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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…
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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? …