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Help! I want to sell my home and don’t know how to start...

One of the most stressful things we do in our lives is to sell the family home.  It affects so many core parts of our world. ♦Financial (“will I get enough money?”) ♦Physical (“I have to get it ready and how do I ever start?”) ♦Legal…
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Thoughts after a conference...

Some musings after attending a huge national conference. Learn the difference between any think and any thing.  (Just to give you a wee clue there is no such word as anythink.) Learn the difference between Free and THree.  If you are…
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Shelf Development- A library or two for your reading pleasure

I love to read. Being absorbed by a good book is one of my absolute pleasures. Diving into the pages and going somewhere new, learning about a new life, living vicariously with someone else’s dreams and triumphs, challenges, or tragedies. I’ve…
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To MOVE or RENOVATE

Its an often asked question in the living rooms of the Central Coast…  “Should we move or should we renovate?” Mostly asked when you can’t bear to cook one more meal in that grotty kitchen, or find yourself rolling your eyes at the…
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5 Essential considerations to sell your home for more

In the world of fashion, anything older than a decade is probably out of date.   NO to those shoulder pads.  Sadly, this is also the case in home fashion and if you are thinking of selling, it might be time to do some editing and freshening…
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Bad Bathrooms and other You-have-got-to-be-kidding-me real estate photos.

Sometimes the competition makes me look amazing because they are so bad. Its no surprise that good photographs are the first step to attracting quality buyers to a property. Get the light right.  Move the furniture around a little.  Get…
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Busy: swamped, buried, unavailable, overloaded, slaving, tied up.

“How are you?  Busy?…”  When I run into people I haven’t seen for a while, they always say, “How are you?  Busy?” without giving me a chance to answer which I have started to find really conflicting/ annoying.   There’s…
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16 easy and inexpensive ways to boost your curb appeal

The outside of your property is where a buyer begins to evaluate how much they will pay. Sure, they can be heavily influenced by a spectacular view or a swoon-worthy kitchen but the front of your home is where the decision process begins. How…
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How to save for a house down payment in 5 years or less.

A couple of the younger girls in my office have been talking about money recently, namely how little they have, and I realised not everyone understands how to save.   I think we ladies can sometimes have an unconscious presumption that our…
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Giving it all away?

I love Christmas. - I really enjoy this time of year. The excitement and build up.    I liked it when it was cold and snowy in the first 30 odd years of my life, and I have loved the past 17, in the hot hot Aussie summer. Pretending…
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Stories from the trenches: real estate is not for the faint hearted

I totally understand that real estate agents have a bad reputation historically all over the world, not just in Terrigal or North Avoca.  I’m not so sure I understand it but certainly there has been room for improvement over the years. Hopefully…
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44 Tips on packing your house for a move 

 Congratulations! You have sold the house and found the new one. Start making lists.  Lists will be your friend.  Make lists and check them off. We are discussing packing and moving here, so assuming you have already arranged change of…