How to refresh your home this summer

When gentle summer breezes beckon, it’s time to provide a sunny-side facelift to your home. This can be an inspiring project, but it might also seem daunting, at first.

If you feel the need to makeover a particular room, you might not know where to start. Lifestyle and wellness company Tonic Australia steps in to provide invaluable tips — offering easy and affordable ways to bring your room or entire home … Read the full post »

Getting your property primed for spring sale

Selling your home or investment in spring is certain to attract keen buyer interest and vendor competition. But this ever-promising selling season also ensures your property is presented at its blooming best.

Expert opinion points to the longer, warmer days of spring not only boosting local foot traffic in the best-dressed houses for sale, but equally suggesting an increase in potential offers. … Read the full post »

Your end-of-financial-year property tax checklist

It’s that time of year again when many property managers email their landlords about the rental deductions available as tax time rolls around.

COVID-19 may have transformed the market, but little has changed in terms of how the Australian Taxation Office treats investors’ deductions. 

The evictions moratorium in place during the pandemic placed many landlords and lending institutions in unfamiliar … Read the full post »

Budget encourages young buyers and single parents and rewards retirees

The Australian Federal Government’s May 2021 budget offers positive signs for first-time buyers in the real estate sector.

In terms of a recap and brief overview, the budget makes allowance for an extra 10,000 places to be added to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The scheme enables first-home buyers to purchase a property with a deposit of five per cent…. Read the full post »

What the Federal Budget did for Newcastle real estate

The Federal Budget delivered on October 6 included $98 billion in new economic support to help us deal with the pandemic and recession. It included personal tax cuts, tax breaks for business and a new wage subsidy for young people.

What it’s done for property so far is raise confidence, with Westpac Chief Economist, Bill Evans describing an “extraordinary” surge in Westpac’s monthly consumer confidence index released a week after the … Read the full post »

Your most common decorating questions answered

With so many issues to take into account when making improvements to your home before you put it on the market, it’s quite easy to become overwhelmed. Here is a selection of common questions and answers our vendors ask about preparing their home for sale:Q: My living room is really dark at nights and I find it hard to read by the light of the central fitting. How can I … Read the full post »

Seasonal tips when selling your home

There is no right or wrong season in the year to sell your home. Each season has merits and hurdles for you to consider. Here is Robinson’s guide to selling your home by season:SummerSummer, most peoples’ favourite season, but not when you’re stuck at home without air conditioning. If you’re thinking of selling and your air conditioning is struggling, it may be time to repair it first. If the house … Read the full post »

Selecting an investment property

Buying an investment property is a popular and easy way to achieve long-term returns. But, you may be wondering how to best go about selecting the right property. Here are some tips to kick-start your search.1. Research the marketThe market is constantly changing so it is important that you do your homework about the market before making a purchase on a property. Investigate the recent sales and property prices in … Read the full post »

What to consider when buying your first home

Buying your first home is an exciting and potentially overwhelming experience. With many factors to consider, it is easy to make costly mistakes in the process.Here are 5 regular, first home buyer mistakes and Robinson Property’s tips on how to avoid them:1. Failing to research the locationPerhaps the biggest real estate rule is to research the location of the property. You can fix or update a lot of things about … Read the full post »

Creative storage ideas to help declutter your life

Do you get tired from spending hours trying to find your clothes, shoes or other daily essentials in your home? Sometimes you may feel as though you are drowning in your ‘stuff’ yet cannot bring yourself to throw any of it away. Here are Robinson’s creative and practical ways to simplify your life and give your home more space.In your entrywayA neat and tidy entranceway is beneficial, as it is … Read the full post »

How to decide when to put your property on the market

Deciding when to put your property on the market can sometimes seem like you’re taking a punt. But before you make the decision to sell, check out Robinson’s tips on how to determine when it’s the right time to sell, for you.Market influencesBefore putting up the ‘for sale’ sign, research the property market in your area to determine whether you are in a buyers’ or sellers’ market, and if there … Read the full post »

How to spot a solid investment

If you’re thinking of buying an investment property, you are probably harbouring concerns on what, when and where to buy to deliver solid returns. Like any investment, there are risks involved in buying property, but here are some tips to guide your decision making when it’s time to take the plunge.Look at locationWhen looking for an investment property, location is key. If the location is chosen carefully, the rental income … Read the full post »

Tips to help you land the right first home

Buying your first home is a big step. With everything you have to think about, and everything you’re putting on the line, it’s understandable if you become overwhelmed by the process. The good thing is that there is a lot of advice out there from professionals and people who’ve gone through it themselves that can help you navigate through this stressful time. Here are Robinson’s tips to help make sure … Read the full post »

Styling your home: Mistakes to avoid to help maximise your selling potential

While you may still need to live in your home while selling it, it is necessary to consider how it is presented to a potential buyer. Styling can make or break a house sale, and not paying attention to this can potentially cost you money in the end! Check out Robinson’s tips on what to avoid when styling your home.Bathroom:Nobody is inspired by a dirty bathroom, it’s a fact. The … Read the full post »

Selecting The Best Agent For You

Spending time and effort to show off the best version of your house is not the only way to maximise your sales price. Picking the right agent for you will go a long way to ensuring your property meets its sales potential. Here are some tips to guide you on your sales process: 1. Avoid selling without an agentIf you decide to sell without an agent, you will need to … Read the full post »

Preparing to invest

With the Newcastle property market showing signs that it finally be improving, now is a great time to consider investing in local property.Buying a property is a popular long-term investment option. It is easy to understand and less risky compared with other investments such as bonds and shares. But you may run into some issues along the way. Before you decide to dive into an investment, consider the following to … Read the full post »

Things to consider before purchasing your next apartment

Newcastle is undergoing a property renaissance with a record number of unit and townhouse developments underway.From the City itself to much sought after areas such as Charlestown and Wallsend, Newcastle’s relaxed lifestyle and proximity to gorgeous beaches makes it an ideal location for apartment living.If you’re considering apartment living for your next move, here are some tips to consider before making your purchase.Fees and ChargesOne of the most important aspects … Read the full post »

A few things to consider before moving into your first rental

So you want to finally move out and have found the perfect place to rent. Here are a few things to consider before you can enjoy the freedom of having your own place and everything else that comes along with it.1. Figuring out if you’re ready to move outRenting on your own (or with others in a share house) means that you’ll be responsible for part, if not all, of the … Read the full post »

Pet-friendly gardening

While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to know that it comes with great responsibility. As a pet owner, you will be committed to your pet’s health and well-being. This includes ensuring your space is pet-friendly and suitable, especially the backyard. If you are considering keeping your new pet outside, here are our top tips to make it the perfect space for your new furry friend.Managing … Read the full post »

Top tips for negotiating a purchase price

Negotiating a purchase price can be a stressful experience. It’s what decides whether you’ll be a homeowner or going back to the drawing board to try again. Therefore, the negotiation stage is something that you want to get right. In this article, we’ve put together our top tips to help you negotiate the best price for your dream home.Find the right agentBuyer’s agents are seasoned negotiators. Negotiation is a core … Read the full post »