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Interest Rates On Hold Again, Consumers The Winners

The Reserve Bank of Australia has again held the cash rate at 0.25 per cent at its September meeting on Tuesday, which is a vote of confidence in the economy.

While this should provide some support for the property market, other factors are leading to flat conditions heading into the spring selling season.

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Inspiring Pool Ideas

16 Pool Desk Ideas: Tips And Designs

Timber pool decking may require more maintenance than concrete or paving, but it does look spectacular. There’s something about timber. Its rustic appeal adds character to the home wherever it’s used and different timber species can change the look and feel of an area. And one place that timber looks especially good? Pool decking.

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Banks Bracing For Huge Influx Of First-Home Buyers

The next batch of First Home Loan Deposit Scheme places will be released next month, and buyers have been urged to get in quick to secure a spot.

Despite the uncertain economic outlook, banks and financial advisers are expecting a rush of applications when the next release of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) places opens on July 1.

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5 Luxury Treehouses That Aren't Just For Kids

From your classic built-in-tree designs, to some extraordinary feats of engineering and architecture.

Young or old, who doesn’t love a treehouse?

When you’re young, they offer a space of your own to getaway with your mates, and a tiny taste of adventure as you brave an inevitably rickety homemade ladder to clamber up inside.

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6 expert tips to make your garden more sustainable

Create a more sustainable garden beyond planting more trees.

Sustainability in the home extends to the outdoors – and it’s not just about planting more trees. Why not turn your #iso calendar into an urban renewal project, starting in your own backyard?

 

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Queensland Market Monitor

March 2020 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State, published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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How to spot a well-designed apartment

Buyers need to consider more than just fixtures and finishes when choosing a well-designed apartment.

If you're thinking about buying a brand new apartment, you won't be able to inspect it before signing a sales contract, so how will you know if it is well-designed?

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Winning interior colours

Home Decorating

Choosing colours for the home is a seriously daunting decision for most homeowners.

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RBA holds cash rate at 0.25%

The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to hold the cash rate and three-year bond rate target at 0.25%

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to keep the official cash rate amid calls for it to move into negative territory.

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Planting citrus trees

How to plant lemon, lime and orange trees

No self-respecting gardener should be without a fruiting citrus tree.  Whether you choose the garden or a pot, here are a few things you should know first.

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The eco-friendly office

5 simple ways to make your home office eco-friendly

While we're all working from home due to the Coronavirus it's worth remembering we can all do our part in reducing our environmental impact.

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How colour in the home affects your mood

Certain hues can have a huge impact on the way you feel in your abode.

While some shades can have you feeling happy and inspired, others may be secretly dragging you down.

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Queensland Market Monitor

December 2019 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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What is situational leadership?

Real Estate Agency Leadership Advice

Don't manage in your set style.  A leader needs to change their approach for particular individuals. 

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Coronavirus: A guide for sellers

Homeowners are enabled to continue to sell during this period, with safety the industry's number one priority.

New procedures that have been implemented by agents to ensure the wellbeing for all involved in the selling process, so you can continue to sell your home as smoothly and safely as possible.

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Can Agents Work In Any Office?

Real Estate Agency Leadership Advice.

Yes, for a while anyway.

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How to design the ultimate luxury kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point of any home, so how do you create a kitchen space that is practical and stylish?

When the time arrives to create your dream home - the place that you and your family will call home for many years to come - there's one space that needs plenty of attention: The kitchen.

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What’s the purpose of a real estate business?

Real Estate Agency Leadership Advice.

Answer:  To improve, develop and empower the people within it.

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What should you pay agents? What are they worth?

Real Estate Agency Leadership Advice

I don't believe in a one size fits all.  That's not how the real estate world works commercially.  Talented people get paid more in every industry.  As a leader be prepared to give more and you will get more.

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Queensland Market Monitor

September 2019 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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New Year's resolutions to make for your home

A new year usually means one thing: a list of resolutions.

Countless Australians will be making promises to themselves in the quest to be the best person they can be. But according to research, January 12 is the day most resolutions are broken. Sadly, the reason many of us can’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions is because many of them require huge lifestyle changes.

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Pantone colour of the year 2020 is Classic Blue

For the trendsetters out there, there's nothing more iconic than Pantone's announcement of their colour of the year.

The Pantone Color Institute, which started out as a commercial printing company in the 1950s, has declared their "Color of the Year" since 2000 and this year it's a return to a colour we're all familiar with, Classic Blue.

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Conditional approval

What is it and why do you need it?

Okay, you've found the one.  You feel that special feeling that has inspired countless films, plays, books and paintings.  You're nervous, but you don't know why.  You're excited, giddy and you don't want to spend another moment in your old life.  Yup, you just found the right home for you.  So, what re the next steps?  Aside from writing your new home a love letter, which would just be weird and potentially problematic, your first step might be in receiving conditional approval.

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What you must disclose when selling

Everything from swimming pool safety certificates to neighbourhood disputes must be disclosed to potential buyers when selling a property, and a failure to do so could land a vendor in hot water.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella explains what sellers must inform potential buyers before anyone signs on the dotted line.

 

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Queensland Market Monitor

June 2019 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). 

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From sales associate to sales agent

Should you make the leap?

Sales associates are paramount to busy agencies and lead agents.

They pick up the slack when everything is all systems go; fostering meaningful customer relationships, negotiating with buyers and generating leads that might otherwise be missed.

In a 24/7 industry like real estate where buyers and sellers demand access to their agent at all hours of the day, it’s the sales associate that is often the eyes and ears of the business – picking up administrative tasks, conducting late-night viewings and in general, being the sounding board for their lead agent.

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Queensland Market Monitor

March 2019 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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Exploration Day 2019

We had our annual Exploration Day conference where our company comes together for a day of learning, sharing, inspiration and strategy.  With a big line up of presenters and educators with messages that will help us develop and improve our work life.

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Queensland Market Monitor

December 2018 Quarter

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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Queensland Market Monitor

September 2018

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

The current edition of the QMM includes:

  • Median house and unit prices for all markets throughout Queensland
  • On the market data for major markets
  • Data analysis for each market and comparative analysis for each market


Source: www.reiq.com



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Putting Your Best Foot Forward at The Open Home

At this part of the sales process you will have found the best agent in your area, had your property listed and will now be facing crunch time – the open home. An open for inspection is usually the first time that prospective purchasers view your property and for this reason it is absolutely critical that you make the most of it.

 

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The Cooling Off Period In Real Estate

When you are selling or buying a home, there’s often a clause called the “cooling off period” in the contract. Here’s what you need to know.

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New GST withholding rules

Impacts on foreign and Australian residents

It is the vendor’s responsibility to obtain the clearance certificate and provide it to the purchaser at or before settlement.  To avoid unanticipated delays, and to ensure the certificate is valid at the time it is given to the purchaser, vendors seeking a clearance certificate should apply through the online form as early as practical in the sale process.

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Queensland proving to be one of the most popular places to live in Australia

It plays host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April and the Australian state of Queensland is set to see it population continue to soar.

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Real Estate Agency Leadership Advice

Don’t overmanage agents.

In my experience, I’ve never seen agents respond well to control and demands.  Most agents who make a career out of real estate are self-starters and don’t work well with strict KPI’s and stringent control.

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Don't Get Hooked on Digital

Real Estate people – don’t get obsessed with digital.

There seems to be a lot of promoters out there talking about Facebook and digital marketing.  Basically, the most talk comes from those who have businesses in this field and they are essentially trying to get industry people to use their services.  From what I can see most of these people haven’t been real estate career agents and/or run an agency.

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Queensland Market Monitor - June 2018

The Queensland market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). 

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Learn, Develop, Inspire with Explore

The success of any company is largely due to the quality of the people within the company. Every day we all face challenges and every day we must make decisions that impact our success and the success of those we work with.

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Sell a property with Explore Property - Brent Tate did

Rugby League legend Brent Tate sells his family home with Explore Property.

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How To Make The Most of Selling in Winter

Most buyers have heard the term ‘spring selling season’. However, while Winter may not be the preferred time to sell in theory, there are many benefits to listing in the colder months.

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Selling your property at Auction

The auction method is a great way to sell or buy real estate.  An auction places a closing date on the process and allows for buyers to submit their best offer.

 

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Five tips when preparing your home for sale

Giovanni Spinella, Director of Explore Property Kirwan discusses his five most important tips when selling your home.

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Can your real estate agent change the actual market?

The answer is yes.  Whilst the market is driven by external influences that are numerous and varied, the commodity of property is transacted between people so it is logical that the attitude and approach of the parties involved; buyer, seller, and agent has a huge effect on the individual transaction which in turn has a bearing on the overall market.

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Queensland Market Monitor - March 2018

The Queensland Market Monitor (QMM) is a quarterly, electronic publication entirely focused on the residential sales and rental markets of the Sunshine State published by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).  The current edition of the Queensland Market Monitor includes:

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Buyer tips to help you through the process

Hi, it’s Andrew Acton, coming to you buyers with some tips that may help you through the process.

Now when you are a buyer one of the things you need to really understand pretty quickly is your finances.  What can you borrow?  What can you afford?  You are better off getting that done early so you are in a place to make a decision when you really need to.

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Thinking like a Leader

Maddy Voinea from BDmag recently interviewed Explore Property Founder and Leader Andrew Acton.  These are the words that Andrew uses to describe his thriving real estate business.

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When is the best time to sell or rent a property?

One of the questions real estate agents get asked frequently is when is the best time to sell or rent out your property?  Historically, the best months of the year are September, October, November, that last quarter leading into Christmas simply because of people transferring into communities.

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Top Selling Methods Explained

There are a number of ways in which you might consider selling your home. These techniques work for different types of properties and can also be affected by your personal situation.

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