Happy New Year

The New Year has started with a bang and what is usually a quiet time for buyer activity is certainly not the case this year. With many sales being achieved already and growing speculation from local experts saying that housing prices could rise, 2016 is looking positive for the Hunter…

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It’s not too late?

Most people think that it is too late in the year to sell now, but I am here to tell you that this couldn’t be any further from the truth. In the weeks leading up to Christmas we see an influx in buyer enquiries and we also find the people…

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Will They or Won’t They – They Did!

Prior to the Reserve Bank’s (RBA) first meeting to review interest rates in 2015, it had become a “will they or won’t they” scenario. And as usual with highly charged property scenarios, conflicting media reports only added to the confusion. Ultimately though, the RBA did decide to cut rates to…

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No Perfect Time, Only Perfect Process

If you were to ask a group of gardeners what the perfect time to plant tomatoes is, you’ll hear a variety of different answers. Some enthusiasts believe the end of winter is ideal, while others swear by waiting until mid-way through spring. Yet others will tell you tomatoes can be…

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A Positive Journey

The great explorers would set out on journeys into the unknown that could go for months, years or even decades. But along the way, they would regularly pause to take stock of where they were, using whatever instruments or other navigational skills they had. To fail to do so would…

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Something for Nothing

Sceptics believe there’s no such thing as something for nothing. And maybe in some ways they’re right. After all, you can probably think of some cost or some expectation of reciprocation to attach to most things you receive. We like to think we’re part of a changing real estate industry,…

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Your Piece of the Pie

Our friend Lisa is hopeless at catering. She always orders too much food, over-anticipating how many servings she’ll need to feed everybody. Her confusion is over the fractions – although the average pizza might have eight slices, how big are each of the slices? It’s common when a property owner…

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I’ll Call You!

Whether on a date or in a furniture shop, as a nation, most Australians are unlikely to be totally upfront about their thoughts and feelings. Most people are far more likely to say “Thanks, I’ll call you” or “I’ll think about it” than “I never want to see you again”…

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Steady as She Goes

When steering a ship, the helmsman is responsible for keeping the vessel on course. While some rudder adjustments will be required depending on the water’s topography, the aim is to keep the ship’s course steady – after all, it’s not much fun for any passengers if the ship is wildly…

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First off the Blocks

Whether it’s swimming, athletics or horse racing, the start is a critical component to success in any competitive event. A slow or sloppy start can easily compromise a win, regardless of how well the participant might otherwise perform. It’s much like real estate sales. History shows that the first few…

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