EAT LOCAL: OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IN IPSWICH AND TOOWOOMBA

After a tumultuous year and being in and out of lockdown, it has been super hard for some of our favourite small businesses, cafes, and restaurants to keep operating and feeding the hungry mouths of Ipswich and Toowoomba locals.  In order to help our local businesses thrive and continue to help our cities flourish, we […]

BUYING A HOME – THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST

Buying a home is a major commitment (and might be the biggest of your life). With so much information out there, it is hard to know where to start on your buying journey. To ensure your cross every T, dot every I, and read every inch of fine print, we have put together this handy […]

A Year in Review: How the 2020 Market Weighed Up

It has been a year of both highs and lows. With the world shutting down due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19 to the most active buyer market we have experienced in 10 years, the real estate industry has been through a lot this year! Here is a comprehensive breakdown of how the real […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

Are you starting to worry more and more about your carbon footprint? If you are one of those homeowners who automatically turns the heater of air-conditioner on as soon as you wake up, or you leave every appliance switched on at the wall even if you aren’t using it, here are a few simple changes […]

COMPLIANCE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A PROPERTY MANAGER AND INVESTOR

Whether it is our workplace or someone else’s home, risk literally lies everywhere. We’ve all heard nightmare stories of people being sued over something insignificant, but have been paid royally for someone else’s oversight. It seems unfair, but increasingly this is the world we are living in. A pot hole on the pavement is a […]

EASTER DIY TREATS AND CRAFTS

School holidays are about to kick off this Friday which means two things. 1. Easter is almost here and 2. You will need to keep the kids entertained so they don’t go stir crazy! Lucky for you we have compiled a list of our favourite DIY Easter treats and crafts that will keep them busy […]

HOW TO HANDLE DISPUTES IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

It’s the one thing all property managers want to avoid, and no matter how big or small, conflicts or disputes are always the tasks that are pushed to the bottom of the list. To ensure you are addressing these conflicts in the correct manner, here is an action plan to keep on hand for when […]

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME ORGANISED THIS YEAR

Since the date of its release, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has truly taken the world by storm. Thousands of people around the world are now cleansing their homes of any items that do not ”spark joy”. Award-winning author and tidying queen herself, Marie Kondo has captivated viewers with how simple it is to eliminate […]

TOP 5 TECH TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE

It’s an ever evolving and changing world we are living in. Across any industry, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest trends in consumer activity, technology and market activity. While the business of real estate transactions ie buying and selling a home will remain the same in essence, there are major innovations […]

2019 INTERIOR TRENDS

New year, new interiors… right? If you are looking to update your interior style to keep in line with the trends, look no further. Here is your guide to what’s hot (and what’s not) for 2019. From dusty chalky tones to gold accents and textured glass, this year is sure to showcase it all. In […]

PREDICTING THE PROPERTY MARKET IN 2019

Do we really know what will happen to the Property Market in 2019? Do we ever really know what the property market will do period? There are some indicators that allow us to determine some of the property trends for the coming year, but there certainly isn’t a crystal ball outlining exactly what will happen […]

SELLING YOUR HOUSE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

So you have your house on the market and Christmas is only 15 days away! As your schedule starts to fill up and people start leaving town, you may be worried about the fate of your property. Don’t fret, there are many advantages to having your property on the market during the Christmas period, so […]

THREE DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Christmas is just around the corner, so we have put together three simple and easy Christmas DIY decorations you can put up in your house. Light a Christmas candle, blast some carols and get the family together to make these decorations, it will truly get you in the Christmas Spirit! 1. ORNAMENT WREATH   What […]

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OFFICE PRACTICES

Every day we are constantly reminded about the effects our common practices are having on the beautiful world we live in. Many of us have adopted the common changes to our daily schedule, like carrying a keep cup in tow, recycling cardboard and glass, and even packing your green bags when going to the supermarket, […]

TOP 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD USE A LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGER

Choosing a company to manage your investment is the second most important step following the initial decision to buy an investment property. Not only is it essential you do your research and ensure a few things like the company is experienced, operates with the service you are looking for and aligns with your values, but […]

HOW TO: OPTIMISE YOUR DESK

Whether you work from home or in an office, it’s essential you have a workspace that makes you feel inspired and productive. While selecting the office furniture such as your chair and desk are important there are a few aspects that are overlooked which can have a significant impact on your mood. To ensure you […]

LET’S TALK ABOUT RENTAL RETURN

A lot of agencies promote rental return when vying for your business, but what do they actually do to assist you in achieving maximum rental return? Our job as your property manager is to not only to lease your property but to rent it for the highest possible price, just like when selling a property. […]

TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY

Interior decorating and styling can totally transform a space and set a mood. Nowadays there are so many ways to change a space and just because you are renting doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. You may be hesitant to decorate and change up your interiors if you are renting due to the […]

UNHAPPY WITH YOUR CURRENT PROPERTY MANAGER? CHANGING PROPERTY MANAGERS IS EASY!

  Did you know the number one reason a landlord leaves an agency is due to poor communication? It seems such a simple thing, but rarely is it appropriately executed in property management, which is a shame given we are dealing with people’s most significant assets. Director of Marketing and Business Development, Kylie Walker has […]

THINKING ABOUT A CAREER AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT?

If you’re after a role that you can make your own, become your own brand and be your own boss, then being a real estate agent is for you. Although it may be a challenging industry to crack into, if you have the drive and motivation, you can definitely reap the rewards. We have compiled […]

DIDN’T SELL AT AUCTION? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Hundreds of properties go under the hammer each and every week. Of this group, around half actually get sold under the hammer. The remainders are either sold prior to the auction or passed in. When committing to the auction process it is important to remember that getting passed in is not the end of the world, […]

ORGANISING TIPS FOR THE BIG MOVE

The one thing that really puts a damper on all the moving excitement is packing. There is nothing more tedious and frustrating than going through every room from top to bottom to ensure you have everything packed, organised and ready to be transported to your new home. Lucky for you, iThink Customer Service extraordinaire, Lacey […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR BACKYARD ON A BUDGET

Backyards are a huge part of our Australian lifestyle, and with many houses downsizing, there is now more emphasis on outdoor spaces than ever before!  The backyard is now an extra living space for many homes and is a real influencing factor when buying. To make sure you make the most of your space, iThink […]

RENT ON THE RISE – IS NOW THE TIME TO BUY AN INVESTMENT?

According to the latest CoreLogic Rental Report*, rental rates are at a national high and growth has lifted, so is now the time to buy an investment? There is a lot of talk back and forth about when is the perfect time to buy an investment is but, to be honest there isn’t one! Yes, […]

REAL ESTATE PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

Whether or not the year ahead fills you with excitement, fear or anxiety, one thing is for certain the property market will be one of the most closely monitored sectors across the country. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had a crystal ball at the end of each year to predict exactly what was in […]

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