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03 August 2020
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most rental markets tightened in July, with fewer available rental listings suggesting landlords of holiday lets are converting back to short-term leasing. The further easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the country will have fuelled the fall in rental supply in all capital cities, except Melbourne.

reiwa.com data revealed Perth’s rental stock has been quickly absorbed, with listings falling by 17 per cent in May to 4676, which is the lowest they have been since November 2013.

It is also significantly lower than the same time last year when there were 7243 properties available for rent.

In May, Halls Head saw the biggest spike in leasing activity growth with 33 leases for the month and was closely followed by Nollamara (20 leases), Coolbellup (16 leases), Joondalup (18 leases) and Como (18 leases).

Source Domain & REIWA

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29 June 2020
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESS VACANCY…….MORE RENT

MORE TENANTS…….BETTER RETURNS

Empire Property Solutions have a custom-built system that allows us to manage your rental enquiries 24/7. This allows us to look ahead to see how many people have enquired and registered to view your property.

We have access to real time data about the amount of interest in your property. This proactive approach makes it easy for prospective tenants to inspect your property.

HOW DOES IT WORK

  • Genuine 24/7 system. 38% of tenants book inspections after normal business hours.
  • Our system allows numerous inspection times to be nominated, meaning more prospective tenants can arrange to see your property.
  • Inspection times and dates for your property are listed on the internet through our custom-designed software, Register Online.

 

Online Booking System

  • Prospective tenants click on an “inspection” link and find the time and date that suits them best.
  • When an inspection is booked, the tenant receives an instant confirmation.
  • Tenants also get reminders, via SMS and/or email, about their upcoming inspection one day and one hour in advance.
  • Our software is also accessible from smartphones (such as iPhones) & tablet computers (such as iPads) – so appointments can be arranged.
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28 May 2020
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ability of a tenant to break their lease during the COVID-19 emergency period raises questions from landlords and tenants.

Below are commonly asked questions. The responses have been provided by REIWA.

Break lease policies

Can the tenant terminate the tenancy?

Yes, the tenant during the emergency period can terminate the tenancy agreement:

  • If the tenant is suffering financial hardship, then 21 days’ notice can be provided to terminate the tenancy. [section 20(2) of the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020]
  • Under the current provisions of the family and domestic violence provisions of the RTA [s18]
  • If the tenancy is periodic, then by providing 21 days’ notice [section 20(1)(a)(i)] of the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020}.

Can a tenant, in a fixed term lease, break lease at no cost if they are not suffering from financial hardship caused by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

No, the tenant does not have that right.

Note: the wording in s20. is not ideal and a court faced with making a decision would revert to the intent as provided by the government in the parliamentary debates.

Can the lessor claim financial damages associated with the break lease from a tenant who is suffering the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

No.

What about outstanding rent that has accrued prior to the termination date?

Remains a debt owing to the lessor that if not paid can be claimed through the Magistrates Court.

Can the lessor claim financial damages associated with the break lease from a tenant who is not suffering the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes.

At Empire Property Solutions we have noticed minimal impact to tenant’s ability to service rental payments. Enquiry from landlords and tenants at the beginning of the pandemic was high, however many questions have been answered by the government and policy implemented.

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03 March 2020
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

  1. Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with multiple adjustments is ideal so it fits you just right.
  2. Switch up your lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been proven to be hard on the eyes. Make the switch to LED or halogen light bulbs in your home office and try to let in as much natural light as possible. Also, consider finding a desk lamp to reduce headaches and eye strain.
  3. Keep essentials in reach and organized. Nothing says productivity like a clean, neat workspace. Select a desk with a lot of storage or install creative shelving to keep items like pens, pencils, extra batteries, calculator, notepads, and more stored within arm’s reach.
  4. Decorate bright. Pick a color you love and use it to spice up the room. Use cheery yellow or red or relaxing tones like green and blue, instead of beiges and browns.
  5. Aim for the view. If possible, place your desk so you are facing a window instead of a blank wall. Natural light can do wonders for staying alert and you can give yourself a short mental break when necessary by looking to the outdoors.
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05 February 2020
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a recent article released by REIWA, Perth rental market continues to show recovery with vacancy rates dropping to 2.8 per cent in the December 2019 quarter.

With the peak vacancy rate being just 18 months ago in June 2017 at 7.3 per cent, it’s a welcomed change to investors in Perth and a positive outlook for the year ahead.

Although we have seen a drop in vacancy, Perth’s median house price is still holding at $350.00 per week.

Damien Collins quoted in the recent article;

“When we drill down further and isolate houses and units, the results of the December quarter are very pleasing for landlords, with both houses and units experiencing increases in rents. The median house rent increased $10 per week to $360 during the December quarter, while the median unit rent increased $5 per week to $325.

“This improvement didn’t translate into an increase in the overall median as there were more units leased during the December quarter than houses, which has kept the overall median stable.”

“If the rental market continues on its current trajectory, we should see Perth’s overall median rent price increase in 2020, which will be a welcome development for landlords” Mr Collins said.

What does this mean for you as a landlord? 

The stability of our median rental values coupled with the decrease of rental properties available on the market, should see slight increases in rent throughout 2020.  We still need to see consistency with vacancy rates throughout the next 3 – 6 months however, it is a very good step in the upward direction.

It’s important as a landlord that you always ensure your marketing strategy is the right one for the type of property you have.  Attracting the right tenant within a short time frame can be a huge difference to the rental return on your investment throughout the year.

With Empire Property continuing to hold a vacancy rate at 1.9%, well below the state’s average, we encourage landlords’ to always ask for an update on where their property sits in todays’ market and asking what the best method of marketing would be for their type of property.

It is also important to ensure you are continuing to put your best foot forward.  Continuing to add value and improve your investment property will always help with the ability to achieve higher rents and attract quality, long term tenants that will result in higher returns.

If you have an investment property and want to chat about where your property sits in the market or even if you haven’t been 100% happy with the service you have been receiving, please give our team a call on 9335 7555.

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28 November 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!

Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, if its more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.

Add lighting. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights turn on automatically when the sun sets, making your deck come alive. You can also consider paper lanterns, rope lights, mason jar lamps, or small twinkle lights, depending on the style and mood you’d like to set.

Build a privacy screen. Privacy screens come in all styles, shapes, and sizes. Consider purchasing and installing bamboo fencing or lattice panels for a quick and easy solution. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can build a wooden frame and grow climbing plants or vines or stretch outdoor fabric in between. Whichever route you end up choosing, make sure you get the most out of your efforts by evaluating all lines sight before building.

Home Equity. Getting a home equity line of credit allows you to borrow money against the value of your home. You receive usually up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the amount of your loan.

 

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31 October 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.

  1. Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month.
  2. Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
  3. Shop-vac. No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass.
  4. Loppers. Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard.
  5. Flashlight. You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace!

 

 

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26 September 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung and now is the time to dust off the old cleaning gloves and put some elbow grease into those jobs you’ve been putting off for months.

Before the nerves set in, rest assured that with a little planning, a spring clean won’t take up your entire day or leave your house smelling sterile like a hospital.

With some quick tips and some basic household items, your tough spring cleaning jobs will be finished in a jiffy. Here are five tasks to get you started.

1. Get those windows crystal clear: Window-washing doesn’t need to be associated with streak marks, smudged spots and expensive cleaning products. Cleaning your windows is actually one of the easiest spring clean jobs to wipe off the list. Using an equal parts vinegar and water mix, simply spray onto the window and wipe clean straight away with a paper towel or micro-fibre cloth in a horizontal motion.

TIP: If you have any old newspapers lying around use this instead of a cloth. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.

2. Unclog your drains: Drains are an often overlooked part of your cleaning routine, but a clogged drain not only causes a horrible smell, but it can also really affect your plumbing. Tackle your clogged-up drains with a basic mix of vinegar, bicarb and water to break away built-up grime and leave drains smelling fresh. Pour a tablespoon of bicarb followed by a tablespoon of vinegar into your drain and let it work its magic for about 20 minutes. Rinse it away with some boiling hot water, repeat if needed, and you’ll have fresh-smelling drains without the hard work.

3. Clean out the oven: The baked-on stains in an oven are enough to cause anyone to vow never to cook again. But instead of reaching for the Uber Eats app or using harsh chemicals and scrubbing for what feels like forever, let your trusty household vinegar and bicarb mix do the hard work for you. Warm your oven a little to help break down some of the grease. Then rub a paste of bicarb and warm water all over your oven, followed by a generous amount of white vinegar. Leave it to bubble away and break down for about an hour – depending on how dirty your oven is – then wipe clean with a cloth.

4. Tackle your kitchen: You would be surprised by how many germs live in your everyday kitchen items – which is why you should replace or wash them regularly. Start by throwing away old cloths and sponges and cleaning out your bin with lemon juice. You can also give your wooden chopping boards a little freshen up with some coconut oil and half a lemon to keep the wood sparkling and to kill any lingering bacteria.

5. Improve your lighting: What if we told you brightening up a room is as simple as giving its lighting fixtures a once-over? Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away any dust build-up and let that spring feeling in with warm, clean light.

When tackling spring cleaning, think of a top-down method – do your lights first and finish with skirting boards and floors, that way you aren’t going over what you’ve already done.

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30 August 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

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03 July 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

  1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
  2. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
  3. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.

 

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04 June 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.

Compartmentalize Your Activities

Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time.

Make it Chic

Choose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that compliment each other.

Also, a brilliant and commanding headboard can instantly upgrade the look of your room without any other changes.

Light it Properly

Finally, make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If it’s too washed out or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.

Choose Your Accents Wisely

We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more royal. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is going to both keep you under budget and avoid doing too much with the space.

Are you ready to lux your bedroom? You’ll be impressed by the results, and the feeling of decadence will make you more confident in your surroundings.

 

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30 April 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.

Install a water feature.

Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

Light your way.

An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

Plant upwards.

Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

 

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22 March 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real

eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

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27 February 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who choose to skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or some fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favourite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.
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18 January 2019
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

  1. Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
  2. Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
  3. “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
  4. Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
  5. Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.
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27 November 2018
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent survey revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visual it as their own. That’s why we believe staging is not to be overlooked! Here are our top tips.

  1. Dress up your yard. First impressions count, and the first one your home gives comes from the exterior. Mow the lawn, clean up shrubbery, rake any leaves, clean the walkway and driveway, plant in-season flowers, and pull up any unsightly weeds.
  2. Reduce personal items. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal photos and knick-knacks from shelves, walls, and counters. Instead replace them with clean, simple décor, such as abstract paintings, nature images, vases, plants, and more.
  3. Organize your storage areas. Storage is a huge selling point. Tidy up and clear out the accessible closets and cupboards in the home and make sure to point them out during an open house or showing.
  4. Appeal to the senses. Consider ways you can appeal to potential homebuyers’ other senses. During a viewing or open house, bake some fresh cookies or burn delicious smelling candles and play light, relaxing music in the background.
  5. Consider turning to an expert. With their knowledge of current trends and great eye for design, professionally certified stagers can transform a home in a variety of ways and have a keen sense of what homebuyers want and expect in a home. Investing in hiring a pro may pay off in dividends.
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02 November 2018
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perth’s median house price lifted one per cent to $510,000 in October, according to reiwa.com’s latest monthly data.

REIWA President Damian Collins said prices in Perth had started to strengthen after softening in winter following some particularly wet weather.

“In a city renowned for its sunshine, the Perth market tends to slow during the cold wintery months. Thankfully, we’re well into spring now which has translated into renewed enthusiasm in the market with more sellers listing their property for sale and prices improving,” Mr Collins said.

Of the properties that did sell, the top performing suburbs for median house price growth during the month of October were Roleystone, South Perth, Como, Atwell and Doubleview.

“Spearwood, Gosnells, Secret Harbour, Karrinyup and Forrestfield also performed well,” Mr Collins said. reiwa.com data also shows Perth sellers returned to the market in October, with 7.8 per cent more listing stock available for sale than in September.

‘“This is a seasonal trend that we’ve observed for a number of years now, even during the boom, with listings typically increasing in October and November as vendors become more motivated to sell in the lead up to Christmas,” Mr Collins said.

The 10 suburbs with the biggest growth in listing stock (percentage wise) in October were Kensington, Cottesloe, Glen Forrest, Greenwood, Shenton Park, Mount Hawthorn, East Fremantle, Nedlands, Brentwood and South Fremantle.

“All but two of the suburbs on this list have median house prices above the Perth Metro median, and seven of these suburbs have medians that sit above $800,000. This year we’ve seen activity increase in the luxury end of the Perth market, with home owners in the area clearly recognising there is good opportunity to secure a quick sale at a competitive price in these higher-end suburbs where there is good buyer demand,” Mr Collins said.

Perth rental market

Perth’s rental market continued the strong form displayed in the September 2018 quarter, with reiwa.com data showing leasing activity increased 10 per cent during October.

The 10 suburbs to experience the biggest improvement in leasing activity (percentage wise) were West Leederville, Cannington, Southern River, Bertram, Nedlands, Palmyra, Craigie, Madeley, Secret Harbour and Morley.

Mr Collins said Perth’s median rent price remained at $350 per week, while listings for rent had declined five per cent to now sit below 7,000 for the first time since March 2015.

“The improvement in the rental market is very encouraging. Prices have stabilised and are no longer declining, which is good news for landlords. Now would be a good time for tenants to think about securing a longer-term lease before rents inevitably rise again.

“With Perth’s rental market gaining momentum, this bodes well for the overall market as historically the sales market follows behind the rental market during a recovery,” Mr Collins said.

Information Supplied by REIWA.COM.AU

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03 October 2018
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes.

Hiding scratches: If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain.

Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill and cover most scratches.

Clever decor: It’s not a long-term solution, but sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your floors is to cover them with a rug or furniture arrangement.

Spot sanding: For deeper scratches, you’ll need to spot sand with fine steel wool or sandpaper, use wood filler, and stain and seal the repaired area.

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29 August 2018
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

  1. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization. When it comes to having good back health – don’t cut corners! No bed will last forever, but when you invest in one that is made of high quality materials and can offer you the back support you need, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth.
  2. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test several mattresses for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.  Lie down in your preferred sleeping position and rest for 10 minutes. This will give a good guide to the comfort and support the mattress gives you.
  3. Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers. A good mattress will gently support your whole body and keep your spine in a neutral position – no matter if you’re lying on your back, front or side. Pay attention to your pressure points when choosing a new bed (these will be the heaviest parts of your body).
  4. Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.
  5. Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night. No matter how similar we are to another person, our sleeping patterns will never be exactly the same. Interrupted sleep from a partner’s movements is the biggest problem for couples who share a bed. Find a mattress and bed foundation that minimises partner disturbanceA good mattress is crucial in achieving good back health. Finding the right mattress that will give you a great night’s sleep involves getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level.

    There are many factors that affect back pain and how you sleep, but a good mattress is proven to make a positive difference – and if you have the wrong mattress for you (or your once-suitable mattress is now old and tired) – you may be aggravating your pain.

     

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25 July 2018
by Anthony Van Der Wielen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.

  1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.
  2. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.
  3. Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
  4. Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.
  5. Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.
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