Eight ways to make your rented house a home

Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

No matter if you are an owner occupier or renting, we all have an instinctive desire to create an individual space we can call “home”.
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is a house transformed into a home in 24 hours. Adding unique, personal touches and arranging furniture and possessions to suit your taste takes time, a commodity that is often a question mark for those who rent.


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Topics: Renting, Advice, Home Tips

Colour Psychology: How to Make Your Home Feel Good

Jan 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Ready to paint? A little colour psychology may be just what you need to create soothing and productive moods. The colours of the rooms in your home are a direct reflection of your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about that, it affects us every day. Colour can influence our moods and our thoughts.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Tips, Harcourts Real Estate

Marketing Tips to Fast-track Your Sale

Dec 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

When selling a property, one of the most important steps is generating interest, and the best way to do this is through a focused marketing campaign. A strong marketing campaign will help you sell your property in the shortest amount of time, for the best price, with the least amount of aggravation. Here are our tips to help get you started.


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Topics: Advice, selling property, Marketing Tips

Advice for Young Property Investors

Dec 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Getting a foot onto the property ladder is certainly no easy feat, and it’s easy to see why many young people simply give up their dreams of home ownership. But the fact is, the rewards of property investment ultimately outweigh the effort. To help you get started in your property investment journey, here is our advice for young property investors.


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Topics: Advice, Property Markets, Investing in Property, Financial Advice

Securing a mortgage with bad credit

Nov 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Getting a mortgage has always been harder for people with bad credit. But having bad credit doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the road when it comes to buying property. By working with a mortgage adviser or mortgage broker, we’ll analyse your credit situation against the various lending policies, and find the best possible solution to fit your needs.


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Topics: Advice, First Home Buyer, Bad Credit Home LOan, Bad credit, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice

What to Think About When Writing a Will

Nov 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

It’s not a subject most people enjoy talking about, but it’s an important one none-the-less. Writing a will ensures your assets are distributed as you would want them. When someone passes away without a will, the law determines how their assets are divided regardless of what they or their family want. Here’s what to think about when writing a will.


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Topics: Advice, tips, Writing a Will

Organizing Your Garage Like a Pro

Nov 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

A messy garage is overwhelming, to say the least. After years of accumulating “stuff” a good purge is necessary, especially if you plan to move.

The actual process of purging and organizing a garage is simple, yet time consuming. Allow yourself plenty of time – perhaps even an entire weekend to truly go through every item and determine its place.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Ownership, Home Tips

How schools impact property

Nov 5, 2018 11:46:24 PM Share this:

“According to the London School of Economics (LSE), a 2006 UK study showed that people were prepared to pay substantially more for properties close to good state schools,” says Gareth Bailey, Pam Golding Properties area principal for Durban Coastal. “According to LSE’s Professor Steve Gibbons, “a primary school one standard deviation above the average in terms of pupil performance…attracts a house price premium of around 3%. This means that a school at the top of the league tables attracts a premium of around 12% relative to one at the bottom. At the time of this 2006 study, this was equivalent to £21 000.


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Topics: Advice, PropertyFocus, Harcourts Real Estate

Tips on how to Design a Clean Easy Home

Oct 25, 2018 5:59:39 PM Share this:

In my never-ending quest to find more time to relax, put my feet up and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book, I’m writing today about designing your home in a way that helps to minimize your cleaning time.

Whether you are contemplating a remodel or designing your dream home as a new construction, your choices in layout, finishes and furnishings will all impact the amount of time you spend cleaning. So sit down, put your feet up and pour yourself a glass of wine. But before you pick up that book, read the tips below and see if some of these will work for your home.


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Topics: DIY, Advice, Home Decor & Furnishing, Home Tips

Real Estate Investment: Getting Started

Sep 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:

It’s no secret that real estate is one of the most successful ways toward wealth creation, as a firm foundation in real estate can insure a successful financial future. However, knowing where to start can be daunting. Here are a few practical tips: 


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Topics: Property Management, Finance, Advice