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In 2018, the Andrews government plans to make changes to Vic rental laws – how will they affect you as a landlord?If you’re a landlord in Victoria, you’re probably aware the Andrews government has a few changes up their sleeve in regards to the current rental laws. Their...
When it comes to emotional stress, selling your home ranks right up there with divorce and changing jobs.It can be an emotional rollercoaster. And if you let your emotions get the better of you, they can have a very real and negative affect on the financial outcome of your sale.It’s only...

Background checks lead to better tenants, happier landlords and fewer problems… Unfortunately, unreliable tenants are one of the greatest torments for landlords – late rental payments, damage to property, complaints from neighbours… In some cases, tenants default on payments altogether putting...

They tend to be considered a dead period. After all, it’s wet, cold, miserable - and families have fled to holiday in the sun…But when it all appears this bleak, there’s always a silver lining. And when it comes to selling property, the winter school holidays offer a few perks many people fail to...

The question is, how do the colours in your home affect the mindset of interested buyers?For centuries, people have been fascinated with colours and the affect they have on a person’s mood, mental health and energy. Egypt, Greece and China, for example, have been exploring colours for their...

You put your house on the market and the first buyer to show interest turns up with a slickly dressed companion, their suit and shoes outshining your freshly washed floors. You watch the pair wander through your home pointing out all the flaws and talking to each other in hushed tones. And all...

Historical homes – buyers tend to love them or hate them. So, how can you make the most of these romantic rarities and get a worthy result come sale time?In an era of demolition and subdivision, historical homes are becoming an increasingly rare commodity. But they are not every buyer’s cup of...

Australia’s property prices have been soaring for years, but is it possible prices are finally cooling? A look at the Australian property scene in 2017 and what the experts are predicting.Australia’s soaring housing market has been a political headache for governments over the last few years...

When selling your own home, you can deal with dozens of enquiries. And while this is generally a good thing, many of these enquiries will come from people with no genuine interest in buying. Maybe they’re selling property themselves and researching competition. Perhaps they’re property hobbyists...

Are they an incentive or a scam?Let’s face it, agent commissions are supposed to act as an incentive to real estate agents to achieve a higher sales price. And considering they’re the single biggest expense associated with a sale, you’d want to hope that’s the case.Only it isn’t.The thing...

You’d think selling your home would be fairly self-explanatory; humans have been dealing in property for centuries, after all. You make your home look pretty, plop it on the market and Bob’s your uncle, it sells within a matter of days.This is the way it’s always been.Only some people have to...

Here at PropertyNow, we’ve been quietly working away behind the scenes and some exciting things are happening!When we first founded PropertyNow over 10 years’ ago, we were a small family business operating on a shoestring budget. Everything from accounting and administration to...

Some of us dream, others dare to make their dreams a reality.We all have dreams. For some of us, it’s about escaping the rat race and fleeing to a secluded cabin in the forest. Others of us dream of life on a tropical island, shirtless and barefoot, sipping sundowners on our own stretch of...

As a real estate agent who wants to see the entire real estate industry in Australia reformed and remodelled, I was delighted to see that Tim O Dwyer had written a book about real estate misadventures. Tim is a great advocate of real estate reform and has already assisted PropertyNow and...

This week, Australia’s biggest real estate portals, Domain and realestate.com.au announced plans to hike listing prices to more than 10 times the inflation rate. Such increases will strengthen their monopoly, cripple healthy competition and fuel our housing affordability crisis. Here’s why...

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When it comes to selling power, should you transform that 4 th room into a bedroom or home office? You’ve decided to sell. Technically, you have a 3-bedroom home with a 4th room you’re currently undecided about. When it comes to selling power, should you transform it into a bedroom or a home...

Everything you need to know in our home selling guide - just 8 simple steps. Thinking about selling your home online? Follow these steps to ensure you have everything covered.Step 1: prepare your home.You’ve decided to sell. First step is to get your home in order. De-clutter, tidy-up your...

When it comes to writing real estate ads, there are a few golden rules… Not sure how to write real estate ads that sell? It’s a bit of an art, we’ll admit – but not impossible. You have to lure buyers in and convince them yours is a property they want to see. To achieve this, there are a few...

When is the best time to sell a house? Why autumn, of course. Autumn brings changing colours and crisp, romantic mornings, but it can also be a great time to sell your house. There’s a misconception that spring is the best time to sell. Sure, the weather’s warming up, flowers are blooming and...

Thinking about saving money with DIY conveyancing? 6 things you might want to consider before leaping in. Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a title deed from the property seller to the buyer. You can employ a professional conveyancer or attempt to save money and do it yourself by downloading...

Capital Gains Tax can be the bane of investing in property, but there are ways to reduce what you pay (or to avoid it altogether). Those of you who’ve ever sold an investment property will know that Capital Gains Tax (GGT) can eat into your profit reducing what would have been an otherwise...