Customer Review – 48 Lockhart Ave, Mollymook

A few weeks ago my family and I stayed at 48 Lockhart Ave, Mollymook for a 4 day weekend. We had such a great time at this house which is perfectly designed for a relaxing beach holiday.

This home is renovated throughout and suitable to house a family on holidays. It has floorboards in the living areas (good for the sand), large open plan kitchen, all the modern conveniences such as dishwasher, DVD, stereo, front and rear yard, BBQ, plenty of off street parking and most importantly just a few minutes walk to the beach and Mollymook shops. My parents came down as well and they also loved that it is single level.

My husband and I tried a few local restaurants at Milton (Bacchus and Tipsy Fig, both excellent) and we all had breakfast at Pilgrims at Milton, apparently this is an institution on the South Coast!

I thoroughly recommend 48 Lockhart Ave, Mollymook for an affordable family holiday.

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Sutherland Shire Resident Focus

Sutherland Shire resident Rebecca George has recently received an award for 25 years service to her soccer club Como-West Jannali. She is the youngest person to receive this award and is still fighting fit and loving the game, now playing in a Senior Women’s A grade team.

Her achievement also reflects changing social values and anti-discrimination laws that came into effect in Australia. The Sex Discrimination Act (1984) allowed girls up to the age of 12 to participate in boys sports and it is this legislation that opened up the way for Rebecca, the first girl, to be registered by the Como-West Jannali Soccer Club in an under 7 side in 1985.

Well done Rebecca!

Rebecca George

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The Beach & Bay Realty Difference

Beach & Bay Realty has been in business for 9 years. We are a boutique agency, built mostly on referrals, positive word of mouth and repeat clients.

Real Estate Agents often get a bad name (and sometimes for good reasons!) so at Beach & Bay we want everyone involved to have a pleasant experience when they deal with us (from the vendors and buyers, to the solicitors, valuers, and pest and building inspectors!).

We focus on the quality of our service, not the quantity, so you may notice we aren’t up to our ears in listings. As a vendor, this is a good thing for you, meaning we provide a very personal service and can strictly monitor the individual sale of every property in our office.

What we do

  • Work discreetly with buyers and sellers and aim to provide a well informed, friendly, stress free sale.
  • Provide cutting edge marketing using the very latest online technology and social media campaigns. We use blogs, twitter, facebook, youtube, virtual floorplans, email newsletters, google maps…if it’s online, we’re on to it!
  • Provide professional, ethical service

What we won’t do

  • We will not interrupt you and your family during dinner with phone calls harassing you to list with us.
  • We will not chase you after a market appraisal day in and day out. We figure, if you like us, you’ll let us know eventually.
  • We do not aggressively mass letterbox drop to try and get listings
  • We do not doorknock (unless specifically asked by a genuine client), and on the odd occasion when that does happen, we will not intimidate you or pressure you to sell.
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Same Owners – New Name! Artwork2u

(This blog was written by Almis from Artwork2u)

Smart Art Cronulla is now called Artwork2u. The name was chosen to better reflect the core of the business, i.e. we bring the art to the customer.

We specialise in affordable decorative art and no matter what your artwork requirements are, we have a solution;

Real Estate – If you are selling your house, try our short term leasing option to add to the visual impact of your property

Corporate – We offer a free Business Consultation and provide the option of rotating your artwork every 6 months

Residential – Purchase direct from the showroom or book a free, no obligation Home consultation

Interior Designers – We offer free viewing of artwork on site for you and your client

To learn more about our services and how we do all the work for you, visit our new website – www.artwork2u.com.au

Beach & Bay Realty: If you would like your Sutherland Shire business to be featured on our blog please contact info@beachandbay.com.au

Artwork2u

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100% Local Auction Clearance Rate

On Saturday 26th September our local area property market achieved an auction clearance rate of 100%. A great result, even better when compared with the Sydneywide HomePrice Guide figure of 67%.

The properties auctioned in our local area were diverse. From the first auction at 9:30am that Beach & Bay Realty auctioned – a 1 bedroom at 1/20 Banksia Rd, Caringbah that sold for $230,000 to the last auction of the day, 169 Woolooware Rd, Burraneer which sold prior for $1.21mil. Of the 9 auctions, the properties were in the suburbs of Cronulla, Woolooware, Burraneer, Caringbah and Caringbah South.

5 of the properties auctioned were apartments and 4 were houses, all the houses achieved sales over $1 million.

During the week there was 1 auction held, waterfront 58 Grandview Pde, Caringbah South, unfortunately this did not sell.

The Beach & Bay team has enjoyed a 100% auction clearance rate throughout 2009. As selling agents we believe strongly in the auction process but only if the property or market is unique. At the moment I would say it is a ‘unique’ market, where demand is much higher than supply.

In other words, there are a lot of buyers right now and not enough properties on the market at a time that is traditionally peak selling season. So if you are thinking of selling, in particular if you are in the suburbs including Cronulla, Burraneer, Woolooware, Dolans Bay, Caringbah, Caringbah South and Lilli Pilli please give Beach & Bay Realty team a call on 9527 0008.

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Sutherland Shire Photographers?

We will be launching an online photography competition for Sutherland Shire residents very soon.

Just in the final stages of planning and wondering….what sort of prize would motivate you to enter?

Here are some photo’s I took this morning on my Canon digital SLR. The photos are un-edited, thanks to the giant dust storm that swept Sydney. Taken at Wanda Beach around 6am.

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Sand dunes

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Interest Rate Forecast

China holds over 2 trillion US$ in foreign reserves of which about 700billion US$ is invested in US$ Treasury Notes, which earn interest but are losing value with the falling US$. China also holds over 1000 tonnes of gold which costs money to store but at least is going up in value to over USD 1000 an ounce.

I understand that a lot of China’s gold is stored in London but that it is pulling at least some of it back to start storing it in Hong Kong. The other worrying development for the US is that China is to allow its citizens to hold gold.

These developments are good for Australia because we dig up lots of the yellow metal (about 10% of the world’s supply) and production has started to rise again (up 2 tonnes in last quarter) with new mines still coming on stream (Boddington the largest with expected annual production of approx.7 tonnes rising to 30tonnes) but not so good for America because interest rates in the US will have to rise to make their Treasury Notes (TN’s) more attractive. If they do rise in the US (they already are rising at the long end) then there will be less pressure on our dollar and on our interest rates.

The Australian Reserve Bank knows that if it increases Australian interest rates (already high by international comparison) our currency will become more attractive to foreign investors who will want to buy more AUD which will rise and make our exports less competitive and lead to job losses.

If rates in the US do rise to make TN’s more attractive, the US$, which has already lost 12% of its value in the last year compared to the Chinese yuan, may slow its slide.

US GDP in 2008 was approx US14 trillion (vs Australia’s USD 1 trillion) but its national debt is now fast approaching US$ 12 trillion (vs Australia’s nominal Federal government debt), rising by over US$ 100 billion every month at a time when President Obama wants to introduce free healthcare to those who can’t afford to pay while still fighting wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. On the other hand the capacity of industry and the well-off to pay higher taxes has reduced, if anything. How is the deficit going to reduce? I can’t see it happening unless the US$ falls dramatically to make their exports much more competitive so that incomes  rise again, tax receipts rise and deficits start to fall.

In short, I think US interest rates will rise before ours do. Let’s see if I’m right. If I am, the Cronulla property market will be perfectly placed, new quality developments such as Sammut developers Drift apartments on Gerrale St, Cronulla (Central) will come on the market as a luxury finished product at the end of 2009, while interest rates are low and the Australian economy strengthens…

Henk Emans, B. Comm, MBA, LREA

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Escape Artfest Mollymook

Once a year the Southern Shoalhaven, NSW witnesses a creative explosion in the form of the annual Escape Artfest. A truly inspiring event, Artfest 09 will be held from 2nd – 11th October, ten days of artistic bliss, showcasing and celebrating the districts talented artists, businesses and wider community.

Nestled between pristine beaches and beautiful bushland, this creative community situated 3 hours from both Sydney and Canberra, boasts an enormous population of artisans and art-lovers, making Artfest a truly fulfilling experience! The theme for Artfest 09 is ‘community’ – this will be a common thread throughout festival events which include, film, music, art, literature, drama, dance and fashion.

Whilst ‘art’ is the focus, the attraction of Artfest extends well beyond the arts. Over the years this community based festival has grown and evolved, each event increasing it’s scope and followers. Now, in it’s eleventh year, the festival boasts a massive participation rate and involves more local organisations, people and businesses than any other event. The 10 day festival will likely include over 70 individual events, across well over 40 venues, includes close to 800 participants, many from out of the area. This does not include the delighted audiences at the various exhibitions, performances, readings, films and other art related offerings.

Start planning your stay on the coast, where you can escape the rat race and soak up the energy of this must see event. Visit www.escapeartfest.info for more information.

Please note: If you need somewhere to stay over the Spring school holidays (Oct 5th – Oct 16th) we still have ONE Mollymook holiday home available. With 4 bedrooms, this property can happily accommodate larger families or combined groups. For more details please see HERE.

Mollymook EscapeArt Fest

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Mollymook Holiday Home For Spring

October school holidays are just around the corner, where are you off to?

Avoid the crowds at Byron Bay and drunken backpackers at Surfers Paradise.

Mollymook is a fantastic, affordable family holiday destination only 2.5 hours drive from Sydney. Pack up the family and a short car trip away you can relax at our fully contained 4 bedroom holiday home, enjoying morning swims and afternoon barbies.

Lockhart Ave can accommodate 8 people so is perfect for larger families or combined groups. Please see HERE for details.

Availability

School Holidays – Oct 5th – 16th Oct

We also have availability from the 16th Jan 2010. (Unfortunately early birds have snapped up the house throughout Christmas.)

If you would like to make a booking please email the office at info@beachandbay.com.au or call on 9527 0008.

If you mention this blog when booking you will receive a 10% discount.

Mollymook Holiday Accommodation

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True Local Seminar

On Wednesday night I attended an internet seminar held by www.truelocal.com.au, an Australian online directory service, part of the News Ltd Group.

The seminar was well attended by local business owners in The Sutherland Shire where talk was of Google robots, search engines, changing consumer behaviour and Youtube.

Some interesting statistics were mentioned:

  • 95% of people use the internet
  • Hours per week we spend watching TV has decreased (hours per week spent exercising is also down!)
  • Internet per week has increased dramatically
  • More specifically, Yellow pages readership and usage of this print publication is down 54% since 2002 till now
  • Google geographical based searches in last 6 months have increased dramatically
  • On average, users of Google key in 4 words for searches
  • 46% increase in cost of pay per click Google clicks because of companies competing for paid top spot
  • Consumers are interacting with businesses more and more

After the course I checked out our listing on Truelocal and our office hours were very wrong but I noticed we had a review from a happy client!

I will watch this website with interest, I am not sure how it will compete with whitepages.com.au, a lot of advertising will be needed.

In the meantime check out your listing on the true local site and make sure your details are correct, apparently this is Australia’s fastest growing online directory.

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