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Oliver Tree Markets set to spring


Discover handmade treasures, indulge in mouth-watering food, groove to live music and enjoy the  laidback atmosphere at the upcoming Olive Tree Markets in Maitland on Saturday, September 8.   Back again in the grounds of the Regional Art Gallery, the first market for spring will feature artisan designers selling everything from jewellery, to candles, art, clothing, plants and flowers, lush beauty products, ceramics, art, homewares and so much more.    You’ll be able to sample delicious gourmet food from local Hunter producers and feast on goodies from all your favourite food trucks. Grab a bite, pull up a patch of grass (BYO blanket if you want or borrow one on the day!) and kick back to the sounds of some of the Hunter’s most talented musicians.   Founded in 2008, Olive Tree has become a platform for hundred of creative and innovative small businesses and are well-loved by the community.   The markets will open from 9am and will finish...


The spring market: bloom and boom


Spring has sprung, the weather is warming and traditionally, so does the property market at this time of year.   September and the months leading up to Christmas are often the busiest time to sell. The good news is, this year is looking to be hotter than ever, with properties for sale being snatched up by hungry buyers in record times.   Natasha McElwaine, managing director of McElwaine Real Estate explains why spring has such appeal.   “Buyers want to relocate and get settled before the first term of school, before jobs start up again, and to get organised in general for the coming new year,” she said.   “Certainly there is no question that spring brings an aura of new birth in nature and all things so we see it from a unconscious view that we want something new and fresh and it symbolises a new start and a new journey in life.”   According to industry figures, spring is often the time when the allure of a better lifestyle bec...


Increase your home's value with these 6 DIY projects


If you’re planning on selling your home, you want to take any steps you can to increase its value and get you the best result. While a full renovation might not be in the budget, there are a few DIY actions you can take to boost the value of your home for a premium sale.   1. Add curb appeal to your home with some low-maintenance landscaping.   Add instant appeal to your home with a little landscaping. Choose lush greenery that is affordable, native to the region and drought-tolerant so your plants require less care and water between inspections.    2. Light up your home with stylish light fixtures.   Sometimes all it takes to give a room a fresh and modern feel is to install a new light fixture. Bold, statement lighting has become a popular choice in central living areas.    Buyers are also more aware of the energy efficiency of their lighting and appliances, so make sure you select lighting that looks good, brightens up a space and i...


What are the benefits of a private treaty?


Auctions get a lot of the media attention, however they can be stressful and too fast paced for some sellers and buyers alike. If you don’t like the idea of the heat that comes with going under the hammer, a private treaty (or private sale) might be a better option for you.   This guide will give you insight into how a private campaign works, the benefits and whether it is the right fit for your property.   What is a private treaty campaign?   This approach to selling your property is less intimidating or overwhelming for both the vendors and buyers. A private treaty offers greater flexibility in terms of settlement periods and appeals to buyers purchasing subject to finance and vendors who do not require a quick sale or who are selling in a market that is less buoyant.    How does a private treaty work?   In a private treaty campaign, the seller (guided by their agent) sets the price they would like to get for their property. This can be d...


9 myths about real estate busted


The real estate industry is often seen by people to have a certain mysticism about it.    As a result, there are a lot of myths and assumptions floating around in relation to what a real estate agent does and about the industry as a whole.    Following bad advice and having misleading information might turn your property sale into a disaster.    So we’ve busted 15 of the common myths and assumptions that people make about the world of real estate.   All agents are the same   Before you lump all agents in the same basket, take the time to get to know your potential real estate agents. While there are some agents who will offer a pretty standard approach to selling your property, there are others who are committed to delivering an excellent service and result based on a unique approach.   For example, free from the constraints of real estate franchisees, we’ve created an approach to real estate that is holistic, un...


What are the benefits of going to auction?


The allure of an auction is familiar to many of us. Auctions are fast-paced, exciting and can produce great results on your property sale.   This guide will give you insight into how an auction works, the benefits and whether it is the right fit for you.  What does going under the hammer mean?   An auction (also known as ‘going under the hammer’) creates a sense of urgency by drawing out interested buyers and bringing things to a head at the auction event.   An auction will keep your property’s value secret to allow buyers visiting the property to provide their estimates on what they would pay for the sale. This gives us insight into what the market is thinking and allows us to stay the course or adjust expectations if required.    If market conditions are in your favour and there is a high rate of buyer interest and competitive bidding on the day than you may achieve a generous sale price beyond your expectations. Properties li...