Keeping Your Home Safe Over the Holidays.

During the holiday season we often have a thousand things on our mind, as such Home Safety can become an afterthought, however with our homes often being our most important asset it is essential that we do what we can to protect them. As such we have compiled a list of handy tips to keep your home safe this holiday season.

  • Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back.
  • Ensure all locks on the house, shed and garage are in working order.
  • Keep shrubs and bushes under windows trimmed so burgulars cannot hide.
  • Ensure ladders are stored in a secured garage or shed so that they cannot be used to gain access to your property.
  • Don't leave tools, toys or equipment in the yard.
  • Ensure shades or curtains are closed over windows.
  • If you have a security alarm make sure it is in working order.
  • If you are going on holidays arrange for a family member or friend to collect your mail.
  • If you are going away make your home look as though someone is there.

Interest Rates on Hold.

At its final meeting for 2010 the Reserve Bank has decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 4.75% this is likely due to the weak economic growth of 0.2% during the September quarter. Last month's jump in mortgage rates has caused a shift in buyer behaviour with almost 11% of approved loans during November being at a fixed rate - this is in comparision to 7.7% during October.

Inflationary pressures are building with inflation for the year currently at 3.9% (above the Reserve Bank's target band of 2 - 3%), which likely means there will be another 25 basis point increase in the next three months.

Rental Sucess in November.

For Century 21 Riverstone November was a very busy month with 9 properties leased! Below are some details for the properties that we have leased:

* Terry Rd, Box Hill - 1 bedroom granny flat $230pw

* Bridge St, Schofields - 2 bedroom granny flat $260pw

* Meadows Rd, Schofields - 2 bedroom clad home $260pw

* Meadows Rd, Schofields - 3 bedroom home $320pw

* Bandon Rd, Vineyard - 3 bedroom home, modern kitchen, double carport, single garage $380pw

* Dorothy St, Freemans Reach - Freshly painted 3 bedroom home, modern kitchen & bathroom, large entertaining area $395pw

* Vine St, Marsden Park - 3 bedroom plus study, single garage on 2.75 acres $440pw

* Crown St, Riverstone - Freshly painted 3 bedroom home, double garage, large entertaining area $450pw

* Grange Ave, Schofields - 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, freshly painted, new carpet, massive garage $500pw

With results like these why would you even consider another agent when the time comes to rent our one of your largest investments?