Summary: Prepare your home for sale by doing simple things that make it look clean, spacious warm and inviting. First impressions of buyers are important – you want them to fall in love with your place.
So, you are thinking of selling your home / apartment. How do you prepare it for sale? Just think for a moment like a buyer. Put yourself in their position. What will appeal to you? What will make you choose this apartment over the others for sale in the same building?
Here is our tip: Buying a property is an emotional decision. A buyer will buy and be prepared to pay top dollar because they fall in love with your place. They feel good when they walk in the door. They imagine happy futures for them and their family in this place.
You can affect their feelings by how your home is presented. As they walk in the door, you want them to feel the beauty, to enjoy the simplicity, to smell the nice aromas, to appreciate the spaciousness created by the uncluttered look of the place.
Here’s a few ideas:
We at Ozindo have experience in helping people to get the best from their home. We specialise in delivering good value in your sale. Have a chat with us about how we can work together to get you a great outcome.
Summary: Prof Brett from Australia gives 3 keys to success: choose your course wisely, Settle well into your new home, find a group of peers who will help you say motivated for study.
Thinking about University study in Australia? What an exciting opportunity to invest for the future. What advice would Prof Brett give for you to succeed? Here’s three simple tips:
In a nutshell, choose an area of study you are interested in. Choose a course within your abilities, choose the university with the best reputation.
Moving to a new country is scary, with many unknowns. A little extra time and money spent getting settled in a stable home in a convenient location will make all the difference.
Study is tough. There are times when you will be tired, confused or feeling lost. Better than a great teacher is a good group of friends who will help you stay on track.
Apartments in Australia – not all is as promised
Every main city in Australia is experiencing a boom in primary apartment developments. As the cranes dot the sky in almost every suburb, worries are emerging about over-supply. Some developments have low occupancy rates, and in some areas prices have not been booming.
Analysis of the market trends suggests two things:
1. There are some areas within cities where over-supply is particularly bad, and it will be very difficult to achieve a good return on investment. Unless you have come across something unique or special, or have a real bargain, beware of these areas. If you are an interested buyer from a major city in Asia, it may come as a surprise to you too that especially in Melbourne, the inner city area is the biggest problem area. Australians have not taken to inner city living as well as in other countries, and yet this is the area where growth has been very rapid, supply clearly exceeding demand. Beware!
2. Returns can be found in Quality. The more expensive apartments with larger living areas, balconies that face the sun, car parking, second bathrooms, etc etc, attract a higher price, but also seem to experience much better growth in value over time. It is also much easier to find tenants for these.
Property investment is a big decision, and there are many risks, especially when buying overseas. Get the best advice, and make well-informed decisions! Here we can help you to make good decisions that are best for you in the long run.
Professor Brett Inder Academic Economist, Monash University
So you want your son or daughter to head off to Australia to study. Good choice!
But what University do you choose? How do they compare?
Rankings of Universities do matter: for example, future employers are more likely to offer a job to a Business graduate from a high ranking university. So it helps to know something about how the Universities rank.
But some provisos first:
So, its good to do your homework: for example, ask others you know who have taken the course. Ask about their experience, and about how they and their friends went in finding a job at the end.
Okay, enough provisos. Here’s the best place to look for a range of different rankings of Universities in Australia:
This website includes overall rankings using various methodologies. Plus they have some information about rankings in different disciplines / subject areas.
This is a good place to start in getting a sense of the reputation of the university you are considering sending your son or daughter to. Don’t stop here – there’s much more to consider with your choice – but this is a good starting point. More on choices another time.
Prof Brett, Australian University Professor
So, you are browsing recent property sales in one of Australia’s capital cities. And you notice something strange. In some areas, just cross the road and prices can jump by 30% or more. How can this be?
Chances are, you have stumbled on the precious topic of public school zones. In many cases, the location of your house decides what school your children can go to. And not all schools are the same. Some are highly sought after. If your house is in the zone for one of these highly sought after schools, that is going to add enormously to the value of your house.
The school zone story in Australia is almost always about high schools – for children aged 12-18. There are two broad categories of high schools – private, fee paying schools, or public (Government) schools, with very low fees. Most private schools offer very good quality education, but can be very expensive, more than $20,000 fees per student per year. So if you want top quality education for your child, and can’t afford private school fees, the next best thing is to target the best of the public schools.
Public school quality can vary enormously. There are a few select schools that are seen to offer the best, and these are very very popular. You can only get into the school if you live near the school, in the “zone” for that school. That’s why we see articles in the media in Australia like the following …
Prices in popular Sydney’s school zones surged by as much as a third last year, report shows
The Canberra school catchment zones where house prices have skyrocketed House prices in some Queensland state school zones rise by up to 40 per cent Melbourne property prices: The top school zones for house price growth
So, if you plan to invest in the Australian market, here is just another of those little pieces of local knowledge that you will need in order to make good decisions about where to invest. Make sure you get the base advice from someone you can trust!
Prof Brett, (Academic Economist)