Unpack, relax and watch the sunset over the bay! Black Rock

4B Ebden Avenue Black Rock – Auction 11:00am, Saturday June 18, 2011

Ideally located in the heart of Black Rock village, this modern 2 bedroom apartment offers convenience, Seaside living and much, much more.

Let the natural light shine in to the open plan kitchen/living/dining area, featuring stone bench tops with modern appliances, and a leafy outlook though the floor to ceiling windows.

Comprising a master bedroom with BIR’s and ensuite, large alfresco entertaining balcony which conveniently flows from the living area, duel access to central bathroom, laundry and an added bonus of a separate, lock-up, roof top terrace offering sweeping panoramic views of the bay.

Within a stones throw to the beach, schools & public transport, expand your investment portfolio or move in and soak up the Black Rock village lifestyle with amazing shops and cafes literally at your doorstop.

Features:

-Intercom system.
-Reverse cycle heating and cooling.
-Large open plan kitchen, living, dining with ample natural light.
-Stone bench tops in kitchen and modern appliances.
-Spacious master bedroom with ensuite & BIR.
-Duel access central bathroom.
-Large alfresco area accessed from living room
-Separate lockable rooftop terrace, ideal for entertaining with panoramic bay views.
-Secure basement car park.
- Dual access from both Balcombe Road and Ebden Avenue.

INSPECTION TIMES: Wed 1st Jun, 1:00pm-1:30pm
Sat 4th Jun, 10:45am-11:15am

Pets and Moving Home

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Pets are an important part of many people’s lives and a comforting part of our homes too. Who doesn’t love coming home and hearing your pet trot towards the door to welcome you? As stressful as moving homes is for humans – don’t forget to take your four-legged friends into consideration too. In today’s Chisholm & Gamon Blog we discuss ways to help pets through both the process of selling your home, and moving.

When selling your home, pets can be quite territorial and disturbed at strangers coming through their space. It is always best to leave the home with your pet prior to open for inspections – not only to make sure that they are not made overly-anxious by having to deal with lots of new people, but to make sure that they don’t run out the open door and get lost! Once you’ve actually made the move, here are some suggestions for keeping your pets safe and stress-free.

§ Make sure that your new home has secure boundaries which are pet-proof, and that prior to letting your pets into the backyard you’re made sure that the garden is safe and there are no remnants of snail bait or poison. 

§ Register your pet with the local council in your new area, making sure that if your animal does wander off in its new surrounds it can make its way home to you.

§ Research new veterinarians in your neighbourhood, and pick up your pet’s file to transfer to their new doctor.

§ Cats are likely to become more disturbed during the moving process than dogs – on the actual day of shifting itself, try to have a friend look after your animals so they aren’t too worried by the loud sounds. Quiet calms animals, so when you do introduce your pet to their new environment pop them into one calm room and let them relax into the space for some time.

§ Don’t launder all your pets belongings at once – make sure their bedding on their first night in the new home smells familiar to them.

§ Keep pets inside their new home initially – cats should have one week inside the home to familiarise with the smells, sounds and space of the house. Dogs are a little more resilient – but they still need to be kept close to home until they are calm and familiar with their environment.

TAGS: Moving home, pets, veterinarian, Chisholm & Gamon

Cities growth plan launched

Growth PlanThe federal government has unveiled its blueprint for the future of the nation’s 18 largest cities with a warning that it’s prepared to “intimidate” opponents if necessary.

The National Urban Policy, released by federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday, sets out a broad range of principles designed to underpin long-term urban growth and improve productivity.

Among the problems the policy aims to tackle is traffic congestion, which Mr Albanese said would cost Australian business and families more than $20 billion by 2020 if left unchecked

The policy promotes better infrastructure planning and public transport, reducing carbon footprints and improved urban planning to meet the challenges of a population growth, an ageing population and climate change.

Future federal infrastructure funding will be linked to the policy and other development plans that individual states and territories have been ordered to produce by January 2012.

Mr Albanese on Wednesday insisted the policy was not a federal takeover of existing state and territory responsibility for urban development.

But he indicated that state and territory leaders would have to toe the line.

“What this is, is the commonwealth … putting in place all the levers at our disposal to drive, foster, encourage, and if you like intimidate recalcitrants, if need be, to make sure they do get on board,” he told a Property Council of Australia breakfast in Sydney.

The Council of Capital Cities Lord Mayors (CCCLM) backed the National Urban Policy.

“Today’s policy announcement is highly symbolic and highly anticipated after three years preparation,” CCCLM chair and Lord Mayor of Hobart Rob Valentine said in a statement.

“It is an important recognition of the national and international role our cities play, and the future challenges and opportunities they face.

“What’s needed now are the partnerships between governments, backed by enough dollars to drive real change.”

The nation’s 18 biggest cities are home to three in four Australians, produce 80 per cent of national income and generate 75 per cent of its jobs, the government says.

They include every state and territory capital and large regional centres, such as Newcastle, Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast.

Tags: community, government, housing, planning, property, real estate

More Market Talk

PPG_image 5_market updateEnzo Raimondo, Chief Executive of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, raised some interesting points about the property market last week. In an article printed in The Age Domain section he discussed the hotly debated ‘housing bubble’ and encouraged owners, buyers and investors to look to at long-term market performance.

We all remember the significant fall in prices as the GFC crisis unfolded in 2009 when the median house price in Melbourne dropped a by $70,000. However we saw dramatic corrections in the 12-18 months that followed.

Mr Raimondo highlights the fact that in the same way that rapid increases in value are unsustainable and not positive for the economy, so are substantial falls. When prices drop considerably, and remain low, many home owners face negative equity, there are more mortgagee sales and a greater number of investors leave the market. When we see rapid increases, the reverse occurs.

2011 is proving to be a different year altogether with its own set of circumstances. We are seeing some lower price growth and fewer transactions than previous years. This, however, translates into great opportunities for those people in a position to buy. What we should remember, is that in the short term the market is bound to fluctuate. However, over a longer period of time – say, a decade or so – the property market has always provided positive capital growth and, at the moment, is supported by solid economic fundamentals.

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Energy Efficiency 6 Star Energy Ratings

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Have you recently purchased a vacant block of land, or have you thoughts of demolishing a run-down home to build your dream-residence? Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog briefly discusses the statewide legislation that came into play as of May 2011, bringing all new Victorian residences and renovations into line with a 6-star energy rating. How does your new home rate?

With the potential of a carbon tax on the creation of raw building materials, an additional demand upon owner-builders of complying with a 6-star energy rating may appear onerous. However, the Building Commission assures consumers that although the upfront costs of a house may be slightly higher to comply with new regulations – long term savings will ensue for homeowners.

The 6-star rating applies to the ‘envelope’ of your home – meaning floors, roof, walls and windows. Your architect or builder must now take into account the thermal performance of their design, ensuring that all these ‘envelope’ elements minimise use of energy and optimise insulation. From now on your design must be approved for ‘thermal performance’ before being granted a building permit. Effectively, the higher the stars – the less energy you will need to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

The Building Commission website has detailed information about 6-star energy ratings, and states that a 6-star rated home uses 24% less energy than a non-complying residence. This can mean electricity bill savings of an average $100 a year – with more possible for homes which use their energy more efficiently. Other factors also come into consideration for energy stars – this includes the placement of the home in relation to the sun. Chisholm & Gamon look forward to seeing your new energy-saving creations in the neighbourhood!

TAGS: Building Commision, 6 star energy, carbon tax, Chisholm & Gamon

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