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Platinum Plus Forum – Always aiming higher!

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Each year RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand invite their top performers to participate in a forum of shared knowledge and experiences. This year Grant and Christina with some of the team from RE/MAX Profile attended the two day gathering, June 18th – 20th in Hamilton Island.

Christina, having won the RE/MAX Australia’s ultimate individual honour ‘The Eagle Award’ earlier this year, was invited to speak about what we do differently at RE/MAX Profile to generate record prices for our clients. Christina always has a willingness to impart her knowledge and guide other Agents to succeed in the RE/MAX network.

The gathering of around 50 people was an intense professional and personal development, and networking opportunities. The forum’s theme was about not expecting others to make things better and instead to create your success for you. The program had panel and round table sessions featuring RE/MAX top performers explaining how they’ve created successful businesses, plus three exceptional external speakers – Kylie Davis, Head of Real Estate Solutions at CoreLogic; Mike Storkey, a business trainer, coach, licensed real estate agent and Toastmasters International President-Elect; and Chantelle Baxter, co-founder and CEO of One Girl.

Chantelle was inspirational, having personally changed lives of 12,000 young women in some of the world’s poorest nations. Mike spoke about how communication is being affected by technology and that personal communication, either face-to-face or by telephone, is still the most effective form of communication.

Those that attended this excellent event are like-minded and all want to strive to succeed with providing their clients superior service and outstanding results.

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Christmas Colouring-in Competition 2015

You might have seen the artwork of all the local children displayed in our office window at Easter. We loved seeing how proud the children were with their entries to our colouring-in competition so we are doing it again for Christmas.  It’s a raffle draw so everyone has a chance to win.  The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 8th December 2015 by 4pm and will be informed by phone on the same day.  Children up to the age of 13 are eligible to enter for a chance to win a Gourmet Christmas Hamper to the value of $300 from the Rosalie Gourmet Market!

Please download the artwork and form here and we look forward to displaying all the entries until Christmas.

Contest Rules:

This contest is open to anyone ages 1 – 13.

Using pencil, crayon, markers, paint, collage…… PLEASE be as creative as you can!

Entries MUST be solely the work of the artist named.

Bring your finished picture into RE/MAX Profile at 141 Boundary Road Bardon on or before 5pm Monday 7th December.

Make sure you write your name and phone number on a slip provided at reception and place it into the Christmas Box.

On Tuesday 8th December, ONE name will be drawn from the Christmas Box and announced.

The winner will be contacted on the day and will need to collect the freshly made Gourmet Christmas Hamper to the value of $300 from the Rosalie Gourmet Market no later than Thursday 24th December 4pm.

SO  PLEASE PUT YOUR  PHONE NUMBER ON YOUR ENTRY SO WE CAN CALL YOU!

 

Grant Penrose

Licensed Real Estate Agent
RE/MAX Profile
141 Boundary Road
Bardon Qld 4065
Direct: 07 3510 5256
Mobile: 0418 747 997
Fax:    07 3876 5544
Email: grantpenrose@remax.com.au

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Brisbane Market on the Move…find out what the experts are saying

Herron Todd WhiteIt is exciting times at the moment and it is great to see Brisbane has been moving more confidently towards year’s end.  Purchasers are often buying properties that are currently achieving a good rental return and would normally appeal to investors as well.  There have been some stronger numbers coming out of residential markets and improvements in buyers’ choice for quality finishes and fittings.

Find out which parts of Brisbane are most desirable and where multiple offers are being achieved in the latest snapshot of the Brisbane Market provided by Herron Todd White Valuers.

Please click the link below to read this month’s Month in Review:

http://htw.com.au/Month_in_Review/Month-In-Review-November-2013.pdf

If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.

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Herron Todd White April 2013 Month in Review

Herron Todd WhiteWhat is happening in the Brisbane Real Estate Market?

This is always the question on everyone’s lips! Find out which parts of Brisbane are most desirable and where multiple offers are being achieved in the latest snapshot of the Brisbane Market provided by Herron Todd White Valuers.

Please click the link below to read this month’s Month in Review:

http://www.htw.com.au/Month_in_Review/Month-In-Review-May-2013.pdf

If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.

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11 Best Ways to Save Money in Your Home

save moneyFeeling the pinch? With the rising cost of living, this is definitely the time to save more to manage those costs. Here are 11 sure-fire ways to keep your bucks in the bank!

Audit your bills
Go through your bills for utilities and services and check the fine print. Are there fees or products on there you didn’t ask for or don’t use? Cut back things you don’t need and speak up about things you’re not sure about.

Don’t pay any more than you choose to. Challenge things that don’t seem right. And ask, firmly, about ways you could be better served. It’s a competitive market and companies will consider concessions and discounts to keep your loyalty.

Make a maintenance plan
Just like a home budget, a home maintenance plan helps you save serious money. Rather than waiting until things break and you’re held hostage on price because the need is urgent, regularly go around your home (including your car) and perform proverbial oil changes (or actual oil changes).  You’ll be able to catch problems before they become a catastrophy, and regular attention from you can save a fortune in labour costs.

Ditch the disposables
Experts say not buying paper towels is a great way to save money at home. So if you’re a big paper towel user, see if you can reuse a cloth or old clothes instead, and put things like dryer sheets to work as dust cloths for the TV. Better for the wallet = better for the environment.

Keep updates cheap and cheerful
Instead of replacing furniture outright or spending heavily on high end decor overalls, try a simple face lift first. A few bright cushions on an older couch, a coat of paint on a dresser or bland wall, some nice frames with photos; these all give your space new energy without excessive expense.

If you make your own cleaning products, you can update wooden floors and spruce up to add to the shiny new feel. DIY cleaning supplies are becoming increasingly popular as a way to save a small fortune around the home.

Get some (air-filtering) houseplants
Not everyone has a green thumb, but if you can care for a plant or two they can actually help you save money around the home. As well as adding a bit of life to a space, houseplants can help remove toxins from your air and keep a place fresh.

Stop buying expensive air purifiers and fresheners and lean on nature to keep you breathing clear and clean. Do note: some plants might be harmful to pets, and make sure you buy suited to your environment so you don’t create excessive moisture issues.

Rent-tertainment
Don’t overspend on books, movies, music or games that you’re only likely to enjoy once. If you’re going to buy, make sure you truly love that thing or you’re going to get long term enjoyment from it. Look online for free web series’ and other no or low cost ways to relax around the house.

You can still enjoy things as a once off, but look to rent or borrow, not buy. Consider creating a swap or trade group with your community or circle of friends so you can pass things around and vary your home entertainment at little or no cost. And remember that thing called a library?

Get smarter with energy
Get an energy audit performed on your home and identify specific improvements you can make around the house to save you money. This might include install energy saving appliances, smart meters or automated shut off switches, reusing water (i.e. shower water for plants), or line drying your laundry when the weather allows.

Look closely at insulation. It might not be cheap if your property desperately needs insulation, but there’s few better ways to save money in the long term. We often waste up to half our heating and cooling through poor insulation, and it only takes one poorly insulated spot to cause problems. Read up on why and how to get started here.

Clean up to stop doubling up
Have you ever bought something only to get home and find you already had one of them stashed away in a cupboard? It’s actually very common, especially with clothes, appliances and entertainment like DVDs or games.

Apart from making you feel better, cleaning and organising can help you avoid buying multiples of the same thing, or things you don’t really need because you’ve got something that can do the job instead.
Know what you’ve got, so you know what you need to spend on and you won’t be throwing money away.

Utilise online communities
Online communities like Freecycle, Open Shed and Clothing Exchange are just three of many that let you make money with items sitting unused around your house, and get a hold of things you need for cheap or free, like clothes, furniture, tools and more.

Lose the product snobbery
Don’t be fussy about buying name brands. If you can afford it and want to treat yourself, it’s no crime. But if you’re trying to save, buying for the label alone – whatever the product – won’t help.

Economise by buying generic versions of household goods, and think creatively about repurposing. For example, use carpet offcuts as rugs. Make friends with garage sales and op shops. Explore local providers and farmers markets who are keen to compete with bigger players and may offer incentives. Use the generic as an excuse to personalise and add a custom touch instead!

Start a veggie or herb garden
As we said, where you live and your gardening skills might make this more or less practical for your situation, but if you can get a garden – even a tiny or boxed one – up and running you can save plenty in the kitchen by growing essentials like tomatoes, carrots, basil, chives, broccoli and more.

If your resources are limited, consider pitching in with neighbours for a community garden that you can all share in.

Source : www.realestate.com.au (16 January 2013)

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