Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Have Fun With A Splash!!

The time is upon us when it is considered normal to get up on your holidays and roll straight out of bed and into the pool, please remember that some of us cant swim and the need for secure pool fences is a must during summer. Make an extra effort to make sure kids are not left alone in the pool and that there are the proper signs in the pool area with emergency CPR information.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Elene!!

We would like to wish Elene Shorter, one of our wonderful property managers, a very Happy Birthday!!!

Watch Every Drop!!

As we all know we are having very dry conditions this Christmas with “the chance” of rain.. Remember that before you light up your open fire that you check with the local SES or fire station to see what the fire conditions are like. Also please remember that you are allowed to water your lawn or wash your car but only between the hours of 4pm and 10am. If you are unsure about this or you have any questions please contact the Logan City Council.

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Slogan!!

This summer is it cool to slip, slop, slap and WRAP!!! Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some 30+ sunscreen and wrap some UV protective sunnies around your eyes, be sun smart this summer … Remember is it not cool to have a melanoma..
Mark Sutton from our Browns Plains office is showing how to slip, slop, slap but remember to wear your sunnies.

Christmas Lights Tour

The council’s free Christmas lights tour may be over, but bundle the family into the car and make your own!!! The Albert and Logan News have listed all the entrants for the 2009 McDonald’s Christmas Lights Competition. The entrants all listed on page 37 of The Albert and Logan News Friday December 18th Edition have the address so you can take the family and have a great time looking at the lights. The entrants welcome people to come past and have a look!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Professionals Follow Me Campaign

Head in to one of our four offices today to receive your free copies of Professionals Pathway magazines. Pathway magazines cover all aspects of property from buying to selling, moving, preparing to sell, and managing an investment property. There are 5 to collect so don’t miss out!

Can’t get to our offices? Visit www.bestvaluebrand.com.au/pathways to view the Pathway magazines in electronic format. Free, reusable and easy to use.

Plus if you leave your email address with your local office, or complete the form at www.bestvaluebrand.com.au/pathways, you can go into the draw to win a Piaggio XEVO 250cc scooter.

Free property magazines and a chance to win a neat ride – visit Professionals Logan Lifestyles today.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Browns Plains Office Enjoying Christmas

Once again Mark Sutton from our Browns Plains Office has showed some Christmas spirit by decorating the office so that everyone who walks in gets a bit of Christmas joy into their day.

Selling Tips in a Buyer’s Market (Part Two)

In a buyer’s market it’s extra important to assure that your asking price actually reflects your property’s current value. By pitching your property too high, you miss out on the initial wave of interest. Then, when you drop your price, people think there’s something wrong or that you’re getting desperate.

Plus, by being more realistic, you also can limit your marketing expenses since your selling campaign is likely to be shorter in duration.

The method of sale may also be affected. Auctions tend to work better in heated markets, since the marketing campaign will be shorter and intense competition drives the price higher. When there are less buyers around, your auction campaign will stretch out from a few weeks to six to eight. So it may be better to advertise as a private sale with a set asking price. This allows you to spread out your marketing dollars over a longer period. And, you can then deal with buyers on an individual basis.

But, most important of all, is to remember that while you may be selling into a buyer’s market, if you’re re-purchasing you’re also going to get similar reductions. So, in the end, you are not disadvantaged at all. And, if you’re trading up, you may even be advantaged, because the discounts will exceed your discount.

If you have a question about real estate, or would like assistance in locating a property, feel free to phone me, Noel Thompson Principal Professionals Logan Lifestyles at either Browns Plains 3800 4000, Marsden 3200 4495, Springwood 3808 5544 or Waterford 3299 7733.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Selling Tips in a Buyer’s Market

With the credit crunch biting into the property market, sellers have to adjust their tactics to sell. In slower markets supply outweighs demand, so conditions differ from times when property booms are occurring.

Firstly, do not shy away from advertising. In periods like this you have to actively seek buyers as opposed to waiting for them to come to you. Those who more heavily promote themselves in tougher periods will get more bang for their dollars, because other sellers tend to cut their ad budgets. So your ads will stand out.

The next thing is to be more flexible with your inspection hours. It’s necessary to have open-for-inspections, but with a more limited market you also need to make your property available for private appointments as well. This way you’ll attract more buyers by offering times that suit their schedules.

In buyers’ markets, prospective purchasers can be more fussy than normal because they tend to have the upper hand. So it’s good to cater to this sentiment remembering that lifestyle considerations and emotions also kick in. Thus, you need to present your property in the best possible light. That means keeping the garden looking topnotch, possibly adding more plants, replacing worn carpets and keeping the kitchen and bathrooms sparkling clean.

Things to particularly look out for are that there’s no cigarette odour, mould or pets.

If you have a question about real estate, or would like assistance in locating a property, feel free to phone me, Noel Thompson Principal Professionals Logan Lifestyles at either Browns Plains 3800 4000, Marsden 3200 4495, Springwood 3808 5544 or Waterford 3299 7733.