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A property appraisal with LJ Hooker is a great way to find out what the market is doing and making a decision to sell or stay based on current property prices is always a smart move.

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To get your free property appraisal and to go into the draw, give me a call or send a text on 0448 310 700!

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LJ Hooker celebrates 90 years of innovation

On September 20 1928, 24-year-old Sir Leslie Joseph Hooker opened the doors to a modest real estate agency in Maroubra with big plans. He went on to become the founder of the largest real estate company in the Southern Hemisphere.

This month, on September 20, LJ Hooker agencies in every Australian state and territory are inviting their customers to celebrate LJ Hooker’s 90th birthday with them.

Our founder famously said: “Real estate is not about property, it’s about people”. That’s why our 90th birthday celebrations will commemorate the hundreds of thousands of sellers, buyers, investors and tenants over multiple generations who have entrusted a business with family values to guide them on their real estate journey.

LJ Hooker’s rich history can be attributed to its ethos to innovate. As our customers’ expectations of real estate has changed, so have we. Whether it has been introducing our brand to different communities by pioneering franchising in Australia, to helping sellers optimise the digital environment via LJ Hooker Boost, we’ve been making sure our customers’ experiences are like no other.  Click here to read our indepth 90 Years of Innovation eBook that walks through each decade and the milestones that were achieved.

Buying Real Estate FAQ’s

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What questions should I ask the agent when buying a home?

  • Can you show me a recent property sales report to show what the house is worth?
  • Why is the vendor selling?
  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • Are there any known issues with the property, land or neighbours’ properties?
  • Exactly what is included in the sale?
  • How long have the owners lived there?
  • Is the property listed? If so, what grade is it? And is it in a conservation area?
  • How much are council rates / strata fees?

Why should I buy with LJ Hooker?

Enlisting the help of a trusted real estate agency can help you navigate the often-tricky world of residential real estate. With offices across most of Australia’s major cities, towns and suburbs, your local LJ Hooker real estate agent is perfectly-placed to provide you with advice and assistance relevant to your local real estate market.

Your local LJ Hooker real estate agent can also help you through every stage of the property buying process, including finding a property within your price range, organising finance, reports and searches, conveyancing and in some cases, even helping to connect your utilities.

What are the steps to buy a home?

  1. Own a home? Get an appraisal as this is a great way to find out how much equity you already have.  Your local LJ Hooker agent can give you a free property appraisal to help you here.
  2. Contact a Loan specialist to discuss your home buying plans and borrowing capacity
  3. Create a budget and save deposit
  4. Choose a home loan and apply for pre-approval
  5. Research property market and neighbourhoods and download our Free Open Market report
  6. Finalise property must-haves
  7. Start house hunt
  8. Lawyer / conveyancer to review contract
  9. Get a building inspection
  10. Make offer or bid at auction
  11. Sign contract and pay deposit
  12. Arrange insurance
  13. Process First Home Owner Grant
  14. Complete settlement and move in

What are the different ways to buy a home?

There are 4 main ways to buy real estate in Australia

  • Private treaty – when the vendor, or home owner sets the price they would like to sell their property for and their real estate agent negotiates individually with prospective buyers to achieve a sale as close to this price as possible.
  • Auction – which is a public sale conducted by a licenced auctioneer.  Properties are offered up for bid and if the reserve price is reached the property is sold to the highest bidder
  • Tender and Expression of Interest are processes wherein you submit a single offer, usually accompanied by a 5 or 10 per cent deposit, and it is accepted or rejected by the vendor.

What are the costs of buying a property?

  • Deposit – usually 10-20% of the home’s overall cost
  • Stamp Duty – differs in each state
  • Lenders mortgage insurance if you borrow more than 80% of the property purchase price
  • Building insurance
  • Legal help such as lawyers or conveyancers
  • Building, pest and strata inspections
  • Council rates and strata fees
  • Moving costs

How can I work out the budget I can afford to buy a home?

Talk to the experts at LJ Hooker Home Loans, they can help assess your current earning and assets and develop a plan with you.

What is the first home buyer grant?

The First Home Owner Grant (scheme) was established to assist eligible first home owners to purchase a new home or build their home by offering a grant.  The grant amount is determined by the date of the eligible transaction and each state has different rules and regulations.

What is stamp duty?

Stamp duty is a charge which is applied by state governments in Australia and is in relation to the transfer of land or property. The State Government charges may vary depending on the purpose of the property purchased.

Where do I search for properties?

Website portals such as  ljhooker.com.au, realestate.com.au and domain.com.au are excellent resources along with regional and local newspapers.  Also contact your local LJ Hooker real estate agent as they are experts in the local area and may know other properties that are up for sale

What research should I do before buying a home?

Doing due diligence on the property market gives you important understanding of where you can buy, and how much it will cost.

What happens on auction day?

On auction day if you are wanting to bid, you must register in the bidders record and you will receive a bidders number that you will use when bidding.

The auctioneer will outline all rules before the bidding begins, including their obligation to refuse bids after the hammer falls, to arbitrate bid disputes and also to refuse bids that come from those who have not registered for the auction.  There may be more specifics depending on where the auction takes place, so check the rulings and listen carefully to the auctioneer.  If you are the successful bidder and the property sells to you, you are required to sign the contract immediately and pay a 10% deposit.  There is no cooling off period if you buy at auction.

What auction terms should I know?

It is important that you understand these terms before your bid at an auction: Bidders guide, Inspection, Vendor and Dummy Bids, Rises and Advances, Reserve, On the Market and Passed In.

What should I look for in a neighbourhood?

To determine the right neighbourhood for you, consider your pace of life – are you young and is the proximity to friends and entertainment important or are you looking for a quieter suburb.  If you have family plans consider schools, transport and amenitites and safety of suburb.  Consider where you work and the daily commute.

What is the settlement?

Closing (also referred to as completion or settlement) is the final step in executing a real estate transaction. The closing date is set during the negotiation phase, and is usually several weeks after the offer is formally accepted. On the closing date, the ownership of the property is transferred to the buyer.

Do I need a pest inspection?

You don’t need a pest inspection but it is recommended that you get one to ensure the property you are buying has no major issues as this could save you a lot of money in the future.

Who is eligible to receive the first home owner grant?

To qualify for the first home owner grant you must meet the following criteria: each applicant is a person and not a company or trust, the applicant is a permanent resident or Australian citizen.  Each applicant must be 18 years of age or above. All applicants and / or their spouse / de facto, have not owned a residential property, jointly or separately in any state or territory of Australia before July 2000.  Each applicant must have entered into a contract for the purchase of a home and the total value of the home does not exceed the cap amount for eligible transactions (different in each state).  Must also be the first time an applicant/spouse or defacto will receive the grant and that at least one applicant will occupy the home as their principal place of residence for a continuous period of 6 months commencing within 12 months of purchase.

RMA 2018 ORMEAU AGENT OF THE YEAR WINNER

Sue Ward of LJ Hooker Ormeau wins Ormeau Agent of The Year in the RateMyAgent 2018 Agent of the Year Awards!

I am very excited to share with you the announcement that I have won the prestigious award of 2018 RMA Agent of the Year in Ormeau! This puts me in the top 7% of all agents throughout Australia.

These awards, which are the largest real estate awards in Australia, recognise those agents and agencies that have ranked the highest based on customer reviews and feedback.

In such a competitive market with many ethical agents, I’m delighted to be named the Agent of The Year in the Ormeau market. This award recognizes our dedication to providing exceptional service with unfailing integrity. My Team and I work tirelessly to change the way our local property market view real estate.

I’m not in the business of selling homes; I’m in the business of helping my clients achieve their goals, making their life a little easier during the process and helping put a smile of their faces while doing so. We’re thrilled so many of our clients appreciate our work and have rated us using the RateMyAgent site. To be voted number one by your customers is a real testament to the service we provide.

The RateMyAgent Agent of the Year Awards compare over 32,000 agents and agencies across the country.  They highlight the leading real estate agents and agencies in each suburb, city and state across Australia, and on a national level.

The Agent of the Year Awards are the largest real estate awards in Australia, and the only awards to use customer reviews and recommendations to rank agents. The awards also recognise leading agents on a suburb, state, city, and national level to help sellers choose their leading local agents. All reviews on ratemyagent.com.au are verified and attached to the property listing they relate to ensuring that the information provided is unique to the agent and from a genuine property seller or buyer.

is Australia’s No. 1 real estate agent ratings and statistics website. It provides recommendations, rankings and reviews for real estate agents in Australia. Started in 2014 the company now has over 32,000 claimed agent and agency profiles and is a leading consumer site for people looking for transparency in the real estate industry.

For a full list of winners visit: ratemyagent.com.au/agent-awards-2018

View my RateMyAgent profile here https://www.ratemyagent.com.au/real-estate-agent/sue-ward-bw488/reviews

 

 

 

Make a move and you could WIN $1,000,000.

Making a fortune in real estate has never been easier.

2018 New Year Campaign

 

Get a market update or list your property for sale before April 20 2018, and you could be spinning the prize wheel for a chance to win $1,000,000 to spend with us.

  • Anyone who has a Market Update will receive a ticket in the draw.
  • Anyone who Exclusively Lists their home for sale during these 3 months will get 5 tickets in the draw
  • Auction List will get another 5 tickets in the draw
  • At the conclusion of the campaign one lucky person will be drawn and they will be flown to Sydney to spin the prize wheel.

On the LJ Hooker prize wheel there are 100 chances to win great prizes!

So if you have been wondering whether to Sell your home or get an update on value, there has never been a better incentive to call me on  0448 310 700.

https://suewardrealestate.com/request-an-appraisal/

Best of Luck

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