HOW TO: CHOOSE THE RIGHT BUILDER

Building a home is a huge financial and emotional investment. The most critical decision you’ll make throughout the process is picking the right builder. Your builder has the power to make or break your building experience, so it’s not a decision to take lightly. When choosing your builder, it’s essential you do your research and make an informed decision. To help you out, here are a few tips for selecting the right builder from iThink Principal and Real Estate Agent, Ben Walker.   FOCUS ON QUALITY Whether you’re choosing to build your forever home or sell straight away, there is one thing you need to get right, the quality. The structure of your home is the key to its longevity so the quality of its ‘bones’ is something not to… Read More »

HOW TO: DIY CLEAN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

Long gone are the days air conditioners were just used in summer! Most households now have air conditioners with reverse-cycle technology which means they can enjoy the comfort of either warm or cool air. With air conditioners now in use all year round, it’s important you look after them with regular tune up’s. If you don’t, you could face hefty repair bills, higher energy bills and insufficient air flow. Take a look at our tips from iThink Property Manager, Ronda Millard on how to give your air conditioner a DIY clean.   SOURCE: DAIKIN  SAFETY FIRST Before beginning any maintenance on your air conditioner make sure it’s switched off and unplugged from any power source. As an added precaution, avoid touching any electrical components within your air conditioner. Once all… Read More »

MUST DO REPAIRS BEFORE YOU SELL

When thinking of selling your house, minor repairs can make all the difference. But as you start doing the sums, you may realise you can’t afford and don’t have the time to fix it all. So how do you know where to start and what to prioritise? Lucky for you, our sales customer service extraordinaire Jess, has put together a list of some of the most essential and cost-effective repairs you should do before you sell to help you achieve a premium price!   SOURCE: THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS    EXTERIOR First impressions count, so it’s important your exterior is in tip-top shape. Does the fence need fixing? Does the exterior paint need a touch-up? Are there some cracks in your driveway? Maybe your front facade needs a good clean? Street… Read More »

3 DIY EASTER CRAFTS

Easter is just around the corner so it’s time to get prepared and not just for the copious amounts of chocolate! Easter is the perfect time to get your creative hat on and make some colourful DIY decorations. iThink Customer Service extraordinaire, Lacey Burns has three fun DIY Easter crafts to get you into the spirit!   SOURCE: realestate.com.au   EASTER EGG PINATA  This can be a perfect way to finish an Easter hunt! Here’s how: WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Small balloons 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water to make paper-mâché glue Old newspaper Crepe paper Glue Scissors Chocolates Confetti Ribbon   HOW TO: Mix up your paper-mâché glue – I find 1 cup of water to 1 cup of flour is plenty and works best. Rip up small strips… Read More »

TIPS FOR SECURING A RENTAL WITH PETS

Finding a rental for you and your furry friend can be quite difficult! You’ll find your rental opportunities will dramatically decrease when you have a pet, but it’s not impossible to find a rental that can suit both you and your pooch. If you’re serious about finding a rental property you need to eliminate the ‘fear’ factor from your landlord by taking a few extra steps to reassure them your pet won’t damage their property. Take a look at our tips on how you can secure a rental with a pet from iThink Property Manager, Mikki Pohatu.     NEVER TRY AND HIDE YOUR PET The first thing you need to do is be up front. Don’t start off on the wrong foot and try to hide the fact you… Read More »

TOP REAL ESTATE TERMS DEFINED

If you’re a newbie to the Real Estate world, you might feel a little overwhelmed when you hear all the real estate jargon! Whether you’re buying or selling, many real estate terms used can be quite confusing and hard to understand.  To give you a head start and help you out, here are some of the most common real estate terms defined by iThink Sales and Marketing Consultant, Matt Hawkins.     AUCTION The sale of a property held publicly and sold to the highest bidder. Properties usually have a reserve price and if not reached the property can be passed in. CONDITIONAL CONTRACT A contract that is agreed to by the seller and buyer where a number of conditions need to be met, usually within a specified timeframe. CONVEYANCING… Read More »

SHOULD I SELL OR RENT OUT MY HOUSE?

Whether you’re relocating for work reasons or you’ve found your dream home in a suburb you’ve always wished to live in, deciding whether you should sell or rent out your house can cause a lot of headaches. There is no right or wrong answer to this question and no one can answer it for you. But to help you make your decision here are a few questions to ask yourself from iThink Sales Agent Dane Phillips.     WHAT CAN YOU AFFORD? It’s time to think with your head. If you’ve bought elsewhere, you’ll need to keep in mind you now have two mortgages. Consider your cash flow and do some sums to figure out if the rental payments will cover your mortgage plus other expenses. When you rent out your… Read More »

OPEN HOUSE TIPS FOR BUYERS

One of the most crucial steps when purchasing a property is to go to an open house. Judging a house by its images online alone is not a good buying strategy. The only way to get a real feel for the property is by stepping into it. When you’re at an open home you have limited time to picture yourself living in the property, so you’ve got to make the most of it! iThink Sales Agent Kelli McKellar has some tips on how buyers can make the most of an open house.     RESEARCH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Before you head to the open house research the neighbourhood. Remember it’s not just a house you are buying, you are buying into a neighbourhood. Take the time to think of what sort… Read More »

DO YOU NEED LANDLORDS INSURANCE

You never know when you might accidentally accept a ‘tenant from hell’. Whether they fall way behind in rent or cause damage to your property, tenants can cause a lot of headaches. Luckily for you, landlords insurance can be your saving grace when a tenancy goes pear-shaped. To give you the 101 on landlord insurance and why you need it here’s iThink’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Kylie Walker.     WHAT IS LANDLORD INSURANCE? Landlord insurance is a type of insurance that protects you from some of the most common risks that come with property investment. It’s different to home and contents insurance as those policies will typically cover you for things like storm and fire damage, theft etc. but usually won’t include items such as rental default… Read More »

HOW TO SCORE YOUR DREAM RENTAL

With the rental market so competitive at the moment, the odds of you securing your dream rental may seem a little out of reach. But don’t let this discourage you! To help you stand out from the crowd and win over your potential landlord here are a few tips from iThink Property Manager, Bek Sheahan.     GET THE BASICS RIGHT The number one rule when applying for a rental property is to ensure you have fully completed all the application form and have all supporting documents. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many applicants hand in incomplete applications. It’s a competitive market, and property managers don’t have the time to chase up forgotten details. Start off on the right foot and ensure you double check your… Read More »

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