Cleveland Blog


Will extra storage add value to my home?

Published 2 months ago

Decluttering a property is one of the golden rules of real estate sales. A clutter-free property not only provides more space, but it can assist in generating a faster sale and a stronger price.    Untidiness caused by a lack of storage is a significant turn-off for buyers - but the good news i...


Market timing now perfect for rightsizing into a next home

Published 3 months ago

By Angus Raine, Executive Chairman, Raine & Horne The latest data from CoreLogic confirms what I have been saying for years now that homeowners are hanging onto their properties for much longer than 10-15 years ago. This level of immobility is consequently hindering the homeownership aspiration...


All signs point to property

Published 4 months ago

A series of industry reports recently have confirmed the best kept secret that Australians in the property market have become more optimistic about house prices.  The standout finding from lender, ME’s latest Quarterly Property Sentiment Report, was that 38% of respondents expect property prices...


What are some backyard pool security tips that will keep my children safe this summer?

Published 4 months ago

With the weather warming up, the backyard swimming pool will once again be a place of entertainment and enjoyment this summer. However, skulking behind the fun lies the high risk of drowning, particularly for children. Over the last 25 years, 965 children under the age of five have drowned in Au...


What are some inexpensive hacks I can use to spruce up my house for a spring sale

Published 5 months ago

With the warmer months fast approaching, and more buyers out and about inspecting properties, now is a great time to think about your next property move. If the plan is to upgrade into a new home before Christmas, you’ll need to start thinking about the curb appeal of your current property to pr...


Christmas rush on for real estate sales

Published 5 months ago

Residential auctions in Sydney and Melbourne recorded their highest clearance rates in two years in August, and this activity is expected to flow to coastal and regional growth centres up until Christmas. According to data provider CoreLogic, combined capital cities clocked a preliminary clearan...


RBA leaves rates on hold as outlook for property improves

Published 5 months ago

After rate cuts in June and July, and with further drops in prospect, at its August meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia left the official cash rate on hold at 1%.  The decision by the central to leave rates alone for now is in line with the predictions of many leading economists and financial...


What is my property worth?

Published 5 months ago

With market pundits predicting improved real estate market  conditions thanks to a combination of lower interest rates and more promising borrowing incentives for first home buyers, owners considering a sale could be in a stronger position than last winter. If you are considering a winter home s...


Should I use auction or private treaty to sell my property this spring?

Published 5 months ago

Both approaches to selling your property have plenty of merits. Private treaty is the traditional method of sale where buyers negotiate on an advertised price. An auction, on the other hand, allows interested buyers to offer competing bids for your home openly. Moreover, if there’s plenty o...


Should I treat my investment property like a small business?

Published 6 months ago

Yes, is the short answer. Actively managing your investment portfolio is vital to the success of positive investment returns. However, this may not be as simple as it sounds, and the best way to approach your investment is to treat it like a business. Like a SME owner, investors must under...


What are my responsibilities as a tenant when vacating a rental property?

Published 6 months ago

Great question. The first step is to make sure you give the landlord the correct level of notice. You can find this information in your lease contract, and it varies depending on the state or territory where you live. Also be sure to have a read of your incoming condition report, and revie...


More than a third of Australians intend buying a home in 2019

Published 7 months ago

A month is a long time in real estate. In the weeks leading up to the May Federal Election, the prognosis for Australian property was mostly doom and gloom.   Fast forward to the middle of June, and a report from ME Bank found that 34% of Australians intend to buy a property in the next 12 mont...