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Selling In January


Don’t miss the boat for January selling   We often believe that spring is the optimum time to sell a home - a new season and a new lease of life. But what many potential vendors don’t realise is that January is actually one of the best periods to put your home on the market.   The new year brings new energy and new plans. It’s when a lot of people become motivated to make a change in their lives, whether that’s their personal goals, relationships, jobs or where they live.   People begin looking for a new home while they’re on holidays and real estate agents have fewer listings because a lot of their homes are purchased before Christmas and then things quieten down over the festive season. With more interest and fewer houses to sell, listed properties get a lot of attention from genuine buyers.   “Traditionally January is a great time to launch a property because traffic to the major property sales websites peak then,&rdquo...


Whats in store for 2019


  Buying and selling your home: What’s in store for 2019   The real estate market has had a pretty eventful year in 2018 and it looks set to be another big one in 2019.   Australia is facing a federal election in the first half of the year as well as further revelations from the banking royal commission which could both play a part in the property market.   While it seems that headlines shout negativity daily, experts are optimistic for the health of the real estate market outside of the big cities, which is great news for Hunter residents.   CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said “downward pressure on prices is largely confined to Sydney and Melbourne”.   “The ramp-up in housing supply has been more pronounced in these markets against a backdrop of slowing demand, and Sydney and Melbourne have also been more affected by the reduction in foreign buying activity.”   A combination of over-supply, tighter...


Maitland Taste Festival 2019


  Bring your tastebuds to life at the 10th anniversary Maitland Taste Festival. This year it will be held on March 9 and 10 at the Levee in Maitland and with more than 10,000 people attending the festival in 2018, this year is sure to be a big one.   Special guest chef Cory Campbell will be cooking on site this year. He has worked with Matt Moran and at Noma in Copenhagen, previously voted as the world’s best restaurant.   Running from 10am until 4pm both days, expect delicious stalls and workshops, cooking and gardening demonstrations and talks, and the chance to sample some of the best food, wine and coffee that the Hunter has to offer.   Head to the sparkling and seafood lane for something truly scrumptious, try mouth-watering cheese, beer tastings, delectable desserts and freshly roasted coffee.   Throughout the day there’ll be love music performed by some of our best local musicians. Grab a bite to eat, a glass of wine and pull up a ch...