How the change in Leadership will affect Real Estate

How the change in Leadership will affect Real Estate

At Madeline Hicks Real Estate, we believe that the positivity coming out of Malcolm Turnbull will have a positive effect throughout the community.

The Liberal party’s decision to elect Malcolm Turnbull as leader was highly anticipated before the next election.

Many Australian’s expect that the new 21st Century Government will deliver on building a stronger foundation both economically and socially. We know that investment markets like certainty and investors want confidence and clarity, and it is thought that the fresh faced Liberal Government will deliver where it is needed most.

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4 ways to prepare for the Spring Selling Season!

4 ways to prepare for the Spring Selling Season!

Winter’s almost over, and for anyone looking to sell their home, that means one thing: Spring Selling Season is almost here!

As you may be aware, spring is the time of year when the housing market shoots back up. The weather warms up, the flowers blossom, and the buyers come back out in force.

If you’re thinking about selling your home this spring, here are 4 ways to prepare for the rush!

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Is it still worth saving for a deposit

Is it still worth saving for a deposit?

With interest rates at an all-time low – and unlikely to rise significantly for at least a few more years – commentators are going mad for the apparent affordability of home loans.

This is all very well if you have the cash or equity available to get a loan. But what if you’re still saving for your deposit? Where do you stand? Read more

Are you ready for the Spring Selling Season

Are you ready for the Spring Selling Season?

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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Is Everton Park a good suburb

Is Everton Park a good suburb?

If you own a home in the 4053 postcode or are looking to purchase one, you may be curious about whether Everton Park is a “good” suburb.

In this week’s post, we take a look at what Everton Park has going for it, and explain why we think we’re blessed to be where we are.

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9 ways to have a stress free auction day

9 ways to have a stress free auction day

9 ways to have a stress free auction day. A successful house auction doesn’t necessarily mean that the hammer drops on a bid worth twice as much as the reserve.

Although that would obviously be an excellent outcome, it’s important to remember that a successful auction can mean more than simply selling your property for a good price. If the auction has created unnecessary tension in your life or if you’ve been stressed through out the process, there aren’t too many people that would classify that auction as a success.

House auctions are about more than just the money so here are 9 ways to have a stress free house auction.

1. Do your research

Before you put your house up for auction it’s important that you’re at least a little bit familiar with the industry. Go to other house auctions, ask questions of the agents and most importantly have a few conversations with the bidders. House auctions are something most people will rarely participate in, so it’s difficult to acquire organic experience in this area. This is why it’s so important to get out in the field and learn as much as you can before your own auction. The industry changes every few years so even if you went through an auction ten years ago, it’s still worthwhile to attend upcoming auctions to see what’s happening in the space. 9 ways to have a stress free auction day.

Attend upcoming auctions before your own to get a feel of the space.

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The Home Buyer’s Checklist

The Home Buyer’s Checklist

Thinking about buying a home but not sure where to start?

Don’t get yourself down – getting onto the property ladder isn’t as daunting as it looks. The process is a lot easier once you know how it works, which is why we’ve decided to make a little checklist to help you along.

Read on for our 8 steps to a smooth purchase!


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Why you should get into Brisbane’s inner suburbs right now

Why you should get into Brisbane’s inner suburbs right now

In real estate we generally try not to use over-confident terms like “sure thing” or “no brainer”, but with the way Brisbane’s inner suburbs are currently performing, we’re more than a little tempted to break this rule.

Whether you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out or live in, here’s one piece of advice we urge you to follow: look in the inner suburbs.

While Logan, Ipswich and other outer areas were the star performers last year, 2015 is set to be the year of the inner-suburb house, townhouse or unit, according to experts.

Some of the suburbs to watch in the near future, based on recent profit figures and our own data, include

  • Ashgrove
  • Auchenflower
  • Everton Park
  • Fairfield
  • Ferny Grove
  • Gaythorne
  • Gordon Park
  • Grange
  • Nudgee
  • Oxley
  • Red Hill
  • Stafford
  • Wilston
  • Woolloongabba

Why you should get into Brisbane’s inner suburbs right now

The question is: if these inner suburbs have already jumped in price, doesn’t that mean they’re less affordable? Doesn’t that mean I should look further afield for a better deal?

In a word, no. While these areas have on average made the most amount of money per sale (with Woolloongabba leading with well over $400,000 in profit per sale), this doesn’t mean they’ve finished appreciating in value, and it doesn’t mean there aren’t any affordable options.

Like anything, finding a good investment opportunity or family home in these suburbs will be a case-by-case thing – however, as long as you do your research and act quickly, you’ll be in a good position to make a pretty tidy profit in a relatively short time.

Why are these suburbs performing so well? It’s the usual things: proximity to the city, good transport options, planned or existing upgrades to infrastructure and public services, good schools, good lifestyle and entertainment options, and so on.

If you’re interesting in buying in the CBD itself, there’s currently a decent selection of high-rise apartments available due to the recent explosion of new developments, however for the biggest returns we still recommend the inner suburbs.

Current growth levels combined with low interest rates are making for a pretty attractive environment for buyers and sellers alike, so if you’ve been thinking about a purchase, now is the time.

Want to get started right away? Give Madeleine or the team a call on (07) 3355 6845 or see our listings page to find out what opportunities we have available.

Open Home Inspection Times for Saturday 9th August


For Sale

9.30 to 10.00am   46 Hagman Street Stafford Heights

10.30 to 11.00am   7 Janssen Street McDowall

11.45 to 12.15pm   31 Hillary Drive Warner

Open Home Inspection Times for Saturday 2nd August

Houses For Sale

9.30 to 10.00am                15/38 Beneke Street Chermside

9.30 to 10.00am                800 Nudgee Road Northgate

10.30 to 11.00am              7 Janssen Street McDowall

10.30 to 11.00am              69 Hackman Street McDowall

11.30 to 12.00pm              94 Paramount Circuit McDowall

1.00 to 1.30pm                  31 Hillary Drive Warner

1.00 to 1.30pm                  11 Macnee Street McDowall