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Early Christmas Present for Mortgage Holders

Mortgage holders on flexible interest rates and anyone thinking of buying real estate have been given an early Christmas present in the form of 2 interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

It has been a very tough year for property. Floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, 3 new taxes (flood, mining and carbon tax), sovereign debt crises and even a serious US debt limit crisis not yet resolved have hit confidence worldwide. In Australia, consumers have turned to savers and retailers, house builders, inbound tourism and especially manufacturing are all affected.

2012 should see an improved real estate market in NSW. There is pent up demand from population growth and supply of new housing is at record lows. In Spain and Ireland there are millions of empty new houses. We can sell any house if the price is right!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Photos from our Christmas Party at Sting Cronulla


Beach & Bay Realty would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to Sting Bar Cronulla on Saturday the 19th November. We packed out the venue and had a blast raising money for Swags for Homeless in the process. For the full photo set see HERE.



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Design Inspiration: Swags for Homeless

In February this year, Beach & Bay Realty decided to support Swags for Homeless after seeing a feature on SBS. Swags For Homeless was established by Tony Clark, a Melbourne man who wanted to provide homeless people in Australia (and eventually the world) with a more dignified and safer temporary bed.

Tony developed The Backpack Bed, a durable, weather resistant foldaway swag which is distributed by 100 charities to homeless people throughout the country.  3000 beds have been given to rough sleepers in the last 12 months, making a huge difference to their lives. The swag has been commended for it’s innovative design, leading to international aid requests from countries such as the USA and China.

Not only has Tony and his team been recognised by the media for their amazing work; The Australian Human Rights Commission has listed Swags For Homeless as a 2011 candidate for their Human Rights Award. This is given to organisations with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights.

On top of this; The Backpack Bed has been praised internationally by the design industry. It was the first Australian product (and first charity ever) to win a ‘Best of the Best’ International Red Dot Award in 2011. 4433 products from 60 countries competed in these awards and previous winners have included Rolls Royce and Apple! Next time you are in Germany, be sure to check it out on display at the Red Dot Design Museum.

Nationally; The Backpack Bed has been recognised by the Australian International Design Awards with a Gold Logo Design Award and Sydney Powerhouse has acquired the product for its permanent collection.

We are so proud to be involved with this fantastic charity; who continually strive for greater rights for homeless people. To celebrate Christmas, 10 years in business, and to raise some money for Swags for Homeless – this Saturday, Beach & Bay Realty will be hosting a party at Sting Bar Cronulla. Tickets are $50 and include food and entertainment. Proceeds will be donated to the charity. To purchase tickets, please call into the office prior to the event. We hope to see you there!

 Office Details :1/64 Croydon Street, Cronulla – Saturday 19th November @ Sting Bar from 6pm

Some Scary Homeless Details; taken from Swags.org.au

  • There are over 104,600 homeless in Australia.
  •  Over 16,000 of these homeless literally sleep on the streets (this is roughly equal to the entire population of Cronulla)
  •  People become homeless for a number of reasons. Family violence, rape, relationship breakdowns, mental illness, addictions, financial problems, evictions – just to name a few
  •  Many homeless are men with kids
  •  44% of homeless are single women over 25
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Cronulla Mall Report: TV Crews and Christmas is Coming!

Its not often you see TV Crews in Cronulla but today as I started the Mall Report, Channel 7’s Andrew O’Keefe was chatting to George Gourlas at Crust Pizza for a feature on Weekend Sunrise (Saturday 12th at 7:35am).

Next up I crossed the street to welcome the new owners of the long established beachwear shop Hazards. Congrats to Cathy & Kelly, what perfect weather to sell bikinis! The shop has all the latest swimwear and as an I Love Cronulla fan and Beach & Bay Realty blog follower they are offering 10% off all purchases in store next Tuesday the 15th November.

Does anyone know Cronulla’s resident postie Jo? I said I was putting her in the Mall Report and she thought I was joking. Best postie in town! Always smiling and ready for a joke.

Heading south, the old Mitre 10 has had its asbestos roof removed and just to confirm the worst kept secret, this will be an IGA!

Across the road, the previous Chimere Women’s fashion shop is now a pop up store selling Ksubi, Something Else and Insight.  Opens today and will be running until the end of February.

Heading back up the Mall the latest sushi offering – Shinobu Japanese Restaurant is open with a limited time all sushi $3 special (formerly Delicious Box). Funky Femme next door is still vacant.

Christmas is in the air already, Stevie and Me has a Christmas window display and Hot Dollar is all about Christmas.

Not too many changes in the pedestrian part of the Mall. The old Fifi’s Chicken and Seafood Shop (next to LA Trend) is undergoing a major fitout but no idea what is going there.

Word on the Mall is that the new Cronulla Restaurant ‘Library’ site will open on November 17th, can’t come soon enough, it looks fab!

Don’t forget – our Christmas Party & Charity night is NEXT SATURDAY November 20th at Sting Bar Cronulla. This will be a closed event on the night but we welcome Cronulla locals, clients and friends to join us in celebration. Tickets can be purchased from our office prior to the date and money raised will be donated to Swags for Homeless, our charity of choice. For more info see HERE.

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Swags For Homeless Benefit Night + Christmas Party

Come and join the Beach & Bay team at our Christmas Party! Our event last year was a huge success with clients and friends dancing till dawn!

Details:
$50 ticket (pre-sale. Purchase from Beach & Bay Realty office)
Ticket price includes food & entertainment by fantastic local musicians

This year we aim to raise $5000 from the ticket sales which will be donated to Swags For Homeless, a not-for-profit organisation that has developed a waterproof sleeping bag which folds into a backpack. Swags are distributed throughout Australia to people, who, for whatever reason, find themselves homeless.

Throughout 2011 Beach & Bay Realty will also be purchasing a Swags For Homeless backpack bed every time we sell a property.

Office Details: Suite 1/64 Croydon Street Cronulla
Phone Details: 9527 0008
Contact Details: Email Rachael on info@beachandbay.com.au to reserve tickets

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Calling local writers & reviewers. Contribute to our blog!

We’ve been blogging for 3 years now and we LOVE doing it. By talking to local business owners, visiting places in The Shire and researching local issues, it keeps us up to date and makes us better real estate agents. But it’s not easy work and with a small team sometimes we need help!

If you would like to contribute to our popular blog – please email Rachael on info@beachandbay.com.au and tell us a bit about yourself and what you’d like to write about.

This is a great opportunity for budding writers to get their name out there in the online world. Blogs will be published on www.beachandbay.com.au as well as our social media channels, including the successful community I Love Cronulla page.

What can I write about?

  • Local issues (such as Cronulla Fisheries Closing Down)
  • Community events and groups (markets, school fetes etc)
  • Local heroes (is there someone in The Shire who deserves more attention?)
  • Great places to eat, shop and drink (are you a regular at a particular cafe? Love writing about food? Reviews are wanted!)
  • Anything else relevant to The Sutherland Shire & Cronulla
  • Being a real estate agency also means we are open to articles about real estate, property or economics (great opportunity for guest writers from financial companies etc)

Guidelines

  • Posts must be under 500 words and include a picture
  • Hate speech, racism, sexism or discrimination will not be tolerated
  • Personal attacks will not be allowed
  • Keep the blogs clean and friendly – this is about promoting community rather than exclusion
  • No advertising spam. Think about what you’d like to read. If it sounds like an ad, we won’t publish it. Look for the personal side to businesses. What is interesting, or what do they offer?

We are grateful to anyone that wants to get involved with our blog! A win-win situation as you gain greater exposure, and we are able to offer the public a truly interesting & up-to-date community site!

Now here is something to make you smile – Improv Everywhere’s ‘Say Something Nice’

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Bundeena/Maianbar Women Raise Money For Swags For Homeless

Last month the annual Winter Warmers Festival was held in Maianbar which focuses on raising money for groups who suffer in winter, particularly the homeless in our communities. This year the group raised money for Swags for Homeless – a wonderful organisation that creates durable, waterproof backpack beds which are distributed to the homeless throughout Australia.

Joan Morris was one of the women involved in the organisation of the event and we had a chat last week. Joan was very humbled by the response of local residents and excited to see the festival grow, from raising a small amount in its first year, to almost $5000 in its third! Hundreds of hand-crafted warm items were sold to a large crowd.

Left to right: Michele McCarthy - nurse manager of Haymarket Foundation, backpack recipient Margie, Fi Shewring of Maianbar, Kay Elson - CEO of Haymarket Foundation

With the money raised from Winter Warmers, Swags for Homeless backpack beds were purchased and given to both the Haymarket Foundation (based in Darlinghurst) and Shire Community Services (which distributes beds to Sutherland Shire rough sleepers).

We love shining light on local heroes and these women certainly fit that category! Joan said their knitting group (which consisted of 5 core members) met regularly throughout the year and the festival required a lot of planning. We’d like to give sincere congratulations to the team and their hard work; they’ve improved the lives many homeless individuals throughout Sydney.

Tony Clark’s Swag has won several design awards including the Australian Design Award and Global Design Award. The backpack bed will also be on display in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum until June 2012.

Beach & Bay Realty’s charity for choice is actually Swags for Homeless (which is why we got extra excited when we heard about Winter Warmers!)
Every time we sell a house, we purchase a backpack bed. We will also be dedicating our 2011 Christmas Party to the charity; holding a fundraising night November 19th at Sting Bar Cronulla. We’ve tried to keep the costs low, at $60 a ticket which includes food and entertainment by local musicians. Aiming to raise $5000 in total and buy bucketloads of backpack beds!

Get involved!

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Supporting Local & International Charities

Over the years Beach & Bay Realty has been a huge supporter of local and international charities. Managing director Kylie Emans is a big believer in giving back & all staff here share the same do-good enthusiasm!

Whether it’s putting down cold hard cash to help build a classroom in Ghana, giving up alcohol for a month to raise money for Dry July or building a website & throwing a benefit night to support local girl Teneile Pawley – we want to help.

Over the last few months we have been blogging about local charity Australian Youth Against Cancer. I’m honoured to volunteer for this organisation – my friend Chris Boyd is the founder. AYAC has been working hard to establish itself as a new & exciting charity which will raise money for lifesaving cancer research & treatment. Recently winning a place on the Young Social Pioneers Program, this week AYAC has received more fantastic news – a partnership with Westpac Bank! AYAC is also talking to Inspired Adventures about how the charity & company can combine to raise some serious money!

AYAC’s major appeal this year is The Murray River appeal – where Chris Boyd & his best mate Ian Bacon will be kayaking the length of the 2500km river over 8 weeks! Aiming to raise $50 for every kilometre paddled, we at AYAC have a huge goal of $100,000 to achieve, but with the firm belief that we will! (Call us young and naïve OR amazing & passionate!)

To find out more visit www.ayac.com.au and donate today!

Causes & Charities Beach & Bay has supported.

Building a classroom in Ghana

Raising money for Teneile Pawley

Childcare Kitgum Servants

World Vision

World’s Greatest Shave – Leukaemia Foundation

Dry July – The Prince Of Wales Hospital

Australian Youth Against Cancer

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Dry July Fundraiser at Bass & Flinders Cronulla

To celebrate the halfway mark of our Dry July, the Beach & Bay team got together with clients and friends at Bass & Flinders Cronulla for some coffee and cupcakes. We have been keeping a Dry July diary so if you would like to know how we are coping – have a read!

Everyone who attended donated $2 to our Dry July fund and special mention to the Travelscene Cronulla girls who donated $60. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, put up with our whinging and encouraged us when we were about to lose it and grab the wine bottle.

For anyone interested in supporting the Price of Wales Hospital – please give kindly. A donation big or small will be much appreciated. Every dollar counts!

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved so far! Halfway through the month and over halfway to our target of $2000 ($1175 so far!).

To donate click here – Booze Free Beach & Bay Realty

To see photos from the day, or see the amazing cupcakes see our flickr site!

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Booze Free Beach & Bay Realty: Week 1 Dry July

In just over a week our team for Dry July has raised over $905. A big congratulations to Mel A who has raised $305 of this (and is the one who inspired us to get involved!). We have 6 participants (all female) and are both loving and hating the experience.

In a week we are exercising more, feeling fresher, avoiding hangovers and navigating social situations booze free. We are also eating more chocolate to compensate, complaining quite a lot and reflecting on how alcohol has come to play such a huge part in our daily lives (quite scary!)

I’m finding the challenge quite tough as am in the thick of 21st season – 2 per weekend with unlimited free bar tabs. It’s not easy that’s for sure, but it’s a hell of a lot easier than dealing with cancer (obviously!) and so whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, I just have to remember that this is a tiny tiny challenge in comparison!

We have been logging our experience in a daily journal and you can read more about everyones struggles here! I also found this hilarious video a fellow Dry Julyer made (hopefully it doesn’t get to this point!)

Kylie has been full of energy and ideas this week – getting more and more excited about the amount of money we are raising and the impact this will have on The Prince of Wales hospital and the adult cancer patients we are directly helping. In order to celebrate our halfway mark we are organising a get together at Bass & Flinders café in Cronulla next Friday 16th July. Friends and clients are more than welcome to join us – to share a coffee (not Irish ok!) and a cupcake (famous Cupcake Kitchen ones). We are asking for a $2 entry donation to go towards our fundraising and anyone who has already donated is especially encouraged to come as a thank you!

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Cupcakes & Coffee to celebrate Dry July

Where: Bass & Flinders, Cronulla

When: Friday July 16th at 11am

What to bring: Yourself, some positive encouragement for Dry Julyers, $2 donation & money for coffee

Please email info@beachandbay.com.au or phone the office on 9527 0008 if you would like to join us. (So Kylie can bake enough cupcakes!).

Cheers!

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