18 blog posts Filter

Thunder and lightning over negative gearing and capital gains tax

October 11, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Martin Place in Thirroul – how does it stack up to your local coffee shop?

June 21, 2018


It’s 2.30 in the afternoon. Winter has arrived and its blustery outside. I’ve popped across the road to Martin Place for a coffee and some warmth. Not just some warmth out of the weather. The warmth of a familiar place. There’s so many new coffee shops in the area, with their beautiful décor and their […]

Thirroul - a shoppers haven?

June 7, 2018


It’s been a huge six months on the main street of Thirroul. An explosion of businesses opening and changing management has brought a wave of excitement among shop owners and the community alike. The word has travelled far too, with national news stories capturing the buzz here at home. In a recent article in the […]

The Sydney influx to your suburb – fact or fiction?

May 31, 2018


Things are changing around here. Local statistics have confirmed that Thirroul has become the stomping ground for young families escaping the Sydney rat race to raise their kids. The family home is now the biggest real estate drawcard for our area than any other. In a population of over 6000, it’s children under 14 years […]

Are you proud to live here?

May 24, 2018


Thirroul is changing. So is Bulli. The whole northern suburbs. We all know that. Young families are moving from Sydney to find the beach and enjoy reasonable house prices. When I was growing up though, the likes of Bulli, Thirroul, all the way up to Coledale, were filled with long-time locals. Our grandparents went to […]

Is Thirroul barking mad about dogs?

May 17, 2018


One Agency Downie Denison-Pender are canine crazy. Kane’s a small dog lover with his Moodle George and Schnoodle Poppy. Where I love the big breeds, with my dog Zulu a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Almost half of the homes in Wollongong own a dog. For so many of the people we sell houses to who are moving […]

Suburb Profile | Austinmer

February 15, 2018


One of the south coast’s original gems Austinmer is the jewel in the crown of the Northern Suburbs. Nestled between the escarpment and the sea Austinmer is home to an award-winning beach and the inspiring Sublime Point walk; there’s something for everyone! Tree lined Moore Street is an artisanal haven, cafes and boutiques abound. Properties […]