Home reno: How far can $5,000 go?

Renovating your home can be extremely expensive and often unaffordable for the average Australian homeowner. Whether you have an overall budget of $5,000 or a budget of $5,000 every few years, here are a few home improvements you can make. Bedroom We spend about a third of our time in our bedrooms so it’s certainly worth the time and money to renovate this area of your … read on

Kitchen design 101: Key layout considerations

Kitchen renovations remain popular and while most people look at the ideal placement of the cooktop, sink and fridge, what else is there to think about? Here are five key layout considerations to take into account when designing a new kitchen. 1. Matching your lifestyle The lifestyle you lead should inform the kitchen design. If you love to entertain and see cooking as … read on

Turning a negative location into a positive

A building site next door, a busy road nearby or a train station in earshot – potential turn-offs for buyers don’t have to spell disaster for a property sale. Samantha Payne says vendors, with the help of their agent, can overcome a property’s negative aspects using a combination of tactics. Payne, the vice-president of the Australian chapter of the International Real … read on
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Ray White Awards 2016

The Ray White Runaway Bay Group went up to Brisbane on Thursday the 15th September 2016  to celebrate the success of not only our office but many of the Ray White Offices. Ray White Runaway Bay did exceptionally well, achieving 5th place overall in Ray White Queensland, with over $200 million worth of settled sales in 2015 - 2016. With over 40 experienced sales agents the Ray … read on

8 tips for a winning rental application

Depending on where you live and what your budget is, the rental market in Australia can be pretty brutal. If you show up to a rental inspection with fifty other people, you can’t afford to be cavalier about your application. If an agent is trying to choose between you and another application and they have their bond, first month’s rent and a list of perfect references you … read on

8 steps to getting started in property investment

Admit it, you’ve been thinking about investing in property. You’ve read the books, magazines and reports. You’ve been religiously checking realestate.com.au for properties. Yet when push comes to shove, you get stopped. You’re not alone. In fact less than 6% of Australians, or roughly 1.3 million people, own an investment property, even though property is a national … read on
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Sizeable in Sovereign Islands

The Broadwater Lodge' is set on a 1,470 square metre block and has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. A separate entry and an exit gate to the port cochere offers plenty of car parking along with two double lock up garages on either side of the house. Soaring ceilings to the entry feature circular stairs and chandeliers along glass windows to capture the view. The ground … read on

6 things to look out for when choosing a builder

Few things are more inspiring than watching your dream home take shape from the ground up. These tips will help you avoid hidden costs and keep things on track. Queensland housing developer Ausbuild has put together a great list of common traps and hidden costs for new home buyers to keep in mind. 1. Not all homes are created equal Don’t let builders dazzle you with the … read on

How to: Find the perfect property to renovate for profit

Finding (and securing) the perfect property is probably one of the hardest things we do at Three Birds Renovations. There’s no shortage of ugly houses out there just begging for a makeover, but getting your name on the title can be the biggest challenge. Here are the key things you need to know when looking for a house to cosmetically renovate. Find the right suburb If … read on

Making an offer on a property – where to start

You really want a property and are keen to put in an offer but where do you start? No one wants to pay more for a house than the market value, so how do you get the best deal? What is the magic figure to start the negotiation process? Making an offer on a property is similar to playing a game of chess – each party waiting to see what move the other party is going to … read on