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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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June 26, 2019

The Key to Securing a Buyer: why pre-sale preparation is more important than ever

Falling property prices have presented patient house hunters who missed out in the boom with an opportunity.

But while many buyers are hunting for a bargain, nobody wants to buy a lemon. Those ready to buy want to minimise the chances of their new property falling in value and are understandably cautious.

As a result, agents report that quality homes are performing better at auction than those that need work.

Presentation is the key to securing a buyer in this market....

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May 31, 2019

Selling in Winter

For some vendors, the thought of selling in winter gives them the chills. But there is actually very little concrete proof that winter yields either lower prices or longer sale times.

While traditionalists say spring is the best time to sell and there are usually many more buyers around, this is also when there are the most listings on the market, increasing your competition with other properties. In winter, there are fewer buyers but also fewer listings to compete against, which...

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May 31, 2019

Home cleaning hacks that professional cleaners use!

Cleaning the house — you either love it or hate it. For some, getting out the gloves and making every surface crystal clean is therapeutic, and maybe even enjoyable, but for others cleaning is a dreaded chore that evokes huffing and puffing.

You only have to do a quick Google search to see all of the new cleaning hacks circulating. All of them proclaim themselves to be the newest and easiest ways to clean different areas of the home, but it...

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May 31, 2019

Seven ways you’re definitely ruining your floor

Everyone has a different view on how much respect their floors deserve, but there’s no debating that they are one of the most used surfaces in any house.

Enter some homes, and the floors are not a concern. Feel free to walk on them, keep your shoes on and not give them another thought. Other homes come with a strict “shoes off” policy, making sure the carpets, floorboards or tiles are kept in pristine condition.

No matter which camp you fall into,...

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April 30, 2019

6 Tips for Getting a Home Loan Faster

Your dream home is just a successful mortgage application away!

But how do you fast-track the application process and up your chances of landing a home loan faster?

If you’re wondering how to get a home loan the quick and simple way, spare a cheeky 5 minutes and study up on these 6 tips.

1. Save a Decent Deposit

Showing you can save money and manage your expenses responsibly will hugely improve your home loan eligibility.

Your required down-payment amount will depend on who you’re...

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April 30, 2019

How to Stop Your Pool From Draining your Wallet

For many homeowners, summer marks the time of year when the expense and effort of owning a pool can finally be justified.

Pool owners can spend anywhere between $800 and $1200 per year maintaining a pool, with electricity to run the pump making up the bulk of this expense.

But smart strategies and upgrades to your pool and your home’s energy system can significantly reduce the impact your pool has on your household budget.

Power your pool with solar

Solar panels work best in...

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