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THE THREE D’S OF REAL ESTATE – DIFFICULT, DELIVER, DECISIVE

HOW TO HAVE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS IN REAL ESTATE AND DELIVER THEM DECISIVELY. There is one thing most of us are guilty of, well there’s a lot more than one actually, but for purposes of this blog topic it is putting off having difficult conversations. For some people it can be so fear and anxiety-inducing that often the relevance of the conversation is lost because it has taken so long to muster up the courage to have that awkward chat. Whether it is a work colleague, a boss or client, determining how to start and have a difficult conversation, is an essential life and business skill. The consequences of not having that uncomfortable conversation can be costly, and handling a difficult conversation requires not only skill and empathy but importantly the… Read More »

MANAGING MINDSET IN A CRISIS

I’m not sure about you, but if I hear Coronavirus or COVID-19 mentioned one more time, I’m not sure I’ll keep it together. I stopped watching the news a few weeks ago now and whilst I have used it more than my fair share of the ‘C’ virus word in business and at home, I now think it’s time to shift the mindset and focus on a new letter, the ‘M’ word. Mindset is one of those buzzwords that is currently being touted as an essential life tool alongside mindfulness to essentially manage mental health and wellbeing. What is mindset though? Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with life and the challenges it throws at you. Experts believe there are two types on mindsets, one is… Read More »

WORKING FROM HOME AMIDST THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Currently working from home and struggling to get into the zone? With the coronavirus madness forcing more and more businesses to shut up shop and work from home, it is more important than ever to ensure you have set up a productive home office in the interim. Here are our top tips and suggestions that will help you get the most out of your workday at home. ESTABLISH A CLEAR WORK ZONE You will want to set up a clear workspace, away from any distractions. You want to try and not mix work with your usual home routines. Establishing clear boundaries will help you stay more productive when completing work tasks. Also, make sure you inform the family/housemates of your workspace to avoid later conflict. You will also want to… Read More »

CORONAVIRUS – OUR TOP TIPS FOR CONTINGENCY PLANNING DURING THE PANDEMIC

Pandemic… it is such a fear-inducing word, isn’t it? While some of us may be feeling the world has gone crazy, others might be thinking rightfully so, it is a Pandemic after all, but despite where you stand on the topic one thing is certain you can’t avoid the issue. We are entering unprecedented times and the waters we are about to navigate are unchartered, but now is not the time to stick our heads in the sand. Certain things may be out of our control, but we need to take stock of what we can control and focus on ways to move forward as an individual, business or community in this time of crisis. Yes, it is a time of crisis, but don’t be paralysed by the fear, this… Read More »

THE ART OF HOUSE FLIPPING

Who hasn’t sat back and watched ‘The Block’ or ‘House Rules’ and thought renovating a house looks easy enough? The popularity of these reality TV shows has turned renovating into a business beast of its own. It has become way more than a simple hobby or side hustle these days, but it’s one thing to renovate and another making a profit from it. One of the fastest growing trends is House Flipping. For those who know little about this term, house flipping is when a real estate investor buys a house and then sells them for a profit. In order for a house to be considered a flip, it must be bought with the intention of quickly reselling. The time between the purchase and the sale often ranges from a… Read More »

WEATHERING STORM SEASON

With the recent wet weather over last week in the Ipswich, Toowoomba and surrounding areas, it is extremely important to ensure your home is ready to withstand the weather. Over the next week we are also expecting more wet weather and the odd thunderstorm, so here is our list of tips and tricks so you can be prepared in case things go south. It will also help ensure you have all the correct procedures in place for a stress-free storm season. PREPARING YOUR HOME GENERAL MAINTENANCE Check the condition of your roof and be sure to repair any loose tiles, eaves or screws. Also, make sure you clean our all the gutters and downpipes to create a clear path for water to flow through. Another easy job that you can… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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