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Get ahead of the curve

Are you thinking of selling in the relatively near future? Maybe you're waiting until you get a few things done around the house, or waiting for the timing to be right which is not quite yet?  Maybe you're waiting to find your next property to buy?  Perhaps you want...

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Pack your bags…

Article by Cheryl McKenna, Office manager and licensed estate agent Moving house. The phrase strikes fear into many a heart.  Ranked as more stressful than divorce, moving house is in fact included in the top 5 stressful life events. Some of us do it once in a...

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Bark for your Park!

Article by Cheryl McKenna, office manager and licensed estate agent. Is there anything more uplifting than to see than your dog, in amongst a group of other pooches all running flat out happily around the dog park?  Or the lone Border Collie who chases the ball, being...

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Central, Coastal, Townhouse Living

Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate are excited to present to the market thirteen quality townhouses to be sold off the plan and built immediately by Mark Conlan's @Select Homes. This development is in a prime location at 93-97 Nicholson Street, a 10-minute...

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“Such a wonderful result for us as a vendor”

Check out the wonderful renovation that Michelle and Gary completed on their house in Warrnambool, and hear from a delighted vendor, very pleased with the sale, which happened within a few days of going to market, with roughly 15 inspections, 7-8 offers, and a sale...

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Homebuilder Program

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office Manager, and licensed estate agent. HomeBuilder Program The HomeBuilder program is a time-limited grant program to help the residential construction market to bounce back from the Coronavirus crisis. But before we get into that – do...

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How’s your credit?

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office manager, licensed estate agent - and now we can add - real estate blogger! Back in my day, credit was something you needed to make a call on your mobile, or a score that my friends got at uni.  And having multiple store and credit...

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Nature strip planting

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office Manager, and licensed estate agent. Ahhh, there is nothing better than mowing your back lawn, then your front lawn, then having to get the mower through the front gate and mow the nature strip – said no person ever!  Especially if...

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Which aspect is best?

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office Manager, and licensed estate agent. North, south, east, west?  Which aspect is the best? In many a real estate write up you will read “boasting a northerly aspect”, but what does this mean, and why is a northerly aspect so desirable?...

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What’s your number, baby?

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office Manager and licensed estate agent. What’s your number baby? What’s in a number?  It depends on who you ask.  For many cultures around the world numbers can dictate many things, from who you marry, whether you are a lucky person to...

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Questions from a seller, or a buyer (she wasn’t sure)

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office manager, and licensed estate agent It began with a conversation with a lady enquiring on a property that we had for sale.  All said quickly without a pause or even time to take a breath! “I’d like to have a look at the house on...

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What’s your style?

Article by Cheryl McKenna - Office manager and licenced estate agent. What’s your style? Do you love a classic Californian Bungalow or are you a fool for the decorative filigree of the mid to late Victorian Era?  Does walking into an Edwardian home evoke memories of a...

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Advice for my sister

Article by Cheryl McKenna - office manager and licenced estate agent. The advice I gave my younger sister The conversation started with a text message “So I am inspecting that house I mentioned tomorrow at noon, and low-key freaking out about it.  Not sure what I need...

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How did you spend your covid-time?

How did you spend your time during the Covid-19 restrictions and isolation? Opinion piece by Rhianna Amos - Sales Agent at Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate. I preface this article with it being just a general overview, not a qualified insight. After asking...

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#PushforBetter

Article by Rhianna Amos - Sales Agent at Wilsons This year, amid the current pandemic, I needed a challenge. Not just any old challenge, something that would also make a difference. A cause that I was passionate about. Coincidently the next week I was asked to join...

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Record Buyer Demand!

Article by Lucas Wilson In what may come as a big surprise, the month of May, 2020 - 3 months since the covid-19 pandemic began here - saw the highest number of buyer enquiries into the Wilsons office since before 2016, when we started recording their numbers! The law...

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Should I use a mortgage broker?

Article by Emilee Bezzina - sales agent - Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate Working in real estate we often get asked if purchasers are better off with a mortgage broker or if they should directly see their bank, some may also shop around themselves for the...

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What is a section 32?

Welcome to our series of articles addressing answers to frequently asked questions by home buyers, in particular first home buyers. You may have heard people mention a property's "section 32", otherwise known as the "vendor statement", or formally, "Vendors' statement...

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There are many markets – this is here and now

Commentary by Lucas Wilson. Scour the media any day at present and you don't have to look far to find extremely pessimistic property market price forecasts due to the current climate and subsequent economic factors. I'm no economist, however an important point to...

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A chunk of coal…

Article by Lucas Wilson.          As we move further along the timeline of the crisis that is the coronavirus pandemic, and seemingly stepping gradually towards the light at the end of the tunnel, I couldn't be more proud of our team here at Wilsons.  Our staff, all...

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Surprise!

We have a wonderful surprise to share with you: People are still buying real estate! We admittedly braced ourselves for a complete shutdown of our industry a few weeks ago, seemingly headed for an inability to inspect houses.  Our inboxes were flooded with digital...

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5 Reasons to choose Wilsons during the virus crisis

We can’t give anyone a high five at the moment, but here are 5 reasons to consider Wilsons as your agent if you wish to sell during the covid-19 pandemic, or immediately after the storm passes: 1. We are private sale specialists, unaffected by the restrictions...

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Get around your community

We rise by lifting others. -Robert Ingersoll Whilst many of us, be it individually or as a business, are in survival mode, there are still absolutely things everyone can do to help others as we are all in this Coronavirus pandemic crisis together, and we'll all get...

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How to gain by listing now?

Article by Lucas Wilson. I'm not going to try and predict the effect the Coronavirus pandemic will have on house prices.  Doing so is frivolous. But what we can do is help you if you plan to make a move, whether those plans are able to be facilitated while we are in...

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“Play what’s in front of you…”

Article by Lucas Wilson. "My head has obviously been spinning in recent days, as I’m sure have all of yours, with everything going on. As the footy season commences (for now!), the quote "play what’s in front of you", is very appropriate.  It is a footy quote that...

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How To Disinfect Your Home

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean Now that the worlds attention is focussed on the Coronavirus more people are being educated on how fast a virus can spread. Statistics say the Coronavirus doubles every 4 days. With no known vaccine populations are choosing isolation as...

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Ask the right questions…

When choosing a real estate agent, the questions asked will dictate the information you uncover and hence the agent you hire. This short hard copy booklet will offer you some of the key questions that smart home sellers ask real estate agents. To receive yours, please...

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Consider this…

Exceptional Lifestyle and Income Earning Opportunity. This property, and all it encompasses, warranted it's own full article - a standard real estate ad just wasn't going to cut it!  Open up your mind and consider the possibility that this could just be the change...

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Hope lives here!

The 2020 Warrnambool Relay For Life was another amazing event - enjoyable; inspiring; emotional; exhausting. Thank you and congratulations to the organisers, to our team of Wilsons Walkers, and to our family members and friends who joined us. A huge thank you to all...

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How To Clean A Washing Machine

Why you should clean your washing machine By design washing machines in hot and humid conditions. These conditions are the perfect environment for bacteria to breed. The soap and detergent chemicals invariably get locked in the washing machine. Eventually, mould and...

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Relay for Life

The Wilsons Warrnambool Walkers team will be back again this year at the Relay for Life event fundraising for the Cancer Council - a cause close to almost everybody's hearts. It really is a special event, held at the Warrnambool Deakin University Oval on February 7-8,...

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Portable Gardens for Renters and Tenants

Grow your own vegetables or plants Do you rent but love gardening and watching plants grow from seed? Then it would be practical to invest in a portable garden. So, if you have to vacate the premises you can take your lovely garden with you. There are many ideas and...

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RSL Active

It was great to get involved with RSL Active, a local program supporting veterans and their families with opening and promoting connections, re-integrating, and staying mentally and physically healthy. Hear a little bit about it from Adam Kent, after selling a...

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Central Seaside Masterpiece

...harmonise with the surrounding landscape... Here at Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate, we are delighted to present to the marketplace one of, if not the finest, properties in town - an absolute central seaside masterpiece. The design and layout of 2 Japan...

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Supporting our “Mo Bro”

Our Mo Bro, Russell, is 13 days into Movember, a fantastic cause raising funds for men's health. Our whole team are behind him - as you can see in the photo!! We encourage you to donate anything you comfortably can to this great cause, even just a few dollars will be...

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Property Management – your experts

Are you a current or prospective tenant or property investor? Would you like to know more about renting, leasing, property investment and/or anything related to property management in Warrnambool and/or our surrounding district? We'd like to introduce you to Juanita...

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“An easy decision”

Hear how Ben made an "easy decision" to choose Wilsons, and was happily sold within a week, at his asking price. If you'd like to be happily sold like Ben, phone us any time on (03) 5561...

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Have you been out on a buck’s night?

The questions banks are asking. Mortgage brokers have been asking some highly intrusive questions in the wake of the banking royal commission. With banks tightening their criteria for lending to Australians, brokers have reported asking more personal questions. Pro...

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Dennington’s Day Out

Dennington’s Day Out is hosted by St John’s Primary School. 2019 is the eighth year of DDO and it is growing every year, with an expected attendance of 3000-plus eager DDO-attendees. The event encourages community partnerships with a large range of clubs and...

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The Crystal Lee Foundation

The Crystal Lee Foundation's objective is to provide little acts of kindness to our families, filling some of the little things that were once small, that become overwhelmingly enormous when facing the end of your child’s life. We can’t move mountains or change the...

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8 Elements of a Smart Sale

8 Elements that will make your Real Estate Sale a Smart Sale The Smart Sale Strategy is clever as it is an integrated system, it is not a slapped together collection of dysfunctional parts. When planning for your SMART SALE various elements need to be considered in...

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Lucia’s Angels | RCH fundraiser

Written by Lucas Wilson Tragically, unexpectedly, and suddenly (in relative terms - there was 2 weeks notice that meant everything), my sister Sally's beautiful little 99-days-young baby Lucia was recently taken away from this earth and became an angel. The strength...

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$25,000 ahead!

Hear from Narelle and Ben about why they chose Wilsons and how they finished $25,000 ahead of what they were thinking they would, thanking Wilsons for going "above and beyond". Thank you guys for jumping behind the iphone camera without notice! Thank you for choosing...

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FHB Information Night

Are you looking to purchase your first home but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. That’s why South West Credit has teamed up with a range of experts to hold a First Home Buyer Information Session on Wednesday 7th August, 2019. The event will cover everything...

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Win/lose transaction- overprice and undersell

Article by Peter O'Malley - author of "Inside Real Estate" (For a free copy of the book - contact us)   In a rising market, vendors can over-price with minimal risks in doing so. However, in a normal or falling market, overpricing often leads to underselling. The...

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Help us help our community!

If you're thinking of selling, OR have a property to lease, you can help us help our community! Portable x-ray machines (also known as image intensifiers) are used by orthopaedic and reconstruction surgeons to ensure good placement of plates and screws when performing...

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Know your purpose for investing in property

Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree. This is far from true. Most residential property investors are simply striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They own one property – or possibly two – and rent it out in the...

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Mothers Day Classic – 100 Red Roses

Warrnambool's Mother's day Classic is on this Sunday again at Pertobe Road, and as part of our support, the Wilsons team will be bringing down 100 red roses to GIVE AWAY for participating mums! Get involved in a great cause, great fun, and some good exercise too!  ...

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Dinner’s on us!

We'd like to shout you dinner to the tune of $150! Valid any time with no end date, if you refer someone to us who is thinking of selling - and they list their property for sale with us, we'll give you a $150 dinner voucher for a restaurant in the local area. It's a...

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The grass isn’t always greener on the other side

When a house doesn't sell after a prolonged campaign, there is a natural tendency for the seller to look to other avenues for success.  The first port of call is often to change the real estate agent. But is the grass always greener on the other side? Some lazy,...

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Is there another buyer?

Competition increases value. Agents know it, and they use it to achieve a better price. That’s their job after all. What is harrowing as a buyer is trying to work out the legitimacy of the agents often made claim that “there is another buyer”. As a buyer, if you...

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Greatest Dangers

REAL ESTATE'S GREATEST DANGERS HOW TO AVOID THEM AND SELL SAFE Hiring the right agent to sell your home is crucial.  Hiring a bad agent costs a lot more than just their selling fee.  Great care should be taken when deciding which agent to trust. For a thorough look at...

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Real Estate Careers Webinar

  Do you have what it takes to be successful in real estate? Are you results-focused? Do you have a passion for people and building long-term relationships? Are you motivated to reach and exceed your potential? If you can confidently answer YES to the above questions,...

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11 tips to make moving day stress-free

If you’re enthusiastic about moving day, you represent a minority of the population. Even if you’re upgrading from an old to new home, small to big, many days will be spent packing up your belongings and setting up in your new home. Here are some tips to ensure that...

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Home-valuing websites have the science, but not the art

A plethora of websites and home-valuing apps have popped up in recent times offering free valuations. Typically, there are two types of valuations offered online: the automatic algorithm or the referral to a real estate agent (some offer both). All major, and many...

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Relay for Life – Join us!

Friday 8th Feb from 6:30pm overnight to Saturday 9th Feb 1:00pm sees the annual Warrnambool chapter of Relay for Life, a community fundraising challenge raising vital funds for cancer patients. The team from Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate will be eagerly...

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Simplicity.

Often, in Real Estate, things are made much more complicated than they need to be.  Complex sales procedures, confusing pricing strategies, restrictive inspection arrangements, secretive negotiation processes, etc, etc, etc...   From an agent's perspective, it really...

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Attention Investors!

Would you be interested in purchasing a residential investment property in a great country town with an outstanding (we're talking potentially double-digit percentage) rental return? Thanks to our proven record of proactively getting results and looking after our...

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5 Tips on how to SELL…

The following article was written by Sydney author and agent, Peter O'Malley.  As such, it is targeted to audiences experiencing the current declining market conditions in Sydney, which is mirrored by what is happening in Melbourne and many surrounding property...

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COMMUNICATION. COMMUNICATION.

When sitting down with sellers for the first time I generally ask a few questions about their past selling experiences, whether they be a recent unsuccessful campaign, or a previous selling experience.  The biggest complaint that my anecdotal evidence suggests, is not...

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Knowledge, power and real estate advertising

A dangerous trend has emerged in real estate advertising with privacy and price implications. Too much personal information is being revealed during marketing campaigns. Circumstances such as divorce or illness are often featured in advertisements as agents try to use...

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A Very Liebig Christmas

Here at Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate, we love involving ourselves in, promoting, and supporting local and community events, features, information, charities and causes.  Feel free to bring these to our attention at any time so we can continue to do so! A...

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Employ a selling agent

Before employing an agent to market and sell your home, ensure you are clear about what you expect in an agent. Real estate agents often spruik their clearance rates or their profile in the marketplace. The true determinant of a good agent is their ability to deliver...

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The Dangers in Establishing a Market Price

Establishing a realistic market price can be fraught with danger. The intentionally inflated price quoted by an agent is the most common. It is the improbable lie or the lie by omission. Other dangers that are not so obvious include well-meaning neighbours and...

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Lifestyle Living

The BIG4 NRMA Warrnambool Riverside Holiday Park is an affordable and fantastic facility offering residents a variety of unique benefits. Being set in the farming zone at the Hopkins River end of Jubilee Park Road (see map below article) between Warrnambool and...

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Mystery shop the agent

The selection of the selling agent is usually decided upon from an interview and/or a sales proposal process. Whether it's an interview or a sales proposal that you are using to determine your agent, neither actually shows the agent in action. Agents are fully...

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The two lies of the real estate industry.

When asked to price a property, a real estate agent has the opportunity to impress the owner and obtain a listing. Listings are the lifeblood of any real estate career. The two most common lies in the real estate industry involve the estimate price quoted to potential...

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Mortlake SOLDs

A quick little drive up Mortlake's main street recently highlights a few of the successful sales in the popular township with plenty happening at the moment.  Call us to find out more!...

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Tenants’ rights strengthened

VICTORIAN tenants will officially be able to make minor modifications to their rental homes and own pets without landlord consent after new laws passed parliament last week. The reforms — which also include the introduction of “basic standards” and limit rent rises to...

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Add Extra Sparkles

Give your property that extra sales appeal. You rarely need to spend thousands of dollars to make your home attractive. Buyers are attracted by the appearance of your property and, when they inspect it, they are influenced by its atmosphere. The right appearance...

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Building and Pest Inspections

Is a building and pest inspection that important? Is it necessary to have a property inspected by a professional when buying and how much does it cost? For most people, buying a home or an investment property is the biggest investment they will ever make.Yet many...

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Legacy

The first week of September, from Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th is National Legacy Week.  The Warrnambool Legacy Club looks after over 300 war widows in the local area, without any government funding.  Badge day is Friday September 7th, so be on the lookout around town...

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The Moyne River

As we have the pleasure of presenting to the marketplace for sale this fine property (read on) only 9 kilometres out of Port Fairy on 26 acres with one of its entire boundaries fronting the Moyne River, we decided to take the opportunity to share with you some...

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Market Price

It seems simple doesn't it?  You're thinking of selling, and you decide to get a couple of agents out to give you a "quote". But real estate agents aren't tradesmen, the so-called "quote" of the value of your house is merely an opinion, rather than something you...

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164 year old pile of bluestone

We love the online reviews from our clients after a sale, and this recent one from Robert up in Hexham is no exception! How do you sell an 164 year old pile of bluestone with 8 bedrooms and renovations halted because of unplanned health issues and attendant cash flow...

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Why you should consider selling in Winter

Andrew Trim, 3-time Olympic Games representative for kayaking, including a silver medal at Sydney 2000, author of Real Estate Dangers And How To Avoid Them, and director of the Johnson Real Estate Group, takes a minute to explain why it might be a good idea to...

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Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground – Warrnambool

Growing up as kids in Warrnambool, we really did take for granted just how good "The Adventure Playground" at Lake Pertobe was/is.  I remember when cousins or family friends from Melbourne or Geelong or anywhere else would visit and be blown away with just how cool it...

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Mount Noorat

Just recently, looking for somewhere to take the kids and dogs for a Sunday drive with a walk and some fresh air on the school holidays, thinking we might explore somewhere we've never been before, I did a quick search on my trusty and highly recommended app...

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Don’t take the bait!

Bait pricing hurts both sellers and buyers, and despite recent legislation changes aimed at preventing the practice, it is still rampant.  Just as AFL coaches find ways to manipulate rule changes for their own benefit, real estate agents find ways around the new...

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“providing good advice”

Read Glenda's answers to a couple of questions after recently selling her Bushfield property through Wilsons: 1: “Why did you initially choose to list your property with Wilsons?” It began with our taking advantage of a Wilson free valuation offer left in our letter...

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“What a refreshing meeting”

We asked Iris a few questions about her buying experience with Wilsons, always looking for feedback to help improve our service.  We believe that what customers say about a company's service, means a lot more than what the company says about itself. 1: “How did you...

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“Nailed it”

Good, bad, or indifferent, we always seek out our clients' opinions after a transaction in order to constantly improve our service by continuing doing what works, and making improvements and adjustments where required. Trent sold his property with Wilsons, and this...

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Delighted buyer AND seller!

The favourite part of our job - when two delighted customers, seller and buyer, come together to enjoy the process of a home being transferred from one to another - both happy with the outcome, this being a sale at the highest possible price for the seller, and for...

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Believe me when I say…

There are certain phrases in the modern lexicon of real estate agents that should put sellers on the alert every time they hear them. They go something like this: 'If we run the right advertising campaign we could get...' 'We could sell this in two weeks!' 'You'd be...

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Sewing Station Warrnambool

A temporary Sewing Station will be set up at 102 Liebig Street, Warrnambool. Open 10am to 2pm, 12th - 16th and 20th - 23rd June. The venue will have sewing machines and recycled fabric available for the community to make or watch being made reusable shopping bags. The...

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Do you have a buyer?

The best agents will always be able to introduce buyers to your property without asking for money.  If an agent claims to have a buyer, as most real estate agents will, that should negate the need to spend money upfront on advertising. This runs contrary to the...

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John and Lorna

Again showing that our clients can win at both sides of the selling and buying equation, hear from John and Lorna as they take a break from packing up their home in readiness for their move....

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The THREE prices for your property

When you are selling your property, there are three prices to be acutely aware of: Marketing Price Current Market Price Best Selling Price Marketing Price is the price the agent markets the property at to buyers. Legally and practically speaking, the final selling...

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Replica Victorian Style Home

Victorian houses were built to last and highly sought after. They are described as romantic and delicate. The classic look, the shapes, the simple lines - Victorian homes have character and soul. The high ceilings, beautiful big cornices, the fireplace, the details...

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Tommy and Pam

We chat with Tommy and Pam, after their successful sale in Noorat, and purchase in Terang. Once a buyer was found for their property, all efforts turned to finding their next home, including a "wanted ad" on our website  which was shared on our Facebook page and seen...

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Should you take out Lenders Mortgage Insurance?

What is Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) and should you have it? Actually, that's kind of a trick question, since it is not your choice, and it is not for your protection! Lenders' mortgage insurance protects your lender in the unfortunate event of you defaulting on...

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100 Roses for 100 Mums

At Wilsons, we love our mums. We thought we'd remind all of you who are lucky to have a mum to be EXTRA special to her this Mother's Day. To help you out, we've got 100 roses for 100 mums in Warrnambool. There is no charge and no obligation, they are FREE with the...

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Open house or open slather?

Yes, the following video is simply a TV comedy skit from "The Chaser's War on Everything".  However, it does bring to light a legitimate concern regarding open inspections, that of security.  With only one or two agents present, and potentially several strangers...

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How septic systems work

Recently, while showing a buyer around a property in one of our Western district townships, I was asked a technical, yet fairly elementary, question about the workings of the septic system.  Quite frankly, I should have known the answer, but didn't! I dutifully went...

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South West Vic Hay Drive

On St Patrick's Day weekend 40,000ha of farming land was burnt in several locations in South West Victoria. Upwards of 4,000 head of stock perished and 18 homes were lost. To support the local community and those affected, a fundraising evening on next Saturday April...

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Standing Tall in Warrnambool

The STANDING TALL program matches carefully selected and trained community volunteers with at risk junior school students studying at Warrnambool and Brauer colleges, and this year now Emmanuel College and Warrnambool Special Developmental School. The volunteers have...

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Warrnambool – History

The word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous Australians name for a nearby volcanic cone. It is interpreted to mean many things including land between two rivers, two swamps or ample water. A popular legend is that the first Europeans to discover...

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Warrnambool – Cityscape, Economy, Demographics

Cityscape The original City of Warrnambool was a 4x8 grid, with boundaries of Lava Street (north), Japan Street (east), Merri Street (south) and Henna Street (west). In the nineteenth century, it was intended that Fairy Street – with its proximity to the Warrnambool...

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Fishing and Real Estate?

With estimates of over five million Australians taking part in recreational fishing, it is Australia’s biggest sport and leisure activity. When almost one in four of us partake in this activity, plenty will understand the following analogies to the Real Estate...

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Catch of the day!

Well it seems that every week amongst the office team here at Wilsons, one of us is talking about the latest fish they or a family member has caught. I suppose this should come as no surprise, given it is estimated that over five million Australians take part in...

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Bread and Butter

Bread and butter", as defined online by www.thefreedictionary.com, can mean: bread and butter 1. The essential, sustaining element, as in The quality of the schools is the bread and butter of town property values. This idiom alludes to a basic food, bread spread with...

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Moyne Shire: About

The Shire of Moyne is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 5,478 square kilometres (2,115 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 15,955. It...

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No Price Marketing or No Brains Marketing?

‘No Price marketing’ – or should that be ‘No Brains marketing’ Article by Bill Glover I am constantly amazed and surprised by the sellers who opt not to disclose the price they would like to achieve for the sale of their property. What are they hoping to achieve using...

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Relay for Life

Team Wilsons are ready to relay!  In the name of raising money for the Cancer Council, we look forward to participating in the 2018 Relay for Life, beginning at 6:30pm Friday evening and going non-stop through to Saturday 1pm, at Deakin University We want to take this...

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Relay For Life Garage Sale

The team at Wilsons are participating in, and fundraising for, the Anti-Cancer Council's Relay For Life Fundraiser. One of our fundraising efforts is a Garage Sale to be held at our Office at 50 Fairy Street Warrnambool, this Sunday February 4th, from 9:30am. Any help...

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“Very Pleased!”

We knocked on Gary's door to say hello as we were looking for another house in Warrnambool to sell since we sold Gary's, and we took the opportunity to pull out the iphone and video asking Gary a couple of questions about his selling experience with Wilsons...

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Advertising the house or walking into a web?

More advertising equals more buyers. It’s a compelling sales pitch to any home seller but does it stack up against reality? Australia has the highest advertising rates in the world for property sellers. The reason is Australian agents have convinced their clients to...

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Instant Reaction

Article by Peter O'Malley, author and Real Estate Agent. How to get a rapid market response to your home. To put a property on the market takes effort. There is the effort in selecting the agent and marketing strategy, effort to prepare and present the property and...

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The winners and losers in all markets

Written by Peter O'Malley. There is a simplistic thought pattern that rising property markets are good and falling markets are bad. Supporting the point, transaction volumes historically increase in rising markets and decrease in falling markets. These fluctuations in...

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Pea Soup Paradise

On a drive through Port Fairy and along Ocean Drive and Port Fairy's South Beach on one of the magnificent days of warm weather we have experienced in the south-west over the last 7 days, I was compelled to stop the car and stroll down across the white sand between...

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Lifestyle meets farming, rural tree/sea change

1545 GELLIBRAND RIVER ROAD, CHAPPLE VALE It is not very often that we have the pleasure of presenting the marketplace with such a spectacular property offering the genuine options of lifestyle and rural pursuit.  The current owner has simply enjoyed over 2 decades...

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Buying a Renovator…

There are many reasons someone will buy a home that needs some TLC or work done to it – it allows you to put your own personal stamp on the character of the property; it is more economical or it may be a “flipper” that you can do up and sell for a profit in a short...

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Sell for more in 1-2-3-4

Welcome to the Wilsons 'How to' series.  This issue explores the 4 key steps you must follow for a successful property sale. You may be new to the property market and this may be the first property you have sold, or you may be an experienced property seller and just...

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Don’t Do It

Why print doesn’t add up The real estate industry’s greatest fear is that home sellers will work out how easy it is to find a buyer for your property without using a real estate agent. Private sale companies and private sellers are emerging in larger numbers each...

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‘Open for Buyers’ Means an Open Agency

If you hire a real estate agent to sell your property, you have every right to expect him or her to work hard for you. You also should expect the same from the salesperson’s agency. Nobody expects anybody to work seven days a week, but just because a salesperson has...

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Conveyancing Conversation

Peter O'Malley sits down with Paul Denny of Paul Denny Conveyancing who shares 39 years of experience and advice for people buying and selling property.  This extremely insightful interview also highlights how the relationship between a vendor's real estate agent and...

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A REAL ESTATE MYTH

THAT COULD BE WORTH THOUSANDS TO YOU! Anyone who knows anything about life will know that some common ‘beliefs’ are often the biggest fallacies. Everything from when doctors used to recommend smoking to “calm nerves” to the belief that “if it tastes good, it must be...

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Abolishing stamp duty for first home buyers

About this initiative From 1 July 2017, first home buyers purchasing properties valued below $600,000 will be exempt from paying stamp duty. Further, first home purchases valued between $600,000 and $750,000 will receive a concession applied on a sliding scale. It...

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Do Real Estate Agents have a conflict of interest?

A common perception I often hear is that Real Estate agents have a conflict of interest, as their customers are both buyers and sellers, with seemingly opposing objectives.  Buyers want to buy as cheap as they can, while sellers want as much money as they can get....

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Don’t take our word for it!

In the world of business, the noise of companies spruiking their wares, and why they are the best fit for you, can be very loud, crowded, and confusing.  It all sounds good.  And if only it were all true. But what says a heck of a lot more about a company is not what...

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“Let’s Talk”

Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate takes this opportunity to thank and congratulate the team at Silvan Ridge Financial Services for initiating and organising the phenomenal evening on Wednesday July 12th at the Wannon Rooms, raising funds and awareness for...

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“Great Job!”

Peter discusses his recent successful sale, which was purchased a generation earlier through Wilson Real Estate, and now sold by the next generation of Wilsons.  This is what serving the local community for over 4 decades is all...

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“A wise choice”

Tony discusses his process of interviewing agents, and his successful sale with Wilsons.  Tony interviewed several agents before listing his property for sale, asking each of them "Why should I list with you?  What can you do for me that other agents can't?"  He was...

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How much does it cost to sell a house?

When choosing an agent to sell your home don’t make the mistake of only looking at the commission rate each agent charges. If you base your decision on commission alone you will be in for an unpleasant surprise. So, how much does it really cost to sell your home?...

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Get the Highest Price for Your Property

If you are like most people considering selling their properties, there is one question you most probably want answered above all others: HOW CAN I GET THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR MY PROPERTY? My name is Gary Pittard, CEO of the real estate business consultancy, Pittard. I...

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Real Estate’s Greatest Dangers

When selling your property, if you want to get the highest price possible, avoiding real estate’s greatest dangers is crucial. Andrew Trim, head of one of Brisbane’s most successful group of agencies, Johnson Real Estate, has written a book entitled Real Estate’s...

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Happy Mother’s Day to All Our Mums

At Wilson Real Estate, we love our Mums – and, sadly, in some cases, the memories of Mums. But then doesn’t everyone with a heart just love Mum, the one who does so much for so many with little thought of thanks. Well, this Mother’s Day, we thought we’d remind all of...

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The hidden cost of a cheap agent

Choosing an agent when selling your home is a big decision – this is why many people research a few different real estate agencies before they make their choice. Costs can add up quickly when selling your home, which is why some people consider hiring a discount agent...

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Be Choosey!

When selling your property, it pays to be choosey.  Choose Skill, Not Opinions Some agents tell lies to win your business. Be very careful that you do not choose the agent who tells you the biggest lie about how much ‘you will get’ for your property. This is called...

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Open houses: The lazy real estate tactic

Many in the real estate industry speak highly of open homes. This tactic has become so common that many sellers are under the impression that open homes are the only way to sell a property. What many people are unaware of is that open homes typically have more...

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The Tough Truth

This article was written in 2008, just after many of the major property markets that had been experiencing prolonged boom market conditions, had hit the brakes and were dealing with low demand and easing prices.  However, for any market that is not experiencing...

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Repeat happy seller!

It's great in business when your past clients come back and choose to deal with you again - It shows that you are doing something right! Hear briefly from Jason, a second-time-round delighted...

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Real Estate for sale – on the quiet.

We have several properties for sale that you may not be aware of - because for one reason or another, there is little to no outward specific marketing associated with them.  You won't find a sign out the front, nor will you see them feature on any website or our...

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Come on in!

We all know the saying that there is no second chance to make a first impression. This is most relevant when selling your house. You should do everything you can to make buyers feel at home, to create the atmosphere that implies Come on in! The inside atmosphere...

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The Pricing Game

It wasn’t so long ago, when a homeowner decided to sell their property the agent would advertise it for the agreed price. The price was set by the agent in consultation with the homeowner. The advertised price was simply the price the owner wanted. It was...

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What’s MOST important, when choosing an agent.

When you are looking at putting a property on the market, the decision that will likely have the biggest impact on your net financial outcome, and peace of mind, is your choice of agent.  It's important to know what's important when making this choice. Agents will...

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Mortlake Saleyards to go ahead

Exciting news for the Mortlake district with the announcement after Tuesday night's council meeting of unanimous support for the granting of a planning permit for the new facility to be built.  Forecast to bring 100 new jobs for the 10-month construction phase,...

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In Just 10 minutes…

In just 10 minutes of negotiating many home-sellers lose more money than they could save in 10 years!! Here’s a BIG QUESTION for all home-sellers... WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE SELLING YOUR HOME? If you’re like most people, your home is...

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Flipping houses – What you need to know

Buy a house, renovate and sell quickly for a substantial profit – it’s not hard to see why flipping houses seems like an attractive venture. House flipping certainly isn’t a new concept, with shows such as the The Block making it appear like an easy, glamorous way to...

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How to run a silent auction

Just like a public auction, there are times when a silent auction works better than a standard private treaty and vice versa. The success of a silent auction is equally dependent on the right agent and the right circumstance. A public auction sells to the highest...

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Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail

A gem of the South-West. If you haven't walked, jogged, or pedalled at least a section of the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail, then do yourself a favour!  Engage the senses, improve your fitness, spend time with your family - or enjoying your own company.  Listen...

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Thanh Loc Project – Helping the poor in Vietnam

The Thanh Loc Project was born out of the desperate need for education and basic standards of living experienced on a visit to the Thanh Loc commune in southern Vietnam some years ago.  Thanh Loc commune is a very poor area where many children do not have the...

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What to expect when selling your home

Whether you’re downsizing or moving to a new area, most home owners will find themselves selling at one point in their lives. Selling your home can be a stressful period, particularly if you’re not sure what to expect. This blog post will guide you on the process to...

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