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Auctions vs. Private Treaty Sales. What's the difference?

Shortly after beginning your property buying journey, you will have quickly noticed that houses for sale are priced and sold differently. For example, some homes advertised for sale may say “Price on Application”, “Offers over X amount” or simply say “Auction”. The reason for these differences depends on the way the vendor or seller of the home wants it to be sold. Legally, real estate is sold in Australia in two fundamental ways:

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The Final Checklist: What to arrange before the final move

When buying a property, there are so many things to consider that at some point you will likely find yourself relying on a good old fashioned checklist to ensure that you don’t drop the ball. A solid checklist doesn’t just prevent forgotten tasks, but will also make sure things progress as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

So you have found the (almost) perfect house? Check. Found a property conveyancer? Check. You’ve then arranged your Pre-purchase pest and building inspections and everything turned out fine. Contracts have been signed and the house is now officially yours! Now all you have to do is arrange a removalist and say goodbye to the neighbours - right?

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4 Big things to consider when buying a beach house

Wouldn’t it be nice…The crisp sea air accompanied by the soft sound of waves greeting you every morning as you stumble out of bed. Not even thinking about shoes, you take the short and lazy stroll to the beach. It really is the classic lifegoal, to get that dream house by the beach and enjoy all that it has to offer. What could be more Australian! And with over 35,000 miles of coastline and 10,000+ beaches nationwide, you are spoilt for choice!

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The Insider Guide to Buying the Great Australian Queenslander

With ongoing lockdowns and border uncertainty, there is a well-publicised increase in the number of Aussies looking to relocate to the great Sunshine State. And who can blame them? Glorious weather, easy-going people and vast tracks of space, Queensland is increasingly the place to be! And what could be more ‘Queensland’ than the Iconic ‘Queenslander’ property itself?

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The do's and don'ts of finding the right Building Inspector

Buying a home or property is an exciting but often complicated process! At PestBuildLegals, we strongly believe that the key to a successful purchase is to engage the best team of professionals from the start. From a property conveyancer, a mortgage broker to a pest inspector, it is always worth doing your research. After all, you have done the hard yards just finding ‘the dream property’, now you must invest a little more time putting together “the dream team”.

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Three inexpensive ways to build your Property Conveyancing Business in 2021

The Australian property market has continued its blistering finish to 2020 with continued growth, record sales (and prices!) into February 2021. Indeed, clearance levels are beating all reasonable forecasts, and it is clear to those in the industry that the market remains red-hot to date.

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Combining Facebook and Video To Generate New Business

Now more than ever, it is essential that businesses that want to survive and thrive ensure that they have a consistent flow of new clients.

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What is a buyer’s agent and do I need one?

Ask almost anyone who has bought a property before (especially a first home ), and they will tell you that it can be a difficult and challenging process. However, not that many people can claim to have purchased a property during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic! Not only is demand falling in some areas (such as inner cities), but demand is also increasing in more scenic and lifestyle locations, as evidenced by increasing house prices and rental yields in the Gold Coast.

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5 Essential things to look out for when viewing a property

At PestBuildLegals, we are huge advocates for ensuring that you get the best team together to ensure the best outcome when buying your home. Therefore, any quote that you receive through us is always from a provider that we have personally verified. But even before you get quotes for a pest or building inspection, there is one inspection that is vital, free, and that only you can do: the personal inspection!

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Pre-Purchase Pest inspections: The 3 Most Wanted Culprits

When you buy your first home (or even second or third!) there is always something new to learn. One thing that most first home buyers will quickly realise is that you need to ensure both pest and building inspections are undertaken on your soon to be new digs!

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Living in Dignity: A look at the future of Disability Housing

You will often hear people saying that buying a house is one of the most stressful things that you will ever do in your life. This is because there is so much to do and a lot of uncertainty around the whole process. Will I find somewhere I can afford? Is now a good or a bad time to get on the property ladder? The list goes on and on. Now, take a moment to imagine how much harder this process might be for people living with a disability.

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4 Big Reasons why Brisbane’s Property Prices will Finish 2020 on a High

In a year like no other, house prices, property demand and supply have fluctuated, making accurate property price trends more difficult to assess than usual. However, the significant forecasted drops in house prices across Brisbane since the onset of Covid 19 have not materialised. In fact, according to CoreLogic, Brisbane house prices are up 0.8% over the last month, (Nov 2020) and 4.2% over the last year alone!

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The 7 ‘Hidden’ Costs of Buying a Home: Part 2

Yes, there is a part two! In the last article, we broke down some of the biggest costs that are associated with buying you home. Why? Because for many of us (especially us first home buyers), buying a home is scary enough without being blindsided with unexpected bills and expenses. Indeed, at PestBuildLegals, we always recommend that you get the best team of professionals on your team ( i.e property conveyancers, pest and building Inspectors,) to ensure that you get the best outcome when buying you home. It all boils down to ensuring that buying the property of your dreams really is the property of your dreams (and does not become a nightmare, so to speak).

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The 7 ‘Hidden’ Costs of Buying a Home: Part 1

When you buy your first home ( or even you second or third! ), it can be easy to lose sight of the many ‘additional’ ( and mostly unavoidable ) costs that are not always obvious when you are first starting out. So, apart from after the mighty feat of accumulating your deposit and having taken into account your mortgage payments, what else can you expect when buying your property?

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Do I need a Pre Purchase inspection when buying a new build?

You’ve found your future home, you’ve made an offer, and it's been accepted! At this point, your contracts are drawn up and the responsibility falls upon you, the buyer, to ensure that there are no hidden defects, pending repairs or structural issues with your new property.

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The ‘who’s who’ of the Real Estate World

There’s no end of things to bear in mind when buying your first home. In fact, it can be easy to be overwhelmed. In our experience with home buyers over, we’ve noticed that there are many lessons that are often only learnt once the property purchase has been completed. Indeed, like many things in life, we often look back and wish we could have avoided some mistakes made. Don't let this be you! Read on to uncover some of the common property purchasing pitfalls. 

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5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Your First Home

There’s no end of things to bear in mind when buying your first home. In fact, it can be easy to be overwhelmed. In our experience with home buyers over, we’ve noticed that there are many lessons that are often only learnt once the property purchase has been completed. Indeed, like many things in life, we often look back and wish we could have avoided some mistakes made. Don't let this be you! Read on to uncover some of the common property purchasing pitfalls. 

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How to save more than 50K when buying your first home

Buying your first home is no doubt one of the biggest investments most people make in their lives. Ensuring that your finances are in order is one of the first and biggest challenges to overcome. It is therefore helpful to know that there may be some unique avenues of support available exclusively to first time home buyers. If that’s you, and you are reading this in 2020, read on.

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PestBuildLegals What Verification means

PestBuildLegals provides home buyers with easy quotes for pre-purchase building and pest inspections, as well as real estate legal conveyancing. As we approach the official launch of PestBuildLegals on October 1st, we have been busy verifying local service providers so that they can join our platform and help us service these home buyers. Before a provider can begin receiving leads through our service, they need to undergo a quick verification process.  But what exactly is verification with PBL?

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Facebook Ads Vs PestBuildLegals leads

Before we specialised in digital marketing, the team at PestBuildLegals had a long history within the Real Estate, Building and Insurance industries (you can read more about our backgrounds here! ).  Over the years, we have worked with businesses of all sizes - from the Gold Coast to Surfers Paradise and Brisbane

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Taking the lead in an uncertain housing market

Many businesses are feeling the effects of uncertainty created and fuelled by the ongoing pandemic. In one way or another, all sectors have been affected and this is no less true in the housing market (and greater real estate sector). Predictions are changing as quickly as lock down restrictions, and so to say the least it's more difficult to navigate your business through this evolving environment than ever before.

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Cost of a lead Vs The Value of Life Time Customer

You do not want to leave anything to chance with your business, and this doubly true when considering the cost of acquiring new business.  If you put an ad in the newspaper, you would want to know how many calls it generated, how many calls became real customers and how much each customer was worth (in terms of revenue for the business).   Knowing this information allows you to determine whether or not it was worth investing in the ad in the first place, and whether you would do it again!   By having a good appreciation and understanding of the potential value of a customer, we can keep perspective as to whether lead is actually good value or not. ( click here to read this previous article which takes a closer look at the true value of a lead )

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5 Tips to converting enquiries to lifelong customers

Anyone who runs their own business will know that it often feels like this is a never ending list of things to do! On top of providing a great service, there is the valuable time required to ensure that your marketing is actually working i.e. that you are getting a consistent flow of high quality enquiries that become customers!  ( Click here to read our article on what really makes a high quality lead for your business ).

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Build your business even in the quiet moments

There is no such thing as a “bad time" to drum up new business, yet with so much going on locally and nationally, you would be forgiven for wanting to simply batten down the hatches and weather the storm!

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What are "Pest, Building and Legals", and why do I need these when purchasing a home?

They say that buying a home is one of the most stressful things that you will ever do (after getting married!). From the long search for the dream home, to arranging finance and then making an offer , it's no wonder that fifty-one percent of first home buyers surveyed found the process “stressful”, while 42% described it as “overwhelming”.

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7 Essential Steps To Buying A Home

After a long search, you have finally found a home that you love, and so now it’s time to take the essential next steps to secure that property. We know that buying a home can be a confusing and even stressful process, especially when doing it for the first time. However, it does not have to be that way. The most important part of buying a home is to have a clear picture in your head of exactly what you need to do, and to proceed calmly and thoughtfully until that final day of settlement - aka when you get the keys!

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The Team Behind PestBuildLegals

The team behind PestBuildLegals have extensive experience working across the Real Estate Industry. Not only that, but they have all bought their own homes and know how daunting the process can be!

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