5 STEPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Sometimes the most daunting part about selling your home isn’t the choice of an agent or the decision of price, it’s knowing your home must be presentation ready every week. Your property usually is just one out of a long list buyers will look at so you must be sure to impress. To make the presentation process a little easier iThink Property Sales Agent Caitlin Noble has a few simple steps to share.   STEP 1 – CLEAR THE CLUTTER De-cluttering is something everyone puts off but this is a vital step in preparing your home for sale! Buyers want to imagine their own belongings in the property so it’s important to keep things tidy. Take baby steps and dedicate just 10 minutes at night to target one area, maybe… Read More »

3 HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES YOU MUST TRY THIS WINTER

Winter calls for hot chocolate and we’ve got three recipes which will keep you warm all winter long! After one sip of these warm treats you will never go back to your regular powdered versions again! NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. Nutella 1 cup of Milk (any kind) Optional toppings- whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings   Directions: Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally. Add in the Nutella & whisk until dissolved Serve immediately either plain or with desired toppings   Source: Give Me Some Oven   PEANUT BUTTER HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients: 1 cup of Milk ¼ cup of Cream ¼ cup Milk Chocolate Chips 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter ¼ cup mini Marshmallows   Directions: Bring milk & cream to… Read More »

DEALING WITH A DROP IN RENT

The rent reduction conversation is never an easy one between property managers and landlord’s. What it simply comes down to is an open line of communication and an education process on current market conditions. There is always a reason why a property doesn’t rent. To help landlords understand why, Director at iThink Property, Kylie Walker has underpinned the factors which may affect rental income and could trigger the drop in rent.   Three P’s In our ever-changing digital world renting a property is no longer about simply putting up a sign. With 95 percent of our tenants searching for a property online, it is the primary source of securing a tenant in today’s market. From the start we need to ensure the property is presented well, by that we need… Read More »

FIRST HOME BUYERS – GET YOUR $20,000 BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE BUDGET 2017     With house prices continually increasing it’s harder than ever for first home buyers to get into the market. A lot of pressure has been put on both state and federal governments to fix this affordability crisis and in the lead up to the announcement of the Federal Budget there has been much debate in what the Government will do. So what’s in it for first home buyers? iThink Property Sales Agent Mark Costello, who has been helping first home buyers secure properties has got the low down on how first home buyers will be impacted by the 2017 Budget. The biggest hurdle for first home buyers is saving for a deposit. With this in mind the 2017 Budget has introduced… Read More »

MAXIMISE YOUR CASH RETURN WITH TAX DEPRECIATION

  It’s time to unlock the cash flow to your investment property and claim more at tax time! Owners of investment properties are eligible to claim tax deductions for their properties and most investors are aware of the deductions they are entitled to. However, many are unaware of property depreciation which means they could be missing out on hundreds or even thousands in returns! To help ensure you maximise your deductions, here is everything you need to know on Tax Depreciation from BMT.   What is Tax Depreciation? As a property gets older and items within it wear out and depreciate in value. Legislation allows owners of income producing properties to claim on this wear and tear and it is called Tax Depreciation. Unlike other expenses involved in holding a… Read More »

GUIDE TO IPSWICH FESTIVAL

The festivities are about the begin in Ipswich and there is an action-packed program waiting for you to enjoy. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun here is our run down on the must do activities.   FIRE ON THE RIVER The festival is set to start off with a bang as a spectacular explosion of fireworks and lasers light up the sky. ‘Fire on the River’ will launch the Ipswich Festival and for the best views its tipped you head to Riverlink Shopping Centre or David Trumpy Bridge.   When: Thursday 4th May, 7pm Where: Riverlink Shopping Centre, Ipswich Who: All ages Price: Free Entry     PARADE OF LIGHT Get whisked away as a spellbinding parade trails down Brisbane Street. Featuring giant lanterns & marching bands,… Read More »

CHOOSING THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT

Choosing the right Real Estate agent to sell your home is an important step in a successful sale. It’s a big decision and can be a little daunting, especially if you’re a first timer. To help guide your decision here are a few tips to think about when choosing the right real estate agent for you from iThink Property’s Trent Quinn.   RESEARCH “Do your research and find a few of the agents in your area that have got a track record for performing.” Trent advised. Have a look into similar properties around your area and see how they have performed. There are so many different agencies to choose from so make sure you do your research and get an insight into how they work.   TEST THE WATERS  Once… Read More »

BUYING TIPS

  Purchasing a property is about the biggest financial commitment you can ever make. It’s a very exciting time however can also be a little daunting. But don’t stress. iThink Property’s Sales and Marketing Consultant, Trent Quinn has a few buying tips to help the process seem a little less nerve-racking.   GET FINANCES UNDER CONTROL  Before you go into the buying process you need to know what you can and can’t afford. “What I would encourage people to do is talk to a mortgage broker. A lot of people aren’t aware that nearly two thirds of property transactions now are conducted by a mortgage broker.” Trent advised.   Don’t fall into the trap of googling ‘How much can I borrow?’. The computer may give you a number that shocks… Read More »

GET FIRED UP AND KNOW YOUR NEW SMOKE ALARM LAWS

  Often it takes a tragedy to make people stand up and listen. This has most certainly been the case leading up to the implementation of new Queensland Smoke Alarm legislation which was introduced in September 2016. Under the new legislation Queensland homes will become safer and lives will be saved over the next decade with the mandatory installation of high-tech smoke detectors by 2027. More than 150 people have died in house fires in Queensland since 2004, but it was the horrific house fire in 2011 that claimed 11 lives and devastated the south side community of Logan that forced the Queensland Government to take measures to ensure that Queenslanders never see a repeat of that tragedy. Under the planned changes to be phased in over ten years, smoke alarms… Read More »

EASTER SPIRIT IN THE HOME

It’s almost time to get those ears on and overindulge in lots of sugary treats! This time of the year means lots of colour, florals and food but the eater season also means that the kids are at home. To help with stress that comes with the Easter season, we’ve put together some simple decorating ideas which will keep the kids occupied and also get your house prepped for the festivities. Here are some simple decorating ideas to get you and your family into the Easter spirit.   Decorative Candles Candles can brighten up any room and are a perfect accessory all year round. For the Easter season why not try decorating some plain pillar candles with some colourful dots or strokes of green like Martha Stewarts blog suggests.  … Read More »

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