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What time of year should you sell your house?

It’s a question contemplated by thousands of Australian home owners each year; when is the definitive ‘right’ time to sell?

According to one property expert, Amanda Jones from Hodges Sandringham in Melbourne, the answer is more complicated than defaulting to the conventional idea that “spring is best.”

Jones says the right time to sell is when the vendor and property is ready. “And this is very individual, based on each vendors’ circumstance,” … Read the full post »

What makes a buyer fall in love with a home?

Sure you love your home, but what is the secret to making potential buyers fall for it too?

First Impressions

“The styling and marketing of your home should be geared towards that first impression,” says Beth Mitchell from RE/MAX. “At this point they aren’t looking at floor plans or taking in details. They are after the right ‘feel’ which can only be created through aesthetics, ambience and presentation.”

Statistically, you have … Read the full post »

Expert advice on the best way to heat your home this winter

If you’ve ever bought a heating appliance only to find it woefully inadequate for the task at hand, you need Christian Hoerning’s advice. A technical expert at EECA Energywise, he tells us how to stay toasty without getting burned by the end-of-month bill: For larger rooms you want to heat regularly, it’s worth paying a bit more upfront for a fixed heater with lower running costs and more heat output … Read the full post »

Decoding the First Home Super Saver Scheme

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme allows homebuyers to access their superannuation fund in order to buy their first home.

This is good news for first homebuyers across Australia, especially as one of the hardest parts of getting on the property ladder is saving up a big enough deposit. The FHSS scheme will help you fast-track this often slow and arduous process, which is especially positive news for younger buyers, … Read the full post »

Sell your home faster and get a better price with these 10 tips

The real estate market is increasingly competitive; buyers are savvy and often not prepared to compromise. In many cases, they’re looking to buy not just a home, but a lifestyle.

An open house is your chance to showcase your home at its best, sell the “dream” to potential buyers, and secure a top-dollar sale. “At an open home, presentation is key,” says Di Sims, real estate agent with It Takes Two … Read the full post »

Launceston real estate agency Key2 Property wins national award

Kings Meadows real estate agency Key2 Property has taken out a national real estate award.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia’s National Awards for Excellence ceremony was was held in Sydney on Thursday, with the 11-person agency winning the Community Service Award.

Key2 Property’s Tameka Smith was also nominated for Residential Property Manager of the Year.

The agency won the award for raising more than $30,000 for Launceston charities and helping fund homeless … Read the full post »

Five Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

Getting your foot in the door isn’t cheap, but sometimes it’s where the money is spent that comes as a shock to first home buyers.

It’s not over once the deposit has been saved and the winning offer made. Experts have identified five areas where hidden costs might be lurking, and how a buyer can avoiding paying more than they need to.

Pre-purchase research

Anna Porter, a property valuer and principal … Read the full post »

Easy ways to transform a tired bathroom without renovating

Easy ways to transform a tired bathroom without renovating

Mouldy grout and dated tiles are just some of the not-so-redeeming features of a tired bathroom, but regular renovations are an expensive and unsustainable option, so how do we fancy-up the bathroom without ripping out the tiles?

Bathroom Renovation

Spring Clean
“The first step would always be to declutter your bathroom and give it a thorough … Read the full post »

HeartKids Car and Bike Show

charity, car and bike show, Key2

This Sunday 11th of February, Key2 will be supporting the HeartKids foundation at the annual Car and Bike Show!

Come along and enjoy a day of family fun at the Longford Village Green between 11:30AM and 3:00PM.

A new robot maid from Aelous can mop, tidy, and even fetch you drinks

A very clever robot unveiled at the annual consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas has brought humanity one step closer to either a delightful futuristic wonderland of household ease, or a kind of terrible dystopian future, depending your perspective.
aeolus
Our salvation from housework comes in the form of San Francisco company Aeolus’ Robot – it’s yet to be officially named – an … Read the full post »

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