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Three tips to help prepare your home for sale

Three tips to help prepare your home for sale

If you're looking to sell your home, it's natural to try and attain the highest price possible. Many factors come together to achieve this result. These can include having an effective marketing plan and working with the right agent. However, the way your home looks and feels on an open home day is important as well. Below are three tips to help you prepare your home for sale.

Match the conditions
The weather on the day of an open home can have an impact on how you will show your property. If it's warm outside, make sure that your air-conditioning is set to a comfortable temperature inside. Likewise, if it's cold outside, try to warm up the inside of your home so it creates a welcoming ambiance.

Get into the garden
If you are selling a home that has a yard and gardens, take some time to neaten these. It's worthwhile to think about pruning any hedges and adding a new layer of mulch to the gardens. Mow and water your lawns regularly in the lead up to an open home. Showing the potential of the outside areas of your house can encourage buyers to pay more, so it's a definite must.

Stage the interior of your home
You may have to look at rearranging some furniture inside your home so that the best attributes of your rooms are shown. Make sure that personal items are hidden and clutter is tidied. In addition, most people enjoy natural light, so let in as much as possible by opening curtains and blinds.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 26/11/2015 at 11:58 AM | Categories:

Three tips for purchasing at auction

Three tips for purchasing at auction

Auctions can be intimidating, especially if you’re a first home buyer or have never attempted to purchase at auction previously. But it can be a fun experience and has the potential to result in a great purchase. Here are my top tips for buying a home at auction.

1. Familiarise yourself with the process
If you have time, attend auctions of similar properties to what you are looking for and in the same suburb. Listen and watch the process and become familiar with how it works. This will allow you to form a better understanding of the local market and to get comfortable with the auction process.

2. Set a limit
It is easy to get caught up in the pace of an auction and the desire to win. Overcome this temptation by setting a budget before you start. Know your upper limit and be strict with yourself on stopping at that limit. However, also consider having a small contingency set aside in case the difference between winning your dream home and not getting it is a matter of $1000 - $2000. Over the lifetime of your loan and property ownership, a small amount of extra money may be worth spending if you truly feel the property is worth purchasing.

3. Be informed
Ensure you have done your due diligence on the property itself. Make sure you have a building and pest inspection in hand and all your finances prepared. If possible, have your solicitor to look over the contracts in place prior to auction. Make sure that you know what conditions are in place, as some auctions require a deposit to be paid on the day.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 20/11/2015 at 2:43 PM | Categories: Buying -

RBA keeps interest rate on hold

RBA rate hold: 2.00%

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

"The combination of stable interest rates and an increase in stock levels is something that I believe could encourage more sustainable growth rates in the property market," said CENTURY 21 Australasia Chairman and Owner, Charles Tarbey.

"Many areas have needed an increase in stock levels for quite some time, and it is good to see this is finally happening.

"These factors could mean that the marketplace is tipping toward a negotiation environment, rather than a sellers' market that has been the hallmark of the last few years in many areas," said Charles Tarbey.

According to CoreLogic RP Data, price growth in the capital cities slowed to 0.2 per cent over October and 1.4 per cent for the quarter.

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 03/11/2015 at 12:04 PM | Categories: