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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 »

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 »

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERTY MARKETING

Is your home or rental property on the market at the moment? If so, are you making good use of a number of media channels to ensure you are reaching 100 percent of the audience? In today’s market, buyers and renters are using multiple media tools to search for their dream property. Due to this is, it is important to ensure that your property has a decent amount of exposure. By using exhausting multiple media channels you can reach both active and passive buyers and renters. At iThink Property, we believe that the winning formula incorporates digital, print and social media marketing. Although advertising and listing on these channels can become somewhat costly, it is truly worth the investment to get the best outcome. PRINT MEDIA Print media has the… Read More »

RENOVATION TIPS AND TRICKS

It is officially Block season, and if you are a fellow Blockhead like everyone else in our office you are probably itching to start your own reno. If you are thinking about giving your property a makeover, or a home renovation has been on the cards for a while, here are a few things you will want to know before you dust off the tools and start demolition. WHERE TO START 1.    Designing and Planning: Keep it simple and try to set your budget from the beginning. Also, try to be firm and final with your decisions within this planning phase. If you decide on these things early, you can avoid unexpected costs that may arise. 2.    DIY or Hire The Pros: Discuss whether you are going to do the majority of… Read More »

THE ULTIMATE MOVING GUIDE

About to move into a new place, or are you moving out for the first time? Here is a comprehensive list of everything to need to know to make the move a little more bearable. Forget the moving horror stories, by implementing a plan and utilising these tips and tricks, you can make moving house a piece of cake! BEFORE THE MOVE Utility Connection: The last thing you want is to move into a house that doesn’t have any electricity and you are unpacking in the dark. Make sure you call your energy provider and give them your details and connection dates before you move into the property. The connection process may take a couple of business days, so make sure you have given the provider ample notice. While you… Read More »

TOP CLEANING HACKS

Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? Here are our top tips and tricks on how to get your home looking sparkling clean going into the warmer months.   So let’s start at the top:   KITCHEN     Stovetop and Stainless Steel – Opt for organic cleaning produces and microfibre cloths when cleaning these surfaces. Products with citruses will have the ability to breakdown grease and grime, while the microfibre clothes will help buff out marks and leave a streak-free shine. Sink – Quickly eliminate bacteria and get your sink sparkling with this hack. Sprinkle bicarb soda in the sink and scrub with warm water. After some scrubbing and a bit of elbow grease, you will start to see your sink sparkle. Wooden Bench Tops –… Read More »

THE ART OF NEGOTIATION

Got your eyes on the prize but just don’t know how to initiate negotiation and enter buyers territory? Good news is, you don’t have to be a skilled negotiator to get a great price for your dream property. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to start negotiating today!   DO YOUR RESEARCH     Not only does this show that you are serious, it gives you a good understanding of the current market. Compile a list of comparable sales and weigh up their pros and cons in relation to the sale price. This will help you come to a conclusion of what you should offer for your dream property. However, it is important to ensure the information you have cited is reliable and recent.   COMMUNICATE WITH… Read More »

STYLING KIDS BEDROOMS

School holidays are fast approaching, and we all know what that means….MESSY BEDROOMS! In order to try and keep things tidy and keep them entertained these holidays, how about making styling their bedrooms into a fun little project. Not only will they love getting involved, but it may also make them a little more house proud, benefitting you in the long run!   It is important to remember that kids bedrooms don’t have to mean bright pinks and blues, with rainbows, butterflies or cars. You don’t have to skimp on style when creating these amazing spaces for your children. Here are some trend you can easily incorporate that won’t compromise your home aesthetic.   TOP TRENDS FOR KIDS BEDROOMS IN 2019 Vintage Touches: Try upcycling and sourcing cute little trinkets… Read More »

WHAT THE CURRENT MARKET MEANS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS

We all know that the property market is ever-changing and following the recent election and the cutting of interest rates it is now more important than ever to analyse the market before diving straight in. Here is a rundown of what the market is currently doing, how you can break into it and some tips for making your goal of owning a property a reality.   INTEREST RATE CUT     At the beginning of the month, the Royal Bank of Australia cut interest prices to 1.25%. This cut will see mortgage rates fall although housing prices currently are still in a decline. This decline should not last too long, however, as it is expected that housing prices will start to stabilise as we enter 2020.   The rate cut… Read More »

INJECTING COLOUR INTO YOUR HOME

Colour has the power to transform a space, it can reflect personality, change the mood and help liven up living spaces. Sometimes adding colour can get quite tricky or seem somewhat daunting, but don’t be scared! A lot of homeowners tend to shy away from colour due to the fact that they simply don’t know how to style it properly. Here are some ways you can stylishly inject colour into your home without the lifelong commitment or hefty price tags.   COLOURED TILES, FLOORS & CEILINGS   Don’t just reserve colour for the walls. With the right impact, coloured floors or ceilings can be an out-of-the-box way to spice up a room. Take design cues from the streets of Morocco where muted pinks, oranges and terracotta’s line each and every… Read More »

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