Roll With The Oranges

A lovely poem composed by one of our happy clients.

‘Roll With The Oranges’

For 2 long years I wasted time,

no action from other agents, I could only pine,

Rumour had it the Wythes team were on the block,

I decided to list with them and give the other the chop.

Woh-be-tide Trisha was like a dog with a bone,

I just knew from the start Wythes would sell my home.

True professionals with the skill to communicate,

It was just a matter of time before a Buyer would ‘take the bait’.

Sure enough they lined them up,

and with mega effort our Buyer was in luck.

With all their skill, diplomacy and tact,

it was with great jubilation we had our contract!

Wythes Real Estate by far the Best,

way out front from all the rest!

 

-Bev Taylor

Quote

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”  John Lennon

LIVING THE DREAM


LIVING THE DREAM – HOW WE GOT STARTED

 

There are not many people in life that have the great pleasure of loving what they do every day!!

We Do and are absolutely blessed to share the same passion REAL ESTATE.  Over the past 25 years our family have been heavily involved in real estate, and continue to love working in the real estate industry. 

Alisa was born in Cooroy and still loves and lives in what she calls “the best country town you will find”.  We adore the community and the people and Alisa will often say why would you live anywhere else?? 

Starting Wythes Real Estate was a shared dream of ours which we made come true 3 years ago.  We knew it was the only way we could deliver the best service possible to our clients.   After 12 months of operating we were blessed again to have Warren Berry join our team.   Warren has lived and sold in this area for over 10 years and shows passion and enthusiasm when selling property like no other.  This man has achieved incredible sale prices and absolute dedication to his clients, we knew he would be the perfect fit into our company.

At this time we decided to start our own rent roll, as we were excited to be able to offer the same excellent service to our investors and tenants.  Our rentals grew quickly and just like it was meant to be Gina Mahe walked into our office, an experienced Property Manager, with a military back ground, once again she was a perfect fit and within 6 months doubled our rent roll.  We knew we were very lucky to have a team like ours.  Then within the next 6 months Sam Hargrave joined our team, this exceptional lady would have to be one of the most talented agents I have ever worked with, she lives and sells in Pomona and simply does not rest until she achieves the best result for her clients. 

So here we are 3 years in and from a two woman team we now have 4 agents, a property manager and 4 admin staff, a team like we would have never dreamed of. 

The story how we found the shop!!

When we first decided to start our own agency it was easy both of our favourite colours were orange, so it was a no brainer in the colour.

Finding the shop was a challenge, but funny enough we both said, that hairdresser shop would be perfect (our new shop) let’s ask her if she would sublet to us.  She unfortunately said no.

We decided to settle in Garnet Street, at the back of town.  We have now well and truly outgrown our office and were talking about moving when I noticed the hairdressers shop had been closed for two weeks.  We quickly tracked down the owner and met with him.  This delightful elderly man said it’s yours and the fit out began.

We often think we are just so lucky to have this great business in the town we love so much.    As you would gather our company continues to grow from strength to strength.

We would like to invite everyone to come into our new office and say hello.

Our New Office is almost finished

 

Estimated relocation date July 4, 2013. Our new office in Maple Street, Cooroy opposite Cooroy Post Office

Orange Office

July 4, estimated eta to our new office in Maple Street, Cooroy, opposite the Cooroy Post Office

Quote of the Week

“Keep your aways towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you”

Quote of the Week

“We make a living by what we get…but we make a life by what we give”

Tip of the Week

“failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely”

Use flexibility to reach your real estate goals

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Use flexibility to reach your real estate goals

Rate cuts and growing families

All in the family

In the last 5 years the number of Australian homes in Sydney shared by three or more families has jumped 64 per cent according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In total numbers it is still only a small portion of the population but experts believe the emerging trend will grow as families seek to reduce living costs.

It may be the children who elect to stay home while paying off their uni debt, saving for a holiday or a deposit on a home, or perhaps older parents who move in rather than go to a retirement community.

This has some analysts renaming the Baby Boomers in the middle as the “Sandwich Generation”!

If the trend does continue it will be interesting to see what impact it has on the floor plan and design of new housing.

 

Horse racing event

Betting on another cut by Melbourne Cup Day?

The recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points is good news for the property market and coupled with other recent interest rate drops, will have a positive impact on the industry. Experts believe it may not be the last cut for the year either.

These rate cuts have helped to reassure homeowners and buyers alike, who may have been feeling cautious while waiting for Europe to sort out its financial issues.

It is disappointing that some banks have elected not to pass on the cut, or only partially.

If you have a mortgage, remember that it is easier now to change lenders and information is readily available to compare home loans.

The newest labour market data shows the jobless rate still at a healthy level of 5.2%, where it has remained in the last four months.

Job advertising in mining areas has been declining for around six months in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. However in the 12 months to August 2012, full-time job opportunities actually grew by 27,900 jobs, the largest improvement in a 12-month period since October 2011.

Now we are crossing our fingers for Melbourne Cup Day that the RBA further cuts rates and secondly, the banks actually pass on the full rate cut to consumers. This would further encourage buyers into the real estate market, and also give a boost to retailers.

Why choose a real estate agent to sell your house: save time and money


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Real estate market trends

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House prices on the rise

house prices increasingResearch shows house prices on the rise

A new report prepared by the Real Estate Institute of Australia shows that median house prices across Australia’s capital cities have increased by 1.4 per cent over the June quarter.

A new report has found that median house prices across Australia’s Home loans to first home buyers increased by 5.9 per cent to total 25,101 over the course of the second quarter of the year. This is a considerable increase of 11.8 per cent compared with the same time frame the previous year. Demand is particularly strong in areas with tight vacancy rates, such as major urban areas.

Several banks, including the Commonwealth Bank, are cutting fixed rates in an effort to attract new buyers as the home loan market becomes more competitive.

 

First Home Buyers Grant axed from October

As first home buyers have been boosting the housing market, it remains to be seen what effect Queensland removal of the First Home Buyers grant will have.

Currently buyers and sellers were in a bit of a rush to have contracts signed before the $7000 First Home Owner Grant ends on October 11. The grant was first introduced in 2000 when it was introduced as part of the GST initiatives. It has not been indexed since, meaning in real terms it has been of lesser value to new home owners.

It will be replaced with a $15,000 First Home Owner Construction Grant for new homes, homes bought off the plan and new homes being built by an owner-builder. The new grant applies to contracts signed on or after September 12, or in the case of owner-builders, when the foundations are laid on or after that date.

 

Auction time at Wythes

Our next Wythes Gala Auction is today Tuesday 25th September at 5:30pm with seven properties going under the hammer. See here for further information or call the office on 5472 0033.

You need to prepare before buying at auction. It is a good idea to go to a few auctions first to see how they work. The terms of a residential auction sale usually require the buyer to bid on an unconditional basis. This means the contract of sale is not subject to any conditions, such as finance approval or the completion of another sale. Ask the real estate agent for a copy of the terms and conditions before the auction date. Remember when buying at auction there is no cooling-off period. You need to view the property and do all the necessary checks before bidding. Getting an independent professional valuation and building inspection is also a good idea.

How much can you borrow?

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What will the bank lend you?

Sunshine Coast natural areas worth a visit

Well, spring has truly sprung on the Sunshine Coast with warm, sunny days and not a drop of rain in sight.

If you are thinking of doing some work in the garden before the hot days come along, there are many Sunshine Coast natural areas you can visit for inspiration. Why not pack a picnic and a camera, and take the family to explore some of our beautiful natural locations!

In Cooroy, the Noosa Botanic Gardens are located over 8 hectares on the shores of Lake MacDonald.

Originally farmland, council resumed the site in the late 1950s, and used part of it to create the Lake Macdonald water supply. The gardens are home to 94 species of birds and a wide range of wildlife. Many ducks congregate on the foreshore to the delight of small children.

The gardens feature an open air bush chapel, fern house, lily pond, large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas, and a Grecian style amphitheatre where many open air concerts and wedding ceremonies have been held.

Keep a look out for dragon and damsel flies, tiny frogs, turtles and red backed wren that inhabit the foreshore.

Further down the coast, the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens at Tanawha are set amongst 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest, with art works and creeks, lagoons and walking tracks. There are also picnic tables for a leisurely lunch, however you will need to take rubbish with you.

Many of the garden areas are accessible by pathways that are suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

All plants are native to the local region and so perfectly adapted to the Sunshine Coast’s climate and conditions.

The Arts and Ecology Centre is an example of optimum sustainable architecture and landscape design and is available to hire for all types of events.

The centre hosts programs during school holidays, including a variety of free activities to keep adults and children entertained and informed, bookings are now open.

Finally, on Sunday 16 September from 10am to 3pm, the Noosa Biosphere is celebrating its annual event at the Lions Park at Gympie Terrace. Another opportunity to enjoy local foods, live music and entertainment as well as learn about our native plants. There are many activities for the children to enjoy, even animal displays. For more information including transport and parking, visit www.noosbiosphere.org.au.

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Why you should get a building inspection

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Sunshine Coast Council News

SSC Council now has a mobile site

Since we are all accessing content on our phones and tablets these days Sunshine Coast Council has now launched a mobile friendly site: go to your mobile device internet browser and type in the URL www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Note: Do not type this URL into a search field as it will take you to the standard site.

On the mobile site you can use your phone or tablet to find:

  • council’s opening hours and contact details
  • information about road closures and emergency information
  • a library and reserve a book
  • information on development applications
  • the nearest council office, library, waste facility, beach or hospital (and get directions).

More SSC Council news: help for local businesses

Head to the Business Support page for a wide range of tools and services available to help you grow your business successfully:

  1. Business Ezy is Council’s interactive online small business guide for local business owners. It is an ever evolving and growing resource to keep up with our changing business environment.
  2. If you a re a local business wanting to bid for Council contracts, go to Business Local for information on tendering.
  3. There are also funding opportunities available through Council’s Business Grants  to support initiatives to build the capacity of local business.  We can all use a helping hand at times and there is a range of  opportunities available through your Council’s Local Business Support Officer.

DIY Web Marketing LogoHinterland’s newest business group with a difference.

Not all local businesses have a shopfront and it is at times difficult to find an organisation able to fill the needs of your small business. To fill this gap there is now a new DIY Web Marketing Meet Up gathering at the Cooroy Library on a monthly basis. 

The aim of the group is for small business to

  • Get the latest news on web marketing
  • Learn tips & tricks to a better website
  • Be the first to hear about upcoming training opportunities
  • Network with other local businesses and learn from each other

The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7pm: the next meeting is on the 25th of July and the guest speaker will be Cath Manuel of Soil to Supper. She will share some of the tips and online tools she used to build her very successful business.

Bookings are required to ensure adequate catering: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2425343388

Three tips from The Block 2012

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Online tools for Sunshine Coast Businesses

Our business circleOnline Tool for Sunshine Coast Businesses

There is a new online tool for local businesses, developed by five leading Sunshine Coast businesses with the support of Sunshine Coast Regional Council: http://www.ourbusinesscircle.com.au/

“Our Business Circle aims to transform the way businesses share information and network on the Sunshine Coast. It is an online networking and mentoring resource to support and grow small business across the Sunshine Coast launched in May 2012. As a Sunshine Coast business owner or staff member, you can share your thoughts with others on the Sunshine Coast to really make a difference.  

As Our Business Circle is a local Sunshine Coast network and mentoring online resource, businesses can access information, support and networks more relevant to their business location.”

Stamp Duty concessions & Sustainability declarations

The Queensland Parliament passed legislation to reinstate the Transfer Duty Home Concession. This will come into effect from 1st July 2012 and will apply to principal places of residence only. This means that to qualify the home must be occupied as the principal place of residence within one year of the transfer, and the occupation as principal place of residence must continue for at least one year. This is good news for the real estate market and could mean a saving of up to $7,000.

On the same night Parliament removed the requirement for sellers to provide sustainability declarations to prospective buyers. This is good news for sellers as it will not only eliminate paperwork but also remove the risk they could have to compensate a buyer if they made a mistake in the sustainability declaration.

 

Bookings for Council Venues

And if you are looking for a venue for your upcoming event, a new venue availability system is now on Council’s website http://bit.ly/MIrljw.

Venues include Nambour Showgrounds, Meridan Fields Sports Complex, Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex and selected community halls.

 

Congratulations to the 2012 Glossies Winners

The most sustainable and innovative individuals, businesses and community groups were recognised at the Living Smart Glossies Awards.

Presented by Sunshine Coast Council, the awards honoured environmental sustainability achievements. Visit the Living Smart page for the full story.   

Auction results as market feedback

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Sunshine Coast Council Animal Regulations

Puppy love: Sunshine Coast Council Animal Regulations

Sunshine Coast Council Animal RegulationsYou may have seen a very cute, very well behaved puppy in Cooroy lately, wearing a little L-plate coat: Ronnie is a Smart Pup in training.

As a Smart Pup, Ronnie is allowed pretty much anywhere. However as animal regulations vary from council to council, here’s a profile of the Sunshine Coast’s perfect pet owner.

  • Feline friends: you may have a maximum of two cats, they need to be registered. Annual fees apply and vary depending on your circumstances and whether the cat is desexed and microchipped. Should you wish to keep more cats, you need to apply to council for permission by completing an Animal licence application.
  • Pooch lovers: you may have a maximum of two dogs, though you can apply to council for permission to keep more dogs. All dogs must be registered every year and wear a council-issued registration tag when in public. Council can fine owners for keeping an unregistered dog. Reduced fees apply for desexed and microchipped dogs. Dogs are not permitted to roam: if they leave the property they must either be kept on a lead or remain under supervision in off-leash areas provided by council.

Off-leash areas at the northern end of the Coast include specific recreation and park areas in Boreen Point, Pomona, Tewantin, Noosa Heads, Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Woods & Noosa Spit, Sunrise Beach and Marcus Beach. Visit the Council’s page for full details.

When using off-leash areas

  • You must be in control of your dog at all times
  • Yes, you need to carry a doggie bag for you-know-what, and use it!
  • You have to keep pooch away from children’s playground areas or picnic/barbeque areas.

At home your dog cannot make excessive noise by barking or howling, nor roam outside of your property unattended.

Barking dogs

If a neighbour’s barking dog is bothering you, your first step should be to discuss the problem with the dog’s owner and let them know when it is a problem. You may suggest they try a Citronella collar, although the RSPCA advocates its use only with training and supervision.

If you are unable to resolve the problem through discussion, you can report it to council by contacting council’s customer service centre.

Rules also apply to feathered friends:

Yes you may keep some chooks but the following animals are cannot be kept in an urban area:  roosters, pheasants and peacocks.

And approval is required from council if you wish to keep the following animals on your property:

  • seven (7) or more head of poultry in an urban area on a lot that is smaller than 800 square metres in size
  • more than 20 head of poultry in an urban area on a lot that is 800 square metres in size or greater

Is it time to review your mortgage?

Is it time to review your mortgage?
If you haven’t reviewed your mortgage in the last 3 years, you may want to shop around for a better deal.
In recent months in particular the Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to mitigate a slowing economy. However many banks have not passed on all rate cuts, arguing that funding costs and lending rates prevented them from doing so. Great news if you have shares in a large bank, not so good if you are paying off a mortgage.
According to the RBA there are a number of factors that influence the lending rates set by banks: in addition to the cash rate, there is the actual cost of lending. As well as domestic trends the cost of lending is also affected by overseas events, such as the ongoing Greek crisis.
So what are your options? Leave as is, refinance to a fixed rate, extend the term of the existing loan, or shop around and switch lenders.
But before you rush off to refinance your existing loan, take into account your needs, wants and longer term financial situation. Your individual circumstances will decide which aspects of a home loan are most important to you.
While refinancing could seem a good an option, make sure you factor in the various costs such as application fees, mortgage insurance, monthly fees and the like, before you settle on a new loan or lender.
Depending on the lender or loan you select, the cost of switching can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. So to get a fair comparison you will need to assess these costs against the whole life of the loan.
To make the job of comparing loans easier you can request an information sheet from your bank detailing all these costs.

Water tanks and rebates

Water tanks and rebates
The quarterly water bill landed in the mailbox: we reduced our water consumption yet the total bill went up, I guess this is something we had better get used to.
One way to save money in the long term is to consider a water tank: there is still a rebate of up to $500 for installing a new rainwater tank that is connected for internal use and/or a permanent greywater treatment system.
For further information visit the Sunshine Coast Regional Council page

Steve

Thanks for providing a great service. Very impressed with the team’s efforts in selling my property.

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