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GUIDE TO EATONS HILL

Information on Eatons Hill

Located approximately 15.5 km North West of the CBD. Approximately 30 minutes drive from the CBD in offpeak traffic. Approximately 1 hours drive to the Sunshine Coast and approximately 1 ¼ hours drive from the Gold Coast.  Attractions include the Kumbartcho sanctuary and Sargent reserve.

There are several off leash dog playgrounds including Sargent reserve 

Local Council is Moreton Bay Regional Council (which recently amalgamated with Pine Rivers Shire Council)

Information gathered from 2006 Census confirms:

7,277 residents, with 49.5% males and 50.5% females

  • The most common age group is 25-54 (being 47.5%)
  • Children aged under 14 – 29.8%
  • Persons aged over 55 – 11.6%

People with Australian citizenship 90.2%

Persons born overseas 17.9%

Country of birth:

  • Australia 78.9%
  • England 5.6%
  • New Zealand 3.7%
  • South Africa 1.9%
  • Netherlands 0.4%
  • Scotland 0.4%

Employment:

  • Fulltime workers 62.4%
  • Part time workers 29.3%
  • Not employed 2.1%

Occupation:

  • Professionals 21.2%
  • Clerical and Admin workers 19.2%
  • Managers 15.4%
  • Technicians and Trades workers 14.9%
  • Sales workers 11.1%

Industry of employment:

  • School Education 5.3%
  • Hospitals 3.9%
  • Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services 3%
  • Public Order & Safety Services 2.5%
  • Building Installation Services 2.4%

Income:

  • Median weekly individual income $673 compared to $466 in Australia
  • Median weekly household income $1,665 compared to $1,027 in Australia

Family Characteristics:

  • Couple families with children 63.8%
  • Couple families without children 27.5%
  • One parent families 8.4%

Household:

  • Median Rent $280 per week compared to $190 in Australia
  • Median housing loan repayment $1,517 per month compared to $1,300 in Australia

Average household size 3.3

  • Owned outright 21.6%
  • Being purchased 63.6%
  • Being rented 12.3%

REIQ advises:

Eatons Hill is a growing suburb north of Brisbane. There has been significant residential development in Eatons Hill, which is located in the northern surburbs of Brisbane, over recent years. Single-detached dwellings are the most common type of housing in the area with units and townhouses also available. There is a mix of traditional Queenslanders and Colonials as well as chamferboard and brick and tile houses in the area. Eatons Hill is a popular suburb with families. There is prestige acreage and residential properties in the Eatons Hill Country Club Estate and some of the newer developments backing onto the South Pine River. While there has been much development over recent years, in early 2007 there is little residential vacant land remaining. There are also occasional small sub-divisions of Residential A land. There is a primary school located in Eatons Hill, with a high school in nearby Albany Creek. A hospital is located 12 minutes away. There is a large shopping centre at Albany Creek as well as major supermarkets. Eatons Hill has bike and walkways as well as plenty of greenbelt areas. The South Pine River is a favourite waterway.

Local information:

  • Approximately 5 minutes drive to South Pine Sporting Complex and Wantima Golf Course
  • Parkland includes Sargents Reserve with off leash dog walking areas

FACILITIES

  • Local veterinary Clinic
  • Local Fire Station
  • Local Ambulance Service
  • Police station located at nearby Albany Creek
  • Local childcare (ABC)
  • 3 Local doctors surgeries
  • Local pharmacy
  • Local IGA

TRANSPORT:

  • Public transport to the CBD by bus route 357 & 359
  • Public transport to other suburbs via the Great Circle line bus route
  • Closest train station is Strathpine – around 10 to 15 minutes drive
  • School buses run through the area for most schools including to Nudgee College

DWELLINGS

  • Most homes are on blocks of land from 601 – 800 m2 (49.39%)
  • Small acreage is the next most common 4,001m2+ (20.85%)
  • Homes on small blocks under 600m2 (1.87%)
  • 801-1000m2 (16.12%)
  • 1,001-2,000m2 (10.55%)  most of these are located in the Eatons Hill Country Club Estate
  • 2,001-4,000m2 (1.2%)

Dwelling styles vary greatly through Eatons Hill, from Brick and tile to very modern lightweight building styles.

GUIDE TO ALBANY CREEK

Information on Albany Creek

Located approximately 15 km North West of the CBD. Approximately 25 minutes drive from the CBD in offpeak traffic. Approximately 1 hours drive to the Sunshine Coast and approximately 1 ¼ hours drive from the Gold Coast.

Local Council is Moreton Bay Regional Council (which recently amalgamated with Pine Rivers Shire Council)

Information gathered from 2006 Census confirms:

  • 15,942 residents, with 49.2% males and 50.8% females
  • The most common age group is 25-54 (being 43.1%)
  • Children aged under 14 – (24.2%)
  • Persons aged over 55 – (18.3%)

People with Australian citizenship 90.1%

Persons born overseas 17.0%

Country of birth:

  •  Australia 78.9%
  • England 4.7%
  • New Zealand 3.3%
  • South Africa 1.7%
  • Scotland 0.9%
  • Italy 0.4%

Employment:

  • Fulltime workers 62.2%
  • Part time workers 29.8%
  • Not employed 3.1%

Occupation:

  • Professionals 20.2%
  • Clerical and Admin workers 19.5%
  • Managers 12.8%
  • Technicians and Trades workers 14.0%
  • Sales workers 12.2%
  • Service workers 8.8%
  • Labourers 7.4%
  • Machinery operators & drivers 3.9%

Industry of employment:

  • School Education 5.9%
  • Hospitals 4.2%
  • Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaway Food Services 3.5%
  • Supermarket & Grocery stores 2.4%
  • State Government Administration 2.3%

Income:

  • Median weekly individual income $586 compared to $466 in Australia
  • Median weekly household income $1,451 compared to $1,027 in Australia

Family Characteristics:

  • Couple families with children 59.4%
  • Couple families without children 28%
  • One parent families 11.5%

Household:

  • Median Rent $260 per week compared to $190 in Australia
  • Median housing loan repayment $1,387 per month compared to $1,300 in Australia

Average household size 3.0

  • Owned outright 30.9%
  • Being purchased 51.0%
  • Being rented 13.1%

REIQ advises:

Albany Creek is popular with young families. Albany Creek, about 15km northwest from Brisbane’s CBD in the Moreton Bay Shire, has experienced strong capital growth and increasing population in recent years. Bordering on 1700 acres of State Forest, Albany Creek has a mix or architectural styles available, including traditional and renovated Queenslanders and colonials, post-war housing and chamferboard houses, as well as brick and tile houses and cluster developments. The majority of houses are single detached dwellings with smaller amounts of apartments and townhouses. Albany Creek is a popular suburb for young families with many residents travelling to Brisbane City and surrounding suburbs for work during the week. There is ample public transport options in the area. An influx of new residents into the area has prompted infrastructure upgrading over recent years. Albany Creek is home to plenty of parks, walk and bikeways, retail outlets, restaurants and child care facilities. There are also a number of primary and secondary schools in the area. With good access to Sandgate Beach (15km) and direct access to the Sunshine Coast and the South Pine River, there are many recreational activities for residents to enjoy.

Local information:

Approximately 5 minutes drive to South Pine Sporting Complex and Wantima Golf Course

FACILITIES

  • Local veterinary Clinic
  • Fire Station at nearby Eatons Hill
  • Ambulance Service at nearby Eatons Hill
  • Local police station
  • Several local doctors surgeries
  • Several local shopping centres
  • Woolworths, Coles, Aldi

TRANSPORT:

  • Public transport to the CBD by bus route 357 & 359
  • Public transport to other suburbs via the Great Circle line bus route
  • Closest train stations are Ferny Grove or Enoggera – approximately 10-15 minutes drive
  • School buses run through the area for most schools including to Nudgee College

DWELLINGS

There are approximately 5,508 dwellings in Albany Creek

  • The most common land size is 601-800 m2 (52.27%)
  • Land size under 600m2 (6.8%)
  • Land size 801-1000m2 (25.98%)
  • Land size 1,001-2,000m2 (9.48)
  • Land size 2,001-4,000m2 (1.39%)
  • Land size over 4,001m2 (3.98%)

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For Sellers

Looking to sell

Selling Tips on Preparing Your Home for Sale

Preparing Your Home For Sale – Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right with your home, something happens and you have to sell. No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now is no time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. So, here’s how to start:

1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Home
Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it, so take fresh look at your dwelling. Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time. First, consider what’s called “street appeal;” does it need washing or painting? Does the driveway need repair work? Is the landscaping in good shape? Remember, be very critical; your buyer will be.

Next, pull into the driveway and take a good, hard look. Is the yard neat and trimmed? What about the view from the front yard? Then, walk inside and size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time. Take a tour and imagine what your real estate agent might say about each room, look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.

Then, make a mental note of the things that might put off potential buyers, along with another list of the things that first attracted you to the dwelling. Remember, the home’s become a great place for you, but a new buyer will see things that you don’t.

2. Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell
Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area: wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves — everywhere. Remember, this is no time to be sentimental: if you don’t use it, lose it. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we really need.

Also, don’t forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter; most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect, think your home is too small.

Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you’ve collected and use the proceeds for paint or whatever other materials you need for repair projects. If you just can’t bear to part with some possessions, store them in the garage or some other place that’s out of sight to a potential buyer.

3. To Sell, Sell, Sell — Clean, Clean, Clean
After you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, strip and polish the floors, scour the bathrooms, go over the laundry room, polish the furniture, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows and window coverings, and spiff up the ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. In short, clean everything.

Don’t forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project.

4. Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off
After you’ve cleaned the place to within an inch of its life, the next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer.

So, patch up the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, spruce up the porch framing, and make your entry area really shine. Don’t forget to water the lawn and landscape beds, and take the time to trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Inside, fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, cover any stains, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems. Remember, do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door.

Also, it’s a good idea to get all this done before getting the real estate broker to make the first listing — a good agent will advise you on what needs to be done. Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to sell, invite them to assess the fix-up needs.

There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up; but it carries a price. An “as-is” sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for the repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer.

5. Putting Your Home on the Market: Show It to Sell It
After you have cleaned, shined, mowed, and generally whipped your property into shape, it’s time to attract a buyer.

Regardless of who markets your home, , there are other, small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it’s bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier. Be sure to remove all your kids and pets;  they’re cute, but a buyer wants to see your home, not your pride and joy. In addition, make sure your pet’s litter pan is clean so the home smells clean and fresh, not like air freshener. Remember, you need to make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. That means less than an hour, or even five minutes, if possible.

6. Get a Sense of the Market
Before you put your home on the market, take a weekend day to check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in the new development — what you want is the feel of that new model — clean, uncluttered, and fresh.

Remember, after location, the most important item to a buyer is a well maintained home. Many flaws can be overlooked if the buyer knows he can move in without a lot of trouble and expense.

Twenty Quick Tips for Showing your Home

Showing Your Home – As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help your Agent sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

1. Make the Most of that First Impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.

2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, buyers would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work.”

3. Check Taps and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave buyers in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.

4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

5. Think Safety
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

6. Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.

7. Consider Your Wardrobes
The better organized a wardrobe, the larger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.

9. Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up buyers to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.

10. Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.

11. Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.

12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.

13. Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.

14. Think Volume
Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it’s time to show your home, it’s time to turn down the stereo or TV.

15. Relax
Be friendly, but don’t try to force conversation. Buyers want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.

16. Don’t Apologize
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a buyer volunteers a derogatory comment about your home’s appearance, let your experienced Agent handle the situation.

17. Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. Of course, you are welcome to give your home a “human face” by saying hello, but allow your agent to do their job;  their experience will prove invaluable, particularly in the negotiation phase, of selling your home.  Your assistance may be sought for the odd “technical” question about your home, and your assistance would be appreciated.  However generally keep a low profile, as your  Agent will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.

18. Don’t Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
When buyers come to view your home, don’t distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.

19. Defer to Experience – It’s the Experience®
When buyers want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your  Agent.

20. Help Your Agent
Your Agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through their office. Unexpected callers should immediately be directed to your real estate agent.   You’ll appreciate the results!

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE USING REMAX COMPANY DETAILS

When you choose a Sales Associate to sell your home or help you in the home buying process, you’ll experience an exemplary level of service.

First, Associates are The Hometown Experts With a World of Experience®. They are the most knowledgeable agents who have the experience and community connections to assist you in the home buying process. Across the globe, they make their living in the same communities in which they live. They’re the people next door, or just down the block.

Consummate professionals, RE/MAX Associates on average lead agents affiliated with competing brands in advanced real estate education and production. That’s why customers going through the home buying process know RE/MAX Associates as The Real Estate Leaders® and why no one in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

Customer Satisfaction

The proof of quality service is in repeat customers and in customers who refer RE/MAX Associates to friends who are embarking on the home buying process. RE/MAX Sales Associates average 70 percent of their business from repeats and referrals, while other agents average about 30 percent from those sources.

Education

RE/MAX Associates lead agents of competing brands in professional designations, which represent specialized training and education. These designations – some geared toward clients in the home buying process and toward others who are selling – set RE/MAX Associates apart from the rest of the crowd.

For All You’re Worth®

On average, RE/MAX Associates sell more real estate than other agents. They are better qualified to set the right price for the homes they list, are better equipped to market those homes, and are likely to find clients engaged in the home buying process in a shorter period of time. That experience and education also means they are better qualified to find the right home for any buyer. The home buying process can be a daunting task, but with the expertise of a RE/MAX Associate, buyers can rest easy.

Competitive Advantage

The real estate network that has the most competitive advantages to offer those in the home buying process and sellers will be an industry leader, and RE/MAX is that network. Thanks to its global network and stellar reputation, it’s no wonder RE/MAX is the name people turn to when they embark on the home buying process.

When you look for the highest quality real estate service, look to a RE/MAX Associate. RE/MAX Associates are “The Real Estate Leaders®”. You can depend on RE/MAX Associates to make the home buying process or sale of your home as effortless and seamless as possible.

Advertising

On average, a RE/MAX Associate spends about $10,000 each year on personal promotion and on individual and group advertising. Personal advertising plus national television advertising and Internet exposure generates the highest number of prospects in the home buying process and sales market. This draws consumers who are in the home buying process to seek out RE/MAX Associates. Be assured that a RE/MAX Associate will deliver on his or her promise.

Network Size

The revolutionary RE/MAX Concept of enabling real estate professionals to maximize their business potential has evolved into a network of nearly 100,000 Sales Associates in more than 65 countries and more than 7,000 offices.

The RE/MAX Balloon Logo

The red, white and blue RE/MAX Balloon, with its “Above the Crowd®” slogan, is one of the most recognizable business logos in the world.

The Sign That Brings You Home®

The famous red-over-white-over-blue RE/MAX yard sign and your RE/MAX agent lead you to properties in areas in which you’ll want to live and work. If you want to sell your property, the RE/MAX yard sign attracts those in the home buying process. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

An Industry Leader

RE/MAX was the first real estate network to be involved in more than 1 million transaction sides in a single year. Each transaction or sale consists of two sides, the listing side and the selling side to clients in the home buying process.

Global Expansion

With offices in more than 65 countries worldwide, the power of the RE/MAX name boosts business and attracts consumers who are in the midst of the home buying process. The continuous expansion into remote parts of the world means more visibility and endless possibilities.

Main Street. Not Wall Street.®

Being locally owned and operated, RE/MAX offices are staffed with professionals who live in the area they work in. Thus, committed to their communities, they have a deep personal interest in the customers they serve.

Home of the Best Agents®

In a business environment of mergers and acquisitions, RE/MAX is the only major real estate network still owned and directed by its founders. The excellence of RE/MAX Broker/Owners and Sales Associates has led to an ever-increasing number of accolades from the business community at large. In January 2007, “Entrepreneur” magazine ranked RE/MAX No. 6 – up from No. 9 – on the 2006 Top Global Franchises list and again named RE/MAX “Best of the Best” for real estate services for the seventh time in eight years. RE/MAX climbed from No. 11 of Fastest Growing Franchises to No. 7 and finished in position No. 2 among Top Low Cost Franchises. It’s no wonder more people look to RE/MAX to help them in the home buying process.

More Than 35 Years “Above the Crowd®”

RE/MAX – now an established industry leader – celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2008 and looks ahead to even greater real estate achievements in the years to come. Whether you’re in the home buying process or looking to sell, choose a RE/MAX Associate. When you choose a RE/MAX Associate, you’ll have a real estate agent for life

For Buyers

Thinking of Buying? See my great tips for buyers

  • Arrange a pre approval through your mortgage broker before you find a property to purchase. You will be able to find out
    exactly how much you can borrow, allowing you to set a suitable limit. Your broker can also advise you how much your new home loan will cost you on a weekly / monthly basis (helping you to budget). By organising your finances you will be well positioned to commit to a purchase, either by bidding at an auction or negotiating a private sale.
  • Have your solicitor review the contract prior to signing. This is particularly important when special conditions apply. Most solicitors will do this as part of their professional service.
  • When you have found the ‘right property’ and are ready to enter into a contract to purchase, insert into the contract appropriate ‘subject to’ clauses. Ensure time frames for these clauses are realistic, ie. a minimum 14 days for finance approval (even if you have pre approval), building and pest inspections, and at least a further 14 – 21 days after this till settlement. Remember Public Holidays will impact on the available time.
  • If you are purchasing using existing property equity, your broker should have advised you that the mortgage provider may not require a valuation to be done (on the purchase property). You may wish to instruct a valuer of your choice to ensure you have negotiated a fair market price (at your cost).
  • Insurance cover is the responsibility of the purchaser from the time the contract comes into force. This is very important. The mortgagee’s interest may need to be noted on the insurance cover note, confirm these details with your mortgage broker.
  • Make certain all ‘subject to’ clauses are met to your satisfaction. Your mortgage broker will advise you and your solicitor of the finance approval. Once your solicitor advises the sellers solicitor that all clauses have been met satisfactorily, then the contract is unconditional (almost time to open the Champagne).
  • Keep in contact with your solicitor, make certain all is in order at least 5 working days before settlement is due. Do not assume that all is ok if you haven’t heard anything – it can be a very costly error if the settlement has to be postponed.
  • When all is said and done….. it often isn’t. Make sure your bank account details are up to date. Ensure that any new arrangements are in place and working in readiness for the first repayment to take place.
  • Now is the time for the Champagne……..Enjoy your new home!!

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Intense competition within the Australian home loan sector in recent years has led to literally hundreds of lending products now being available.

Our in-depth knowledge of the property market has made us understand that choosing the right lender and the right loan to suit your individual circumstances can be a confusing and time-consuming task.

Our own, experienced home loan managers can now help you secure the right loan to suit your individual needs, all at no additional charge.

Whether you have spent years saving and preparing to buy a home, or you still aren’t sure if it is something you can even dream of, the questions surrounding a first-time home purchase can feel endless.

You can find the answers – and peace of mind – by working with RE/MAX, the industry leader in experience and service.

Here are some tips to help you with the process of becoming your own landlord.

First Home Owner Grant
To offset the impact of the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), the Commonwealth has requested that the States and Territories assist first home buyers through the establishment of the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG). For more information please visit www.firsthome.gov.au

Prequalify for a loan
Being prequalified for a loan determines how much house you can afford. It also allows you to move more swiftly when you find the right house, especially when you aren’t the only interested buyer.

Shop for mortgage rates and terms
A difference of even half a percentage point can make a huge difference in how much you pay over the life of a loan. For example, the difference in the monthly payment on a $100,000 mortgage at 8 percent vs. 7.5 percent is about $35 per month. Over 30 years, that’s $12,600.

Using a buyer agent
A buyer agent is legally responsible for representing the buyer’s interest in a real estate transaction. Generally, the buyer agent is compensated by the seller at the time you purchase a new home. There are some limitations to using a buyer agent, however. Before you decide, have a Realtor explain the advantages and disadvantages of using a buyer agent.

Features that help or hurt resale value

In some areas, a swimming pool actually detracts from a home’s value and makes the home harder to sell. In neighborhoods with two-car, attached garages, a single-car or detached garage may impact the home sale and future value. Your Realtor can point out features that hurt, as well as those that help, resale value.

Rate the houses you tour
After touring each home, write down what you liked and didn’t like. Develop a rating system which will help you narrow the field down to the house that’s the best for you.

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Testimonials

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It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.  Her communication exceeded my expectations.

Lisa

I chose Maria as my agent as she was genuine and warm.  I felt I could trust her and she was down to earth and realistic.  She didn’t pressure me either.  Maria’s service far excelled other agents I have dealt with in the past.  Maria’s communication was fantastic – she kept me informed at all times.  I really appreciated the interior designer helping me set up my house – that was great too! Thanks again Maria.

Debbie

I chose Maria as my agent as she was genuine and warm.  I felt I could trust her and she was down to earth and realistic.  She didn’t pressure me either.  Maria’s service far excelled other agents I have dealt with in the past.  Maria’s communication was fantastic – she kept me informed at all times.  I really appreciated the interior designer helping me set up my house – that was great too! Thanks again Maria.

Liz

It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.

                                                ………… Lisa Watts

Her communication exceeded my expectations.  It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.

                                                ………… Steve Price

I have bought and sold many times before and Maria was the first agent I have met that is an all rounder – communication, feedback, price, and most importantly RESULTS!

                                                ………… Michelle Cambell

It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.

                                                ………… Mike Richards

It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.  Her communication exceeded my expectations.

Lisa

It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.  Her communication exceeded my expectations.

Mike

It was a pleasure to deal with Maria and her ability to communicate to us how we were going to achieve the best possible result for the sale of our property was great! Maria service was fantastic compared to that of other agents i have dealt with in the past.  Her communication exceeded my expectations.

Steve

Useful Links

Browse Links for our local area and anything real estate related

Local Area Links

Our local Council is Moreton Bay Regional Council

This useful site includes the facility to pay your rates, and has loads of relevant information including a calendar of weekly garbage and fortnightly recycling collection

Water & Sewerage are now managed by Unity Water

Information on the new swimming pool laws

Register of Pool Inspectors

Check if a property has a current Pool Safety Certificate

For up to date satellite photos

For information on bus and train timetables

For removal of all your unwanted items & junk

Moving home?? If you are moving home and would like to organise a free service to connect all your utilities and moving services

For easy storage options

To hire a box

For removalists

For furniture hire

Links Related To Property

For information from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland including suburb profiles

Stamp duty calculator

Need to know what it will cost to repay a home loan?? For information on monthly, fortnightly or weekly repayments on a home loan, including interest only payments

For information from the Queensland Government including transfer duty rates, and information on the first home owner grant

Want to view the location of a property or to check out the local neighbourhood before you buy??

Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics including information from the most recent census. Why not have a look at information on our local suburbs??

For information from the Reserve Bank of Australia

So you are now ready to buy or sell and need to find a Solicitor to do your conveyancing.  Visit the Queensland Law Society

For up to date satellite photos

How to maximise your sale price using perfect presentation

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