What to do when disaster hits

Posted on May 14, 2024

Insurance claims can be a tough part of the cleanup process if you get hit with a natural disaster. If you live in flood, cyclone or bushfire-prone areas, it is wise to ensure you have the correct insurance cover, and that it is up to date. Coverage in high-risk areas can also come with a hefty price tag so it will pay to shop around.Before a natur... read more

Ten tips that could save you from a house fire

Posted on May 13, 2024

It's hard to imagine losing a home in a fire but it happens every day and ironically, the colder months are often a time of greater risk. For those who survive, the sense of loss stays with them for the rest of their lives. It can be truly devastating both physically and emotionally. As local real estate agents, we know how precious our homes are –... read more

Pistachio Cake

Posted on May 09, 2024

INGREDIENTS:100g fine granulated sugarzest of 2 lemons¼ teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract113g unsalted butter roomtemperature2 large eggs at room temperature50g all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder100g pistachio flour or unsalted pistachios ground fine 130g icing sugar½ cup of pomegranate arils or thawed frozen raspberriesM... read more

How to sequence work for a bathroom renovation

Posted on April 29, 2024

One of the most valuable and ambitious renovations before putting your home on the market is to rip out and replace your bathroom.A brand new bathroom can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home and help it sell quickly.A bathroom is arguably the most complicated area of the home to renovate – a key reason why it is seen so favou... read more

Lemon Honey Brown Butter Potatoes

Posted on April 26, 2024

INGREDIENTS:450g baby potatoes1 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp of nutmeg/cayenne pepperOlive oil2 sprigs rosemary1 stem of vine cherry tomatoes1/4 cup salted butter4 cloves of garlic1 lemon2 tbsp honey4 sprigs of thyme1 cup ricotta1 tsp white & black sesame seedsMETHOD:Preheat the oven to 220°C Add potatoes to a large pot of water and salt and boil for 1... read more

Cooktop conundrum for kitchen renovators

Posted on April 24, 2024

Owners who choose to renovate their kitchens before putting their property on the market are making a smart strategic decision to maximise the value of their homes.Kitchens and bathrooms top the list of renovations that today's buyers find most desirable as the market continues its swing into positive price territory.One key question homeowners ten... read more

Has flooding affected your garden?

Posted on April 16, 2024

Another summer is over but for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas, now is a great time to consider how to protect your property for next season.Don't forget the garden will also need protecting, so green thumbs start thinking about how to guard the greenery from dreaded downpours.Preparation is everything when it comes to living with a flood-... read more

Market offers buyers a rare window of opportunity

Posted on April 08, 2024

A greater choice of properties is opening up for buyers across New Zealand as the real estate market continues to deal with the stubbornly high official cash rate (OCR) of 5.25%.Astute buyers are showing confidence in the future value of the market, making their move before rates begin to fall.As a respected agency in your area, we believe we are c... read more

Creme Brulee Sugar Cookies

Posted on April 04, 2024

Ingredients2 ¾ cups flour1 tsp. baking soda½ tsp. baking powder½ tsp. salt2 cups toasted sugar1 cup unsalted butter2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 tsp. vanilla extract1 cup unsalted butter226g cream cheese56g powdered sugar2 tsp. vanilla extract¼ cup milkPinch of saltMethodIn a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt... read more

Budget design updates for every home

Posted on April 02, 2024

With so many stores and websites offering budget-buy home décor offerings, it's easy and cheap to give your space a lovely uplift.By thinking in simple and basic terms, a mini-renovation can have surprisingly dramatic results.New tapwareChanging tapware is not necessarily an easy job but if it is already damaged or old, a mini-renovation is an even... read more