June 23, 2017

Pets or No Pets?

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Why is this decision so hard? 

Some of my best tenants have pets, and I too have had the pleasure of mothering my very own doggo while still managing to keep an immaculate home. Chances are you have too or you know someone who has - So do we feel we can’t trust anyone else?

Horror Tenant stories. That's why. We hear of these awful compensation claims… properties with dogs the size of horses trapped...


June 23, 2017

Making Equity Work for You

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

Equity… many people are unaware of just how it can be used as security for a future property transaction. Allow me to shed a little light on this for you.

What is Equity?

Equity is essentially the difference in value between what your property is worth and the amount you borrowed against it. Calculating the equity in your property is as easy as subtracting the balance owing (mortgage) on your loan from the current value of...


June 23, 2017

Attracting Winter Buyers – the Cosy Effect!

Winter home staging tricks are just as essential as summer and springtime.

By adding the cosy factor, paying attention to details and highlighting seasonal features, you can make your property really stand out. Here are a few winter home staging tricks that will make your open homes pleasant and enjoyable for every buyer.

Start with great Lighting
Since buyers may visit your home in the evening, make sure your home is well lit. Adding lamps, recessed lighting fixtures, and drop lighting...


May 23, 2017

What’s on your list?

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Securing the right Property Manager can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, so how do you decide on who’s right for you?

While it’s easy to slip into making a decision based on fees, there are many more important areas you should take into account when it comes to the management of your largest financial asset. Here are five golden questions to help you uncover the best Property Manager for...


May 22, 2017

Kitchen Design - It’s all about zones

For generations the true ‘Heart of a Home’ has been the kitchen… and while this hasn’t changed, trends, styling and design certainly have!

While classic 2-Pac finishes and Granite benchtops will always be in style, the latest movement in kitchen design will see your renovation on point and appealing for many years to come.

First of all – let’s talk layout.

When it comes to preparing meals, we all know functionality is King! Whether you’re a domestic god or goddess whipping up dinner...


May 21, 2017

Why more than one in two people now choose a broker

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

It's no wonder more than 55% of people now choose a broker to write their home loan. In todays world where technology and social media bring everything to us rather than us needing to search for it it’s no wonder its getting harder and harder to make an informed decision on your own. With the click of a button you can find anything you need to but how do you know you are making...


March 16, 2017

Interior Design Trends for 2017

If you re-decorated your abode late last year featuring copper and sleek white design, you may wish to stop reading.

The design trends of 2017 are well underway and with a focus on creating an ambience of warmth, comfort and elegance, it’s a sharp contrast to the past few years’ bold approach to minimalist, industrial finishes. 

We’ve taken our cue from some of the world’s best Interior Designers to bring you a short list of what to look for this year when...


March 02, 2017

Is it Time to “Lock it In”

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

Interest Rates are at an all-time low and the lure to lock in an incredible rate for the next 3-5 years has never been better, but should you lock in a low fixed rate or go with a variable rate? Here are five things to consider.

How low can rates go?
Interest rates are at an all-time low and many economists believe there may be further to fall with the possibility of more cuts predicted....


February 27, 2017

10 ways to add value to your investment without breaking the budget!

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

When discussing marketing with my clients, I always have an honest conversation on how we can maximise the property’s exposure and attract a larger pool of tenants to the home. Getting this right up front drastically reduces your vacancy period and income loss while increasing the quality of tenants look to rent your investment.

A significant part of this is ensuring your property is set apart from the competition – not only in...