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What is a Guarantor?

December 4, 2017

Buying home Finance First home buyers Loans

Many lenders will allow a related third party to provide additional security to help a family member buy their own home. The person providing  this assistance is known as a guarantor. This is different to being a co-applicant or co-signer. A co-applicant will be included on the loan and will be responsible for the entire […]

What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional loan?

October 30, 2017

Buying home Finance Property Investment

Things are not always as they seem Since 2008 John has come across many people who have thought that they had a loan approval in place when in fact no such thing ever existed. This could be quite a dangerous predicament to find yourself in as some of those people went and made unconditional offers […]

Why Professional Home Styling Works .......

August 18, 2017

Prepare to Sell Real Estate Selling Selling houses

Professional styling aims to de-personalise your home and encourage buyers to imagine themselves living there. When a property is vacant or full to the brim with furniture prospective buyers may find it difficult to visualise making the space their own. If your home has furniture, a professional can help you re-arrange your existing furniture to […]

Prepare Your Property For Spring!

August 9, 2017

Prepare to Sell Real Estate Selling

Now is the perfect time to take care of any little jobs that need doing around the house …. you know those things you have been meaning to get around to but have been finding excuses not to do! There is often a process of preparation when deciding to sell you property and a few […]

Stamp Duty Updates

June 30, 2017

Buying home First home buyers Real Estate

The Victorian Government is set to abolish Stamp Duty for first home buyers purchasing property below $600,000 as of the July 1st this year. This Stamp Duty discount also applies for purchases between $600,000 and $750,000 on a sliding scale on both new or established homes. Please see table below; Home value Savings for first […]

New Consumer Affairs Guidelines

May 10, 2017

Buying home

New legislation requires Real Estate Agents to provide clear price guides when Victoria’s new underquoting laws come into effect on May 1. Online listings will need to provide a Statement of Information the includes a single price or a price range of no more than 10%. Three comparable sales are also to be provided. These […]

Properties Sold and Leased in April

May 9, 2017

Leased Sold

The importance of keeping up to date with your property’s value

March 7, 2017

Market appraisal Property Value Real Estate Selling

Many believe an appraisal is only required once you have decided to sell your home. When in fact appraisals can be provided for several reasons including; if you are planning to re-finance your existing home or investment property, for tax purposes or at the completion of renovations, just to name a few! In some cases, […]

The Outer East is Very Appealing!

February 7, 2017

Buying home Property Investment Real Estate

The popularity of living in the outer east of Melbourne is steadily rising with outer suburbs recording huge results as the volume of buyers seeking to get into the property market is increasing. Locations from Ringwood to Croydon, Lilydale, Kilsyth, Mount Evelyn and further into the Yarra Valley from Yarra Glen to Healesville are booming […]

NEW YEAR NEW CAREER - Are you interested?

January 15, 2017

Career Real Estate Career Sales Career

              A career change can be a huge decision and not one you should consider lightly. If you are considering taking a completely new direction or simply further utilising the skill set you already have, it is always wise to do your research and study your options before launching […]


November 28, 2016

Property Management Renting

One of the biggest decisions you will make when you become a landlord is ‘should I hire a property manager?’ Some people choose to take matters into their own hands, sometimes this can work out well, but if things take a turn for the worse, what do you do then? WHAT WILL YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER […]

DIY...When Too Much is Too Much…

October 19, 2016

Renovating Selling Selling houses

I don’t mind a bit of DIY every now and again. It can save you some money. Why get a professional in when you could just have a go at it yourself! If you’re over trying to incorporate the pet stains into your décor, trying to colour match throw rugs so the pee stains don’t […]

You've Found the Right House...Now What?

September 23, 2016

Buying home Uncategorized

OK, so the inspection went well, you have looked over every inch of the place. What Now? Well NOW is the time to try and buy it! By now you will have been to the bank or had a meeting with a mortgage broker and looked into taking out a conditional preapproval so you know […]

Preparing for An Open Home

September 6, 2016

Selling Uncategorized

Right! Your home is open for inspection this weekend! Now is your chance to show it off at its best to your prospective buyers. You don’t want to let anything get in the way of the buyers seeing it in its most positive light. Here at Max Brown Real Estate Group our agents can suggest […]

How do you know when you're ready to buy your first home?

August 23, 2016

First home buyers

So, you want to buy your first home!  Are you ready? You think you’re ready, but are you really? Everyone you speak with is going to have an opinion and want to put their 2 cents worth in! While it’s good to take all of this on board, you need to make sure you gather […]

Less is More!......have you heard that before?

August 11, 2016


Ahhhhh…Spring! Time to ‘Spring Clean’ as they say. Preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to be a chore. Simple things can make a huge difference. Presentation is the key to a successful outcome. Perception is reality to a high percentage of people, so if you can create a pleasant environment within your home potential […]

Selling your home in winter

June 24, 2016

Selling houses

Many people will advise that selling your home in winter is a challenge and in some regards it can be more challenging to close deals during this cold seasonal period. Assumptions suggest that buyers may prefer to stay home and remain warm and cosy in the winter, rather than braving house inspections in the cold. […]