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How to make the most of the last days of summer – get back to nature in the northern Illawarra

February 21, 2019


The count down begins. Yesterday was the first chilly day for ages. It was a big reminder that summer days are drawing to a close. We need to make the most of the outdoors before we’re all hauled up in front of heaters. So, the team at One Agency Downie Denison-Pender have put our heads […]

Valentines Day in Northern Illawarra

February 14, 2019


Since you’re reading this now, Valentines Day may have crept up on you. It’s Valentines Day today and if you haven’t got your plans sorted yet, don’t worry. There are still ways to save the day. Just because it’s last minute, doesn’t mean it can’t be worth a big smooch from your lucky someone. Best […]

Are new bank watchdog rules going to affect house prices? Investors are hopeful as lending restrictions are scrapped

February 7, 2019


  Every January brings hopeful enthusiasm for the year to come. Thanks to the recent announcement from Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the year will see no further bank restrictions on the amount of interest-only residential loans they can write. This signals positive things for investors in 2019. Here’s a snapshot of what experts are […]

Australia Day – Where in the Illawarra will you be?

January 23, 2019


Hasn’t it been a fabulous summer?! An overdose of beach-time and busy goings-on with family and friends. And, what do you know, Australia Day long weekend rolls around again as a nice bookend to the school holiday. Seems like more than just a long weekend. For many of us here in our office it feels […]

Top 4 places in Wollongong to keep cool with the kids this school holiday

January 17, 2019


Yes, it’s hot out there. Thirroul’s temperature each day this week is all above 30 degrees! As much as we’ve loved the beach this school holidays, there’s only so long we can stay out in the hot sun. Of course, we could pop to the airconditioned shops. But, let’s get creative. There’s plenty of local […]

New Year’s resolution to sell your house? This is what you need to do

January 10, 2019


New year, new adventure So, you’re nursing a bit of a headache and you’re wiped out from a busy holiday celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends. But with the new year, comes exciting prospects ahead. Moving perhaps? Starting afresh? If that’s the case, now is a good time to role up your […]

Very Merry Christmas Party Top Tips

December 18, 2018


So, we hosted the One Agency Downie & Denison-Pender Christmas bash last week to celebrate the year with our friends and families. It was a great occasion at the Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club. No doubt, you’re all doing your best to get through the busy silly season too. Seems like everyone’s hosting a party. […]

School assemblies

December 12, 2018


How many school assemblies have you been to? At least a few, I bet. And it’s that time of year again. Have you been to your kids’ yet? How did it go? Kids all squish and wriggle into the hall like tinned baked beans. Mums, Dads and Grandparents congregate in the back, waving paper programs […]

How does your Christmas tree stack up?

December 6, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]