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Join the RedFeb relay this February and support heart health.

RedFeb 1While February is the month for hearts to be won over with flowers on Valentine’s Day, it’s also the month we’re all reminded to look after our heart health.  Heart disease is the largest killer of Australians, affecting 2 out of 3 families.  Heart Research Month aims to raise awareness about the impact of heart disease, and the need for continuing research.  Our team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate would love to encourage Fairfield residents to put their heart into supporting heart health, by joining the RedFeb Relay.

The RedFeb Relay is ongoing throughout the month of February, so you can start now with plenty of time left to contribute!  The aim of the RedFeb Relay is to get Australian’s active, while raising support for Heart Research Australia.  You can either walk, run, cycle or swim, or use a pedometer to track your distance in any other preferred sport.  The aim is to add in your kilometres to RedFeb’s community total, and help to make it one lap around Australia – which is equivalent to 27,650kms!  Right now they’re at around 16,000km, so we’re already well over halfway!

All you have to do is:

1. Sign up here and enter your details.

2. Create your supporter page, add a photo and set your fundraising goal.

3. Share your page with your family and friends. Even better, pass the baton on and get them to sign up too!

4. Start tracking your kilometres and log back in to your fundraising page to add your kilometres.

We’d love to see Fairfield residents getting active this month, and with so many beautiful places to go walking, running and cycling in Fairfield, why wouldn’t you want to get outdoors, get some fresh air, and join the community in contributing to a great cause?  For some great tried and tested riding routes check out Map My Ride Page, for walking routes click here for Map My Walk Page, and running trails are at Map My Run Page.

How will you be clocking up the km’s this February?

 

Want to attract buyers to your home… then avoid doing these 5 thing!

5 things you need to know 2Over the many years our team has been hosting open homes and inspections, we’ve learned a thing or two about what buyer’s want.  But in that process, buyer turn-offs have also become blatantly clear!  We thought we’d share the top 5 things that are likely to stop buyers from running to a contract, and instead leave them running for the hills.

  1. DON’T be too clingy.  Once you’ve made the decision that you’re going to be moving on, you need to commit to that mind-frame.  Staying for inspections might help your curiosity about the potential buyers, but it won’t help to sell your house.  Instead, go and grab a coffee, and let your agents do the work.
  2. DON’T forget to clean before your inspections.  While we hope buyers can see past a bit of mess, chances are they’re going to be far more impressed by a clean and well styled home than one that appears neglected.  We know some sellers don’t have the time or money to completely re-style their homes for inspections, but we can all afford to put in a little elbow grease.
  3. DON’T subject buyers to the smells of your pets.  While your furry bundle of joy may be part of your family, chances are the odours they omit aren’t doing your home any favours.  But beware, you can go too far the other way – buyers are just as likely to reject overpowering air fresheners and incense.  In fact, and smells other than fresh air or flowers aren’t usually welcomed by buyers.
  4. DON’T leave clutter all over your house.  Inspections are the buyers chance to imagine themselves living in your home.  But this can be too difficult if the house is chock-a-block full of your clutter.  Create some space, and show your home off for the fantastic liveable space that it is.
  5. DON’T leave buyers sweltering, or shivering.  During the summer months, show off how comfortable your home can be by showing off its cooling features – whether this be an air conditioner, ceiling fans or lovely breeze.  But don’t think you have to blast the air conditioning.  The idea is to create a comfortable temperature, not leave them shivering and reaching for a cardigan.  Set it to a temperature that will encourage buyers to stay, rather than chase them away.

For more tips on preparing your home for inspections, keep following our ‘Living in Fairfield’ blog, visit our office for your FREE copy of ‘Showtime- 101 Ways to Showcase Your Home for Sale’, or come in and chat to one of our friendly team today.

Children’s Art Workshops at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery

art workshopIf you’re looking for fun and creative ways to pass the time with your little ones, the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery might just be the place for you this term.  They will be hosting a range of fun art classes and workshops, and we believe there’s something to suit everybody’s tastes!

  • Wednesday, February 12, from 10.30-11.30am – Tea Time!  FREE Program for kids under 5 and their carers.  Spend the morning enjoying the entertainment, then be served yummy treats in the beautiful gardens.
  • Wednesdays, March 5 & April 2, from 11am-12 noon, Tiny Tots Art Class.  Toddlers and children up to 5 years can come along with their carers for some creative fun.  These sessions have  cost of $5 per child for materials.
  • Every Tuesday (from this week until April 1), from 4-5.30pm, for 7-12 year olds.  Join these wonderful clay classes with the Clayhouse ceramist Kathie Raco for just $100 per term (for materials).

For more information about any of these sessions, or other programs on offer, please phone the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery on 9609 3993 or email museumgallery@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au.

Back to school tips – getting the homework routine right

HomeworkWhen starting a new school year, often one of the biggest changes – besides the new teacher and classroom – will most likely be the increase in homework.  As your children make their way through their primary years and then through secondary classes, their assignments will only get more complex, and their schoolbag heavier.

Now you may be in the minority, that is, you have a child who loves to hit the books when they get home, studiously making sure their homework is complete before asking for Home and Away on the TV.  But chances are, you’re not.  We know that most kids prefer to ride their bikes, play computer games, jump on the trampoline or watch TV before their minds get even close to wandering down homework lane.

So what can you do to help?  Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the way, either through experience, by chatting with other Fairfield parents, or heard on the grapevine in Mothers’ groups or at school pick-ups.

  • It’s a good idea to have a cleared, designated ‘homework space’.  Somewhere free from distractions, with no TV or music playing.
  • To keep them focused, it may help to set a specific time and time limit for homework each night – particularly in the early years.  Most school will suggest time limits, such as 10 mins per night for very young students.  It may also help to ask your child what time they would like to do their homework.  Get this set at the beginning of the year – such as after a small after-school snack or play in the street with their friends.  There’s nothing wrong with allowing a break after school, but try not to leave it too late.
  • If your child is feeling a little overwhelmed by a big project, help them by breaking it up into smaller parts, and setting goals with them for completing each stage.  Teaching these strategies early will help them in later years when they are juggling far bigger workloads in Year 12 and University or Tafe studies.
  • Don’t do their homework for them.  If your child is having difficulties, of course you can provide guidance, but doing their homework for them won’t actually teach them anything.  If you believe their homework is far above their abilities, maybe have a chat to their teacher and see if there is some catch up work they could do to bridge the gap between where they are and where they need to be.
  • Keep reading to your child once they start school.  Lots of parents think that once their children can read for themselves they don’t need to continue.  There’s nothing wrong with reading more sophisticated stories to your children, which are beyond their own reading abilities, to maintain their interest in books.

If you have your own homework rules, or strategies that have helped your children, we’d love you to share them in the comments below.

Save money with an extra inspection

Australian moneyWe all know about property inspections and open homes, but there’s another type of inspection that all buyers can easily organise that could potentially save a lot of drama and headaches post-purchase.  Having a pest and building inspection completed prior to signing on the dotted line will give you peace of mind that you’re getting what you’re paying for, and ensure you don’t wind up with a well styled home that’s actually full of problems just below the surface.

A building and pest inspection will cost you a fee, but we believe this is a small price to pay when you consider the enormity of the investment you’re making when you buy a home.  Whether the house is going to be yours to live in and you want to reap the benefits of living in a sound house, or you’re buying it as an investment and don’t want the hassle of maintenance issues and fed up tenants, it only makes sense that anyone buying a house wants to do so without coming up against nasty surprises down the track.

If you are planning to buy at Auction, remember the building and pest inspection will needed to be done prior to the Auction time, as you will not have the luxury of adding an additional clause on the contract once the hammer goes down.

If you are selling real estate in Fairfield, it’s a really good idea to have your own Building and Pest inspection done prior to putting your home on the market and making it available for buyers to peruse.  This has two large benefits.  Firstly, it will give buyers instant peace of mind as they look through your home, and secondly, if any problems do show up in the inspection you will know in time to do something about them – before buyers are trying to negotiate thousands off the price.

If you have any questions about buying or selling Fairfield real estate, please feel free to contact our friendly Professionals Fairfield Real Estate team today.  We’d love to help make your next move as stress-free as possible.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day in Fairfield

Valentines Day 2It’s almost that time of the year again, when the romantics of Fairfield plan a special meeting with, or gift for, their Valentine.  It’s the day when Fairfield couples are found enjoying picnics in the park and candlelit dinners for two, and florists are run off their feet meeting the demand for beautiful bouquet deliveries.

Whether you love spoiling your loved one on Valentines’ Day, or choose to spend it quietly, we have a few tips for those with partners who may be in a spot of trouble if they don’t at least look like they’ve made a little effort.

  • If weather permits, a picnic in the park can be very romantic.  Naturally you should prepare the picnic basket rather than leaving it up to your partner.  Cheese, dips and crackers, or fresh summer fruits will usually bode well if they can be kept cold, or you can be far more extravagant and prepare a full meal if your heart desires.
  • We are a little spoiled for choice when it comes to Fairfield restaurants, which is no doubt why this is always a popular choice for Fairfield couples.  If you’re unsure where to go, some great options are Misky Cravings, Lotus Flower, and La Grilla.  Just remember to book ahead.
  • Most people who celebrate Valentine’s Day tend to buy gifts of chocolates, flowers, or jewellery.  If you can’ escape the desk, Flowers by Lisa also take online orders.
  • If you like to celebrate the most romantic day of the year in a dark theatre watching the stars up on the silver screen, you’re in luck.  Hoyts Wetherill Park will be releasing ‘Are We Officially Dating’ and ‘Endless Love’ on February 13, and Dirty Dancing on the 14th, just in time for you to book great seats and buy matching choc tops.

How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day in Fairfield?

The Block is Back!

The Block Fans V Favourites 1If you’ve had the TV going this week, you may have noticed that the new series of The Block – Fans V Favourites has been launched.  So far we’ve met the fans who got through their tough elimination rounds creating Manhattan lofts, and of course we already know the favourites – Brad and Dale from Season 5 and Alisa and Lysandra from Season 7.  So with at least a little knowledge of what the teams are capable of this year, we’re expecting huge things from this series.  The couples will be challenged to transform a brick warehouse at 47 O’Grady Street, Albert Park, Victoria into four luxury apartments, and we’re dying to see what they come up with!

Already, the elimination rounds have taught us that furniture matters, as does thinking outside the square.  The ‘Manhattan lofts’ that used large statement pieces of furniture, bold pendant lights, and made use of wall art made it through.  Those who played it safe didn’t make the cut.  While we do generally tell people to appeal to the masses as much as possible with neutral tones and styling, it’s easy to see how impressive a room can look when beautiful furniture meets a great eye for design.  If you are styling to sell, we still encourage you not to go overboard, but if you’re styling your home for your own enjoyment, why not add some extra flavour and a little pizazz?

While The Block is generally a nice little escape after work, and good light entertainment to coincide with a full belly from dinner, there’s also a lot to learn by watching The Block.  If you are interested in renovating, or simply increasing the value of your home, we urge you to keep watching, and take note of the ‘tricks of the trade’ you hear along the way.  There are guaranteed to be nuggets of genius from host Scott Cam, foreman Keith, various builders used by the pairs, and of course the ‘Blockheads’ themselves.  Not to mention absolute pearls from the judges, Neil Whittaker, Shayna Blaze and Darren Palmer about styling and finishing the rooms to add value at Auction.  Over the coming weeks we’ll share with you tips and tricks for renovating and turning a profit, while showcasing some of our favourite rooms and ideas from the show.  So grab your popcorn and prepare to enjoy!

Do you have an early favourite going in to this season of The Block?

 

Buying Fairfield real estate

Professionals real estateIf you’re looking to buy in Fairfield, but want to make sure the home you’re buying will leave you with a profit at resale if you need to sell in the next five years, it can be a very tough decision.  Do you go for the perfect house, the worst house in a good street, the ‘renovator’s delight’, or a new home?  These days, with more and more Generation Y’ers choosing to rent rather than make the leap into first home ownership, the property landscape is changing.  While there are still buyers for every price bracket, the days of young couples competing for doer-uppers is no longer a guarantee.

So how do you buy, secure in the knowledge that your home will be able to make you a profit when it comes time to sell?  If you’re tossing up between the worst house in the best street or your dream home in a worse spot, it can be really tricky.  First of all, there are no guarantees.  But a general rule of thumb, which you may have heard once or twice before, is ‘Location Location Location’.  Sacrificing a little on creature comforts to be in a great area can certainly ensure you turn a tidy profit, providing the house has potential.

Generally sticking close to good schools, being in a convenient location to public transport, and not having to drive for miles to the nearest shopping centre will all work in your favour.  As a buyer, it should be quite easy to think like a buyer – if you want your kids to go to a good school, the chances are so will others.  If you don’t want to fight traffic every morning to get to work, you’re probably not alone.  A pretty and convenient location will generally do well on the market, and if you can make small improvements to the house, chances are you won’t lose on the return.

Unfortunately, real estate is a dynamic market, and there are no guarantees.  It’s important to understand local market trends, and to be aware of the recent sales history of different areas.  We recommend coming in and chatting to our Professionals Fairfield Real Estate team before making your decision, as we can help you through the intricacies of our local Fairfield market, and ensure you know everything you need to know before diving in.

If you’re thinking of buying in Fairfield, and want to make the best decision for your family as well as your hip pocket, come and chat with our team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate today.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

chinese new yearLunar New Year in 2014 will herald the Year of the Horse, the seventh zodiac sign of the Chinese zodiac cycle.  This weekend, Lunar New Year celebrations kick-off in Cabramatta, and thousands of people are expected to join the fun in Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta Town Centre.  It will be an action-packed weekend filled with entertainment, traditional rituals and some of the most authentic Asian dishes in Sydney.

From the exciting lion dancers, to beautiful traditional dancers complete with costumes and vibrant live performances, this will be a weekend to remember, and it’s all absolutely FREE.  Don’t forget this is an event for the whole family.  This Saturday, February 1, make sure you bring the kids down for a My Little Pony Live Show at noon and 2pm, with a meet and greet at 1pm.

Whatever country, religion or race you are, New Year’s Day is a time for getting together with family and friends.  This celebration will be no different.  From 9am – 5pm this Saturday and Sunday, come on down with the family and enjoy all the entertainment on offer to help welcome in the New Year.

Be Brave and Shave!

worlds greatest shaveThis year between March 13 and March 16 people from across the country will be shaving, colouring or waxing for a wonderful cause, and we’d like to urge members of our own Fairfield community to register.  It’s the World’s Greatest Shave, where everybody is invited to get a new ‘do while helping to raise much needed money for blood cancer research at the same time.

According to the http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com/ website, today, 31 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.  That’s more than 11,500 people in 2014.  World’s Greatest Shave is your chance to help them by committing to shaving or colouring your hair between March 13-16, and asking sponsors to help you raise vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation’s important work.

If you’re not sure where to start, or can’t stand the idea of shaving your locks, don’t worry – There are lots of ways to show your support for this worthy cause.  You can host a shave, create a fundraiser at work or school, volunteer, or simply donate money yourself.

If you’d like to help, please start by sharing this post with friends and family.  The more support the better!  Then click over to the World’s Greatest Shave website and see how you can help.  Registering now will give you plenty of time to drum up support, and ensure you raise as much money as possible for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Will you be brave and shave this March?