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Does styling your home prior to selling make a difference? You bet it does! Kathryn from Yellow House Interiors and Kylie from Beach & Bay Realty tell us more…

Image: Fenton and Fenton - www.fentonandfenton.com.au

Image: Fenton and Fenton – www.fentonandfenton.com.au

How can a stylist help an agent?
Kathryn: A stylist can help by working with the agent on the presentation of the property. A stylist can discuss ideas on how to make the property looks its best and then implement those ideas to increase the appeal and value of the property.

Kylie: A stylist can be an agent’s secret weapon. It’s hard for an agent to make suggestions as sometimes people can take an offence. When an independent person like an experienced stylist offers their point of view, vendors are more open to their opinion. In the competitive and sophisticated real estate market today hiring furniture is normal and becoming more and more common.

How much value can simple styling add to the sale price?
Kathryn & Kylie: A massive difference!

Kathryn: If the property is styled correctly it automatically goes up in value in the eyes of potential buyers. Property values can increase exponentially if the vendor invests some time and thought into how the property looks, feels and overall presentation.

Kylie: The Sale price and speed of sale increases when a property is styled. The leaking tap in the bathroom must be fixed! Little things can be deterrents from the property itself.

What are the most basic styling improvements that you both agree can boost the overall feeling of a property for sale?

1. Clean and de-clutter.

2. Choose the right furniture to make the property feel bigger.

3. Choose accessories and artwork that enhance the property but do not distract.

4. Painting the property can go a long way. Lighten and brighten the colour scheme throughout.

5. Attend to and fix any small jobs before sale. You want the property to look in great condition.

Master Bedroom - Yellow House Interiors

Master Bedroom – Yellow House Interiors

What’s the biggest mistake a seller makes when they put their property on market?
Kathryn: That they overlook getting the property styled by a professional. A lot of people think that they can do it themselves. Calling in the professionals saves you time, money and at the end of the day you will know that you have sold for the highest price possible.

Kylie: The biggest mistake is selling a property vacant with no furniture.

If you had to avoid a certain item, statue, accessory or ornament in a property, what would it be?
Kathryn: I think it would have to be Grandma’s Old China collection! Get rid of it quick!

Kylie: Photographs of the family, it can be a distraction from the property/room itself if potential clients recognise any familiar faces – keep it neutral. The kitchen bench needs to be bare with a simple centrepiece like a bowl of fruit. Take off the fridge magnets! Bathroom should be 5 star hotel clean with new towels and please put the toilet seat down!

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Spruce up your home with these today!

Any favourite products to spruce up your home?
Kathryn: Here are some great products which will help your property stand out from the crowd…

1. Titan Table Lamp from Freedom

2. Hamret Copper Dish from Citta Design

3. November 1927 from Society 6

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Spotlight on local business: Mrs. Watson’s

10414556_768128373219351_3214058306323880751_nCongratulations on being one of the most popular stores in the Mall! How long have you been here in Cronulla for now?

10 years! Originally we were in the old DVC store for 7 years but have been Mrs. Watson’s for 3 years now.

How did the idea of Mrs. Watson’s first come about?
Mrs. Watson’s was always the concept store that Mike and Margo wanted but like all small businesses it took a long time to get there!  The original Mrs Watson is Margo’s grandmother and was the first person in her life to teach her about healthy food.  The store was always going to be named after her – Jean Watson. She lived until she was 96 and was a beautiful, loving and healthy human being. Wheatgerm was her staple breakfast (full of vitamin E) but if she was alive today she might have swapped that for a more Paleo inspired breakfast! :)

10336771_670969399641940_1760456650618560585_nYou seem to have a diverse range of products and brands from all around the world, how do you source your products?
We spend hours sourcing new products, we travel to the USA once a year to see what the new trends are, and we get a great deal of pleasure in making sure our store is full of interesting, healthy products for our customers.  For example, we just received our first delivery of Organic Coconut ‘Wraps’ direct from the USA and we are the 1st in Australia to have these.

How many staff members make Mrs. Watson’s the successful business it is?
We have 9 staff plus Mike and Margo. That number includes our Managers – Samantha and Rachelle (who is also a Naturopath), our other Naturopath – Izzac and our other lovely staff members– Kelly, Holly, Nadia and Eadie and, of course, the loveable Justin who is our Organic Fruit and Vege guru!

10346051_668961073176106_3735422849294511417_nWhat product is the highest volume seller?
Superfoods! From Chia seeds to Acai…. Everyone is loving them!

My favourite product line is the Thistle So Good Pea & Mint Risotto, which one of your products is most likely to find its way to your home?
Ahhhh…..now we know why that is selling so well!
We basically shop 100% in the store but at the moment we are really enjoying our range of  ‘Ozganics Sauces’ – Organic and Gluten Free – really easy to make a quick nutritious meal with some organic chicken, vegetables and kelp noodles after a long day. Finish that off with some Coyo Coconut yoghurt for dessert – dairy free and yummo!

Do customers ask you to stock certain items?
Yes, we really value receiving feedback and one of the best products we have were originally recommended by our customers.

10001448_647560505316163_8452703063482299874_nWhat do you love most about your job?
We love doing what we do – simple as that. We love customers getting excited over our new products, we love seeing people starting on a health regime and feeling so much better, and we love getting to know our customers – lots of them make us laugh all the time!

What is your favourite place in Cronulla?
We enjoy taking a mini break, having a coffee from our favourite cafe’s (we have lots!), sitting on a bench at Cronulla Park overlooking the beach and just chatting and relaxing (and coming up with new ideas of course!)

Finish this sentence – I Love Cronulla because….
It has a buzz that is like being on holidays every day!

Pop into Mrs. Watson’s today in the Mall at 53 Cronulla St or visit them on Facebook or their website 

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Design Inspiration: Great finds for your home

At Yellow House Interiors we are always looking to find exceptional pieces of furniture and accessories that not only meet our client’s brief but also look amazing yet are functional. Check out these great finds if you’re looking for the extraordinary!

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1. Melo Sofa Bed from BoConcept
Most sofa beds are small and uncomfortable. The Melo is a great choice offering both a large size, meaning more space for sleeping and can be used as a reclining sofa.

2. MUN 15 Desk from Fred Is Here
This super cool desk is the perfect piece if colour and function are important to you. Custom colour the legs from a choice of 10 colours and there are 2 different wood tops available. Raw natural elegance!

3. Grey & white Pouf from BoConcept
Looking for a stylish answer to the Moroccan pouf? Comes in two different fabric choices and would be a perfect addition to your living room or bedroom.

4. Bolero Pendent from Fred Is Here
A simple yet striking design the Bolero pedant is available in a range of bold colours. Would look great over a table in the office or dining room.

5. Designer Collection from Armadillo & Co
Think bold fun patterns meets rich saturated colour then you’re on the right track. The Designer Collection gives you and your designer the ability to create and customise a designer rug just for you. Choose from a selection of graphic designs and an extensive colour palette to create your very own floor art!

If you want to create a beautiful home then get in touch with Yellow House Interiors. We can help you with all of your interior decorating and styling needs. Visit www.yellowhouseinteriors.com.au

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Great Time To Buy

soldhouseIt’s a great time to buy real estate, right now

Now you wouldn’t have heard this from me a month ago and you probably won’t hear this from me in a month’s time but, today, this week, and this weekend, if you are in the position to buy a property then go out there and give it your best shot. ASAP.

The property market in Sydney has been going crazy and prices have increased dramatically in this first half of the year but several, very recent factors are coming into play right now which have created a little pocket of opportunity for buyers.

10348231_10152459011644312_7862929635639049698_nHave you noticed that the auction clearance rates have dropped significantly in the last 3 weeks?  It won’t last and let’s face it, the clearance rate is still quite good compared to previous years. It’s a short term phenomenon.

The things that have changed in the last few weeks:

Firstly and possibly most importantly buyers who have been looking this year and have been thus far unsuccessful are now jaded, tired, fed up, cranky and many have taken a month off to refresh, i.e. they are not going to open houses, instead they have decided to take a real estate break and get their lives back for a few weeks, gone away for a weekend, gone to see the kids play soccer etc instead of going from one open house to the next, all day Saturday.

1911606_10152289518374312_646615506_nSecondly, the media has now been reporting for a few months that things have been selling for $100,000, $200,000, $300,000 in excess of the reserve and painting the picture that buyers will pay whatever to get into the market. The media is usually several months behind reality too but buyers have started to feel completely ripped off and are taking a step back to consider what they are paying.

1264281_10151917506959312_1923611023_oThirdly, vendors expectations have been going up and up and up as each sale achieves a new benchmark sale price.

Fourthly, the budget announcement, again this is just short term jitters but it’s to do with confidence, confidence in the economy, in our government, in securing employment to keep paying that mortgage.

So now is not the time to give up, some vendors have bought and need to sell so they must quickly meet market expectations, the budget will iron itself out and buyer confidence will be back. Then you will be again competing with too many buyers and not enough sellers as is normally the case in the winter months in a great market. So, don’t stop looking now buyers, get out there and secure that property before it’s on the move again, and I think you only have a couple of weeks! Good luck!

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Cronulla Mall Report: May 2014

photo-8Welcome to the warmest May we’ve seen in a while!

The cool pre-winter weather is yet to set in and Cronulla is just as busy as ever!

Since our last Mall Report there have been no major changes in Cronulla to report, but there are a few…

In Surf Rd Queen Margherita of Savoy has replaced Hunt & Gather and we can’t wait to try it! Check out the menu on their website here.

photo-5-e1400625974524-768x1024The vacant stores still gracing the Mall and surrounds include:

  • The former Commonwealth Bank
  • Greenhills Beach Australand Office
  • Chocpad
  • Simone’s On The Park

Any idea what will fill these spaces? Restaurants, cafe’s or retail? We’ll keep you up to date… Hopefully we’ll have some new exciting shopfronts open up soon!

photo-7Miss Foxy Hair & Make Up is looking for a Part Time Hairdresser, spread the word if you know someone qualified who enjoys being footsteps away from the beach.

Beach & Bay are on the look out for local businesses who would like to feature in our next blog – we want to hear from you! Contact us via our I Love Cronulla Facebook page or email info@beachandbay.com.au.

This warm weather is predicted to last only one more week, so enjoy it while you can!

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Very Basic Styling Tips For Selling

FACT: An empty room is a smaller room.

JUST PLAIN WRONG:  Furniture makes a small room smaller

empty new roomWhen I am faced with showing a vacant property I prep every buyer before they inspect the property with this reminder – “An empty room is a smaller room”.  But who believes a real estate agent?!

I strongly encourage every Beach & Bay seller to furnish a room, because without fail, if they do not, I guarantee buyers will make the comment that the room is small, in fact too small for their requirements and that great first impression is lost. Not only that, a buyer will go on to say “Imagine how small the room will be once furnished! “ This is so wrong but it’s hard to convince a buyer of this. Buyers need to see to believe.

small_bedroom_design_ideasRecently I had the situation where 2 identical properties were for sale by the same owner, one was furnished and one was not.  I would show buyers through the first unfurnished apartment  and, like clockwork, their initial reaction  would be “Oh the bedrooms are small, will they fit a double bed?”  Tape measures would come out, criticisms would be made…Then I would take them to see the identical but furnished apartment and their reactions would be positive, no concerns about fitting a queen bed  (maybe even a king) and tape measures would come out again but this time to actually confirm that indeed the rooms were exactly the same size as the other unfurnished apartment.

unfurnishedA furnished room shows dimension which in turn makes the room look bigger and it shows the buyer clearly the functionality of a room.  I’m not encouraging clutter, because a cluttered room is a disaster for presentation and of course can make a room look diminished. What I am encouraging though is hiring furniture, or if finances are tight, borrowing core pieces of furniture for rooms, a bed or a desk or a sofa from a friend or neighbour.

furnished-vs-unfurnished3Just remember, I can guarantee:

An empty property is a smaller roomed property = a harder sale = longer sale = reduced sale price

 

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Local Talent: Introducing Mulga the Artist

Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing local creative street artist ‘Mulga the Artist’, also known as Joel Moore. Read on to find out more…

Dana-and-Tom-webWhen did you realise street art was your calling?
I always loved making art but in the last 5 years I decided that I wanted to make art for a living. I had my first art show in Feb 2012 and have been doing art as much as I can since. Two months ago I quit my finance job to live the dream of being an art dude. I am loving it!

What makes a good painting wall?
I think above all it needs to look good and if people can connect with it that is also pretty great. I like to add humour and poetry and lots of colour to my street art paintings and this makes it much more interesting for everyone. The last 2 times I painted on the Bondi wall I asked peeps on Instagram to suggest poems to go on the wall, I painted my favourite poem up. I think it is pretty cool collaborating with all my friends on social media.

bondi1You’ve recently done some amazing work in Bondi. Why don’t you have any walls in Cronulla?
The wall in Bondi is run by the Council and they give artists permits to paint on the wall. If the Sutherland Shire Council did something like that I would get involved for sure. I would love to paint on some walls in Cronulla so if anyone has a sweet wall, get in contact with me and let’s get some art up.

Can we see any of your street art on walls in the Shire?
It does not exist yet unfortunately, but I would like to change that given the right piece of real estate (wall).

otis-the-owl-by-mulga-the-artist-webDo you sell any of your prints in Cronulla?
I sell clothes through Triple Bull surf shop in Cronulla and art prints and some kids clothes in Hazelhurst Gallery. I operate an online shop and I live in the Shire so you can get all my prints on there.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever created?
At the moment it is Dolphin Beard Donnie who graces the wall at Bondi. He is a rad dude with interesting dolphin friends hanging out in his beard.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you can reveal to us?
I recently collaborated with Phoenix Organic drinks for some limited edition artist bottles, that should be coming out very soon and is pretty cool. Today I have been painting a metal album cover for a group show and that has been really fun, the band name I made up for it is called Deathbeard.

How do we find you on social media?
These are my sweet links:

http://mulgatheartist.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/Mulgatheartist

http://instagram.com/mulgatheartist/

http://mulgatheartist.tumblr.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/MulgatheArtist/videos

http://twitter.com/MulgatheArtist

numbering-prints-webFinally, what do you love most about Cronulla?
I love going boating on the Port Hacking and chilling out on a summers day at Jibbon or down South West Arm.

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Does Your House Smell?

No_smoking_sign_by_nadinefaourYes, this is a trick question. No one can answer this question about their own home yet it is one of those questions sellers often fail to consider. Some of the common smell offenders that seem to seep into the walls, curtains and floor coverings of a home are mould, pets, cheap cleaning products, cigarette smoke and even strong cooking odours such as garlic. Your friends might love your garlic meatballs but your potential buyers won’t like smelling them the next day at your open house.

So do yourself a favour and ask someone who will give you an honest answer to “Does my house smell?” before putting your property on the market because you can not be trusted with this question and if overlooked by the seller it can be very costly. Sometimes smells just do not go away overnight so take this into consideration before racing to get the for sale sign up.

multi-colored-candlesCandles, freshly baked pastries and coffee brewing is all well and good for inspection day but if the kitty litter is sitting in the lounge room you can kiss that quick, top price sale goodbye!

 

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Hot Property: 5 products to style your home

Are you looking at selling your property? Yellow House Interiors could be just the help you need. We specialise in making your home look beautiful and most importantly irresistible to potential buyers. Our aim is to maximise your sale price through styling, de-cluttering and transforming your property to look it’s best.

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Here is a sneak peek at some great products on the market now. Mix and match them with existing pieces or freshen up your space with just a couple.

Clockwise from left:
1. Tall & Short Chevron Vases, Have You Met Miss Jones
2. Oskar Coffee Table, Dwell
3. Petra Throw, Citta Design
4. Black Prints, Lumiere Art & Co
5. Black and White Cushions, Yellow House Interiors

For all of your styling and decorating needs contact Kathryn at kathryn@yellowhouseinteriors.com.au

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The Real Estate Market in 2014

5/5 McDonald St, Cronulla

5/5 McDonald St, Cronulla

Last year saw real estate prices increase 10-15% in the Sutherland Shire after several tough years but this year the rapid increase in sale prices across Sydney has been so dramatic that I would estimate the price increase is already 10-15% for the 5 months of 2014, especially in the Sutherland Shire.  I do not think we have experienced this sort of price growth spurt since July 2003, when every house sold achieved a new record and properties for sale were in such short supply that people tended to buy first, then sell to avoid being without a home to go to.

241 Attunga Rd, Yowie Bay

241 Attunga Rd, Yowie Bay

It’s back to the days when pest and building inspectors are booked solid, most properties are being marketed as Auction, serious buyers need to attend the first open house if they want to secure the property and every TV channel has a show about renovating and selling!

Will this continue? Should we wait? Is this a bubble? These are the questions buyers keep asking me and I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that Sydneysiders are obsessed with real estate again, interest rates are low and there is a feeling of confidence again in the property sector. If only I had a crystal ball.

13 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

13 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

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