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Top tips for removing the stress when buying a property

  Top tips for removing the stress when buying a property   Buying a home can indeed be a stressful process, but there are several strategies you can use to reduce that stress and make the experience more enjoyable:   Educate Yourself Understand the home-buying process, including mortgage options, costs, and necessary documentation. Knowledge reduces uncertainty and stress.   Set Realistic Expectations Define your budget and preferences realistically. Don't set yourself up... Read More

What to Look for in an Investment Property

    Investing in real estate can be a lucrative venture, particularly in a diverse and growing market like Victoria. However, identifying the right investment property requires careful consideration and research. Whether you're a seasoned investor or a first-timer, here are some key factors to look for when seeking an investment property.   1. Location Location is paramount in real estate. Look for areas with strong growth potential, good infrastructure, proximity to public... Read More

Understanding Real Estate Terms: A Glossary for Buyers and Sellers

  Real estate transactions involve terms and jargon that may be unfamiliar to buyers and sellers. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned property seller, understanding these terms is crucial for making informed decisions in the real estate market. In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive glossary of real estate terms to help Buyers (Purchasers) and Sellers (Vendors), navigate the complexities of buying or selling property.   A Appraisal: An estimation of a... Read More

Embracing Island Life: A Guide to Moving to Phillip Island

  Embracing Island Life: A Guide to Moving to Phillip Island   Are you dreaming of a serene coastal lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Phillip Island, located just a short 1 hr 35 minute drive from Melbourne, might be the perfect haven for you. With its stunning beaches, diverse wildlife, and a tight-knit community, moving to Phillip Island can be a life-changing decision. In this guide, we will explore the many facets of island life and provide you with... Read More

Downsizing your home

  Throughout different stages of life, our housing needs change. There is often the first home, that’s on the smaller size and is upgraded to a family home should that be the direction life takes you in. This might be increased in size again or perhaps there is a location change, but eventually the home you are in may start to feel like it’s too large for just one or two people, so you start to consider downsizing.  We have compiled a list of benefits to downsizing as... Read More

Thinking of buying in a regional area?

  Thinking of a Tree or Sea Change? Perhaps you are looking for an investment property? Regional property is becoming increasingly popular, Baw Baw Shire and Bass Coast shire are the fastest growing regional areas according to the most recent census results.  If you are looking to purchase an investment or move to a regional location, here are some key areas to consider before making an offer. Location: Whilst living in the city or suburbs you have most modern conveniences not far... Read More

Thinking of buying acreage?

  Sick of being able to touch the neighbour’s fence from the kitchen window and wanting space of your own? Maybe you dream of having chickens and a big veggie garden or space for the kids to have a pony or motorbike? Buying acreage can be more involved and have more things to consider than your regular suburban home, here are some things to consider before buying acreage.   How big is an acre? An acre is 4,047 square metres. When comparing this to the average suburban block of... Read More

How much is your property worth?

  How much is your property worth?     If you’re looking at a sea-change or downsizing because of an empty nest, you need to know how much your property is worth. This helps you aim for the next stage of your life and determine how much you can spend. When you get that spark, that want to sell, you need a property valuation. This article will be a rough guide to what you could get when you sell your house. There are many factors to consider when evaluating a... Read More

How to prepare your house for sale

How To Prepare Your House For Sale    So, you’ve considered all the options and decided to sell your family home. That was the easy part! Getting your house ready for the sales process can be an emotional and costly challenge, especially if you’ve never done it before. After all, your home is often the most valuable asset you own. In considering what to do to prepare to sell your house, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.  It’s more than a financial... Read More

Selling your home: Private sales vs Auctions

Private Sales vs Auctions – How to choose what’s right for you   ‘Should I sell my house privately or go to auction’ is one of the most asked questions from people looking to sell their home. And rightfully so – selling your house is a significant life decision, and you want to get the highest price possible.  You’ll find that private house sales or auctions both have pros and cons, and your real estate agent should guide you on what will work for... Read More

Saving money and creating habits with Kathryn Bordonaro - Allbiz Finance

Well, here we are in February 2022 – Christmas and the new year period is behind us once again, our social media feeds are filled with pictures of little people in brand new school uniforms, and collectively we have all stepped into 2022 hoping that there are fewer ups and downs than the last two years have presented us with. I am so happy to report that my daughter and her partner had a very smooth settlement for their first home in December, and they are learning the joys of paying... Read More

Process of buying a home - Credit Report

It is a pleasure to be asked by the team at One Agency Country to Coast to be a guest blogger. I have worked in finance for over 30 years, so of course I think about home loans all the time – but lately I have been really deep in thought about the process of buying a home and the path to a successful finance approval.   The reason for this deep thought of late – is because in the next few weeks my daughter will settle on her first home purchase, and I have been coaching... Read More

Decluttering your home for sale

Buyers want space and storage, and a benefit is when a home is presented in a way that they can imagine as their own. Decluttering is about making your home feel larger, showing off your storage, and being selective on what is kept on show., allowing buyers to easily envision themselves moving in.  Invest time in decluttering, here are some tips to get you started in the process.   1. Ask your agent - Check with them to evaluate the extent of your clutter and where you should focus... Read More

How to choose the right Real Estate Agent

How to choose the right Real Estate Agent   Communication and connection are everything. Your home is your largest asset, most likely, and with so much more to it than just the materials it is made from, it is a treasured part of your life. We understand that, as we've sold our homes before too.  Here are a few things to consider when selecting an agent.  Research Look at several agents to get an insight into how they work.  Knowledge The agent you choose is going to... Read More

Considerations when buying a property

Considerations when buying a property Every home in Australia is unique, but you can find some common elements that can make a property more appealing for future resale. Take into consideration these property aspects, especially if you’re buying your first home with the idea of one day moving into a bigger or better property: ·        Proximity to shops and schools. ·        Easy access to... Read More

Buying a home

  Steps to Buying a Home, Simplified If you are new to the property buying market, we have simplified the steps of buying a home below. Remember, there is always someone to talk you through the jargon and legal requirements. No question is ever a silly one. One Agency Country to Coast are here to facilitate your real estate experience.   Know your limit, talk to your bank or broker Make sure that you have enough cash to meet deposit requirements (normally 10%). Engage a mortgage... Read More

The important lessons with Ash Hall @reno_rookies_

The important lessons with Ash Hall   The fourth and final blog post in the series focusses on the most important lesson we’ve learnt so far; Look after yourself and each other. Remember, you’re not on The Block and Foreman Keith isn’t berating you on national television (and you’re not throwing that paint brush from blog 1 at him), so just take it slow. If your back hurts, just stop. Don’t push yourself beyond your limits to get a task finished because you... Read More

Save or Splurge with Ash Hall @reno_rookies_

Hello fellow renovators! Matt and Ash from @reno_rookies_ here again.   Our third major tip is a fun one; splurge on the good stuff.   There are some things you can’t skimp on and unfortunately they cost a fortune, but they’re worth it. The driveway is the first thing you see as you approach the house, and if its damaged or dated it instantly drags down the façade and undermines all the other hard work you’ve already done. Replace it with something luxe like... Read More

Reno DIY with Ash Hall of @reno_rookies_

Hi there, it’s Ash and Matt, the @reno_rookies_ here again.   This month’s pearl of wisdom (cherish it, I don’t have many) is to give it a go. There is a lot to be done in a renovation and whilst it can be daunting, much of it can also be DIY’d. There is legitimately a YouTube video for everything these days, so whilst it might seem like you could potentially die, you probably won’t. Let’s talk tiling. Tiles themselves are cheap. The tiler who lays... Read More

Renovating with Ash Hall @reno_rookies_

When people visit our house, the first words they often say are, “OMG you’ve done so much! You guys should go on The Block”, usually followed by, “I’m serious!”. The idea of fame, fortune and a renovation that someone else is paying for sounds very tempting for about 10 seconds before I snap back to reality and remember that if I were on the show, I would probably hurl a paintbrush at Foreman Keith’s head within the first episode. That being said... Read More

Thinking about Selling?

Thinking about Selling? If you are thinking of selling, we have simplified the steps of selling your home below. Remember, there is always someone to talk you through the jargon and legal requirements. No question is ever a silly one. One Agency Country to Coast are here to facilitate your real estate experience.   Be Organised After making the decision to sell, spend some time de-cluttering, tidying up the garden and get your property as close to “open home ready” as... Read More

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