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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Think you have a green thumb? Well let’s put you to the test on some of the key tips on keeping your indoor plants thriving from January through to December. It is obvious that some indoor plants react differently when they are faced with ever changing factors. Therefore, it can be very difficult to keep […]
Thinking of selling? Maybe you are planning some future renovations and can’t decide on which particular home improvements to make? Well sometimes it is best to look at your property from the perspective of an “outsider” or a potential buyer. This way you can uncover details and areas that you did not notice before. Which […]
You have decided to sell your home, buy another property or maybe invest in one. The next step is finding a real estate agent who will be able to get you the best results possible. Ultimately, in terms of selling your home, choosing the right real estate agent can be the difference between seeing that […]
The thermostat is dropping and it is time to start rugging up, but it is not just our wardrobes that need to change with the new season. Every season offers a fun excuse to refresh your home. As seasons change, our design style is constantly evolving, too. We all have a little passion inside of […]
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 […]
It’s all about the feelings when it comes to entering a home. The look, the feels, and even the smells. When selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best for the potential buyers who walk through the door. You may have previous heard of the phrase “staging” and laughed, but in reality, […]
Social media is just going to be one of those things that is constantly changing. It seems to feel like you log off for 5 minutes and you have missed about 5 days worth of content and you are completely behind the eight ball…However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Week upon week new […]
As the winter season dawns on us, there are some endless ideas for creating ultimate comfort in your home this chilly season. To prevent that cold snap from creeping in, it will come as no surprise that during winter households switch on their heating in the attempt to get their homes cosy warm. Here are […]
As a property manager or sales agent, you always want to ensure you are presenting each property in the best light. One sure-fire way to do this to get some professional photographs. Strong, beautiful images can make your house listings stand out, in turn getting you more calls, get more inspections, and sell faster. With […]
Once upon a time, copywriting in Real Estate was pretty much the key to attracting buyers or tenants to a property. There were extensive spiels in the local Newspaper, accompanied by one exterior photo of the house. These days less and less importance has been placed on the copywriting element of a listing and more […]
In 2020 we saw auctions change forever due to COVID-19. In March last year we hosted our very first auction livestream and since then have been conducting the online event each month. Not only have these online events made auctions more accessible for everybody, they have also presented other positive opportunities for the sellers, buyers, […]
It’s the news no happy tenant wants to hear: the landlord is selling. With the current market representing endless opportunities for property owners, more and more investors may be cashing in and selling some of their investment properties. As with most change, though, it’s a lot less frightening when you know what is ahead of […]
Got a renovation on the cards for 2021? We all know that renovation costs and overheads can get very pricey, very quickly. It also is extremely hard to know what you should splurge on, and what you should save… To avoid going over budget, we have put together some tips on planning and budgeting that […]