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06 December 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply.

So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton of extra money? Follow these tips to get more bang for your buck.

Shop at farmers’ markets: You can get fresh organic produce for far less at a farmers’ market than you’d pay at the grocery store. It’ll taste just as good, and you’re getting your food straight from the source.

Choose seasonal produce: Out-of-season produce usually has to be imported, and that can really drive up the price. Focus your meals on in-season fruits and vegetables so that you don’t end up paying $6.00 for a pound of organic asparagus.

Shop more frequently, and plan your meals around bulk sales: The trick here is to only buy what’s needed for your meals, and to only plan for a week of meals at most. That way you’re less likely to throw food away, because you can use leftover produce for more meals before it goes bad.

Grow your own: A home vegetable garden will provide some extremely cheap organic produce, and gardening can also be a fun and rewarding hobby.


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03 November 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

 

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02 October 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.

But if you don’t pay attention to the details, your mortgage can end up dragging down the enjoyment of your new home and cause some major regrets. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to ensure that you love your mortgage terms as much as your hew home.

Don’t find your home first: Shopping around for the best mortgage rate should be the first step in the home buying process. You may even want to talk to a mortgage broker a full year before you plan to buy. It’ll give you time to get your affairs in order to qualify for the best rate, could save you thousands of dollars in the long run, and you won’t feel rushed to accept an unattractive loan because you’re worried you’ll miss out on your dream home.

Don’t forget your real budget: There’s often a big difference between what a lender says you can afford and what you can actually afford. Your debt-to-income ratio doesn’t include the money you spend on hobbies, or the cost of commuting to work, or maintenance and utility costs. Really sit down and examine your spending before committing to the loan amount the lender is offering. You won’t enjoy your home nearly as much if it’s eating into your favorite hobbies.

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04 September 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve decided to put your home on the market, you’re looking to sell quickly for the best possible price. One tactic that can help sell your home faster is staging. At first, staging may seem like a real estate term that doesn’t actually mean anything. Isn’t staging just decorating? Well, not exactly…

Appeal to the masses

Your home is likely decorated to your tastes. It could be colorful and eclectic, or rugged and industrial. But when you’re staging your home, rather than appealing to a specific decorating sense, you want to furnish your home in a way that appeals to everyone-and more importantly, doesn’t turn anyone off who just isn’t into your personal style.

Tone down the personal flourishes

Buyers want to be able see themselves in a home and imagine how they’d make it their own. Unfortunately, that means less of your own style as you’re preparing for your move. Cut down on family photos, bold artwork, and unusual furniture. Do some major decluttering so the buyer can see all the space and storage opportunities. It may be sad to start removing the items that make your house a home, but it’s an important part of the process.

Mass appeal doesn’t mean “boring”

Your staged home can still be colorful, just stay away from extremes. If you paint, stick to whites, grays, or neutrals. Add flourishes of color with window treatments or accent furniture, but try to choose items that will appeal to both genders.

Call a pro

There are likely several staging companies in your area. If you need a recommendation, reach out to your trusted real estate professional.

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27 July 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodelled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighbourhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realised can affect property values.

  1. The neighbours: Not every neighbourhood or community has a Home Owners Association that can keep the neighbours from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to crazy neighbours can potentially be undervalued.
  2. Trendy groceries and coffee: Recent statistics suggest that if your home is a short walk from popular grocery stores or trendy coffee shops, it can actually appreciate faster than the national average.
  3. Mature trees: A big beautiful tree in the front yard is enviable, and it’s not something that can be easily added to any home. Homes with mature trees tend to get a little boost in value.
  4. Parking: This isn’t too much of an issue if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, but residents in dense cities can have real problems with parking, and homeowners might need to rent a spot just to guarantee a place to park each night. That’s why having guaranteed parking in urban areas will raise property values.
  5. The front entrance: First impressions matter to buyers-many will cross a home off their list within 10 seconds of stepping through the front door. An appealing front door, a friendly entryway, and a functioning doorbell are all necessities for getting top dollar.
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03 July 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are appearing in 2017.

  1. Geometric Patterns: Many homeowners are selecting bold patterns in geometric shapes, like chevrons, triangles, or hexagons. These patterns can add intrigue and continuity to your tile or shower curtain.
  2. Plants: Even the best-designed bathrooms can benefit from some small plants. If you have a windowless bathroom, there are some low-light options that can survive with little maintenance.
  3. Dark Colors: This can be tricky to achieve, but it comes with a big pay off. While traditional bathrooms are often painted with brighter whites and greys, opting for darker colors can make a bathroom seem more luxurious and relaxing. Imagine sinking into a deep bath with dim lighting—that might convey the appeal of a darker palette.
  4. Brass Hardware: Trends often come back around, and this year, brass fixtures of the ‘70s are popular once again.
  5. Minimalism: The massive master bathroom is still great, but there’s also some appeal in smaller bathroom designs. Minimalism allows for smaller spaces to feel more intimate, but still airy and open.
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26 May 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid:

Cheap Laminate Countertops: The bottom rung of laminate is extremely susceptible to wear and tear. It can melt if you forget to place a hot pad under a pan that’s fresh out of the oven and the edges can chip off from repeated exposure to moisture and heat.

Flat Paint: A flat or matte finish is great in rooms with lower traffic, but it’s a bad idea in the kitchen where the walls are regularly exposed to splatters and spills. You need paint that can withstand an occasional heavy scrubbing, so opt for gloss or semi-gloss finishes.

Trendy Backsplash: If you watch any home remodelling show, you’ll certainly see kitchens with expensive, elaborate backsplash designs and materials. Those trends can be pricey to pursue and can look dated in a hurry. Subway tile is a cheaper, classic option that you’ll never regret, plus you’ll have more room in your budget to purchase quality materials to be used elsewhere.

Cheap Flooring: Just like the countertops, your kitchen floor needs to be strong enough to take some abuse. Cheap flooring easily scuffs and peels (especially from moisture). Quality flooring is worth the investment.

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01 May 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you built a custom home, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or you might be thinking about renovating your current home after binging on Pinterest and Lifestyle HOME. The answer to renovation vs. relocation depends greatly on what you’re trying to fix.

Thinking about a new kitchen? If you’re dreaming of a chef’s kitchen with new appliances and beautiful cabinets, renovating your own kitchen gives you incredible ROI and is less costly than moving. You’ll increase the value of your own home if you ever decide to sell, and there’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a custom renovation.

Need more space? If you’re running low on bedrooms, there may not be a lot of options. Converting an existing room to a bedroom doesn’t create any new space. If you’re in a unit/apartment, an addition is probably impossible. And additions can be expensive even if it’s a possibility. Moving is usually the best option.

If the neighbourhood isn’t ideal You may have seen some potential for your neighbourhood when you first moved there, but perhaps it still isn’t welcoming the shops and restaurants you expected. If that’s the case, consider moving. There’s no sense in waiting years for the neighbourhood to improve, especially if you can move to a house in the same price range in a more preferred part of the city.

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30 March 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how much time you spend on researching and educating yourself about your home purchase, it’s hard to cover every detail. Here are a few tips for avoiding rookie mistakes with your first home purchase.

  1. Save as early as you can: Even if you think you’re years away from buying your first home, try to start saving for your down payment. It makes a huge difference in your monthly payments.
  2. Be thorough with mortgage shopping: There are countless resources out there that can help you get the best terms for your mortgage. It may seem like a lot of work to shave less than a point off your mortgage rate, but it’ll save you thousands in the long run.
  3. Consult a sceptic: You’re likely to fall in love with a home, and that can make it difficult to take problems seriously. Bring along a sceptical friend or family member who can give you an honest opinion.
  4. Be patient with getting settled: You’ll be anxious to make your new home your own, but take some time to see how your budget truly shakes out. In other words, hold off on big furniture purchases and remodelling projects.
  5. Make sure you’re happy with the neighbourhood: The house may be perfect, but don’t discount the surroundings. You don’t want to end up in the suburbs if you’re going to miss walking to your favourite coffee shop, and you don’t want to settle for the city if you’re looking forward to some peace and quiet.

The home buying process is always overwhelming. However, if you have an organized approach you can greatly reduce the chances of making an expensive mistake. Remember all the old advice about buying your first home. Have an emergency fund, get your credit into shape, save for the down payment, and don’t buy a house you cannot afford

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01 March 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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The next step after celebrating a successful offer on a property is settlement. Below are the things you need to know to ensure you are organised leading up to the big day!

Understand settlement

The settlement of a property is usually conducted between your settlement agents and your financial representatives and those of the Seller. Ownership passes from the Seller to you, and you pay the balance of the sale price, less the deposit already paid.

The seller sets the settlement date in the contract of sale which is usually 30-90 days or any other date that both parties agree on.

On settlement day, at an agreed time and place, your settlement agent (solicitor or conveyancer) meets with your lender and the seller’s representatives to exchange documents. They organise for the balance of the purchase price to be paid to the seller.

Final Inspections

The week before settlement, you will have the opportunity to do a final inspection of the property. You will need to contact the agent to arrange this inspection as they will go along with you.

The Seller must hand over the property in the same condition as when it was sold. Check that all the items listed on the contract are there and in the right condition/working order. Some items to check are:

Appliances, hot water system, heating and cooling units, structure, walls, light fittings, window and floor coverings, keys, locks and any garage door remotes.

Understand Outgoings

At settlement, all outgoings such as rates and other charges are adjusted between you and the seller. The seller is responsible for rates up to and including the day of settlement. You are responsible from the day after settlement.

You’re also responsible for paying land transfer duty or stamp duty. It’s usually paid on the settlement date. The title to the property won’t be transferred to your name until you have paid this duty.

Collect Keys

Once settlement is completed, you can collect the keys from the agent and take possession of your new property.

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12 January 2017
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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In the three months to December 2016 Perth’s Median house price increased by almost two per cent.

REIWA.com data showed the median house price had lifted 1.9 per cent to $535,000 over the three month period.

This is now the second month in a row that the median house price has increased which suggests that the trade-up sector of the market is recovering.

Perth listings for sale declined by 11 per cent in December with 13,883 listings recorded in the Perth Metro Area. This is not unusual and could be contributed to the festive season where the market tends to be quieter.
Perth rental market

Perth rental market dropped back two per cent over the month of December, again this is likely to be contributed by the Festive Season and people preparing for the holidays. When compared with December of 2015, the rental market has increased by a huge 27 per cent.

The Perth rental market median house and unit prices remained steady over the three months to December 2016, holding at $380 and $340 per week respectively.

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23 November 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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For many people, the thought of moving home raises mixed emotions. When you’re moving locally, or moving to a completely new location, there’s still a massive amount to take care of. You’ve got to organise a way to get all of your belongings from one place to another, sometimes over immense distances. So, what’s the best way to go about this?

It’s likely that you’ve already answered this question, at least to some degree. It’s a professional moving company you’re after, right? But what’s that all about, and how can you be sure that the company you have in mind is right for you?

That’s what this blog post is all about: helping you decipher which removalists out there will make the process of moving as stress free as can be.

What You Should Look for in a Moving Company

1. Professionalism

Now, just about every removalist on the block is going to claim they’re the most professional about town. But there’s a few marks to look out for. The top removalists will be stacked with a full list of professional accreditations, communicate with transparency, and have stellar customer reviews. We’ll get to these points a little later. But here’s what else we think true removalist professionalism depends upon:

  • Exceptionally well trained packaging and removalist professionals with bucket loads of experience.
  • Transparent, respectful, straightforward and honest customer service.
  • A brand you can trust, built on the history of countless jobs done well.
  • Removals employees who treat your belongings with complete care, respect, and security.

2. Licensing and Accreditation

Licensing and accreditation is a really big one. This isn’t the sort of industry where you want to leave things to chance, so having the correct removals, transport, and storage licenses is required. There are two main accreditations to look out for, and you should never hesitate to ask your removalist to produce their licenses.

  • ISO Accreditation: ISO accredited companies guarantee a high level of occupational health and safety standards, along with top-class environmental standards and quality control. All good things that ultimately mean better service for you.
  • Moving Industry Standards: Licenses like FIDI and FAIM are only maintained by companies that continue to pass scheduled evaluations undertaken by third party authorities.

3. Affordability and Transparency

When you choose to use a professional removalist company, you’re going to be paying more than you would for a couple of mates and their Ute. But the quality of service you’ll receive from the right removalists will be well worth it. You shouldn’t have to mortgage your kidney as the market is very competitive.

Due to the competition in the industry you should always demand full transparency. The best removalists will offer a no-obligations quote, available at speed. Make sure you know exactly what you’re receiving for your money.

4. Full-Service Capability

Perhaps you’re after a simple service, in which case this particular point may not apply. But if you’re in the process of making more than just a simple move, then it could save you loads of money and time to choose a full-service provider.

A full-service provider who offers professional packing services, along with varied storage and vehicle transport options will make things a lot simpler. Some providers even cater for local, national, and international destinations.

5. Insurance

In the removals industry you should always demand that your removalist offers an appropriate level of insurance cover. Even for the most professional operators where the risk to your property is miniscule, it makes sense to have all of your bases covered. It’s recommended to forgo working with a moving company who cannot provide workers’ compensation and public liability insurance.

As with licensing and accreditation, you are well within your rights to ask your moving partner to produce their insurance documentation.

6. Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are an excellent way to gauge the level of service you can expect from a removalist company. In particular, we recommend using third party review websites for accurate information.

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26 October 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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When it’s time to move house, it’s time to lock in and take action. Behind most successful actions is a well thought out plan. And we think that a good plan requires a decent list to keep all of your thoughts and necessities in order. That’s why this blog is all about providing you with the ultimate moving house checklist, to make sure you take care of everything you need for a stress free and successful move.

We’re going to focus on some general themes to make sure you don’t miss the forest for the trees, so have a browse through and make sure you’ve thought about everything here.

  1. DIY or Professional Help?

The answer to this question will largely depend on the size and specifics of your move. Working with an experienced and flexible removalist will take a load of work off your shoulders, but if you choose this route, you must choose wisely.

To start with, you’ll want to figure out exactly what sort of removalist can offer the service you require. Look out for a history of excellent customer reviews and professionalism, as well as relevant accreditations and free, no-obligations moving quotes. It’s best to think about whether you require a removalist sooner rather than later, to take advantage of all the ways they might be able to help you.

  1. Vehicle Transportation

This one will depend a great deal on the geography of your move. If you’re moving far away, then you’ll need to consider the option of vehicle transportation. If you’re working with a removals company, you can often obtain this service as part of your package. It’s crucial to choose a provider who is properly licensed with compliant insurance policies, and better still if they are well reviewed by customers on third party online websites.

  1. Pet Relocation

If part of your family is comprised of furry, non-linguistic critters of various degrees of ‘cute’, then you’ll need to consider how you’re going to get these little guys and gals to your new home. Removals professionals could very well help you here, too. But for many people, it’s often reassuring to travel with their pets. Determining which way to go with this decision is completely personal, and has a lot to do with the temperament of your pet!

  1. Budgeting Progress!

Again, this might not be the most glamorous task for many of you out there. But it’s incredibly helpful to document your moving process with a well-kept budget. If you keep your budget together with other documents that relate to your moving process, like contracts, quotes, and receipts, then you’ll feel right on top of things. During the move itself, securing your important documentation—think passports and birth certificates—in a waterproof folder is also a good idea.

  1. Storage requirements

Storage, storage, storage. During your moving process, you may need access to a secure location to store your possessions—perhaps even your vehicle. Family and friends can certainly help out, but sometimes that’s just not a plausible option. A local, professional, and secure storage professional can save you a load of hassle, and may often be an extension of the service provided by your removalist.

  1. Packing

We’re sure you’ve thought of this one deep in the depths of your unconscious. But it’s often the part of moving that fills people with the most trepidation. Packing your belongings can be a lot of work, and you’ve got to do the job properly to ensure the safe transit of your possessions. You’ll want to become a master of the sturdy cardboard box and bubble wrap, alongside other affordable DIY packing solutions. A removalist will have your back here too, and can provide guidance on packing methods alongside more direct assistance.

  1. Time to Choose a Date!

Setting a clear moving date is a crucial piece of the action plan that’s going to set your move in motion. Knowing the date of the big day will help you coordinate everything you need to, and offer you the responsibility of a timeline to uphold. If you’re working with a professional service and have transport to worry about, the sooner you choose a date the easier your move will be.

If you’re interested in finding out more about securing an efficient and pain free move, take a look at Kent’s Moving House Checklists.

 

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16 September 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips & Tricks for Moving with Kids

It’s time to move house. For many, that’s plenty stressful enough. But for the parents out there who must take on a move with kids in tow? Well, that adds an extra layer of difficulty. Moving home is often an emotional process, and can be especially so for young children. Kids must face the plunge into the unknown and that’s always confusing. But there’s a lot you can do to help ease this process; there are methods for navigating this journey.

In this blog we’ll break down some key insights about moving with kids. We’re confident that there’s a lot here to help you reduce the stress of your move, cutting away the anxiety and ushering in the excitement. In addition, feel free to download any of our Moving House Checklists for a complete step-by-step guide.

Focus on Communication

Honest, emotionally available communication is an essential part of nurturing your child’s health and wellbeing. When facing difficulty and upheaval—as can often be experienced in moving—open communication only takes on a more important role. Where possible, explaining to your child why the move is taking place and what to expect throughout the process is going to provide an element of order to an otherwise chaotic situation.

This sort of conversation might be a challenge at first. It’s likely to be emotional with little chance of smooth sailing. But that’s okay, it’s all part of dealing with the storm.

Practically speaking, it’s a great idea to bring up features of your new home or location that are bound to excite your child.

  • Consider mentioning how fun it will be to decorate their new room. There may be an inviting sense of independence your child will feel at that prospect, giving them something to look forward to.
  • Consider making a list of all the exciting attractions in your new neighbourhood. Maybe that’s parks and shops, maybe it’s playgrounds and swimming pools, movies and bowling.

Maintaining Routines

During the moving process, much of normal living life may be disrupted. Disruptions to routine provide an additional layer of confusion for your children.

One thing you can do to alleviate this pressure is to plan your moving weeks so that regular activities go on as usual. Whether it’s sports practice, or an activity you do with your children, maintaining certain elements of routine will provide a semblance of regular structure which can be comforting for children.

Of course, depending on the nature of your move, maintaining your usual routines may be particularly difficult. For long-distance moves in particular, you’ll have to employ other strategies. When it comes to moving day, for example, make sure to have an activity ready to occupy your kids.

It’s important for your children to be part of the moving process to some degree, but you’ll have to strike the right balance. For particularly difficult moves, the services of a professional and reputable moving company will take much of your stress away on the big day, leaving you free to help guide your children.

Build a Sentimental Item Box

It can often help to provide your children with a special box or container in which they can pack their precious belongings. Knowing that they have their most important things in a safe and easily accessible place is a great help for kids during the moving process.

By allowing your children to pack a special box containing many of their cherished items, you’ll be providing an anchor of security and comfort.

Start Early

When you’re moving with kids there’s a lot that can change. Emotions are likely high for both yourself and your children, and this may mean you can’t hold firm to your plans all the time. With this knowledge in mind, it makes sense to allow yourself to be flexible when it comes to the little things that don’t quite go as planned.

For this reason, make sure that you begin to plan for your move with lots of time to spare. This means that when things get in the way, you’ll have time up your sleeve.

Saying Proper Goodbyes

Coming to terms with change is difficult. But coming to terms with the reality of your move is important for your children moving forward. By encouraging your children to honestly realise that the move is occurring, they will be better able to say farewell to aspects of their environment that they will no longer see.

No one says that goodbyes are easy. But faced with honesty and courage, they make way for positive new beginnings.

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02 September 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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Housing affordability has been deteriorating in all major cities in Australia with the exception of Perth to the year ended June 2016. This is according to research found in many Real Estate Companies across Australia.

According to Moody’s Investor Services, Australians in general spent an average of 27.6 percent of their monthly pay on their mortgages during the year ended 31 March 2016. This was a 0.6 percent rise from the same period a year before.

In contrast, average mortgage repayments in Perth have been on the downward spiral with the affordability trend going down from 22.6 per cent to 21.5 per cent. The affordability index for the whole country has generally improved in the last ten years.

Other cities in Australia have not been performing very well with Sydney being the most unaffordable city for both renters and property buyers. Brisbane has been declining in the affordability index for two years in a row. The only other cities that are moderately affordable are Hobart and Adelaide.

First home buyers have found it extremely difficult to get their first home in Melbourne and Sydney metropolitans as prices have gone through the roof. Luckily, Western Australia first home buyers are experiencing a cut in their home prices as the Barnett Government exempted them from transfer duty if they are paying up to $430,000.

While there are still pockets of unaffordability in Perth, the general trend has been good. SGS Economics and Planning associate Ellen Witte says the affordability in rent and property prices in Perth coincides with the end of the mining boom that the city has been experiencing in the most recent past.

In many cities in Australia, most households are committing from 30 per cent to over 80 per cent of their income on rent. Even for houses as low as $500 a week. This has put a lot of pressure on many households as there is little left for primary needs such as food, clothing, healthcare, and education.

The decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to slash off 25 basis points off the cash rate to stand at 1.75 will have a positive effect on housing affordability. Perth stands to reap higher gains from the move than other cities in Australia.

For the three months to June, the median house prices in Perth have plummeted 1.4 percent to stand at $522,500 while the price of single units moved to $406,000 in June from a median of $436, 000 in March this year.

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28 January 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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  1. Attractive weather: The state has one of the best weathers in Australia. With a typical Mediterranean setting, the state could be an excellent place for fun in the beach. Although the summers might at times be a little too hot, the average temperature is fairly mild. With an array of breathtaking beaches, you could be up for a very interesting stay at your new house.
  2. Virgin territory: The state is still virgin and is not infested with excess population. If you are looking for a pristine place that can offer you the much needed solitude, a stint in the region could indeed be cathartic.
  3. Rising economy: With a host of mineral resources, Western Australia has started to attract miners from all over. To put it in perspective, the state contributes roughly half of the entire country’s overseas exports. Agriculture and tourism are also becoming bigger with each passing day. Consequently, there has been a spurt in opportunities. With the recent growth having propelled a significant shortage of labour, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make some bucks working for any of the existing organizations.
  4. Endowed with nature’s wealth: Western Australia boasts of having one of the most varied flora and fauna in the entire world. With grasslands, coasts, semi-deserts and deserts; the landscape is also multifarious. Photographers could find this region the best place to camp. Just in case you have a home there, there is nothing like it!
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19 January 2016
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

FreoA growing city: Fremantle could be easily categorised as a city of the future. With a mammoth port and an increasing population, the city is fast becoming one of the faces of the state of Western Australia. In fact, Fremantle has been dubbed as the Gateway to the West. The place also serves the port requirements of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. It makes its mark as an important railway and highway terminal point as well. Consequently, the economy has been slowly but surely catching up in the city. This surge also stems from the boost in a multitude of sunrise sectors including tourism, transport and healthcare. Subject to the rising economy, the city is developing on the real estate front as well.

Factors intrinsic to the growth: Over the past few years, the growth in housing segment has been helped by the fact that Fremantle attracts not only domestic tourists but tourists from all across the world as well. The city is well known for its heritage buildings that contribute significantly to the tourist inflow.

The growth has also been significantly helped by the recent splurge in health tourism propelled by Fremantle Hospital, a hospital which has established its niche beyond doubt. Also, Western Australia with rich mineral resources and a significantly higher per-capita income than the rest of Australia has had its effect on the city’s development as a potential economic hub.

Great culture and music adding to the zing: The city has always been known to have one of the best musical circuits in the country. Many musical stalwarts were born and bred in the city. The culture of the city is also unique. With a host of art galleries, beaches and nightlife; the city is all set to scale newer heights. All these factors are propelling an increasing number of people to make Fremantle their dwelling place, either permanently or on a rotational basis.

Propensity to settle down in the city: The city is slowly establishing itself as an excellent place to settle subject to all the factors stated above. Consequently, young people are coming from all over in the pursuit of opportunities. The real estate sector has thus been immensely benefited. Also, the fact that some people are buying properties just to set up another home in the city has contributed to the increasing demand.

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16 November 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

The City of Fremantle is one of the most picturesque places in Western Australia’s coastline. Locals and tourists in the region enjoy visiting the four main beaches in the city, which include Port Beach, South Beach, Bathers Beach and Leighton Beach, each one offering unique attractions. Apart from the natural beauty of the area, the city of Fremantle is well-known for the well-preserved historic buildings and architectural heritage. If you are planning to purchase a beach facing property in Fremantle, there are few points which you need to keep in mind.

 

Determine your needs

 

Each person has a unique set of priorities while searching for a sea-facing house in Fremantle. When you determine what you are looking to gain by owning property close to the beach, you will find the decision making the process much easier. Before you start looking at houses, think about what kind of activities are important to you, what expectations you have from a house, and what facilities you would need nearby.

 

Proximity to the beach

 

The value of the property depends on a variety of different factors, out of which proximity to the beach may become one of the main selling points. The weather in Fremantle is very pleasant throughout the year, making the houses there very attractive for people looking for a great place to stay.

 

View and Sand

 

Houses which open to sandy beaches have a higher value as the sand provides many advantages. Young kids and toddlers will be able to play in the soft sand and seniors in the family would find it easier to walk outside the house and enter the water. The view of the sea gives people an opportunity to witness a magnificent sunset almost every night.

 

Outdoor activities

 

Each beach would have a unique set of activities which you can avail if you have property close-by. The Port Beach, for example, offers people the opportunity to kite surf, windsurf, snorkel, and swim, apart from relaxing on the sand. Some other beaches like Leighton offer picnic tables, electric barbecues and allow pet dogs in designated areas. You may even find that cafes, restaurants, and other eateries help you enjoy your time at the beach with your family and friends.

 

Take your time to do the research about the different beaches of Fremantle before you finalise on any property so that you can make an informed decision with your purchase.

 

If you are looking for beach-side property in Fremantle, call us and we shall help!

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11 November 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

The Western coastal region of Australia has many picturesque and thriving cities like Perth and Fremantle. There are many perks to living in the city of Fremantle which includes the experience of beautiful weather, quick travelling, great outdoors and access to pristine beaches. If you are thinking about purchasing some real estate in this region, there are some things that you need to pay attention to.

 

Think about your requirements and prioritise them

 

Each person who is looking to purchase a home has a unique set of priorities. You may want to purchase a house which would support your family through the years or you may want to make an investment in property for monetary benefit. Whatever may be your purpose, it helps to list your requirements and give each of them a specific priority. Fremantle offers many different kinds of houses, which means that you are bound to find the perfect fit.

 

Pay attention to the locality

 

There are many facilities which are available in and around Fremantle including a number of restaurants, breweries, pubs, sports facilities and nightclubs. Apart from these, you need to check your access to public transport, schools and marketplaces. Even the distance to facilities for retirees like clubs, choirs, support and services, tai chi classes and yoga classes can help you make a better decision.

 

Compare prices with other properties in the area

 

Sometimes, the houses on the same street have a large price difference for no apparent reason. Before you zero in on the perfect investment, look at the prices of the other properties in the area so that you know that you are going in for the best deal.

 

Hire a good real estate agent

 

Real estate agents are better able to judge the value of a property. With their help, you will have access to the latest properties which are on sale in the region. They are also able to short-list appropriate properties according to your requirements.

 

Act fast

 

Once you think you have found the perfect place, ensure that you make the purchase as quickly as possible. Some people have a tendency to wait for the best market conditions, making them lose out significantly on the investment value of the property.

 

With excellent weather and great outdoor environment, Fremantle proves to be an ideal place to stay. Once you find the best property according to your needs, you will experience the beauty and comfort of the city for yourself!

 

If you are searching for property in Fremantle, give us a call and we can help!

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15 September 2015
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

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According to recent updates, the plan for the renewal of the South Fremantle Power Station has been given the green signal. The official announcement was made by Lands Minister, Terry Redman. The project, which is part of an urban development plan, is expected to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of West Australians residing near the coast. As stated by Redman, the South Fremantle Power Station restructuring plan is one of the largest urban development plans to get approved by the City of Cockburn.

The renewal of this plant will eventually open up doors to the establishment of a new coastal city approximately 4 kilometers to the south of Fremantle. The present area around the power plant stretches all the way from South Beach to Port Coogee and is, soon, expected to become a key urban location. Estimates indicate that the area will boast of 6000 homes and 12000 people within the next 20 years. The first developed lots in the Robb Jetty precinct are already expected to go into sale in the first quarter of 2015.

The approval of the renewal plan presents itself as a key factor in furthering the overall coastal development plan, according to Lands Minister, Terry Redman. He believes that the project will play a primary role in filling up the market gaps. The restructuring of the plant will open up doors to the creation of a ‘one of a kind’ urban location with a wide array of housing options on offer, without sidelining the region’s industrial heritage. Soon, the region is expected to evolve into an active urban center as the former power station will play home to commercial, residential, and retail space.

The plan for the restructuring of the power station was developed by LandCorp, with support from the City of Fremantle, the City of Cockburn, the Heritage Council, Western Power, Synergy, and the Department of Transport. The same entities were also responsible for developing the surrounding industrial sectors, which were part of the Cockburn Coastal Project.

The power station is considered to be a West Australian Icon and in 1997, had been established as a heritage site in the State Heritage Register. The project, with regard to the State Government’s (Department of Planning) Directions 2031 and Beyond policy, serves its purpose as a solution to counter the challenge of a growing population in Western Australia.

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