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I have enjoyed an enviable career with over 30 years in Real Estate.

Not only have I sold hundreds of residential properties, apartments, and “off the plan” 

Subdivision sales, but I have also sold and leased Commercial and Industrial properties.

I specialized in Real Estate ( CRS (SA)) many years ago and continued to improve my qualifications in an industry that I have always enjoyed.

My area of expertise covers 3 continents, so why not take advantage of my experience.

In order to succeed in Real Estate, you need the right attitude and an ethical and professional approach in order to enjoy the many rewards.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”

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Never neglect maintenance issues

  It is easy to get complacent about home maintenance when you are busy at work or running after the kids every weekend with their sporting interests. It could also be that money is an issue, not knowing what it would cost maybe, or perhaps receiving the cost...

The Horrid Housing Squeeze

Do you feel slightly nervous of the current housing market? Just yesterday, a friend mentioned to me that she was forced to find a new rental due to her landlord selling. The Landlord's reason was that he could no longer afford to hold onto the property, due to the...

Never ignore maintenance issues

Ever wondered why your beautiful home does not appeal to everyone else? It is a mistake to assume that what you like, somebody else will like too. We are all so very different in our likes and dislikes and often this has a huge affect on the selling price of our homes...

Shouldn’t have bought it?

Regret at a recent purchase is very common Wondering whether you might have paid too much for something is an awful feeling! Perhaps you had been searching for a while and been unsuccessful several times when making offers on other homes? You might also be out of...

Disclosing known defects

KNOWING what is right isn't as important as DOING what is right! Have you ever viewed a property to purchase and been not quite sure about something you have noticed in the home? Perhaps the age of the home shows some notable damage to the window frames ? Maybe there...

Tiny herb gardens

The goodness of herbs The goodness that herbs provide to our diets is often ignored  by many of us in this busy world of ours. If we can improve our lifestyle by growing a little herb garden, then isn't it something worth considering ? You don't need a lot of space to...

Suitable Neighbours

The perfect neighbour is something most of us like to be. But what if you have bought the perfect home in the best location then suddenly one of your neighbours teenager's drives his car through your fence? Perhaps the damage is substantial and your private garden is...

Simple kitchen makeovers

You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to refresh the decor in your kitchen   When we received a few quotations for renovating an older 60's style kitchen and bathroom, I was visibly shaken when I read the figure put in front of me by the saleslady with...

Healthy homes

Everybody wants to live in a healthy home, but sometimes sadly, it is not possible for many. However, If you can afford to do the upgrades on your home, then it is considered highly beneficial and worthwhile for the health benefits you will gain for you and your...

Home work or work from home?

Working remotely Covid- 19 has brought about many changes for a lot of us. One of those is that we work from home more often. Perhaps we land up permanently working from home...who knows what the future holds? There are advantages and disadvantages of course. If you...

The Gift is in the giving

The gift is in the giving It is Christmas time again. It will be a different Christmas for many people this year as some families cannot be together due to border restrictions, and for some who live in countries going back into lockdown due to Covid-19, there will be...

Finding your cheer

Finding your cheer It is that time of year again! 2020 has been a very different year for all of us worldwide. Finding your inner cheer at Christmas for many people these days can be difficult. Since Covid-19 it has become...

Have you got “buyer’s remorse”?

Buyer's remorse Sometimes when we purchase something we have a feeling of remorse soon after. This is no different when you purchase a house, in fact, the remorse can be much worse. Experienced Real estate negotiators are keen to get the deal signed that day for this...

Messy house or hoarder?

Household clutter or hoarding? Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between hoarding and extreme clutter. Many times in my real estate career, I have come across people who do not see the clutter when they come to sell their homes. It is rude to point it out to them,...

A “buy to sell” theory

When buying a new home there are several ways in which a purchase can go wrong. If you buy with the theory that if you needed to sell quickly, you could sell, for a fair market price, then of course, it will minimise any loss in selling so quickly. So only buy at...

Reasons why you should pay for marketing

Choose wisely and don't be fooled by cheap offers When property listings are scarce, it is tempting for some salespeople to offer enticing deals to get you to list your property with them. There are a lot of logical reasons why a property owner should think carefully,...

Stage to sell ?

Staging is often crucial to a successful sale Are you thinking of selling your home? Staging can be expensive. It depends on what you want to spend and how much you actually need, but there are simple ways to make it more affordable. Top 10 Staging habits of...

Never give up!

Learn from the wise old donkey   One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't...

Found the house of your dreams?

So you have found the house of your dreams? Besides the obvious things like checking out the neighbourhood, schools, shops and transport facilities there are other really important things you need to check out. If you have a professional building inspection done, make...

Top house hunting mistakes

Better a "What if" than an "Oops!" Buying real estate is full of little" trip me ups", but it is one area where you don't want to make a mistake. Have you ever gone to look at 6 houses, being desperate to find one and then got them all muddled up in your head? Sure...

FOMO – Not good!

FOMO and the housing market It seems that "Fear of missing out" ( FOMO) is really playing out in many markets at the moment. First home buyers are really finding it difficult in today's market, with the extra forces at play. The seasoned buyer versus the first home...

Don’t know where to start?

What to look out for when buying a property There are so many things that you need to be aware of when buying a property. These days buyers will choose to get a professional building inspection done, which will itemise any maintenance issues or immediate repairs that...

Smart homes

Renovating a home is not for the faint hearted Take it from one who knows! Smart wiring, or smart homes are often talked about and the digital natives amongst us know all the tricks. Just listening to some of the things required...

Handling rejection

A rejection is nothing more than a step towards success In Real Estate sales you have to overcome a lot of objections and rejections. Nothing unusual really as it is a common factor in any sales industry. There have been many times in my career that I have felt utter...

Are you priced right?

Price your home correctly as soon as you list it for sale I have often encountered sellers who tell me that they want to price their home higher in order to have a bit of cushioning for negotiating later. But in reality what this actually does is lower the number of...

Home buying homework

Things to do when buying a property So you have found the house of your dreams. Besides the obvious things like checking out the neighbourhood, schools, shops and transport facilities there are other really important things you need to check out . If you have a...

First home buyers

So you want to buy a property? Wondering where to start? Start at the beginning! - buying your first home is often a journey of discovery. Some might say it is a journey full of hidden surprises and some of them not that nice for the ill informed. Here are a few...

The danger of over-pricing

Are you in danger of pricing your property out of the market? When selling a property there are many things to consider. That is why it is crucial that you choose the "right salesperson" for the job in the first instance. If the salesperson is not truthful in telling...

Mortgagee sales

When the bank comes knocking Trust not tomorrow - for we live in the present I have always felt that mortgagee sales are very sad for all of those involved. It is usual for Banks to give mortgage repayment defaulters time to sell their home so as to save face and...

Housing market uncertainty?

Wondering when things will get back to normal? I think most of us are adjusting to a "new normal". We read about what is happening in our housing market  now, but what about long term? Travel overseas seems to be one of the many things a lot of Kiwis and Australians...

Renovation reality

Renovating looks easier than it is in reality It is so easy to believe that renovating  your home will be a walk in the park with so many renovation reality television shows on offer that make it seem so easy. But whether you are doing the work yourself, or employing...

6 Reasons why some properties take longer to sell

I have found throughout my career that there is a buyer for every property, just maybe not in the time that you might think if you have not paid attention to some really important factors. The length of time on the market is affected by a number of factors. Location:...

Backyard Bliss

Why not relax and enjoy the rewards of your labour? Transforming a garden into a place where you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour can be very rewarding. Perhaps you have purchased a home with a tiny garden and are looking for ways to make it into a...

Soul food in your garden

Soul food is often found in the garden. I know that when I look out at my own garden and see the changing colours of the seasons with the bees darting everywhere, it makes me feel good. I love watching the native birds feeding on the hanging seed bells, with their...

Upgrading a bathroom

Thinking of upgrading your bathroom? Planning is essential to a successful outcome when remodelling your bathroom. Consider the following before getting at least 3 quotations. Remember, what you visualise is not necessarily what the person that you choose to work with...

Energy Efficient living – worth a try!

Simple ways to reduce your energy usage Many of us at some time in our lives consider ways in reducing our energy use, so might find that there are many simple ways to do so. Back in the Eighties we installed Solar Panels on the roof of the first home we built, and...

The Millennial Buyer

Do you know a Millennial buyer? Often when enjoying a lunch out with my children, it is a race to beat them at the cash register. While I am searching my handbag to find my wallet and credit card, I will often be too late to pay as my son has snapped his iphone closed...

What can we learn from Gen Y?

What can we learn from Millennials? Generational differences are often quite plain to see. My grandson, (aged six at the time) once explained to me that it was okay to believe that I could see my late husband (his Granddad) in a rainbow if it made me feel happy, but...

What is your personality trait?

Identifying personality traits for better communication is key If you wanted to unlock the secret to better communication and negotiation or simply just wanted to understand why somebody does something, then the Disc theory is a great tool to use. The DISC personality...

First Impressions Count

  "First impressions can make or break your property sale" Improve the appearance of the front of your house before selling I don't know how many times that I have had buyers in the car, knowing that they will love the property I am taking them to if only I could...

Don’t look back- You are not going that way

Remaining positive is not always easy, even for positive people! I have always liked "sayings" and when I am at my lowest will often read them. They make me feel better for some reason. When my husband was first diagnosed and given 2 months to live, I would write the...

Where have all the Tradesmen gone?

Are you renovating or building? While you are waiting for those quotations from Tradespeople you have contacted, some of whom might disappointingly not even turn up, you will get some that "over-quote" because they have too much work on. It seems hardly fair on the...

Avoid Nasty Renovation Surprises

Having recently renovated a mid century home, after having done many renovation and new build projects before, made me realise that every renovation is just another learning experience. Planning is crucial to any renovation project no matter how small. The devil is...

Upsizing with Teenagers

When is the right time to upsize? Could it be when your little darlings become "tweens", or perhaps when they start to bring their friends home as teenagers? It is good knowing where they are and if they feel that they can entertain friends at home surely that is...

Boomers in the market

The generation game None of us likes to think we’re old, whether we’re 35 or 85. The "Baby Boomers’’ generation covers a broad age spectrum, from those aged 55 to people in their 60’s to our older Boomers who are now in their 70’s. Boomers born from 1946, straight...

The Joys of Minimalism

What is Minimalism? Do you ever feel like you are running from one task to another? Multi tasking to get things done and constantly in catch up mode, mobile phone in hand, and answering email after email, and then suddenly it is time to feed the family and catch up on...

Downsizing?

Is downsizing right for you ? Perhaps you need to downsize your life? Have you got too many unused rooms in your current house? It is costly heating a large unused home, and cleaning it can be just as bad. It is a different story if the house is full of children or...

Price it right first time

Buyers buy by comparison We all love our homes, right?  After all, that is why we chose them after viewing so many others. When it comes to selling them, we have to look at it as if we were a buyer. We need to research the competition, and know what we are up against...

You get what you pay for ?

The Agent who offers the cheapest deal is not always the best person for the job. So you want the best deal? Of course you do! Commission charged for selling houses is huge. We all know that. But do you actually know what the...

How will the market change?

For many years, it is fair to say that Real Estate agents have been operating in a "sellers market". Post "Covid-19", what will the Real Estate market look like? Will it go crazy and then come to a grinding halt? There are many thoughts on this. Obviously it will be...

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