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IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'VE GOT - IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU PRESENT IT!


Selling your home isn't just about what you've got. How you present it is just as important if you're looking to attract a premium price. It's important to remember that you're asking another person spend a lot of money to buy what you have. You want them to love what you're offering. In order to achieve this, it is vital that a neutral environment is created; one that enables buyers to see themselves living and using that space. Some vendors readily embrace this concept and create the 'right' vision. Other vendors present their homes under the mistaken belief that a) they must showcase their own lives, or b) presentation doesn't matter. The reality of either of these situations is that buyers are often and at the same time both offended and distracted; often unable to see past the vendors' 'stuff'. It is not the home and its assets that are remembered but every detail of the vendors' lives: the often far too many photos and much-loved personal items on display. Sadly, all the buyer r...

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WE'RE TAKING PROPERTY MARKETING TO NEW HEIGHTS


We've been innovators from day one, looking for that something special that will give our clients the edge. And now we're taking property marketing to new heights with the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Yes, McElwaine is the first regional property marketer to apply the very exciting DRONE technology to deliver a never-before seen dimension of aerial cinematography! Ideal not only for rural landholdings and rural lifestyle properties where an aerial view assists in perspective drone cinematography has also been adopted by vendors of residential properties, please view property 1A Victoria Road, Bolwarra to see drone cinematography in action!

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We said properties sell in Winter. Here's the proof!


Winter is the new Spring! Once the quiet time in property marketing, since June, we have sold an average of one property per week from all types of listings - residential, rural lifestyle and vacant land, and from a range of Hunter locations. Thinking of selling? Think McElwaine: 6 King Street Stroud, 662 Fosterton Road Dungog, 303 Dungog Road Martins Creek, 8 Melbee Circuit Dungog - sold before market, 48 Mary Street Dungog, 12 Warrigal Close Brandy Hill, 103 Brewers Road Flat Tops, 63 Germons Road Flat Tops, Lot 286 20 Hancock Avenue Dungog.

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IS THERE A 'BEST' SEASON TO SELL?


Vendors have many factors to consider when thinking about selling a property. Their reasons for selling, the state of the economy, mortgage rates and local market trends all weigh heavily on their minds. The 'right' season is also a pivotal factor. Once upon a time Spring was considered the only season in which to sell your home. Historically popular largely due to more appealing weather and blooming gardens, vendors hope that the flood of buyers emerging from Winter hibernation will mean increased competition for their property. And of course Spring buyers are keen to be settled in their new home in time to celebrate Christmas. However, the corresponding rush of properties entering the market also means more competition which may well translate to a sales price slightly lower than vendor expectations. Spring vendors need to work especially hard in order to ensure their property stands out from the many others on the market. All things considered, if not Spring, then what benefits m...

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McElwaine's has Dungog Shire covered!


Since opening our doors in 2008 we've grown from a boutique office servicing Dungog's residential market to the Hunter Valley's residential and rural lifestyle property market leader! Not only has our reputation for professionalism, integrity and innovation brought vendors and buyers through our doors, consistent word-of- mouth endorsements from satisfied clients regularly deliver vendors from as far afield as Seaham, Stroud, Maitland and Pokolbin. We're immensely proud of our achievements! Over the past quarter we've secured sales prices above vendor and market expectations in Clarence Town ($510,000 and $325,000), Gresford ($520,000), and East Maitland ($605,000). One lovely Hilldale property ($470,000) which languished on the market for 12 months with another agent was sold by us within 24hrs of the vendor signing the Agency Agreement! New listings continue to arrive, with 205 Dowling Street Dungog (Auction), 6 King Street Stroud (Auction), 12 Warrigal Close Brandy Hill (offers o...

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RENTING AND PET OWNERSHIP - NOT ALWAYS INCOMPATIBLE!


We Australians love our pets so much that we have one of the highest levels of pet ownerships in the world. We have also grown to believe that pet ownership and renting are mutually exclusive, resulting in many renters sadly having to surrender or re-home their pets. But times are changing as the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 2.16 million renting families as having pets. While there have been horror stories, in the main pet-friendly renting has benefits for both the landlord and pet-owning tenant. While not all properties are suitable for pets, from a landlord's perspective a well-managed pet-friendly property offers a wider pool of tenants reducing advertising costs and vacancy rates. Having a pet policy with clear guidelines and limitations included in the tenancy agreement reduces the potential for problems. Responsible pet-owners are often more home-centric and loyal to the tenancy being more likely to stay for longer periods, reducing vacancy rates and the presence of a do...

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