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The Basement Food Hub

October 18, 2018

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The Basement Food Hub is a non-for-profit charity located in Lilydale. Run by local residents Jim and Kris Roche, The Basement Food Hub offers fresh food and grocery items to those whom are finding it tough to feed their families. With support from the Turning Point Church Lilydale and Cranbourne plus four volunteers, they operate […]

Preparing to move house checklist

October 10, 2018

First home buyers Information Real Estate Information Sold

If you are preparing to move house and don’t know where to start, our checklist will help you out: Change of address checklist: o Friends and Family o Employer o School, Kindergartens and Daycare o Financial Institutions- bank, superannuation, accountant etc. o ATO o Doctor, dentist and specialists o Medicare o Vicroads o Insurance companies […]

Does a swimming pool add value to a property?

October 3, 2018

Buying home Information Real Estate Information Renovating Selling

As the weather warms up, we are often asked by clients ‘does a swimming pool add value to a property?’ We regularly hear of two common reasons for wanting a pool; for personal enjoyment or to add value to a property.   For many adding a pool to their property is the final touch to […]

Selling a deceased estate

September 26, 2018

Information Real Estate Information Selling

  Losing a loved one can be a very difficult and emotional time. When selling a deceased estate, the process can be made easier by engaging an agent with experience and empathy to your situation as well as having a personal understanding of the process. What is probate? The Supreme Court of Victoria suggests ‘If […]

Tips on how to maximise your rental return

September 20, 2018

Property Investment Property Management Real Estate Information

Whilst we believe the return you receive from your investment property is generally determined by how well it is managed, we have collated some other tips on how to maximise your rent and therefore return on your asset; Employ a competent property manager Ensure your property manager understands the importance of a high performing asset. […]

Selling this Spring

September 13, 2018

Buying home Information Real Estate Information Selling

Often referred to as the ‘silly season’ in Real Estate, Spring is upon us again! Spring is traditionally a busy time of year with many waiting for warmer weather conditions to put their home on the market. This is great news for those looking to purchase as stock levels begin to increase, likewise for sellers […]

Pick My Project

September 6, 2018

Information Lifestyle Real Estate Information

  ‘Pick My Project’ is a Victorian-first Government community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area for projects voted for by the local community.  Projects were submitted to the ‘Pick My Project’ team during July 2018. The assessment team then reviewed all submitted project ideas and […]

What are the finance options when buying my next home?

August 29, 2018

Buying home Finance Finance Property Investment Real Estate Information

  Many of our customers at Mortgage Choice are surprised to hear just how many finance options are available when you’re looking at purchasing your next home. Compared to when you first bought a house, the options for financing your next home are varied, flexible and suitable for a range of different circumstances. Let’s check […]

A weekend project for you and the kids!

August 23, 2018

Information Lifestyle Real Estate Uncategorized

  Growing food at home can help your family gain an understanding of where food comes from, how it grows and the importance of healthy eating. Another bonus- you don’t need an established veggie patch or a big backyard to do it! With Spring and the warmer weather just around the corner, why not spend […]

Presenting your home for sale

August 15, 2018

Information Prepare to Sell Real Estate Information Selling Selling houses

  Whilst first impressions are lasting impressions, we work with you to ensure every impression a buyer has of your home is spectacular. Our team knows exactly what to look for and will guide you to ensure that both the inside and outside of your home give the best impressions every time. Below are some […]

How much deposit is required?

August 2, 2018

Buying home Finance Real Estate Information

A common question we are asked is how much deposit do I need? We recommend that before you decide on purchasing a property discussing finance solutions with your bank or mortgage broker ahead of time. You can then make an informed decision based on how much you can borrow and how much you can afford […]

Kids of Gold

August 1, 2018

Information News Uncategorized

  Founded by Gary Parson in 2003, ‘Kids Of Gold Inc.’ provides an opportunity for children from 9-12 years of age (or attending Grades 4-6) in Primary Schools, located predominantly in the Outer Eastern Melbourne area to participate in subsidised camps for the purpose of building their self-esteem and confidence. There are four different camp […]

The benefits of using a local agent

July 25, 2018

Information Market appraisal Prepare to Sell Real Estate Real Estate Information Selling

Whilst there is a lot of criteria and information to consider when choosing an agent to sell your home, many would argue it is important to choose an agent who is active in your local area.  An active agent will have strong results in your local area, with positive feedback and reviews supporting their results […]

Using essential oils in your home

July 18, 2018

Information Lifestyle Real Estate Information

The growing popularity in using essential oils is nothing to be sniffed at! With an oil suitable for just about anything, many are turning to essential oils to alleviate ailments, encourage a positive mental state or to purify their homes. Essential oils are most commonly used through a ‘diffuser’ using water to carry the oil […]

Lack of transparency in Agent Selection Services

July 12, 2018

Buying home First home buyers Information Property Investment Real Estate Information

As the amount of agent selection services continues to grow, we believe the article published in ‘Your Investment Property’ by Michaela Mata on April 18, 2018 is of importance to our clients in understanding how these services ‘actually’ work: “Agencies that provide real estate agent selection services should be treated the same as financial advisers […]

Should social media be included in your advertising schedule?

July 4, 2018

Prepare to Sell Real Estate Real Estate Information Selling

Our experience and knowledge of current market trends enables us to provide an effective strategy to deliver your property to all buyers. Social media is of growing importance in a property advertising campaign. Advertising on social media can be a complicated task if not executed correctly, so to ensure your advertising investment is utilised efficiently, […]

Take a day out in the Yarra Valley ...

June 28, 2018

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The Yarra Valley has many fantastic places to visit and lots to explore.  Next time you have a free weekend, spend some time discovering this great area! Head down the highway through Lilydale and past Coombe Estate, once the home of Dame Nellie Melba the world-famous opera singer, and now an award winning estate. Coombe […]

Why budget/cheaper property management can end up costing you money

June 20, 2018

Information Leased Property Investment Property Management Real Estate Information Renting

As a Landlord and Property investor it is easy to question what could the difference be between the fees and service offered by budget options and a reputable agent? Whilst the cheaper option may be tempting, it can often cost Landlords time and money in the long term. Our Property Management team is reliable, passionate […]

Should I advertise my property in the local paper?

June 14, 2018

Information Prepare to Sell Property Management Real Estate Real Estate Information Selling Selling houses

Hello, my name’s Jo Parker from the Max Brown Real Estate group. Welcome to this week’s edge report. With the local paper, I get asked this question nearly every time I pop in and see people about selling their home. Should we advertise in the local paper? Yes you should. But why is that? The […]

Don’t forget to print those precious memories!

June 7, 2018

Information Lifestyle Real Estate Real Estate Information Renovating

Gone are the days of having a cupboard full of photo albums, we now often store our precious memories in the ‘cloud’ and seldom print our favourite snaps to display in our homes. Personal touches are what makes a house a home and incorporating your prints can be the perfect finishing touch to a room. […]