Seven Hills Real Estate and news for the local area

This blog is here to give you first hand local information about real estate and local issues in the areas of Seven Hills with a special focus on Toongabbie and Kings Langley.

5 Secrets to Renovating Ugly Houses

Ugly House Secret No: 1 You make money when you buy. One of the biggest mis­takes ordin­ary folk make is not doing their home­work BEFORE pur­chas­ing and embark­ing on a renov­a­tion. To under­stand how much money you can afford to spend on your home, you need to know how much your home is worth. Edu­cate yourself […]


Toongabbie Area Rental Market Update

The rental mar­ket this month has been sim­ilar to recent months no major changes,  just still incon­sist­ent with some prop­er­ties get­ting good turn outs at open homes and oth­ers not. Our team have achieved 17 new let­tings this month. Villa burnt down earlier this month One of our Prop­erty Investors and their ten­ants were given a […]


8 Practical Tips To Help You Budget On Your Next Renovation

Don’t move plumb­ing and elec­trics. Dur­ing a renov­a­tion pro­ject, it’s sens­ible to keep your plumb­ing and elec­trics in the same place as exor­bit­ant costs are likely to res­ult from mov­ing around your plumb­ing and elec­trical work. If you keep things in the same loc­a­tion and freshen it up, then you can cut back on costs […]


7 Tips – How To Choose Your “Glass Alternative” Splashback

Acrylic splash­backs are becom­ing very pop­u­lar for investors. They look identical to glass, are inex­pens­ive to pur­chase, quick to install and add a wow factor. And that means higher prop­erty rents and less main­ten­ance. Glass is heavy and notori­ously easy to break. And tiles are time-consuming to install and leave grout which dis­col­ours, mak­ing your […]


Loose-Fill Asbestos Found In Parramatta & Hills Council Homes

Dur­ing the 1960s-70s in Aus­tralia, loose-fill asbes­tos was com­monly sold as ceil­ing insu­la­tion for Par­ra­matta and Hills Coun­cil res­id­en­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. It was seen as a mater­ial that was dur­able and provided effi­cient insu­la­tion, and this res­ul­ted in it being installed in ceil­ings around the coun­try. In the 1980s, the dangers of asbes­tos and […]


How Security Systems Can Save You Money

You prob­ably know how well secur­ity sys­tems work when it comes to safe­guard­ing your home and pos­ses­sions, but did you know that a proper sys­tem can also be cost effect­ive? The many advant­ages that come along with hav­ing a sound home secur­ity setup make it a smart invest­ment. Here are just some of the ways […]


Why Investors profit with Acrylic Splashbacks

If you’re like most investors then everything comes down to the num­bers. Every dol­lar you spend has to earn its keep. Either in reduced costs or increased rents. Or ideally – both. Many investors are using acrylic splash­backs in their prop­er­ties because they do both at the same time. How do they increase rents? As you know, […]


Don’t forget to depreciate when you update

One of the most investor com­mon enquir­ies received by spe­cial­ist Quant­ity Sur­vey­ors is the ques­tion ‘what hap­pens to the depre­ci­ation deduc­tions that can be claimed if you decide to remove an asset and replace it with a new one?’ There are a couple of rules and recom­mend­a­tions a renov­at­ing for profit investor must fol­low to ensure […]


Repairs & Possible Outcomes If Not Completed In Timely Manner

Repairs & Pos­sible Out­comes If Not Com­pleted In Timely Man­ner Whilst we know some prop­er­ties in Seven Hills seem to have a never-ending run of repairs it is still very import­ant to know the import­ance of not com­plet­ing cer­tain repairs in a timely man­ner. Under the Res­id­en­tial Ten­an­cies Act 2010 and Res­id­en­tial Ten­an­cies Reg­u­la­tion 2010 […]


Long Term Tenant Property Investment Strategy

Never under estim­ate the value of a long term ten­ant to your Prop­erty invest­ment strategy! As we have entered sum­mer it is a reminder to all our Prop­erty Investors not to under­es­tim­ate the value of a long term ten­ant to the cash flow of your invest­ment prop­erty. If you have a ten­ant for an extended […]


The Mistakes Renovators Make When Buying To Profit

We see many ren­ov­at­ors buy­ing prop­erty in Seven Hills try­ing to make a quick buck but many fail and some don’t even real­ise it. Ever since the hot prop­erty mar­ket has been in the main­stream media and TV shows glor­i­fy­ing renov­at­ing with crazy profits, we have seen a spike in investors buy­ing run down prop­er­ties. Tip; […]

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