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5 outdoor styling ideas to help you sell your property this winter
Though the expectation might be that winter is a bad time to sell, it’s actually not the case. The weather can work against you though, so before you list your property, be sure to pay some attention to your outdoor areas. These... more

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What is the difference between a real estate cooperative and a real estate franchise?

Though there are attractions to working as an independent real estate agent, it’s not without its challenges. Not only do you have to do the day to day tasks required of any agent, but you also have to do all the behind the... more
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Buying

Is now a good time to buy property?

If you’ve been studying the property market over the past few years, you can be forgiven for losing hope that you will ever see your property investment goals come to fruition. An answer to the question “when is a good time to... more
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Retirement

Top 5 activities to take up in retirement

Life after retirement is easily stereotyped, with jokes about slippers and walking frames the norm. However it’s a brave new world and today’s retirees are more often than not living the best version of their lives so far.... more
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Investing

Paying interest only on your investment? With what lies ahead, could it be time to sell?

For many Australians wanting to get into the investment property market, interest only loans have provided a convenient and affordable way to leverage the equity in their principal place of residence. This type of loan has been... more
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Investing

Thinking about switching your rental investment from long-term to Airbnb?

Although it may feel like the sharing economy is still new, the reality is that ride and home-sharing companies, like Uber and Airbnb, have been around for close to a decade. The uptake of these services started with a slower... more
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Selling

Renovation fails you don't want to be guilty of

There comes a time for every home owner when the house that was just right at a different time in your life, no longer suits your needs. Rooms once filled with teenage sounds and smells now lie empty and the task of taking care... more
Choosing to renovate instead of moving Speak to an agent first

Renovations

Choosing to renovate instead of moving? Speak to an agent first!

As the lower number of homes for sale continues to present challenges for buyers, the inclination to sell and then buy a new home has become a somewhat less attractive proposition for some Australians. When deciding whether to... more
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Investing

Regional Victoria: the affordable investment outside of Australia’s capital cities

As most buyers give up on the possibility of an affordable property investment in Australia’s major cities, the prospect of taking their money out of town starts to look more appealing. With many inner city areas in Sydney and... more
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Buying

5 things you need to know about buying a house in Australia

Australia has become extremely attractive to foreign investors over the last decade or so and the ever-changing skylines of our major cities are direct evidence of this. Previously, there have been benefits and incentives for... more
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Selling

What are the costs involved in selling a house?

There are various reasons why we choose to sell a house but often the realities of logistics and costs can get lost in the planning. There are certain costs involved in selling a house – some obvious, some not so much. Knowing... more
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Investing

How to renovate your home for less than $10,000

Large scale renovation has become a way of life for many property investors, however this should not deter first home buyers and people on a tight budget who also want to improve on their investment. As well as keeping on top of... more
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Renting

How to sail through your next routine rental inspection

One of the main things required of you as a tenant is to pay your rent in full and on time every month, but the other important responsibility you have is to keep the property in good, clean working order throughout the duration... more
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Retire

How to choose the right home for retirement

The final third of our lives is more complex than most of us realise, until we get there. In the earlier decades of our lives we have energy, health and enthusiasm to face any challenge. However, as we age a range of things... more
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Selling

5 tips to reduce the cost of home ownership

Getting into the property market is the first great hurdle, but once you are there, staying on top of the expenses and maximising the value of your investment can be just as challenging. Property owners should always try to find... more
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Selling

How to sell your home fast after the kids move out

Many parents experience a shift when their children are in their late teens, and start to imagine a life without them living at home. When (or if - we’re looking at you millennials) that day eventually comes, it’s normal that you... more
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Renting

How to find a pet friendly holiday rental

If you have pets, you know one of the trickiest things about taking holidays is finding someone to take care of the animals while you’re away. There is an easier solution of course and that is to book a road trip holiday and take... more
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Selling

Digital Dating Rules for Successfully Selling Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, there are plenty of tricks to get you across the line, but the best tips for selling your property can come from a surprising resource. Online dating uses many strategies to pair the ideal... more
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Selling

Resolving neighbourhood disputes

When buying a house, one of the few things that can’t be assessed and inspected before purchasing are the neighbours. It’s a real lottery and the lucky few will hit the jackpot, with friendly supportive neighbours who become... more
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Downsizing

How to cope with empty nest syndrome

The term ‘empty nest syndrome’ may seem like a cute turn of phrase, but for those experiencing it, it’s a very difficult and emotionally challenging thing to cope with. Grief in its most classic definition comes from loss and... more
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Downsizing

What are the real costs of retirement village living

Retirement village living can be a double-edged sword for many – with an often unexpected emotional and financial cost. The choice of retirement home may be freely yours to make, or you may be the one making the difficult... more
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Selling

How smart technology can help you sell a property

The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) connects people and things with each other, via the Internet, and the IoT market is currently worth over a billion dollars annually. In our daily lives, we are already enjoying the benefits of the... more
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Investing

Benefits of buying a holiday home through your SMSF

Australians are always looking for new ways to maximise their investment in their superannuation funds. This is why so many decide to set up self-managed super funds (SMSF), then look for innovative ways to get the best return... more
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Buying

The most important things to look for at an open home inspection

Getting to wander through gorgeous homes all day is every home buyer’s dream. However, it’s essential to not let the excitement cloud your judgement so you overlook the important stuff. It’s a good idea to make a list before you... more
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Selling

What are the benefits of country living for the family?

As we battle traffic and supermarket queues, noisy neighbours and the high costs of inner city living, it’s reasonable to assume almost all of us have dreamt of moving to the country at some stage. It can be more idyllic in our... more
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Renovations

How to Style Your First-Home Kitchen on a Budget

The kitchen is such a well-used space that, whether you own or are renting your first home, you will want this vital room to work hard and look great too. Ripping out the units and redesigning the lighting is probably not on the... more
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Selling

What is the difference between auction and for sale?

When you’re buying a property, you’ll come across a number of situations requiring a decision that you may not fully understand the implications of. Knowing the difference between an Auction and a Private Treaty (For Sale) sale... more
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Renting

A change in lease accounting could mean tenants will want shorter leases

If you’re in commercial property as a tenant or a landlord (or if you lease equipment), then you should by now have heard of the IFRS16. Stay with me - what was previously your operational lease has now been overridden and... more
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Investing

Should you invest in a house or an apartment?

Taking your first step into the property market is exciting but it can be difficult to know which decisions are right and what the best choices are for you. One of the main issues facing young first home buyers is whether to buy... more
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Buying

Should your next property have a pool?

There are many things buyers look for when searching for their dream home and a pool is not always on their wish list. This of course depends on where you live, with people in Darwin considering a pool much more essential than... more
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Selling

Thinking of selling your home to family?

Historically, a large number of Australians have been able to make property ownership a family affair, in particular, post war migrant families for whom housing security is a cultural priority. Many families now are sharing this... more
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Buying

What is a deposit bond and why would you want one?

Anything that makes the home buying process easier is welcome to first home buyers and a deposit bond can certainly take some of the stress out of the process. But what is a deposit bond and why would you use one? A deposit bond... more
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Styling

Avoiding the home styling clichés that make it look like you’re trying too hard

You only need to scroll through a dozen or so properties online to see the diversity of individual tastes and styles on offer. Many buyers choose to tidy and freshen up their property with their existing décor in place, while... more
Selling property in a buyer’s market? There are 5 things you need to know!

Selling

Selling property in a buyer’s market? There are 5 things you need to know!

The best laid plans can and often do go awry, and when it comes to selling your property sometimes even the most finely tuned strategy can fail in a buyer’s market. If your time to sell is now and you’re struggling to get the... more
Top 10 places to retire in 2018

Retire

Top 10 places to retire in 2018

Retirement means different things to different people, but one thing that is shared by all retirees is the desire for a better quality of life. This may mean relationships, lifestyle, health and fitness, more time to travel and... more
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Investing

Tips for Successful Land Flipping

Many prospective buyers today are looking for innovative ways to invest that give them some leverage in the market, whilst keeping the headaches of bricks and mortar investments at arm’s length. A good starting point could be to... more
With first home buyers under such pressure, should 5 year leases now become an option nationally?

Renting

With first home buyers under such pressure, should 5 year leases now become an option nationally?

It’s been a year now since the Andrews Government in Victoria announced its intention to introduce longer-term leases as an option for Victorian tenants. With the changes intended to be rolled out sometime this year, tenants and... more
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Investing

Could co-working spaces be the biggest shift in commercial property in a generation?

The way we work has been challenged so much in recent years that how, where and even why we work, has become more of a priority than ever before. From sales managers to creative millennials, entrepreneurs to digital nomads, start... more
The Reality of Life After Separation, for those who choose not to Divorce

Divorce

The Reality of Life After Separation, for those who choose not to Divorce

Nobody plans for his or her marriage to fail, but the upside of splitting up - if there is one - is that you can definitely plan for your separation to succeed. Whether you have taken up arms or just fallen out of love and are... more
The RBA has sounded the alarm on east coast units – so should you sell up?

Market Updates

The RBA has sounded the alarm on east coast units – so should you sell up?

The Australian property market has shown exceptional performance in the last few years, but all highs must have a low and the current situation is no exception. An almost perfect storm has been created as market growth fed demand... more
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Buying

Sydneysiders: Stop struggling and start living. Move to the Central Coast!

Searching for an ideal property within your budget in Sydney can be a soul destroying experience. There are only so many budget corners you can cut, and so many times you can reset your search filters, before you realise you’re... more
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Investing

How long should you hold on to an investment property to make a profit?

The majority of Australian’s have considered property investment at one point or another and many ultimately take the leap and jump right in. However, getting yourself into the market is only half the battle. The ‘investing’ part... more
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Divorce

You’re breaking up – but who gets the house?

Separation is difficult, no matter how amicable the break up. Add the complications of shared possessions, property ownership and kids, and it can all get very messy very quickly. One of the biggest decisions that will need to be... more
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Upsizing

House price growth has cooled so it’s the perfect time to upsize!

Many prospective buyers breathed a sigh of relief at the dawn of the new year, with the majority of reports predicting slowing of recent crazy growth in the Australian property market. Investor demand certainly accelerated market... more
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Upsizing

Essential financial questions you should ask before upsizing

The need for a bigger property comes to all homeowners at one stage or another. It might be that single life has come to an end and you and your partner are buying your first home together. It could be that you need to... more
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Selling

5 Tips for First Time Sellers

When the time comes to sell your property, whatever the reason, you should follow a few basic principles to make sure you get it right. The first thing you should do is research the market, inform yourself and get mentally... more
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Renting

How to deal with a bad landlord

Have you ever had to deal with a bad landlord? The situation can be a frustrating one if you don't know what to do. Today we take a look at the rights of a tenant and landlord and share information on what to do should your... more
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Downsizing

Now that double digit growth is over, maybe now’s the ideal time to take your profit and downsize?

The last couple of years have seen exceptional performance in the housing industry, with increased investor demand driving markets in the eastern states. Buyers have been paying eye watering prices for property, with even first... more
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Investing

Your best investment - bricks and mortar or stock market?

If you have somehow managed to resist the lure of all that smashed avocado and stash yourself away some savings, the next challenge ahead of you is where to invest your hard earned. The decision often wavers between investing in... more
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Renting

Tips for new head tenants

Finding your first apartment is exciting, but it doesn't come without it's fair share of responsibilities, especially if you've decided to go on the tenancy agreement as the head tenant.  more
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Buying

What's ‘the cooling off’ period?

For many of us, buying a property is the biggest purchase we will ever make so understandably the process can seem complicated and overwhelming. After investing so much time and money in finding and buying the ideal property,... more
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Selling

5 reasons you should get building and pest inspections before you sell

Even though building and pest inspections are usually the responsibility of the buyer, do you know about the benefits of taking care of these as the seller? Doing this in advance of listing your property for sale can really sway... more
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Auction

Is it better to have someone else bidding at auction for you?

The most dramatic moments of any property reality show worth its salt are filmed on auction day. Tensions are high, anticipation builds and the home viewer is on the edge of their seat, waiting for the weaker link to crumble and... more
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Renovations

Top 5 Tips before you start DIY Renovations

It’s tempting to want to save money and to launch into DIY renovations, with no experience whatsoever, when you wantto get the job done quick and ‘on the cheap’. However, there are a few things you should consider before you... more
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Investing

How do I work out a fair price for my rental property?

When you buy an investment property, you will be faced with one of two possibilities.  The property is vacant or an established tenant is already paying the rent.  If it’s vacant, you will obviously need to source a suitable... more
Why increasing the rent might cost you more than you gain

Investing

Why increasing the rent might cost you more than you gain

When you own a rental investment property, you’ll inevitably wonder whether you’re getting the best possible annual return. Oftentimes this question arises when you’ve had a good tenant for a while and either you or your property... more
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Renovations

Add value and increase deductions with an alfresco area

Claim depreciation on outdoor structures and save. Australia is made for outdoor living, so it is little wonder that alfresco areas have become sought after additions in any property. more
Unique gifts to give your home this year

Styling

Unique gifts to give your home this year

Do you love giving your family the perfect gift? No doubt you do! But these days there are so many cool presents to give, how do you choose?  more
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Buying

How an early 20s couple saved a $95,000 deposit in three years

Pulling together savings to buy your first home is certainly no easy task but The Queensland Times recently reported how an RAAF couple saved their deposit in three years, then bought their first home in Brassall (Brisbane, QLD).... more

Investing

Thinking of Investing in Property?

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Buying

7 tips to save for a home deposit in one year

The biggest obstacle to any first-time buyer is getting together the deposit to buy their first property. It’s like the biggest cover charge ever to get into a life size game of Monopoly right? For some, the price is just too... more

Styling

6 Style Tips for Decorating this Christmas

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Renting

5 tips on finding a rental property that’s perfect for you

Renting used to be considered an option only used by those who couldn’t afford to buy property. However, times have changed and today the benefits are far more comprehensive. Renting allows you to live to a standard you may not... more
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Buying

Pre-Approved Loans Explained

Not being prepared financially is one of the most common mistakes a buyer can make when house hunting, and, if competition is fierce, it can really affect the outcome. Ultimately, the market dictates what will happen and if you... more

Investing

13 things to ask about when choosing a property manager

Buying an investment property is an exciting step on the path to future financial security and thousands of Australians take the leap into rental property ownership every year. However, once you’ve bought your property you have... more
Why is buying a house such an emotional experience?

Buying

Why is buying a house such an emotional experience?

If you are looking for an adrenaline fuelled emotional roller coaster ride that lasts months, without any guarantee of the outcome, then you might be ready to buy a house! Congratulations – you are officially about to become a... more
Rental repairs - know your rights

Renting

Rental repairs - know your rights

Amidst the excitement and relief of moving into a rental property, it’s easy to overlook seemingly mundane and time-consuming tasks like reading your lease agreement. In most cases, you are given a copy of it before you move in... more
Have you considered making a fresh start in Perth?

Divorce

Have you considered making a fresh start in Perth?

Divorce is never easy and is definitely not something any newlywed plans for. Watching your life get turned upside down and tipped all over you is devastating. Sometimes the only way to recover is to make a new start after... more
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Downsizing

Benefits of living in a housing estate

There are many benefits to downsizing your home, but the decision about what to downsize to can be challenging. Buying a smaller house does not guarantee you’ll do less maintenance and moving away from your beloved neighbours and... more
Why Not Ditch the Old House on the Big Block and Build a Duplex?

Investing

Why Not Ditch the Old House on the Big Block and Build a Duplex?

Owning a large block of land is a great advantage, but if a small house in bad condition sits on it then it can become a liability. Rather than being dissuaded from purchasing it, or sitting on a less than ideal investment (if... more
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Upsizing

What to consider when upsizing your home

There are few things quite as liberating as the feeling of moving into a bigger house, especially after being squeezed into something way too small for way too long. Striding the length of vast empty rooms, or shouting from one... more
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Renovations

6 Reno Tips from a 'Serial Renovator'

Over almost four decades of marriage, my wife and I have renovated, in whole or in part, five of our own houses.  We have just purchased a home in a golf community so will, again, embark on a renovation project, our sixth. In... more

Buying

Early inheritance: your ticket into the property market?

There has been significant generational change in recent years with baby boomers starting to retire, downsize, and spend some of those huge capital gains they’ve made through decades of property ownership. In the meantime, the... more
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Renting

Don’t get fooled by low advertised rents

Looking for a rental property can be as exciting as it can be harrowing. Finding the ideal property in your preferred location is one thing, but then you have to get approved as the tenant in competition with loads of other... more
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Investing

Trend sees home owners becoming investors

A recent analysis of schedules prepared by BMT Tax Depreciation highlighted that 22 per cent of schedules were for primary places of residence (homes), which the owners turned into rental properties. more
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Selling

5 mistakes investors make in a ‘seller’s market’

The property market is a complex beast that can chart a steady course or lurch into the unpredictable. You can make all the best plans for your investment future but success really comes down to good timing and smart choices.... more
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Selling

Why Listing with More Than One Agent Can Become a Horror Story

Choosing an agent to sell your property can be daunting, when there is so much at stake. That’s why some sellers think that listing with more than one agent as a conjunction might spread their risk and increase their chance of a... more
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Buying

Why The ‘Tiny House’ Movement May Not Be the Right Move for You

Retirement is a time to take stock and enter a new phase of your life. It may be when you begin a new ‘unofficial career’ as grandparents, tending a large home and garden for family gatherings and quality time with the... more

Investing

Why wait? Earn more now from your investment property

Claiming depreciation and using a Pay As You Go withholding variation can increase your fortnightly cash flow more

Investing

Are You Considering Self-Managing Your Rental Property?

A crucial success factor in your investment strategy is a hassle free, well managed investment property. Some investors like to guarantee this result by outsourcing their rental property management to a professional. Others... more
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Selling

Why Are Real Estate Agent's Fees So High?

The cliché of real estate agents being ruthless cash grabbers is the exception rather than the norm these days. However, if you have decided to engage the services of a real estate agent to sell your property, you surely know by... more

Buying

Can You Make an Offer Too Quickly on A New Listing?

When the ‘perfect’ property comes onto the market, it can be difficult to contain your enthusiasm and the desire to ‘get in first’ can take over. You can make an offer too quickly on a new listing, but there are also situations... more
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Market Updates

Researching the Property Market

Buying your first property can be daunting, especially if you have literally no idea what you are doing! However, if you remember that everyone else who bought a property started from the same place, you won’t feel like such a... more
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Renovations

6 Home Styling Tips for Photo Shoots Sure to Sell Your House in a Flash

Photo by Porebski Architects - Search Home Stylists and Property Staging Professionals more
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Selling

What Is an Exclusive Listing and Why Does It Make A Difference?

When your property goes to market, you want to get the best result possible in a reasonable timeframe. For some, this means enlisting the help of more than one real estate agent to increase their chances of finding a buyer. This... more
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Careers with First National Real Estate

In the past, an article about careers might have been pitched at someone in their late teens, or early 20s. But the modern career path no longer follows the conventional route and today we change careers more frequently as our... more
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Renovations

Is Your Home Child Proof?

It seems like time stands still during those early weeks with a new born. But it marches right past you in just a few months. Before you know it, that adorable baby is climbing over coffee tables and discovering joys such as... more

Moving Home

We’re Moving! How to Break the News to Your Kids

Moving house is a stressful and unsettling time for the best of us, but it can be particularly hard on children, so it’s important to keep them informed and included in the process. You’ll have a lot of things to do before and... more
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Moving Home

How to Find Out About Crime Rates Before You Buy Real Estate

When shopping for real estate, the most common things we look for are neighbouring property prices, schools, gyms, local supermarkets, decent cafes and the general things we deem necessary for day-to-day living right? But another... more
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Selling

Preparing Your House for Sale

So, you’re finally ready to sell your home! The big decision has been made and now you can sit back, relax and wait for the buyers to roll on in, right? Ah, not quite – almost every single home going to market needs some... more

Renovations

7 Insider Tips from a Professional Home Cleaner

Photo by Redbud Construction Services - Browse laundry room photos Outsourcing is the word of the moment in the domestic domain. Of the many tasks being outsourced – pantry stocking, childcare, cooking and menus, laundry, dog... more

Selling

Check Out These 7 Small Living Room Layouts

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Buying

The Ownership Struggles of Buying in a Small Apartment Block

The desire to get into the property market can often distract us from the realities of the kind of property we choose. First home buyers in particular can get caught out, with many thinking that buying a small apartment or buying... more
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Selling

9 Reasons Why Your Property Is Not Selling

It can be really frustrating to have put so much time and effort getting your property market-ready, choosing a real estate agent, and then listing it, only to spend agonising weeks twiddling your thumbs without a hint of buyer... more
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Market Updates

The May Federal Budget Killed Your Travel Claims; So Now What?

If you read the May Federal budget, the changes in travel deductions explained how the Treasurer ruined Christmas right? All that time you spent carefully selecting an interstate property, in the right location, so you could... more

Buying

The real reason millennials are buying homes

Property markets around the world are hard to get into, but this is especially true for millennials. more

Buying

Will the Super Saver Scheme for First Home Buyers Work for You?

When the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2017 - 2018 budget, there were winners and losers as usual. But for those about to take their first steps into the property market, there may have been greater wins than... more
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Market Updates

Has Your Household’s Disposable Income Just Taken Another Hit?

Ah… Australia the lucky country, right? The enviable lifestyles of beautiful people, knocking back Sauvignon Blanc and prawns in the endless sunshine, like there’s no tomorrow. Stereotypes aside, the reality for the everyday... more
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Buying

Why You Should Be Buying Property in Queensland

Queensland is without question one of the most popular holiday destinations for those in the colder south of the country. The weather, the lifestyle and the spectacular natural attractions have made it a globally recognised... more
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Divorce

How to Get Ahead Financially After Divorce: Buy Off the Plan

Divorce has a devastating impact on almost every area of your life and it can take a long time to recover both personally and financially. While only time and patience can get you through the personal side of things, there are a... more
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Buying

Should you rent or buy?

To rent or to buy, that has been the question Australia's expensive property market has been fighting with for so many years. The decision to rent or buy almost always comes down to financials. Can you afford to buy? more
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Renovations

How to maintain peace with neighbours during a renovation

Renovating can be harder than hard. There are so many factors involved in transforming the house you have into the home you want to have, and that’s before you’ve even broken ground. When in the middle of this incredibly busy and... more
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Buying

Is a Buyer’s Agent Better When Buying a Home Within a Budget?

When buying a house, your first instinct is to find a trusted professional who can help you navigate your way through the complicated aspects of the process. For many people, this means their friendly local real estate agent. But... more
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Investing

Are You Playing by the Rules with Your Holiday Lettings?

For those of us fortunate enough to have added a holiday home to our investment portfolio, the rewards can be great. No more googling endlessly to choose where to take the family this summer; and far less scrimping and saving to... more
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Buying

Tips on Buying Your First Home: The Struggle is Real

Although the idea of buying your first home is exciting, the reality can be another thing altogether. Smashed avocado judgements aside, whatever age you are as a first home buyer, the struggle is real. When it comes to saving for... more
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Renovations

Future-Proof Your Renovation with These 5 Tips

The term ‘trend’ by definition is something that’s always changing, which means that today’s trends are often tomorrow’s regrets. Remember those fashion faux pas you’ve lived to regret? Leg warmers anyone? Unfortunately, most of... more
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Downsizing

Are there Financial Incentives to Downsizing Your Property?

In the most recent Federal Budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced a new incentive for retirees, allowing them to downsize to somewhere smaller and significantly boost their super at the same time. Whether it’s one of the best... more
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Moving Home

Could Relocating to SA Be Your Affordable Lifestyle Solution?

In Sydney and Melbourne, the contemporary ideal of an inner-city lifestyle has morphed into a dream that may never be realised by many young Australians. What once could be achieved through perseverance and a committed savings... more
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Divorce

Property Co-Ownership and Divorce

Divorce is never an easy experience for anyone, particularly when unexpected realities come to light. In an ideal world, we would cover all of the basics and make good choices, before we make any big decisions like those with... more
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Buying

5 Tips to Succeed on Auction Day

Buying a property at Auction can be daunting.  Check out these top 5 tips from First National Real Estate Chief Auctioneer Matthew Harvey to give yourself the best possible chance of securing your dream property on auction day.  more
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Buying

The Benefits of Buying an Apartment to Raise Kids in

Australian housing trends have changed and high-density living has become the norm in many inner-city areas of Australian cities. The apartment boom on the city’s southern edge of Melbourne is a perfect example. The city skyline... more
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Downsizing

Are You Downsizing to Save Money? Adelaide or Hobart Could Be Your Ideal Destination

As you get older, the need for financial security becomes more pressing – particular if your health is better than you thought it would be and your retirement savings need to last longer than you had planned for. more
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Buying

Is Winter a Good Time to Buy Property?

Buying a house in winter may not seem like an appealing proposition – house hunting can be a chore sometimes and particularly so on cold rainy days. However, there are some advantages and you may end up with a much better deal... more
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Renting

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Tenant

Many property owners underestimate the value of good tenants, until they get bad ones! There are a number of important things to consider when choosing the perfect tenant and a bad choice can end up being a disaster. Check out... more
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Renovations

5 Ways to Add Vintage Touches to a Modern Kitchen

The streamlined minimalism of a sparkling new contemporary-style kitchen is one of the most requested looks from my clients. For some, however, this look can seem a bit cold and sterile. Thankfully, there are many ways to add... more
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Moving Home

20 Spectacular Facts About Living in Melbourne

Other more photogenic cities may claim more of the attention (we’re looking at you Sydney) but Melbourne is widely considered to be the cultural heart of the country. It’s cosmopolitan elegance, incredible food and of course the... more

Renovations

Cheap Ways to Add Value to Your Home

In lean times, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel like you aren’t moving forward in your life. You can choose to sit around feeling sorry for yourself or you can get creative and find some ways to improve your life within your... more
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Styling

Making Thoughtful Homeware Gifts for Loved Ones

   Photo by Jeni Lee - Discover home design design inspiration more
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Renovations

How to Prevent Mould in Your Wardrobes This Winter

There is nothing that makes winter feel more bleak and unbearable than the smell of mould. The struggle is real for those living in tropical climates too, who deal with the issue for most of the months of the year. Poorly... more
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Selling

Will Home Staging Help You Get a Better Sale Price?

Do you ever wonder how people’s houses look so perfect in online real estate advertising? Is it just a coincidence that everyone who is selling a house has excellent taste in furniture, décor and interior design?  The answer is... more
How to Start Over After Divorce for The Over 50s

Divorce

How to Start Over After Divorce for The Over 50s

When we think about relationships, finding ‘someone to grow old with’ is a common desire. Many people have found someone they think is that person, raised children and spent 2 or 3 decades together, only to discover as empty... more
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Moving Home

20 Spectacular Facts About Living in Sydney

The visual imprint that foreigners have of Australia often comes from dazzling images of Sydney. The sparkling harbour, the gentle white sails of the Opera House and the ferries gliding beneath the Harbour Bridge in glorious... more

Investing

Why Struggle with Investing When You Could Be Rentvesting?

Many first home buyers struggle with choices around investing, as competing issues arise and the realities of the modern market challenge their preconceived ideas. Australians are vigorously encouraged to enter the property... more
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Styling

Shelfies are the new ‘in’ thing

            Photo by ANNA CARIN Design - Browse TV cabinets more
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Styling

The Pros and Cons of Buying a House with A Pool

A house with a pool is as ubiquitous in Australia these days as the humble picket fence. Whether you sit by it, lay beside it or splash around in it with the kids, a pool provides hours of enjoyment, but does it really earn its... more
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Styling

4 new ways to arrange your living room for conversation

We all love cosying up and chilling out in our living rooms, whether it be with family at the end of a long day at work or with friends on the weekend. Either way, creating a space that focuses on interaction with others and... more
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Renting

How to protect your rental property (and your security deposit)

Homeownership: For many, this is one of the big goals in life. However, buying a home takes time - it's an expensive endeavour! So, in the meantime, people stick to renting as they save to get on the property ladder. more
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Renovations

Are your Renovating for Profit or Should You Sell Your House?

With the onslaught of home improvement TV shows in the last decade or so, renovating has become one of Australia’s favourite national pastimes. From buying and transforming a ‘renovator’s delight’ to sell at a profit, to making... more
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Downsizing

Should You be Downsizing to an Apartment or a Townhouse?

There are a range of reasons why you might be downsizing – maybe the kids have left home and you have too much space, or you could be tired of suburban life and want to relocate closer to the city. Either way, change is in the... more
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Investing

Why childcare centres are the next big thing for property investors

The growing demand for childcare centres is no longer just from parents jostling to get their kids on waiting lists. It’s increasingly also coming from investors looking to get a slice of this burgeoning real estate market and to... more
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Home Safety

What to Do After a Home Burglary

A home burglary is an awful experience, regardless of whether things were stolen or damaged or not. The mere thought of strangers being inside your home feels like a personal violation and the impact of that on your sense of... more
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Selling

How to sell your property remotely

There are many reasons you might need to sell a property that's not near where you reside - maybe it's a loved one's estate or you need to move for an immediate work transfer overseas. Perhaps you're losing money renting an... more

Selling

Selling Your Property: Appraisals for Beginners

One of the ways to monitor the value of your home is to pay attention to what’s happening in your local area. Keeping track of the prices other houses in your street are achieving, over time, will inform you about how the local... more
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Renovations

Internal courtyards are in (and bringing the light)

Olivia van Dijk Architecture Emily and Rob, owners of this Northcote, Victoria, worker’s cottage, took a bit of a gamble when they agreed to sacrifice precious space on their narrow block to create an internal courtyard in order... more
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Buying

Is Now a Good Time to Buy Property?

Ah, the age-old question that every first home buyer wants the answer to – is the property market too hot right now? Timing is only a part of the equation when buying your first home, so it’s a great question to ask, however the... more
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Moving Home

Job Hunting Tips for Relocating to a New City

There are many reasons to move to a new city and lots to do to prepare! Maybe you are looking for a different lifestyle, or possibly a fresh start. It could be that you’re hoping for a new career direction. Whatever the reason,... more
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Renting

5 Tips on How to Choose an Ideal Flatmate

There are various times in our lives when living alone is not an option – either out of necessity or by choice. House sharing can be a crazy adventure or a strange clinical experience, but either way, make sure you’re clear about... more
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Investing

Buying an Apartment: Should you buy off-the-plan or established?

One of the most challenging things about buying an apartment is searching for the ideal property that combines position and potential with scope to add value. Before you set out, make sure you know exactly how much you can afford... more
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Buying

Buying a Property in Melbourne: What you Need to Know

Although you may think you’ve been priced out of Melbourne’s rapidly escalating property market, there is still hope, if you look below the surface. Overall projections are one thing but, if you do your research, there are... more
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Renting

5 Tips for a Great Rental Property Application

Trying to secure a rental property can sometimes be an angst-ridden process. As you waver between a new dream life and homelessness, your future feels like it is in the hands of two people – the agent and the landlord. In fact,... more
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Investing

Finding a fair value for your rural property can be tricky

Do you have a piece of rural property you'd like to appraise? Those calculations can be a little tricky, but at First National, we can help you out. One of the more challenging things to do in real estate is get a fair value for... more
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Styling

Round rugs give interiors a new angle

At some point in your decorating endeavours, there will come a time when you tread into unfamiliar territory. Perhaps it will be when selecting wallpaper for the first time or installing a large chandelier. For some of you, it... more

Investing

Do you know what your rental property is worth?

Are you investing in property in the hope of making money through rent payments? If so, you'll need to know how much your rentals are worth. There's no better way to manage your investment dollars than by putting them into real... more
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Market Updates

What do proposed changes to tax depreciation mean to you?

It’s been a couple of weeks since the federal budget announcement and, since then, we’ve had some time to review how the proposed changes relating to plant and equipment deductions will affect property investors. more
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Divorce

Restoring your Capital and Rebuilding Your Life After Divorce

Few of us expect to be living back with our parents in our adult life but it becomes a reality for many in the days after marital separation. Friends’ sofas and spare rooms are also possibilities, as are hotel rooms or serviced... more
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Retirement

Is Moving to A Relocatable Home Village Risky?

As you get older it’s natural to want to simplify your life and get back to basics. This especially comes into play when considering your retirement options. Deciding on where and how you want to live out the final chapter of... more
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Buying

Could Relocating to A Regional Area Help You Buy a House Faster?

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, it can take forever to get ahead. Living expenses alone can be a struggle to keep on top of, never mind putting anything away into savings. So how can you get out of that cycle if you can’t... more
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Renting

The Lowdown on Rental Property Repairs

One of the best perks of renting a property is not having to think about general repairs and maintenance. If something isn’t working, you simply contact your property manager.  As a tenant, there is little time wasted in finding... more

Selling

How much is your home worth? It's time to find out

Are you curious about the value of your home? You probably should be. Luckily, you can talk to the professionals and get a straight answer today. more
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Renting

Safety Considerations When Moving into a Rental Property

Moving into a rental property is exciting – you feel like a new chapter of your life is about to begin, with a whole new set of possibilities. It’s rare during this time that you, as the new tenant, consider who lived in the... more

Moving Home

Relocate to Tasmania – The Perfect Sea Change

Once the children have left home (and it really looks like they’re not coming back), your life can go in any number of directions. Sometimes the transition is best made by relocating and, for many, living in Tasmania can turn out... more
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Buying

Is Buying a Car Space a Clever Option for First Time Property Buyers?

There are traditional ways to get into the property market and then there are other investment options besides buying property. Maybe you have a deposit but are not ready or willing to launch into a mortgage just yet? Or, you... more
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Investing

Is a Short or Long-Term Tenancy Better for an Investor?

The rental landscape has changed somewhat in recent years as holiday rental websites have impacted on how investors operate regarding their investment property. In many cities, this shift has transformed the rental property... more
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Downsizing

5 Tips on Expanding Your Horizons After Downsizing

When we hear the phrase ‘empty nester’ there are certain clichés that come to mind. They usually involve older couples, with a long happy marriage behind them, who’ve built a home and a family and are now planning their peaceful... more
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Renovations

Should you renovate or is it just time to move out?

Starting to get restless in your current home? Thinking it's time for an upgrade but you're not sure if that means move or improve? We can help.  more
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Investing

Could You Get Caught Paying A Foreign Investor’s Tax Bill?

The 2017 May Budget introduced a range of Government initiatives aimed at restricting foreign ownership, and while some of these may give the impression of helping affordability for local buyers, there is a risk that some home... more
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Buying

5 Things You Need to Know About Rent to Own Agreements

As the property market gets more difficult to break into, the ‘rent-to-own’ option you may have heard about might sound very appealing. There are certain advantages to this model that give long term renters opportunities they may... more

Selling

Is Selling Your Property in Winter a Good Idea?

The eternal question in property sales is when is the best time to sell? Some believe that a summer sale reaps the most rewards, because there are plenty of buyers out and about plus everyone is in good spirits and enjoying... more
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Renovations

Gardening jobs you should get a handle on this Autumn

Autumn is when the leaves start to fall off the trees and into your garden. Make sure your garden stays tidy this Autumn with our tips. more
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Network News

Are You Getting What You Need From Your Current Real Estate Network?

Running your own real estate franchise is certainly a challenge and having the support of a strong brand behind you makes an enormous difference to your operating potential. There’s also the tendency as a small business owner to... more
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Buying

Budget building blocks you need to know

While designing your new home, don’t forget about these important parts of the process!  more
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Divorce

The drama of selling property during a divorce

Remember The War of the Roses? That 1989 ‘divorce’ movie starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas, that was classified as a drama/comedy but should actually have been a horror film? For many couples of that era, too many... more
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Selling

5 things to consider when pricing your home

It’s time to make a change and, of course, the priority is selling your home for the best possible price. There are a number of factors that go into this decision, but accurate pricing is extremely important. So, we have put... more
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Selling

Selling your property: Auction or Private Sale?

When the time comes to sell your home and move to bigger digs, there are a lot of things to think about. Timing is everything and managing the financial aspects of the process can be tricky. You could set aside an evening and... more
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Selling

Property deal-breakers: how to overcome them and sell your home today

Thinking of selling your home? You'll want to have a look at the most common deal-breakers for Australian house hunters first. The list, published by Finder, reveals the factors most likely to put off buyers in today's market.... more

Investing

What’s the difference between a repair and an improvement?

Deductions for repairs, maintenance and improvements are areas the Australian Taxation Office pay particular attention to on annual tax returns. For this reason it is important that investors understand the difference. more
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Downsizing

Downsizing your life now that the nest is empty

That house you bought all those years ago has become a home in the last few decades, filled with the echoes of life. The sounds of the past ring loud once the place is empty – crying babies, the beep of the microwave, bouncing... more
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Moving Home

How a real estate agent can guide you when relocating to a new city

Deciding on a new place to live – not just the house but also the city – can be challenging, especially if you have lived in a rich and vibrant community for many years and are now embarking on a complete change of lifestyle. But... more

Selling

10 tips to get you back in the real estate game

Remember the good old days? The days when you had your finger on the pulse of the property market. You had disposable income and a solid plan for your future – remember? Your dreams to buy real estate, sell real estate and just... more

Investing

When to buy an apartment in today's market

While some are hesitant to buy an apartment in today's market, smart investors know there are plenty of properties and suburbs worth investing in. As the number of rentals on the market grows, some investors are shying away from... more

Buying

Consider a Sea Change

Now that the kids have left home you have two choices related to real estate – sit in the emptiness and silence, and perhaps revel in it, or seize the opportunity to create a brand new version of your life. Don’t underestimate... more

Buying

5 Tips For Buying Properties with a Friend or Relative

Lifestyles have changed considerably in the last few decades and many of us live less than conventional lives. The path forward used to be clearly defined – get married, buy a house, have some kids. Today we have greater... more

Buying

6 Savings Hacks for A Home Deposit

It can be hard to stay motivated if your savings goal seems elusive. Managing your everyday expenses and putting money aside for a future expense is challenging, but planning ahead and staying committed is key. So, to get you... more
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Stewart Bunn

Time Running Out To Switch Strata Managers in New South Wales

If you live in an apartment building, a townhouse, or any property scheme governed by the NSW Strata Schemes Management Act, you probably know that major changes to the law came into force on November 30 2016. In fact, more than... more
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Moving Home

Make Moving Easy and Get Connected Quickly!

Finding just the right rental property to live in is a challenging task, and for many it can go on for months. Once you have secured the property there is even more work! Packing, organising the movers, shopping for random... more

Renovations

5 Renovation Ideas for Adding Value to Your Property

When the time comes to sell your home, it’s a good idea to freshen up the place a little. Some simple home renovations can improve the overall appeal of your property and ensure you get the best price when you sell.  more

Renting

Make Renting Easy and Get Connected

Searching for rental properties is a challenging task, and for many it can go on for months. Once you have secured the property there is even more work! Packing, organising the movers, shopping for random essentials you need for... more

Investing

Landlord Hacks: How to Save Money on High Wear Items

There are many advantages to owning an investment property, but one of the challenges can be managing the costs involved in its upkeep. It’s important to maintain the property in good condition to be sure its value is protected... more

Retirement

How to become a property tycoon in your retirement

Many empty nesters are disappointed to discover the financial plan they made in their 20s vastly underfunds the lifestyle they now want in their 60s and beyond.  Settling into a retirement unit and living off a pension loses its... more
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First National Real Estate

How to bid at auction

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of an auction; the air thick with anticipation and competitive spirit, the eagerly gathered crowd, and the life changing possibilities if your bid is accepted.  more

First National Real Estate

The First Home Owner Grant: What you need to know

The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) was introduced almost two decades ago and has been instrumental in helping many Australians buy their first home, when they previously may not have been able to afford one. more

First National Real Estate

Three ways to make a low offer shine when buying your first home

In the world of home buying, low numbers are not usually a topic of conversation. The art of real estate involves facilitating the complex equation whereby a seller is satisfied by achieving a higher price and a buyer is thrilled... more

First National Real Estate

4 moves that could help make the most of your retirement

Starting to think about retirement? You've been saving your hard-earned money since day one in the office, so now you're thinking about how you want to spend it. That said, you want to make that money last and really make the... more

First National Real Estate

Divorcing and Selling – What You Need to Know About Property Valuations

Deciding what to do with the marital home is just one of the many difficult decisions facing divorcing couples.  There are financial and emotional aspects to the decision and, inevitably, each party will have a different opinion... more

First National Real Estate

Why Downsizing is Your Next Big Adventure

When you hear the word ‘adventure’, what immediately comes to mind? Skydiving? Swimming with sharks? Climbing Mt Everest? Or is it more general concepts like freedom, spontaneity and opportunity? more

First National Real Estate

Tips for newly weds to save for their dream home

Attention young couples! You're married, you’ve combined your belongings and you’ve moved in together. However, at this stage, your little apartment might feel a little small for a new family, so that's all it is - a start.... more

First National Real Estate

When is the Best Time of Year to Sell Your Property?

It’s an age-old question, open to rampant speculation and untrained opinion! The reality is that the best time to sell is a combination of when you are ready to and when there are as few as possible houses like yours on the... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Hobart!

Hobart is rich in history with beautiful heritage sandstone buildings, spectacular natural surroundings and a timeless elegance that underpins the lifestyle and culture of the city. Island life is at its finest in Hobart, as the... more

First National Real Estate

Essential Safety Measures & Commercial Property: The Basics

If you are about to, or have recently become the owner/landlord of a commercial property, one of the most important things to get your head around is Essential Safety Measures (ESM). more

First National Real Estate

Five Noise Reduction Tips for Harmonious Apartment Living

So you’ve moved into your new apartment, unpacked all of your things and started to feel settled. It doesn’t take long before your attention shifts from your immediate environment and you start to notice the little things – the... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Perth!

Perth is Australia’s most elusive city. Capital of our largest state, it is a far-flung enclave with a wonderful Mediterranean climate, great beaches and a thriving economy. Built on the Swan River and with most parts of the city... more

First National Real Estate

Property in New Zealand: So hot, it's about to become reality television

If you think anything can become a reality television show these days, you're right. Three Now is currently looking for couples, families and individuals who are on the house hunt. more

First National Real Estate

Getting your rental application approved as a first time tenant

Getting an application approved for your first rental property is not without its challenges. The competition can be tough out there and turning up to an inspection to see more than a dozen other people waiting can be extremely... more

First National Real Estate

Investing as an option for first home buyers

When many of us imagine owning our first home, those visions usually involve white picket fences and children not yet born, or luxurious penthouses or warehouses in cool inner city locations. Less common is the dream of a... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Sydney!

Sydney is Australia’s most glamorous city with so much to offer and every weekend something new to discover. Many have made the move there and never looked back, finding the relaxed lifestyle, great weather and festival-like... more
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First National Real Estate

A new life after divorce

The breakdown of a marriage is one of the most difficult life events any of us face. It takes time to untangle a life built together and for the emotional scars to heal but, as you make progress, you will start to see that in the... more

First National Real Estate

Too busy to invest in property? Think again

Life can get busy when you are trying to build a career, stay fit and healthy, and maintain the important relationships in your life. Many young professionals find themselves in an adequate financial position to buy a property... more

First National Real Estate

Downsize your life, upsize your lifestyle

After all those years of hard work, raising your family and taking care of that big house in the suburbs, don’t you think it’s time for some rewards? more

Stewart Bunn

How I grew my business to 3 offices in just 2 years

After 20 years with a franchise, Andrew McGrath discovered that First National combines a full-service network with a flat fee model and has gone from strength to strength. Within just two years of switching to First National,... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Adelaide!

Adelaide is perhaps Australia’s most elegant city with architecturally beautiful churches, charming sandstone buildings, and rambling blue stone bungalow style houses made for cool living in the hot climate. In fact, the whole... more

Selling

How to Boost your Property Appraisal Figure

When the time comes to sell your house, the first thought that will come to mind is ‘what is the value of my property’? This is when you need a property appraisal. There are a number of factors that affect the value of your... more

First National Real Estate

How Much is Your Property Worth?

If you have owned your home for a while, you’ve probably wondered more than once ‘what is the value of my property now?’ It’s always a good idea to get an up-to-date idea of what your property is worth as various factors... more
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First National Real Estate

Selling Your Home and Upsizing Your Future

At some point all of us reach a point where our current property no longer meets our specific needs. Each new stage in our lives demands different things of us and our home environment must adapt to accommodate these changes.   more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Canberra!

Canberra is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. With many of the nation’s most exciting artworks, treasures and collections at your fingertips, Canberra is the place to go if you want to learn the nation’s history in an... more

First National Real Estate

What important factors should you look for in a rental home?

Not sure how to start your rental search? Consider every little aspect of your dream rental, and look at properties that could be a perfect match! If you're moving out of home for the first time, or you're in the market for a new... more

First National Real Estate

Commercial Property Investment for Beginners

There is more to property investment than residential buying and selling, so for those interested in diversifying their property portfolio, commercial property may be the next logical step. Assuming you can secure the finance and... more

First National Real Estate

Appraisal or Valuation – What’s the Difference?

When asking yourself ‘what’s the value of my property?’ it can be easy to think you need a valuation. Language huh – it’s a tricky thing, but actually what you want is an ‘appraisal’. If the question came from someone else, like... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Brisbane!

Brisbane is cosmopolitan living in paradise-like surrounds. Positioned along the Brisbane River with mountains to one side and sea to the other, the city has plenty to offer with great cultural attractions to explore as well as... more

First National Real Estate

Building a New Life After Divorce

When you marry you never expect that it will end, so the reality of getting a divorce is understandably disappointing and painful. Although the transition will be filled with emotional, financial and logistical challenges, in... more

First National Real Estate

Melbourne Life: Insights for Young Professionals

There is a time in the lives of young professionals where career opportunities and lifestyle needs hold equal weight. Once you’re somewhat established and your income has stabilised, you’ll start to have a few more options. Being... more

First National Real Estate

Why might downsizing be the best option for you

Thinking about downsizing, but not sure what your options are, or if it's a good idea in the first place? The benefits might surprise you! Are you tired of walking around your home and feeling like it's just too big, or too much... more

First National Real Estate

How Does a Property Appraisal Work?

Definition of A Property Appraisal A property ‘appraisal’ is an estimate of the likely market value of your property by a qualified real estate agent, based on their expert opinion and local knowledge. more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Darwin!

Darwin is Australia’s last frontier. ‘The Top End’ as it’s known is one of Australia’s most unique regions, with a fascinating history as well as a diverse and eclectic culture. Characterised by wild wet season weather and balmy... more

First National Real Estate

The Nest is Empty So What Happens Next?

Once your children have left home, priorities change and many couples face challenging lifestyle and financial decisions. Living in a large family home might not make sense anymore, and, now that the realities of retirement are... more

First National Real Estate

Sydney Life: Insights for the Young Professional

As you work your way up in your career, it can be challenging to find the balance between chasing your career goals and living the life you want. Finding a place to live that fulfills your personal needs and allows you to pursue... more

First National Real Estate

How to live closer to the city on your current income

Are you trying to live closer to the city, but can't envision how you'll be able to afford to on your current income? Don't worry, you're not alone. However, you can achieve your goals over the course of a few years without... more

First National Real Estate

Relocate to Melbourne!

Melbourne is Australia’s most European city and is known globally for its cosmopolitan vibe, great food and excellent coffee. It has a thriving arts and cultural scene and is easy to explore thanks to a free tram zone that passes... more

Stewart Bunn

First National Warragul opens the door to more profit

First National Real Estate is growing faster than ever as we help real estate professionals unlock the door to greater profits, better technology, industry leading training, a nationally trusted brand, and the best support... more

First National Real Estate

10 ideas for a guest-friendly bathroom

Make your guests feel extra welcome with these stylish ideas designed just for them. The approach to designing a guest bathroom is quite different to the one you would take when planning for a family, main or ensuite bathroom. So... more

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Kitchen updates for better living

Make your kitchen a far more pleasurable place to be. With open-plan living putting the spotlight on kitchens like never before, it pays to make your culinary quarters both easy to use and comfortable to spend time in. These... more

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How to decorate a coffee table

Create an eye-catching display for your living room. A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink, a footrest, somewhere to stash the remote and – of course – a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or,... more

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How to deal with an investment property during a relationship breakdown

Have you recently separated from your partner, and don't know what to do with your investment property? Don't worry - here at First National Real Estate, we have a solution to suit your situation. We encourage everyone to get a... more

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What Happens With Real Estate When You Divorce?

According to McCrindle Research, approximately one in every three marriages ends in divorce. For the past 20 years, the median age of divorce has been increasing for both males and females, with the median age for males... more

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What are your options if you don't have any room at home?

Have you run out of space in your family home? It's not uncommon, especially if it's your first home, or you were only renting until you absolutely needed to move. Well, now that you've got a couple of kids and your hobbies have... more

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Moving House: A Beginners Guide

Well the house is finally yours and now you get to move in! Moving your life from one location to another is involved, but with the right planning you can get it all done quickly and easily, and maybe even have some fun in the... more

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Four reasons investors should claim depreciation in 2017

As we start the New Year, many investors might be formulating their annual New Years resolutions. Investors often think about the ways they can reduce the costs of owning an investment property and wonder how they could boost the... more

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Why is 2017 a great year to buy your first home?

Have you been waiting around for the best time to buy your first home for some time now? There's no time like the present, because no matter what you're trying to buy, values in Australia and New Zealand are just going up and up. more

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11 ways to make your home shine on inspection day

Get top dollar for your home by making a good impression on buyers. Adding that finishing touch to a sparkling clean abode can give it a feel good edge that pushes a potential buyer from sitting on the fence to falling head over... more

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First home buyer basics: The benefits of buying a detached house

There's something about owning your own piece of land with a stately detached house on it. A backyard for the kids and the dog to run around in, a couple extra rooms for visitors and a generously sized deck for long summer... more

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What do the homes of the near future look like?

Think back to your home 10 years ago. Since then, you might have ditched the landline, thrown out the VCR player, and maybe updated the old gas stove, to replace it all with new technology. It's a cycle that happens in most homes... more

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9 ways to add style to tiny bathrooms

Small spaces have the potential to make a big impact. When you’re designing a small space, little details matter. A powder room renovation is a great opportunity to create a jewel box of a space. Due to the limited floor space,... more
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Here's what you need to know about buying an older home

Houses built in bygone decades have a certain artistry to them. Whether it's the ornate flourishes of a skilled carpenter around door frames, or those airy high ceilings and stained glass windows - modern properties just aren't... more

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Living room styling tricks that are quick and inexpensive

We love our homes, right? But at times, we can get a little bored and fall out of love with our living spaces. The living room is a place we gather as a family, entertain friends and spend a decent amount of time in, so it’s no... more

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Closing the Deal

So, you’ve done your research, tightened your budget, secured your financing and found the property that you hope will become your new home. Now it’s time to close the deal! After all - shopping is fun but buying is the best... more

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The Pros and Cons of Silly Season Buying and Selling

Each year as Christmas draws closer, most of us are heading off on holiday or dragging the Christmas tree and decorations down from the attic. However, a proportion of Australian homeowners find themselves caught with a festive... more

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Let’s Talk About Money: Financing Your New Home

One of the most daunting aspects of buying a new home is the cost of everything. That and the fact that this is probably the biggest purchase you will have made so far. It’s important to make a good decision when it comes to... more
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Finding Your New Home

Looking for the place you will call home is an exciting time! Many of your hopes and dreams for the future will lie in this decision, so it’s important to be well informed before you start looking. Knowing the practical stuff -... more

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Auction season is upon us - are you prepared?

Summer is a wonderful time for auctions because it brings the sweet smell of houses on the market. The most popular time of year for an auction in Australia is between boxing day and the end of February because it helps showcase... more

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How to get prepared for fire season

Too many homes are lost each year when serious fires break out and people have not had time to properly prepare. Although it might seem early, and some parts of the country have had plenty of rain, this weekend could be the ideal... more

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The dos and don’ts of planning small bedrooms

Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate, often ending up as unloved spaces with little personality, because we’re worried too much stuff will shrink them visually. Conversely, small spare rooms can end up as dumping grounds for... more

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Changing the atmosphere to prepare for an open home

Did you know the atmosphere you create can help sell your home? It can be as simple as the sound of music, but that doesn't mean that you have to have Julie Andrews playing in the background whenever potential buyers walk... more
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The Consumer Ratings Report that Rocked Australian Real Estate

It’s the second year of Canstar Blue’s review of Australian real estate agents but there is still only one winner – First National Real Estate. Australia’s leading network achieved five-star reviews in all research categories... more

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When it comes time to retire, should you downsize your home?

If you're thinking about decreasing your workload and preparing to retire, it may also be time to downsize your property? Selling the family home can be an emotional time, but it can also lead to less stress and comfortable... more

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Six mistakes to avoid when pricing your home

No matter how hard you try, it’s incredibly difficult to be completely even handed when thinking about the current market value of your home. It’s only natural to be emotionally attached but this is exactly the reason you need an... more

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Home Buying for Beginners

There is a time in most of our lives when buying a home seems like the next logical step, however, learning exactly how to do this can delay the process considerably. If you’ve never bought a home before, it can be daunting... more

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7 ways to get an expensive-looking bedroom

There are plenty of simple and easy additions you can make to your bedroom to give it an instant lift, such as adding new bedlinen, popping on a few cosy cushions or sourcing new lamps. However, if you want to take your bedroom... more

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Young couple buying your first home? - here's what you need to know

So you're in love and you're young and you want to buy your first home. First of all you need to decide if you are in the right financial situation before you put your money down. Then you need to figure out if the combined... more

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3 tactical tips to making your open house the ultimate success

Your home has served you well and now it's time to puff out its chest and put it on display - open home season.  So, in order to make your house best version of itself, you need make a couple of tactical changes to raise the odds... more

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Kitchen renovation expenses that can catch you unawares

No longer tucked away in small dark rooms and out of view, modern kitchens are now the centrepieces of our homes and fulfil many more roles than providing a place for cooking. They are increasingly central to the daily operation... more

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Essential reading: all about reverse mortgages

Reverse mortgages are becoming more popular as recognition grows among Australia’s seniors that they are living in homes that are rich in equity, even if they are strapped for cash. However, while reverse mortgages are an... more

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Easy ways to upstyle your courtyard

With the warm weather approaching in the southern hemisphere, now is the perfect time to spruce up your courtyard area and get it ready to entertain friends and family. Get rid of all the cobwebs with a good outdoor broom, hose... more

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Fantastic decorating tips that won't cause permanent damage

If you want to make your house a home but you are still renting, then these handy decorating tips can help. They won't cause permanent marks or changes to the house and this will make your landlord very happy. The changes don't... more

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Watch out for these hidden costs when renovating a bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate – don’t let these extra costs spoil your project. As the bathrooms in new homes get bigger and more luxurious, the smaller bathrooms typically found in... more

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Timber homes still have a place in Australia’s heart

Timber homes hold a strong place in the hearts of many Australians, from the traditional Victorian-era weatherboard to the ultra modern designs now appearing in many suburbs and bushland settings. And the good news for owners,... more

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How to work greenery into your bathroom

A hot and steamy bathroom is just the place to set up your house plants Unless your bathroom is devoid of natural light, it’s likely a houseplant will be happy to grow in it. The moist air produced by baths and showers reminds... more

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5 tips for a stress-free moving day

Let's face it, moving house is a daunting task. If putting the bins out once a week seems arduous, it's nothing compared to packing up all your worldly possessions and moving them into a new house. Even first home buyers will... more

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What can set your home apart from everything else on the market?

A few things tend to attach themselves to selling a home; stress, financial uncertainty and other people's opinions. But before you even dream of someone yelling "sold", you have to make sure your property is in tip top shape.... more

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Is an apartment your next home?

"You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours." - Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities. It is so important to find a home that you feel comfortable in, whether that is a... more

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Flipping properties - not as easy as pancakes

Flipping properties can be a lot of work but the pay off could be huge when it comes time to selling your fixer upper.    more

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How to personalise a rental home’s kitchen

These reversible ideas won’t alter the space and can be taken with you to your next property. Rental properties tend to come with a lot of restrictions, and the limitations on how far you can inject your own style and personality... more

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Think before you leap to the country

Before you leave the big smoke, be sure you do your homework first. I was a long-term city dweller, living in some of the world’s biggest cities, including New York, London and Sydney, until one day I surprised everyone when I... more

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These nasty issues can turn a dream home into a nightmare

So, you’re about to purchase a dream home (or have already), and it looks like a sound investment … but as the old adage goes, ‘buyer beware’! The first thing you should do is hire an expert to look through the property, but i n... more

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17 easy home exterior makeovers

Even if you are not planning to sell your home in the near future, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and verandah furnishings to colour schemes,... more

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Sydney & Melbourne homebuyers running hot after Reserve Bank rate cut

After the Reserve Bank decided to slash interest rates to a record low of 1.75% this month, Sydney and Melbourne’s property auction clearances have surged – but it’s a different story in other Australian capitals. Fundamentally... more

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How to stage your master bedroom for open-house success

An inviting master bedroom is sure to seduce potential buyers into fighting for your property come auction time. Think luxurious and relaxing – a calming adult retreat. Here are my top tricks… Capital Building   1. Choose calm,... more

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The Essentials for Kitting Out Your First Home

Whether you are getting married, buying your first home or simply moving into your first real place of your own, you will likely find yourself with some shopping to do. A plan can help you stay focused and avoid unnecessary... more

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Five depreciation facts when renovating

It’s easy to see Australian’s have a passion for property renovation. All you need to do is switch on the television and you’ll find evidence in the number of home shows dominating our screens. A large number of property... more

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What are your rental rights?

EXTRACT Before you sign a lease make sure you understand the agreement and know your renter's rights. ARTICLE CONTENT If you dream of buying a home, but you you are renting at the moment, do you know your rights? Renting takes... more

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It's all smoke and mirrors - how to make the best of a small space

The smallest of changes can make the world of difference when decorating the confined spaces in your home. Have you just bought a new home and discovered that some rooms have become a little too cluttered and you're running out... more

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How to Find the Perfect Moving Company

Moving can be quite the ordeal. Whether you’re moving locally, or across the globe, chances are the job of relocating all your treasures is just too big for you and a mate. But, the problem remains—you’ve still got to get your... more

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These 10 reno tips could save you $10,000!

If you’re considering how you can get the best return for your property dollar, here are ten renovation tips that could be worth up to ten grand. 1. Saving is earning Savings on energy and water bills will pay down your mortgage... more

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Sleepless in the suburbs: Is your home keeping you awake?

EXTRACT Can your sleeping environment be contributing to your sleepless nights? There are several ways you can change your bedroom to help you nod off. ARTICLE CONTENT Dear Sleepless in the Suburbs. So, you've bought a new... more

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Small home decor ideas that can have big results for renters

By making small, subtle changes to your rented home, you can make it feel like you own it, and hopefully one day you will. Owning a home is a dream for many, but may take a while before you can buy a home. If you are going to be... more

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Best opportunity in years for first home buyers

It’s the best first home buyers’ market in Australia for many years and young people should take advantage of it, says First National Real Estate chief executive, Ray Ellis.   With fewer investors in the marketplace than normal... more

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Helpful hints in eradicating mould in your home

Energy-efficiency expert and scientist Jenny Edwards from Light House Architecture and Science has discovered some mould precautions tips specifically for Canberra.   The best way to get rid of mould is using white vinegar and a... more

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7 tips to make a home buyer instantly fall in love

If there’s an art to presentation when selling your home, how can you make sure you’re presenting a Matisse, and not Edvard Munch’s The Scream? Everybody has a different idea of what makes a buyer fall instantly in love, but... more

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Does renting investment apartments furnished increase profits?

When an investor first decides to put their property up for rent, often they will weigh up whether it is better to rent the property unfurnished or furnished.   Making this decision will largely depend upon the circumstances of... more

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Keep on the right side of the law with rental property

It's important to be aware of your tax obligations if you have rental properties, otherwise you could find yourself with a hefty bill, says First National Real Estate chief executive, Ray Ellis. ‘Owning rental properties comes... more

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Should negative gearing remain?

What is negative gearing? Negative gearing is a practice whereby an investor borrows money to buy an income-producing asset - a rental property. He or she expects that the gross rental income from the investment will not, in the... more

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Understand low-value pooling

A tool used to increase wealth and maximise property deductions. Low-value pooling is a method of depreciating fixtures, fittings, plant and equipment within a property at a higher rate to maximise deductions which will increase... more

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How to Stage Your Bathroom to Entice Buyers

Buyers love the enticing allure of a fresh, beautiful bathroom that reminds them of luxury hotels they have experienced, or soothing spas they have enjoyed. And most importantly, buyers want to envision themselves enjoying this... more

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Coping with empty nest syndrome - ideas and advice

Victoria's Better Health Channel says empty nest syndrome is a real thing, and it offers some remedies. Empty nest syndrome, most simply, is a change in lifestyle and routine which occurs after a family's children have grown up... more

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Do we really need stamp duty?

If you've ever bought real estate, the chances are you will have paid stamp duty. It's a tax imposed by the government on certain types of transaction - and property is one of them. The issue has had policymakers divided for some... more

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The Budget won't help reduce the cost of a first home - but grants do

The Budget won't help reduce the cost of a first home - but grants do Last year, Treasurer of Victoria Tim Pallas said "Home ownership is slipping beyond the reach of our young families." His statement also quoted federal... more

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Do depreciation deductions apply to you?

Owners of income producing properties are eligible to claim tax deductions for a number of expenses involved in holding a property. Most investors are aware of some of the deductions they are entitled to; for example they know... more

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The Highs & Lows of Renting

 According to RP Data’s quarterly analysis of national rents out today, Darwin is now the most expensive capital city in the country to rent a house and comes with a whopping weekly median rent of $520.   National capital,... more

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Look at outer suburbs for real estate in Melbourne

The success of real estate in Melbourne is evident for everyone to see. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) ranked the city's value growth as the second-highest in the country during the December quarter of 2015, up 9.6 per... more

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Big Impact Styling Tips to Help Sell Your Small Apartment

So we don’t all live in a grand, family-sized home (we don’t all want to!), but when selling a small apartment, exactly the same principles apply – buyers want functional, usable living spaces that they can enjoy every day; where... more

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Negative Gearing Affects Everybody

It's not everyday you'll find the comentary of our competitors on First National Real Estate's website, however, the degree of concern about proposed changes to negative gearing has united our entire industry. Together, we are... more

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Is an apartment suitable for my family?

Think about family homes and it's more than likely you'll conjure up images of large detached properties with sprawling gardens, and perhaps even a white picket fence. However, there are plenty of different types of property open... more

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What to look for in a family home

When the time comes for you to move into a new home that's suitable for all the family, you will need to look at some features you might not have considered in the past. From local schools to access to open spaces, your real... more

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Downsizers need a little extra help

Moving into a smaller property is a step many people take later in life. Not only can it make day-to-day living more affordable, but it can also release any equity they've already built up in their home. However, the Property... more

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How much do you know about property prices?

Before applying for a home loan, there's one key piece of information you'll need to have at hand - how much you're likely to need to buy a property. This means doing plenty of research into your chosen area and property type... more

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ABS Stats Reveal Investors Keep Rents Down

Australian Bureau of Statistics housing figures released this week provide evidence that investor activity and current negative gearing tax arrangements keep rents lower than they would otherwise be says First National Real... more

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14 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Street Appeal

Did you know you only have 8 seconds before a potential buyer decides if they are interested in your home? And THAT is why street appeal is so important when selling. If your home looks great from the street, buyers will be dying... more

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House prices fall – time to get onto the ladder?

A decline in house prices isn't something that happens very often, especially in some of the country's biggest cities. However, latest data from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) shows the cost of houses for sale has... more

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Empty Nester's Guide to Downsizing to an Apartment

Over the next 40 years, Australia will have to accommodate an increasing number of older people, many of whom will be living longer than previous generations due to improved health care. According to the federal government’s... more

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Median house prices begin to slide

Weighing up the price of property for sale is one of the first steps you'll take when buying a home of your own. The latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) suggest that now could present an ideal... more

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​Claim more from older properties

No matter the age, no property is too old to claim depreciation. Sixty one per cent of depreciation schedules prepared by BMT Tax Depreciation are for pre-owned properties. Of these schedules, 33 per cent are properties which... more

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Sell Your House in a Flash: Top Home Styling Tips for Photo Shoots

  The internet is the first stop for most people who are looking to buy a house, and research shows that most buyers decide whether or not they want to buy a house before they even set foot through the front door. Beautiful... more

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What exactly is the 'tiny house movement'?

Small houses are an increasingly enticing alternative for minimalists who want to live mortgage free. Could you do it? Tiny houses first were first in the media spotlight in 2005 when they were used to house victims of Hurricane... more

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Finding the right time to move out of rental property

Rising costs and increased competition for the best houses to rent could be just the nudge you need to think about buying a home of your own. Providing you have a deposit in place and a steady income, there's perhaps been no... more

Stewart Bunn

8 Ways a Rug Can Help You Sell Your House

When selling your home, it’s important that every room, every space, and even every tiny nook looks its absolute best! A simple way to add some va-va-voom to your key living spaces is to start from the ground up – by using an... more

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Styling to Sell: Upscale Your Outdoor Area for a Quick Sale

Whether you have a small or large outdoor space to work with, it’s important that you showcase it by creating the perfect outdoor oasis. More than ever, people look at decks and verandahs as extensions of their homes that get... more

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Is the property market moving in buyers' favour?

Anyone who is in the market to buy real estate could find their options have increased, as the latest predictions suggest a slowdown in conditions is taking hold. The CoreLogic-Moody's Analytics Australian Forecast Home Value... more

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Split depreciation schedules for multiple owners

There are a number of ways in which people can own an investment property, this includes joint investment. Typically when there is more than one individual owner, they are either a joint tenant or tenants in common. Many... more

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What are tenants looking for in a rental home?

Investing in real estate in Australia continues to be a great way to make some long-term gains. McCrindle's Renter of the Future report shows that almost one-third of Australians are tenants. By having a home on the rental... more

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Want the secret to future cash flow success?

Investors often question the ongoing costs associated with a potential purchase. When considering the purchase it is important to ensure there will be a maximum cash return. There’s a myriad of expert advice available and every... more

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Are you entitled to a First Home Owner Grant?

There is a range of First Home Buyer assistance initiatives in place at both a Federal and State level so it’s important you do your homework and take advantage of what’s available.   However, restrictions apply to some grants so... more

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Why should millennials jump into the investment property market?

In today's market, there are all sorts of people who seek to buy a home for investment purposes. According to Digital Finance Analytics' 2015 Household Survey, just under one million households own investment property without... more

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How to help your children up the property ladder

For anyone trying to buy a home in today's market, recent conditions aren't particularly accommodating. According to the Housing Industry Association's Affordability Report, the affordability index dropped by 6.4 per cent over... more

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Labor Negative Gearing Changes Misguided

According to the chief executive of Australia’s largest independent real estate network, Ray Ellis, Labor’s plan to limit negative gearing to new homes and slash capital gains tax concessions by 50 per cent will have multiple... more

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First National Forms Strategic Alliance Targeting 50+ Demographic

The chief executive of Australia’s largest independent real estate network, Ray Ellis, has announced a strategic partnership with WYZA, the socially connected digital discovery media platform for people over 50 years of age. “The... more

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Is your deck ready for the cooler months?

It’s been a long, hot summer and, with Christmas and all the associated entertaining behind you, it’s time to take a look at your long-suffering deck. more

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Real estate profits soar through the roof for September quarter

When you're in the market to buy a home, you'll want to know that it'll take care of you now (with its roof and walls) - and continue to do so later down the road by netting you a nice profit when it's sold. With this in mind,... more

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Ray Ellis says taxing family home profits 'thin end of the wedge'

  The chief executive of Australia’s largest independent real estate network, Ray Ellis, has criticised a plan to tax profits on the sale of family homes worth over $2 million, saying it could be the ‘thin edge of the wedge’. ... more

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2015 was the year of green building!

As the year draws to a close, now is an optimum time to look back upon the last 12 months and reflect on all the landmark moments in real estate. In many ways, 2015 was the year of green building. Milestone moments in global... more

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Could a cash rate reduction be on the cards?

For most people, buying a home is no small decision - in fact, it could very well by the biggest purchase they ever make. With this in mind, anyone would want to snatch up a mortgage when interest rates are low to save as much as... more

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A snapshot into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

The cash rate always reflects what's happening in the property market and where it could be heading. On November 3, the Reserve Bank of Australia elected to keep it at 2 per cent for the month. This has come to no surprise for... more

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Add value and increase deductions with an alfresco area

Claim depreciation on outdoor structures and save Australia is made for outdoor living, so it is little wonder that alfresco areas have become sought after additions in any property. Owners see great value in adding permanent... more

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Prices are set to cool across Australia

Australians looking to buy a house in the near future can breathe a sigh of relief. According to recent findings, house prices in Australia's property hotspots should soon stabilise after the last few years of intense momentum.... more

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What does new housing construction mean for you?

If you're on the hunt to buy a house, you might notice there's been a shortage of new property in certain capital cities. While auction listings have been high as vendors race to put up their homes for sale, it doesn't reflect... more

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Why should you consider renting?

When it comes to living in Australian property, purchasing with home loans seems to be the default choice. For many, there's a general impression that renting property is some kind of short-term bridge between leaving your family... more

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More space for home owner-occupiers in the market

Struggling to buy a home in Australia? It can be frustrating, especially when you have to compete with investors snatching up houses for sale on every corner. Housing values in the country have been on the up, driven mainly by... more

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First National Real Estate Board Series Makes a Flying Start in Kurrawa

The First National Real Estate Board Series got off to an exciting start at Kurrawa over the weekend!  The first round of the Summer of Surf attracted the best competitors from around the country, and provided spectators with a... more

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Partnership with First National delivers growth in Melbourne’s north west

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce that James Thanh is has partnered his business with First National Real Estate, following rapid organic growth of his independent agency in its first two years. We therefore... more

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How the cash rate opens doors for house buyers and sellers

For those looking to buy a home, interest rates on loans are an important thing to keep an eye on. If you know a little about economics, you'll be aware that interest rates are largely defined by the official cash rate set by the... more

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Why is investing in a holiday home a smart move?

As most real estate experts will tell you, building your property portfolio is a smart way to invest your money because land, like gold, retains its value. This means that you are safely investing your funds, as the likelihood of... more

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First National Sponsors Australian Lifesavers Again This Summer

This summer, First National Real Estate says it will continue sponsoring athletes to improve their life saving skills through the Summer of Surf ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’.  The Australia-wide real estate network’s... more

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Long Term Real Estate Values Linked To Sustainable Energy Planning

Over the past decade, momentum for sustainable energy has been swelling worldwide, with more and more cities embracing environmentally friendly initiatives. As a result of collaboration between town planners, citizens, the... more

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Periscope Revolutionises Auctions In Australia

What’s Periscope you might say? According to First National Real Estate, it’s revolutionising real estate in Australia and is the way of the future. Around the nation, more than 70 followers tuned in to the network’s Saturday... more

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Building more value, depreciation and new houses

Choosing to build a brand new home rather than buy an existing property provides a number of benefits for potential investors. Generally these types of properties will be built in a developing suburb close in proximity to... more

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Research shows urban planning requires more tree canopies

Research by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at Sydney's University of Technology has shown that many suburbs in Australia are lacking in tree coverage. This research was sponsored by Horticulture Australia Limited, who have... more

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First National Co-Founder Charles Heath OAM Dies Aged 80

Charles Heath OAM, co-founder of Australia’s largest cooperative real estate network, passed away yesterday at the age of 80 in Bairnsdale Victoria. Mr Heath, along with Bill Wood, jointly founded the First National Real Estate... more

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Cities with green planning could save US$22 trillion globally

A 'green' momentum has been swelling worldwide over the last decade, with more and more cities embracing environmentally friendly initiatives. As a team effort between town planners, citizens, the corporate sector and law makers,... more

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How millennials feel about climbing the property ladder

Generation Y, also known as millennials, are the group of people born between 1980 and the early 2000s. As is often the case with generational groups, millennials have their own set of values and ambitions that differentiate them... more
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How do millennials feel about climbing the property ladder?

Generation Y, also known as millennials, are the group of people born between 1980 and the early 2000s. As is often the case with generational groups, millennials have their own set of values and ambitions that differentiate them... more

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Google launches new tool to advise which homes should go solar

The real estate industry in the modern world has a plethora of tools at its disposal to help it go green. A new initiative by Google, called Project Sunroof, is one of the most recent innovations to help people choose a more... more

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A gold mine in your own backyard

Increasing property and rental prices have forced many Australians to start looking for alternative living arrangements. This has caused a surge in demand for secondary dwellings or granny flats.] In response to this demand, data... more

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Where will the biggest population growth be in Australia?

Around the world, the population is rising and certain cities are becoming densely populated. Data from the United Nations forecasts that the global population will be nearly 9.22 billion by 2075. With these growing numbers comes... more

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Australian expats are fueling the real estate market

In the wake of the global financial crisis a few years ago, many Australians invested in property in the United States. Cities such as Atlanta, Florida and Las Vegas were common zones for purchasing real estate, reports the... more

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What are the latest green trends in housing?

As going green and adopting sustainable development methods are increasingly becoming popular in the real estate and housing construction sectors, several trends are emerging. Here we take a look at what these trends are, and... more

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Six capital gains and depreciation facts for property investors

One question investors often ask about claiming depreciation on a rental property is ‘how will these claims affect Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when the property is sold?’  CGT can be a complex topic for investors to understand,... more

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How does construction support affordability?

It's hard to ignore the rapid rate at which homes have been popping up around the country. Construction has been a bright spot in real estate in Australia for some time, with a steady stream of properties helping to support... more

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Landlords blind to the benefits of pets

First National Real Estate chief executive Ray Ellis says that with record low rental yields nationally, property investors should open their eyes to the benefits of renting their investment properties to tenants with pets that... more

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What are our alternatives to stamp duty?

If you were looking for one controversy that has excited debate in the property market over the past few months, it's stamp duty. The contentious tax has been brought into discussions about housing supply, affordability - even... more
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Traditional Real Estate Perceptions Overturned

First National Real Estate chief executive Ray Ellis says new research has revealed the overwhelming majority of vendors rate their experience selling their home as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, overturning traditional perceptions about... more

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Rental growth slowest on record

With house prices splashed across the headlines in Australia's major cities, it's little wonder that many households choose to stick it out on the rental treadmill, if only to save for their first home. New figures from CoreLogic... more

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Your end of financial year property depreciation checklist

With the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) encouraging rental property owners to be vigilant when preparing their annual income tax assessment this year, it’s important that investors understand the depreciation deductions they... more

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Property prices predicted to slow

For those looking for homes for sale, the almost-constant steam of headlines about house prices can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. But relief might just be over the horizon, with new research from BIS Shrapnel predicting a... more
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Best Culture - National Employer of Choice

First National Real Estate has been voted number one for culture in a national survey that indicated the network has the happiest agency principals, real estate agents, property managers and staff in the country. Sterling... more

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Will real estate in Australia go green?

Climate change and carbon emissions have been front and centre in  the global conscience over the past decade, and discussion has flown back and forth about how to reduce Australia's environmental footprint. There have been... more

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The truth behind affordability talk

First National Real Estate chief executive Ray Ellis says claims of a looming ‘housing market bloodbath’ in the Parliamentary submission of two economists are overly technical and fail to appreciate the realities of Australian... more

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Lending for real estate improves

Investors have taken an increasingly active role in the Australian real estate scene, but it looks as though owner-occupied finance is on the road to recovery. Finding the balance between the two hasn't been easy, but recently... more
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What do we need to do to make our cities better?

If you aren't improving, you're standing still. And with population increasing at a rapid rate in Australian cities, it's vital that governments keep moving with these numbers to prepare important infrastructure for the future.... more

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The high and low of Australian house prices

Finding an affordable first house is always near the top of the list of priorities for a house hunter. A safe and good infrastructure, enough green space for the kids and pets and even good water pressure are all important, but... more

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Investors should crunch the numbers correctly

First National Real Estate's chief executive Ray Ellis says before investors walk away from purchasing a first or next investment property, they should crunch the numbers correctly by considering property depreciation. ‘Your next... more

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Tips for preparing your pool

Swimming pools are a great addition to any home. If you're one of the lucky people to have one in your property, you'll be happy to know that they are an increasingly popular feature among buyers, particularly in warmer climates.... more

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How to make your property appeal to families

One of the first things you'll likely need to do when selling your home is decide on the target buyer. This can help you organise the marketing and sales campaign, and even set you on the right track for renovating. Depending on... more

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Common costs for first home buyers

When you're buying your first home, there any any number of costs that can slip your mind in the excitement. After you've set down that 20 per cent deposit, it can be easy to get carried away and forget about the additional sums... more

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How do I use suburb reports and sales data?

There are a few things you can do to make the hunt for investment property a bit easier. Research is a large part of making a solid decision and there is a wealth of information at your finger tips. A number of housing agencies,... more

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First National Honours Excellence at National Awards Night

First National Real Estate’s top performers were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing Awards in Queenstown, New Zealand last night. The black tie dinner, hosted by Queenstown’s famous Skyline Restaurant atop... more

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Standing Ovation for Mark Donaldson VC at Queenstown Convention

This morning, Australian and New Zealand members of the First National Real Estate network gave a standing ovation to war hero and Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Mark Donaldson VC. Mark delivered the keynote address at the... more

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How to choose a home for retirement

There might come a time in everyone's life when enjoying a comfortable retirement is top of the priority list. You might want to swap the big family home for something a little more manageable, but you should also give some... more

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First National Celebrates 30 years in New Zealand by Returning to Queenstown

First National Real Estate returns to Queenstown with over 370 real estate agents for its annual convention today. The network, which has over 400 offices throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, is celebrating 30... more
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Why do people downsize?

It's a fairly common phenomenon - people move into a smaller home, compacting their lives and trading in space for other benefits. But why exactly do people choose to downsize? There is a whole host of situations that can explain... more

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Cashing in on a new rate record

Housing affordability is a concern of property buyers everywhere. From first home hunters to the experienced investor adding another piece to their portfolio, making sure people aren't getting ripped off is a vital issue. Paying... more
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Lofty ambitions: Tips for converting your attic

Whether you're out to make the most of your investment dollar, or are simply after a bit more space for a growing family, taking advantage of the space in the attic can be a handy solution. Some home renovation specialists say... more

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First National partners with Golf Victoria on Heart Research

The GV Heart Open which has run for the past 25 years will be known as the “GV Heart Open, presented by First National Real Estate”. The event is perhaps the most unique on the Victorian golf calendar. All participants must hold... more

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First National Leadership Award Winner Scoops State

Last year, First National Real Estate called for Victorians to nominate the young achievers that make a difference in their communities. As sponsor of the ‘Leadership’ category in the Victorian Young Achievers Awards, First... more

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Eco-friendly renovation tips

There might come a time when you decide to make some improvements to your home. Whether it's a kitchen remodel or a lick of paint in the bedroom, giving your home a fresh look could add up to a few extra digits when it's time to... more

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Perk up with passive heating!

As temperatures start to drop for autumn and winter, we'll all be looking for ways to heat our home efficiently, whether it's a rental apartment or a family home. The open fireplace might not be able to warm up an entire home the... more

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Rural land buyers deserve more information

First National Real Estate believes that Australians relocating from city centres to regional areas, with the dream of buying rural land and setting up a working farm, deserve more information and guidance from real estate agents... more

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Deck care tips for the cooler months

Outdoor areas can be a really valuable feature for any home, but it can also be quite easy to let their maintenance fall by the wayside during the cooler months. While you're thinking back over all the good times had on your... more

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How to pick a good tenant

When you're looking to invest in real estate to rent, one of the things you'll need to have a think about is choosing tenants. It's important to fill your vacancies, but often it's equally important to choose the right tenants to... more
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How does the cash rate impact your property prospects?

As you might have seen, in February the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to cut the official cash rate (OCR) by 25 basis points, bringing it down to 2.25 per cent. This was the first change in the OCR in almost a year and... more

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Depreciation differences: old versus new residential properties

Property depreciation is a non-cash tax deduction available to the owners of income producing properties. As a building gets older, items wear out – they depreciate. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows property owners to... more

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3 tips to take stress out of downsizing

There are many reasons behind the decision to downsize. Wanting a change in lifestyle, heading into retirement, children leaving home and financial gain are just some, but it can a difficult time of your life, not least because... more

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3 tips for selling your home this summer | First National Blog

There are an number of things to think about before selling your home. This is a time of big change so you'll want to make the best of the situation to ensure you get the best result possible. If you're looking to sell over the... more

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What to think about when buying off the plan

After a few year experience in the property market game, many people start to think about different ways to maximise their profit. There is nothing more appealing than snapping up a house or unit for less than its value and... more

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First National Real Estate Announces Top Victoria & Tasmania Agents

First National Real Estate’s Victoria Chairman, Garry Nash, presented members with their General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Saturday night. First National Real Estate, which has over 400... more

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Get your garden ready for sale

Being outside is widely accepted as being good for your health, so it follows that one of the first things people will gravitate towards in a property is the backyard. If you're one of many people blessed with even a small patch... more

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How to prepare your home for open inspection

Getting your home ready for sale can be a challenging process. Between organising your possessions and deciding on the next move, hosting an open home can often seem arduous. Showing your home off its full potential can put you... more

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First National Real Estate Announces Top Queensland Agents

First National Real Estate’s Queensland Chairperson, Mike Gray, presented members with their General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards at the Sofitel Brisbane on Saturday night.   First National Real Estate, which has over... more

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Tips for finding a good investment

Property investment is a big financial commitment so you want to make sure you get the best bang for your buck. Whatever your long term investment goals, there are a huge array of factors to consider when choosing the ideal... more

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First National Real Estate strengthens Adelaide presence at Christies Beach

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce that agency principal, Frank White, has rebranded his former franchise of 23 years at Christies Beach to join Australia's largest independent network, bringing the number of... more
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Tips for clearing your garage floor

If you're lucky enough to have a covered car port or garage on your property, you will know how invaluable the additional storage space can be. Potential buyers will also view your garage as a gold mine, particularly if... more

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Ray Ellis says holding deposits far from secure

First National Real Estate's chief executive, Ray Ellis says would be home buyers should not use a holding deposit when they want to secure a property purchase. The preferable way to proceed is to exchange purchasing contracts,... more

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Pick the method to suit your investment strategy

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows investors to choose between two alternative methods of claiming depreciation on plant and equipment assets. These are the diminishing value and the prime cost methods of depreciation.... more

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What to do with your property when you retire

Retirement is the beginning of a whole new stage of your life. But long before you decide to leave the workplace behind, you should consider what retirement will mean for you and your property. Here are a list of points to think... more

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Should I build a granny flat?

As demand for housing grows, property investors an are coming up with more creative ways to maximise their income. Granny flats are just one option. These versatile little buildings are growing in popularity, and here are three... more

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Make your home work harder for you

Turning your residence into an investment Many Australian’s own their primary place of residence, but an increasing number are making the swap from living in their property to using it as an investment for their future.   There... more

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No concerns for Kiwi buyers says Ray Ellis

First National Real Estate's chief executive, Ray Ellis says the network has received enquiry from New Zealand citizens, concerned that the Government's crackdown on foreign investment in residential real estate could apply to... more

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Think buying heritage is for you?

It's not hard to see why buying a historic house is so attractive. The stories, the architecture and the character of an old building are entirely unique - but there can also be some unexpected costs and restrictions along the... more
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3 things every landlord should know

Renting out a property? It can sometimes seem like the tide is against you, but don't fret. The exact laws will vary, but as a landlord you have a number of general rights and responsibilities that you should be aware of. Here... more

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Should I buy a hobby farm?

There's something about the country air that seems to clear your mind and put you at ease. Surrounded by miles of open space and picturesque scenery, it's little wonder people swap the rush of suburban life for a slower pace. If... more

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First National Real Estate Announces Top NSW Performers

First National Real Estate’s New South Wales members were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards at a black tie event hosted at Blue Hotel's Water Bar on Saturday night.   The gala evening celebrated... more

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What will add the most value to my home?

Providing a home for yourself and your family will undoubtedly involve significant expenditure throughout your life, but when the time comes to sell up and move on, you want to make sure that you get the best value possible.... more

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Ray Ellis says negative gearing not a perk for the rich

First National Real Estate's chief executive, Ray Ellis says suggestions that negative gearing is a perk for the rich are misguided and, if eliminated in the next budget, the most vulnerable in our communities could soon see... more
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3 top tips for organising your kitchen

When you're trying to feed the kids, entertain on the weekends and find a little time for yourself, there's one area of the home that can get a little neglected: the pantry. Too often the kitchen becomes an overflowing mess of... more

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Keeping your apartment sustainable

There are times when living in an apartment can feel worlds away from the clean, green air of the countryside. Surrounded by cars, buildings and people, keeping things green sometimes doesn't seem doable but apartment living... more

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Furnish your pockets with the funds claimed from depreciation

Often property investors rent out their property fully furnished. Depreciating furniture can add thousands of dollars to the owners depreciation claim. more

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How to soundproof a home

While they will differ between states and countries, most residential areas all have one thing in common: noise restrictions. Whether it's power tools in the garage or your son or daughter's party getting out of hand, there will... more

Stewart Bunn

3 reasons to get a granny flat

Whether you are buying for the long term to settle down or purchasing property as an investment, there are many benefits of installing a granny flat on your property. You have to make sure you have the right space available to... more

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How to keep cool in your home

The heat from the sun can be a real impediment to your summer activities. Without shade, it can be difficult to relax comfortably when you want to be outdoors at home - not to mention be hazardous to your health! Luckily, there... more

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First National achieves 350% growth in organic website traffic

First National Real Estate has capped a year of revolutionary digital advances with a 350 per cent increase in organic traffic to its national website, a 62 per cent surge in first time customers, a lift in social media customer... more
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3 easy home renovations this summer

Taking on the home renovations in summer is a classic pastime as people find they have more freedom to patch up the home. If you're feeling confident about getting it done yourself, here are a handful of suggestions for ways to... more

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Why might 2015 be a great time to buy property

Read more books. Pick up that hobby we have been meaning to start. Eat healthier. We all have resolutions for 2015, and as always, many of us won't keep to them. It's just part of life. But if you've been thinking about buying a... more

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How to make your home more appealing for tenants

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales recently noted that while vacancy rates in their capital, Sydney, are stable, they also sit very low at 1.5 per cent in the inner city. However, not every city is able to experience... more
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What should I ask myself before buying an investment property

Buying an investment property is a big step, and one of the most important stages of the process is knowing when is the right time to make a purchase. This is especially the case if it's your first time in the market, as there... more
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Top reasons to consider downsizing

People's motivations for downsizing vary considerably. It might be that you've had a change in circumstances that makes a smaller property a wiser decision, or that your family has left home and there's simply too much space... more

Stewart Bunn

What should I consider when buying my first home?

It's a big decision to buy your first property and chances are there are all sorts of features you'd like to find in your home. Locating that ideal property should involve a bit of your heart and a lot more of your head,... more

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How to buy at auction

When you're in the market for a new home, there are usually two ways you can go - private treaty or auction. And when you go for auction, you are entering a world of excitement and - possibly - great deals. But how do you become... more

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Securing your home for the elderly

Sometimes, later in life, there comes a time when your parents or other elderly relatives moving back in with you becomes an opportunity. If this is on the cards for you, it is important to make sure your house can cater to them.... more

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Houses versus Units: differences in property depreciation

One question we are often asked by property investors is, “Why does a unit obtain more depreciation deductions than a house?” Although it’s not always obvious what differences in depreciation deductions there are between property... more
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2 quick bathroom fixes for your home

It happens to a lot of us - between work and family, it gets hard to make time to fix up your home. However, it is important to keep the house in great condition! It makes domestic life a breeze when you stay on top of... more

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Why should you get loan pre-approval?

When you set out as a first home buyer, there are many steps along the way to getting on the all-important bottom rung of the property ladder. One such step is pre-approval for a loan, which can be vital depending on how you are... more
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3 crazy ways to use your small space

Sometimes, the clutter at home can be a bit much. When you have kids living at home, or perhaps parents, the home can feel crowded and you struggle to maximise space. However, by taking inspiration from some more out-there... more
How investment property works for your retirement

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How investment property works for your retirement

With the Council of the Ageing recently welcoming the federal government decision to keep financial advice regulations, now could be a great time to look into property investment for your retirement years. It is a great way to... more
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Keeping your home safe when you go on holiday

One of the great Australian summer activities is the family holiday. Taking the kids out of town to a beachfront holiday home or perhaps to visit family interstate is a great way to wind down and enjoy the sun. But before you go,... more
How to prepare the kitchen for Christmas in advance

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How to prepare the kitchen for Christmas in advance

The festive season is coming right up, which for many can mean lots of tidying up and preparing the house for guests and family. But where do you start? What is the most festive way to prepare the house? Here we have some easy... more

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Inspection tips when buying a holiday home

If you are interested in buying a holiday home for investment this summer, you might be worried about potential damage to the property ahead of the purchase. You want to buy a property that is not going to cost you a fortune in... more
Avoiding a scam when renting a holiday home

Renting

Avoiding a scam when renting a holiday home

Holiday homes are a fantastic place to spend your summer - they can be a pristine getaway for you and the family with great views and only short-term upkeep. They are usually more affordable than hotel holidays, and a great way... more
Making the most of a small living room

Styling

Making the most of a small living room

Sometimes, upsizing your home is not a viable option when you need more room. Whether it is the market conditions or family requirements, sometimes you have to make do with your current housing situation. When this is the case,... more
3 infrastructure projects to watch out for

Buying

3 infrastructure projects to watch out for

No matter where you're looking to buy property, infrastructure will be an important factor that informs your decision. Whether it's a new road or perhaps a NBN rollout announcement, these projects identify ways your life can be... more

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Depreciation for renovations made easy

Investment property owners often miss out on thousands of dollars due to two main reasons: They don’t know what depreciation entitlements they can claim for renovations or refurbishments to their investment property They don’t... more

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First National honours Australian lifesaving tradition this summer

This summer, First National Real Estate says it will provide athletes with the opportunity to improve their life saving skills in a way that has never been seen before. The Australia-wide real estate network’s sponsorship of... more
What to look for in a family-friendly neighbourhood

Moving Home

What to look for in a family-friendly neighbourhood

When you're looking for a new home for your family, it's important to remember that you aren't just seeking out a great property - you're in search of a great neighbourhood. There are many factors to consider for your family's... more
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Styling

Space creators: Tips for putting away clutter

After you spend a few years living in a home, clutter can start to build up and make you feel hemmed-in in some rooms. As it's springtime, perhaps now is a great period to try out some fresh new storage solutions to remove... more

Styling

Spooky style tips for Halloween

It isn't just the spring selling surge this October - it's also the spooky season! With Halloween just around the corner, the USA holiday has grown into a global celebration of all things scary and whimsical - how about adding... more
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Styling

Creating the perfect urban garden

Are you after the healthy living of having your own herb and vegetable garden but want to live right in the middle of the city? It's a conundrum that strikes many people after property, especially those who are looking to buy a... more
How to choose a weekender home

Buying

How to choose a weekender home

Not every property you buy has to be something you either live in full time, or rent out to tenants constantly - another popular option for people to add to their portfolio is the weekender home. Whether it's a quiet cottage in... more

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3 questions to ask a real estate agent when buying a home

Deciding to buy a home is a big move, and there are many variables involved in the process. One factor to always consider is the dealings with real estate agents, and making sure you get the most information possible before you... more

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3 tips for the conveyancing process

When it comes down to the nitty gritty of buying or selling a home, there are several legal processes that can be quite tiresome to deal with. One of those is conveyancing, which is the process of transferring title between a... more
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Styling

3 tips for a fast clearing of clutter

When you come out of that winter slumber, it's easy to find you've let the house get overrun with items - making your spring clean seem like a gigantic task. However, with these quick tips you can lighten the load, a little at a... more

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Ray Ellis answers questions from Gold Coast residents on Hot Tomato FM

Yesterday, chief executive Ray Ellis visited the Gold Coast and answered questions from locals on Hot Tomato 102.9 FM.   Confidence has definitely improved on the Gold Coast and First National’s 22 offices are selling properties... more
Breezing through the fees

Finance

Breezing through the fees

Sometimes buying or selling a home can feel like playing whack-a-mole: every time you think you've covered all of the fees involved, another one pops up and takes you by surprise. Of course there is the actual payment for the... more

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Three burning questions on upsizing

At one point or another in your life, there will always come a time to upsize your home. Perhaps you've decided to expand your family beyond the initial plans, take on a parent in old age or simply want more room to relax.... more

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First National expands its extensive Gold Coast network

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce that principals Peter & Raelene Reading have rebranded their former franchise in Murwillumbah to join its national network, bringing the number of First National offices... more
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Styling

3 tips for childproofing your home

Your new property may be your dream home, but that doesn't mean it's child friendly. This can lead to the need to undertake certain tasks when you move into a new home. Perhaps you've taken over a family home where the kids have... more
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Selling

How do I sell my home quickly?

If you're in the position of putting your home up for sale, there are many actions you can take to boost chances of an excellent sale, often regarding making improvements to your home. But how do you go about making a quick sale?... more
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Getting started on a hobby farm

If you're buying a regional property where you can settle down for the long term, it's a great idea to start up a hobby farm. They don't just provide endless enjoyment and produce for you and your family - they can add real value... more
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Don’t get into hot water with claims

Concerns about the cost of repairs and ongoing maintenance for an owner’s investment property can be reduced by claiming back these costs when an investor is completing their tax return. Before an investor can start to tally... more

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First National goes a third season with Perth Wildcats

Sport provides a perfect opportunity to teach children about attitude, behaviour and leadership so First National Real Estate has renewed its sponsorship of Perth Wildcats for a third consecutive year, says First National Real... more
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Styling

Decked out Freshening your outdoor area for spring

The sun's back in our lives for the next few months as we enter spring, so what better time than to spruce up your deck or patio area for your enjoyment? It won't just make a peaceful area for you and your family, it'll make an... more
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Buying

3 tips for making the strongest offer on a home

Been searching for the right home for what feels like forever and have finally found that slice of paradise you want to call your own? Got the deposit ready and can already see the kids running around the yard on a Sunday while... more
Get serious about saving for a deposit

Finance

Get serious about saving for a deposit

Getting on the property ladder is something that features high on many people's wish lists, but unless you've got a deposit saved up, this could well continue to be a pipe dream.   Whether you're buying on your own or as a... more
Holiday homebodies: Adding polish to your property

Renting

Holiday homebodies: Adding polish to your property

It's springtime again, which means if you own a holiday home there will be people contacting you about renting it much more over the coming months. As the holiday letting season gets busier, more and more people will be coming... more
How to make yourself an ideal tenant

Renting

How to make yourself an ideal tenant

In today's highly competitive property market, renting remains a popular option for many people. As a result, you'll need to show your prospective landlord that you're the type of tenant they are after.  Whether you're renting... more

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Take your time when choosing a real estate agent

No matter whether you're buying or selling property, having the expertise of a real estate agent on your side can prove invaluable. Not only should they have a sound understanding of your local market, but also have the skills to... more

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5 tips for making the most of a small garden

A garden can be a real selling point for a property and just because yours is a little on the small side, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be making an effort with it.  Here are some ideas for getting the most out of the space and... more

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Promoting peace and quiet with home design

Sometimes there's nothing sweeter than the sound of silence. However, as any city dweller or parent with children can tell you, finding a little peace and quiet can be easier said than done. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy... more
Choosing my reserve price at auction

Selling

Choosing my reserve price at auction

With all the excitement taking place at a property auction, it's easy to get overwhelmed as a home buyer. However, there's just as much for sellers to pay attention to. After all, the auction is your chance to fetch a high price... more

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Real estate merger creates Toowoomba property powerhouse

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce that Professional’s Toowoomba has amalgamated its operations with First National Real Estate Copas Newnham.   By combining the resources of their previous business, new... more

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How do I make moving less stressful for my child?

Anyone who's ever moved house can attest to how stressful the process can be. However, it can be even more upsetting for small children. After all, young ones may not understand why they're being forced to vacate the only place... more

First National Real Estate

Avoiding an auction mishap

Buying real estate at auction can be incredibly exciting. The vast stock to choose from, the thrill of trying to outbid - it's very easy to get swept up in the commotion. However, that's also the problem. All too often, people... more
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First National Real Estate

REIA Media Release: Good news for home owners in eastern states

A new report released today shows housing prices in all eastern seaboard capital cities have increased but the good news doesn’t extend to Perth and Hobart. The latest edition of the Bendigo Bank/ REIA Real Estate Market Facts... more

First National Real Estate

Cook up a dream kitchen for your tenants

If you've got a rental property, you'll no doubt consider ways you can maximise your return on investment. While it's not a smart move to complete outlandish renovations that you're unlikely to get your money back from, some... more

Renting

Renting your home: Long-term versus short-term leases

Whether it's a holiday home on the coast or an inner-city apartment in a state capital, one issue you'll need to figure out as the owner of an investment property is whether to use long-term or short-term leases when renting out... more

Downsizing

Future-proof your downsizing decision

Downsizing into a smaller property can be an excellent way to save money and become the proud owner of a home that actually suits your current lifestyle. However, making the move from one home to another is a big commitment, and... more
Becoming a landlord? Make your home more enticing

Investing

Becoming a landlord? Make your home more enticing

Congratulations, you've just become the proud owner of an investment property! more

Investing

Five depreciation points every investor should know

Any owner of an income producing investment property is eligible for significant taxation benefits. more
3 reasons to consider a property manager

Investing

3 reasons to consider a property manager

There's no rule that says you have to put the running of your investment property in the hands of another. However, there's no denying that hiring a property manager to look after your investment can be a huge help. more
Ensure to claim depreciation deductions for your investment property

Investing

Ensure to claim depreciation deductions for your investment property

For most investors, choosing the right property is a big decision. There are many factors a potential investor will think about prior to making a purchase. Astute investors will consider the potential rental returns, the... more
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Buying

Think about extra expenses when buying your first home

Buying your first home can be an exciting time, but rather than getting swept away with the thought of decorating the living room and what you'll do with the garden, it's important to be cost-aware. After all, finding the perfect... more
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Market Updates

Maximise depreciation, claim the assets within your investment property

Often property investors rent out their property fully furnished. Depreciating furniture can add thousands of dollars to the owners depreciation claim. more

Renovations

Time to carry out winter property maintenance

When the winter months come around, it's often tempting to hibernate and wait for the temperature to start rising again. However, there are plenty of maintenance tasks you can be getting on with to keep your home in top condition... more

First National Real Estate

What should I ask my real estate agent?

Looking to sell your home? Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned seller, chances are you'll need a helping hand from a real estate professional. And while there's certainly no shortage of agents to choose from,... more

Buying

What are the advantages of buying a new-build?

No matter whether you're getting onto the property ladder for the first time or hoping to take your next steps, it's important you weigh up the pros and cons of different types of home. One that is likely to feature on your... more
How do I set the right rent for my commercial property?

Commercial

How do I set the right rent for my commercial property?

No matter what type of property you're investing in, determining how much to charge in rent can be tricky. This is especially true for commercial real estate. After all, while anyone who's ever owned a house or rented one from a... more
Get your retirement plans in check

Retirement

Get your retirement plans in check

Most people look forward to the day they retire. With so many more goals in life to achieve, it can be tempting to try and tackle them all in one go. However, it's worthwhile taking a step back and deciding what you want to... more
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Downsizing

What should I discard when downsizing?

Once you've made the decision to downsize, your attention will need to turn to how exactly you can make this happen. After all, it's more than just about finding a smaller property - you'll need to figure out what items you can... more
Looking to upsize? Plan accordingly

Buying

Looking to upsize? Plan accordingly

Downsizing gets most of the attention, but there are just as many people out there who want to trade in their current property for a larger one. Maybe your family has grown, or perhaps you've accumulated too much stuff. Whatever... more
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Buying

What features should I look for in a family home?

If you've decided that now is the right time to move into a family home, there are several factors you'll need to weigh up to ensure your decision is the right one. Whether you're upsizing from your current home or getting onto... more
Buying a house? Work out your borrower profile!

Buying

Buying a house? Work out your borrower profile!

If you're in the market for a residential property, whether for you and your family or as an investment, chances are you'll be borrowing. This leads to one of the most important questions all home buyers must answer: How much can... more
How to choose the right real estate agent

Selling

How to choose the right real estate agent

When it comes to selling your home, you'll want to make sure you've enlisted the help of a real estate agent you're completely happy with. This means doing your research and asking some all-important questions, which will help... more
Make the right impression at a rental inspection

Renting

Make the right impression at a rental inspection

Rental properties are in high demand at the moment, which is why it's so important to ensure you make a good impression when you attend an inspection. After all, a landlord will want to make sure they can trust you to keep their... more
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Investing

Cut down on damage potential for your investment property

When you rent out your property to a tenant - whether it be an apartment in the inner city or a holiday home near the coast - you're putting your valued investment in the hands of others. This comes with inherent risks on your... more
Prepare your home for an open inspection

Buying

Prepare your home for an open inspection

There are many different ways to market your home, but perhaps one of the most effective is to hold an open inspection. This will give people the opportunity to take a look round and ask you anything they might want to know about... more
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Downsizing

Is downsizing the best move in retirement?

There are many reasons why Australians choose to downsize, but often one of the biggest life events that will encourage people to make the move is retirement. After all, if you've got plenty of room and nobody to fill it,... more
What are property factors to consider as a young, newlywed couple in Australia?

Buying

What are property factors to consider as a young, newlywed couple in Australia?

When it comes to purchasing property as a young, newlywed couple, there are a number of things to keep in mind for your future. One of the main things to give some thought towards is your potential children and how suitable your... more
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Buying

Is a hobby farm right for me?

There's a big difference between a working farm and a so-called hobby farm. While the former depends on raising livestock and crops for income, the latter is much more about experiencing a lifestyle for various reasons, many of... more

Buying

Buying undeveloped land: What are the things to look for?

If you're interested in purchasing undeveloped rural land in the future for your own pet projects - perhaps a hobby farm - there are a number of things to keep in mind when investigating plots. Ensuring you take a close look into... more
Treasure or trash? What to keep when downsizing

Downsizing

Treasure or trash? What to keep when downsizing

Downsizing from your current home into a property that better suits your needs can be both fun and lucrative. It's always exciting calling a new place home, and the money you save on your mortgage and utilities can leave you with... more
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First National Real Estate

SMSFs, the sole purpose test and rural weekenders

Investing for your future shouldn't be an optional choice - it should be something that you prioritise as early as you can. However, even if you're fully motivated, it can still be difficult to decide how to invest. With a self... more
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Investing

Make your rural weekender work for you

There's just something special about escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for some time in the country. Maybe it's the peace and quiet, maybe it's the fresh, clean air - whatever it is, it's not hard to understand why some... more
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Investing

Buying a holiday home to let? Plan for the costs

When you decide to buy a holiday home you can rent out to tenants - whether as part of a self-managed super fund or by yourself - chances are there will be only one cost on your mind: The house. You could be forgiven for having... more
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First National Real Estate

First National VIPs gather at NT Parliament House

Over 100 First National VIP’s and new members gathered in the Great Hall of the Northern Territory Parliament House last night, by special invitation, for the Bill Wood Evening, which honours one of the network’s two founding... more
2 things you need to know about SMSF property

Investing

2 things you need to know about SMSF property

Are you looking to secure your future but are not quite sure how to go about it? more
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Downsizing

From sophistication to Spain: Reasons to downsize

Whether you've become empty nesters or are simply fed up with paying expensive power bills, there are many factors that could lead you to downsize from your existing lofty house to something more compact.  more
Brilliant buying tips for young couples ready to settle

Buying

Brilliant buying tips for young couples ready to settle

If you're looking to put your flatting days behind you, buying a home as a young couple is an exciting prospect. more
Is commercial property investment as profitable as residential?

Investing

Is commercial property investment as profitable as residential?

Whether looking for an extra source of income or an investment for a comfortable retirement, many Australians turn to residential property. Buying houses to sell later, renting them out to tenants - there are plenty of options... more

Styling

Home gardens can flourish regardless of space

There’s no better way to eat healthy, save money and make the most of your property than to plant a garden. Some home owners may feel overwhelmed by the idea – after all, not everyone is born with a green thumb. However, creating... more
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First National Real Estate

Approaching neighbours about a nuisance

In a perfect world, all our neighbours would be our friends and we’d regularly trade cups of sugar and lend out lawnmowers with smiles on our faces. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Be it a noise issue, a property... more
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First National Real Estate

Insulation options for homeowners

Insulation is an often-overlooked piece of the homeowner puzzle. Not only can it keep you warm during winter and cool during summer, it can do wonders for your energy bill. With this in mind, if you find yourself making decisions... more
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Renovations

Solutions to storage problems

Storage space may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when considering must-haves in your home, but as those will little storage space know, a tiny bit of room goes a long way. more

Investing

How to be a great landlord

As the owner of a rental property, your source of income stems from the rent your tenants pay you. Therefore, it’s crucial you ensure they’re happy so their tenancy period runs smoothly. Regardless if you’ve gone down the road of... more
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Selling

Open for inspection red flags

Open house inspections can be equal parts fun, exciting and nerve-wracking, especially if you find yourself falling in love with a property at first sight. However, there will be plenty of time to dote on your home in the future... more
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Selling

Principles of interior paint colour selections

A splash of colour can make a world of difference, transforming a boring room into a space you and your guests will want to spend time in. Of course, as with most things in life, a little moderation can also go a long way. more
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Upsizing

How to make room for a growing family

When you first moved into your home, you may have thought that three bedrooms were going to be enough for you and your family. However, over the years, you may have had a few more kids than you originally planned or taken in a... more
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Renting

3 tips to become a perfect tenant

Looking for rental properties can be extremely competitive, so it pays to stand out from the crowd somehow. Whether you have a proven track record of always paying your rent on time or being the perfect neighbour, these can all... more
3 ways to get more out of your rental

Renting

3 ways to get more out of your rental

Many people choose to invest in property because it is a great tactic to build wealth and secure their futures financially. However, as it’s an investment,  owners should look for ways to maximise the returns on their properties.... more

Buying

Negotiating 101: Help for first-home buyers

Everybody is always on the lookout for a good deal. From weekly grocery shopping and car maintenance to buying clothes, this also extends to purchasing real estate. Negotiating the purchase price of a home is a normal part of... more
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First National Real Estate

Managing your swimming pool

With great power comes great responsibility, and there’s nothing quite as powerful as the feeling of comfort, relaxation and prestige that comes with owning an immaculate swimming pool – especially on days when the sun is making... more
How to dress up a spare room for open inspections

Styling

How to dress up a spare room for open inspections

Opening up your doors to strangers to inspect your home may seem a little unsettling as an idea. The pedantic side of you might spring straight for the cleaning cupboard to ensure your home is in tip-top condition. Another part... more
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Upsizing

3 signs you need a new home

Moving into a new home can be a hassle. Nobody really enjoys packing up all of their belongings and carting them off to a new place. This can lead many people to stay in their houses for a long period of time, despite their needs... more
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Buying

Tips and tricks for an auction newbie

The chance to market and sell a home within a set timeframe, while making sure full market value is achieved, has led to auctions becoming a popular way of buying real estate. However, if you’re an auction newbie, the whole... more
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Buying

How to prepare for an open inspection

Everybody knows first impressions are everything. So when you open up the doors of your home to the public for an open inspection, you’ll want to ensure it’s looking its absolute best. more
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Styling

Simple ways to go green

Going green doesn’t mean slapping on a fresh coat of mint-coloured paint in your master bedroom, although that may look fantastic. Making sure your home is green is all about taking practical steps to reduce your impact on the... more
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First National Real Estate

Backyard garden: To pot or not?

If you’re searching for an easy and relatively inexpensive way of adding value and appeal to your home, then look no further than your own backyard. By putting a few hours and some hard work into your outdoor space, you can... more
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Renovations

3 budget DIY renovations: Do up your home on a dime!

While the sun is shining and the weather is fine, why not consider starting some DIY renovation projects throughout your home? Performing a few renovations here and there can even help you to add some value to your home – an... more
3 must-dos for landlords

Renting

3 must-dos for landlords

Becoming a landlord means you’re becoming responsible for your own investment property. If you’ve recently entered the investment market, here are some essential tips you might want to keep in mind to ensure your home is... more
Due diligence: Your best friend, not your homework!

Buying

Due diligence: Your best friend, not your homework!

Purchasing a residential property is likely going to be the most valuable asset you acquire in your lifetime. more

Buying

3 tips to conquer your first home buyer jitters

For many people, buying a first home can be a scary thought. After all, you’re taking on a valuable asset with a significant home loan to fund it. You might feel dizzy at the thought of jumping headfirst into a property market... more

Investing

Holding on to quality tenants

Renting out a home can be a great way to increase your income while investing in a valuable asset. However, just as important as finding the right tenants for your property is holding on to them. Having disruptions in tenancy can... more

Styling

First National’s renovating tips for maximum return

A new coat of paint, built-in wardrobes and replacing carpet with hardwood floors may make a home more attractive to renters and buyers, but not all renovations are created equal. Renovating a property can pay dividends, but you... more
Should you invest in commercial property?

Investing

Should you invest in commercial property?

A well-chosen commercial property should provide a good steady return on investment (ROI) and, over time, increase in both rental potential and capital value. more
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Network News

Christmas, the Australian way

In Australia, we’re a multicultural lot, so our Christmas Day traditions are extremely diverse. As summer is at the forefront of all our Christmas celebrations, water, barbecuing and relaxation play a big part in the success of... more
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First National Real Estate

Gross commercial rents across Australia

Gross commercial rents fell in all markets throughout Australia in the third quarter. The rate of decline slowed for industrial (-0.4%) and retail (-1.6%) property but accelerated for office (-2%). Average industrial rents are... more
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First National Real Estate

Levels of renting near post-war peak

Twice as many Aussies now rent as in 1981 but nowhere near as many as the postwar peak of 44% of the population in 1947. Some 4.5 million live in private rental accommodation – about 1.8 million households, or 23.4% of households... more
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First National Real Estate

Modest improvement in confidence

Commercial-Real-EstateAccording to the NAB’s third quarter Commercial Property Survey, there has been a modest improvement in business confidence – its Commercial Property Index rose to -13 in the third quarter from -16 in the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National, helping NSW bushfire victims

First National Real Estate has just received its latest partner update from Red Cross Emergency Services. Through the First National Foundation, our members fundraise, year-round, to assist Red Cross Emergency Services in its... more
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First National Real Estate

Better, smarter smoke detectors

Smoke alarms, which are an essential safety feature of every house and apartment, can also be a source of great annoyance. Typically, they emit a high-pitched tone when sounding, and it’s difficult to tell which direction the... more
Merry Christmas from First National Real Estate

Network News

Merry Christmas from First National Real Estate

With Christmas approaching, First National members continue to see strong levels of interest at home inspections nationally, so it’s still a great time to sell. Buyers and sellers become more decisive as the holiday season... more

Buying

No reserve auction, crazy?

The Australian real estate profession watched with interest last month as a Queensland property was put to auction, ‘without reserve’.  The Long Island waterfront property in the Witsundays attracted 20 bidders and was... more
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First National Real Estate

Could unit owners be forced from old blocks?

A question that has vexed strata managers and apartment owners for years is how do you wind up an old apartment building when it has come to the end of its practical life? How would you ever obtain 100% agreement from all owners... more
Termites, deadly to more than your sale

Selling

Termites, deadly to more than your sale

This may not surprise you but new research confirms 74% of survey respondents will cross your home off their list if a building inspector finds termites. more
Polly does not want your cracker!

Renting

Polly does not want your cracker!

When you live in a strata building, do you have the right to feed wild birds from your balcony? It’s not only unwise, according to First National Real Estate, it’s potentially ‘nuisance behaviour’ from your Owners Corporation’s... more
12 tips to make small bathrooms better

Styling

12 tips to make small bathrooms better

Adding another bathroom to your home, or improving the way space is used in a very small bathroom, can make a huge difference to both your home’s appeal and its value, says First National Real Estate. Here are our 12 tips for... more
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Investing

November rental yields wrap up

While market sentiment has now demonstrably lifted and house prices growth has accelerated, rental yields are eroding. The National Australia Bank Quarterly Residential Property Survey shows rents increased just 0.2% in the third... more
Boost to commercial property sales

Investing

Boost to commercial property sales

Commercial property investment is strengthening, with September quarter sales nearly double that of a year ago, according to First National Commercial. more
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First National Real Estate

First Home Buyers an endangered species: REIA

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says the latest housing finance figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that first home buyers are now at a record low despite total lending for housing... more
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First National Real Estate

First National takes steps to deal with Meth Labs

The number of illegal drug labs found in rental properties is steadily rising, prompting First National Real Estate to take steps to help its property managers to recognise their tell-tale signs. Police in Queensland have run... more
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First National Real Estate

Take steps now to reduce bushfire risk

It’s already clear that this summer could herald very dangerous fire conditions, so First National Real Estate suggests you take steps now to reduce your risk. Clear gutters of leaves and bark and check regularly. Keep grass... more

First National Real Estate

CEO says lift in market benefits regions

When the National Australia Bank recently released its third quarter Australian Residential Property Survey, it confirmed what many would deem self-evident – that demand for both new and established property has lifted,... more
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First National Real Estate

Market continues shift in favour of vendors

RP Data research analyst Cameron Kusher has reported that the property market continues to shift further in favour of the seller, as opposed to the buyer, as home values and sales volumes climb at a time that the number of... more
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First National Real Estate

First National O’Donoghues raises $33,843

Odonoghues Chariy Lunch. The Cav Hotel. Photo Shane EecenTake a bow everybody at First National O’Donoghues, Darwin. This amazing First National Real Estate team raised a staggering $33,843 for First National Foundation in... more

Buying

House hunting… Sydney vs Melbourne

Melbourne-Sydney rivalry dates back for centuries and has been linked to when the two states were fighting over the location of the new Federation’s parliament and even further back to the 1800s when the gold rush in Victoria... more
Good time to sell lower priced property

Selling

Good time to sell lower priced property

Do you own a house worth about $400,000? If you want to sell quickly, new research indicates now could be the perfect time. more
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First National Real Estate

First National accepting donations for NSW bushfires

First National Real Estate, through the First National Foundation, has called for all Australians to donate to assist people who have been directly affected by the New South Wales bushfires. “This week we expected to be assisting... more
Time to hold or sell investment property?

Investing

Time to hold or sell investment property?

With rising property prices and predictions of rapid capital growth in key markets in 2014, many investors are looking closely at their options. Talk of a looming property bubble has some investors spooked, but both the Reserve... more
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First National Real Estate

Partnering with First National in Salisbury

After 10 years as a franchisee of Australia’s largest real estate network, Michael Janda thought it reasonable to assume his membership fees were purchasing the best support and systems in the industry. After all, the fees were... more
First National’s 8 tips when renovating to sell

Selling

First National’s 8 tips when renovating to sell

When you’re planning to sell, it’s crucial to put together a list of potential improvements that will maximise your sale price. more
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First National Real Estate

First National shifts gear with commercial

First National Real Estate today announced the expansion of Amanda Kohler’s role to that of national property & commercial manager. Ms Kohler joined the network in 2011 as national property manager, bringing considerable... more
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Buying

Apartments vs houses – which is better?

With the growing need for medium density housing and the increasing popularity of apartments, First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Mr Ray Ellis does a reality check and takes a look at the pro’s and con’s of both living... more
Improved selling conditions spread across nation: CEO

Selling

Improved selling conditions spread across nation: CEO

Improved selling conditions continue to spread across the nation, assisted by a lift in post-election consumer confidence says First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Ray Ellis. Also adding to improved levels of demand are... more
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Network News

First National, the partnership for progress

First National Rayner’s two offices (Bacchus Marsh & Ballan, Vic) have launched First National Websites, implemented the leading edge First National buyer/tenant matching and office management systems, Utopia and Platform, and,... more
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First National Real Estate

Australian cities most expensive globally for retailers

Australian cities remain amongst the most expensive for global retailers, despite ordinary retail figures. Although top retail rents in Sydney have eased, Brisbane’s have surged and Melbourne‘s continue to grow steadily. Overall,... more
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Buying

How to be a winner, whether buying or selling this spring

As property markets across the country become more balanced, and spring is off to a good start, both buyers and sellers are set to be winners if they follow some simple rules of engagement says First National Real Estate Chief... more
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Renting

Avoid therapy, choose your flatmates carefully

If you want to avoid dining out on the ‘flatmate from hell’ story for years to come, take First National Real Estate’s advice and follow these 9 tips on harmonious flatmate selection. 1. Housekeeping Style Wars over housekeeping... more
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First National Real Estate

Coalition set to deliver on real estate agenda

On Saturday, Tony Abbott was elected as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister with a projected majority of between 90 and 95 seats. The election of the Coalition promises to restore Australia’s confidence after three years of fatigue... more
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Investing

Investment property now pays for itself?

Whereas first homebuyers led the market recovery in 2009, following the impact of the GFC, investors and upgraders are leading the charge this time.  more
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First National Real Estate

Will the election affect your house price?

As Australia heads toward next month’s Federal poll, the belief that elections slow property markets has been challenged by one of the nation’s leading property market analysts. So, will the election affect your house price? In... more
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First National Real Estate

How I learned to love First National by Peter Gibson

When Peter Gibson sold his Adelaide business of 20 years to move to the Gold Coast, he bought six real estate agencies and their rent rolls in preference to retirement. He closed five of those businesses and consolidated all... more
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First National Real Estate

Listings, not elections, dampening property market

While there have been a host of reports lately about the impact of elections on the property market, it is low stock volumes that are dampening activity across the board. There’s as much evidence to show elections slow both the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Giles Jones awarded for dedication to community safety

PERTH: Nichole Jones and the property management team at First National Real Estate Giles Jones was this week presented with the 2013 Community Safety Awareness Award by Mayor, Charlie Zannino. The agency has dedicated itself to... more
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Moving Home

Anxious about meeting the new neighbours?

The removalists have left, you’ve unpacked most of your belongings and the kitchen is just about functional. So, how do you go about meeting your new neighbours, and, is it up to you or them to make the first move? more
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First National Real Estate

Bright future for Australian hotels and tourism

Big financial rewards are looking likely in city and regional destinations as more Chinese tourists make their way to Australia. Although corporate travel has been weakening as the mining boom wanes, destinations like the Gold... more
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Buying

More women own their own home

Recently, The Huffington Post reported that single women make up 18 per cent of homeowners, compared with 10% of single men. Apparently, savvy single women in the US have been buying homes at twice the rate of their single male... more
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First National Real Estate

Australians deserve a national housing policy

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says the major parties need to reveal their housing policies as part of the Federal election campaign and show how they are going to address affordability and supply challenges. REIA... more
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First National Real Estate

Rate cut benefits investors but first home buyers may suffer

Yesterday’s reduction in the official cash rate comes at a time when the housing market has begun showing signs of responding to the low debt servicing environment. So, with an election underway, which normally subdues market... more
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First National Real Estate

Invest in forward property tax planning

Investment property owners should ensure they keep proper accounting records and plan ahead for next year’s tax return, First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Mr Ray Ellis, says. “The recent targeting of property investors... more

Selling

Preparing your home for sale

So you’ve made the decision to sell your home. The marketing plan is in place and you’re ready to welcome potential buyers but the question now remains, are you really ready for this? Here are a few tips to help you sell your... more
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Investing

Landlords big winners in May

Rents increased across most states in May, which meant landlords were the clear winners according to May research.  The May rent report analysis from rent.com.au showed rents increased in all states except NSW, ACT and NT, where... more

Styling

First National’s 9 tips for making the switch to solar

As electricity prices increase, more and more Australians are turning to solar PV panels to reduce their costs and reliance on the electricity grid. more
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Moving Home

Moving with children, make it an adventure

Buying a new home and planning to move may push you to your limits but try to remember that you’re not the only one going through a big change, your kids are too. Planning can help all family members, especially young children,... more
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Network News

First National opens two more offices in Fairfield

First National Real Estate is pleased to confirm the strengthening of its metropolitan Sydney network with the addition of two more offices to service increasing demand from the greater Fairfield district. more
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First National Real Estate

Generational change shifts retail

Canberra is bracing for a 15% rise in office vacancies, the potentially real outcome if there is a change of government when the Federal election is called. With the goal of cutting 12,000 public service jobs, a Coalition... more

Selling

30 days, the key to optimising price

Applying the right price when your home goes on the market can lead to a faster sale, new RP Data research* has found.  Holding out longer for a ‘better price’ has been shown to deliver the opposite of what home sellers hope for... more
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Investing

The year of the property investor

2013 has been hailed as ‘the year of the property investor’ because interest rates are now below rental yields in many areas, and attracting investment. Rents are predicted to keep pace with an anticipated lift in house prices of... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s high profile arrival in Wagga Wagga

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce the arrival of its new, high-profile office in New South Wales’ largest inland city, Wagga Wagga. First National Real Estate Eldridge has provided property services to the Wagga... more
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First National Real Estate

What makes for a truly successful weekender property?

To get the maximum benefit from a weekender, it needs to be within convenient striking distance of your regular home. Once a weekender is more than one and a half hours drive from your normal residence, the chances of your... more
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Market Updates

93% of First National agents say their local market is steady or rising

The residential market is expected to continue its trend of gradual revival in the second half of 2013, according to First National Real Estate’s 2013 Property Market Outlook Mid Year Update. According to the vast majority of our... more
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First National Real Estate

Housing market in better shape than a year ago

Overall, the housing market in Australia is in much better shape than it was a year ago, according to First National Real Estate’s 2013 Property Market Outlook Mid Year Update. In 2012, values were still falling and market... more
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First National Real Estate

Time to Invest in Strengthening Market: Property Outlook Mid Year Update

Now is the time to invest in Australia’s strengthening property market, to capitalise on the momentum that’s slowly been building all year says First National Real Estate’s 2013 Property Market Outlook Mid Year Update. The... more
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First National Real Estate

Property investment popularity increases

The popularity of property investment is rising according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with record low interest rates driving confidence. The latest housing finance figures from the ABS show that... more
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Network News

First National expands in metro Melbourne

First National Real Estate is pleased to announce its ongoing expansion with the opening of another office in metropolitan Melbourne - First National Real Estate Wantirna. Formerly known as LJ Hooker Wantirna, principal David... more
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First National Real Estate

First National CEO says revival trend to continue

Twice a year, First National Real Estate assesses the reality of market conditions right across Australia. We compare our members observations at local level against the predictions of economic experts and industry commentators.... more
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Buying

Find your new home in July National Focus

Out looking for a new home? more
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Network News

First National, Finalist – Australian Real Estate Awards

First National Real Estate moved one step closer to Australian Real Estate Awards victory with its finalist status announced by Sterling Publishing this week. The network is proud to have been nominated a finalist in category... more
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First National Real Estate

ATO takes aim at investors

Take care with your deductions because the Australian Taxation Office has investors in its crosshairs.A whopping 1.3 million investors claimed losses they were not entitled to over the 2010/11 financial year – a rise of 18% on... more
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First National Real Estate

Housing needs to be on election agenda

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says that all Australians should have access to affordable and suitable housing.     REIA President, Mr Peter Bushby says, “Home ownership is declining after three decades of stable... more
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Selling

Homes selling faster

Across Australia, the average number of days it takes to sell a home is now just 60 days.  Also, the good news is that the figure has been trending downward throughout the year.    This reflects stronger trading conditions in the... more
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First National Real Estate

Time to start thinking about tax

With only days before the end of the financial year, if you need to buy depreciating assets in your business – a new computer or a car – there are a whole lot of reasons to do it now.     New rules that came in on 1 July 2012... more
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First National Real Estate

House price average records slight drop, REIA

The March quarter recorded a slight drop in the Australian weighted average median house price for capital cities, largely due to the drag factor of Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, according to the Bendigo Bank/REIA Real Estate... more

First National Real Estate

Historic high yields and low rates

The median annual rental yield is now higher than interest rates across seven of Australia’s eight capital cities.     In Sydney, the annual rent achievable on a $490,000 apartment exceeds the cost of an investment loan for... more

First National Real Estate

First National Chief Executive regards April declines as ‘blip on the graph of recovery’

After an encouraging 2.8% gain in capital city dwelling values in the first three months of 2013, prices slipped backwards by 0.5% through April.      However, March was a particularly strong quarter and First National Real... more

First National Real Estate

First National calls in unwanted mobile phones

Australians who moved house over the last five years moved an estimated 5.7 million old mobiles[1] with them according to First National Real Estate.     A new report[2] commissioned by MobileMuster on moving home habits, has... more
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First National Real Estate

First National expands in South Pacific

First National Real Estate is expanding throughout the region with members now throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.   “We have grown to become Australia’s largest independent real estate network by... more
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First National Real Estate

First National appoints youngest Chairman in company history

First National Real Estate appointed its youngest ever Chairman when it announced a new Board of Directors as part of its annual National Convention.   Mark Millington, Managing Director of First National Lakeshores at Mannering... more

First National Real Estate

First National Real Estate honours founder

Australia’s largest independent real estate network recently honoured one of its founding fathers at a special function held during the network’s annual National Convention on Hamilton Island. First National Real Estate, which... more

First National Real Estate

First National goes Gangnam Style

If there was ever any doubt that real estate agents have a sense of humour, watch this…  :-) A huge congratulations to the team at First National Real Estate, Broome the winners of our National FNRE agents ‘Gangnam Style’ video... more
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First National Real Estate

Andrew Winter tells First National agents, embrace technology but remember personal contact

Technology has had an enormous impact in most businesses and industries, none more so than real estate.  When embracing the new, agents and businesses are urged to be careful according to real estate guru, Andrew Winter. “Real... more
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First National Real Estate

Agents operating in teams more successful says Florence Caruette

Real estate is often seen to be an industry dominated by individuals but it is only by working together that they shine according to industry expert, Florence Caruette. “Real estate is full of motivated individuals but it is... more
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First National Real Estate

First National GEMs Sparkle at Hamilton Island Awards Night

First National Real Estate’s members were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards from across Australasia and the South Pacific, at the network’s annual National Convention held on Hamilton Island this... more

First National Real Estate

Bernard Salt discusses Australian property trends at First National Convention

The post-industrial suburbs to the west of many of Australia’s capital cities will be the next frontier for property improvement and development according to renowned property market forecaster, Bernard Salt. “The baby boomers... more

First National Real Estate

Groundbreaking study about pets & renting

First National Real Estate is proudly assisting with University of Western Sydney research into rental housing and pet ownership. Over 60% of Australian households have one or more pets but the needs of renters aren’t necessarily... more

First National Real Estate

Have an investment property? Get a tax depreciation report!

As a building gets older, items wear out – they depreciate. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows property owners to claim this depreciation as a deduction. Any property owner who obtains income from their property can... more
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First National Real Estate

Budget disappoints first home buyers

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says the federal Budget has ignored the plight of many young Australians when it comes to housing affordability. REIA President Mr Peter Bushby says, “There’s nothing in this Budget... more
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First National Real Estate

Property market moving faster, less discounting necessary

The number of days it takes to sell a property, and the reduction needed from the initial asking price, is an excellent indicator of market health. First National members are reporting that the market is moving faster and that... more
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First National Real Estate

Viability of commercial offices in doubt?

With the advent of social media, Skype and improved Internet services enabling more workers to work from home, are the days of the traditional office space numbered? According to demographer, Bernard Salt, 2011 Census figures... more

First National Real Estate

10 Best Dog Breeds for Apartments and Small Yards

When it comes to picking a dog-breed that’s suitable for apartment or small-yard living, there are a number of things to take into consideration including the energy levels, exercise requirements and disposition of the breed, but... more
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First National Real Estate

Rents to rise 3.6% over the next two years

An overall uplift in consumer sentiment has helped the Australian real estate market continue its 2013 trend of revival.   In a remarkable coincidence, rents are predicted to keep pace with an anticipated lift in house prices of... more

First National Real Estate

Are dining rooms a thing of the past in property development?

As Australian tastes evolve, is our ‘dine everywhere but home’ culture sounding the death knell for dining rooms? Developers, long accustomed to supplying only what sells, have long combined dining and living spaces in apartments. more
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First National Real Estate

Home buyers welcome RBA cuts

Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) President, Mr Peter Bushby says the Reserve Bank of Australia has made a sensible decision in cutting interest rates by .25 percentage points to a record low 2.75 per cent. Following a... more
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First National Real Estate

Ten Tips for Retail Leases

When it comes to finding the right retail premises for your business and negotiating a lease, it pays to do your homework. Here are Ten Tips and things to consider before you sign on the dotted line: more

First National Real Estate

Tips to Prepare Your Pool for Winter

When temperatures start to fall, especially in the southern states, it’s a good time to think about preparing your backyard pool for going into hibernation over winter so it’s in good shape and ready to use when the warmer months... more

Investing

Investors finally realising the benefits of NRAS and DHA housing, First National warns caution is...

NRAS-Investment-Property-2First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Mr Ray Ellis, says investors are finally starting to realise the potential of housing affordability schemes, such as the National Rental Affordability Scheme... more

First National Real Estate

First National CEO comments on improving market outlook

This month, First National members gather for our network’s annual National Convention. As always, we’re working hard to stay at the forefront of property services so a raft of new technologies and consumer focused strategies are... more
10 reasons why you should consider commercial real estate investment

Commercial

10 reasons why you should consider commercial real estate investment

First National Commercial finds that property investors sometimes overlook commercial real estate, favouring the more familiar residential market segment, but here are 10 reasons why investing in commercial real estate helps... more

First National Real Estate

Are you planning properly for your future needs?

By 2050, it is estimated 2.8 million Australians in need of care will be living outside of an aged care facility, which means they will be living with relatives or remaining in their own homes, representing a potentially huge... more

First National Real Estate

How about holding a garage sale?

A Garage Sale is a great way to involve the whole family and clear your house of clutter. You make money and, most importantly, everyone has fun! There’s nothing like looking at a handful of cash at the end of the day and being... more
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First National Real Estate

Australian homeowners staying put

Recent research from RP Data reveals Australian homeowners are staying in their houses for an average of 9.3 years. Ten years ago, that figure was 6.8 years.  The same trend is also occurring with apartments, where the average... more

First National Real Estate

May ‘national focus’ offers exciting property opportunities

Looking for a new home? Take a sneak peak at May’s ‘national focus’ eMagazine. First National Real Estate may have just what you’re looking for. more
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First National Real Estate

Relocations drive exponential growth

First National Real Estate will continue its support of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, which it believes will be bigger and better than in 2012. “Last year, the first Expo attracted crowds of more than 8,000 people over the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National says ‘unsocial’ hours a necessity in real estate

Federal Legislation currently being considered could cost the Australian economy millions of dollars in lost productivity if implemented in the real estate industry according to First National Real Estate, Chief Executive, Mr Ray... more
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First National Real Estate

Internet retailing drives logistics shift

First National Commercial says that while traditional retail is experiencing challenges with changing consumer behaviours, there are upsides for the logistics industry. Australia is seeing increasing interest in commercial... more
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First National Real Estate

Strata could be Australia’s first choice within 25 years

The Australian Bureau of Statistics forecasts that within the next 25 years, strata titled apartments are likely to out-rate residential houses as the number one choice of housing in Australia. And along with the body corporate... more
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First National Real Estate

South Australian affordability may increase foreign ownership

South Australia’s improving affordability prospects may see a surge of foreign investment into its property market, says First National Real Estate, CEO, Mr Ray Ellis. Mr Ellis visited the Garden State recently, as part of his... more
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First National Real Estate

First National awards young achiever for leadership and innovation

First National is committed to leadership and innovation, both within its network and in the wider community. The network therefore sponsors the Leadership & Innovation category of Tasmania’s Southern Cross Young Achiever Awards... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s 3 tips to stave off winter bill chills

Gas and electricity prices are on the rise, fuelling the flames of discontent for many home owners.  With the onset of winter, First National Real Estate offers advice that will warm the cockles of homeowners’ hearts, while... more

First National Real Estate

What does an agent have that I don’t?

Why should I use an estate agent? The simple answer to one of the most commonly asked questions in the property market – “Why should I use a real estate agent to buy, sell or manage my property?” – is because it makes financial,... more
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First National Real Estate

National vacancy rate level at 1.9%

The average national vacancy rate has remained unchanged at 1.9% coming to a national total of 52,351 dwellings during the month of February, according to SQM Research. However, vacancies may be starting to rise, with the... more
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First National Real Estate

Property market improving, vendors more realistic

Reserve Bank assistant governor, Philip Lowe, says there is evidence that reduced cash rates are helping to lift property values and confidence in the housing market. An increase in household savings from zero to 10% since the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Real Estate joins Red Cross Calling

March heralds a significant event on the fundraising calendar, the Red Cross Calling appeal which, this year, will be joined by Australia’s premier real estate network, First National Real Estate. Through its philanthropic arm,... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s Western Australia GEMs sparkle at awards night

The gala evening celebrated the best of the state’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to Cambell Giles, WA State Chairman, First National Real Estate has not been without significant challenges for the... more
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First National Real Estate

More tenants sharing slows growth

Australian Property Monitors says weekly asking rents in Perth, Brisbane and Darwin all increased in the December quarter, but Melbourne and Sydney asking prices are stable or in decline. Two key trends are emerging and they... more

First National Real Estate

Chinese investors consider Daintree eco lodge purchase

First National Commercial Cairns senior consultant Greg Peck has returned from the Overseas Property Investment Exhibition in Pudong where he was in talks with one party interested in the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa business. The... more
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First National Real Estate

First National strengthens Melbourne’s north western suburbs

represents the 12th office servicing this important growth corridor and principal, Joe Borg is excited about the enhancements his business will be able to deliver in partnership with First National. ‘Given the strength of the... more

First National Real Estate

First National’s Queensland agents sparkle at GEM Awards

The gala evening celebrated the best of the state’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to Mike Gray, Queensland Chairman of First National Real Estate, has not been without significant challenges for the... more
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First National Real Estate

Extend, build or subdivide and conquer

“A combination of increasing demand, the ongoing shortage of supply, an aging population and a slow but gradually improving property market is forcing many home owners to consider any option that provides flexible working... more
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First National Real Estate

Fewer homes selling at a loss

Auction clearance rates have improved and buyer activity has lifted significantly, right across First National’s network of over 450 offices. Upgraders are out in force and interest rates are forecast for further cuts in the... more

First National Real Estate

Three reasons why property prices are rising

The Reserve Bank decided to maintain the cash rate at 3 per cent this month as the broad range of economic indicators provided no reason for change. The local residential market is certainly performing better so far this year.... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s Victorian & Tasmanian GEM Awards winners sparkle

The gala evening celebrated the best of the state’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to First National Real Estate Victorian Chairman, Garry Nash has not been without significant challenges for the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National NSW/ACT top estate agents & offices receive GEM Awards

The gala evening celebrated the best of the state’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to State Chairman, Mark Millington has not been without significant challenges for the profession. “Last year... more
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First National Real Estate

REIA welcomes First National to affiliates’ council

REIA CEO, Ms Amanda Lynch says, “We are thrilled to announce that Professionals, the Estate Agents Cooperative (EAC) and First National have all come on board to benefit from what REIA offers its members.” more

First National Real Estate

Home offices need to work for your lifestyle

“Traditionally, house hunter lists used to include the “must haves” of off-street parking, ensuite bathrooms and mature gardens,” Mr Ellis said. “But the home office is slowly making its way on to this list, as the incredible... more
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First National Real Estate

First National GEMs Sparkle at Awards Night

The gala evening celebrated the best of the state and territory’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to State Chairman, Russell Burton has not been without significant challenges for the profession.... more
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First National Real Estate

First National WA partners with Wildcats for kids

“As the leading independent real estate network in Australia, we were in an ideal position to offer children the opportunity of being involved in something that very few people get to see or experience,” First National Real... more
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First National Real Estate

First Home Owners Encouraged To Build

Current market conditions are bringing home ownership dreams closer for many first home buyers and First National Real Estate  CEO, Mr Ray Ellis says building a new home may be their best option. “The housing sector of the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s outlook for the 2013 Queensland property market

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and provides insight to what member agents expect the market to do “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s outlook for the 2013 Northern Territory property market

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and providing insight to what member agents expect the market to do, “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s outlook for 2013 Tasmanian property

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and providing insight to what member agents expect the market to do.   “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where... more
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First National Real Estate

First National network founder awarded Order of Australia medal

The Australia Day honours announcements saw First National Real Estate’s founding father, Mr Charles Heath of Metung Victoria awarded an Order of Australia, for his dedication and commitment to excellence in Australian real... more
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First National Real Estate

First National broadens appeal to flood victims

The First National Real Estate network, through the First National Foundation, has broadened its national bushfire appeal, to include assistance for those who have been affected by the devastating floods across the Eastern states... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s 2013 property market outlook for South Australia

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and provides insight to what member agents expect the market to do. “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s 2013 outlook for Western Australia property

The Outlook is based on a survey of First National’s 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and providing insight to what member agents expect the market to do. “Our members are looking forward to... more

First National Real Estate

First National has landlords covered

“It is important for landlords to realise the cover they need should extend beyond the normal building insurance policy, which does not cover things like willful damage to their property, failure to pay rent, or claims made... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s 2013 outlook for Victorian property

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level and providing insight to what member agents expect the market to do. “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s outlook for New South Wales property

The Outlook is based on a survey of the 400+ member network and, drawing on its experience at a grass roots level, provides insight to what member agents expect the market to do. “Our members are looking forward to 2013 where the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National agents say property market 2013 looks positive

The Outlook, is based on a survey of the 400+ member network and draws on its experience at a grass roots level, providing insight to what member agents anticipate the market will do in their area in 2013. “Our members are... more

First National Real Estate

First National launches national bushfire appeal

The First National Real Estate network, through the First National Foundation, has launched a national bushfire appeal and joins the Red Cross in its appeal for all Australians to dig deep and donate to assist those who have been... more

First National Real Estate

First National Foundation calls for donations to Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal

First National members have always been generously involved with the support of their local communities. At times like these, when communities are threatened by natural disasters, we redouble our fundraising efforts for the First... more
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First National Real Estate

Indicators Strong For Property Market Recovery in 2012

Indications that a property market recovery is likely in 2012 are strong, although it will be a slow and gradual process, with first home buyers beginning to stir, but not fully confident to part with their hard earned savings,... more

First National Real Estate

Want a better real estate agent? Consider First National!

It’s not nearly as hard as you think to find a good real estate agent. Especially if First National Real Estate has an office in your region! We try harder than other real estate agents and with over 400 offices throughout... more
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First National Real Estate

First National says pools make nice beds for bugs

The cold winter months are behind us and as the weather starts to warm up, so too does the propensity for pools to become breeding grounds for bugs. First National Real Estate National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart Bunn says... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s December ‘national focus’ – Out Now!

2012 has been another strong year for First National Real Estate. As we celebrated the network’s 30th anniversary, our network paid homage to its founding fathers – two Victorian estate agents who envisaged a cooperative... more

First National Real Estate

22 tips for home owners to child proof your home

First National Real Estate offers some handy tips and hints on how to childproof your home – increasingly essential information for homeowners and investors alike. Kitchen and Wet Areas: more
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First National Real Estate

Renovation properties popular with investors

What do you do when house prices are relatively flat and the time honoured strategy of buying and holding real estate no longer assures rapid gains? Well it appears the nation’s investors are flocking to buy homes that need much... more

First National Real Estate

First National members suit up and ride with Cadel Evans

First National Real Estate members and staffers, keen to raise funds for Orygen Youth Health, put on their business suits and went riding with Cadel Evans and Mark Seymour (of Hunters & Collectors fame) last Friday with 200+... more

First National Real Estate

First National says property is our biggest asset

Australians love property, both to live in and as an investment, but that investment needs to be looked after.  The best way to do that is to appoint a property manager that has the requisite qualifications, skills and experience... more

First National Real Estate

First National Real Estate sponsors Perth Wildcats NBL basketball team

The one-year sponsorship agreement will see the multi championship winning Wildcats helping First National Real Estate provide professional development to their team of more than 350 staff across the 25 West Australian First... more
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First National Real Estate

Make a splash this summer with property

Selling a home in summer can be tricky for some but rewarding for many.  First National Real Estate National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart Bunn says it all comes down to getting the details right. “Pretty gardens,... more

First National Real Estate

Pool maintenance in summer

Don't let your pool turn green As we move into the warmer months, First National Real Estate reminds homeowners and tenants that longer daylight hours and stronger sunlight can wreak havoc with chlorine levels in your pool.... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Real Estate sees renewed enthusiasm for property

First National Real Estate’s agents are working hard, all over Australia, dealing with renewed enthusiasm for property this spring. Since the most recent Reserve Bank cut to official interest rates, there has been a sharp rise in... more

First National Real Estate

Think your pricing strategy through carefully

Pricing to sell your propertyInsisting on an unrealistic price is the most common mistake the property owner makes when they decide to sell, according to First National Real Estate. “Deciding what to ask for your property is the... more
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First National Real Estate

First National and Mobile Buster help turn pictures into memories

First National Real Estate supports the mobile phone industry’s official recycling programme – mobile muster. There are 22 million old phones in Australia that need to be recycled and kept out of landfill. The Memory Muster is... more

First National Real Estate

Home buyers ask – renovate or buy?

Current buyers’ market conditions may be weakening, as a result of continued Reserve Bank interest rates cuts, but before making the decision to become a home owner or trade up, consider all your options carefully and make sure... more
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First National Real Estate

Rental market remains tight

Residential vacancy rates have tightened again throughout Australian capital cities. SQM Research shows landlords continue to hold the upper hand, after the average vacancy rate fell to 1.8% in August. This means there are now... more
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First National Real Estate

Prime time for coastal property investment?

Did you know that many regional coastal areas have experienced a fall in values over the past year? Outside capital city areas, most coastal property is now priced below the historic highs experienced before the Global Financial... more
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First National Real Estate

First National grows market share

First National Real Estate has grown its market share to third largest in Australia, according to a recent IBISWorld ‘Real Estate Agents in Australia’ report. The report considers the industry’s performance since the GFC and... more
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First National Real Estate

Do your research before buying

With Spring always a popular season for house hunters, many would-be home buyers are already turning their minds to buying a property, hoping to capitalise on the current prime buying market conditions. First National Real Estate... more

First National Real Estate

Ballarat school benefits from busy First National agency

First National Real Estate this week presented Urquhart Park Primary School with two iPads as part of its iTools for Schools promotion. The program gives back to the community, with an iPad given away when 10 people, who... more
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First National Real Estate

AMP Capital Calls Bottom of Housing Cycle

The news just keeps improving for Australia’s housing market.   The Reserve Bank has kept official interest rates on hold at 3.5% and experts anticipate a further reduction in rates before the end of 2012. Also, according to AMP... more
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First National Real Estate

First National and Red Cross get Redi for Disasters

First National Real Estate, through the First National Foundation, has joined the Red Cross in its appeal for all Australians to be prepared for a disaster as part of the inaugural Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Week, being run... more
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First National Real Estate

First Home Buyers Get a Jump on Spring

All the signs are there that first home buyers are springing into action, even though in most states they are facing reducing government assistance.  Stewart Bunn, National Communications Manager, First National Real Estate... more
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First National Real Estate

Protect your home against Bushfires this Summer

Your home may be your most important asset but some things will always be out of your control, warns First National Real Estate – like a long hot summer and the threat of bushfires. “There are not enough fire crews and trucks to... more
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First National Real Estate

Property discounting levels fall says Property Observer

Vendors were able to sell their properties in July without discounting as steeply as they did in June in most capitals, according to data released by Australian Property Monitors last week. The amount of discounting required fell... more
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First National Real Estate

Reverse Auction Fails To Attract Buyer – Watch Video

On Sunday, the Burrawang Cafe in the tiny Southern Highlands hamlet of Burrawang, New South Wales, was put to auction. What was interesting and unusual about the event was that the property was listed for what was perhaps... more
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First National Real Estate

Negotiating Your Way In A Buyer’s Market

Stewart Bunn, National Communications Manager, First National Real Estate says achieving the best price in the current buyer’s market is tricky for sellers, but offers some negotiation advice that may help. “Selling or buying a... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s Queensland Property Outlook

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update. This Update serves to compare actual market conditions with the predictions of economic... more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s Property Outlook for New South Wales

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update. This Update serves to compare actual market conditions with the predictions of economic... more
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First National Real Estate

Changes to Capital Gains for Non-Residents

In the 8th May 2012 Federal Budget the Government proposed changes to tax laws that affect non-residents (even if they are Australian Citizens). The ICA (Institute of Chartered Accountants) has issued this statement: ‘Please note... more

First National Real Estate

First National’s Tips To Reduce Energy Bill Shocks

Stewart Bunn, National Communications Manager for First National Real Estate says Australians reeling from their first energy bills, post carbon tax introduction, should be doing much more in the home to save on gas and... more
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First National Real Estate

Real Estate Mobile Recycling Initiative Wins Award

First National Real Estate is calling on all Australians to recycle their old mobiles, batteries, accessories and chargers by dropping them off at their local branch. As an extension to its energy efficiency and sustainability... more
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First National Real Estate

‘Agents awakening’ drives growth at First National

First National Real Estate is growing at its fastest rate in recent years with the cooperative network adding over 30 new offices in the past 12 months. The network today reported its historic appeal to independent agents has... more

First National Real Estate

Activity & Growth Expectations for Property

ACTIVITY AND GROWTH Across Australia, investor activity is anticipated to increase as this market sector capitalises on great buying opportunities, particularly in Melbourne and Brisbane – which historically over the long term,... more
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First National Real Estate

Navigating the Property Market in Retirement

As today’s Baby Boomers approach retirement, they are faced with the age-old dilemma of what their housing aspirations are. Their needs are changing and so too should their living accommodation. First National Real Estate says... more
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First National Real Estate

Rental market to perform well for rest of 2012

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update. This Update serves to compare actual market conditions with the predictions of economic... more
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First National Real Estate

First National reveals expectations for property prices

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update.   This Update serves to compare actual market conditions with the predictions of economic... more
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First National Real Estate

How market activity will differ throughout Australia – second half 2012

Across Australia, investor activity is anticipated to increase as this market sector capitalises on great buying opportunities, particularly in Melbourne and Brisbane – which historically over the long term, have both been... more
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First National Real Estate

Where is the Australian residential housing market really heading?

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update.   First National Real Estate members are broadly distributed across Australia, throughout... more
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First National Real Estate

First National agents reveal their view of the economic outlook

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update. First National Real Estate members are broadly distributed across Australia, throughout cities,... more
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First National Real Estate

2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update

First National Real Estate has again surveyed its 400+ member network to provide its 2012 Property Market Outlook – Mid Year Update.   This Update serves to compare actual market conditions with the predictions of economic... more
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First National Real Estate

Property Market Slowly Trending Upward

The Australian property market is set to improve in the second half of 2012, with signs emerging that it may already be on the upswing in many states. However, any recovery is expected to be gradual, according to the First... more
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First National Real Estate

Unoccupied Houses Could Be Valuable Property

Australians are sitting on some potentially valuable property that is not realising its value according to First National Real Estate.  The recent Census included lots of interesting information, but the big surprise was the... more
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First National Real Estate

Making sense of the Census- Property Market

A run on inquiries to RP Data since the release of the latest 2011 Census data last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) prompted an opportunity for RP Data analyst Cameron Kusher to explain what these results mean... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Lakeshores Wins At Business Awards

First National Real Estate Lakeshores (Mannering Park, NSW), today announced that it has edged out another local real estate agency as well as a finance brokerage to win two award categories in the Northern Lakes Regional... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Takes Its Own Advice Online

First National Real Estate today announced it has launched a new national alliance with human resources consultants, HR Advice OnLine. The partnership provides access to vital HR advice, up to date legislation, sample job... more
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First National Real Estate

First National CEO Agrees With Julia Gillard On Stamp Duty

Support for Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has come from an unusual source today – the politically conservative CEO of First National Real Estate, Mr Ray Ellis, who agrees with her call for the review of state based property... more
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First National Real Estate

CEO Discusses Alice Springs Market Fears on Radio 8HA

First National’s Chief Executive, Ray Ellis, joins the principal of First National Framptons, Andrew Doyle, in a discussion on local radio station 8HA about the recently announced fall in property values in Alice Springs. more
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First National Real Estate

First National’s CEO Says Wealth is Coming to Darwin

Chief Executive, Ray Ellis recently commented on the outlook for Darwin’s property market, while attending First National O’Donoghue’s golf day fundraiser. The First National Foundation fundraiser arranged by First National... more
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First National Real Estate

Impact of NSW Budget on Property Sector

The NSW Treasurer, the Hon. Mike Baird, has announced a range of changes to NSW taxes and grants as part of the 2012 State Budget. However, REINSW believes that this Budget is a missed opportunity to protect the engine room of... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Hedland Agent Makes Top 100 Agents List

Port Hedland (WA) sales agent, Rick Hockey, from First National Real Estate Hedland was recently announced First National Real Estate network’s Top 10 Salesperson of the Year. However, today, one of the nation’s most popular real... more
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First National Real Estate

Maximise your tax deductions before June 30

With the end of financial year approaching, property investors should be thinking about how to maximise their tax deductions. A BMT Tax Depreciation report may save investors thousands. What is depreciation? As a building gets... more
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First National Real Estate

Chief Executive Address | National Convention 2012 | Grand Hyatt Bali

Unfortunately, at the moment, the Australian economy is always portrayed as a bad news story. It doesn’t matter which section of the media you’re exposed to, which TV show you watch, or which industry magazines you read, it’s... more
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First National Real Estate

First National reflects on the past 30 years

First National Real Estate celebrated its 30th anniversary at the recent National Convention in Bali.   As a cooperative, we are the sum of the contributions made by a huge number of people who have given their time, professional... more

First National Real Estate

Jeff Kennett from Beyond Blue presents opening address at First National’s Annual Convention

Australians need to be more positive about life and grateful for how lucky we are says Jeff Kennett.  “There is so much negative talk in the media and that affects society.  Focus on the negative in the economy and politics... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Top Rookies Announced

First National Real Estate has announced its top Rookies of the Year from across its 450 plus member network at its 30th anniversary annual Convention dinner held in Bali on Thursday night. Amie Thompson from First National Real... more
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First National Real Estate

Local Gems Shine at National Awards in Bali

First National Real Estate announced its national General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Award winners on Thursday night during its annual Convention, held in Bali this year. The Awards recognise the network’s best performers... more
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First National Real Estate

Tax Tips to Avoid Slips by Investors

Tax time can cause great anxiety for investors who unwittingly make claims they are not entitled to, getting themselves into deep water with the Tax Office.  First National Real Estate offers these helpful hints to assist... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Rookies Vie for Top Prize

First National Real Estate’s annual Convention is to be the arena for a battle royale next week, when state-named Rookies of the Year battle it out for the national Award. “Each of these agents have excelled over the last 12... more
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First National Real Estate

More Than Rate Cut Needed For Property Market

The 50 basis point cut made by the Reserve Bank (RBA) last week sent a positive signal and may improve consumer confidence, but don’t expect a sudden resurgence of demand says one of the nation’s foremost property forecasters,... more
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First National Real Estate

First National says duty of all to abolish taxes

In the light of the federal budget, which has just been handed down, First National Real Estate says the government should have delivered on the GST promise of abolishing stamp duty and that home buyers should also do their bit... more
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First National Real Estate

Rural Property Purchase On The Up

The inaugural Regional Victoria Living Expo revealed the strength of interest amongst Melburnians to move to regional centres and smaller townships throughout rural Victoria says official event partner, First National Real... more
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First National Real Estate

Commercial Outlook Positive But Domestic Investors Still Low

First National Real Estate was represented at the Financial Review Commercial Conference in Sydney, last month, where industry experts spoke about the generally positive outlook for the commercial sector. 2012 is the third year... more
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First National Real Estate

Flat out of luck

Can’t live in em, can’t sell em. Rarely would anyone say this of near-new flats a stone’s throw from shops and transport. But such are the woes of the student rental market that some investors are now taking a loss of more than... more

First National Real Estate

Save energy in home renovations

Home renovating is proving an increasingly popular alternative to buying a second home and First National Real Estate has some helpful advice for home owners about to embark on a renovation – incorporate energy smart ideas where... more
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First National Real Estate

Young Achiever Wins Premier’s Award

A 25-year-old mother edged out some of the state’s most impressive youths to win the ‘First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation’ category leading to the ‘Premier’s Young Achiever of The Year’ award in the Southern... more
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First National Real Estate

What can buyers expect in terms of capital growth in regional areas?

Generally speaking, regional areas do not offer startling growth rates, however, they often have their own micro economy which may have benefited from a major business relocating from a metro area, or, as a result of tourism.... more
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First National Real Estate

Benefits of moving from a metro to regional location

As First National is official partner of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, we’ll be taking a look at some of the reasons people move to regional areas of Australia and the types of benefits they find when they’ve completed their... more
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First National Real Estate

First National partners with Regional Victoria Living Expo

First National Real Estate today announced it is official partner of the 2012 Regional Victoria Living Expo, testimony to its commitment to the communities in which its estate agents work and live. The 2012 Regional Victoria... more
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First National Real Estate

Toddler drownings, the unfortunate truth

Each year, toddlers continue to drown in backyard pools so safety must always be a First National property manager’s primary concern. The unfortunate truth is that drowning can happen at any property if appropriate precautions... more

First National Real Estate

First National warns of faulty gas appliances in homes

In March 2011, a private member’s bill to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning was passed in Federal Parliament after two young boys in country Victoria died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The new regulations will come into... more

Market Updates

Online scammers, a real threat for renters

First National Real Estate says the web was a great place to find rental properties or student accommodation, but warns renters to watch out for online scammers. “Prospective tenants keen to find accommodation in the current... more
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First National Real Estate

Capital city vacancy rates tighten

Residential vacancy rates in most capital cities slipped for the second month in a row in February, with Hobart the only capital recording an increase in available rental properties of 0.2 per cent. Data from SQM Research shows... more
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First National Real Estate

Housing market, strongest since March 2011

With March quarter sales results now quantified, capital city home values have effectively stood still since 31 November 2011. This is the strongest result since March 2011 when values increased by 0.7 per cent, according to RP... more
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First National Real Estate

Bargain properties at The Entrance

An oversupply of units and apartments has created a unique buying opportunity at The Entrance, just north of Sydney, according to local agents. Finding an apartment to buy in the popular holiday suburb of The Entrance is not hard... more
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First National Real Estate

New homes to drive property market

A solution to Australia’s sluggish start to the property market for 2012 may rest with the New Homes Building sector says First National Real Estate, especially if associated regulatory and government taxes were reduced. “New... more

Network News

Victorian and Tasmanian First National Agents celebrate their outstanding achievements

First National Real Estate announced its Victorian/Tasmanian General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Award winners on Saturday night during an elegant Spanish Fiesta themed dinner held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. The Awards... more
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First National Real Estate

Delivering for our members in the first 65 days of 2012

If you’re an independent agent or you currently belong to a franchise network, you might have wondered how life at First National compares. As a not-for-profit entity, First National’s chief purpose is to generate products and... more
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First National Real Estate

$50,000 Cash Drop lands… copy that First National

Buy, sell, lease or rent from a First National member between now and 31 August 2012 and you’ll have a chance to share in our $50,000 cash prize pool. What will you do with your cash if you win? more
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First National Real Estate

How to avoid rental scams when looking for a new home

If a rental asking price seems to good to be true, it almost certainly is! Scammers have been targeting unsuspecting tenants by offering properties in top locations, via websites like Gumtree and Flatmates.com, at vastly reduced... more
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First National Real Estate

Ringwood (Victoria) agent wins Tan participation prize

After weeks of practice runs and general preparations, a team from First National Real Estate participated in the ‘Go The Tan’ fundraising run in February.   The First National Real Estate network encouraged its metro Melbourne... more

Network News

First National Real Estate Membership – We put you first.

We have created an environment and business model that fosters the genuine sharing of ideas, values the management input of our membership, enables flexibility and delivers powerful, relevant products and services.   Crisp new... more
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First National Real Estate

Local Gems Sparkle at Awards Dinner

First National Real Estate announced its WA General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Award winners on Saturday night during a fire-and-ice themed dinner held at the Hyatt Regency in Perth. The Awards recognised the network’s best... more

First National Real Estate

Warragul makes top 100 for market growth

Residents of the regional Victorian township of Warragul will be delighted to learn that their town made the top 100 list of places experiencing the biggest increase in median prices last year.   In 2010, Warragul’s middle market... more
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First National Real Estate

Millionaires buy up bush retreats

The Dandenongs are fast becoming a magnet for cashed-up families looking for lifestyle change, with some properties selling for well over $1 million.   A property in Kallista sold on Saturday, February 25, for $1.2 million to a... more
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First National Real Estate

First National agent awarded $100,000 in damages

An Alice Springs real estate agent has successfully sued a Territory newspaper for defamation and has won $100,000 in damages. First National Real Estate Framptons director David Forrest lodged a defamation claim in the NT... more
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First National Real Estate

First National urges government to lead property market

Now that the ‘politics’ of politics are all but settled, First National Real Estate is calling on the government to start focusing on the real issues at hand – namely property and getting Australia going again. First National... more
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First National Real Estate

$50,000 Cash Drop competition starts today

First National Real Estate is offering customers the opportunity to win a share of $50,000 cash in its ‘$50,000 Cash Drop’ competition starting today. “All you need to do is buy or sell a house through us, rent a property, or ask... more
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First National Real Estate

First National CEO talks market outlook with Finance News Network

First National CEO talks market outlook with Finance News Network First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Ray Ellis recently discussed the 2012 Australian property market outlook with Finance News Network. more
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First National Real Estate

First National Mobile Muster Support Rewarded

First National Real Estate was recognised recently for its support of the MobileMuster Old phones, more trees campaign, the official recycling programme of the mobile phone industry. The network received the Award for the Best... more

First National Real Estate

Local Gems Sparkle at SA/NT Awards Dinner

First National Real Estate announced its SA/NT General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Award winners on Friday night during an elegant back tie dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide. The Awards recognise the network’s best... more
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First National Real Estate

What’s the best way to handle utility connections when you move?

Did you know that the average time it takes to disconnect the average home’s utilities and reconnect them at your new address is nearly six hours?   Who has that sort of spare time when they’re in the middle of moving? It would... more

First National Real Estate

First National partners with Lee Woodward

First National Real Estate today announced it has launched a new national professional development initiative in partnership with leading industry trainer, Lee Woodward, across its network of 450 plus offices. First National’s... more
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First National Real Estate

Men and Women differ in property search

Women believe they put more importance on the kitchen when hunting for a home compared to men, First National Real Estate’s survey of women and property shows.   As well, women feel the bathroom and the size and number of... more

First National Real Estate

Is it worth making your property more energy efficient?

Do you want to make your home more environmentally friendly but are not sure where to start, or whether it’s even worthwhile? Green credentials are now a stronger selling point for a property than ever before and there’s little... more

First National Real Estate

Renting the family home; Should it be treated differently?

We’re all emotionally attached to the family home so making the decision to rent it out can be fraught with difficulty for some.  Letting go can sometimes be a hard thing to do but homeowners across the board need to treat their... more
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First National Real Estate

Should you invest in Australian property?

The decision to rent or buy is always a big one. The traditional strategy of buying a first house and then moving up to the ideal home as your income and equity grows is fast being replaced by the initial purchase of an... more
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First National Real Estate

First-home buyers back; Market is stabilising after falling prices last year helped spark interest

First home-buyers are looking at Maroondah again after new figures show house prices have dropped. Recent industry figures show median prices fell up to 12 per cent from December 2010 to December 2011. First National Treeby... more

First National Real Estate

’80s Outback’ Home On Selling Houses Australia

In a first for the Northern Territory, a local home with frontage to the Alice Springs Golf Club is soon to be the subject of a forthcoming Selling Houses Australia episode says First National Real Estate Framptons. The... more

Network News

First National Supports RBA Rates Decision

First National Real Estate’s CEO, Mr Ray Ellis, supports the RBA’s decision to keep interest rates on hold, saying stability is what is sought during times of ongoing consumer nervousness and tension. “The market is tightly wound... more
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First National Real Estate

Tenant’s insurance, is it important?

You might not be aware but if you’re planning on leasing a property and sharing it with friends, don’t expect your insurance company to be all that thrilled with the prospect of covering your prized collection of DVDs. You see,... more
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First National Real Estate

Rates On Hold, RBA Maintains Status Quo

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.25 per cent. Information becoming available since the December meeting confirms that economic conditions in Europe were weakening late last year, with... more
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First National Real Estate

Renting With Pets, Think Again…

You own an investment property and you’re wondering whether you should consider applications from tenants with pets. Conventional wisdom and maybe even your property manager’s advice suggests you might want to think twice about... more

Network News

Australian Property Alerts Surge

Technology has been firmly embedded in real estate marketing for many years but First National Real Estate is leading the charge when it comes to regular customer communication about homes suited to their needs. Buyer alerts... more
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First National Real Estate

Surge In Open Home Interest

First National Real Estate Gunnedah has reported a renewed interest in property with an influx of potential buyers to open homes displays last weekend. “What a positive way to start the New Year” said First National principal... more
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First National Real Estate

Australia Day Honours for First National Founding Member

A founding member of the First National Real Estate network, Mr Norm Abbey was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) at the 2012 Australia Day honours. Norm Abbey received his citation for service to people with... more
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First National Real Estate

Real Estate Agents To Jump For Diabetes

Four staff from First National Palm Beach (QLD) are planning to throw themselves from a perfectly safe aircraft, along with some corporate support from First National Real Estate’s management in a couple of weeks. The team will... more
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First National Real Estate

Sale Demonstrates Confidence in Ararat, Victoria

ARARAT – Despite many investors taking a negative attitude towards real estate following the global financial crisis, Ararat’s property market appears alive and well.   First National Real Estate Ararat has just recorded the... more
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First National Real Estate

Australian housing market has resiliance

Is it just luck that only 4.9% of Australian homes are worth less than their purchase price? First National Real Estate would argue that luck has nothing to do with it. The latest figures from RP Data emphasise the resilience of... more
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First National Real Estate

Queensland Pimp Your Home Renovation Winners Announced

First National Real Estate today announced the final four winners of First National’s Queensland ‘Pimp Your Property Home Renovation Giveaway’ competition. Stephen Tillston of Nerang, Kira Hammond of Nundah and Vicki Nunn of... more
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First National Real Estate

Head to Goulburn for exceptional investment opportunities

Last year was the year of accomplishment in Goulburn, and the trickle down effects on the local economy are starting to be felt.   With the dams full, the Highland Source Pipeline complete, and big retail chains like Target,... more
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First National Real Estate

Safe Decisions Can Make The Most of Your Holiday

For people heading off on holidays, First National Real Estate’s National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart Bunn, says to be careful to make sure homes are left safe and secure and to think carefully too, if considering a... more
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First National Real Estate

How many buyers are waiting for your property?

First National Real Estate is the only real estate brand that lets you see how many active buyers are waiting for a home matching the description of your property. You see, we’ve harnessed the best and the brightest to develop an... more
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First National Real Estate

Should you rent or should you buy?

First National Real Estate’s National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart Bunn, says current market conditions, coupled with increasing housing affordability, is causing a rental dilemma. Many renters are questioning if now is the... more
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First National Real Estate

Everything points to better times ahead

THE property market will be drawing a collective sigh of relief as the year comes to a close.   As we look back on how the market performed in 2011, we may well see an overall correction of up to 10 per cent – a significant drop... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Commercial sets record for Darwin

First National Commercial O’Donoghues has set a new record for Darwin CBD commercial sales with the sale of Jacana House for $58,750,000.   The nine-story 39 Wood Street building was built and owned by successful local... more
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First National Real Estate

Still the lucky country

As the property market moves toward its summer hiatus, First National would like to wish you happy and safe holidays as well as a Merry Christmas. With the housing market correction having slowed in September and interest rates... more

Styling

Love Thy Neighbour

You love your house – but the neighbours are driving you mad.   Loud parties, cars parked in front of your driveway and on your nature strip, a cat that visits much too often, and lawns being mowed at the crack of dawn. “It’s... more
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First National Real Estate

Industry roundtable discusses need for VPA

Principals need be courageous to implement vendor paid advertising (VPA) in areas where it isn’t the norm, one industry leader claimed at the inaugural Real Estate Business Executive Roundtable, held yesterday. The industry-first... more
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First National Real Estate

Government should lend a hand to renters

First National Real Estate National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart Bunn says government needs to do more to support renters and provide better assistance than is currently offered through the National Rental Affordability... more
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First National Real Estate

First National suggests, Direct Connect your utilities

Did you know that the average time it takes to disconnect the average home’s utilities and reconnect them at your new address is nearly six hours? Who has that sort of spare time when they’re in the middle of moving? It would be... more
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First National Real Estate

Do I really need Landlord insurance?

Not all tenants are bad, but you do need to make sure you are covered should something go wrong. While most tenants take good care of the proper they are leasing, those that don’t may intentionally cause extensive damage.... more
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First National Real Estate

November market wrap

Consumer confidence has hit a six-month high as a result of the recent drop in interest rates. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer sentiment index jumped 6.3 per cent after last week’s Reserve Bank (RBA) decision. Since the... more
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First National Real Estate

What’s the best way to combat mould in your home?

Mould spores are always present in the air around us which is why it is so important to keep your home properly ventilated. As simple plants belonging to the fungi group, these tiny aviators need moisture in the air and are... more

Network News

Women the winners in First National’s ‘Get the job done’ competition

First National Real Estate is delighted to announce the five winners of First National’s October ‘Get the job done’ competition. The competition ran throughout Australia and gave homeowners or home hunters five chances to win... more

First National Real Estate

Make Property Investment Rock Solid

Real estate offers many benefits for investors, and its continued strong performance has made it the preferred investment option for many Australians.  But, First National Real Estate National Communications Manager, Mr Stewart... more
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First National Real Estate

How effective is your investment property?

You’ve worked hard to buy an investment property but have you made sure that you’re maximising the cash flow your property is producing? The more efficiently you manage your portfolio, the sooner you’ll be buying your next... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Welcomes Peak Real Estate WA

WA agency Peak Real Estate is set to join the First National network. From Monday, the company will be known as First National Peak Central, with new offices at Unit 1E, 817 Beeliar Drive, Cockburn. Principal Richard Stacey said... more

Network News

First National winner to ‘pimp’ his property

First National Real Estate Treeby recently announced that Ringwood resident, Craig Folino had won First National’s ‘Pimp Your Property’ competition for a Dulux home re-paint worth up to $10,000. ‘Australians just love home... more

Network News

Agents should rate in energy scheme

As Federal Parliament passes the Carbon Tax, legislators and policy makers should now turn their minds to making a viable and adoptable national mandatory disclosure energy rating scheme says Stewart Bunn, communications manager... more

Network News

Albany Creek winners to ‘pimp’ their property

First National Real Estate Albany Creek today announced that local residents, Rodney and Kerrie Stuckey had won a prize in First National’s Queensland ‘Pimp Your Property Home Renovation Giveaway’ competition. ‘The prize sees... more
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First National Real Estate

Look beyond fees for effective property management

Nearly 150 of First National Real Estate’s property managers recently gathered in Melbourne for the network’s annual Property Management Conference – ‘Network, Share, Evolve’.   The professional development forum was chiefly... more
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First National Real Estate

Get the job done! Win one of five $5,000 hardware vouchers

First National Real Estate has " target="_self">launched a competition throughout Australia where homeowners or home hunters have five chances to win $5,000 in hardware gift vouchers.   ‘Australians love do it yourself projects... more

Network News

Sale heralds Bunnings’ arrival in Alice Springs

First National Commercial Framptons of Alice Springs has negotiated a major industrial sale that will see the arrival of the Bunnings Hardware group in Alice Springs.   Settlement of the sale was effected this week, following... more
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First National Real Estate

Should I re-paint or house wash my property?

One of the great ways to keep your investment property looking fresh and appealing is to arrange for a house wash once every few years. As time passes, even good quality paintwork collects grime, mould, mildew, dust and cobwebs,... more

Network News

Call to stop dribbling on water issues

The Shadow Minister for Water Security, Energy & Minerals Resources, Mitch Williams MP, has called on governments to act on water management and stop ‘talking’ around the issue. “Arguments about the management of the River Murray... more
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First National Real Estate

Property sales under the hammer

In a property market which is currently slow, as a result of buyer uncertainty, auctions are proving a way of getting property to move.  Properties that go to auction are spending 40% less days on the market and First National... more
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First National Real Estate

The State of Play in Australian Housing Market

Amid gloomy economic conditions globally and a generally subdued housing market, First National Real Estate believes encouraging signs have emerged in the Australian housing market.   The September Westpac Melbourne Institute... more
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First National Real Estate

First National agents rally to aid flood-ravaged club

Oxley Bowls Club in Brisbane has been given another donation to assist with flood recovery.   First National Real Estate Oxley principal Geoff Hawker handed club president Lindsay Hill a $5000 donation from the First National... more
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First National Real Estate

Super time to invest

First National Commercial and Rural agents today heard from a superannuation specialist at the InterContinental Adelaide that superannuation funds represent an enormous opportunity for the property sector.   “Self managed... more
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First National Real Estate

Home Buyers and Sellers, Spring into action

As spring settles in, home owners’ thoughts start to turn to selling in the hope of capitalising on the atmosphere of optimism that comes with the new season – but they may be a little bit over-optimistic given current market... more

Investing

What’s currently the best opportunity for investors – units or houses?

Units are currently producing better yields than houses, right across Australia.   They’re also performing better in terms of capital growth, the only exceptions occurring in Adelaide and Darwin. However, the one certainty is... more
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First National Real Estate

New appointment a step forward for First National

Amanda Kohler has been appointed First National Real Estate’s new National Property and Marketing Manager.   “Amanda’s exceptional combination of property management and marketing skill is ideally suited to this newly created... more
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First National Real Estate

Will it be harder to sell this spring?

With spring a little over a week and a half away, agents could be forgiven for wondering just what kind of market we’re heading into. Traditionally the time for a resurgence of listings and sales, homeowners have been told not to... more
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First National Real Estate

Mission Beach Wildcare and First National partner

Mission Beach Wildcare has received $3,000 from the First National Foundation through First National Mission Beach to help its Cyclone Larry recovery efforts.   Wildcare President, Rona Harvey said her organisation will make good... more

Buying

What’s the role of a real estate agent?

The real estate agent’s role is to help you achieve your sale in the most efficient manner possible. An agent’s local experience and advice will help you establish a realistic expectation of your property’s market value.They’ll... more
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First National Real Estate

Prime Minister watches First National with interest

Prime real estate Prime Minister Julia Gillard may be watching with interest what becomes of a campaign to sell an Altona home abutting her back fence and on a similar size block. The property, at 4 Delmont Avenue, includes three... more
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First National Real Estate

Sharemarket crisis raises hopes for real estate

LAST week’s sharemarket crisis will spark a rush of local investment in the Australian real estate sector as people seek stability in bricks and mortar, experts say. Christopher Joye, founder and managing director of research and... more
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First National Real Estate

Muscle towns’ growing pains

Boom times in some parts of the country are leading to a desperate shortage of houses to buy or rent. Australia is dotted with so-called muscle towns: places built on one industry, mostly remote, with little in the attractions... more
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First National Real Estate

Headworks cutting property off at the knees

First National Real Estate Chief Executive, Ray Ellis is calling on governments and local councils to reduce exorbitant headworks costs in an effort to address housing affordability and kick start sorely-needed development across... more
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First National Real Estate

Investors snap up Central Coast properties

Investors are leaving first home buyers on the sideline while they snap up rental properties on the Central Coast. With finances constraining some first home buyers, investors are picking up low-priced properties which often have... more

Network News

New era for Facey group

A new era has begun for the First National Frank Facey group offices in Pakenham Berwick and Narre Warren, in the changing of the three offices to First National Neilson Partners. Led by senior partners Peter Watson and Ross... more
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First National Real Estate

Warm Up Winter Buyers

Selling your home can be nerve-racking, and with the number of days properties are on the market having lengthened this year, First National Real Estate Communications Manager Stewart Bunn has some simple tips to make sure your... more

Buying

Can I use the toilet at an open house?

In the middle of the fifth house inspection one Saturday afternoon, the call of nature sounds and you make a beeline for the bathroom.   It is not your home, but it could be soon, so surely using the toilet is OK right?   Wrong.... more

Market Updates

Gas plans a hot topic for rural and city landowners

Coal-seam gas fields are a big worry for many city and rural landowners.    Mention coal-seam gas in the same breath as property and you will see fireworks and fear.   It’s the reaction in newly affected areas such as Sydney’s... more

First National Real Estate

First National Sets Technology Pace

First National Real Estate has announced the addition of a further three Apps to its suite for the popular Apple iPad. This closely follows the network’s announcement of the industry’s first rental property condition reporting... more

First National Real Estate

Pimp Your Property Home Painting Giveaway – Victorian Residents

First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout Victoria where homeowners can win a re-paint of their house worth up to $10,000. ‘Australians just love home ownership and there’s a huge amount of interest in... more

First National Real Estate

Pimp Your Property – $10,000 Home Painting Giveaway Victoria

First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout Victoria where homeowners can win a re-paint of their house worth up to $10,000. 'Australians just love home ownership and there’s a huge amount of interest in... more

First National Real Estate

Property Market Outlook Mid Year Update – The Year Of The Investor

First National Real Estate has surveyed its 450+ offices throughout Australia and New Zealand to find that 2011 is set to become the year of the investor, with prime conditions for this segment to make their return to the market.... more

First National Real Estate

Clayton Resident Wins Free Fuel For A Year

First National Real Estate recently ran a competition throughout Victoria where homeowners could win a free year’s supply of fuel from Caltex. The competition attracted more than 7000 entries and the lucky winner drawn was Thanh... more

First National Real Estate

Heartfelt thanks for Hawks Nest Project

A heartfelt thanks has been personally delivered by the Westmead Medical Research Foundation’s Hawks Nest Project to the people who support the initiative. Made possible by businesses like First National Real Estate Hawks Nest,... more

First National Real Estate

The Official Recycling Programme of the Mobile Phone Industry

Mobile phone users will now be able to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories at more than 450 First National branches around the country. The First National Real Estate network today announced that customers will be... more

Network News

Belrose Winner To ‘Pimp’ Her Property

First National Real Estate Manly today announced that a Northern Beaches resident had won First National’s ‘Pimp Your Property’ competition for a Dulux home re-paint worth up to $10,000. ‘Australians just love home ownership and... more

First National Real Estate

Should You Fence Yourself In At Tax Time?

If you look out of your investment property’s windows, whose fence are you viewing, and do you like it? Before end of financial year, investors should give their property a quick inspection to see whether there’s any tax... more

First National Real Estate

Investors Gear Up For Tax Time

Tax time is just around the corner, and according to First National Real Estate Communications Manager, Stewart Bunn, the key to maximising tax deductions for property investments is organisation and planning. “At the end of the... more

First National Real Estate

Real Estate Sacrificed on Alter of Mining Boom

Speaking at the recent First National convention in Coolum, well-known and respected economic forecaster, Charlie Nelson said it appeared as if the government and reserve bank had put all their eggs in the mining basket and the... more

Market Updates

Housing Crash ‘Dead Certain’

Attention grabbing right? This headline’s possibly coming next because, despite hysterical storylines and catch cries to date, the Australian housing market just stubbornly refuses to throw in the towel to Australia’s newspapers... more

First National Real Estate

Overcoming Obstacles Key To Success

Delegates at First National Real Estate’s Annual Convention, being held in Coolum this week, heard first hand the experiences of James Castrission and Justin Jones in the importance of overcoming obstacles in realising dreams.... more

First National Real Estate

Property Management Goes Digital

First National has launched the real estate industry’s first condition report App for the Apple iPad to 450 delegates at its Annual Convention being held in Coolum this week. The user-friendly application, My Condition Reporter,... more

First National Real Estate

We Can Help You Achieve Your Dreams

First National’s determined to show how hard we work to exceed your expectations. In recent years, we’ve given the industry a poke in the eye, mocking the types of agents who give our industry a bad name via a series of adverts... more

First National Real Estate

Foundation Of Success For Agents

Highly effective communications, teamwork and leadership are the three principles for foundations of success for any endeavour, high profile police operative, Jim O’Brien told 450 plus member delegates at First National Real... more

First National Real Estate

Ox Gets Cooking At Coolum

Media personality and star retired Demons footballer David Schwarz felt the heat last night at First National Real Estate’s Annual Convention, being held in Coolum.  A dinner for more than 150 new members, advocates and sponsors... more

First National Real Estate

Wake Up Call For Aussie Agents

Real estate agents need to wake up to what really matters to realise their own potential, according to communications and performance expert, Amanda Gore. Ms Gore, in addressing more than 450 delegates at the First National Real... more

First National Real Estate

RBA Should Set Sail For Real Estate Hope

“It would be good if the Reserve Bank took a long holiday, preferably cutting interest rates before they set sail.”  That’s the advice of well-known and respected economic forecaster, Charlie Nelson who will be speaking to... more

First National Real Estate

Budget Does Nothing To Allay Real Estate Fears

First National Real Estate, a network with over 450 offices throughout Australia and New Zealand, says the Australian Federal Budget provides no measures to address issues facing the Australian property market. It fails to tackle... more

First National Real Estate

Sold On Social Media

First National Real Estate Lakeshores on Sydney’s Central Coast today announced that it has completed its first sale to a buyer originating from Facebook. The estate agency operates a Facebook page with over 200 active followers... more

First National Real Estate

Negative Gearing Here To Stay

First National Real Estate CEO Ray Ellis has called the government out on its ‘bluff’ to get rid of negative gearing, saying it does not make economic or political sense. “Talk of cutting negative gearing only adds to a worsening... more
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First National Real Estate

First National Bucks Industry Stance

First National Real Estate CEO Ray Ellis, has snubbed industry representatives who have said in recent media reports that the property industry would support moves to replace stamp duties with a broadening land tax or any other... more

Styling

A Home Office Is A Valuable Asset

Long commutes, improving technologies, and more workplace flexibility – these are just some of the many reasons why as many as one million Australians are now regularly working from home, according to First National Real Estate.... more

Renovations

Put A Freeze On Costs To Keep Warm

First National Real Estate CEO, Ray Ellis says there is a lot homeowners can do to keep power bills down when they usually increase as the weather turns chilly. “Just a few simple changes to your home and your habits can make... more

Network News

Eco Warriors | Real Estate Agents Address Climate Change

Protecting the environment and cutting down on waste are important issues that concern us all and real estate agents are proving to be as active and innovative in tackling green concerns as any other industry. By HELEN HULL, Real... more

Media / National News

Historic Singleton Mansion Sells

First National Max Bailey today announced it has concluded the sale of one of Singleton’s most stately homes, the High Victorian Italianate Baroona. While the specifics of the sale are subject to a confidentiality agreement, the... more

Network News

What makes us so special?

The chorus of concern about ‘inflated’ Australian housing values has increased with the anonymous analysts of The Economist branding Australia ‘the most overvalued housing market in the world’. This accords with statements by the... more

Market Updates

Property Drives Economy, But Who Drives Property?

First National Real Estate CEO Ray Ellis, believes property representatives should have a greater say in the future of the property market, and ultimately Australia. “Property is a key driver of Australia’s economy, being the... more

Buying

First Home Owners Grant A Spectacular Failure

It’s hard to think of any government policy that has been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that it doesn’t work, than the policy of giving cash to first-home buyers in the belief that doing so... more

Market Updates

Tasmania Property Market Outlook

Deanne Lamprey, Principal, First National Real Estate Burnie and Tasmanian Chair expects the Tasmanian property market to consolidate in 2011, as waning consumer confidence due to job losses, mainly in the North West of Tasmania,... more

Media / VIC News

Victoria Property Market Outlook

Garry Nash, Principal, Garry Nash First National and Victorian Chair expects the Victorian property market to strengthen in 2011, with house, land and apartment/strata property price increases of up to 5 per cent. “These price... more

Market Updates

South Australia Property Market Outlook

Russell Burton, Principal, First National Real Estate Burton Groves and South Australian Chair expects the South Australia property market to strengthen in 2011. “House, land and apartment/strata property prices are expected to... more

Media / National|QLD News

Queensland Property Market Outlook

David Hamilton, Principal, First National Real Estate Palm Beach and Queensland Chair expects the Queensland property market to weaken in 2011. “House price decreases of up to 5 per cent are expected as a result of an excess of... more

Media / National|NSW News

New South Wales Property Outlook

Mark Millington from First National Lakeshores and First National Real Estate State Chair, expects the New South Wales property market to strengthen in 2011, led by investors, upgraders and prices trending upwards. “There is an... more

Market Updates

Western Australia Property Market Outlook

Cambell Giles, Principal, First National Real Estate Giles Jones and West Australian Chair expects the West Australia property market to remain relatively flat in 2011, with house prices steadying further and marginal land price... more

Media / NT|TAS News

Northern Territory Property Outlook

Russell Burton, Principal, First National Real Estate Burton Groves and Northern Territory Chair expects the Northern Territory property market to strengthen in 2011. “House prices are expected to increase by up to 5 per cent as... more

Network News

Pimp Your Property – $10,000 Home Painting Giveaway – New South Wales (Now closed)

First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout New South Wales where homeowners can win a re-paint of their house worth up to $10,000. ‘Australians just love home ownership and there’s a huge amount of interest... more

Network News

First National Nerang – REIQ Best Medium Agency

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has awarded the prestigious ‘Medium Residential Agency of the Year’ to First National Real Estate Nerang for the third straight year. As with previous years, the agency will now... more

Media / National News

Delay reaction after a disaster

First National CEO, Ray Ellis says victims of Australia’s recent spate of natural disasters should delay making major decisions until they have had time to recover both emotionally and physically. “A natural disaster does a lot... more

Media / National News

Preparing for cyclone Yasi

As Far North Queensland residents begin preparing for cyclone Yasi’s landfall, First National Mission Beach has called upon all customers with properties for sale through First National Real Estate to remove any signage from... more

Network News

Picking Up The Pieces

Cleaning Up After The Floods As the industry comes to terms with astronomical challenges presented by Australia’s floods disaster, minds will inevitably turn to how the industry, authorities and the public could have been better... more

First National Real Estate

The Highs & Lows of Renting

Renters heading for Australia’s top end may not like what they find. According to RP Data’s quarterly analysis of national rents out today, Darwin is now the most expensive capital city in the country to rent a house and comes... more

Network News

Network Calls For Landlord Restraint

First National Real Estate has called upon landlords to exercise rental pricing restraint and compassion as isolated signs of profiteering emerge from the recovery efforts in Queensland. ‘There have been instances where landlords... more

Market Updates

2011 Property Market Outlook | Patchy But Signs of Recovery

First National Real Estate has surveyed its 450+ offices throughout Australia and New Zealand to find that 2011 is expected to be the turnaround year for the property market.  Some areas will perform quite strongly, others not as... more

Network News

Brisbane Recovers, Victorians Prepare

Member Neil Coupland, First National Springfield & Collingwood Park Over twenty members and their staff, network staff and alliance partners travelled from far and wide to help the clean up efforts in Brisbane over the weekend,... more

Network News

First National Foundation | Donations Top $28,000

As floodwaters begin to recede, First National Real Estate members are beginning to assess the full impact of Queensland‘s floods. With real estate agent members in full fund-raising mode nationally, donations to the First... more

Media / National News

Volunteer Agent Register Launched To Assist With Floods Recovery

First National Real Estate has launched an internal National Volunteers Register for its 400 plus office network to assist its flood affected members to deal with the anticipated deluge of assistance sought by tenants living in... more

Media / National News

Australian Floods Appeal

First National Real Estate has launched a fundraising appeal through the First National Foundation, pledging that all funds raised will go to Australian Red Cross Emergency Services in support of people affected by the Queensland... more

Renovations

Dry Out Before Renovating

Homeowners of flood-affected dwellings shouldn’t rush into renovations and instead wait until the dwelling has had the chance to fully dry out, according to Archicentre Queensland manager Ian Agnew. Agnew said it’s important to... more
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First National Real Estate

A Wet Start

As floods the size of Germany and France wreak havoc in Queensland, First National agents are doing their bit to contribute to recovery efforts. Initially, First National members will be very busy securing tenanted homes and... more

Network News

RBA Signals Pause On Rates

RBA Governor Glenn Stevens  In delivering testimony to the House of Representatives Economics Committee, the Reserve Bank Governor has given clear signals that interest rate settings are on hold for now. The Governor didn’t want... more

Renovations

Aussies Love Renovating

It might be something to do with the advent of the television renovation rescue programme. Perhaps it’s simply an insatiable desire to improve our homes. Whatever the motivation,  Aussies just love renovating their kitchens and... more

Buying

Bank on Leaders Working Together for Affordable Homes

First National Real Estate Chief Executive - Ray Ellis First National Real Estate says the recent interest rate hikes demonstrate the increasing need for Governments and the Big Four Banks to work together to address the key... more

Network News

South Australia Charity Dinner

First National Framptons Ladies - All The Way From Alice Springs More than 130 First National members from South Australia and the Northern Territory raised just over $2,200 for the First National Foundation at a recent... more
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Renting

Supporting School Leavers

It’s that time of year when Australia‘s high school students are finishing school and considering moving out of home. To help smooth the process, First National members across Australia and New Zealand arrange presentations in... more

Network News

First National Real Estate 2011 Convention

First National Real Estate, Australia’s third largest real estate brand with over 450 offices throughout Australia and New Zealand, will hold its annual National Convention at Hyatt Coolum Queensland between 19 and 22 May 2011.... more

Renovations

Roofs – Hidden Ceiling On Property Potential

First National Real Estate CEO, Ray Ellis says home owners are neglecting to realise the potential the humble roof offers as a property asset and driver of sustainability. “Roofs represent one of the greatest money spinners of... more

Media / National News

Competition Winner Just Purchased New Home

Sophie Hancock of Taringa has just won a voucher for $25,000 worth of brand new furniture and energy efficient appliances by simply logging onto the First National Real Estate Metro website and answering a few simple questions.... more

Network News

Evans Head, New South Wales

First National Evans Head   First National has another freshly rebranded office that provides a striking example of how sensational the new brand looks and how effective electronic displays can be in real estate marketing. more

Network News

First National Spencer & Servi Shock

Best little warehouse in Sydney   First National Spencer & Servi in Sydney’s Surry Hills created a shockwave when a small two bedroom warehouse it auctioned sold for $200,000 more than expectation – $950,000. The owners had paid... more

Network News

Rolling Up Their Sleeves

First National Gunnedah & Red Cross staff holding up blood types The committed team at First National Gunnedah rolled up their sleeves to help save lives when the Red Cross Blood Service’s mobile unit visited their local Services... more

Media / National News

GIRL POWER SHOULDN’T BE TURNED OFF

First National Real Estate‘s national communications manager, Stewart Bunn cautions that agents who continue to ignore women in the property purchase process, do so at their own peril, as they risk alienating a major buying... more

Commercial

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SET TO BOOM

Australia’s commercial property market is set to enter a boom phase, driven by strong demand and high rental yields, according to First National Real Estate CEO, Mr Ray Ellis. “While the commercial property sector has been slow... more

Buying

House prices poised to rise, not burst: BIS Shrapnel report

The report, commissioned by QBE and written by BIS Shrapnel, forecast median house price growth of 20 per cent in Perth, Sydney and Adelaide over the next three years, with prices in every major city in Australia rising by 9 per... more

Renting

Soft Landing | Houses slip but rents rise

August national results released by RP Data on 30 September showed that Australian capital city home values declined 0.2 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in August, bookending a strong run that saw home values rise by 8 per cent in... more

Media / National News

Australian Marketing Institute Awards for Excellence

Effective, well targeted, and cost effective mass communication is now the cornerstone of every successful real estate agency – particularly in tight economic conditions and increased customer service expectations. That’s why... more

Market Updates

Australia would buck another global downturn

Australia‘s economy is the envy of the developed world. Not only did we escape the global downturn with hardly a scratch, but we’re in a very strong position to withstand any more external economic shocks. We have interest rates... more

Market Updates

Depreciation – Old vs New

Many investors remain unsure about whether it is worthwhile obtaining a depreciation report for a residential property that was built before 1985.   Current tax legislation states that any property built before 18 July 1985... more

Market Updates

Property sales in Oz rebound as first time buyers re-enter the market, reports show

The political climate in Australia remains fragile but the real estate market has had a boost with first time buyers helping sales jump 11% in August. The latest real estate figures to be published show that home and mortgage... more

Network News

Please help support the Children’s Village

Architect's impression of the proposed Children's Village First National Webbers (Caloundra, QLD) has set itself the goal of raising $100,000 before the end of December to build a children’s orphanage in Uganda. The First... more
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Buying

Going nowhere fast!

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute recently completed a survey of 1604 older home owners and found that they’re about as keen on moving house as getting divorced, their partner dying, or finding themselves... more

Network News

First National Real Estate CEO says search engine ranking critical

One of First National's latest search engine optimised websites First National’s Chief Executive Ray Ellis has commented on the critical importance of real estate website search engine ranking, saying Australian consumers should... more

Buying

Spring awakening – Money grows on trees

With the election and winter behind us, the property market is once again set to spring into action.  Increased buyer activity, improved market conditions and stronger competition means those seeking a top price for their... more

Market Updates

Boom confined to select areas

Information of dwelling prices from RP Data, Australian Property Monitors (APM) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that few locations had extraordinary price growth in the 2010 financial year. Melbourne certainly... more

Market Updates

What next for development policy?

PM Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott This Saturday Australians go to the polls to elect a new Federal Government. However, whereas the pre-election debate in 2007 included policies to increase housing supply and... more
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Network News

Reaching the new world…

Joining the revolution sweeping First National Real Estate, Allison took the plunge when her former First National employer didn’t embrace the benefit of technology driven marketing and brand evolution. Having implemented the... more

Network News

Over the hedge

Strategically planted shrubbery designed to block a neighbour’s light or views, or ‘spite hedges’ as they are known, may soon be a problem of the past if laws enacted this month in New South Wales are replicated in other states... more

Network News

Strong minds build resilient communities

Down to Earth - National Rural Conference Today more than 50 First National delegates attending the network’s National Rural Conference in Swan Hill were told that some of the secrets to success and happiness lie in strong mental... more

Network News

The future looks bright

Over the years I feel there has been a misconception about First National Real Estate. After comparing other major national real estate brands, it seemed to me that First National’s value proposition, market strategy and... more

Media / National News

Blind faith may herald star rating debacle

Making big news last week was the RP Data announcement that after 17 consecutive months of solid growth, dwelling values across Australia’s capital cities recorded their first monthly decline of 0.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted)... more

Network News

Immigration a key factor

Director Deanne Lamprey appears in The Burnie Advocate First National Real Estate Burnie managing director Deanne Lamprey is unimpressed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s talk of a “sustainable population” and Liberal leader Tony... more

Market Updates

Analysis or scaremongering?

Chief Executive Officer - Ray Ellis “These types of claims are incredibly frustrating when you know they are based on a lack of understanding of the complexities and dynamics of the Australian property market,” Mr Ellis said.... more

Buying

Old market psychology

Australian newspapers appear to be engaged in a bidding war as they frighten consumers with increasingly absurd claims of asset bubbles, overvalued homes and potential impending doom. more

Market Updates

2010 Property Outlook – Mid Year Update

There has been much speculation, confusion and debate around the Australian property market in the first six months of 2010 as the market settles back down, following the turbulent times of the Global Financial Crisis. What has... more
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Buying

Home Ownership Still Within Grasp

Home owners and buyers are once again feeling the pinch to keep their dreams of home ownership alive as housing affordability returns to the property market agenda.  But, First National Real Estate chief executive, Ray Ellis says... more
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Styling

Timber Homes – Rising In Value and Beautiful Too

Timber homes hold a strong place in the hearts of many Australians, from the traditional Victorian-era weatherboard to the ultra modern designs now appearing in many suburbs and bush land settings. more
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Buying

What Affordability Crisis?

The Housing Industry Association and Commonwealth Bank are the commercial entities behind the much-quoted Housing Affordability Index (HAI). Each, understandably, has a business agenda to further and it has been suggested that... more
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Renting

Whippet Signs Rental Agreement

First National’s Burnie member Deanne Lamprey recently sent out a media release advising how the network’s Pet Friendly Rental Search had helped a tenant with pets. The Sunday Tasmanian then ran a story about First National’s Pet... more

Buying

Residential Market Slows

For the last year, strong demand has led to high auction clearance rates and marked growth in residential real estate values nationally. However, it’s now official – clearance rates have slumped after the compounding effect of... more

Network News

Think Outside The Box

“When things are good, a pet monkey can do well.  When things are tough or increasingly competitive, those businesses that are lazy, that don’t maximise their branding advantage, that don’t differentiate, that don’t maximise the... more
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First National Real Estate

Off To Alice To Get Centred!

This week, the network’s membership will wing its way to Alice Springs for the 2010 National Convention. From 2pm on Wednesday, registration will open for the earliest delegates, and, Convention kicks off with an economic update... more