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Popular Mudgee property office joins McGrath network

One of Mudgee’s most well-known real estate offices, Professionals Mudgee, has joined leading residential real estate group McGrath Estate Agents.

McGrath Central Tablelands is the first McGrath office for the NSW Central Tablelands and its sales manager Adam Woods says the move will help them expand their service in the region.

“By partnering with McGrath, I believe we can take our business to even greater heights locally, providing a sophisticated service to both buyers and sellers and we are excited about the opportunities ahead for our business and our clients.” said Mr Woods.

McGrath Founder and Executive Director John McGrath said opening its first office in the Central Tablelands region was a strategic and considered move as the company continues its expansion into new regions.

“We are excited to be expanding into this new market as we see opportunities for growth in this semi- rural area. I believe there is a strong synergy between Sydney and Mudgee, making it a natural fit for the McGrath brand.”

Being a popular tree-change destination, Mudgee has experienced healthy price growth over the past five years with house values rising by 15.4 per cent to $378,000, according to CoreLogic RP Data February 2017.

“Mudgee and its surrounds are becoming increasingly sought after as buyers recognise the value and lifestyle on offer. Mudgee has long been popular with downsizers however we are now seeing more young families moving to the area, attracted to the selection of quality schools, parks and green spaces and strong sense of community,” said Mr Adam Woods.

McGrath Central Tablelands is led by Principals Denis and Helen Woods, who bring with them more than 30 years of industry experience, with Sales Manager Adam Woods leading their sales team.

Together they will continue to offer the first-rate property service the Mudgee community has come to expect.

McGrath Central Tablelands is located at 79 Church Street, Mudgee NSW. Phone: (02) 6372 2584.

The benefits of making a tree change

For some people, 2017 is destined to be the year of the tree changer. Many people will pack up and move away from the fast-moving pace of city life and find themselves living amongst greener pastures.

Making the leap from city life to the country is a big change and some people question whether they’ll fit into a new town or lifestyle.

But there are plenty of fantastic reasons to think about making a tree change, and you might just find that they will all apply to you.

More housing options

The reason that many people are looking to make a tree change is because they are looking to escape the high prices of inner-city living.

With property prices in Sydney reaching alarming heights, increasing amounts of people are looking for affordable options elsewhere.

Mudgee is one regional area that Sydneysiders have been looking to. While we might be quieter than our big city counterparts, we still have a lot of charm and character and plenty of cafes and restaurants to give inner-city suburbs a run for their money. Plus, properties are also very affordable when compared to Sydney, making them much more accessible for the majority of homebuyers.

Room for friends, pets and hobbies

Another reason why people love living in the country is because of all of the extra space they find for themselves. When you live in a city apartment it can be hard to invite friends over, but when you have a big house all to yourself you can invite guests, keep pets and make room for all of those passions that take up lots of space whether it’s cars, art or gardening.

Technology keeps you connected

Understandably, a big concern for people moving to regional areas is where they are going to work. While there are a variety of job opportunities in regional NSW, some workers may have the option of keeping their “city” job thanks to improving technology.

The NBN service is now available in Mudgee, providing people with high-speed internet services that allow them to work from home and connect with their workplace.

You’ll be happier

This one might be subjective, but a lot of people find that once they settle into regional areas like Mudgee they never want to leave. With a slower pace of life, natural beauty, fresh air and a friendly community spirit, a lot of people feel happier and more relaxed living here.

To find out more about Mudgee and the properties on offer, stop in and visit Professionals Mudgee at 79 Church Street.

Preparing your home for the start of autumn

Summer is almost at an end which means we can look forward to cooler days ahead and hopefully some much milder weather too.

At the end of every summer it’s a good idea to check that your property has stood up to the season just past and that it’s ready for the changing weather conditions ahead.

Below are some things that may require particular attention as the new season rolls around:

  1. Ensure smoke alarms are compliant

When the days start getting cooler we’re more likely to start using heaters and fireplaces, which can increase the risk of home fires. It’s recommended that people check their smoke alarms and change batteries when daylight savings ends each year, but it’s worth checking them earlier to ensure that your home remains safe.

  1. Inspect the heating system so it’s ready for colder weather

Speaking of heating, it’s well worth checking any heating systems now so you know they’re working and ready to go when it starts getting cold. There’s nothing worse than finding out your heater doesn’t work on the days when you really want to use it.

  1. Clear out gutters

Get your gutters off to a good start in autumn by cleaning them out now. Gutters tend to get a good workout in autumn when all of those deciduous trees start losing their leaves, so do what you can now to help prevent any serious drainage issues later.

  1. Tidy the garden

Start getting your garden ready for the autumn months by planting new flowers that will thrive in the cooler weather. Also use this time to prune any overgrowth and mow lawns. Keep your lawn green and happy by mowing and watering regularly.

  1. Check for leaks and gaps

You want your home to stay warm and dry in autumn and it will be much easier to do that if there are no gaps letting the cool outside air in. Check for leaks and gaps in the house and seal them up with some new caulking or weather stripping to keep the cold out.

The above checklist should help you prepare your property for the colder weather.

If you’re thinking about selling your property in autumn and would like some advice on how best to prepare your property to suit the season then get in touch with us at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

Property inspection checklist: Things you need to look out for at open homes

Heading to one property inspection after another can be exhausting and sometimes homebuyers forget to take notice of some of the most important aspects of the property.

It can be hard to know right away whether or not a property is going to be the one. Some people base their buying decision on how they “feel” about the property when they walk in the door and while it’s important to fall in love with the home you buy, there’s a few other things you should pay attention to too.

Structural issues: Check for signs of potentially serious issues such as pest damage, mould, cracks or poor building construction. While some of these issues won’t be deal breakers, they may require further investigation.

Hire a professional building and pest inspector to inspect the property if you’re not sure exactly what to look out for.

Parking: Don’t forget to consider how many vehicles you will need to have parked at your potential new abode. If you will need to park a car on the street, or your visitors will, then also consider whether there is adequate parking space available.

Enough space: If you have a lot of stuff that you’ll be moving with you then ensure it’s all going to fit in your new property. Consider things like whether the couch will fit comfortably in the lounge room or whether your fridge can fit in the kitchen. Of course if you really love the house these things can be replaced but you still want to ensure the house has adequate room to suit the needs of you and your family.

Location: You can change the property after you buy it but you can’t change the location. Take note of the general surroundings of the property and things like road access and nearby amenities.

Neighbours: You could be living next to your future neighbours for a long time so you want to consider things like whether or not your property provides enough privacy or whether your neighbours might have any noisy pets or bad habits like an untidy yard that could become an issue.

Keep in mind when you’re inspecting a property that there’s likely to be at least one or two things that aren’t quite perfect.

A few minor issues with a property don’t need to be a deal breaker but they are worth thinking about when you’re deciding on the most suitable property to buy.

If you decide to proceed with the purchase of a property don’t forget to get expert advice from both legal and building experts.

For those looking for more help finding the right property in Mudgee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the friendly team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

What’s in store for Mudgee property in 2017?

The sun has set on 2016 and it’s time to look to the year ahead and predict what’s in store for the Mudgee property market.

Last year was an interesting year for the Australian real estate market. We saw interest rates reach record lows; Sydney property prices get out of control and a growing issue of affordability in many of our major cities.

Will this year be any different, and what does it all mean for us here in Mudgee?

Affordability still an issue

Housing affordability isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Despite the best efforts of regulators, Sydney prices continue to escalate and even if prices stabilise they will still remain out of reach for most first home buyers. The median sales price for units alone in Sydney, NSW in the last year was $695,000, according to realestate.com.au.

Compare this to Mudgee, where median sales price for houses in Mudgee, NSW in the last year was $374,000. For almost half the price of a unit in Sydney you can get a house in Mudgee – not a bad deal!

A lot of people from Sydney have been looking at alternative pathways to get into the market, from rentvesting to buying with friends. Many buyers are also looking to escape from Sydney altogether, which brings us to our next point…

The rise of the tree-changer

Regional areas are looking increasingly attractive to people living in major cities. Lots of people want to escape from the hustle and bustle and get out and enjoy nature, space and peace and quiet, while still having a vibrant town to visit when they want to experience culture and entertainment.

Places like Mudgee offer all that and more with beautiful houses at affordable prices and a lifestyle that can’t be beat.

Tree changers used to be reserved for people of retirement age, but it’s becoming much easier for younger generations to make the move to regional towns thanks to many jobs now offering the ability to work remotely.

A lot of people can do their work from home, and if they need to travel from Mudgee to Sydney regularly can do so via daily flights.

More and more people are discovering the magic of Mudgee and this will continue in 2017 and beyond. 

Renovations will remain popular

A lot of homeowners will look to maximise their home’s value by making improvements. Renovations have and will always be popular, but as we see more renovation shows and drool over pictures on Pinterest, it’s hard to not want to make our homes look as good as the ones we see elsewhere.

Expect to see a lot of locals rejuvenating their old Mudgee properties and making them look like something you would see in a magazine. Particularly people selling, who realise the importance of presenting their home at its best.

We can’t wait to see what else 2017 will have in store for the Mudgee region! If you want to talk more about the local property market then feel free to call us at Professionals Mudgee on 02 6372 2584.

Boxing Day Home Maintenance List

Wondering what to do now with your extra time off work?

Now that the whirlwind of Christmas is over for another year, a lot of people like to use their extra time off to get things done around the house.

The holidays are a great time to do all of those niggly jobs you put off throughout the year, particularly if you’re planning to get your home ready to sell in early 2017.

If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at some of the most common property maintenance jobs below:

  1. Make minor repairs

Got anything around the house that isn’t working quite right? Maybe there’s a leaking tap, or a door that squeaks?

Small issues like these might not seem like a big deal, but if they are left too long they can lead to bigger problems down the track. It’s best to see to small repairs as soon as you can to prevent them from becoming major ones later.

  1. Clear up the garden

With the crazy weather we’ve been having in Mudgee of late there’s a good chance that most people’s gardens are getting a little out of hand too.

Look out for any small tree roots or weeds that might be encroaching on pavements or structures and make sure to trim them back because if they’re left to grow they could end up causing permanent damage. It’s probably also a good time to mow the lawn and do a general garden tidy up.

  1. Clean out gutters

Gutters can become clogged with leaves and twigs, particularly after rain and wild weather.

You should make an effort to clean out your gutters regularly so water can flow freely through them to a suitable place away from your home.

  1. Maintain your home’s exterior surfaces

The outside of your home is the first thing people see, however because we spend most of our time inside it can be easy to neglect.

To make sure that your exterior is up to scratch, check the paintwork and look for signs of flaking. This could means that the exterior is due for a new could of paint.

If you have any wooden surfaces such as decks, look for any signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking out. A new coat of oil or paint might also be needed.

  1. Test the hot water system

Summer is the perfect time to check your home’s hot water system because it will create less of a disturbance if it’s out of action for any amount of time than it would in winter.

Call in a plumber to give your hot water system a maintenance check and any advice on how to keep it in good shape, and while they’re over you might like to ask them to check over your air-conditioning units too.

After you’ve completed all of your household maintenance tasks you’ll be able to sit back and relax, and your home will look great and be ready to bring in the New Year!

Why it’s a good time to house hunt in Mudgee

Starting the property hunt before the New Year could reward buyers due to less competition that usual.

A lot of people leave their house hunting until after all the celebrations settle down, which also happens to be the time when there is the most buying competition.

January often sees a surge in people looking for new homes, as evidenced by past year visitor stats from realestate.com.au. This is probably because a lot of people are busy towards the end of year, but when the new one begins they find themselves needing to find somewhere before the school year starts, or they want to get started on their New Year resolutions.

But savvy buyers know that it’s better to try to get into the market in December if they can, because they can do so without the same level of competition they will face in late January.

Buying now also means that you’re more likely to get a January or February settlement. This is good for investors, as the start of the year is also a popular time for people looking for rentals.

If you’re looking to buy now, settlement dates could be a good negotiating tool. Some people might be looking for a quick sale so if you’re willing to settle quickly, the vendor might be more flexible on other conditions such as price.

Ask the selling agent to find out if there are any favourable conditions that might make your offer more appealing.

Don’t be dismayed if you miss out on buying a Mudgee home this year, there will still be plenty of fantastic homes on the market next year, you might just face a little more competition from other buyers.

If you’re looking to buy or sell soon, get in touch with us at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate on 02 6372 2584.

Leaving home for the holidays? – 4 simple tips to keep your home safe

With just a few more days left until Christmas, many families in Mudgee are getting ready to head away for a few days to visit their family and loved ones and enjoy a long needed break.

While you’re getting ready to head away, it’s important that you don’t forget about your home security, so that you come back to find your home is exactly how you left it.

Generally, the best home security tips are just following simple common sense such as always locking all your windows, doors and gates when you leave the house, or not leaving any signs that nobody is home. But, if you’re going away for a long time then you might want to take a few more measures to help avoid being the target of a break-in.

  1. Let close family or neighbours know you’re going away

Enlist the help of a trusted friend, relative or neighbour to watch over your house, or possibly even housesit, while you’re away. They will be able to pop over and check that everything is okay and maybe even check your mail, put away your bins and keep your home neat and tidy so that it doesn’t look empty.

  1. Be careful about showing your holiday snaps online

We know you want to share your holiday adventures with friends, but be careful about what you reveal online, particularly if you have a public profile. When you post something online you never really know who might be reading and trying to gather information about your whereabouts. Check your social media account settings and make sure that your private posts aren’t available to the general public or “friends” you don’t really know, or if you’re not very technically savvy then it’s probably best to wait until you get home to share those holiday snaps. 

  1. Check your home security systems (or get one installed)

Before you go away, test that your home security systems are all in working order. For those thinking about adding extra home security before they go away, consider alarm systems, motion sensor lights, light timers, surveillance cameras or possibly even just a highly visible sign that indicates an alarm, dog or membership of neighbourhood watch.

  1. Ensure your home and contents insurance is up-to-date 

Sometimes there are things that can go wrong that you just can’t prepare for. So for a little extra peace mind it’s well worth checking that you have adequate home and content insurance cover to protect you even if the worst does happen.

We hope everyone in Mudgee has a fantastic and hassle-free holiday, and if you have any more home security suggestions for our readers then feel free to let us know by leaving a comment.

Will you find your Mudgee dream home by Christmas?

The Mudgee property market tends to slow down in December with many people concentrating on celebrating the festive time of year as opposed to moving homes, but if you’re a buyer or a seller you might be able to use this to your advantage.

Buyers and sellers are both likely to face less competition at this time of year, which can work in your favour if you are negotiating with someone who wants to lock in a quick real estate transaction before the year’s end.

The holiday season tends to put extra pressure on people to make fast decisions and there are a lot of people who simply want to move on quickly and start their new journey so they can relax and enjoy their break.

You’re likely to find that there are a few buyers out there itching to get into a new neighbourhood before their kids need to start the new school year, and sellers who might need to sell their home before they can think about buying and moving on too.

You might find that in an eagerness to move on, people might be a little bit more flexible in their price or terms if they can make a quick transaction.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you can wait until the New Year then you might find a few more opportunities come your way. The property market tends to heat up again from mid to late January when more properties are likely to come onto the market, and more buyers will start looking into buying that home they’ve been dreaming about over the holidays.

The Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team are happy to help you buy and sell over the festive season or in the New Year, so feel free to call us on 02 6372 2584 or stop into our office at 79 Church Street, Mudgee for a chat.

Why you should get mortgage pre-approval

One of the essential first steps in the home buying process is figuring out where you stand financially.

Even if you aren’t quite ready to buy a home yet, it’s well worth finding out what you could potentially borrow and use this as a basis to start researching the property market and figuring out how much you need to save until you can afford the types of properties you’re interested in.

A lot of buyers talk to a broker or lender long before they’re serious about making an offer on a property to obtain pre-approval and get a solid understanding of what they can afford or how much more they need to save.

Pre-approval is when a lender provides you with a set loan amount for a property that is subject to certain conditions such as valuation and building/pest inspections.

Having pre-approval can help take the stress out of property negotiations and give a prospective buyer a solid price range they can work within when they start making offers. It can also bring up any red flags against your name (such as old debts) that you might not have been aware of and need to deal with before you can borrow.

Sure, there are websites that can help give you an idea about the amount you can borrow, but pre-approval from a broker or lender will give you a more reliable estimate. Plus, once you make a successful offer, the lender will already have all of your personal information such as employment, income, assets and liabilities, so they will be able to fast track your loan application so you don’t miss out on securing a property.

Anybody thinking about buying a property should talk to a broker or lender to secure pre-approval. However, keep in mind that a pre-approved loan is usually only valid for up to 90 days, and while it can be a good predictor of how much you can borrow it should still be used as guide only, as there is no guarantee that a lender will give you final approval until all details about the property and your situation are known.

But having pre-approval can help you move quickly if you come across a property that you fall in love with, and it will increase your chances of securing it – so it’s well worth having!

If you’re already pre-approved (or even if you’re not) and are looking to buy in the Mudgee region, then feel free to browse our range of properties for sale at professionalsmudgee.com.au.