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What can I buy for a Million Dollars AUS?

As you may know, I have lived in several countries and sold real estate on two continents. I've loved everywhere I have lived, but it got me thinking... $1,000,000 is about the average price for a property on the Central Coast.  Some higher,…
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Giving back to the community: volunteering on the Central Coast and beyond

According to recent reports, over 43% Australians over the age of 18 donated their time and effort to a volunteer initiative last year. The average time spent was about an hour a week (median was 55 hours per person).   I mean you…
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7 minimums of standard you should expect from your real estate agent

What is fair and reasonable when you are weighing up expectations for your real estate agent? I mean we all make assumptions of our phone company ( Get good reception... Not have to wait on hold for twenty minutes) and of our schools…
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Ok...so I'm gonna to toot my own horn!

It's quite hard in real estate to achieve recognition for all your hard work. Especially since all the shonky ones out there are making the honest and reliable ones look bad! And I'm a commission only agent- I don't get paid unless I do my job.…
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The Star Thrower or Starfish story

The Starfish or Star Thrower Story is an adaption from Loren Eiseley’s writings. Loren Eiseley was  an American publisher, philosopher, anthropologist and educator. His story 'The Star Thrower'  is quite often used by inspirational…
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A day in the life of an Agent (aka Superwoman!)

You want to know what a real estate agent does?  Money for jam, right? Here's a snapshot... 6:23am - Reply to overnight emails and delete spam. Review recently sold statistics and what new houses have come to market in Terrigal and North…
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Tips for buyers

Don't feel that the agent is your enemy.  We don't get paid unless you are a happy buyer so even though legally we work for the vendors, a good agent will make sure the buyer is well taken care of. Make the agent your friend.  If you like…

Where can I go for a day trip from the Central Coast?

Let’s say you have visitors from overseas and they have had enough of sitting on Terrigal beach.  Or it’s school holidays and the kids are, well, being kids… What can you do for the next week that isn't in your back yard at North Avoca? …
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Movie houses I have lusted after

The trouble with movie houses is they aren’t real.  I mean most of them are just facades, agonised over by the designer and perfectly staged and lit, then torn down after shooting is finished.  Some are quick glimpses of the outside, then…
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6 Essentials of what to declutter before moving

In a previous life I was a Professional Organiser. Yes, that’s right.  I had a name badge and everything. National Association of Professional Organisers- NAPO. Carol Jennings – member.  We were hired to go into clutter challenged homes…
Open House Etiquette
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Open house etiquette for the open house challenged

  Apparently this is tricky for some so I thought I might help the general population with tips and tricks regarding the attendance at an open house.  This is where a property has been opened by a real estate agent to allow prospective…
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When is the best time of year to sell in 2260?

  One of the biggest questions real estate agents are asked is ‘When is the best time of year to sell?’    There is a perception that Spring is the best time of year to sell.  The sun is out.  Leaves are firmly on tree branches…