyers can help you renovate your home for a higher profit when it comes time to sell. Certain features such as extra storage and parking, and luxuries such as ensuite bathrooms are becoming more popular among buyers. Including them when renovating to sell can help increase your saleRead more

Top tips to flip a house

Buying, fixing and reselling a house at a profit, or flipping a house, can be a lot of work, but it isn’t impossible. By purchasing the right house and making renovations, you can sell for much more than you paid for it in a short amount of time. Done the right way, a house flipRead more

Four DIY property makeovers to liven up your home

Whether you’re looking to rent out or sell your property, or you’ve been planning to liven your home while you’re in lockdown, you don’t have to spend thousands on hiring professionals. Freshening up your home space has the ability to make your home feel differently, make it easier to interact with others, and improve theRead more

Dos and Don’ts of selling your home

When it comes to selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to help it appeal more to the buyer’s market. However, there are also things you can do that can work against you. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help you in the process of selling your home. Read more

How to keep your winter power bill down

With winter settling in across the country, many of us will be turning on the heater, taking longer showers and leaving our lights on a little longer, sending our power bills soaring. You don’t have to choose between freezing or paying higher bills though. Here are a few simple steps you can take to cutRead more

How to secure your rental property application

When it comes to competing for a rental property, your application can be the difference between getting your foot in the door of a home you love and missing out on the opportunity. Here are some tips to help your rental property application stand out among the competition.  Start by getting organised Don’t start attendingRead more