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Nothing In Life Is Free

The old cliché is that you never get something for nothing. Well, it’s usually true however at Allam Real Estate our philosophy is more about giving than taking. Our passion is to find ways to help make a difference to the people we meet and we continually ask our self – how can we enrich someone else’s life today Well this may not change anyone’s life, but it may be really handy if you ever lose your set of keys or find you’ve lef ...

Why Go Boutique

There are obvious advantages of using a boutique agency like Allam Real Estate, like receiving a more personal by dealing only with only one person who knows you, knows your needs and requirements, and will look after you throughout the whole transaction. But in this article we explain what some of the other benefits, a smaller more boutique agency really offers... Firstly, we don’t use a cookie cutter approach meaning that each and every cl ...

Agents Influence

As the market shifts and starts to level out, I have already noticed ‘fire’ sales everywhere. A great situation to be in as a buyer, but not so good for a seller. This is actually our favourite market to be in, because as there becomes more desperation in the market to close a deal – the differences between how companies operate and how well they are able to close deals at better prices become openly apparent. So what can an agent rea ...

Hiring A Friend

The shire is a small place and in many cases I hear about people wanting to sell with a friend who is in real estate. Understanding the reality to that decision could be detrimental to your marketing campaign. Before you hire a friend as your agent, here are some potential pitfalls to consider; 1. Your friend may not know the neighbourhood. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an agent with intimate knowledge of the market in th ...

Upstairs Or Downstairs

One of the biggest considerations when buying an apartment is deciding if you’ll buy upstairs or on the ground floor. It’s not just about getting views but whether there’s financial benefit to being higher up or lower down. Below we review some of the pros and cons for upstairs and downstairs. GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT PROS Absence of stairs: For areas with an ageing demographic, easily accessed downstairs apartments can be desirable No ...

What Is An Acceptable Commission Rate

Just like anything in life, as human beings we always want the very best quality for the absolute lowest price. Well choosing a real estate agent is no different – but what really is a fair price to pay? In the shire, most commission rates range from 1.8 - 2.4%. We all know that the best things in life are never the cheapest, however by the same token, they don’t necessarily need to be the most expensive either. Negotiating a ‘fair co ...

We Really Care. . .

There is an old saying in real estate - “A client doesn’t CARE how much you KNOW, until they KNOW how much you CARE” Well we just felt this is the perfect time to introduce you to some of our team members and tell you a little bit about why we really do care. Camille Allam – “What I really wanted to create is a family business of agents who not only love what they do, but that they put our clients first. To do that, they ne ...

How To Purchase In a HOT Market

Every week, I meet frustrated buyers who continue to pop up, from one open home to the next with unsuccessful stories of how they were the under bidder at auction or that they have missed out on dozens of homes with regret that they didn’t secure the first home they saw 6 months ago. One reason so many people miss out on homes is derived from the fact that people who need to sell a property first are reluctant to buy in a changing market and ...

Proper Market Value

In a quickly changing market, it’s extremely difficult in judging what the value of property is really worth. Especially in the current circumstances, it’s almost too common to find that buyers are getting ‘under quoted’ and sellers are being ‘over quoted’. There is one way to really understand the true value of your home and it only involves 4 basic steps. Follow this rule and I can guarantee you an accurate and realistic price. ...

Bathroom Renovations for Profit

Although often one of the smallest rooms in a house, a bathroom can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. On average, it will cost you between $8,000 - $10,000 to fully renovate your bathroom. This price typically includes the removal of the existing bathroom, tiling, waterproofing and the installation of fittings and fixtures, including electrical work. If your looking for the full bells and whistles, then expect to spend up to $15, ...