DO YOU HAVE IMPOSTER SYNDROME?

Have you heard of Imposter Syndrome? If you have never felt like you belong in any job, or you are always waiting for someone to find out you don’t really know what you are doing, you feel like a fake or a fraud … worse still you can’t take a compliment, you self-sabotage when anything is going good and you are always living in fear of being seen as a failure, then you my friend may just have imposter syndrome.

GUIDE TO END OF FINANCIAL YEAR FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS

Don’t panic, yes end of financial year is just around the corner. It really doesn’t have to be as stressful and frantic as we all make it out to be. If you are a homeowner or property investor or both, a little bit of preplanning can save you time and money. Whether you own one rental property or several, the key to a smooth EOYF is organisation. No property investor wants to pay their tax accountant to sift through a shoebox full of receipts, now do they?

WHY YOU NEED AN ANNUAL LIFE AND BUSINESS PLAN! 

I’m going to preface this blog by saying please do as I say, not as I did in the early days of our business. If I’m honest, I wasn’t always a planner, especially for business. In the early days of our Real Estate business, we kind of just winged and said yes to any opportunity that came our way. Starting a rent roll and running a business wasn’t really in my life plan at the time, heck I was going to be a TV presenter! So ,while it worked to a degree for us in the early years, there was a lot of blood, sweat, tears, hard work and rock bottom moments that went into our ‘no planning required’ approach. I guess it was ok as there was only really three of us in the business at that time and we were all simply flying by the seat of our pants. Hanging with bated breath that no sales contracts fell over or we were going to struggle to put food on the table that week, I’m not even exaggerating.

‘CHAOS TO CALM’ – SO, YOU THINK YOU CAN’T MEDITATE?

If you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve told yourself things like this before when it comes to meditation. ‘I can’t meditate’, ‘my mind won’t switch off’, ‘I can’t sit still that long’, or ‘meditation just isn’t for me’. Meditation certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you are feeling stressed or anxious, it is honestly one of the best ways to regulate your nervous system and reset your body. Take it from me, I’m a massive convert. I practice meditation daily, sometimes it might only be for 10 minutes, sometimes more, sometimes I sit on my floor, other times I’ll stop in the park or sit by the beach. I really don’t care what people think of they see me sitting or lying somewhere, I’ve learnt to completely zone out and turn my incessant chatter inwards. It’s in those moments of quiet I often have my best ideas, I find solutions to my biggest problems and let my poor overworked nervous system take a well earned breather. This week in our series on stress, Maya from A Conscious State, takes us on a journey to understand Meditation, how to make it work for you, and the benefits to not only you, but everyone in your lives. You’ll be more productive and focused in the workplace, you’ll be a better partner, mother, sister and friend.

 How to Get Started in the Real Estate Industry

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If you’re thinking about starting in property management or you know someone who was keen to jump in, then this is for you. Property Management isn’t for the faint hearted, and to be totally transparent, its hard work, long hours, and a lot of problem solving and conflict resolution. But on the flip side, there’s plenty of rewards. Stick around and find out why you should be part of this dynamic industry. My two children have actually recently started in the industry. My second son Jackson completed his registration course last year, and is now working as a BDM. They were both unsure what they wanted to do after school.

Digital Detox: Why it is good for you and why everyone should do it!

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In an era where we are more connected than ever digitally that is, we are actually extremely disconnected from ourselves. Whilst Covid personally, has allowed me precious time to reconnect with my teenage children, I recently realised that the connection I had neglected for so long was the one with myself. It sounds so self-centred and narcissistic doesn’t it, I mean thinking about selves before anyone else, just seems to un-natural. But, it is true when I say the most important person to be connected with is ourselves. Previously, I actually feel quite guilty, selfish even, for suggesting it. As a mother, wife, business owner, employee, entrepreneur, and the various other labels we carry, who is the person we put last, like me I bet for most you, it was or still is yourself. We continually without even realising it for most of us, neglect the all-important connection with ourselves.

HOW TO DEAL WITH MOULD ISSUES IN YOUR PROPERTY

After months of rain lashing South East Queensland, chances are you’ve already experienced mould this season. It can affect clothing, shoes, furniture, walls, and many other parts of the home. Mould only grows when there is sufficient moisture on a surface or humidity in the air. Common causes include: leaky roofs and walls including and […]

10 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS STICK

What a year it’s been, extraordinary, unprecedented, and challenging in the extreme. I bet many of you can look back and think well if I survived that, I can survive anything! Extended periods of lockdown or uncertainty around whether we would shut down, presented new challenges many of us have never had to deal with […]

ITHINK PROPERTY GIFT GUIDE

Whether it’s secret Santa or your significant other, gift buying can be extremely hard and exhausting. If you have a home lover, an interior design protégé, or a keen renovator on your Christmas list, here is a list of the top gifts and knick knackers for any home lover.  Let’s start off with the small […]

YOU’VE SOLD YOUR HOUSE, WHAT NOW?

The selling journey doesn’t end once you’ve accepted an offer, and there’s still plenty to do before you can move on. This is the business end of selling your home. Now is the time to get your paperwork in order, finalise your finance, and prepare to move. Here are the main things you need to […]

NAILING YOUR CURB APPEAL

Real Estate agent carrying out a home appraisal in Ipswich to find the value of a property

First impressions matter – so what can you do to ensure you are the envy of all your neighbours. When it comes to your home, a lot of people pay the most attention to what’s on the inside, especially if they are selling or listing their property for rent. But it’s equally important to think […]

EVALUATING YOUR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Investment properties are a great way to generate income, but how do you know how to pick a property that is going to give you the best return on investment?  Here are some things you need to evaluate before taking the plunge into the investment world.  Your mortgage repayments  If you borrow to invest, you […]

SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE

We all have those jobs that we keep avoiding or saying “it can wait until tomorrow”, but with the new season swiftly rolling in, it is the perfect time to get your house in order.  So as the mercury starts to rise, what are the best jobs to tackle? Here is a list of the […]

ARE YOU READY TO INVEST IN PROPERTY?

If you have been monitoring the property market for a while now, you might know that now is the perfect time to start or build on your investment portfolio.  Buying an investment property may feel like a big step, but there are thousands of new investors, young and old, diving in every year, setting themselves […]

DO YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER?

So you have started your investment portfolio and you are weighing up whether to employ a property manager or to take control of the management yourself. You are probably thinking, Managing a property, how hard could it really be? If you have great tenants and they look after the property and pay their rent every […]

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET

You don’t need to break the bank to give your home a little bit of a freshen up, and with the new season around the corner, it is the perfect time to do so!  If you have quickly dismissed interior styling or home ‘transformations due to the costs, here are some easy tips and tricks […]

HOW TO GET YOUR BOND BACK

So, you have reached the end of your lease and it’s time to pack up and move on? Well, remember that downpayment of 4 weeks rent that you paid at the beginning of your tenancy? It is finally time to get that back (we all know you have been itching for it to land in […]

WHAT WILL THE REAL ESTATE MARKET LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS?

It’s the year 2031 and the count down is well and truly on for the much anticipated Brisbane 2032 Olympics. The 2032 Olympics however, will be a bit different…The games will be quite widespread, with events taking place in Brisbane, Redland, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Ipswich. Some preliminary rounds of certain sports, will also […]

BREAKING DOWN YOUR PROPERTY PRICE: HOW WE ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME

Setting a price for your property can be a touchy subject. Many factors come into play when it comes to pricing property. Location, the market, recent sales, and configuration (bed, bath, car) are just a few of the things that come into play when your agent initially assesses your property.  We have talked about the […]

THE 10 MOST COMMON MISTAKES VENDORS MAKE WHEN SELLING THEIR HOME

Selling your home is a major decision and a massive commitment. Essentially you disrupt your usual routine for a few weeks to ensure you get the best possible price for your property. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the number of days your property sits on the market. Here are the […]

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 […]

HOW TO DEAL WITH RENT ARREARS AND NEGOTIATING A RENT REDUCTION IN COVID-19

Since the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Covid-19 moratorium on evictions, property managers and investors have had one single thought on their minds, what is this going to mean for rent arrears? Rent Arrears is probably the single biggest stress and cause for angst for property managers, business owners, and landlords, largely due […]

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 […]

NO EVICTION MORATORIUM – SORTING THE FACTS FROM FICTION

It is like a roller coaster ride of uncertainty and change, that is literally peaking in ebbs and flows on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. Property Managers are just waiting to see what is over the crest at the top of the ride, is it a sharp downward spiral or an easy slope we can […]

SALES FAQ’S

We know that selling your house is a major life decision. We also understand that you may be confused and have an endless amount of questions you need to be answered before signing the dotted line. Here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions our agents get asked when meeting with vendors. 1. AUCTION […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

APARTMENTS VS HOUSES

Looking at buying your first home? Or are you a keen investor looking for your next property? The main question both buyers and investors are finding themselves asking is, “Should I be buying a house or an apartment?”. There is honestly no correct answer to this question, it is completely dependent on you and your […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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