No we didn't buy a tennis court. But we have just helped our clients purchase a dream pad in this retro surf parade building in Broadbeach. . This newly renovated home in the heart of Broadbeach was secured at auction on Wayne + Sue’s 50th Wedding Anniversary #bestanniversarypresentever. Tony being Tony, made sure Bidder 50 was available for the big day and he tenaciously went on to secure it through post auction negotiations. . When asked what the secret was to a 50 year marriage, Wayne and Sue both agreed it was always having a great sense of humour #youhearditrighthere . Congrats Wayne + Sue, Tony's on his way to you with the keys right now!! #settledtoday . Happy moving 🚚 X
Myles is nearly 5. So we feel like we have to get real on some level about money and the role it plays in our lives. Late last year we jumped on the Barefoot Investor bandwagon, reading his book for families and subsequently cementing Sunday night dinners around our dinning table. . I'm very much of the belief that the bedrock of financial responsibility is delayed gratification: We need to learn to work hard, save up, and often wait years to reap the rewards of our efforts. It's a tough gig trying to explain this to our kids when they hardly ever see us with money. All they see is a bank card at the checkout giving us what we need and want. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So apart from our Sunday night dinners having age appropriate conversations about money, we're thinking up ways of showing our children that we make decisions with money every day and hopefully fostering confidence in them that they’ll be able to make decisions of their own in the future. . What do you do with your children to teach them about money? Or is there something from your childhood that stands out?
We kicked off our first week of the year helping these legends find and secure their future dream home on the Gold Coast. Robert + Martine are currently teaching in the deep outback of the Northern Territory but flew in to inspect a short list of properties (and hit the beach for some R+R while they were here) before we secured them a cracker in Main Beach. It’s a little too early to officially welcome them to the Gold Coast as they won’t be moving in until their work is finished in NT - but guys - when you do, we know you are absolutely going to love living here!! #settlingsoon
Mortgage brokers around the country this week are echoing their fears (and rightly so) that their industry is about to be squashed by the recommendations coming out of the Royal Commission - The borrower, not the lender should pay the mortgage broker a fee for acting in connecting with home lending. Eeek!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Big 4 share prices are on the up less than 24 hours after the royal commission - while their ‘competition’ independent mortgage brokers are on a rapid decline. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well I’m sure glad we pulled the banks into line and showed them who’s boss!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Would you pay a fee for a mortgage broker to get you the best deal? It’s an issue that the buyers agent industry also faces - consumers don’t know, what they don’t know and while smart buyers will pay a fee to get advice and see the value in doing so the rest pay in invisible ways and they are, for the most part, none the wiser. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More then 85% of loans are underwritten by the big 4 and now instead of innovating, they have been protected by the government through the royal commission. The banks should have received huge fines - big ones that make shareholders think long and hard about being investors in them... fines that actually would have made them implement real and lasting change but no... as they say, you can't polish a turd but you can role it in glitter, and this is what's happening. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #becarefulwhatyouwishfor #choicematters #independentadvice #keepcompetitionalive #findafairdeal
We know Australia Day means a lot of different things to everyone - here is what it means to us personally. It means love for our family and friends, all of you everywhere, and to our fellow countrymen and women of all races and religions. It means gratitude, the thankfulness that we live in a country where our children don't go to war, where we are free and where our Prime Minister is not Donald Trump. Hello and welcome all new Australians. On this day we are allowed to be big and lucky and proud to live in this beautiful vast mad hot country with all the budgie smugglers and thongs and Vegemite sandwiches, and to love Acca Dacca and Barnsey and Kylie, and to sing HORSES at midnight around the esky. Australia, the land of opportunity, there’s no place like home. 📷by Cara Rosenlund
Minimise your debt. Simple. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life throws us all curve balls at some point, and if you don’t want some fat cat at the bank making decisions for you, this is one thing you can start doing right now to make life easier when it counts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While the banking royal commission continues, and finance in our country remains a hot topic, we think this ones a no brainer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Regardless of your income, you must spend less than you take in, otherwise the math does not work, and you will go into debt if you spend more than you make. This might sound overly simplistic, and yet more people are in debt today than ever before. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chop up those credit cards, start with the smallest debt you have and then work your way towards getting the bank off your back and ultimately paying off your mortgage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lending aside, we all need to take responsibility for our own actions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The bottom line: You must spend less than you make. Until you fix this part of the equation, the rest does not matter. First you must realise how much money you truly need to survive, and then realise that everything beyond that is just a want, often a superfluous want...
Ok, so it's only taken 2 years but I finally got an updated shot of this guy with his beard. What do you think? Should Tony keep it - 👍🏼or 👎🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jokes aside, we're back on deck today ready for a big year helping people make smart property decisions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Want advice on renovations, thinking about selling or ready to buy again? Give Tony a call - 0413 081 518.
6 years ago we were lucky enough to help a dear friend of ours (that's this legend here) purchase her first home in the hills of Ashmore. Right now she’s on on the adventure of a life time - Canada, New York then where ever the wind blows her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It wasn’t an overnight decision, in-fact it was one she carefully considered. Coming to us for advice on whether she should sell or hold to make this trip happen. We talked through the pro’s and con’s, what her needs were and how a possible sale would play out in the current market. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She opted for freedom. Selling all of her belongings. Selling her home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Em’s story is a bit of a grounding one for us and a timely reminder that property is not the be all and end all, it is simply a means to get you where you want to go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So go get em tiger!
It's amazing what real wealth is supposed to get you these days, especially on Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fast cars. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fancy boats. Private jets. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reality is very different. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ask any of our clients why they're using property to build wealth and more often than not they're thinking of their family and loved ones and being able to take care of others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We honestly think the best things are achieved when you draw on the people around you, so if time is our greatest wealth where ever you're at right now... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Say yes to new friendships. Say yes to community. Say yes to change and if you're in a position to, say yes to helping others. The world will be a much better place not only for us, but for our children and grand children if we start pulling each other up and work together. There's no better legacy we can leave. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be the change you want to see in the world.
We’re currently touring the mid NSW coast line and we’ve been blown away by it’s beauty and charm. The people we’ve met, the locals and would you believe the many many holiday makers who also call the Gold Coast home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No stress. Sun kissed, salt in our hair, hearts full and 2 very tired children by 1pm every day. That’s what holidays are all about right! It’s been wonderful. New friendships, new adventures, and a new place to explore every day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is what we call living. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From our family to yours - happy 2019! 💛The Coughran’s
How good is our beautiful city looking in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games!! Countdown is on at our place... #oneweektogo #2018commonwealthgames ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #simplify #simplygc #simplygoldcoast #goldcoast #goldcoastproperty #buyersagent #propertyadvice #realestate #blueskiesandsunshine #blueskies #lifestyle #lovelife #explorelocal #goldcoastlife
Why Hello Summer! You're late and we've missed you 💛 We've been asked a lot lately how we think the market is travelling so I just wanted to touch on this a little with you. There are a couple of key fundamentals that drive growth when it comes to property: lending affordability, population trends and buyer profiles. Say What? Ok so I’m not actually going to go there today - watch this space over on the blog - we’re just wrapping up our review on the year and Tony’s predictions for 2018. Market feels like the breaks are already on as everyone winds down for Christmas so do yourself a favor - put your phone down and get out and enjoy this amazing weather friends!! 🌴☀️💦😎
Just because we know the right moves to make in property doesn't make them any easier to make. We're just so grateful that we're both on the same page when it comes to what our end game is. BUT. We know that's not the case for everyone. We've heard so many times how the search can stall before it even begins because you and your significant other can't agree on what you want. Agreeing on a location, the style of home, the number of bedrooms you'd like, pool or no pool, how much you're prepared to spend, the timing, should you buy your dream family home or build your investment portfolio... These don't even crack the surface when it comes to playing out every possible scenario. If buying a home or investing in property was easy, everyone would be doing it, wouldn’t they? There are so many tough decisions to make. Buying your 1st or 10th property, we’ve all been here at some point. Our best advice - slow and steady wins the race. You’ve got this. Stick together. Take a step back. Catch your breath and no matter how hard it gets, remember why you’re doing it. Big decisions take time to make and the more you can talk your differences through the quicker you'll be putting up a united front.
So maybe you’re on holiday at the Gold Coast and you spot a beautiful house with a pool, close to the beach with a FOR SALE sign… listed for half the price you’d pay in your home city. You start thinking to yourself, maybe it IS time for a sea change. We’ve seen so many times how easy it is to get carried away whilst on a great holiday and not just paying more than market value because it seems cheap but worse ending up with a completely unsuitable property. Besides the property itself, any move is complicated. Moving interstate involves a world of logistics, expense and time you can’t imagine while the fantasy of ocean views and daily swims are running through your head. ------- #propertyhack: Instead of spending a two week holiday haunting open houses and real estate agents’ offices (where many of the properties won’t be available when you come to buy anyway), choose a holiday rental in a suburb you’re interested in. Get out amongst it – visit different beaches, shopping centres, parks and any other places that are part of your lifestyle. There’s nothing like living in an area for a few weeks to decide whether it’s right for you. ------- And hey, if the idea of buying a property before the school holidays are out appeals to you - head on over to our website, drop us a comment below or give Tony a call and make it an informed purchase not an impulse buy 😉
Oh Hey Sunshine!! If you're on the coast today you'd well and truly know that summer is on it's way with temp's predicted to reach into the 30's. Yikes! That's hot for spring ☀️ The water hasn't quite followed suit yet though with temps sitting at around 23 degrees - so it's fresh - but it's the best way to cool off on day's like these 💦 We're hitting the water this week. Double tap if you are too?
That's us. In life. In love. In business... In property... Yep, that's right, in everything really. Team work, makes the dream work as they say and we're lucky enough to get to work together. Every. Single. Day. Ha ha, I hear you laughing now and thinking WHY!! But it does work, really well in fact. If you want to know how, I've written a war and peace about it over on the blog 👉🏼http://bit.ly/1TwznxS
#History101 // When you think about Australia as a country it's quite young in comparison to the rest of the world. Let's face it, you won't find any thousand year old churches, pyramids or castles here, the closest would be a crumbling convict settlement from the late 1700’s. Growing up on the coast I used to think that going to Oxenford was like driving out into the sticks along this rickety little hwy (stay with me here - you remember the old Pacific motorway right?) But the Gold Coast has come SO far since it’s humble beginnings and that’s what I want to talk about today. Did you know that the Gold Coast wasn’t even first called the Gold Coast? In the late 1940’s, there wasn’t much more to the Town of the South Coast, as it was called back then (because it was South of Brisbane), than a string of milk bars and beach shacks catering to the Australian and Allied Armed Forces on R&R during World War II. As its population grew, buildings spilled swiftly up and down the coastline until on May 16, 1959, it was proclaimed the City of the Gold Coast. While the name was used to describe the concurrent real estate boom (property here was considered overpriced for quite some time), it was also fitting for the healthy way of life, golden sands and sunshine that it’s famous for. Many still travel to this famous coastal haven to holiday 50 years on, and it is now affectionately known as home to more than half a million people all enjoying a better life - whatever that may mean to them - by the sea. Today, the Gold Coast’s glass towers are superimposed between glistening beaches and lush rolling hinterland and what was once just a coastal holiday town is now a thriving metropolis. Such good memories have been made here for so many. My parents grew up here and I love hearing their stories of old. What do you remember about the old Gold Coast? Reminisce with us in the comments below, or tag someone that you think has an awesome story about the coast to tell - we’d love to hear from you!!
We've simplified the real estate process creating a smart, accessible and personal service that works whether you’re relocating, investing or just looking to make your next move in property. ------- *Got a property question? *Thinking about buying a property? *Planning on relocating to the Gold Coast? *Can't afford to buy in Sydney or Melbourne? *Ready to make a smart move? ------- Let's work together. It’s the fastest way to find your dream home while keeping your pockets lined (and it’s the most fun). We promise.
# 8reasonswhy we 💛 the GC No. 1 // The beaches + waterways // The thing I love most about the Gold Coast is getting to live by the water. We live on the Broadwater and I remind myself every day just how special it is to wake up to that view 😍 No matter where you are up or down the coast, you are practically 15 minutes or less from the deep blue waters and smell of the sea. That salty air and the cool sea breeze on the back of your neck on a hot summers day. Ahhhh. Our favourite spots would have to be: South Western side of Wavebreak + Jumping Pin - moored up by boat. Tallebudgera Creek - kids in tow, picnic (or a sneaky takeaway on the way through Burleigh) and beach umbrella packed. Currumbin Creek - just behind the pirate ship playground so the kids can run wild both in and out of the water. And how could I forget Paradise Point - right outside my door step - especially first thing in the morning before everyone is up and the glassy water gets churned up by the boats - M.A.G.I.C. And if saltwater ain’t your thing or you just want to get back to Mother Nature head up the mountains to a little place my brother aptly named as ‘Snoopy Wood Forest’ when we were kids, it’s a picnic stop right on the creek, complete with rope swing, wood fire BBQ’s and scrub turkey’s galore! Follow the signs to Natural Arch and it’s about 5km’s before you get there on the right. Tell us in the comments below where your favourite swimming and boating spots are...
Now I know that Maria is not going to love the fact that I'm posting on here today to introduce her to you, I can see her blushing as I type. We live by the mantra that if it's meant to be it will be, so when Veronica Morgan (Buyers Agent and host of the hit TV show Location Location) called us and said that she was loosing her wing lady because she was moving to the Gold Coast we just couldn't let the opportunity pass. Like many of our clients Maria was making the move from Sydney’s hustle and bustle to the Gold Coast to escape the frenetic pace that comes with living in a big city. She also met a boy who happens to be a local Gold Coaster, and fell in love. It doesn't make living here any easier though with her big Italian family and many many friends still living in Sydney. Can you relate? Establishing her career in real estate as a Selling Agent before realising how much more valuable she could be to the industry as a Buyers Agent. Maria has a keen eye for property and is very good at interpreting a clients brief and then actually finding a match and making it a reality. If you ever get the opportunity to work with Maria, you’ll love her down to earth approach and quickly discover that she is highly skilled in managing relationships with buyers, vendors and selling agents to ensure a successful outcome for our clients. What more can I say, we're blessed to have her as part of the team for the last 2 + years and can't wait for you to meet her!! Good people, that share your vision and are just as passionate about your clients as you are, are hard to find. Double tap if you agree. #goodstaffarehardtofind #ourteamrocks
✈️ 10 things we think you should consider before relocating to the Gold Coast ✈️ Crossing borders or not, moving house is complicated (take it from someone who’s moved to the house literally next door). We spend a lot of time helping our clients relocate from southern states, and we haven’t met someone who regrets the move yet BUT we do believe a planned move is a good move - so apart from finding the ultimate family home (we can help you with that) I’ve summarised the top 10 things you should thinking about before you make the decision to move to the Gold Coast. 1. Lifestyle - There’s a good chance this is the reason you thought about moving to the GC in the first place. Keeping in mind what is possible with life’s commitments, think about what type lifestyle you want. How you can support that? 2. Affordability - Consider the price differences in: Housing, basic living expenses – food, gas, electricity, water; transport including fuel, or public transport; education; and things like restaurants, entertainment, and sporting activities. 3. Location - Where are you going to live? What do you need to be close to? 4. Income - Where are you going to work? Can you get a transfer? Will your business survive a move interstate and what will the downtime be? 5. Timing - When’s the best time to buy, start the kids at a new school, take time off work to relocate, acclimatise . 6. Moving Budget - House prices aside, how much is it going to cost you to actually do the move? 7. Education - If you have, or want kids, researching the schools in your new area is incredibly important. This also applies for day care centres, TAFEs and universities. 8. Life admin - AKA all the paperwork that you’re going to have to do as part of the move, drivers licenses, mail redirection, you get where I’m going with this. Make sure you factor this into how much time you’ve got to move. 9. Networks - Making social and professional connections can take time, even when you’ve lived somewhere before. 10. Family - How will moving from your current location affect or improve your family relationships? Eek! Are you freaking out yet? Double tap if the thought of moving house scares you!
Ok so let's be honest here, I don't know many people who love the pointy end of business (unless your name's Tony). Negotiating is tough, it's confronting, it can get very messy very quickly and there's never any guarantee that you're going to come out on top. But if you're willing to give it a crack and want to know how the pro's do it, tune in to our new series #negotiatelikeapro where we'll reveal everything you need to know to seal the deal when crunch time comes. Motivation is everything right? You’re not in a position to negotiate until you… * recognise what the seller’s motivations are; * know if there’s any other interested parties; * are clear on the sales evidence; * understand the likely market value and the caliber of the property Know what the other side wants. Missing this vital information can put you at a distinct disadvantage that could cost you thousands 💸💸💸💸💸💸. #negotiatelikeapro #sealingthedeal #propertyhacks
Sometimes you feel like your the only one. The only one who hasn't been able to find their dream home. The only one who hasn't got an investment property. The only one the selling agents never call back. The only one who keeps getting trumped by someone else in multiple offer situations. The only one who can't seem to sell their home. The only one who has no FREAKING idea what they are doing when it comes to property. I'm jumping in to tell you today that no matter where you are, just floating around in a sea of property - you are NOT THE ONLY ONE (swipe right for a bit of fun). There are thousands of people out there - just like you - ready to paddle out into shark infested waters, stand up and share the dream. There are many that have been where you stand, there are those that will be there sometime soon and then there are the wise who know this journey well and have already navigated the waters. Putting your hard earned dollars into bricks and mortar, just like learning to surf doesn't happen overnight. But we can have a little fun along the way right? And that my friends is what it's all about. #nofear #soldieron #weekendwarriors #learntosurf #worthit
There’s a myth about people who live here. Firstly, every city in Australia has a prominent stereotype; Melbourne is all about coffee and culture, Sydneysiders are hard work, hard play types and Adelaide is the home of the artsy festival goer. To the rest of the country, the Gold Coast still seems to portray a culture that is fostered through the likes of the meter maid; as if scantily clad women and tanned shirtless men with their muscles bulging are found in every corner of the coast. Yes, this might describe a minority (the same minority that exists in every city I might add) but I think the Gold Coast often gets a bad wrap unfairly for it. Beneath all the hype, there are many layers of social fabric that make up our community and like every city it depends entirely on the circles you roll in. The majority of locals here are genuine, down to earth people. Most are well-educated, culturally diverse and health conscious. You’ll find them to be warm, welcoming and inclusive and you won’t find them hanging out in the mall in Surfers Paradise. We all aspire to do, be and have great things and we all have the ability to create the life we want. Look around and you’ll find the people and families here enjoying a life well lived — a better, simpler life. Double tap if you agree that the Gold Coast is MORE THAN just “a trashy glitter strip” that it so often gets a bad wrap for.
See this guy pictured here on the right☝🏼 He’s a bit of a nerd. A property nerd actually. While he might look quick witted and charming, On the inside - he’s like a lion, loyal and fiercely protective of the trust our clients extend to him. His name is Tony Coughran, and he's had a love affair with property since he was 12 years old. My mum and dad always had a keen interest in property and I guess it rubbed off. When I finished high school I knew I wanted to further my interest in property so I went to uni and studied to become a property valuer. When I finished uni, I bought my first property in Sherwood at the age of 23, I was working 3 jobs to pay the mortgage and in my spare time I was on the tools renovating. 4 years later I bought the house next door and renovated it. I then left the valuer generals office and moved into private valuation practice on the Gold Coast, purchased a renovator in Southport, flipped it, purchased another house in Parkwood and renovated it before purchasing my first waterfront at the age of 29. I met Eva a couple of years later and we bought our forever home at Paradise Point and because we wanted to hold that property we started focusing on building an investment portfolio. Since then, we’ve bought, sold and renovated more properties together than we can count. We’ve had some great times and we’ve learnt some valuable lessons along the way. Have you met Tony before? We've recently given our website a little freshen up so if you want to learn more about him or how he could share some valuable insights with you - head on over - link in bio.
There’s this beautiful common thread at the heart of nearly every property transaction - family. We’re humans right? We’re wired to connect, to be part of a community. Our own micro family communities and the broader community that surrounds us. Where we raise our family. Where our kids go to school. Where we work or do that thing in the world that makes us feel like we’re making a positive difference. Being close to our parents, grand parents, grand children, and our extended family and friends. It’s all important. It’s what motivates buyers and sellers and it’s the one motivation that should never be underestimated when negotiations start. Take it from my three year old - always ask, why? Why are the vendors selling? Why do the buyers want to live in this particular location? Why is this property a good investment? Building wealth is not the end goal, it's the means to get you there - to that end, why do you invest in property?
Successfully buying and selling property is a long term game, there’s nothing lucky about it, there’s no overnight success, or get rich quick scheme that works. Oh, did you think that’s how it happens? If only. If I’m totally honest here, using property as a vehicle to build wealth isn’t for everyone. So please don’t ever feel like you ‘have’ to buy an investment property just because everyone else appears to be. If you’re scraping to get into the investment game perhaps you need to rethink why you’re choosing this path. The reality of it is that good cashflow is really important if you are going to support a quality investment property. We're property advisors and we help people daily to make better property decisions, BUT let me repeat - there is no get rich quick scheme. You have to be strategic and you have to be comfortable with the fact that it takes time. It can be fun, in fact it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever under take. Just come at it with your head in the right space. We’ve got a handy little guide over on the blog that will hopefully help you get one step closer to your next investment - we call the ‘Freedom Definer’ hop on over and grab yourself a copy today. 📷 Tony walking a client through signing a contract so they are fully informed before they put pen to paper 🙌🏼 Thanks @adambrandofficial always good times helping you build your investment portfolio.
Did you hear it was a balmy ☀️ 30 degrees on the GC today? Yesterday, I took the fam bam to Currumbin Creek and although Tony thought I was a little optimistic packing the togs and beach towels, how could we resist - it was refreshing but I’m so glad we took the plunge! Sorry Tony, I know you had big day in the office while we were at the beach but seriously, that’s why we live here right - to enjoy those sneaky moments of paradise when we can?? If you’re reading this from down South while rugged up in front of the fire with your grandma’s comfy knitted socks on, the kids tucked up in bed already and a hot cuppa in hand - when are you booking flights? ✈️ captured by our wonderfully talented friend @greyismyfavouritecolour
║A simple + stress free relocation║ WHATTT!! Did I really just say the words simple and stress free in the same sentence as relocating? You bet. I’m not saying every relocation is like this, but there is nothing to say it can’t be. —————————————————————————Tom and Dianne have spent their years building a successful and significant financial planning business in the nations capital. They were looking to relocate from Canberra to the Gold Coast to enjoy their later years in life surrounded by the love and laughter of their children and grand babies. Although they had a very clear picture in mind of the home they wanted, they knew the value of getting professional advice and so they came to us. [Smart move guys + you know we absolutely loved working with you 😍] We were able to give them guidance on values, locations, ammenities and of course when crunch time came, access to off market opportunities and a solid strategy to secure their chosen property. Most good properties are snapped up well before they hit the market - this was no exception. As we stepped inside this property for the first time (at a private viewing) it was instantly clear that this home was exactly what Tom and Dianne had in mind for their retirement years. Poker faces on, it was time for Tony to swiftly get to work and secure the property before it went to open market. We promptly valued the home and made an offer purchasing well within Tom and Dianne’s $2 million budget. (Who said you have to spend every last cent in your budget to get what you want?) See the full story on our website www.simplygc.com/reviews ————————————————————————— Double tap if you can relate + tell us what you’re biggest struggle was or would be?
Now there is something to seriously be said about #foreverhomes. Sometimes it can feel like they are rare as hens teeth but then you totally know when you’ve found THE ONE. And this ONE (which settles today) my friends is it for our beautiful clients and their family. Wishing you guys nothing but happy memories and good times here!
Goal setting today. Who says this is a job for the new year only? I'm totally a lists person, but if I'm honest, there's days when I stare at my list and do everything I possibly can to keep from doing anything on it. Sound familiar? We've got a massive few months ahead of us and I don't really want to get to the end of it having achieved little. It's only natural to try and test the limits of what we are capable of, but there are some points in life when we have to let go of things that are of little significance and seek help. So I'm taking some of our own advice today and some time out to look towards where we want to go and then I'm off to find the right people who can help us get there.
Not from around here? Well, there’s a good chance this is the reason you've thought about taking the plunge and moving to the Gold Coast – maybe you were seduced by the everlasting sunlight, stunning beaches, or the laid back lifestyle that comes with all the big city perks. What ever your current location or lifestyle goals, spending your days enjoying the great outdoors looks entirely different from one person to the next. So... What does your ideal lifestyle look like? Want to live a stones throw from the surf so you can start the day with the salty sea in your hair - look to the coasts southern beachside suburbs. Enjoy the bustling nightlife and entertainment scene - consider those suburbs wedged between the Gold Coast Hwy and the M1, dine locally or hightail it to the big smoke. Prefer the quite life? It comes in many forms, the gated communities of Sanctuary Cove, the palm lined streets of Sovereign Islands or nestled beneath the leafy canopy of the hinterland - I'm talking the likes of Tallai or the Tallebudgera Valley. Seeking a life well lived? Know that you can have it all - you just have to get some perspective on what IT means to you. Rolling sets beautifully captured by @mattographybymw_byron
On the hunt for your dream home or next investment? Scary isn't it? The big unknown. Have you got a good deal. Have you found THE one... Might sound obvious but the key to buying well is knowing a good deal when you see it. As laborious as the task may seem, the more research you do and the more open homes you attend, the better you educate yourself in the market to be able to differentiate between a buy you should hotly pursue and one you should walk away from. School may be out, but if you're on the hunt for a property it doesn't mean you're off the homework hook - research, research, research = making an empowered decision when it comes time to sign on that dotted line ✏️ .................................... 📷 White, white and more white - seriously can't go wrong! Get the look with @duluxaus_ Natural White. #simplify #simplygc #simplygoldcoast #goldcoast #goldcoastproperty #goldcoastlife #buyersagent #propertyadvice #coastaldesign #dreamhome #buyingproperty #propertyhunting
If you’re anything like us, you would already know the importance of setting clear achievable goals. Without them, it’s like having a detailed road map with no end destination in mind, makes it hard to arrive, right? If you're thinking about making a move in the current market, get clear on what you want to achieve before you get into deep water... Take the time to think about what is really important to you and your family. What does your dream home look like? Where is it located? How does it need to function? What would you pay for the ultimate residence? How long are you planning on living there? There are a myriad of variables to consider when buying a property and we’ve heard so many times how the search can stall before it even begins. If we’re all honest here, 9 times out of 10 it just comes down to one thing. Fear of the unknown. Goggles on friends, it's time to make a splash! Epic perspective captured by @kylerauphotography
We spend a lot of time with the sand + sea in our hair so having somewhere outdoors to rinse off before we headed inside was high on our priority list when thinking about what we wanted in our backyard space. Although having an outdoor shower was a no brainer - whether it was hot or cold was not. At the time, I swore we would never use hot water out there (hello.. we live in QLD.. why?) but Tony was adamant that it would be worth the cash to run hot water out side and have it both hot + cold. Lucky I married a clever man 😉 💦 we use this shower every day throughout summer pretty much and I **always** turn the hot on just to take that cold edge off, especially when rinsing the little or furry ones off. Do you have an outdoor shower at your place or is it on the wishlist?
Happy Monday everyone!! This is how quiet our beaches are when the weekenders have gone back to work 😜 We work most weekends and love that we can get out during the week and enjoy the best the coast has to offer without the crowds. Lifeguard tower 28 at Kurrawa soaking up this warm weather today 👌🏼😎
How does your garden grow? So you've just finished styling your outdoor space and you've spent a mint on beautiful plants that you now need to look after (hello green thumbs!!). Even if you took the extra step of irrigating your garden beds (highly recommended, because as therapeutic as watering the garden is, sometimes you just don't quite get there as often as you should in this hot QLD climate), you still need a hose at some point. Right? Like the founders of @missgardenglory I don't think you should every have to settle for an ordinary bunnings green garden hose. Not that I'm biased, but... Swedish design really is beautiful and if you're anything like me and you're looking for a little something something out of the ordinary to finish off that corner in your outdoor space and you're prepared to splash the cash these guys have the wet edge 💦 Closer to home, the creators of @lepaar are also reeling out (a much more affordable) luxe range of Australian made hoses and wall mounts 😉 side note: would also make a good house warming gift...
Like no place on earth 💛💚Happy Australia Day friends X #australiaday
Crystal clear, dead flat, high tide and the beach to ourselves this morning. Awesome way to start the day! Let's hope the good weather continues for the extra loong weekend we're planning ☀️💦🌴