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Renovating - Will It Add Value To Your Home?


Renovations have long been touted as the best way to inject quick growth into the value of your home or investments, with this being a key tool for any investor flipping properties. Suggestions on how much of a return you can see on renovations range from earning $2 to every $1 spent to five times this figure.   Not all renovations will make you a tidy profit when you come to sell your property. Some projects will cost more than they will ever give you back. So what are the most lucrative projects to add value to your home and give you the best return come sales day?     Not all renovations will make you a tidy profit when you come to sell your property. Some projects will cost more than they will ever give you back. So what are the most lucrative projects to add value to your home and give you the best return come sales day?   Kitchen Updating or replacing the kitchen is one of the top renovations for profit recommended by Dan Mulcahy, founder and...


Why Do I Need Professional Photographs Done To Sell My Property?


  Here, at Affinity Property Australia we are often asked questions about many facets of the real estate industry and we would love to answer them all for you.  In a world where knowledge is power, we think that the greatest gift we can give you is this insider knowledge.   The first 4 – 8 weeks in selling your property are critically important.  The benefit and impact of a well formulated sales and marketing campaign cannot be understated and can make tens of thousands of dollars difference in the finals sales price you achieve for your property.     Affinity Property has a well-designed sales and marketing program that achieves the best possible sales outcome for your property.  The key elements of this program are: Professional images and ‘building a story’ to market your property on our high traffic real estate web site and market as a highlight or feature listing across national real estate web sites to thousands of pr...


Prepare Your Spring Garden For Sale in 7 Steps


Spring is here and we have got gardening on our minds! It’s a wonderful time to be in the garden, as the warm weather causes plants to wake up from their winter slumber and bloom with new growth. Landscaping can maximise your property’s potential of selling at the greatest price and give a great first impression! Here are our tips for maximising the appeal of your Spring garden.     1. Lawns! Keeping lawns maintained with edging makes your landscaping appear easy maintenance – a popular selling point!       2. Mulch and WeedWeeding and mulching your plant beds will help your garden appear low-maintenance and well kept. Choose a utility mulch such as pine bark or forest fines, rather than typical ‘gardener-preferred’ options such as lucerne and sugarcane. Utility mulches look neater, and when you’re selling it’s less about function and more about appearance. Avoid mulches that are too “out there&rdq...


21 Steps to Selling Your Home Privately


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The Best Plants and Screens To Block Out Your Neighbours


The trend towards smaller block sizes and larger houses means the likelihood of having neighbours overlooking your private areas is increasing, and entertaining areas where people tend to be noisiest are in closer proximity.   Luckily, there are some handy solutions for blocking sight lines and even cutting out noise from the raucous residents next door so you can restore your backyard bliss.   Install A Privacy Screen Depending on where your chosen relaxation area is situated, it’s possible to block sight lines using off-the-shelf or custom-built screens. Available in a range of materials, screens can also improve a backyard by creating zones for different activities.   Contemporary backyards will benefit from screens made from modern materials such as aluminium, or laser-cut steel or plastic, with various designs available to suit your space. You could also choose screens made from timber or lattice for a more traditional look, or natural options like...


Bank Of Mum and Dad Funding A Third Of First-Homes


JENNIFER DUKE SEP 6, 2017 Originally posted on Domain.com.au One in three first-home buyers are getting financial assistance from their parents to help them get on the property ladder, new research shows. But experts warn this could be fuelling inequality in the housing market and making property prices even more unaffordable.   First-home buyers are increasingly tapping into the bank of Mum and Dad, with 29 per cent being provided help from their family in the form of cash hand outs, rent-free accommodation and guarantor loans, a survey by comparison website Mozo found.   On average, a first-home buyer borrowed more than $64,000 — and 67 per cent of parents were not expecting it to be paid back.     First-home buyers are increasingly relying on mum and dad. Photo: Rob Homer   First-time buyers in NSW were borrowing the most from their parents, followed by Victoria and South Australia, which ranked equally. The ACT ...