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Nov 3, 2023

Rosebud Primary School Mural & Creative Sparks Projects

Community sponsors are key to the success of Creative Sparks Projects and engaging with young people to contribute back to the communities they spend time in! That's why when Kyle Brightside asked for our contribution to his local Rosebud Primary School project, we jumped right in. Creative Sparks Projects aims to develop confidence, teamwork skills and self-expression skills with young people. It adds a sense of pride in local communities and encourages young people to contribute in a positive way to how their community grows and is presented. Kyle travels to communities and schools all around Australia to deliver programs to engage with young people. The end result is not only a fantastic mural that students have contributed to and connected with but also an experience that adds value to their educational experience outside the classroom. The mural design was then pieced together from the ideas the Grade 5 students shared to create a collaborative piece that highlighted key aspects of students' educational experience including the popular school camp song "Wombat on a Surfboard", the last Principal who had excellent relationships with students, parents and the Rosebud community, the iconic local wildlife represented by the Port Phillip Stingray found just off Rosebud pier across the road from the school (and also the namesake of the schools new basketball stadium). By completing the mural with the voice from the school committee and including the community values (HEART) the mural adds another layer of reflection for the students to embody the values the school endeavors to share.

Aug 28, 2023

What questions should you ask an Agent when you are selling your home?

When selling a home, it's essential to gather as much information as possible from your Real Estate Agent to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. Here are some important questions to ask your agent: 1. Experience How long have you been working as a real estate agent? Can you provide references or client testimonials from past home sellers? 2. Market Analysis What is the current local real estate market like? Can you provide a comparative market analysis (CMA) to determine the appropriate listing price for my home? What is the average time homes in this area are staying on the market? 3. Pricing and Strategy How did you arrive at the suggested listing price? What is your strategy for marketing and selling my home? Are there any improvements or repairs I should consider before listing? 4. Marketing Plan How will you promote my home to potential buyers? Do you have a plan for online marketing, including professional photography and listings on relevant websites? Will you hold open homes? If so, how often? 5. Communication How often will you provide updates on the progress of the sale? What methods of communication do you prefer? (Email, phone calls, text messages, etc) How quickly can I expect responses to my questions or concerns? 6. Negotiation and Offers How will you handle offers from potential buyers? What is your approach to negotiation, and how will  you work to secure the best possible price for my home? Can you explain the process of counter offers and how we will respond to them? 7. Fees and Costs What are your commission rates and fees? Are there any additional costs I should be aware of during the selling process? 8. Disclosure and Legalities What are the legal requirements for disclosing information about my home? Can you guide me through the necessary paperwork and legal documentation? 9. Timelines How long to you anticipate the entire selling process will take? What factors could potentially affect the timeline? 10. References and Success Stories Can you provide examples of homes you have successfully sold recently? Do you have references from clients who have sold homes with you before? 11. Cancellation What is the process if I decide to cancel the listing agreement? Are there any penalties or fees associated with cancelling the agreement? Always remember that open and transparent communication with your Agent is crucial throughout the selling process. These questions will help you understand your Agent's approach, experience and strategy, ultimately leading to a successful home sale.

Aug 4, 2023

The Mornington Peninsula: Where Blissful Living Meets Coastal Charm

Nestled along the stunning coastline of Victoria, Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is a place that beckons visitors and locals alike with its irresistible allure. From picturesque beaches and pristine national parks to an array of charming towns, living on the Mornington Peninsula offers a unique and enriching experience like no other. In this blog, we'll explore the reasons why this idyllic region is celebrated for its exceptional quality of life and why it continues to be a dream destination for those seeking a life of tranquility, beauty, and adventure. Coastal Beauty and Beach Lifestyle Living on the Mornington Peninsula means being blessed with awe-inspiring coastal beauty at your doorstep. With its glistening turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs, the Peninsula offers an enchanting playground for beach lovers and water enthusiasts. Whether it's surfing, swimming, kayaking, or simply strolling along the shore, the beach lifestyle here is unparalleled. Breathtaking Natural Landscapes Beyond the coastline, the Mornington Peninsula boasts an abundance of natural wonders. The region is dotted with picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and lush farmlands, creating an idyllic backdrop for outdoor adventures. One can explore the stunning coastal walks at Cape Schanck or embark on scenic drives through the hinterland, each route offering panoramic vistas and a chance to reconnect with nature. Gastronomic Delights Foodies will find themselves in gastronomic heaven on the Mornington Peninsula. The region is renowned for its local produce, artisanal goods, and world-class wineries. From indulging in fresh seafood at seaside restaurants to wandering through bustling farmers' markets, there is a diverse range of culinary experiences waiting to be savored. The local wineries offer award-winning wines, making the Peninsula a haven for wine enthusiasts. Vibrant Cultural Scene Despite its relaxed atmosphere, the Mornington Peninsula boasts a vibrant arts and cultural community. The area is home to numerous galleries, studios, and workshops where local artists showcase their talents. Regular festivals, music events, and theater productions contribute to a rich cultural tapestry that adds depth and creativity to the region's character. Welcoming Community One of the most significant factors that make living on the Mornington Peninsula so enjoyable is its welcoming and close-knit community. The locals exude a warm and friendly vibe, making it easy for newcomers to feel at home. The strong sense of community fosters a safe and supportive environment for families and individuals alike. Excellent Educational Facilities For families considering a move to the Mornington Peninsula, the region offers excellent educational facilities. From primary schools to secondary colleges, there are several well-regarded institutions that prioritize academic excellence and holistic development. Recreational Activities The Mornington Peninsula caters to a diverse range of interests and hobbies. Whether you enjoy golfing on world-class courses, horse riding through picturesque trails, or exploring the region's iconic hot springs, there's no shortage of recreational activities to keep you engaged and entertained. Conclusion Living on the Mornington Peninsula is an experience that transcends the ordinary and embraces the extraordinary. Its unmatched coastal beauty, thriving cultural scene, friendly community, and abundant recreational opportunities create a harmonious tapestry that enriches the lives of its residents. The Mornington Peninsula is not just a place; it's a way of life that fosters a deep appreciation for nature, art, and the simple joys of living. So, whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an active lifestyle, the Mornington Peninsula offers the perfect balance for a truly fulfilling existence.

Feb 6, 2023

Can a pool add value to your home?

Come the Aussie summer, there's really nothing better than jumping into a pool. It's cooling, it's relaxing and if you've got kids, it can be a great way to keep them busy over the holidays. Aside from its fun factor, does a pool add value to a home when it comes time to sell? Or is it the opposite: a hindrance that makes a home less attractive to prospective buyers? It turns out the answer isn’t so clear-cut. In some circumstances, a pool can be a big drawcard, but in others, a major drawback. How much value do pools add to homes? As of 2018, nearly 2.7 million Aussies lived in a home with a swimming pool – or around 13% of the population – according to Roy Morgan. So clearly pools are popular and may be becoming more so. But how much value do they actually add? According to HouseLogic, a pool can lift your home’s value by up to 7%, but it’s usually under certain circumstances. Some of these factors include the climate where you live, the kinds of people you’re selling to and the type of pool you install. While many pool installation companies may claim that adding one can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to your potential sale price, the reality isn't as straight forward. Do buyers want homes with pools? When it comes to buy demand nationally, 'swimming pool' is one of the top search terms among browsers on realestate.com.au. Some buyers see a pool as a plus, while others view it as an inconvenience. A big reason buyers might want a pool is the climate. In warmer climates, the length of time through the year they’re usable is much greater. In cooler climates, a pool does have the potential to limit purchasers, especially in locations where your realistic swimming window is only three months or so. Families are by far the largest sector of the market that would include a pool on their wish list, whereas downsizers may consider a pool to be less desirable; comparing potential usage with the maintenance involved. How to add value to your home with a pool If you’re thinking of installing a pool, but are concerned about the potential impact on your home’s value, there are a few things you can do to increase the likelihood of it becoming an asset rather than a liability. Go for a high quality pool In-ground pools are generally more expensive, but they’re considered more valuable to a home than above-ground ones. So, if your budget allows, you may want to go for the former. Concrete in-ground pools are the most coveted type. Keep the design classic Investing in good lighting, landscaping, tiling and other parts of the pool area can add value, too. But when it comes to design, keep things relatively neutral and timeless. Another note on design: try to put the pool in a spot that gets adequate sun and is visible from your house. This can help turn the pool into a visual feature of your garden. It also increases the safety factor, as parents are better able to watch their kids from inside. Know that bigger isn’t necessarily better Even if you have enough room for a huge pool, it doesn’t mean you should let it fill the entire backyard. You still want to keep a decent amount of usable yard area, which prospective buyers definitely value – especially if you’re trying to appeal to families. If you’re tight on space, or your home is more suited to singles and couples without kids, think about a compact plunge pool. Maintain your pool A well-kept pool is much more likely to increase a home’s value than one that’s looking a little worse for wear. Keep the pool clean, tidy up the landscaping, maintain the paving and any features like waterfalls and slides, and perform repairs as necessary. Three things to consider before you get a pool Before you install a brand-spanking-new pool, you’ll want to evaluate a few things ahead of making the commitment: The value it adds to your home Think about all the factors we mentioned earlier that influence a property’s value if it comes with a pool: climate, the kinds of buyers you want to appeal to, the type of pool you can afford to install and its design. All of these will make a big difference as to whether or not a pool is a smart move. To get an idea of a pool’s value, you could also assess the sale price of properties in your area that come with pools compared to those that don’t. How much it will cost – now and into the future It’s also worth looking at the cost of installing and maintaining a pool versus how much you’ll use it and the return on investment. According to Canstar Blue, an above-ground pool can cost anywhere between $2,000-7,000 to install, while an in-ground pool is significantly more at $31,500-100,000 depending on the materials you choose. Add to that fencing, landscaping, lighting, paving and pool accessories, and the up-front cost of a pool can soar pretty quickly. After that, you’re looking at an average annual running cost of between $660 and $1,000, or around 17% of your electricity bill. You also need to consider that because a pool is a safety risk, it may increase your home insurance premiums. The work involved In addition to the costs associated with having a pool, it can require quite a bit of work. You need to clean both the pool and filters frequently (unless you pay for a professional to take the work off your hands), regularly measure chlorine and pH, maintain the landscaping and paving around it, look out for any repairs that need to be done, stick to strict safety regulations and keep the water levels in check. That last one can be tricky during periods of water restrictions, as pools use a lot of water. But if you think you’ll get good use out of your pool, the work, costs and potential challenges around selling your home may well be justified. In many cases, the decision really is a lifestyle one rather than an investment one. So think hard and carefully about your personal preferences and whether the effort is worth it.

Aug 26, 2022

How to present your home when selling

If you’re looking to sell a property, presentation is paramount. Here are some top tips from the team at Flynn and Co Real Estate on how to stand out in the crowd and appeal to potential buyers.  First Impressions count - When a buyer approaches your house, the exterior makes the first impression. Your home needs to look loved and cared for from the very beginning; overflowing bins, an overgrown yard and piles of shoes near the front door isn’t a good start. Keep it clean - Cleaning your house is a no-brainer. It’s a big mistake to assume buyers can look past a messy kitchen or sticky floor. While you may be accustomed with how your home looks, the first time the buyer sees it is the memory that sticks in their mind. Remove pet hair and pet odours. If you’re unsure if your home has any funny odours, ask a friend to give you an honest opinion. The best smell when selling is fresh, clean air. Cleaning costs nothing – but well worth the effort. De-clutter - Stuff seems to accumulate the longer we live in one place. Use moving as a motivator to de-clutter your home and get rid of anything you don’t need. Box up anything you’re not ready to part with and put it in storage. Sell any larger or expensive items on Facebook Marketplace, listing sites such as Gumtree or hold a garage sale. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Not only will de-cluttering help get rid of any unwanted items, it opens up your home to create a more spacious feel. It’ll make your home feel like a loved and well-ordered place to live, exactly what buyers want! Investors included.

Mar 27, 2021

Residential Tenancies Act Summary of Changes

Click here to view a summary of the changes to the Residential Tenancy Act 2021 that came into place on the 29th of March 2021 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 59863000 at any time.

Mar 19, 2021

Residential Tenancies Act Reforms 2021

New renting rules come into effect on 29 March 2021, so it’s time for every renter and rental provider (landlord) to understand the changes. Whether you’re a renter or rental provider (landlord), the new rental rules will create a fairer, safer system for all Victorians. More than 130 reforms are being introduced. These clarify the rights and responsibilities of both renters and rental providers – from before you sign a rental agreement, until after the agreement ends – and apply to all types of tenancies, including private rentals, caravan and residential parks, and rooming houses. The new laws include minimum rental property standards and allow renters to make simple modifications without seeking permission. Rental providers benefit, too, from clearer accountabilities for renters, clearer obligations, and modern regulations and processes. It is important that everyone is aware of and understands these laws. You can help us spread the word. This kit provides all the materials you need to share this information with your community and/or network. In doing so, you’ll be playing an important role in the creation of this new, fairer and safer rental system. Thank you for your involvement. Key messages New renting rules come into effect on 29 March 2021. These new rent rules will create a fairer, safer system for everyone. These new rules have been shaped by multiple public consultation processes, the last of which received more than 700 submissions.  We’re making renting easier with clearer rights and responsibilities for both renters and rental providers.  These new rules will increase protections for renters, while ensuring rental providers can effectively manage their properties. There are also new standard agreements, condition reports and forms rental providers will need to ensure they're using by 29 March. More than one in four people rent in Victoria, so it’s vitally important that they have a rental property that feels like a home. The Victorian Government is working with renters and rental providers to ensure a smooth transition to the new rules. Notable reforms include: Renters can no longer be evicted for no reason – a valid reason is required, including: a sale, change of use, or if the owner is moving back in. Rental minimum standards are changing, including renters’ rights around heating and door and window locks in the rental property. Rental providers have a duty to ensure their rental property meets the rental minimum standards including basic standards of cleanliness, security and privacy. These are the things most people would reasonably expect in a rental property - and most already have them. These apply in all new rental agreements after 29 March 2021. If a rental is not up to minimum standards, renters can request an urgent repair. Some rental minimum standards have been delayed to give rental providers more time to prepare - these include standards for window coverings, electrical safety, and energy efficient heaters. Rent can only be increased once a year. It is unlawful to discriminate against renters based on their personal attributes, such as age, race, religion or disability. Pets cannot be unreasonably refused, although renters must still ask for permission. A renter can be evicted if they are violent or threatening towards a rental provider, agent or neighbour. Renters experiencing family violence will be able to change or terminate their rental agreement and not be held liable for damages in some circumstances, by applying to VCAT. More things are now considered an urgent repair, such as a broken cooling appliance, a functioning smoke alarm, pest infestation, mould and meeting the rental minimum standards. Rental providers are responsible for conducting gas and electricity checks every two years for all new rental agreements after 29 March 2021. There is a staged requirement for rented properties to have an energy efficient heater so renters can stay warm without worrying about their electricity bills. Helping to make a rental property feel like a home Renters can make simple modifications without seeking permission, such as attaching child safety devices or replacing curtains. Other modifications that a rental provider cannot unreasonably refuse include allowing the planting of a vegetable or herb garden, painting, securing gates and installing security systems and flyscreens at the renter's own cost. Increasing accountability and benefits for renters and rental providers New processes are available so that a renter can seek the return of their bond at the end of the rental agreement without the rental provider’s agreement. If the rental property isn't structurally sound, renters can get out of the rental agreement. Rental providers cannot ask for or accept more than one month’s rent as a bond, or require renters to pay more than one month’s rent in advance, for properties with a rent of $900 per week or less. When a renter pays back overdue rent within 14 days, any notice to vacate issued by the rental provider for that overdue rent is invalidated (the first four times this happens in a year). Rental providers or their agents cannot request inappropriate information in a rental application – for example, the renter’s bond history. Rental providers cannot encourage someone to enter a rental agreement by misleading or deceptive conduct or statements, and a rental property can only be offered at a fixed price. The full list of rental reforms is available at consumer.vic.gov.au/rentrules For any other information on this, please feel free to contact our friendly team on 59863000

Aug 8, 2020

Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Simple daily disciplines repeated consistently over time = The Slight Edge. Scott's Thoughts: I've read this book twice this year and it's turning into an all-time favourite. It is very similar to The Compound Effect and Atomic Habits and I expect you will find each of them complement and expand on The Slight Edge. Olson delivers the effects of time compounding in a very easy and simple manner. 6 Key Takeaways: 1% improvement each day = 365% in 1 year. “Any time you see what looks like a breakthrough, it is always the end result of a long series of little things, done consistently over time.” Philosophy: Plant, Cultivate, Harvest (I.e hard word over time = reaping the rewards). “The journey starts with a single step — not with thinking about taking a step.” 95% of the people live a mediocre life; be part of the 5% " Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do - even when it doesn't look like it makes any difference" (p.130). Little daily actions are easy to do, but also easy not to do. (Compounding effect can go both ways, lots of bad habits over time create large problems). "Do the thing, and you shall have the power" (p.21, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson). Results are invisible in the beginning. Little actions seem insignificant but they add up. Power is in the length of time. "The secret of time is simply this: time is the force that magnifies those little, almost imperceptible, seemingly insignificant things you do every day into something titanic and unstoppable" (p.65). Show up, show consistently, commit for the long haul. "Looking for the positive side of every challenge can become a habit, and so can finding the cloud in every silver lining" (p.218). Who's it for: You're struggling to find the motivation to start new habits or stop any bad habits. You want to learn more about what it takes to be successful and what makes the difference. You struggle with procrastination You're interested in personal development. KISS Summary: Show up. Show up consistently. Show up consistently with a positive outlook. Be prepared for and committed to the long haul. Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith. Be willing to pay the price. And do the things you've committed to doing - even when no one else is watching.