Kyneton: It’s a sellers market

*this article was previously published in the March 2018 Midland Express Newspaper

Continued growth in Melbourne has added to the attraction for home buyers to seek out more affordable accommodation in regional locations.

The allure of Kyneton as a viable destination for property investors is evident, not just due to the incredible array of resources and services on offer, but by the limited supply of properties currently available on market.

Ask any agent in the area and they will all tell you the same thing: the demand is high and the stock levels are low.

The latest CoreLogic Property Data price data, as of 19 February 2018, shows that the median house price in Kyneton has increased to $507,000, a more than solid home price growth for the region.

Data from shows that Kyneton is a high demand market with around 686 unique visits per property listing per month on their website, compared to the Victorian average of 894 per property listing.

This interest in Kyneton has supported the increase in property prices and it doesn’t look to be cooling. Melbournians chasing value for money are driving property price growth in the state’s commuter towns, with the Macedon Ranges seeing an increase in growth of around 20% in the last decade.

Greater infrastructure and investment commitments for regional Victoria have enhanced the desirability of these areas for buyers, particularly the improved road and rail services.

Homeowners are thriving in this seller’s market. Properties are selling quickly and at record prices. Competition to buy in Kyneton means that listings are moving at record rates.

For sellers wanting to downsize, they are in a great position to sell their homes at a profit and free up funds for their retirement or boost their cash reserves.

Predictions for the property market are that it might cool in 2018 so it’s a great idea to take advantage of pent-up demand while you can.

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So what exactly IS the Kyneton style?

When you think about Kyneton, what images spring to mind?

Is it the bluestone architecture or the home overlooking the rambling Campaspe River? Or perhaps it is the rich agricultural pastures or the cosy village vibe?

Whatever image you conjure, it is true that Kyneton has its own distinctive style.

Here is a little of what you might find in and around Kyneton.

The Definitive Weatherboard


A mainstay of classic Australian architecture, the weatherboard is particularly prominent within the Kyneton township. And grey is the colour of the moment. Exterior palates in grey tones across Kyneton bring forth an understated elegance.

1960-80s Brick Veneer

This era of homes is dotted throughout town with delightful gardens populating the brick veneer surrounds. Introduced shering in a conservative and plain brick veneer style suited to the working class roots of Kyneton and surrounds.

The Classic Victorian Style

Dotted throughout the region are classic Victorian homes that are still as stylish as ever. Once owned by prominent commercial and community leaders, a classic Victorian residence is possibly attainable if they appear on the market.


Architectural Designs

From the unique to the fabulous pre-fab, Kyneton is dotted with some award-winning and highly desired architectural designed residence. Contemporary meets country is a perfect abode for this thriving community.

Modern Australian Family Home      

Modern Australian families find themselves in modern Australian homes that are affordable and exemplify good design. Kyneton is a growing community so it is not uncommon to find pockets of houses ready for the modern Aussie family.

The Checklist for Evaluating a Home

When house hunting, it can be fun to look through homes that you could potentially call your own. But keep in mind that you are not doing this just for fun. Try not be distracted by decorative tricks that might otherwise hide a structural anomaly.

My recommendation for prospective buyers is to use an Evaluation Checklist to keep track of the most important aspects of the homes you see.

Use the Evaluation Checklist (Link here: The-Checklist-for-Evaluating-a-Home-Feb-2018-2.pdf) when you become seriously interested in a house. It will support you from seeing the property from a less emotional position and make a better and more informed decision.

Do not use this list as a substitute for hiring a Building and Pest Inspector to check out the house thoroughly.  Engaging your own building and pest inspector should be part of your own due diligence before committing to a sale.

New Year resolutions for sellers who haven’t sold yet

*This article originally appeared in the January 2018 Midland Express

A lot of people have resolved to sell your home this year.  With people recovering from Christmas and ready to start forging ahead with their New Year’s goals, it is a great time to take the plunge and get your house on the market.

But what happens if you house has been on the market for a while and hasn’t sold? The Kyneton market is certainly hot but there could be a small reason why your home hasn’t shifted. If you’re really dedicated to selling your house this year, you need to take decisive action.

A couple of things to think about:

  1. Reinvent your listing

Let’s be honest, if you’ve been trying to sell for quite a while without little interest, it might be time to shake things up.  Often a price adjustment can make a listing sell much swifter. Sometimes just a refresh of your marketing is enough to target new buyers ready to launch into 2018.This could include changing the copy about the property, a new heading about the property or using different hero images can make a huge difference.

  1. Stage your home

The internet is full of incredible ideas on how you can scale back on the personal but increase the potential of staging and styling your home. If necessary, commission a home stager or a trusted friend who has great personal style to help you get to market.

  1. Ask for help

If all else fails, why not give me a call?  Ten minutes on the phone can help you to understand the issues, and whether or not you can do something to improve the situation. If your New Year’s Resolution is to sell your home, let’s make it a priority to get it done right and with maximum profit for you.

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Mistakes you need to avoid when putting your house on the market

*this article first appeared in the October edition of the Midland Express 

When selling, a few simple mistakes may leave your home flailing on the market. Fortunately these are easy to avoid and can be managed with some prudent changes.

Don’t ask for too much money. Your house is only worth what the market will pay for it so ensure that you are prepared to list your house at or just around that mark. Pricing your home too high will discourage interested parties from making an offer, and your property could sit for months, which isn’t your goal.

Pick the right agent. Sure, a big brand and nice logo might appeal to you as a seller but when it comes to selecting the right agent, looks might not translate into the best person for the job. Can the agent support you during the stress, help you focus on what matters most and be clear in meeting your needs? If not, find someone who can. Immediately.

Don’t skip the marketing. Everyone wants to cut costs and save some money for other things in life. However cutting costs on marketing is like stopping a clock to save time. You’ll always have to make up for the deficient somewhere else. Marketing is an investment on the bigger return of a house sale. So don’t get your nephew with the good camera to take the photos of your property, pay for the professional who can showcase your home in the best light possible.

Fix the broken. It’s common sense, really. If it’s broke – fix it. Prospective buyers want to envisage themselves moving in and settling immediately, not spending their time fixing damaged and broken fixtures and fittings.

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Why looks can be deceiving when it comes to real estate agents

Whether you are selling your lifetime home or an investment property, finding and choosing a real estate agent is a big decision.

I often hear of people having less than pleasant experiences with real estate agents. As part of my role as an agent, I like to work with clients to help them make an informed decision so they can maximise on their property sale.

Here are 4 tips to help choose the right agent for you.

1. Research

Research potential agents just like you would if you were investing in any other big purchase. There are many different real estate agencies to choose from but ensure you read reviews or ask local residence about who they would recommen

2. Ease , Trust & Comfort

Do you feel comfortable with the agent? Given that you need to be very honest with an agent throughout the process, you need to make sure you are comfortable with the agent and can have open and honest communications.

3. Market Knowledge

The agent should be able to give you a thorough snapshot of the market in your area and surrounding areas. They should know about schools, transport, demographics and the sorts of buyers looking for homes in the area.

4. Audition them

One of the best ways to research your agents is to attend open house inspections. Here is your chance not pop into one and see your agent in action.

At the inspection watch and interact with the agent, and consider the following things:

  • How does the agent communicate and interact with potential buyers. Is their communication style something that would work for you?
  • What is their behavior at the open house inspection? Are they standing at the door and welcome everyone? Did they identify the features of the property for sale and answer all the questions about the property?
  • Did they follow up with you after your attendance at the open house inspection to see if you wanted more information about the property
  • Were they punctual?
  • What do you think of the marketing/advertising for the properties the agent has listed?

These are just a few of the things for you to consider when selecting an agent – so happy selling and buying.

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.

Why buy in Kyneton?

Years ago, if you asked anyone who didn’t live on the Calder line where Kyneton was you would probably get a blank expression.

These days, Kyneton has become an emerging hotspot for creative and professional tree-changers as well as well as those seeking a quieter lifestyle.

One of the biggest draw cards is Kyneton’s proximity to the Melbourne CBD as well as the airport. With access to Melbourne and the inner north only an hour away by road and rail, savvy commuters have found it a bonus instead of spending equal time travelling from suburban areas.

The housing marketing remains steady in Kyneton, with a combination of character filled period homes as well as newer stock keeping both buyers and sellers happy. With owner occupiers as well as investors finding it increasingly difficult to enter the Melbourne market,

Real Estate Institute of Victoria data also supports homebuyers choosing places like Kyneton with median house prices increasing approxametly 39% over the last five years.

One of my tree-changing buyers recently said “It is the 5 minute lifestyle that did it for us.” And she is right! With fast trains, sophisticated hospital and healthcare facilities, progressive schools and access to childcare as well as Kyneton’s renown epicurean scene and natural attractions, I do not foresee the interest in Kyneton as home buying hotspot slowing down any time soon.

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