Cleveland Blog


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

Published 25 days 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...


Rate cut will help affordability, but governments need to consider last-buyer incentives

Published about 1 month ago

The good news for homeowners and investors continued today with the Reserve Bank cutting the official cash rate by 25 basis points to a historic low of 1.25%. “This decision follows hot on the heels of APRA calling on lenders to scrap the 7% mortgage interest rate test and the Federal Elec...


How can I winter-proof my home?

Published about 2 months ago

Your home is your most valuable asset, so it’s important to take action now to protect it ahead of the winter weather. The colder months can take a real toll on your home, inside and out, so here are some steps you can take to make sure as you incur as little cost or damage as possible. The roof...


What property tax deductions can I claim before June 30?

Published about 2 months ago

While there are just a few weeks to go until the end of the financial year on June 30, it’s not too late to get get to grips with those rental property expenses you’re entitled to claim.  If you don’t have a depreciation schedule, put that to the top of your list. Shockingly, almost 50% of...


My neighbour and I are having a land dispute. Who can help us?

Published 4 months ago

Disagreements between neighbours over property boundaries can be an unfortunate reality for some homeowners. As with any difference in life, it is always desirable to resolve a neighbourly dispute long before it ends up in an expensive court battle. But if your polite attempts to settle th...


Property awards highlight growth of Raine & Horne in Queensland

Published 4 months ago

Raine & Horne Cleveland led by Jan Goetze won the Top Office (Dollar Value) category for Queensland, and Raine & Horne Port Douglas & Mossman took first place as the network’s Top Office (Number of Sales) criterion. Co-principals David Cotton and Travis Schumacher manage the Port Douglas outfit. ...


Will trees help or hinder a property sale?

Published 5 months ago

The impact of trees can be a factor when the time arrives to sell a home. A touch of green around the house can have a significant impact and might make the difference for a potential buyer. For those with established trees in the garden, you’re in luck. However, it is essential that the gums, c...


Why is quality photography an essential factor in the successful marketing of a home?

Published 5 months ago

Why is excellent photography an essential ingredient in the successful marketing of a home? When it comes to marketing a property this autumn, its ‘pix appeal’ is a fundamental element in enticing prospective buyers.  Many buyers will judge a home within seconds of looking at the photos o...


When Is A Good Time To Sell The Family Home

Published 6 months ago

Lifestyle changes will often drive an owner’s resolution to sell a property. Whether it’s for a job relocation, to meet the needs of a growing family or to downsize into a smaller property, working out when to time your sale can be a significant task – especially for first-time sellers. Re...


40% spike in preapproved home loans signals buyers are seeking faster property settlements in 2019

Published 6 months ago

The use of preapproved home loans surged by 40% since September 2018, as more buyers seek ways to circumvent slower property settlements caused by weightier banking regulation, according to finance broking firm, Our Broker. “The changing landscape of lending policy in the wake of the banki...


What are some tips to ensure my investment property operates smoothly over the holidays?

Published 7 months ago

The summer holidays are a valuable opportunity to look over your investment property and work out with your Raine & Horne property manager what’s working and what’s not. If your tenants have announced their intention to move out, for example, manage the vacate in December rather than waiti...


What are some ways to add value to my home for less than $100?

Published 8 months ago

 If you’re expecting plenty of visitors this summer, the good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and leg to spruce up your home to welcome them. Moreover, for less than $100, there are many of the small improvements you can make that might also help add some value if you’re consid...