Entries by Catherine Deverell

Selling your home in winter: How to help buyers warm up to your home

Selling your home in the depths of a cold and rainy winter can just take a little more effort to help you clinch a good house sale. Domain.com.au had Angus Raine,executive chairman of Raine & Horne confirm the old adage  “that the best time to inspect a property is in the winter with pouring rain as then […]

How to find and future-proof your perfect family home

It’s the holy grail of real estate: the perfect family home. But we’re told by the experts that  such a dwelling just doesn’t exist. If there’s no such thing as the perfect family home and the needs of families differ from household to household. What are families looking for in a home in the 21st century? Read the […]

What could cause property prices to drop?

The Deloitte Australian Mortgage Report, released on Thursday, identifies that a significant rise in interest rates or a drop in wages will trigger a fall in property prices. The report found that as the economy is relatively healthy, the more likely of these to occur was an increase in the official interest rate. This is very worrying for existing borrowers. […]

7 Steps to buying a home

“Understanding the steps involved can help make buying a home just as fun as moving into it.” Here are seven steps that Cathy Wever from Domain.com.au thinks are necessary when purchasing your next home. Pre-approval of Finance Having a qualified conveyancer or solicitor handle the legals Do your research before going house hunting Understand the […]

Your step by step guide to selling your home

Realestate.com say “there’s more to selling a house than finding an agent and tidying up for open for inspections”. They explain that there are a number of steps to selling, from the decision to sell right through to what you need to do on settlement day. Get prepared before you call an agent. “Think about when […]

Making History with Paperless Conveyancing

In a historic transaction for the Australian property market, the first housing transaction that was paperless from exchange to settlement was executed in June. The vendor had access to the money from the sale in 10 minutes and was able to skip through weeks of visits to lawyers’ offices and cheque banking. All through PEXA, the federal government’s national electronic conveyancing initiative. In […]

9 step checklist to avoid turning buyers off

There is a lot involved in selling a house. Knowing what buyers consider when looking at properties, especially the things they don’t like will help you avoid them when it’s your turn to sell. Here is a list of 9 things to check when you decide to sell your home from Realestate.com: Find the right agent. REIA recommend you make […]

RBA – There’s a black cloud on the horizon

Our regular Q&A columnist, Greg McKenna, the Markets & Economics Correspondent for Business Insider Australia gives us his insights into the latest RBA minutes.   The minutes from the November RBA board meeting are out and in what is one of the more upbeat assessments of the conversation around the board table in some time, there is […]

6 property settlement tips for home buyers

There is more involved in the purchase of a property than you may realise. That is why it is important to get help from professionals, such as a conveyancer. The hard work of negotiating and winning the property of your dreams is only the first step in your purchasing journey. There are a number of […]