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How to purchase a property via an online auction

Sep 8, 2020 1:40:15 PM Share this:

The real estate world has moved completely online, in-line with fresh industry regulations due to the COVID-19 climate in which we currently find ourselves in. In Victoria, this means all real estate transactions cannot take place in person, so Harcourts offices have moved 100% to a digital experience: viewing properties, signing leases, signing contracts and selling and buying through property.


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Topics: Auctions, Residential, Selling, Online Auction

Coronavirus Update – Sellers

Apr 16, 2020 12:19:00 PM Share this:

As the world changes, we adapt so that you can continue to with your property plans.


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Topics: Selling, harcourts australia, COVID-19, Virtual Tour, Online Auction, Virtual Inspection

Selling or leasing now?

Apr 1, 2020 1:24:10 PM Share this:

Maximise your property’s exposure online.


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Topics: Property Management, Selling, Investment Property, COVID-19, Virtual Tour, Online Auction, Virtual Inspection

Top ways to add value to your garden

Feb 20, 2020 9:43:07 AM Share this:

Spring and summer are a popular time to sell your home, but where do you begin? Most people will spruce up their property by decluttering and cleaning their house, but many people don’t realise how much impact their garden can have. Here are some easy ways to help ensure your garden adds value to your property before you put it on the market.


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Topics: Selling, Advice, Garden

The insider's guide to buying or selling at auction

Oct 31, 2019 8:23:00 PM Share this:

Whether you love the thrill of an auction or your knees tremble at the thought, auctions have become the preferred method of selling property in most of the major centres across the country.


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Topics: Auctions, Residential, Selling, Buying, Advice

Is Your Home Sale-Ready?

Jul 16, 2019 10:04:45 AM Share this:

You’re ready to sell your house, but is your house ready for sale?


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Topics: Selling

How to select a great neighbourhood

May 21, 2019 4:49:31 PM Share this:

Moving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you're trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would like to live in) is a good one.


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Topics: Residential, Selling, Buying

Interiors: To repair or not to repair

Apr 4, 2019 11:31:00 AM Share this:

When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

Because the competition is so intense, preparing for the Olympics becomes life and death, with endless months of training, and unyielding focus. Preparing for a game of soccer down the beach with some friends – not so much.

The same principle applies when preparing your property for sale and deciding what to repair, and what not to. Where do you draw the line? What do you fix and what do you leave? (In this article we look exclusively at the interior of your property).

Much depends on the competition. If the competition is intense, then preparation is all important.

If the market in your area is super-hot, and houses are selling at Usain Bolt speed, it shows that buyers are attracted to the area rather than the finer details.

In such a sellers’ market, it is possible only minor, essential repairs need to be made. Undertaking costlier repairs or renovations are likely to have little or no effect on the inevitability of sale or price, and represent an unnecessary cost.

The other major factor in deciding what to repair is how urgently you want to sell.

If you want to sell your house “yesterday”, then you need to remove every barrier that could potentially short-circuit a sale. For example, some buyers will pull out of a sale because of a seemingly insignificant fault, like a door knob that falls off in their hand.

If in doubt, seek advice from your Harcourts Sales Consultant.

There is a distinctive difference between repairs and renovations, with repairs being regarded as restoring something back to its original condition, while renovations are improvements or upgrades.

So what are the repairs to consider before selling a property?

Paint

  • All exposed nail holes, stains and imperfections in your wall’s paintwork should be fixed
  • Paint door trims and all areas showing wear and tear
  • Remove older wallpaper by steaming and give the wall a fresh coat of paint
  • Avoid creating bright or darker coloured features walls, because colours are an individual choice
  • Consider painting over old-style dark, wood panelling, which can create a gloomy atmosphere in a room
  • Always choose neutral or lighter colours, which make rooms appear bigger, and are acceptable to more buyers (creative buyers will add their own colour touches).

Lighting

  • Make sure all switches and lights are working properly
  • Install brighter bulbs in gloomier rooms.

Kitchen

  • Make sure all draws and doors are working properly
  • Bench top needs to be pristine, with no chips or cut marks. If you need to replace a benchtop considering installing a granite top which will generally add value
  • Absolutely no leaky taps, or leaky anything else
  • Consider replacing old plastic door handles with metallic handles.

Bathroom repairs

  • Replace or repair leaky taps
  • Clean grouting between tiles, and if missing, repair
  • Replace any chipped tiles

Curtains and window furnishings

  • Replace damaged curtains or blinds

Floors and ceilings

  • Consider removing old carpet on wooden floors and polishing the floor boards
  • Remove textured ceilings and paint with flat paint (beware of asbestos)

When considering what to repair, put yourself in the shoes of the potential buyer and work out what would cause you to have second thoughts about buying, and for peace of mind, repair whatever is a potential deal-breaker. 


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Topics: Property Management, Newsletters, Selling, Repairs, Home Maintenance, Harcourts Real Estate

Five tips for selling in Autumn

Mar 11, 2019 3:43:00 PM Share this:

With gardens looking their best in summer and with the warmer weather, that doesn’t mean you should hold off listing your property as we come into Autumn. There’s definitely merit to this, Here are five reasons why:


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Topics: Selling, Open Homes

Why hold open homes when selling?

Dec 10, 2018 4:16:58 PM Share this:

How can you prepare for an open home? Your sales consultant will do all them marketing necessary to attract the maximum number of visitors to your open home. However, when you have them there, you will want to ensure you present your home in the best possible light.


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Topics: Newsletters, Selling, Australia Real Estate