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Property Valuation vs Appraisal. What is the difference?

What is the difference between a Valuation and an Appraisal?  When you are looking to sell your property, obtain a formal valuation, or to simply get a feel for what your property is worth in the current market, you are likely to come across two terms – Valuation and Appraisal. While both are similar there is a fundamental difference between the two. A formal property valuation determines the actual value of the property. This can be used for family law circumstances...

Permanent or Holiday rental - Which is right for you?

So… you have a property in Noosa – and a decision needs to be made.   Do you rent it permanently or on a holiday basis?   Let us  give you some information which may help you in making that decision.    HOLIDAY RENTAL INVESTMENT  Many owners who like to come to Noosa will often take this option.   You can use the property yourself from time to time, blocking out the dates that you like and come and enjoy.    And the...

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Starlight Children’s Foundation

The story so far  Richardson & Wrench and Starlight enjoy a comprehensive partnership that covers many different fundraising activities and levels of engagement. What is really special about this partnership is this multi-tiered arrangement has grown organically from a personal connection one individual agent has with Starlight, to one agency throwing their support behind Starlight, to one regional group of agencies, to a broad and diverse engagement that extends throughout the...

The Benefits of Purchasing Property in Noosa

A popular holiday destination amongst the avid tourist, the beautiful Noosa region is bustling at all times of the year, providing great real estate opportunities for both home buyers and investors. Here are a few reasons why purchasing a property in Noosa makes perfect sense!  Convenient location with close proximity to Brisbane Noosa offers all major amenities in the one location, with easy access to shopping, beaches, entertainment, work and much more. Getting to Brisbane from Noosa...

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QLD Lowest Level of Transfer Duty in Australia

Noosa real estate retains its competitive advantage over similar destinations in other Australian states by having the lowest level of transfer duty (previously known as stamp duty) on property transactions. Transfer duty must be paid on the transfer of property.  Some concessions apply to first home buyers which is very welcomed.    The duty is actually based on the purchase price in an arm’s length transaction.    It is payable within 30 days after...

Great Business Ventures on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is way more than just a pretty place, it also represents one of the hottest investment opportunities in Australia, with a huge variety of business ventures that can help you make quite a bit of money. The following are just some of the opportunities worth thinking about on the Sunshine Coast. Bed and breakfasts As an area that is just starting to boom, the Sunshine Coast can definitely handle a few more decent accommodation options. This area is full of gorgeous places, and...

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Dog Friendly Areas In Noosa

The whole Noosa area is a haven for dog owners with many areas you can enjoy the company of your canine companion as you soak up the sun or outdoors in Noosa. For dog loving Noosa Real Estate buyers you should look no further. Whether you want to be able take your dog to one of the spectacular Eastern Beaches or go for a walk along the river in Noosaville, or simply sit or play in one of the many parks  there is somewhere for you. The Dog Beach at the end of Hastings Street in...

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Noosa, It’s Simply A Healthy Place To Live….

A friend of mine just moved here to become a Noosa Real Estate agents. She mentioned on a walk this morning through the National Park that since moving here only a couple of weeks ago, she feels her health has already drastically improved. Walking, eating healthier and enjoyment, all just seem to be a part of life up here, when compared with the hustle and bustle of Sydney she said she just feels relaxed and de stressed, although still working full time with similar hours...

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Peregian Beach Real Estate

Peregian Beach is a popular and stylish seaside village approximately 10 minutes’ drive south of Noosa.  Peregian Beach was named after the nearby Emu Mountain – ‘Peregian’ meaning emu in the local Aboriginal language. Peregian Beach is mainly known for its village atmosphere, spectacular beach frontage with the benefit of surrounding national parks and a very popular surfing destination – these are the main selling points when looking at Peregian...

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Things To Do In Hastings Street

Hastings Street is right in the heart of Noosa Heads.   Iconic Hastings Street attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many tourists would be happy to remain in Hastings Street for their entire vacation as the atmosphere is both charming, and relaxing yet with an energy about it that just works.    There’s the beach right out in front – famous Laguna Bay as the backdrop to Noosa main beach.  It is a north facing beach, protected by the...

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Sunshine Beach Real Estate Beachfront Benefit

Ask people all around the world – where they would like to reside if there wouldn’t be a budget restraint; the majority would say: Beachfront! And aren’t we lucky that Noosa can offer two of the best beaches in the world – Sunshine Beach and Hastings Street Main Beach. Absolute beachfront is an extremely rare commodity, and the Sunshine Beach Real Estate Market in particular has been seen as one of the most sought after and most valuable locations on the...

Changing Your Lifestyle In Retirement

Just making it to retirement is a huge achievement and most definitely something to celebrate, but a lot of people also view retirement as their cue to make a few big lifestyle changes. It is never too late to make positive changes in your life, and the following are some lifestyle changes that can help give you a huge boost in your retirement. Move to a new place One of the best ways to change your lifestyle in retirement is to make a big shift and move somewhere else, as there is nothing...

Packing For Your Noosa Holiday

Going on a holiday to Noosa is pretty much a guaranteed good time, regardless of what time of year you come, but like most holidays, it will be far better if you have everything you need. The following is a brief discussion of what to bring with you on your Noosa holiday. Don’t leave your camera at home If you only remember to pack one thing for your Noosa holiday, make sure it’s your camera, because there are few things in Australia as gorgeous as Sunshine Coast real estate...

A Short History Of First Home Buyer Incentives In Australia

Owning your own home has always been the average person’s dream, but uncertain economic climates have at times made the dream of owning real estate in Australia seem like an impossibility. Therefore, at various times throughout Australia’s history, the Federal, State and Territory governments have stepped in to try to ease the pressure on would-be first home buyers, and without these initiatives far fewer people would have been able to get involved. The following is a...

Benefits Of Buying Investment Property On The Sunshine Coast

After all of the turmoil of the global economic crisis, one of the safest investment options is still real estate. If you are looking for somewhere in Australia to buy an investment property, there are few better options than the Sunshine Coast. The benefits are many and varied, and more likely than not, your Sunshine Coast investment will become the darling of your entire investment portfolio. The following are just a few of the benefits of buying investment property on the Sunshine...

Investing Your Money in the Sunshine Coast

With the global financial markets hard to trust these days, most people are looking for safer ways to invest in their future. Investing in real estate is still one of the smartest bets you can make, and no real estate market in the country is hotter than that of Sunshine Coast real estate. There are a lot of ways a Sunshine Coast investment could work for you, with the following just some of the options. Start a bed and breakfast As places like Noosa, Coolum and Maroochydore have become...

Steps to Buying a Property in Noosa

Buying a property in Noosa is easy; you just need to be ready, willing and able. The following steps are sure to help. Decide what you want or need First of all, you will need to decide what kind of property it is that you are looking for. Is it somewhere you are going to live, or are you buying it as an investment property to rent out? Whatever it is going to be used for, make sure you know exactly what you are looking for, otherwise you will be wasting a lot of people’s...

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Unless you’re in a very favourable market, houses generally don’t just sell themselves, so if you’re getting ready to put your home on the market and expect it to actually sell, it had better be a pretty nice place. Homebuyers have a lot of choice these days, so if you want people to even consider buying your place; you’re going to need to present a quality option. To have your home looking its best when it hits the market, the following tips are sure to help. Paint...

Reasons You Should Make Your Move to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most beautiful areas, though it has far more going for it than just being gorgeous. Whether you’re a university graduate, a young family or a couple about to retire, the Sunshine Coast provides the perfect balance, giving you all the things you need from a city, with all the natural beauty of a holiday destination. The following are some more of the reasons why you should make your move to the Sunshine Coast. Work If you work in...

Noosa and the rest of the world….

We are all expecting an interest rate drop next week.   It seems that the forecast of the Reserve Bank last year for our growth rate at 4.25% was about 2% too high.   Thus, it appears that we have been caught with a cash rate that is way too high.   I wouldn’t be surprised to see .5% drop next week or at least it trending down over the next 3 months. Does this have an effect on real estate?  You bet.   Even at the top end?  You bet...

Things You Can Do With a Property on the Sunshine Coast

Having a property on the Sunshine Coast is one of the most flexible investment pieces that you can have as part of your portfolio. Whether you want to move in yourself, or just have it as an asset, it’s going to be tremendous for you — providing that you play your cards right. The following are some of the things that you can do with a property on the Sunshine Coast. Rent it out It’s not going to be difficult for you to find renters on the Sunshine Coast, as this...

Best Places to Buy Property in Queensland

Regardless of where you end up, Queensland is a fantastic place to live — though it definitely changes a lot depending on where you are. If you’re looking to buy property somewhere in Queensland, you’re well advised to get something that will go up in value. The following parts of Queensland are all excellent places to buy property. Noosa While it has been a magical little place for a very long time, people are finally starting to wake up to just how special Noosa is. As...

How Where You Live Affects Your Life

Where you live really does make a huge difference to your life and can be the number one thing that makes you either happy or unhappy. Apart from work, you spend more time at home than anywhere else, so having a place that you love is probably the best thing you can do for your overall quality of life. The following are some of the ways that where you live affects your life. The Commute Living a long way away from where you work can add a huge amount of stress to your life. No one likes being...

‘LIFESTYLE versus INVESTMENT’

Investment properties are currently being bought by cashed-up buyers mainly from Melbourne and Sydney. They very often have a strong knowledge of Noosa having holidayed here many times. They tell us that they prefer Noosa over other holiday locations because of the protected natural beauty, low rise apartment buildings and strictly controlled development. Who wouldn’t love spending time on our pristine, safe north facing beach, going for a walk through the National Park and having a...

A feel good story

Every seller wants a quick sale(actually every agent loves one too!) Here is a great story that’s just that. Earlier in January I received an email enquiry on one of the units I was marketing.  After a couple of phone calls, I understood this particular couple required an investment unit with a courtyard within walking distance to Noosa Main Beach and at a particular budget. When they arrived in town from Victoria I met them and showed them a few properties. After meeting...

Great Ways To Invest Your Money

With the global economy these days being pretty shaky, it can be hard to know how to invest your money in a way that is likely to get you a good return. While no investment is a sure thing, there are definitely ways for you to invest without taking huge risks and that will have you feeling great about your financial security and your future. The following are some great ways to invest your money. Property Still one of the best ways to invest your money is to buy property. If you can afford to...

4 Reasons Living In Noosa Is Good For Your Health

Where you live is sure to have a big impact on your health, with some places being far healthier options than others. Regardless of whether you are in good health or not, it’s worth thinking about the environment that you live in and how it impacts of your overall well being. One of the healthiest places to live in Australia is Noosa and the following are four reasons why.   The Air Setting yourself up with a nice piece of Noosa real estate will have you living in some of...

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5 Great Places to Move For a More Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle

To live in a more environmentally sustainable way is something that we as a global community should all strive for. To make big lifestyle changes such as this we need to work together, starting at the community level instead of trying to branch out on our own amidst people who are content with the business-as-usual mentality. If you have made the choice to try to change your lifestyle for the benefit of the environment, there are many other communities in Australia that have made a really...

Business Ideas for Beach Side Communities

When you live in a beach-side community such as Noosa, there are plenty of unique options for you if you are looking to start a new business. Regions that have a lot of tourist activity require specialised services to cater to all the needs of people on a holiday, meaning there are tonnes of niche markets that you can tap into. Remember that when you choose your business plan, you want to make sure you have all the resources you need for the busy summer rush, and that financially you can make...

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Real Estate versus Stocks – Which Investment is for You?

Choosing between real estate and stocks is like comparing apples to oranges. Both have the capability of bringing you great returns on your investment, but which one you choose depends largely on personal preference and what you are hoping to get out of your investment. No stock option can compare to purchasing a beautiful beach-front property on the Sunshine Coast. On the flip side, no property could ever bring you as large a return as if you had invested in Google before they got big. So...

Choosing Noosa for Your Sea Change

When life in the city starts getting tiresome and you are ready to start a new, more peaceful life by the sea, why not consider the beautiful region of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast? Making a change this big can sometimes be stressful for people. Noosa, however, has a great reputation for being a very open and friendly community and isn’t as glam and expensive as other coastal localities. Here you will really be able to unwind and start to find the joy in life again. Here are a few...

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How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Mortgage

With world economies these days in seemingly constant crisis, a lot of people are taking their money out of the stock market and investing in their home and property instead. This can be a great way to save money for your kids’ future as property values are way more stable than stocks which tend to fluctuate. Investing in your home can often mean that you will need to take out a mortgage and with your mortgage comes the impact of interest rates. Whether you are looking at...

Property Investment Opportunities In Noosa

In uncertain economic times, you may not want to be taking risks on the stock market, instead think about investing in property. In Australia, property investment has always been one of the safest ways of getting a good return for your money, and no part of the country has been as consistently solid as Noosa. Real estate and all types of property have risen in value considerably over the past ten years, with Noosa repeatedly playing host to some of the most desirable real...

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Famous Architects and Their Influence On Noosa

Noosa is a place of stunning natural beauty as well as modern design and innovation, and this is most apparent when looking at the architecture of the area. Known for its focus on the natural environment and sustainability, Noosa has been blessed by the influence of a number of extremely talented architects, making Noosa real estate the envy of all of Queensland. Real estate on the Sunshine Coast has always been quite nature focused, though the following architects and...

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The Benefits Of Good Infrastructure for Real Estate In Noosa

Noosa is a place that makes you feel like you are far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, while at the same time having everything that you need. The infrastructure of this coastal town is so well planned that you will find that there are very few reasons to leave the area. The following are some examples of the support and services you will have living in this amazing part of Australia. Transport Real estate on the Sunshine coast is amazing because it offers you an...

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Real Estate Opportunities In and Around Noosa

We all dream about escaping the noise and pollution of the city and moving somewhere warm by the ocean. Unfortunately, most of us never end up realising this dream because we think that it would be too impractical or expensive. It is a shame, however, as there are a lot of beautiful and reasonably priced homes in and around Noosa, and the time is good for investing in new property. Whether you are looking for a summer home to escape to or the perfect retirement location, there are plenty of...

5 Things To Consider Before Your ‘Sea Change’

If you have reached that stage of life when it’s time for a change in direction, you have some big thinking to do. Making a ‘sea change’ is an exciting move to make, though you are going to want to be sure that you like the new way that things will be. Selling up in the city and moving somewhere by the ocean is the dream of every Australian, though depending on what you are looking for, your new place can be either perfect or the not exactly what you imagined. Consider the...

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3 Ways to Spend More Time on the Beach This Summer

Australia is the best country in the world if you like beaches with literally thousands to choose from. Even so, it always seems that everyday life prevents us spending as much time on the beach as we’d like to. Make sure you don’t miss out on one of the main benefits of living in Australia; the following 3 tips will help make sure that you spend far more time at the beach this summer. Move Living closer to the beach is a sure fire way to make sure you are spending more time in...

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Things to Do When You Are Having a Mid-Life Crisis

So you are having a mid-life crisis, welcome to a very big club. Don’t worry, it’s a very common experience and won’t last forever, so for now the best thing you can do is try and make it easier on yourself. The following ideas will help make your mid-life crisis easier on you and everyone around you.   Go Somewhere Nice A change of scenery will do you the world of good, and get your mind off all of the stresses that are triggering your crisis. Real estate on the...

Auction Season Brings Out The Buyers

Every year we see a massive influx of people into Noosa during the summer, Easter and spring holiday periods and this year has been no exception-in fact the continued warm, idyllic weather that Noosa has experienced over the last few months has brought even more sun loving tourists than expected. The lure of perfect weather, perfect beaches and the relaxing Noosa lifestyle ultimately is too hard to resist.  To coincide with the swelling population at these times, R&W Noosa conduct...

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When Is The Best Time To Buy Or Sell Property?

If you have ever dabbled in the share market you’ll know that it soon becomes clear that trying to take advantage of the fluctuating moves of stocks and currencies is about as easy as knowing exactly when your phone will next ring. Now the real estate market does have its ups and downs too and some level of short term unpredictability, but unlike stocks, predicting the best time to buy and sell property may  not be as complex as is often thought, provided you don’t have a get...

7 Things Every Property Seller Should Know

When it comes to selling your property there are a number of factors to take into consideration before taking the plunge.  Often many of these are overlooked or misunderstood, but your consideration of each factor can dramatically influence your result. Overpriced Properties are hard to sell Frequently seller’s price expectations can really get in the way of an effective marketing campaign and result. Let me explain.    Firstly, the market is changing constantly; it...

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Don’t Miss Out On Your Dream!

Make one thing very clear! Globally Seaside locations such as Noosa, regarded by many as the jewel of Australia, have always enjoyed more long term demand than any other type of destination.The reason is that people ultimately want to own and live in a property that includes a desirable lifestyle. For the vast majority of people the idea of living in a warm climate associated with a pristine beach and café culture is the ultimate dream. People either make this dream a partial reality...

From Sleepy Hollow To Vibrant Oasis!

Noosa Heads Queensland is one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations. It offers an abundance of natural beauty embodied in its glorious National Park and walkways, pristine beaches, coves and meandering waterways that include the magnificent Noosa River, consisting of more than 40 kilometres of picturesque navigable water. Noosa has a sophisticated charm all of its own which has not been diluted by developers or the relentless progress of ego maniacs as have so many other...

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R&W Noosa: Impressive History-Healthy Legacy

Richardson & Wrench (R&W) have a very rich history and it makes for some great reading – even for those not interested in the real estate industry.  The company was started in 1858 by a couple of young friends from England in their early twenties who had a determined pioneering spirit who, immediately upon landing  in Sydney, rolled up their sleeves and because of their work ethic and entrepreneurial-ism, fashioned a great company that continues to this day. Robert...

Hastings Street Noosa; The Hub Of Paradise.

Travel anywhere in the world and you will soon discover the main Street or precinct of that town or city. It is typically the focal point for social activities, meeting people, shopping and enjoying a concentrated sampling of what that town or city has to offer. Well Hastings Street is Noosa’s main boulevard and social hotspot and offers all this and much more. Hastings Street provides an experience that has made it famous all over Australia, offering something very unique for locals...

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Richardson & Wrench Noosa Looks To The Next 150 Years

Richardson & Wrench Noosa Real Estate principals Peter Butt and Jennifer Carr may not look over 150 years old, but that is how old the company they represent is.  The family owned real estate agency business, which now comprises approximately 120 agencies Australia wide, was first founded in 1858 in Sydney by Robert Richardson and Edward Wrench and was the first agency in the nation. Fast forward to 2010 and Peter and Jennifer have enjoyed the reputation of...

Noosa Market Is Continuing To Receive Growing Interest

The Noosa market is continuing to receive growing interest which is being driven from the increase in activity and high clearance rates in Melbourne and Sydney. Our local market has traditionally run off the tail end of these markets when coming out of a slow market. The current activity in southern states is leading to expectations of a further increase in activity for the Noosa market. We will shortly announce the sale of a 2 bedroom beachfront apartment on Hastings Street for over $4 mill...

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