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Mar 30, 2024

Did You Spot The Spelling Mistake?

Smartre means Smart Real Estate. At Flynn & Co Real Estate, we’ve adopted an alternative approach to most agencies across Australia. Our mission is to work with all of our clients and customers using strategies that are both ethical and effective. ‍ A practice that is unethical means it comes at the cost of somebody within the transaction. This could be the buyer, seller, landlord or tenant – often due to manipulation, deceit or misrepresentation. At Flynn & Co Real Estate we refuse to conduct ourselves unethically. ‍ Strategies that are ineffective are by definition, fruitless. The strategies employed by our sales agents not only lead to outcomes, but to the best possible outcomes for any of our clients. ‍ If you see the word Smartre attached to a real estate agency, you can be assured they too are striving to improve the way people work and transact with real estate. A lofty goal yes, but a cause we’re proud to be associated with.

Dec 15, 2023

Navigating the Waves: Mornington Peninsula's new beach parking

The Mornington Peninsula has long been a cherished destination for locals and visitors seeking sun-kissed beaches and coastal tranquility. Recent changes have swept through this region and in this blog, we will dive into the details of the new beach parking permits. To address growing concerns about congestion and ensure sustainable use of the coastline, the Mornington Peninsula Shire commenced a Paid Parking Pilot for visitors from the 1st December at: Flinders Pier Foreshore carpark (Flinders) Schnapper Point Foreshore carpark (Mornington) Sunnyside Beach Foreshore carpark (Mt Eliza) Visitors will be required to pay for their stay at the above three sites. Residents of the Mornington Peninsula Shire, including Renters, are able to park for free at the pilot sites however will require an ‘e-Permit’ to ensure they aren’t charged, plus adhere to the signed time restrictions. To apply for a resident parking e-permit you will need: An email address 1 proof of residency document. This can be:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       - A rates notice (mailing and rateable address need to match)                                                                                                                                                                                           - Drivers licence                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   - Current lease agreement (not due to expire within three months)                                                                                                                                                                                     - Utility bill (excluding mobile phone bills) Vehicle registration number One proof that your vehicle is registered. This can be:                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Vehicle registration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -- Car insurance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - - Car lease agreement or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - - Letter from employer for company car The link to sign up is below for your convenience. Apply for an e-permit

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.