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Protect yourself this Storm Season

Protect yourself this Storm Season

 

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

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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Renters benefitting in a moderating housing market

Renters benefitting in a moderating housing market

The latest housing finance figures released today by the Australian Bureau of statistics (ABS) reflect continued declining lending activity.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia says the figures for July 2015 show, in trend terms, that the number of owner-occupied finance commitments fell by 0.2 per cent. This fall is the fourth consecutive monthly fall and follows eleven months of increases. If refinancing is excluded, in trend terms for July, the number of owner-occupied finance commitments fell by 0.2 per cent.

 

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Home Staging – Is it worth it

Home Staging – Is it worth it?

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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Perceptions of Real Estate Agents - 10 surprising statistics

Perceptions of Real Estate Agents – 10 surprising statistics

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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Declining interest rates and rising income spur improving housing affordability

Declining interest rates and rising income spur improving housing affordability

A new report released last week shows an improvement in overall housing affordability over the June quarter with the positive development seen in seven out of eight Australian states and territories.

The latest edition of the Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing Affordability Report, released last week by the Real Estate Institute of Australia, provides a comprehensive update for the sector using the latest data for the June Quarter 2015.

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TripAdvisor & Urban Spoon for Real Estate Agents

TripAdvisor & Urban Spoon for Real Estate Agents

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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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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Help! I need to sell after 12 months!

Help! I need to sell after 12 months!

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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