With the Courier Mail reporting that “BRISBANE” will become ground zero for wild weather as meteorologists predict a highly active storm season across Queensland.

The severe weather outlook for 2016 and 2017 has indicated a heightened severe weather season with an increased risk of damaging thunderstorms, rain, and cyclones.  Heightened cyclone activity is also predicted with up to four cyclones expected.” Read more

Here at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, we quite often talk about home staging, and why it’s probably the single best thing you can do to get a higher price on your home.

If you’re unfamiliar with what home staging is, it’s the process of revamping your home to make it look better to buyers. It makes sense to do it – whether you’re selling a home, a car or an old baby stroller, it’s always a good idea to try and spruce it up before putting it on the market.

But is it really worth spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on a professional home staging service?

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Recent research on home sellers’ perceptions of real estate agents has uncovered some great information for both sellers and agents – some surprising, and some downright shocking.

Here are ten of our favourite stats from the report. Hopefully they’ll help you when choosing an agent when to decide that you’re ready to sell

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Now there’s a new trend springing up: aggregator websites for real estate agents and property managers. If you’re selling, or own an investment property, you’re going to come across them at some point.

So the question is: are they any good?

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Not long ago I met a young couple who had bought their home just 12 months earlier; and now needed to sell it due to a change in their circumstances.

This put them in a difficult situation when they least needed it, largely because it can be very difficult to sell a home so soon after it has been bought.

Here’s the advice I’d recommend in this situation.

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Spring is known for being real estate’s busiest season. Buying and selling numbers go up by more than double compared to June and July, usually peaking in the October-December period.

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to act.

The key to making the most of the spring selling season is preparation. Here are three reasons why getting in early will help you reap better rewards.

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When putting your home on the market, a big part of reaching or exceeding your desired sale price is decided by the way you market it.

If people don’t know you’re selling your home, and if they aren’t aware of all its unique features and advantages, they aren’t going to offer you the amount you want (if they even make an offer in the first place).

Here’s our list of what to do, and what not to, when putting your property up for sale.

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The  Reserve  Bank  was recently invited  to  make  a  submission  to the House  of  Representatives  Standing  Committee  on  the  Inquiry  into  Home Ownership in Australia.

The  Bank  recognised  the  importance   of   housing   to   the   people   of   Australia.   Shelter   is   a   fundamental   human   need,   and  purchasing  the  home  one  lives  in  is  usually  the  largest  financial  investment  a household  will  make.

The  affordability  of  suitable  housing  is,  appropriately,  a  central  concern  of  government  policy,  and  it  has   been   the   subject   of  several inquiries   over   the   years,   most   recently   the   Senate   Economics  References  Committee  Inquiry (The  Senate  2015).

Housing  tenure  – whether  a  household  owns or rents the  home  they  live  in  – is  an  important  aspect  of  people’s  experience  of  their  home.

The  key  messages  of  this  submission  are  as  follows.

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They’re exciting, they’re fun to watch, and the results usually look incredible. What’s not to like about home reno TV shows?

Well, for one thing, they often gloss over the most important aspect of renovating a home.

If you’ve caught the itch and are thinking about making some improvements to your home, make sure you aren’t overlooking this one major factor.

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