2020 COLOUR OF THE YEAR TRENDS

Are you one to follow the pack or do you just like having your interiors up to date? If so, here is your guide to picking a colour to plaster all over your walls this year.  PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR  CLASSIC BLUE  Think blue jeans, blueberries and the sky at dusk. This colour will truly make an impact in your home with its bold presence. Although this shade of blue can make such a statement, it also brings about calmness and reassurance to the space. Because it is such a classic colour, we do not have to worry about it going out of style any time soon.  DULUX PREDICTIONS  Grounded This colour palette is uncomplicated and simplistic, it is really just a 2020 take on neutrals. Try warm tones… Read More »

ADVICE TO FIRST HOME BUYERS

As of January 1st, 2020 singles earning less than $125,000 and couples earning less than $200,000 will only require a 5% minimum deposit. This will vary from region to region and is administered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). If you are a lower-income earner looking to enter the property market, now could be your chance, so you will want to get in quick. However, there are a couple of terms and conditions that you need to be aware of, so keep reading for the full lowdown. What is this new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme? This scheme has been implemented in order to allow easier and faster access to the property market for lower-income earners. This scheme will allow the first home buyers to pay a… Read More »

CHRISTMAS EATS

With the big day only a few weeks away we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for something to bring to the table on Christmas day we have you covered!  Here is a list of all the greatest Christmas eats that you need to try this festive season.  EDIBLE GIFTS  Mini Choc Puddings  Ingredients: 100g white chocolate, melted 20 milk chocolate balls with chocolate centres 20 red mini sugar-coated chocolates 40 green mini sugar-coated chocolate Method: Place the chocolate in a sealable plastic bag. Cut off 1 corner and pipe onto the top of the chocolate balls, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides. Decorate with the sugar-coated chocolates to make holly sprigs. Set aside for 5 mins or until chocolate is set. Spiced… Read More »

CHRISTMAS STYLING IDEAS

The Christmas season is officially here and if you don’t already have your tree or your decorations up here is your guide to styling your home like a pro.  THE PERFECT TREE  Want your tree to look like the ones in the shopping centres? Here’s how: Set up your tree according to the instructions on the box. Begin decoring with the lights, working from top to bottom.  Pick a colour scheme (and stick to it!). Try using colours that complement each other and also suit your interior style.  If you are using garland, place that on now, working from top to bottom.  Place the baubles on in a zig-zag order, making sure colours are evenly spaced apart.  Step back a few times during this process to make sure everything is… Read More »

BEST PRACTICE VS. LEGISLATION

One affliction many agencies and property managers suffer is a blurring of the line between what is legislation and what is company best practice. It is essential to clarify this area if you are preparing for a case at QCAT (Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal), because what you often think is the right thing, can invariably be simply best practice, or alternatively when you realise you haven’t followed best practice, but it might still be within the realms of what the legislation requires. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it! It actually is, the longer you work in property management or the more agencies you work for, the line between what is actually legislation and what is simply the companies policy or procedure becomes more difficult to determine. It’s not like we keep… Read More »

home auctioneer carrying out home auction in Toowoomba in front of crowd of buyers

HOW ITHINK DOES THINGS DIFFERENTLY

When you think about it, selling your home is one of the most significant financial decisions you will ever make in your lifetime. It is true anyone can sell a home, but our role is not to just sell your property but achieve a premium price for it in the shortest time frame possible. With our innovative approach to marketing and selling your property and our unique brand of iThink service, we think you’ll experience a different kind of real estate. Continuing to deliver outstanding service across Ipswich and Toowoomba, you can trust our talented team of sales agents and property managers to work closely with you. With an understanding of your circumstances and goals, our team will openly share their expertise and successful selling strategies to help you achieve… Read More »

GETTING YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE SUMMER READY

Now that the cooler weather has subsided and the afternoons are getting warmer it is the perfect time to start spending more time outdoors. As we enter the season of backyard pool parties and Christmas gatherings it is important to ensure our yard is prepped and ‘party ready’.  Here is a list of our top tips to get your garden and outdoor area in shape for the summer season.  OUTDOOR FURNITURE  You will want to choose furniture that is durable enough to withstand the heat and occasional summer storm, but is also practical and suits your needs. Opt for teak or rattan furniture as it is natural, versatile and can handle all different weather conditions.  One other great way to help you decide which furniture will best suit your outdoor… Read More »

TOP 5 REASONS PROPERTY MANAGERS BURN OUT

If you had to make a list of the worst jobs you’d like to do, property management would have to be right up there. I mean it is really one of the most thankless jobs, no one ever calls up and says thank you for renting that house to me, thank you for collecting my rent and sorting out my maintenance. No, it is more likely a negative call that forces people to pick up the phone and speak to their property manager. My oven isn’t working, my rent can’t be paid this week, why wasn’t my rent paid this week, why did you fix that leak without my approval, and so the list goes on, day in and day out. Nine out of ten calls are troubleshooting issues, disputes,… Read More »

AN INVESTORS GUIDE TO RENOVATING THEIR RENTAL PROPERTY

The longer you hold an investment property for the more likely you will at some stage need to undertake some renovations and major repairs. Properties eventually just get tired and run down no matter how well tenants look after them. Floors get damaged, kitchens and bathrooms get dated, gardens die off and fences rot. If your property is in another state or country liaising with your management company to undertake the renovations on your behalf can take a lot of the stress and hassle out of it for you. In fact, a good agency will bring any renovations required to your attention and offer to project manage on your behalf for a small extra fee. Every time a property becomes vacant is a good time to assess what work is… Read More »

THE ITHINK FOUR WEEK AUCTION PROCESS

It is Auction week here at iThink and we are looking forward to another successful event under the stars. Over the last few months we have sold x properties through the auction method and We strongly believe in the auction process; it brings all potential buyers out of the woodwork and generally results in a quicker, less complicated sales process. THE PROS OF AUCTION They are held at a certain time and a certain place They create competition They create urgency There are set terms There are three opportunities to sell your property: The first is prior to the auction, provided you are presented with a favourable offer. Secondly, under the hammer and finally, you have the opportunity to sell your property post auction.  OUR 4 WEEK PROCESS Prior to… Read More »

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