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Sell your own property


  Sell your own property. 10 Industry secrets to selling your own home               We have lifted the lid on the real estate industry and are revealing our 10 secrets to selling your home.   People often ask can I sell my property? Or how do I go about selling my own home? Firstly know that it is possible! If you're thinking of selling or in the market and want to know if your agent has got it right then read on to find out exactly what you need to sell your home. If you want to see successful sales strategy at work check out the amazing results achieved by McElwaine Estate Agents in the hunter valley. 1. Know what your home is worth - Get a market appraisal many websites offer free tools to generate a market analysis of your home. Although a local real estate agent will have a better idea of what's happening locally.   2. Price accurately You want your home to sell so price as accurately as you ...


Using technology to sell your home


Using technology to sell your home   Technology is everywhere. When you stop and think about how often you use it through your average day, you’d be hard pressed to find an activity that doesn’t involve it in some way. Getting to work, paying for your coffee, reading the news, using the phone or computer - it’s all around.   It makes sense then, that when you decide to sell your home, to use technology to your advantage.   There are innovative ways to incorporate technology into the marketing of your property, and used strategically, it can result in casting a much wider net of potential buyers.   The most obvious avenue is online. Either through a web listing portal such as realestate.com.au or domain.com.au or via social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, digital marketing needs to be the first priority to attract the attention of buyers.   “Digital marketing allows sellers to place their property in the pockets of p...


Private Treaty Vs Auction


Picking a selling strategy for your home   Once you’ve decided to sell your home, you need to determine which method of sale you are going to take. There are three main options: private treaty, auction and taking expressions of interest.   Each approach has different processes and can work to your advantage depending on the state of the property market at the time you list your home.   It’s important to understand what each strategy involves as it will play a major role in the way your real estate agent markets your home and the overall result once the house is sold.   The first place to start is by talking to your agent. They will have an in-depth understanding of the property market and where they feel your house fits into that picture. Based on this, they’ll recommend a strategy they feel will suit you.   “The method used for the sale of your home is one of the most powerful determining factors for your outcome,” expla...


Flooring Options


Laying down your options with flooring   We walk on it, sit on it, cover it up, drop things on it, drip on it and live on it. It’s no wonder that the floors in your home are the surfaces that need the most attention.   These days, there are many different types of flooring materials, offering varying looks and purposes.   You need to take into account a few things: the people who live in your home (including fur family), the purpose of the room, the design feel you’re after, and the budget you’re willing to spend.   There’s something to suit every home, but here are a list of the options around at the moment which are sweeping home owners away.   Vinyl/lino/PVC Invented in the 1800s and adorning homes for the better part of 100 years, linoleum flooring was a masterstroke of easy cleaning and durability. Variations these days include vinyl and PVC options and they are loved due to their water resistance, quiet tread and cost ef...


Decorating Tips


  Going in and out of style Just like clothes, home styling goes through trends. What looks great one year, might be completely dated the following. Each season new styles arrive, and while some will stand the test of time, others should be avoided at all costs.   Here are some fad ideas, and some fab ideas, to make sure your home decorating doesn’t belong in a time capsule.   Nordic style   Be warned: While it looks like Viking decor might be making an appearance in 2019, you’d want to make sure your love of fur and studded wood is true, otherwise be careful not to get caught up in this Scandinavian maelstrom. You don’t want your home looking like you’ve pillaged and plundered coastal villages.   Go for it: Though it seems that IKEA’s dominion over our houses has died down, this is one trend that will keep you in good stead. Practical, simple furniture and decor is always a good idea - it provides a neutral palette and f...


Hunter Tree Change


Why the Hunter is the place for a tree change   There’s much to love about cities: the excitement, the energy, the opportunities. There is culture and activity, high-paying jobs and plenty of things to spend your money on like restaurants and entertainment.   But, there are the downsides too. Along with the opportunities come all the people looking for them. There’s the noise, the traffic, the pollution and a million neighbours on your doorstep. Costs are higher for things like property, and to get on the property ladder, buyers are either mortgaging themselves up to their eyeballs, of living further out of the CBD, resulting in longer commutes.   It’s not hard to see the appeal of the tree change.   Moving to a smaller, rural area. Trees and nature all around. A calmer, slower pace of life. Services and work you don’t have to drive hours to reach. Neighbours you know and a strong sense of community.   It’s no surprise ei...