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How does your Christmas tree stack up?

December 6, 2018

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What’s that you say? You don’t have your Christmas tree up yet? Gasp! Don’t you know it’s 19 more sleeps till Christmas? There is some serious twinkling time you’re missing out on. You really need to get your Santa hat on this weekend and roll up your sleeves. There’s one person in our office who […]

Wild weather in the Illawarra

November 29, 2018

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From unruly work-day umbrellas to the number 1 best thing ever to do with the kids in the rain Has this been the craziest weather we’ve seen all year? It’s been a week of wind storms, thunder and lightning, flooding, and buckets of rain that make us want to curl up under the covers and […]

Where are the best gardens in the northern suburbs of Wollongong?

November 22, 2018

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So, I was walking to Thirroul Beach via McCauley St and was blown away by so many beautiful blooms. Spring has well and truly sprung. Gardens all around the northern suburbs have come alive. I’m not a gardener, but I wish I was. Especially at this time of year. Gardens transform our suburbs. Everything just […]

Zach’s mission to cure kid’s cancer

November 14, 2018

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Zachary is a local ten-year-old with a heart of gold. He’s a little different to most his age. He’s on a mission to help cure kid’s cancer. You can see on his Facebook page @zachsfundraising. Have you met Zach before? If so, you’ll know he’s an amazing kid. Late last month Zach was looking to host […]

Get advice before building a duplex due to new planning laws

November 7, 2018

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GUEST BLOG: Alex Kelly, Director and Lawyer for PDC Lawyers and Planners, Accredited Specialist in Planning and Environment Law. PDC have offices based in Wollongong and Nowra. Homeowners and developers wanting to convert larger blocks around the south coast into a duplex or medium-density housing will have to wait at least another year for a […]

Halloween in the northern suburbs. Where’s your favourite street?

November 1, 2018

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Whatever your take on Halloween, it’s hard to ignore the excitement kids feel for dressing up and enjoying the adventure of the evening. There’s a vibrant community feel as families get out to explore together in travelling clusters of little people. It may seem a bit unsettling as three-foot-high witches and zombies look up hopefully […]

Thirroul Trend: Find out how much Thirroul is growing and who is buying

October 25, 2018

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In the past few months since August, One Agency Downie & Denison-Pender has seen a good mix of property types selling around Thirroul, with prices reflecting the trends we’re seeing across the suburb over the past year. At the higher end of the market, we received a great price of $1,870,000 in McCauley’s Estate, with […]

5 best things about North Wollongong beaches

October 18, 2018

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Daylight savings changes everything for my family. How about you? There’s so much time now to go to the beach after work. Soon as the rain clears, we’re headed down to ‘Little Austi’ Beach. It’s our local. We don’t vary much from there. Just like a comfy pair of jeans, we stick with what works. […]

Thunder and lightning over negative gearing and capital gains tax

October 11, 2018

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A storm is brewing in Australian politics around the plans by Labour to change negative gearing and capital gains tax arrangements. The plans limit negative gearing to newly built homes and halve the 50% capital gains tax discount for properties. Labour argues the reforms will make the playing field fairer for first home buyers and […]

Get organised now to settle before Christmas!

October 4, 2018

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After all the thinking you’ve been doing to sell your property, now is the time to act, to start the new year afresh. Ideally, pre-Christmas listings are sold by the second week of November. This ensures you avoid the more competitive sales market toward the end of November, early December. Working back from this date, […]

What determines rental value?

September 20, 2018

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Our Property Manager Melanie Schott shares her insight on the rental market prices in the northern suburbs. I’ve worked in real estate for over 20 years. Five of those years have been living and working here in the northern suburbs. Property management has been my focus here at One Agency Downie & Denison-Pender. I know […]

Spring things – what local events have sprung up this spring

September 13, 2018

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Who went to Spring into Corrimal festival on the weekend? After what feels like a long winter, it was so nice to have the sun shine down on last Sunday’s festival, as thousands turned out to watch the street parade. It was great! Nothing like a good bagpipe band and some vintage cars to welcome […]

August Market Wrap

September 6, 2018

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The winter weather certainly didn’t cool enthusiasm for local real estate, with August welcoming one of the highest real estate prices ever secured for a home in McCauley’s Beach Estate. It’s no wonder the new owners fell in love with 10 Hoffman St, Thirroul, which sold for $1.87million. With 5 bedrooms and a pool on […]

How the northern suburbs gave back to the farmers: a local fundraising wrap up

August 30, 2018

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Local Croom dairy farmer, Jason Maloney, talks with the Mercury about his hardship It is months like these I’m proud I live here, looking around at the support given to farmers, through #BuyABail, by so many local businesses and families. Every radio station in the area has hosted a fundraising day, which is great. I […]

The Bulli trend: Find out by how much Bulli is growing and who is buying

August 16, 2018

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We’ve had an amazing week at One Agency Downie & Denison-Pender. Four properties sold across Scarborough, Thirroul and Bulli. Strong prices too. Bulli North is particularly strong. That is the area from Hospital Road on toward Thirroul. Vanessa and I call it the Blue-Chip strip. It’s where prices continue to be solid and improve month […]

How to choose key pieces of furniture for your home

August 9, 2018

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I’m often asked what are the key pieces of furniture a person should invest in for design longevity in their home and why? There’s heaps of what I call fast-fashion and disposable furniture out there for the short term, and there’s the forever furniture pieces that have a high quality build, using high quality materials, […]

TREND: A surge of local property development – what’s happening in Thirroul, Bulli and Woonona

August 2, 2018

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In all the years I’ve called our area home, I’m sure this is the busiest time for property development I’ve ever seen. It’s quite amazing to drive around places like East Bulli and Point St in Bulli, where it feels like every block has a house or two being renovated or rebuilt. East Woonona is […]

To Renovate or not to Renovate

July 12, 2018

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As a Property Makeover Specialist I regularly speak at property presentation seminars, and often hear the same questions. One of the most popular questions is: “A friend of mine has recently made-over their place to sell, they put in a kitchen, they painted and landscapers were there for days. Then someone bought it and they are […]

Traffic courtesy – bring back the smile and wave

July 5, 2018

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This morning it felt like the whole of our northern suburbs were taking their kids to school. Leaving at 8.15am, it took me half an hour to get from Scarborough to Bulli. I might have been better to walk from Austinmer to Thirroul I was crawling so slow. I’ve noticed that on my weekend trips […]

The school holiday juggle – relief or nightmare?

June 28, 2018

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Wow, is it that time again? School holidays swing around so quickly. Again, I’m feeling this sense of unease. Do you go through this? Come school holiday time I can’t help but worry as Monica and I embark on the working parent juggle madness. There’s always this crazy scramble to coordinate diaries to look after […]