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Cronulla Mall Report: March 2015

IMG_20150317_135440Our iconic Cronulla Mall has seen many changes during the first quarter of 2015 and we bet there’s more to come!

Starting from the northern end of the Mall, Paco Organico (formerly Bass & Flinders) has moved in. Firstech Computers below Cronulla Cinema’s still sits empty waiting to be leased while further down Flirty has also closed its doors as of yesterday…

2015-03-17_14.54.56_1Clothing store Code Orange is no longer and Wholesale Outlet has moved in. Another clothing store Lemon Jelly (formerly Velvet Jayne) is also closing down with 50-80% off storewide.

Surrounded by state election signs and campaigners, the iconic former Commonwealth Bank landmark is still for lease, when will any one ever move in?!

After no luck leasing the former Greenhills Australand office, it is now going to auction on 30th April, watch this space!

Get ready for next summer (or hopefully some warmer weather later this year) with 10-50% off all summer stock at Pure Sea surf shop.

2015-03-17_14.58.51Coming to the end of the Mall, the left side of Eclectic Home & Garden still sits empty…

Do you know of any other changes happening in the Mall or around Cronulla? Let us know!

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Will your home pass the test?

Web_01Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran recently said at a real estate conference that it takes a buyer, entering the first room of the house, only 8 seconds to get an impression of the home.  There is really no room for error with an 8 second time span and it hits home how important styling and presentation really is.

Thinking of selling? How about doing the 8 second test on your own home. Is the first thing you see when entering your home a Brady Bunch gallery of family portraits? Is this what you are selling or are you selling the light, bright and spacious entrance foyer which you cannot see because all you are focused on is the faces staring back at you?

Web_11After you have done the 8 second test, go outside and get in your car. Drive around the block and then pull up out the front of your house. How’s the 8 second rule from the street? Some buyers will see your property advertised and then do a drive-by, will these buyers come back for an inspection? Or will they see the overflowing gutters and think too many trees equals too much maintenance?

Web_10Then maybe invite some friends over to do the 8 second test.

Did your property pass the 8 second test? Give Beach & Bay a call so we can provide you with a market appraisal and connect you with our network of stylists, cleaners, handymen and women who will ensure your home is presented to perfection and the maximum sale price is achieved.

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Get market ready and sell your property fast!

lounge-webThe right agent and perfect presentation of your property sets the scene for a successful, stress free, financially rewarding sale in record time.

So, you have chosen Beach & Bay Realty and now here are some quick tips from Yellow House Interiors to assist in making your property market ready:

1. Clean and sparkle
Make your property look polished and cleaned to perfection. Pay attention to details like skirting boards, light fittings, windows and walls. Giving your property an all over thorough clean will be an essential step in creating a property that people want to buy.

2. Colour correction
Keep wild and wacky tones to a minimum and stick a neutral and subdued colour palette. Don’t forget that you want to appeal to a great variety of people and create a feeling of space in the property. A fresh coat of paint can change almost everything!

3. Family photos, be gone!
Store and remove all personal objects and photos. Keep in mind that your property needs to attract buyers that want to move in NOW. Keep the styling fresh, simple and not over complicated.

4. Replace carpets
Old carpet can be a huge turn-off. To achieve a higher selling price it’s worth replacing tired old carpet with new carpet in a contemporary hue that works with your paint colour and furnishings.

5. Hire furniture and accessories
You can put this together yourself but if you really want to get the top dollars for your property then call in the professionals! Replace furniture and accessories with specifically chosen items that complement the property and aim to to make the property look it’s very best ready for sale.

6. Quick fixes
Look at your property with fresh eyes. All of the small jobs that you’ve been putting off for so long need your attention before your property goes on the market. Make a list and get them done, you will be thanked for your hard work with interest from the market.

Yellow House Interiors can help you with all of your styling and decorating needs. Achieving the highest price possible for your property through beautiful styling and advice is what we do best! For more information go to www.yellowhouseinteriors.com.au.

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Pre-Election Info & Real Estate Update

As we head into the final weeks of the election campaign and winter, real estate agents are madly trying to sell their auction listings prior to Election Day which is notoriously and traditionally a quiet day in real estate. This election also marks the beginning of the spring auction campaign but there is a marked drop in auctions scheduled. Ideally you select an auction date either side of the election weekend but this year it was particularly hard due to the political turmoil in Australia and the shifting dates, and some properties have been caught in the shifting dates. On the weekend prior to the election there are 13 auctions scheduled to go ahead in our area, whereas on Election Day there are only 7 currently up for auction. As is always the case the following week the auction numbers will pick up dramatically and this happens no matter if there is a change of government or if there is a status quo, for some reason buyers don’t feel the need so urgently to buy a house at auction on Election Day.

Most agents are looking forward to the election being over so we can list more properties because winter has been a period of very limited stock and lots of frustrated buyers combined with attractively low interest rate opportunities. We are hoping that Spring and an increase in political confidence and stability will trigger down to encourage vendors to sell. Most encouraging for vendors is that Winter 2013 has seen a dramatic rebound in prices across Sydney, in particular in the $700,000 – $1.3mil price range. Surely this will encourage vendors to sell!

Where to vote?

Polling places will be open for voting between 8am and 6pm on Saturday 7th September. The Cook electorate covers as far west as Bonnet Bay & Como, east of the train line at Sutherland, all suburbs north of the Hacking River (from Grays Point to Cronulla and all suburbs south of the Georges River & Botany Bay) as per the map below.

The polling booths below fall between Cronulla & Caringbah:

  • Uniting Church Hall – Cnr Burke Rd & Gosport St, Cronulla
  • Cronulla Public School – 18-24 Burraneer Bay Rd, Cronulla
  • St. Aloysius Primary School Cronulla – 18 Giddings Ave, Cronulla
  • Cronulla South Public School – 121 Ewos Pde, Cronulla
  • Cronulla High School – Captain Cook Drive, Cronulla
  • Woolooware Public School – Riverview Ave, Woolooware
  • Burraneer Bay Public School – 161 Burraneer Bay Rd, Burraneer
  • Lilli Pilli Public School – Turriell Bay Rd, Lilli Pilli
  • Caringbah Public School – Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah South
  • Laguna St Public School – 204 Caringbah Rd, Caringbah South
  • St. Philip’s Anglican Church Hall – 402 Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah
  • Caringbah High School – 85 Willarong Rd, Caringbah
  • Sutherland Hospital Clinic – Kingsway, Caringbah

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Who sells their property in winter?

Smart people do!
Well at least this winter, if you do decide to sell, you would be considered a savvy vendor.

Winter weather has been relatively mild with few rain days, so most properties are still very presentable. Traditionally people wait till Spring, but I stress traditionally because now it’s not just the weather that affects the sale price.I would argue that supply and demand is one of the major influences on property prices. In recent months in the Sutherland Shire and across Sydney open house numbers have dramatically increased, days on the market have significantly reduced and prices are on the up, up, up!

If you are thinking of selling, I ask you this question, do you think you will get a better price in spring when you could be competing with lots of properties in a similar price range but the flowers are blooming in your yard? Or do you think you will get a better price in winter, when there are just a few similar houses on the market and an abundance of buyers clammering for the same home, your home?!

And just to throw a spanner in the works this spring, we have a federal election. Every time there is an election, the few weeks either side of that date, (for whatever reason) buyer activity drops off.

No year is ever the same with economic and political circumstances affecting the supply and demand of the real estate market, but this year, most agents are seeing a shortage of good properties to sell and very competitive bidding from buyers.

HSBC this week dropped their 2 year fixed rate to 4.59%! Who would have thought a fixed rate under 5% was possible even 12 months ago! It is now cheaper to have a mortgage than pay rent for a lot of people in a lot of suburbs in Sydney. This will only encourage more buyers into the market this winter.

So if you are considering making a move this year, I would encourage you to do it right now!

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Interview with local resident Colin Bisset – First time digital novelist, ABC radio broadcaster and Feng Shui Consultant

Recently one of my more mature clients (75yrs plus) rang me and was telling me about how he had just checked his iPad and was most impressed with his property ad online, but maybe could we tweak something just so the Google ranking was even better. Impressed and slightly shocked I asked him what tablet he was using and he said the latest mini iPad which his 3yr old granddaughter had taught him how to use…

Thus meeting Colin Bisset to discuss his new novel, Not Always to Plan, I had as many questions about the book as to how he was marketing his novel which he has launched purely as an e-book! Colin Bisset, a resident of the Sutherland Shire since 1996, has always had budding ambitions to write a novel.This year, in April, his dream was realised when his first book was released through Momentum Books.

“Not Always to Plan” is a book about death, family, marriage and finding your own way while being a parent, child, sister, daughter, son. A well-to-do, but not obscenely wealthy family living in a leafy beachside suburb of the Sutherland Shire, Ruth, Tom, Natasha and Ryan all have issues to deal with.  The novel has the background setting of a relaxed beachside suburb which we can all relate to. References to the local theatre and the café by the beach where certain characters go, make you feel like you are reading a book about a family you might know in a town you do know.

How long did it take to write Not Always to Plan?
I wrote about 16 chapters about 5 years ago and then left it, wrote another book but then came back to Not Always to Plan two years ago. So it was definitely a work in progress. My agent gave both books to the publisher and they decided to go with Not Always to Plan as my first novel.

What would you say the book is about in one sentence?
It’s about a family and 4 individuals in particular and how they are disconnected from their feelings and letting life pass them by before something happens which gives them the wake-up call/ opportunity to change direction.

How did you come up with the storyline?
Sometimes I start writing and the characters take on a life of their own and send me down a path. I am always jotting down ideas and I really wanted to explore the idea of how people find their purpose in life. So often we let life drift along without really knowing where we’re heading. How do we arrive at that point where we feel we’re on the right track? That’s what I wanted to write about while enjoying the chaotic way we go about it!

What made you set it in this area?
Write about what you know, they say, and I’ve lived here long enough now. I also wanted to write about a normal family – the father’s a dentist, the son has just left uni, the daughter works in a shop and the mother looks after an elderly parent. So they’re pretty normal. And I could just see them pottering around Cronulla, going to the beach, walking to the post office, taking the train up to Central. I’ve changed some things, obviously, but I think people from this area will definitely recognise places I’m writing about.

How are you marketing your 1st novel?
It’s a real journey! Especially as this novel was not an easy genre to classify so as a print book it might have get lost on the bookshelves. The book went “live” so to speak on Easter Monday, there was no fanfare, no book “launch” in the traditional sense, it really was a bit of an anti climax. But it was released to the world not just to Australia and that’s pretty exciting. Like most authors nowadays I have a website, a facebook page and a twitter account with a daily marketing strategy. At least this way I don’t have to go to every bookshop I know and re-arrange my book to the front window when no one is looking!

How did you choose the publisher?
They chose me! But I’m really happy as Momentum Books is the digital publishing arm of Pan Macmillan so they have loads of experience and handled the ebook exactly as they would a print version – same editting and design processes. This is a new area for all the big publishing houses so I’m pleased to be part of that.

Well I couldn’t put my e-book down, I became endeared to your characters very quickly and found myself saying cheering on a certain female in certain chapters without giving anything away. What genre would you classify the book and where do you recommend we purchase from?
I suppose it falls into general or family fiction – it’s not all sex’n’shopping so it’s not chicklit but there are elements of that in it. It’s meant to be a page-turner and the characters are all ages so I think there’s someone for everyone to identify with. It’s on Amazon, of course, but probably the best place to check it out is on Momentum’s own website.

Colin, I know you are already so busy with your radio work and your Feng Shui consulting but do you think you will write another novel at some stage?
No doubt about it! I can’t wait to get into the next one – I love the whole writing experience. I’m working with several ideas at the moment. And of course my Design Files are popular on ABC Radio National so it’s a fairly safe bet to assume my next novel will have a design slant…We’ll see.

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Real Estate Update – March 2013

The year has started with some fast and furious selling at Beach & Bay Realty, both auction campaigns in February were sold prior to auction over only 2 weeks and a private treaty sale went through in 5 days!

We seem to have started the year with more buyer inspections and a little more confidence than last year, this is reflective in the auction clearance rates Sydneywide for Feb and March which are much improved on 2012. We will continue to track the auction results in our area of expertise throughout 2013 so please join our e-newsletter for weekly updates of auction sales.

Breeze @ 19-21 Gerrale St, Cronulla

While interest rates are relatively low, we should continue to see a steady real estate market in the Sutherland Shire. It’s been a while since you could secure a fixed interest loan for 2 years for 4.99%!

We are currently marketing Breeze @ 19 -21 Gerrale St, Cronulla, Sammut Developments latest luxury project in Cronulla. Off the plan sales have commenced and for anyone wanting to secure an apartment in this development the opportunity is there now to put a deposit down with 2 years to save the rest!

Happy selling and happy buying in 2013.

SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION - 15 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION - 12 Lowana Ave, Kirrawee

SOLD - 1/78-82 Kingsway, Cronulla

 

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Apartment 203 - Breeze

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A Photo Around Every Corner

Next time you pop in to Cronulla Central you may notice that something has changed…

The photographs of the Spring Festival have been replaced with a brand new photographic exhibition by local amateur photographer Peter Sparks. Around Every Corner is an exciting new exhibition showcasing the Sutherland Shire’s natural beauty and stunning scenery from rivers and beaches to sea and gardens.

Peter Sparks, a Sutherland Shire resident since 1959, became interested in photography as a teenager.  His interest developed into a passion as he learnt through courses, workshops, books and by studying other photographers and their approach to work.  “The aim is to communicate my vision with others, for the photo to impact the viewer and that they will feel what I felt when photographing.  Creating an emotive response in the viewer brings me as much pleasure as the photographer.  Then I have achieved my aim – the photo is successful” Peter said.

The exhibition will be in the Cronulla Central Gallery near Cronulla Library from 1 December 2012 to 28 February 2013.  The works of art are displayed in frames along the wall and on TV’s screens, it is free to visit and photographs are available for purchase.  The Gallery is open 7am to 9pm daily.

The Cronulla Central Gallery is an exhibition space for amateur and professional photographers, new media artists, community groups and commercial exhibitors.  For information about exhibiting in the gallery please contact Karyn Loughnan at Cronulla Beach CBD Management on 9527 2100 or email kloughnan@ssc.nsw.gov.au.

For more information about the Around Every Corner exhibition visit the Cronulla Beach CBD website or call 9527 2100 or like us on Facebook.

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Spotlight on local business: Impressions Landscape – Design

How did you become involved with Impressions Landscape – Design? How did it all start and how long have you been established for?
Impressions Landscape – Design was established in 2003, by myself Adam McDonald and my business partner Adam Tanko.

We originally met while studying to gain our landscape trade qualifications. Both of us at the time were operating our own separate small businesses within the horticulture strain.

I was a qualified practicing landscape designer, operating a small business generating stylized residential landscape designs. Adam Tanko, a garden maintenance business focused at customer service and attention to detail.

Common goals and a genuine passion for the horticulture and landscaping industry is what drew the two of us to start Impressions Landscape – Design.

Both driven by a common vision to create stylish landscaping installations and an understanding of each other’s strengths. We decided to take the opportunity to form a company that could showcase all of this.

What type of services do you offer?
Impressions Landscape – Design’s approach as a ‘complete’ landscaping service provider is really what sets us apart. Our ‘one stop shop’ approach to design, construction and maintenance allows for a simplified and cohesive experience that guarantees total design integrity, and as a follow on to this total client satisfaction.

Our happy and highly skilled team of garden designers, landscape architects, structural landscaping construction specialists, tradesmen, horticulturists and gardeners are united and driven with their passion to provide a premium landscape service.

We specialize in complete project management of esteemed residential gardens, from garden design brief, to job completion and further more onto continual garden maintenance. We offer a variety of landscaping services, and make use of our own four-step process that ensures a garden that definitely will leave an Impression!

At Impressions Landscape – Design we understand the importance of the composition of both construction and horticulture, and the union that these two form which creates the art of garden making, and allows for truly inspirational outdoor spaces.

Visit www.impressionslandscape.com.au

We hear you just won some awards at the 2012 AILDM National Landscape Awards, congratulations! What were they for?
Yes we are very proud and excited by this. We have just received the 2012 AILDM National Residential Design Award for Gardens $50,000-$150,000. We were also awarded a high commendation for Best Plantscape Design.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) are the leading national industry body for the landscape design industry. The AILDM National Design Awards are presented annually and celebrate the exceptional quality of work being produced by the best landscape designers from across the country.

What is one of the biggest jobs you’ve been given? What was the budget?
We do jobs of all sizes when it comes to residential gardens. Generally our installations range from approximately $50,000 upwards for a smallish garden. Generally this is what it costs to implement a design-based garden. I would say the biggest project we have been involved with was a waterfront property in one particular Sutherland Shire suburb with a budget of $500,000.

Do you have any unique experiences from working in the great outdoors?
Working outdoors presents many challenges when dealing with the elements and Mother Nature. One that comes to mind is a very memorable encounter with Redback spiders on a waterfront property in Lilli Pilli. When excavating for a boat shed by hand, due to lack of access by machine. We uncovered an expansive underground Redback nest. With little protection we were left to carefully excavate the soil by shovel and mattock. During the dig we estimate we encountered approximately 300 Redback spiders. God knows how many went unseen!

The testimonials from your website come from Cronulla, Burraneer & Menai projects. Is most of your work based in the Shire or do you branch out across Sydney?
Yes. Currently I would say approximately 70% of our work is in the shire. We do like staying close to home! However we also quite regularly do work in the eastern suburbs, inner west, and on or close to Sydney Harbour. Shire clients are always the friendliest however!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing a design job come to realization at completion. To add to this further seeing a project evolving over time through our strategic professional garden maintenance services also. Gardens breathe life and are constantly maturing. Seeing a garden changing, adapting and evolving as the seasons go by and the plantings age. This is very interesting and rewarding, and is a story in itself. A lot of passion goes into our work so it is a special moment when you get to see the finished product and it appears as or better than you first expected. Seeing a happy clients overwhelming joy on the back of job completion is also a very very special moment and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

What is your biggest challenge?
Finding enough hours in the day!

Finish this sentence, I love Cronulla because…
It has it all! Great people, excellent beaches, beautiful waterways, national parks, good food, great coffee (very important!). It is close enough to the city, but not too close… What is there not to like?? Really.

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Impressions Landscape – Design
info@impressionslandscape.com.au
www.impressionslandscape.com.au
Office: 5 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW 2229
Post: PO Box 2167 Taren Point NSW 2229

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Council’s Household Clean Up Service, Cronulla

Just in case you lost your Sutherland Shire calendar, the council clean up starts on Monday 22nd October in Cronulla at 5am. If you are about to go on the market, this is the perfect time to dispose of those never to be used again items that are cluttering up your cupboards and garages. It’s best to be ruthless with this! Less clutter is more money when you are selling.

And if you haven’t had your property photographs taken yet then maybe hold off a week as normally the streets resemble a tip for a week or so and is not a good look for photo shoots.

If you have clothing that you are thinking of throwing out, remember Vinnies at Cronulla is a great place to recycle clothing rather than throwing it out.

Remember your materials should not be placed out on the street before Saturday 20th October. Please check council’s website to check what can be thrown out and please be careful where you place items to be collected.

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