Should you sell your home over the summer holidays?

With the New Year comes a new optimism from both buyers and sellers wanting to take a punt on a fresh start, eager to get their resolutions met earlier.

Traditionally, real estate lore said not put your home on the market over the holiday season. But with the 24/7 connected nature of the internet, busy jobs and modern lifestyles, homebuyers can now pick and choose when and where they see your home, at least online.

Here are three good reasons why you should consider selling your home in the new year.

  1. There are buyers out there

It’s a competitive house market out there for buyers and people don’t slow down anymore just because it’s the summer holidays. In our busy modern lives, mobile technology connects potential home buyers to their potential new home whenever they want. Prospective buyers have the ways and means to look for it and they’re not willing to miss that chance just because the rest of life seems hectic, even over Christmas. Make sure you’re out there for them.

  1. There are fewer homes on offer

There are fewer homes available for purchase over the Christmas season. Since traditional advice has always been to not try and sell over the holidays, many people stop listing. Here’s your chance to take advantage of the sudden absence of sellers and have your house stand out in a much smaller crowd. Be there when no one else is

  1. People are serious

Those looking over the summer period are usually serious buyers. Many want to seal the deal quickly and be able to move in soon, sometimes, even more, the New Year. You could be closer to your own new year dreams if you take the time to consider the buyers who are still out and about at this busy time of the year.

New Years is a time for people to start realizing their goals and the clever ones make that happen sooner rather than later.

For more on how you can get your home sold in January, head to



The benefits to selling your property over Christmas

* This article was first published in the December Midland Express

Are you trying to sell your home just as everyone else is putting their Christmas tree up? Don’t fret! There are some known advantages to selling through Christmas and New Year.

There are some challenges to selling your property through the Christmas holidays. Many agents shut shop and have a break, buyers are distracted with the silly season and many of us are just plain tired!

But if you are selling your property over the Christmas holidays, don’t stress! It actually might be a good thing.

With the spring selling season slowing down, there are buyers still on the lookout for their next property. Christmas time is less competitive and house hunters who missed out on a spring sale are still actively looking.

After Christmas, people’s schedules slow down which means more time for them to scout and view properties. The motivation to start the year off with a new home purchase is not something sellers should discount.

Consider also that there is less competition. Selling at the height of spring means you’ll house needs to stand out from the pack. With fewer properties listed during christmas and New Year, buyers have less prospects to choose from.

At the end of the year, people are reflective and inventive. Buying a house is often on people’s mind as one of their new years goals and doing that sooner sets the momentum for the year to come.

In a hot market like Kyneton, listing over Christmas might be a strategic move in securing a sale with just a special few houses on the market.

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Spring is coming. No really, it is!

*This article appeared in the Midland Express Newspaper on Tuesday 1st August 2017


Even though the sting of a Kyneton winter is still in full effect, keep in mind that in a few short weeks our daffodils will be blooming and the days will be mercifully longer.

Consider this your lead up time in preparation for a spring sale.

But before you do anything, get in touch with your agent. This is the perfect time to reach out to them so that they can give you advice on what needs to be done to secure the best price sale for your property. Talking with a trusted agent will also assist you in planning for the months ahead.

Your home needs to be in the best shape possible if it’s to compete with all the other properties in the springtime market. Manyt vendors make the mistake of waiting until spring has fully arrived before giving their agent a call, leaving them with limited time to prepare their home.

If you are committed to selling your property in spring, you need to start preparing your home for sale at least a month or two before you intend to start your marketing campaign. Most homes need a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting, ridding their garden of winter debris and so on. Other vendors may need to go the whole nine yards and have extensive repairs done in order to maximise the sale price.

No matter when you choose to sell your home, it’s important to be willing to adapt to the season and circumstances. Spring provides an abundance of advantages to sellers, helping you appeal to a buyer’s wish to make a fresh start.

For more on getting your home in shape for a spring sale and on the Kyneton property market, head to

A swift spring sale and how to get it.

So you want a quick sale post winter but have not done anything to prepare for it?


Here are few things you can do within a month to get your property sold.


Week 1: Find a Great Agent.

Your choice of real estate agent can make tens of thousands dollars difference to your sale. When you’re trying to sell your home quickly, it’s important to consider these questions when finding the right agent:

  • Do they have strong local networks?
  • Do they have a strong buyer network?
  • Have they got a positive sales record?
  • Are they organised, remember appointments and follow up?
  • Are they an strong communicator?
  • Do they respond to your questions quickly and confidently?

Chat to some agents to gauge a response to these questions. You will gather a good sense of their authenticity and willingness to provide a great service very quickly.


Week 2: Do a faux “renovation.

Little tweaks and maintenance jobs can make a big difference in the overall feel of a home. Is the kitchen a little outdated? Replacing the fixtures, tap fittings and hinges can refresh a space in an instant. Is the family room furniture beaten up? Throw some slipcovers over it.

Whatever you choose, make sure that each room has a purpose.  That spare room you’ve been using as an office / guest room /dumping ground won’t help sell your home unless you show buyers how they can use it themselves. So pick a use (office, guest room, crafts room) and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose.


Week 3: Hit the garden – hard!

 Post winter, your garden will no doubt look a little sad. It is time for you to freshen up the outside of your home as this will make a huge difference to your sale.

Mow the lawns, weed the garden and cut back any overgrown plants. Plant some mature plants in areas that need sprucing and ensure that any damage caused by pets is repaired.


Week 4: Prepare yourself for inspections

You’ll need to be very organised for your inspections. A good agent will help you choose the best time of day to host them, and provide guidance on staging your home to make a good first impression.

Consider these ideas for your inspection day:

  • Open up the house and let the fresh air in
  • Clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Clear all bench tops, removing any items that aren’t in use
  • Give every room a purpose – even odd shaped nooks
  • Place fresh flowers on the kitchen bench and coffee table
  • Put anything not in use that clogs the space in storage

While there is no guarantee on selling a house within a period, it is entirely possible to sell in a short period if you are organised and ready to work hard within that timeframe.


To kick start your sale, contact me and we can get your home ready for market.

Victoria abolishing stamp duty is a win-win

*First published in the Midland Express, July 2017.

We know that buying your first home is difficult. With upfront costs, stamp duty and fees, many people trying to enter the market feel that the cost to entry is like climbing Everest. It might take years and you still might not make it to the top.

A young family who is seeking to buy their first home in Kyneton told me “It would feel like we won the lottery to finally own a house!” The barriers for this family are huge, particularly when competing with keen investors and the costs outside of the overall purchase price.

As from the 1st July 2017, Victoria will see first home owners no longer paying stamp duty on homes both new and existing valued under $600,000. First home buyers purchasing a property between $600,000 and $750,000 will also receive a tapered discount.

Aimed at putting first home-owners on equal playing field, these tax concessions are a boosted incentive for those struggling to enter the market. This can only be a good thing.

For sellers, it is an opportunity to secure a sale from those who were previously reluctant to take the leap because a large proportion of their deposit would have gone on to stamp duty.

Opportunities like this can open up sales opportunities to an emerging group of buyers. So consider this a possible win-win for both first home buyers and those that were worried their house might sit unsold.

For many who have been waiting in the wings, the doors are finally about to open!

Victoria Drops Stamp Duty For First Home Buyers

In an effort to battle the issue of housing affordability, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced reforms aimed at helping first home buyers. From 1st July 2017, the Victorian government will abolish stamp duty for first-home owners.

What exactly is stamp duty?

Stamp duty is a tax paid on written documents and several types of transactions including motor vehicle registration, insurance policies, and transfers of property (including real estate). This tax operates at the State and Territory level, meaning that home-buyers in different parts of the country will pay varying amounts of stamp duty on similarly priced property transactions.

What does it mean for first home buyers?

This is one of the most significant changes made in the recent discussions on housing affordability.

Online stamp duty calculators estimate that a first home-buyer in Victoria would pay $17,145 in stamp duty for a property worth $600,000. Removing this tax for first home-buyers is a significant change.

What does it mean for Kyneton?

As someone who has been in the real estate game for many years, I understand that many first home-buyers are not seeking a mansion. Many of them are looking for the first step into an elusive market. They want a roof over their heads and an opportunity to have a future for themselves.

One of the issues raised when the reforms were announced was that the reduction in stamp duty could drive up the housing costs. What we might see is more owner-occupiers having the opportunity to buy their own home and less investors purchasing. The issue of limited supply in some areas might impact on the rental market but the initiative favours who it is intended to – first home-buyers and those that sell their homes.

With a number of new developments in Kyneton in the works, it looks like this incentive will only benefit the community and the people who want to live in it.