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Helpful Tip Wednesday

Why you should tell the agent who you are when entering an open home…

Property AgentWHEN visiting an open home and you are asked to register your details, you should oblige the agent as they are the custodian of the home in the seller’s absence and need to be able to tell the seller who was in their property.

 

Some buyers are reluctant to give their details for fear that they will be “hounded” by the agent. In today’s world of technology, most agents will register their visitors via a software which does a couple of things immediately.

 

Firstly, it saves our trees. Secondly it will instantly send you a text to your mobile phone acknowledging your visitation and automatically provide you with the link to show you photos, information and a floor plan of the house.

 

Read more on: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/why-you-should-tell-the-agent-who-you-are-when-entering-an-open-home

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Moving out of home for the first time? This is what you should know…

Springwood RentalsSo, you’ve finally managed to fly out of the family nest. Whether you were pushed or had to break free of some shackles, moving out during your student days or as a full-time worker, moving out on your own is always big deal.

 

It marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life where you’ll find yourself learning a lot more and experiencing some major personal changes. But if you’re moving out into a rental, there are a number of things you should know to ensure your first flight doesn’t result in a disastrous crash.

 

10 things you should know about being a tenant…

 

1. How leases work
2. What your rights are
3. Leaving the property
4. Bond
5. Paying rent
6. Repairs and maintenance
7. What not to do without permission
8. The importance of neighbours
9. Housemate etiquette
10. How to manage housemate disputes

 

Looking to rent for the first time then let Harcourts Nexus property management team take care of you, phone (07) 3804 3555 or if you’re busy then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Top 10 perks that will repay your hard work from now well into retirement!

Harcourts Nexus Real EstateBuying a home may be the Australian dream, but it's also a monumental task: You have to clean up your credit, apply for a mortgage, scrape together a down payment, and then move all your worldly possessions in after you close on the deal. Phew!

 

So then why do millions of Australians go through the trouble? Because they know that whatever headaches and hassles they must endure are far and away outweighed by the many benefits of buying a home.

 

If you need some inspiration to start house hunting or just want to make sure you're taking advantage of all that homeownership has to offer, check out this top 10 list of perks that will repay your hard work from now well into retirement.

 

1. Predictable monthly housing payments
2. Owning a house provides you with a valuable asset and financial stability
3. The expenses of owning a home, like property taxes & accounting costs—are tax-deductible.
4. Freedom to make modifications
5. Increased privacy
6. Owning your own home allows you to have an impact on the community
7. A home can be the ultimate nest egg, providing you with a great investment for retirement.
8. Best of all It's yours!

 

Looking to sell your property then let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling your property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Gen Y set to drive decade-long boom in demand for housing…

Housing Market BrisbaneGENERATION Y will drive a “decade-long boom” in demand for houses in and around Brisbane as they ditch renting in favour of the Great Australian Dream, a leading economic forecaster predicts.

 

Changes to the age profile of the population over the next 10 years are likely to produce a shift in the type of demand for housing as those aged 20 to 34 move on to the next stage in life, a new BIS Oxford Economics report released on Thursday reveals.

 

Read more on: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/gen-y-set-to-drive-decadelong-boom-in-demand-for-housing

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

The pros of renting a property?

Harcourts RentalsHomeownership has been a cornerstone of the Australian Dream for decades and is something many of us look forward to as a sort of rite-of-passage into adulthood. But is buying a home the right choice for you? Are there instances where you’re actually better off renting?

 

The pros of renting a property?

 

  • Flexibility and mobility
  • More savings than buying (in the short-term)
  • Reduced monthly costs
  • No money or time costs on maintenance

 

The cons of renting a property?

 

  • No control over property
  • No equity
  • Annual rent increase outpacing inflation
  • Few tax benefits
  • Listening to your neighbours chaka-chaka-ing

 

Looking to rent then let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take care of you, call us on (07) 3804 3555. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties currently for rent: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Hosting an open house is a technique used by estate agents to generate interest in your home

Harcourts Open HomesWe recommend open houses because it’s a way of getting maximum interest in one day in the hope of promptly selling your home for the best price.

 

But is this the reality?

 

Open houses are typically advertised on property websites and then arranged by the estate agent for a weekend, sometimes over the course of a whole day, or sometimes for a couple of hours.

 

Typically, the agent will be there for the duration to show all the potential buyers around.

 

Is an open house the best way to sell?

 

One of the most appealing benefits of an open house is that you can create more competition with potential buyers coming into the property and seeing how popular it is.

 

Every buyer is looking at the next person and seeing them as ‘competition’. This, in turn, can create a sense of urgency and tension and encourage more offers.

 

Open houses can work. Sometimes, it’s right that you hold an open house, but sometimes, it’s simply not the right thing to do for you or your property.

 

Looking to sell your property then let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling your property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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How data can help property investors identify gentrification before it happens…

Property Investors BrisbaneDespite the views of some people, all property will not always increase in value, so we all must work a little harder to ensure that our investment selections add up, especially during these slightly more turbulent times.

 

Searching for the next up-and-coming suburbs and regional centres can be a risky exercise, but it has the potential to pay dividends.

 

It requires a certain amount of crystal ball-gazing and a level of courage, but if you get it right, the rewards can be well worth the effort.

 

Read more on: https://www.domain.com.au/advice/how-data-can-help-property-investors-identify-gentrification-before-it-happens-20180706-h12cl6-751611/

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Looking for a good property manager?

Springwood Property ManagementOur property managers provide a total package of services from finding and screening tenants, to locating tradesmen for ongoing maintenance and overseeing the landlord-tenant relationship as necessary.

 

It's important that your property manager is licensed with a good knowledge of the state laws regarding rental properties and a thorough understanding of the legal requirements involved in the rental market.

 

A good property manager will be a genuine “people person” and have an ability to build strong relationships with landlords and tenants. Property managers are sometimes called on to negotiate or mediate in certain matters and it’s important they keep on top of all the legislative requirements.

 

A good property manager is the go-between in the landlord-tenant relationship. Hopefully relations between landlords and tenants stay positive, but if they don’t, that’s where it can be good to have a property manager looking after things.

 

The property manager supervises the landlord’s investment by screening tenants, carrying out regular inspections, sourcing tradesmen for ongoing maintenance and raising tenant issues with the landlord as necessary.

 

A property manager will look after your property’s maintenance and upkeep, making sure that small problems are addressed before they become big problems, this helps keep tenants happy and hopefully reliable and helps maintain and increase the value of your property over time.

 

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of managing your property, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Six things to check off before you list your property

Springwood Real EstateWhen you decide it’s time to sell, it can become a mad rush to get your home out into the market. But you should catch your breath first.

 

Here are six things to check off before you list your property:

 

1. Research & plan - Before you consider selling, research the market, focusing on properties in your area. Is it a good time to sell? Where do you intend to move next?

 

2. Secure & maintain - If your property needs major repairs, ensure these are taken care of before you look to tempt prospective buyers.

 

3. Spit & polish - If you’ve been putting off that big clean up, now’s the time.

 

4. Make the emotional break - Arguably the most important step before selling your property is being able to bid it farewell and no longer see it as a home.

 

5. Find a great agent such as Harcourts Nexus in Springwood - A great agent makes all the difference to your listing, and ultimately, your sale.

 

6. Dress for success - Presentation, presentation, presentation!

 

Looking to buy a property then let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of buying your property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Are younger property buyers changing the property market?

First Home BuyersSo are they doing things differently? How are trends changing? We asked some experts.

 

Read more on: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/are-millennials-changing-the-property-market/?pid=ref-buy-homepage-feature-2

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Are you in the market to rent a property?

Springwood Property RentalsBeing knocked back in a competitive rental market is disheartening – particularly with tight vacancy rates and rents rising in most capital cities across the country.

 

One of the first contact points for most tenants and landlords is at the open home. This is usually the first time a property manager has seen a tenant in person and often the first time they have spoken.

 

At the open for inspection…

 

- Dress smartly.
- Be on time.
- Introduce yourself to the property manager.
- Be genuine.
- Communicate clearly.

 

Your application form…

 

- Ask how the agent prefers to receive the application.
- Fill it out completely.
- Aim for a personal touch.
- Provide detail to explain anything that may be unclear.
- Provide the application in a timely fashion.

 

A quick way to alert a property manager that you’re a good person to do business with, is to inquire as to how they would like to be sent their applications.

 

Are you in the market to rent a property?

 

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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What you didn’t know about buying a house!

Buying House BrisbanePeople are only too willing to give house-hunters advice. To make sure it’s the right advice, speak to experts such as Harcourts Nexus and let us “bust” some of the common myths associated with buying property.

 

Myth 1. Don’t buy the first house you fall in love with.
Myth 2. Let your emotions lead the way.
Myth 3. Presentation is paramount.
Myth 4. You should sell before you buy.
Myth 5. You need a deposit of 20 per cent.

 

Looking to buy a property then let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of buying your property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Should you buy a new house before you sell your old one?

Springwood Property MarketIt goes against everything your risk-averse inner voice is telling you but buying a new home before you sell your existing one has its advantages. You might be a growing family looking for more space but keen to keep your moving down to a minimum.

 

Or you might want to spend time renovating your new pad and avoid having to rent somewhere until it’s finished. And in a “hot” market, it can make sense to secure your new house before prices rise even further.

 

Read more on: https://www.domain.com.au/news/should-you-buy-a-new-house-before-you-sell-your-old-one-20180607-h11381-752241

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

When does it make sense to turn your home into investment property?

Investment Property BrisbaneIf you are looking to convert your current home into an investment property, and place it onto the rental market, there are serious financial and tax considerations that you need to consider.

 

So, you have made the decision to move out of your home, buy somewhere else to live in, and rent out the house you are moving from. Have you made the right decision? And if so, what do you need to do to your present finances to ensure that they become tax effective and, more importantly, remain within the taxation laws?

 

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to help you through the minefield.

 

- Is it right financially?
- Am I temporarily vacating?
- Would you be moving on or up?

 

Be sure that you are being commercial in your approach and recognise when your emotions are making the decisions for you.

 

Looking to rent out your believed property? Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting your property, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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There is no doubt about it. Consultants sell houses.

Springwood Real EstateWhen it comes to selling your largest investment, employ a Harcourts professional.

 

Most sellers are intimidated by the expertise required in real estate marketing, negotiation and closure. Rather than risk making errors and possible financial loss, the investment you have in property is safer in the hands of a professional. First and foremost, whether you are buying or selling, your goal should be to have a relationship with a reputable consultant you can trust to look after your interests.

 

In choosing the best consultant to suit your needs, take the time to meet and chat. This may well be a long-term relationship and a bit of research is a small price to pay considering the on-going communication and trust required by both parties when dealing with your investments.

 

- Harcourts consultants have recommendations that create further business.
- Harcourts consultants do their homework by keeping abreast with market changes.
- Harcourts consultants work actively toward creating competition to enable the best price for sellers.
- Harcourts consultants desire a long-term relationship with sellers and buyers.
- A Harcourts consultant loves their job, as they know from experience that they add measurable value.

 

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling your property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Buying a patch of dirt in Brisbane: Is vacant land a good investment?

Buying Property In BrisbaneThere’s an old saying that “they’re not making any more land”, but does that mean vacant land in Queensland is a good investment?

And what about the proposed changes in the federal budget which potentially limit deductions on vacant land for investors?

Read more on: https://www.domain.com.au/news/buying-a-patch-of-dirt-in-brisbane-is-vacant-land-a-good-investment-20180619-h11lrh-751127/

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your property advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Been knocked-back for yet another rental property?

rental property tipsIt should go without saying but filling out a rental application in its entirety is a must.

It’s a competitive market, and property managers don’t have time to be following up applicants for forgotten details, so make sure all your paperwork is accounted for and clearly outlined from the get-go.

  • Provide as many financial details as possible - Property managers generally favour applicants who have been stably employed in the one job for at least two years.
  • For those who are self or unemployed, providing the details of your accountant, a bank statement showing savings, or references from a past employer.
  • Update your social media accounts - Savvy property managers will always look up potential tenants on social media to verify their details.
  • Be a responsible pet owner - Some landlords will flat out refuse pets in their properties due to past experiences, so find out if this is the case before applying.
  • Ask for feedback - If your application is unsuccessful, don’t be afraid to contact the property manager and ask for feedback on how you can improve next time.

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

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How much deposit do I need to buy my first home?

First Home BuyerGood question… Saving enough money for a home deposit is the Holy Grail for first-home buyers.

 

But in today’s market, how much do you really need? Do you need a full 20% deposit, or will lenders let you in the door with considerably less?

 

How much deposit do you need before approaching a bank?

 

Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t always need to save a 20% deposit before the banks will talk to you. Most lenders are prepared to offer loans to buyers with much less than a 20% deposit – some as little as 5%.

 

Is a first-home buyer better off saving for a bigger deposit?

 

Of course, in today’s rapidly changing markets, waiting a few extra months to save additional money to avoid paying mortgage insurance might mean that the properties in your price range increase in value by much more than the cost of the insurance.

 

What other costs are buyers charged?

 

Depending on which state you’re buying in and the price of the home you’re purchasing, first-home buyer concessions can shave off many of the extra costs normally associated with buying a home.

 

Looking to buy your first home? Harcourts Nexus will take the hassle out of finding your first property to buy, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property specialists today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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The future of home tech is right here, right now!

Future Home TechnologyWhat will it be like to live in the home of the future? No one really knows, but home automation expert Ben Clarke has a fair idea…

 

From voice-controlled temperature and lighting control to robots that vacuum and mop your place – the future seems to be packed with innovations designed to make our lives easier and more connected.

 

But how do you transform your existing home, with its little-old regular light switches, into a full-on tech-savvy haven with Alexa-improved automation levels?

 

Read more on https://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/the-future-of-home-tech-is-right-here-right-now

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your real estate advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

For first-time tenants: How to get a rental property…

Rental Property Springwood GuidePeople enter the Australian rental market every day. It could be your first time, or you might have been out of the game for a while. The good news? That’s completely acceptable.

 

Many Australians choose to rent for a period. They might be saving up for a house, enjoy the renting lifestyle or simply don’t have a more affordable option. But if you’re someone who hasn’t rented a property before, you might feel a little stuck without references from a previous landlord or agent.

 

Remember, everyone must start somewhere. You can easily demonstrate that you would make a good tenant. Understanding why references are required will help you to tailor your rental application accordingly, even if you’ve never rented before.

 

1. Give the agent/landlord some financial proof
2. Think about getting a guarantor
3. Show you can look after a house
4. Come armed with good references

 

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Benefits of Owning Rental Property: 6 Reasons Why You Should Invest

Property Investing SpringwoodPerhaps you’ve considered venturing into the world of real estate investment yourself and are drawn to the idea of becoming a rental property owner.

 

There are several benefits to owning a rental property, one of the main attractions being that it can provide a source of passive income. For some landlords, pride of ownership may be part of the allure. It can be rewarding to be able to confidently manage and make decisions concerning the property you own. Others may be more interested in the monetary benefits as well as the security of owning rental property.

 

The key to success as a beginner rental property investor is learning how to assess the value of properties, choosing the right location, understanding market conditions, and most importantly, finding great tenants.

 

Here are a few perks to becoming a landlord:

 

1. PASSIVE INCOME SOURCE
2. GREATER SECURITY
3. FLEXIBILITY TO SELL AT THE RIGHT TIME
4. OPTION TO MOVE BACK
5. PROPERTY VALUE APPRECIATION
6. DIVERSIFICATION OF INVESTMENTS

 

Looking to sell your property? Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our professionals today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Have you valued your property correctly?

property valuation‘How much is my home worth?’ might just be the ultimate ‘how long is a piece of string?’ question when it comes to property.

 

There are dozens of factors that go into determining the price of a property, and ultimately on auction day the house is worth whatever the bidders who compete for it want to pay.

 

But many vendors put themselves into difficulty by getting their initial value estimates incorrect. And getting them wrong from the outset could see you with an unsold property months down the track.

 

Here’s where some vendors are going wrong, and how you can avoid the same traps.

 

Read more on https://www.realestate.com.au/advice/have-you-valued-your-property-correctly

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your real estate advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Why renting is the new owning!

renting springwood propertyCensus data shows that since 1991 the rental population in Australia has grown from 26.9% to 30.9% and home ownership has dropped from 68.6% to 65.5%. Also, almost as many Aussies now rent as own their property outright.

 

Renting often allows you to live in an area where you love but can’t afford to buy into. It can allow you to enjoy a lifestyle that would otherwise be unachievable if you were servicing a mortgage.

 

But renting doesn’t have to exclude people from owning a property.

 

“Rentvesting” – buying an investment property in a cheaper location and renting a home elsewhere – offers a way into the market.

 

A tenanted investment property can help you service a mortgage, puts you on the property ladder and allows you to claim appropriate tax deductions.

 

There are downsides to renting, though. “You obviously can’t make changes to the property without the permission of your landlord.

 

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting for you, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Auction vs private sale, which is right for you?

Springwood Property AuctionsIt’s the big question every seller face: go to auction or have a private sale?

 

Both methods have pros and cons, the decision about which one to choose should consider a variety of factors, such as the location of the property, its type and style and the level of interest and timing.

 

There’s no simple answer as to which method is best.

 

An auction is a sale held at a certain place, time and date, after a marketing campaign. A licensed real estate agent runs the auction and sells once a reserve price is reached.

 

Auctions are governed by strict rules and regulations, which are different in each state and territory.

 

Auctions can be emotional, so they inspire urgency and competition. That competitive nature can get bidders really determined and fired up. All of this tends to drive the price up.

 

A private sale is when a property is listed for sale through an agent, with an asking price attached. The property is marketed, and potential buyers make offers to the agent, who presents them to the seller, who decides whether to accept or not.

 

A private sale can be less stressful for some sellers. Private sales are ideal for properties in areas experiencing less demand and where comparable sales data can ensure the vendor the price they set is right.

 

Looking to sell your property? Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our professionals today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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What will home buyers be demanding in five years?

Springwood PropertyBuilding your own home offers you a rare opportunity: giving your house the exact look and features you want, and exactly where you want them.

 

But how can you make sure your home still has the same appeal for whoever buys it in, say, five years when you’re ready to sell it and move on?

 

Here are the some of the things you might want to consider to future-proof your build.

 

- (Literally) give your home a lift
- Focus on quality
- Connect it up
- Avoid big statements

 

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Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555 for all your real estate advice, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Understanding why references are required will help you to tailor your rental application

Springwood RentalsPeople enter the Australian rental market every day. It could be your first time, or you might have been out of the game for a while. The good news? That’s completely acceptable.

 

Many Australians choose to rent for a period. They might be saving up for a house, enjoy the renting lifestyle or simply don’t have a more affordable option. But if you’re someone who hasn’t rented a property before, you might feel a little stuck without references from a previous landlord or agent.

 

Remember, everyone must start somewhere. You can easily demonstrate that you would make a good tenant.

 

Understanding why references are required will help you to tailor your rental application accordingly, even if you’ve never rented before.

 

1. Give the agent/landlord some financial proof
2. Think about getting a guarantor
3. Show you can look after a house
4. Come armed with good references

 

Let our property management team at Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting for you, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with us today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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8 steps that could assist you greatly in your journey to be a home-owner

First Home BuyerFor first time home-buyers, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the whole experience of purchasing a property.

Step 1 - Determine Your Budget and Affordability
Step 2 - Feel the Area
Step 3 - Reconfirm House Upgrades
Step 4 - Make an Offer
Step 5 - Post Contract-of-Sale
Step 6 - Property Transfer
Step 7 - Property Settlement
Step 8 - Get the Keys!

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling your property, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our professionals today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

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How sustainable is your home really?

home sustainablityPermission to speak freely? If your house was built in or before the ’90s, if you’re renting, or if you have two or more air conditioners that you rely on for climate control, then sorry to be the bearer of bad news but your house is probably not sustainable.

While the word sustainability is hardly new, I often question if the people throwing it around actually know what it means.

For clarity, this is what I think is the best definition of “sustainability”:

“The process of change, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations.”

The last part of this statement is the most important! Every day I wonder how we can justify if anything we do in the construction industry is “sustainable” – especially considering we live on a finite planet where our rate of consumption is far outweighed by our planet’s ability to renew those resources.

Maybe sustainability is something that modern-day society simply can’t grasp?!

Read more on https://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/how-sustainable-is-your-home

Contact Harcourts Nexus now (07) 3804 3555, or If your busy like the most of us, then quickly send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

5 Reasons It’s Better to Rent Than Buy A Home!

Springwood Property ManagementFor decades, the path to typical Australian adulthood has been static. You graduate college, begin a career, start a family and buy a home. Eventually, your family gets bigger and you buy a bigger home to accommodate them. In other words, home ownership is baked into the Australian dream as most people see it.

Young people are starting to realize that buying isn’t always better than renting. Here’s why.

- You can move easily
- Sharing is easier and cheaper too
- It’s not that easy to sell a home, unless you speak with Harcourts Nexus
- It’s less expensive

How to decide which is right for you?

If you’re older, are getting married or have children, home ownership can seem like the obvious choice. It’s the next “adulting” thing to do, even if you don’t feel ready for the burdens of homeownership.

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of renting, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with one of our property managers today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

View all our properties for rent: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Now that you are ready to sell your home, it is time to prepare the property for sale

property for saleOne of the most important things to remember is that you only get one chance to make a first impression.

 

The time you take initially to prepare your home for sale will prove invaluable once it hits the market. These are important points to keep in mind when preparing your home for the market:

 

1. Disassociate Yourself from the Home

2. Select Harcourts nexus to sell the property for you

3. Get your documents in order

4. De-personalize, De-Clutter and Get Organized

5. Remove Your Movables & Lighten Up!

6. Repair it or Replace it

7. Make the House Sparkle & Shine - Inside and Out

8. Consider the Curb Appeal of the Home

9. Final Staging

10. It’s Showtime!

 

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of selling your property, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our professionals today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Rich retirees: The downsizers who want anything but the simple life...

Brisbane PropertyTHEY have time on their side and money to burn. The golden generation of retirees has created a new housing market — downsizers who don’t want the simple life.

 

Baby Boomers are flocking to inner Brisbane to downsize from their high-maintenance, multimillion-dollar homes to luxury, house-size apartments and townhomes.

 

They still want it all — but without the stress.

 

Read the full article on: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/rich-retirees-the-downsizers-who-want-anything-but-the-simple-life

A renter’s guide: What to look for in a rental property!

Harcourts Nexus RentalsChoosing a home to rent can be a very personal decision and trying to decide if a rental property is suitable for you at an open for inspection can be difficult. Especially when you consider how little time you should look at it and with 15 or more other people viewing it at the same time too.

 

Avoid overlooking something as necessary as “will my fridge fit in the kitchen”, in the rush of an open house.

 

Make the most of what limited time you should inspect a rental by referring to this simple checklist of practical areas to consider before signing a rental agreement.

 

- What is the security like on the property you want to rent?

- Does the property you want to rent meet your storage needs?

- How clean is the property, who wants to rent a property that is run down or dirty!

- Does the property have heating and cooling?

- Does the size of the property meet the requirements of your furniture?

- What Sparky & techy features does the property have?

- Will your white goods fit?

- What are the gardens like? That is if you are a green thumb!

- Are you a gas or electricity kind of person?

- If there is car parking with the property check how many spaces

 

Take the hassle out of renting and contact Harcourts Nexus, call the office on (07) 3804 3555 and speak with one of our property managers today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for rent: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Many homeowners find it hard to get their homes out of the market!

Sell property in SpringwoodIt may be because there is too much competition in your area, the property is too old, or maybe buyers are finding a hard time to secure an affordable mortgage.

 

Whatever the reason is, these tips can help you sell your property fast! I’m sharing these tips to you, so you don’t have to wait 90 days, or even a year to sell your house.

 

1. Get property valuations from different appraisers.

2. Advertise in major property listing websites

3. Put a sign on your house.

4. Make people feel how amazing it would be to live in your home.

5. Get an experienced real estate agent such as Harcourts Nexus.

6. Make sure your house is inviting and comfortable.

7. Make your house stand out from every other house.

8. Create a bidding war.

9. Improve your property’s kerb or exterior.

10. Create a video tour of your house and capture professional-grade pictures of your home.

 

Want to sell your property than give harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555 and talk with one of our property specialist. If don’t have time to call, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Free Owners Information Night! You are missing out if we don’t manage your properties...

Property Landlords Information NightOur team at Harcourts Nexus along with Terri Sheer Landlord Insurance invites you to an evening designed to add value and protect your investment properties.

 

We'll look at ways to minimise costs but maximise options ensuring our Landlords have the best insurance policies. Put our expert to the test, compare and save!

 

WEDNESDAY 30TH MAY 7:00PM - 8:00PM | RSVP 23rd May, our team is looking forward to meeting with you!

 

No one loves your property as much as you do... but we come close.

 

Contact Harcourts Nexus on (07) 3804 3555 to book your place now, or If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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The key to making your property desirable for renting

Springwood Property RentalsIf you wouldn’t want to live in your rental property, the chances are quality tenants won’t want to either.

 

You need to prepare the property before displaying it to potential tenants and, while the process may very well involve a capital outlay, it will be money well spent.

 

Here is a checklist you should use for renting your property out.

 

1. Clean up the garden, gutters and rubbish around the place

2. Organise a professional bond clean

3. Get your carpets professionally cleaned

4. Make sure windows and blinds are cleaned

5. Treat your home annually for pests

6. Repair any dripping taps or other leaks

7. Check smoke alarms and safety switched are working properly

8. Know what you can claim

9. Make sure your property is insured

 

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of property management, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property managers today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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Want to buy an investment property in Brisbane?

Property Investing Brisbane Take a good look at yourself, just as closely as at the properties you might be thinking of buying.

 

What you need to know to buy an investment that’s going to provide a good flow of revenue, and hopefully show plenty of capital growth by the time you want to sell?

 

- Make sure you do your research

- Don’t just look at the likely rental returns

- Buy near public transport

- Buy something close to the area’s median price for that type of property

- Looking at new apartments, it’s important to research both the developer and the builder

- Buying in an existing building, look for apartments with a nice aspect and parking

- Check out sources of likely tenants in the area

- Historically, areas close to the CBD have always delivered strong returns

- Don’t immediately hone in on an apartment with cheap strata levies

- Never become emotionally attached to a property you’re thinking of buying as an investment

 

Give us a call on (07) 3804 3555 and talk with a Harcourts Nexus property specialist today about buying investment properties. If you’re busy like the most of us then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

We make life easier for you at Harcourts Nexus

Property Rentals SpringwoodWhether you're a first-time landlord or been in the market a while, it's important to be in the know.

 

Unforeseen mishaps and missed opportunities are two things first-time and veteran landlords can do without, particularly when financial loss is involved.

 

To help you navigate the world of investment property, Harcourt Nexus has put together some things a property manager would look after for you when renting a property out to potential tenants.

 

- The screening of potential tenants

- Before and after property condition reports

- Routine inspections

- How and when tenants pay the rent

- Maintenance and repair issues

- Responding to complaints/evictions.

 

Let Harcourts Nexus take the hassle out of property management, call us on (07) 3804 3555 to speak with one of our property managers today. If you’re busy like some of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

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What is your property worth in today’s market?

Spingwood Real EstateFree property appraisals with no obligation! Register with our Harcourts Nexus service and receive:

 

- A free no obligation appraisal by one of our Harcourts Consultants.

- Access to our online property comparison tool.

- Access to Harcourts Nexus and all real estate services.

- A detailed report the local Property Market.

- Monthly Property Market updates.

- Harcourts Nexus Guide to Buying eBook.

- Harcourts Nexus Guide to Selling eBook.

 

Click http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Home/questions to ask more about what we can do for you!

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555. If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Why choose Harcourts Nexus to rent a property?

Springwood Property RentalsHarcourts Nexus is absolutely committed to providing exceptional customer service to our clients and we back that up with our unconditional Listing and Service Guarantees. The Harcourts Mission Statement “To create clients for life through the finest service” is the heart and soul of our philosophy and is fundamental to creating positive experiences and the continued success of our business.

 

- Better Reputation

- Better Service

- Better Results

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about renting a property today, call us on (07) 3804 3555. If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

View all our properties for rent: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Understanding a Market Appraisal!

Market AppraisalsA market appraisal is the first step to beginning the sales process. Harcourts Nexus will:

 

- Tour your property and enable them to take detailed notes.

- Interview you to discuss your needs and discuss their role in the sale of your property.

- Answer questions you may have about Harcourts Nexus & the service we will provide.

 

We will provide you with accurate market research and discuss a suitable marketing programme of how your property could be marketed for sale. This schedule is flexible and I will welcome your input to suit your needs.

 

It is important that all decision-makers involved in the sale of your property are available at the meeting.

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about your property appraisal, call us on (07) 3804 3555. If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Rent vs buy. Is it better to rent or buy a home? The great housing dilemma!

Home Buyer Vs RentingThere are several advantages to buying your own home, such as the ability to make the space your own, avoid being forced to move, and hopefully build your wealth.

 

1. A mortgage is a form of enforced savings

2. You can make your home your castle

3. It will hopefully build your wealth

4. It gives you reasonable certainty about repayments

5. It gives you certainty of tenure

 

There are several advantages to renting, such as the ability to save money, live in a neighbourhood you might not be able to buy into, and up-size or down-size as needed.

 

1. More money in your pocket right now

2. Upkeep is not your problem

3. Greater flexibility about where you live

4. Greater flexibility about house size

 

Looking at renting or buying a property? Give Harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555 and they will help answer all the questions you may have.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then why not send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

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Owning your own home is still one of the great Australian dreams

Brisbane Real EstateWhether you are a first-time property buyer or a veteran of several properties, the excitement of finding the right home and making that successful offer or bid never wanes.

To be a successful buyer of a property, you should research as much information about Real Estate in your area as possible.

To assist in achieving your real estate goals you can take the following steps:

- Talk to the Team at Harcourts Nexus
- Regularly read property pages and publications
- Visit open homes
- Research property on internet sites
- Set your criteria
- Research Financial Institutions to ascertain your lending level
- Look at prospective properties
- Make an offer
- Engage a Solicitor
- Obtain a Building & Pest Report

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about buying a property, phone (07) 3804 3555 and ask one of our professionals to assist you. If your busy like some of us then it might be better to send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Owning an investment property should be a worthwhile and rewarding experience

Investment PropertyThe hardest parts of owning an investment property are the necessary processes in finding the right tenant, and its ongoing management.

 

At Harcourts Nexus, we have created this summary called the 8 stages of Property Management to help you better understand the process of Property Management.

 

1. Preparation of the property ready for rental

2. Marketing for new rental tenants

3. Selection of tenants for the property

4. Tenancy agreement

5. Payment of outgoings

6. Ongoing maintenance

7. Property inspections

8. Rental reviews

 

For more information about property management through Harcourts Nexus give the team a call on (07) 3804 3555 and they will help answer all the questions you may have.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then why not send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

How to Find the Right Property for You?

Finding The Right PropertyWe’re now well into a new year, and with a new year comes a brand-new set of goals and priorities. If one of your top priorities this year is finding your brand-new home, here are some tips on where to start.

 

Time for a change? A change in homes can also herald a change in lifestyle. Those looking at moving on from their quarter-acre paradise might suddenly discover the appeal of an inner-city apartment, while city dwellers might dream of a lifestyle block in the countryside or a villa in the suburbs.

 

Thinking of investing? If it’s the ‘development potential’ of a property which is your main reason for buying it, check to see what you can and can’t develop before the purchase. Councils limit what and how high you can build, how much and what part of your section can be built on, and activities you plan to do there.

 

Urban development, find out how your new neighbourhood might change in the future. New buildings and businesses and even motorways may be part of the area’s plan. Don’t assume a quite underdeveloped area will stay that way forever.

 

Don’t forget about the view, check your new views won’t be built out, or even disappear behind recently planted trees.

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about a property, start by calling us on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Harcourts Nexus Rental Property Requirements

Renting Property SpringwoodWhen you find the right property, you will need to complete a Tenancy Application Form. You may need to provide copies of identification copies to the value of 100 points with your application. For example, a Driver Licence, ATM card, credit card and a bill addressed to you at your current address.

 

You will need to pay a bond on the property you want to rent!

 

The rental bond is requested as financial protection should there be a breach in the tenancy agreement. Your rental bond will be lodged with the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority. The bond is held as security against any property damage, undue wear and tear or in the event there is money owing at the end of tenancy. Once it is established that all conditions of the tenancy have been met, the bond will be refunded promptly. The amount of bond payable is specified in the tenancy agreement. Please note, the bond required may increase where there is a rent increase.

 

Plus, there is more like, Occupancy, Paying the rent, Inspections, Repairs and Maintenance, Emergency Repair, Ending the Tenancy and leaving the Property and Breaking the lease.

 

Read more about renting a property here: http://content.harcourts.com.au/content/the-renting-process

 

For more information about renting a property through Harcourts Nexus give the Property Management division a call on (07) 3804 3555 and they will help answer all the questions you may have.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then why not send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

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Property inspections can give potential buyers a great first impression

Property InspectionsOpen for inspections give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible?

 

Use the time to perform a thorough first property inspection. Later, you’ll want to engage professionals to inspect the building’s structure and health, but it’s a good idea to use your initial tour of the home to see some things for yourself.

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus about selling you property, start by calling us on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au with the type of property you are after and the location you are looking to buy.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

First home buyer’s checklist!

First Home BuyersIt’s exciting buying your very first home...

Buying your first home is an exciting project, but it can also be intimidating. The best way to turn the dream into a reality is to approach things step by step. Here’s your easy guide to becoming a property owner.

 

Step 1. Research the market
Step 2. Find out how much you can borrow
Step 3. Calculate your repayments
Step 4. Factor in other upfront costs
Step 5. Check whether you can access the first home owner grant
Step 6. Prepare for auctions and private sales

 

And finally, Contact Harcourts Nexus in Springwood to buy your dream property, call the office on (07) 3804 3555, If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au.

Committed to delivering exceptional service

Delivering Exceptional ServiceWhilst we are committed to delivering the same exceptional service you have come to expect, through regular face to face contact, phone calls, emails or text message, we know that these methods don't always fit in with your schedule. You have told us you want your property progress on the go, so we have delivered.

 

As an exclusive client of ours, we offer the benefit of a client login which gives you 24/7 access to everything you need to know about what is happening with your property.

 

This valuable tool will house a copy of Our Promise commitment, the marketing plan and calendar, marketing reports and feedback about your property. In addition to this all the documents relating to the property will be held here, as well as you will be able to see how your property is performing on the various portals in which your property is marketed.

 

For us, Our Promise is all about our commitment to service, our attention to the small details and the clear expectations that ensures we achieve the best possible result for you and your property.

 

Want to talk property, give Harcourts Nexus in Springwood a call on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

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We often hear "but the agent didn't listen to me!"

Buyers Agent SpringwoodWhile this may be true of some agents, your Harcourts consultant is trained to listen – not to talk.

 

Knowing your requirements early helps us help you. Sometimes however, your circumstances and priorities can change. Often, we will check with you to ensure we remain on track.

 

Facts that help us in find you the right property include:

 

- Suburb/s

- Price range

- Number of bedrooms

- Style of home

- Proximity to childcare/primary and secondary schools

- Garden size

- Drive on access and or garaging

- Special requirements e.g. no stairs

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus consultant to consider your options on a property, start by calling us on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au with the type of property you are after and the location you are looking to buy.

 

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Partial rental potential attracts buyers looking to capitalise on extra space

Rental Properties“A lot of people are bringing others into the home, whether it is their parents or their kids moving back home,” Ms Elvin said.

 

“Some are also looking to rent parts of their home out to help with the mortgage.”

 

First read on: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/partial-rental-potential-attracts-buyers-looking-to-capitalise-on-extra-space

 

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8 steps to getting started in property investment!

Property InvestingAdmit it, you’ve been thinking about investing in property...

 

You’ve read the books, magazines and reports. You’ve been religiously checking realestate.com.au for properties.

 

Yet when push comes to shove, you get stopped...

 

To help you begin your journey, here’s a quick eight steps to starting a property portfolio on a solid ground, without losing your mind.

 

1. Check your finances

2. Get a pre-approval

3. Set your goals

4. Understand your attitude to risk

5. Start budgeting

6. Create a purchase plan

7. Be informed

8. Stay focused

 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re starting something new and as massive as property investing.

 

But don’t give up. Just imagine in 10 years, if you buy the right properties this year, you could be sitting back, feeling happy, secure and even proud that you bought properties that more than doubled their values while your peers and everyone else wishes they’d bought back in the day.

 

How good would that feel? Want to talk property, give Harcourts Nexus in Springwood a call on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

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Buying with Harcourts Nexus... The difference!

Buying with Harcourts NexusHarcourts has been helping people to buy and sell property for over a century. Harcourts Nexus are committed to helping you turn your property dreams into reality.

 

When you come to Harcourts Nexus in search of your perfect property, your personal real estate consultant looks to establish your goals and set about achieving them for you. It is their job to listen to what you want and to work with you with care and consideration always.

 

Your real estate consultant will guide you through the process of buying a house, providing advice on property values, investment potential, finance options and legal requirements.

 

It is all part of the extra-effort service.

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus consultant to consider your options on a property, start by calling us on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au the type of property you are after and the location you want to buy in.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

DAISY HILL - Did you know????

Daisy HillDaisy Hill lies to the north of the South-East Freeway where urban subdivisions nestle into the hills of the Daisy Hill State Forest. The earliest European settlers in the area were the Dennis Family. James and Mary Anne (nee Markwell) Dennis selected 60 acres in 1868 and by 1882, had over 800 acres. This land was fenced and farmed by James Dennis who fathered eighteen children of which thirteen survived. He was also a lay preacher for the Wesleyan Methodist Church and a representative on the Tingalpa Board. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly at only fifty-one years of age. After his death in 1893 the huge estate was worked and kept by Mary Anne and her children until 1912 when 381 acres known as “Oakey Mountain” was sold. In 1914 Alf Shailer purchased 120 acres and then married Nanny Dennis. Two further portions were retained by the family. At various times owned by Joey Dennis (son of James), Frank Dennis and Sam Dennis (both sons of Joey and Lilly Dennis).

 

The first recorded use of the name Daisy Hill was in 1905 when it appeared on the marriage certificate of Tilly Dennis to Robert Morrow. The name originated from the abundance of native daisies that grew in the area.

 

Other important early settlers were the Usher family who owned the land near Usher Park which was dedicated in 1977. The Ushers first settled in the area in the mid 1880s and called their property Norwich Vineyard. They grew grapes and Thomas Usher produced wine for sale. He also kept bees and grew many varieties of fruit. The Winnett family came to Australia on the same ship as the Ushers and moved to Slacks Creek a few years later. Elizabeth Winnett was teaching at the Slacks Creek School from the late 1890s through till about 1912. George Winnett was secretary at the Kingston Butter Factory from 1920 until the late 1930s. During the 1920s quite a little community had developed in Daisy Hill with Tom Harris' butchery, Fred Mollinhauer's blacksmith shop, William How croft the plumber and Watts timber hauling business supported mostly by farmers and fruit growers. By 1925 Syd Floate had taken over the butchery and his wife was the post mistress. Many more timber getters had moved to the district in the late 1920s and early 30s including Charles Ford, Alex Mullins and Alf Harrison. By 1940 Syd Floate was operating a carrying business and Mr Holzheimer had opened a garage.

 

The Daisy Hill State Forest was originally gazetted as a timber reserve in 1874 and in 1917 was declared a State Forest. During this time the forest overseer managed the forest so that logging caused minimal damage to surrounding timber. Many ironbark’s were felled to provide electric light poles. Other varieties include red ironbark, grey ironbark, white stringybark, tallow-wood, red mahogany, swamp mahogany, spotted gum, brush box, and grey gum. The forest was also used for honey production, gold mining and grazing. The goldmine was started in 1934 with a shaft of 425 feet sunk along the southern boundary of the forest. In 1986 it was declared the first State Forest Park in Queensland.

Saving a deposit for your first home... The facts!

Saving Deposit For First HomeAssuming you want to borrow $600,000 for your first home and don’t have that money sitting in your bank account, first things first: you need the cash for a loan deposit.

 

In an ideal world, you'll need to save about 20 per cent of the property price, plus a bit more to cover any fees or extra costs like stamp duty (we'll get to that later, because you might get lucky there). Banks will still lend if you don't have 20 per cent, but you'll have to pay more in the long run.

 

If you don't stump up 20 per cent, you'll end up paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). That's a cost added to your loan to protect the lender if you can't pay it off, and it can total thousands of dollars depending on the size of your deposit. Unfortunately, it doesn't protect you.

 

If you must pay LMI, there's a good chance you'll also have to pay a slightly higher interest rate. So, for a property worth $600,000, you'll need to have at least $120,000 in the bank to avoid LMI and get the best deal.

 

So, what’s next... Get a loan, House hunting (Ask Harcourts Nexus), Stamp duty and grants, Settlement and move in... If you are in the market to buy your first property, then give Harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555.

 

If your busy like the most of us, then send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Buying your first home is an exciting but big step...

Buying Your First HomeBuying your first home is an exciting but big step, and there is quite a lot to consider. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of things to go through when purchasing a property for the first time.

 

Things you need to consider when buying your first home are;

 

- Drawing up a budget of what you can realistically afford, factoring any additional expenses to home ownership

- It’s vital to do your due diligence before buying a home

- Doing your due diligence when buying at an auction is essential no matter the method of sale

 

Apart from a home deposit and the ongoing cost of mortgage repayments, there are other fees and charges you should be aware of before buying your first home.

 

- Lawyers/conveyancing fees

- Building and pest inspections

- Stamp duty

- Home and contents insurance

 

There is a lot to consider when buying your first home, but it’s also an incredibly exciting time! Remember to enjoy your new place once you’re settled in, and congratulations on reaching this milestone.

 

Talk with Harcourts Nexus today to consider your options on your first home, give us a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au the type of property you are after and the location you want to buy in.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

SPRINGWOOD - Did you know???

Springwood QueenslandSpringwood took its name from a 614 acre property which was situated along Rochedale Road, between Underwood and Springwood Roads. Local publican William Underwood originally owned it. Brigadier Sam Langford bought the land in 1932. At that time it was known as 'wire paddock' because it was the first fenced property in the area. 

However the current suburb of Springwood lies to the south of the Springwood Road on land originally owned by W Robinson and Robert Grieve. The area was scrub with wild brumbies and plenty of wildlife, but it did have a spring in the middle, hence the name Springwood. Springwood Road was named in 1955. W F Roche suggested the name. At that time the road was known as Priest Gully Road, and confusion existed between it and Priestdale Road.

When the Brisbane Transportation Study was released in 1965, numerous freeways were proposed including one to link Brisbane with the Pacific Highway at Eight Mile Plains. The projected date of completion was 1970.

The Springwood area was planned as a satellite development to be located at the end of the South East Freeway. The first phase of development began in November 1968. Freeway construction proceeded at a much slower pace than originally predicted and the first phase which included the construction of the (Gardens Point) Captain Cook Bridge was not completed until 1970. 

The name Springwood was gazetted by the placenames board in 1972. The final section of the Freeway between Logan Road and Springwood Road was constructed between 1982 and 1985, almost 20 years after the first land sales in the area.

Springwood is an established residential area with three primary schools, one high school and two major shopping centres. Arndale Shopping Centre and the Springwood Hotel opened in 1974, with Springwood Mall being completed during 1986. 

The first Springwood Post Office was opened in January 1985, having been previously serviced by the Woodridge Post Office.

Whether to rent or buy is a hotly-debated question

property investmentWith the housing market continuing to boom in many parts of Australia, it’s no wonder some potential home buyers are wondering if they’d be better off continuing to rent.

 

With rent money often referred to as ‘dead money’ you’d be forgiven for thinking that renting was the inferior choice, but there are transactional costs to do with buying a home, such as stamp duty and home loan interest payments that might be regarded the same way.

 

While the question of buying versus renting mainly depends on each individual’s circumstances and stage of life, which city you live in also has an impact.

 

So here are some reason why buying a property is of benefit to you.

 

- You could own your home within 25 to 30 years, or sooner if you pay your home loan off more quickly, and will own an asset which will hopefully have increased in value.

- Owning a home gives you certainty around where you’ll be living and additional security in retirement.

- Because you own your property, you can renovate it, nail pictures into the wall or even remove the walls if you want to!

 

If you are in the market to buy your first or a property for that matter, then give Harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au the type of property you are after and the location you want to buy in.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

What are your circumstances?

  • First Home BuyerAre you are a first home buyer? 
  • Are you an investor? 
  • Do you require to sell a property to finance the next? 
  • Have you organised a loan or are you a cash buyer?
  • Are you experienced in bidding at auction? 

Harcourts Nexus has been helping people to buy and sell property for over a century and are committed to helping you turn your property dreams into reality. We achieve this by growing to understand your needs and forming our advice per what we find.

When you come to Harcourts Nexus in search of your perfect property, your personal real estate consultant looks to understand your goals and set about helping you to achieving them. It is our job to listen to what you want and to work for you with care and consideration always.

Your real estate consultant will guide you through the process of buying a house, providing advice on property values, investment potential, finance options and legal requirements (see R7). We believe that empowering buyers to be more confident in participating in the sales process is clearly in the interest of our usual client the seller.

If you are in the market to buy a property, then give Harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au the type of property you are after and the location you want to buy in.

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

What is a home assistant, and could it change your life for the better?

Home AssistantAutomated home assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo have been getting a lot of attention lately, but what exactly do they do, and are they worth investing in?

 

Here’s all you need to know about the latest wave of electronic home assistants, and if they’re worth the addition to your living room.

 

Read more at https://www.domain.com.au/living/home-assistant-change-life-better

Things to look out for when buying a house?

Buying House The first thing that you want to check is the location of the property.

 

1. The land, this includes the boundaries and the terrain. The boundary of the property might seem indeterminable, but the fence around it pretty much defines the boundaries 2. Outside the house, this not only includes the fences, but the paint, gutters and roof as well. 3. Inside the house, do the walls need repainting? Are the ceilings and light fixtures in good condition?

 

Understanding the type of your property title, the title will tell you what kind of property you own. This includes everything you need to know about the property which includes easements, caveats, covenants and mortgages. Basically, there are four types of property titles – torrens title, strata title, company title and old system title.

 

Finding your dream house is one thing, making sure that you have the budget for that dream house is another thing. After checking everything, the worst part will be to realise you are short of budget for that dream. Before purchasing a house, you should count the cost on how much you need. This includes taxes, ongoing fees and more.

 

If you are in the market to buy a property, then give Harcourts Nexus a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au the type of property you are after and the location you want to buy in.

 

View all our properties for sale online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/residential

Our approach to customer service

Customer ServiceOur approach to customer service is more attentive than ever. We know buying, selling or renting a home can be overwhelming. Harcourts Nexus provides services you will need before, during and after the move. Harcourt Nexus has done the legwork for you.

If you would like to arrange a free no obligation rental appraisal with our Harcourts Property Manager, then give us a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

View all our rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Is your house worth more than you think?

Property Prices Experts reveal the features buyers are looking for this year in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

 

As the property market cools in Sydney, and remains flat in Brisbane, those looking to sell their properties this year might be feeling nervous.

 

Meanwhile in Melbourne, soaring prices may have homeowners wondering whether they are sitting on a goldmine.

 

Some properties could hold more appeal than their owners realise, so what are buyers looking for across the eastern states?

 
Read more here

The Harcourts Nexus Promise

The Harcourts PromesisOur mission is to create clients for life. To achieve this, we commit to Our Promise; a written assurance that we will deliver you an exceptional level of service and, most importantly, deliver on your primary objective - to achieve the best possible result for your property.

Research has demonstrated that our clients expect an exceptional level of personal and professional service from our team. Our Promise is our way of being held accountable, and your way of assessing our performance every step of the way.

Consider it a total commitment to working together to make the whole experience easier, less stressful and far more rewarding.

If you would like to arrange a free no obligation rental appraisal with our Harcourts Property Manager, then give us a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

View all our rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

The 5 upsides of buying an investment property first!

Buying Investment Property1. Cash flow

 

You could earn regular income that will help you better manage your cash flow. Essentially, your tenants are paying your mortgage repayments.

 

2. You may pay lower repayments

 

Lenders often allow you to pay just the interest on your mortgage for several years. This can make it easier to hold your property and will likely put less strain on your budget

 

3. You can potentially borrow more

 

You can potentially get more money from the banks, thanks to the rental income you’ll be getting from your investment property.

 

4. You can claim deductible expenses

 

There are a range of expenses that you can claim as tax deductions in relation to your rental property.

 

5. You can take advantage of negative gearing benefits

 

Negative gearing means your investment property is earning less than the cost of holding it.

 

Call Harcourts Nexus Property Management for advice on tenting out your property (07) 3804 3555 or email: nexus@harcourts.com.au to make an enquire now.

 

View all our rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Making Great Australian Dream a reality for many more Queenslanders

Harcourts NexusA new scheme has done away with first home deposits, making the Great Australian Dream a reality for many more Queenslanders.

Why not ask for an Obligation Free Rental Appraisal today?

Harcourts Nexus RentalsOur approach to customer service is more attentive than ever. We know buying, selling or renting a home can be overwhelming. Harcourts provides services you will need before, during and after the move. Our Complete has done the legwork for you.

 

If you would like to arrange a free no obligation rental appraisal with our Harcourts Property Manager, then give us a call on (07) 3804 3555 or send us an email: nexus@harcourts.com.au

 

View rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

New homeowners’ checklist: What to look for during an inspection

new home owners checklistWhen you think you’ve found the one, it can be easy to overlook the finer details. However, buying a property requires a discerning eye. 

 

Even if you’ve done your fair share of rental inspections in the past, viewing a home that might be yours forever calls for a few key considerations – this list is a good place to start.

 

https://www.domain.com.au/living/new-homeowners-checklist-look-inspection

What happens when you rent out your home?

rent my homeWhile you live in your home you are generally free of any tax consequences. If you sell it, you should get the principal place of residence capital gains exemption. While you own it, none of the expenses associated with owning the home are tax deductible.

But once you decide to rent it out the situation changes. Below are things to consider when deciding to rent out your property.

- Income tax implications
- The home loan may not be entirely tax deductible
- Capital gains tax implications
- Renting out part of your home
- Speak to an accountant

Call Harcourts Nexus Property Management on (07) 3804 3555 or email: nexus@harcourts.com.au to make an enquire.

View rental all our properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

We will effectively communicate with you

harcourts rentalsYour Harcourts Rental Management Solutions Property Manager will discuss your needs and develop a policy for the prompt response and resolution of matters for you and your investment. 

We sometimes spend a large amount of time away from the office appraising property, inspecting and managing property, however, be assured we will respond.

Call Harcourts Nexus Property Management today (07) 3804 3555 or email: nexus@harcourts.com.au to enquire about one of our rental properties.

View rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Renting with Harcourts Nexus

Harcourt Nexus Property RentalsProperty Management for Springwood, Rochedale, Loganholme, Tanah Merah, Kuraby, Daisy Hill, Shailer Park and surrounding areas. Learn more https://goo.gl/SjqdK5

 

Call Harcourts Nexus Property Management today (07) 3804 3555 or email: nexus@harcourts.com.au to enquire about one of our rental properties.

 

View rental properties online: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

We look after your Property like it’s our own at Harcourts Nexus!

Springwood RentalsRenting a property requires a lot of work and a high level of commitment, which many landlords don’t have the time to put in. A good property manager will be able to manage all the headaches for you. Harcourts Nexus will screen potential tenants through comprehensive databases, which list tenants who have a history of not paying on time or damage to a property.

 

When appointing a property manager, you will sign a property management agreement, and much like a lease, its terms and conditions form a contract. These agreements vary in length and contain notice periods for termination.

 

Meet the Harcourts Nexus Team: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Meet-the-Team

Could Brisbane Take Over As The Best Performing Capital City Housing Market In 5 Years?

Brisbane PropertyBrisbane is well placed to take over as the best performing capital city housing market over the next five years.  

 

Dwelling values across Australia’s third largest capital city have risen at the annual rate of 1.2% of the past decade; that’s half the pace of inflation and dramatically lower than Sydney or Melbourne where annual gains have averaged 6.3% and 5.9% over the past ten years.

 

Brisbane’s housing market won’t outperform other cities simply because the market has previously underperformed, however the relative gap in pricing between Australia’s largest cities is likely to be one of the factors that attracts housing demand to the city.  At the end of November 2017 Sydney house values were 102% higher than Brisbane’s and Melbourne values were 57% higher.  Based on median household incomes, Sydney households are earning only 12.9% more than households in Brisbane’s and incomes across Melbourne are actually 0.7% lower than Brisbane’s.  

 

https://www.corelogic.com.au/news/could-brisbane-take-over-best-performing-capital-city-housing-market-5-years?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social#.WovQbIKYP3S

Sick of not hearing from your Property Manager?

Property Manager BrisbaneHere’s the Harcourts Nexus difference!

 

A property manager from Harcourts Nexus will seek to maximise your weekly rental income and source high quality tenants who will best look after your asset.

 

There are many advantages to appointing a property manager to manage your rental property, including:

 

- We can offer you and the tenant are generally more extensive
- Harcourts Nexus have good local contacts when repair work is required on the property
- Tenants often find it easier to access and discuss matters with property managers
- Harcourts Nexus will act as a buffer between you and the tenant if something goes wrong

 

Search for a list of rental properties we have: http://nexus.harcourts.com.au/Property/rentals

Time of year doesn’t matter when selling your home

As the property market kicks back into gear for 2018, homeowners who are considering selling may be wondering which month is best to list their home.

 

But as timing the market is notoriously difficult, deciding when to sell comes down to more than just getting the best price.

 

A fascinating look into why and when...

 

https://www.domain.com.au/advice/why-market-conditions-are-bigger-factor-than-time-of-year-when-selling-your-home-20180131-h0q5c0/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=Insider_05022018_Pixel&utm_medium=email&utm_content=none

Common mistakes to avoid when updating your home’s exterior

Home Exterior FinishWhen it comes to first impressions, it’s all about “wow” at first sight. And the exterior of your home is no exception. 

 

Not only is it the first thing people see when they visit, but it’s often the image that convinces buyers to click on your listing. With this in mind, there are a few pitfalls to be aware of when updating the front of your home. 

 

Number 1 can make a huge difference...

 

https://www.domain.com.au/advice/common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-updating-your-homes-exterior-20171213-h02biv/

The top three renovation projects to do over summer

Summer can be a tempting time of year to tackle a renovation project. Perhaps the extra time at home has made you more aware the parts of your house that need attention, or maybe you’ve enviously eyed off the latest addition at a friend or relative’s house.

 

If sprucing up your home is at the top of your summer to-do list, these are the projects you should be tackling.

 

Number 3 will really help...

 

https://www.domain.com.au/advice/the-top-three-renovation-projects-to-do-over-summer-20171222-h06r0x/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=TrendingThisWeek_20180121&utm_medium=email&utm_content=none

New homeowners’ checklist: What to look for during an inspection

New Homeowners ChecklistWhen you think you’ve found the one, it can be easy to overlook the finer details. However, buying a property requires a discerning eye.

 

Even if you’ve done your fair share of rental inspections in the past, viewing a home that might be yours forever calls for a few key considerations – this list is a good place to start.

 

Click to view the property checklist https://www.domain.com.au/living/new-homeowners-checklist-look-inspection

 

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