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Three tips for successful renovation

Three tips for successful renovation

After weeks of watching success after success on your favourite renovation show it can be tempting to jump head first into your own DIY renovation project. But before you go taking a sledge hammer to your kitchen walls or pulling up your floorings on a whim, think carefully about what it is you want to achieve.

DIY can quickly go from exciting to overwhelming, so it pays bucket loads in peace of mind and sanity to plan your renovations. These three simple planning tips can be the difference between a renovation dream or horror story.

Get the right lifestyle fit
Think about how you live in and use your home on a day-to-day basis. You might love the idea of a big open plan kitchen and dining area- but if you hold a lot of dinner parties, do you really want your messy benches and pot filled sinks on full display while your guests eat? Think carefully about your lifestyle and how you use your home, and renovate to suit your true needs.

Spend wisely
Think about what you are putting your money into and focus on renovating areas that will add value to your home and quality of life. Updating bathrooms and kitchens will always have a positive impact on family life and at sale time. You don’t have to spend huge amounts either, simple and cheap solutions like having existing tatty or ill coloured counter tops, sinks and showers can have a huge impact without a huge spend.

Set your home up to change with the times
Your home and its dressings should reflect who you are and the life you live, but keep in mind how quickly styles can change.

It can be a good idea to keep flooring, wall colours and cabinetry on the neutral side of things and to then add personalised, contemporary, on-trend or colourful touches with the furniture, wall art and soft furnishings- this will allow you to update your rooms with minimal expense in the future and as styles, trends and even your tastes change.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 29/10/2015 at 2:46 PM | Categories:

Reserve Bank keeps interest rate at 2 per cent

RBA rate hold: 2.00%

CENTURY 21, the largest real estate sales organisation in the Asia Pacific region, believes the Reserve Bank's decision to keep the official cash rate at two per cent may help bring stability to the real estate market.

"The combination of interest rates on hold and increased stock levels in many areas should be a good thing for the Australian property market," said CENTURY 21 Australasia Chairman and Owner, Charles Tarbey.

"Sellers have had an advantage in many areas recently, but this may be changing if we head into a more even market with moderate growth.

"A correction in the supply and demand imbalance could make growth more sustainable and will be better for the market in the long term," said Charles Tarbey.

Recent data from CoreLogic RP Data reveals that across the combined capitals, the top quartile of dwellings based on value has recorded growth of 12.3 per cent over the past twelve months while the most affordable end of the market has recorded a lower growth rate of 8.5 per cent.

CENTURY 21 encourages potential buyers who are looking to purchase real estate to ensure they have obtained the appropriate professional property and finance advice before doing so. With over 3,000 offices, CENTURY 21 is the largest real estate sales organisation in the Asia Pacific region, a region vital to Australia's continued economic success.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 06/10/2015 at 2:22 PM | Categories:

CENTURY 21 Australasia turns its famous gold jacket pink

CENTURY 21 Australasia turns its famous gold jacket pink

The most famous real estate jacket in the world is once again turning pink for the month of October, in an Australian-led initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds for Cancer Council's 'Pink Ribbon' campaign. The campaign will see CENTURY 21 agents across Australia and New Zealand wear limited edition pink jackets, scarves and ties at auctions, open homes and in their local communities.

"Sadly, every day in Australia around 50 women are told they have a breast or gynaecological cancer," said Charles Tarbey, Chairman and Owner of CENTURY 21 Australasia.

"Cancer affects the Australian real estate industry like all other segments of society and CENTURY 21 wanted to play a small part in raising awareness and funds for the campaign.

"Our network’s efforts last year garnered global attention and I was extremely proud of the way our people rallied behind the cause in their local communities," said Charles Tarbey.

CENTURY 21 real estate agents raised $138,770 last year and hope to better that result in 2015. Many CENTURY 21 agents will be taking donation boxes to auctions and open homes across Australia during October, displaying pink merchandise in their offices and hosting various fundraising events in their local communities.

State-based events such as charity golf days, auctions and 'Pink' awards dinners are also being held as part of the campaign, and many offices will be donating money from their successful real estate transactions during the month.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 02/10/2015 at 11:22 AM | Categories: