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September 26, 2019

A to Z of items not to forget in your First Home

Getting into your first home can be one of life’s most exciting events. But it can also be somewhat daunting with everything your new life entails – including all the items you’ll need.

We’ve compiled the ultimate A-Z list of all the things you’ll need to set up in your first home.

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Now you’re in your own place you can dress it up any way you please! So gather your favourite pieces and decorate to your heart’s content.

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September 26, 2019

Top 8 Vegetables to Plant in Spring

Winter is now over and you’re itching to get back into the garden to plant this season’s crop of vegetables. So which veggies should you choose and how can you ensure they thrive? Here are our top tips.

1. Carrot

It’s hard to imagine an Aussie veggie garden without carrots, and if your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like the good news is, they’re easy to grow from seed. Soft soil without hard lumps or stones is best to avoid weird-shaped...

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September 26, 2019

Top 7 Most Common Issues And How To Spot Them

1. Doors that Stick

What causes it: Shrunken or swollen wood, or door hinges out of alignment.

How to spot it: Open and close every door in the house to ensure they don’t ‘get stuck’ on the frame or require more force than usual to open and/or close.

How much it costs to fix: Nothing, if you can fix it by tightening the door hinges. Otherwise it can cost anywhere between $200-$500 to get a new door frame installed by professionals.

2. Cracks in...

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September 01, 2019

The Hidden Benefits of Gardening

Gardening and being in nature are known to be physically and mentally beneficial. Despite this, many of us are still not spending enough time outdoors.

An analysis of recent research examining the effects of gardening indicated a wide range of positive improvements in social, physical and psychological health.

In the long term, these can all alleviate and prevent various health issues. For example, a bit of weeding and pruning is enough moderate activity to keep adults in good shape and, according to  FULL ARTICLE

September 01, 2019

Simple Appliance Tips to Save Money on Energy

Simple tricks to save money and energy through your appliances

During winter, most people think of the heater as the item driving up the energy bills. But our use of other appliances increases too.

Slow-cooked meals on the stove top and storing leftovers in the freezer all add to the cost of energy. Clothes take longer to dry and we are wearing more of them, so more washing and drying.

On rainy, winter days, most people turn to the dryer rather than risk...

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August 30, 2019

Top 10 Things Buyers are seeking in 2020 and beyond

From swimming pools and garages to a sun-filled aspect, these are the features Aussie buyers are seeking in a new home in 2020, as revealed by Realestate.com.au stats 


1. The ideal layout

Open-plan homes are no longer being sought-after in the way they used to be. The modern buyer is looking for a home with more than one living zone and a seamless flow. 

If you’ve got children, one open-plan living space can mean you’re living on top of each other; a...

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August 01, 2019

Market Snapshot

Sales Market

No ScoMo bounce or interest rate boost for Adelaide, but it is a market that probably didn't need it.

While Adelaide didn't see the heady highs that we saw in Melbourne and Sydney during the boom, it kept powering ahead when both those markets started declining. Adelaide was under the same funding constraints as everyone else, but it had little impact.

Similarly, Adelaide didn't see the same boost in activity post Federal election or interest rate cut that we saw in...

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August 01, 2019

Annual Client Cinema Night

Last Tuesday we invited 300 of our clients to our annual Client Cinema Night. This year we watched The Lion King at Event CInemas, Marion. 

The remake of the Disney classic was a hit with young and old, with fantastic visual effects, great songs and one of the best narratives ever written!

If you didn't get an invite this year, but would like to be a part of it next year feel free to reach out to us via email: marion@harcourts.com.au

 

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June 27, 2019

State of the Market July 2019

There have been three significant events that have led to a slow down in the Adelaide property market. The first event was the Federal Election. Lots of people are aware that the market always dissipates in the lead up to a Federal Election, but this year was particularly significant with Liberal and Labor Parties both with very daring ideas about economic policy relating to real estate. The second significant event was the Royal Commission into banking, which of course caused...

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June 26, 2019

Five things you shouldn’t DIY when preparing a property for sale

If you’re putting your home on the market, you’ll need to get it in tip-top shape. But when it comes to getting the best price result, a DIY approach may not always be the best option, even if it does save you money.

Buyers can spot sloppiness, laziness and bad finishes from a mile away. An amateur renovation can give an impression that the house has faults which have been camouflaged, and buyers may wonder what else is wrong with the...

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