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Melbourne Festival Time!

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Melbourne – we’re the city of a hundred festivals. As soon as one ends (think Melbourne Fringe Festival) – another begins! No wonder we’re routinely on the world’s ‘most liveable city’ lists. Today, the Chisholm & Gamon blog features highlights of the Melbourne Festival, taking over the city from the 11th – 27th of October. [...]

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Everything Old Is New Again

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October is a month to embrace new beginnings, think mindfully about consumption – and clear the decks of unwanted (but lovable) goods! Spring cleaning gives you the motivation and opportunity to beautify your domestic environment while redefining your personal style. You’re helped along by two ‘fresh start’ events in October – the Garage Sale Trail [...]

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Spending Election Saturday 2013 Wisely

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If the thought of a busy Saturday morning voting sends you into a spin, relax.  Here at Chisholm & Gamon, we want you to maximise Election Day 2013 in the best way we know how – by both exercising your democratic right and making time to realise the Great Australian Dream of home ownership!

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At present, the real estate market is under-supplied and performing well due to strong buyer demand. Suburbs within a 5km ring of the CBD are achieving terrific results, making this a particularly positive time to consider selling a property investment before upgrading. This election Saturday has the potential to be a boom day in the market calendar – which means you should plan to arrive early at the booth before casting your vote and starting your day of auction attendance relaxed!

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Do you know where the polling booths are in your area?  Below you will find links to relevant locations where you can cast your vote, say hello to the neighbourhood, and be on your way to an ‘OFI’ or two.

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If you will not be in Melbourne on Election Saturday, there are many venues you can attend to cast your vote early to avoid fines. If you are unsure, visit: http://www.aec.gov.au for more information.

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Many of our local bayside primary school voting venues will hold fetes and other activities for the community on Election Saturday. This is a great opportunity to catch up with neighbours (and down the odd vanilla slice and snag, too). Ensure you plan your Election Saturday in advance and schedule in all activities, opens and auctions allowing yourself ample time to visit ALL the cake stalls available. St Columba’s Primary School in Elwood is holding an Election Cake Stall & BBQ on the 7th of September from 7.30am – 3.00pm and St Kilda Primary School will be hosting a sausage sizzle from 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Voting centres are open from 8am to 6pm. Voting is both a right and a responsibility, so become informed, be passionate and vote in the lucky country.

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Spring is Sprung, the Grass is Riz – I Wonder Where the Baby Is?!

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Are you doing a smatter of spring-cleaning now the weather is clearing up? Perhaps you’re feeling nesty and planning for a new permanent house guest’s arrival? If you’ve got a little one crawling around your place (or perhaps you’re having small visitors stay more often) now is a good time to check how baby-safe your home is. Today the Chisholm and Gamon blog offers some tips on baby proofing in your own home or rental property.

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Baby proofing is all about making your home safe for little adventurers, who spend most of their time learning about their environment by touching, climbing, pulling and tasting. There’s a lot to learn about how the world works – and with no previous experience – baby’s experiments can end very poorly indeed.

You can minimise any potential damage (to baby or house) by making your home as baby-friendly as possible. Things to keep in mind:

- If you’re renting, have a chat with your property manager. Share your good news, and also check-in about any modifications you may wish to make to your home to better baby-proof it.  Offering to have any small holes in the walls or cabinets repaired when you leave is reasonable, as the price of baby-proofing your home is infinitely less than the consequences of a preventable accident!

- Securing heavy objects or furniture. Think about anchoring bookshelves to the walls in the case of climbing adventures, and make sure that flat screen TVs are either similarly anchored or high out of reach.

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- Restricting access to specific areas. If you can use a safety gate to block off the door to the kitchen or the bathroom to avoid unsupervised voyage, you’re one step ahead already! Make sure to keep this in mind if you’ve got a flight of stairs, too. If you’ve got more of an open plan kitchen, make sure cupboards and drawers are secured – be especially mindful of poisonous cleaning products, sharp knives and heavy pots.

- Power points and electrical cords. Hands up those who keep their phone charger plugged into the wall at all times? These ‘loose ends’ are an invitation for accident: electrocution, tripping and strangulation variously. Be careful and mindful of all electrical items.

Baby proofing shouldn’t make you feel paranoid about your little one exploring the home – it should do the exact opposite! There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing that you’ve done everything you can to make your home safe for small arrivals.

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

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Calling all Melbourne Fashionistas! Melburnians are fortunate to call one of the most creative culture capitals in the world their home. Today, Chisholm and Gamon find it only ‘fitting’ to invite you to embark on the colourful journey that is Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. The City of Melbourne presents the 19th annual Spring Fashion Week, running from the 31st of August to the 8th of September and offering a wide range of events that will appeal to even the most hardened retail warrior!

Popular designers from all around Melbourne unite to showcase their Spring/Summer 2014 collections in a series of glamorous events. Exhibitors include renowned labels such as Alice McCall and Gwendolynne in addition to the emerging talents hailing from the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles. A city with such a vast creative identity will represent its various fashion visions with 15 different runways over 9 days. Watch out for the paparazzi snapping your OWN streetstyle if you’re in town! Here are C&G’s ‘top picks’ of MSFW’13.

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RUNWAY 2

Wednesday 4th of September – 7pm and 9pm.

One show no style hunter can afford to miss is Runway 2, as Australia’s design elite collaborate for an evening of two runway shows. The Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, serves as the backdrop to high fashion, showcasing names like: LIFEwithBIRD and Alice McCall. Tickets are from $35 and bookings made through ticketek.com.au.

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City Square will play host to THE HUB over Spring Fashion Week, which is a pop-up live site showcasing major Australian labels and department stores. The city’s FREE focal point of fashion will offer an indulgent taste into Spring/Summer style featuring runways by David Jones, Target and TS14+. There will also be workshops run by style, hair and beauty advisors including Kevin Murphy and Mecca Cosmetica who will be doing mini-mani’s!

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Keep yourself hydrated at the Kopparberg Cider Bar which will function as part of THE HUB, open daily from mid-afternoon until well into the evening. The bar will also be serving Yarrabank., Chisholm and Gamon’s sparkling choice for Spring Fashion Week.

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Finally, finish off your Spring Fashion Week with a peep into the future of Melbourne fashion with the EMERGING program. The fresh faces of RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles are featured in Student Runway 1. This unveils work from 4th year RMIT students and is an impressive culmination of their hard work and technical flair. The second student runway showcases work from Box Hill Institute and the Whitehouse Institute of Design. Tickets are from $35 and bookings made through ticketek.com.au.

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Brighton Testimonial


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21/8/13
Chisholm & Gamon
Elwood Office

Mr Torsten Kasper,

Dear Torsten,
On behalf of the executors I would like to extend to you, and the entire staff, our sincere thanks for all your assistance during the whole process, leading to a most successful outcome at Auction.

From the very start with  your complete professionalism, and I would add, accurate assessment of the property’s potential, and every step thereafter, I felt confident that we had made the correct decision. In many cases it’s not an easy choice to make, however I did feel on this occasion that there was a standout choice.

I have over the course of my life dealt with numerous Real Estate Agencies, also having worked in the industry for a period, many years ago. There was never a moment when I felt that you and you staff were not endeavouring to do the very best for the vendors. Feedback was thorough, and punctual. By the day of the Auction we all felt completely informed, and confident. There was never a single negative comment.

Thanks again, and  I would be most pleased to recommend your Agency to all.

 

Yours truly

Keith Brown

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Making the ‘big move’ in Spring?

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Springtime is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to longer days, gardens growing and warmer weather. Many homeowners and buyers enter the property market each spring – but how do you know if the spring selling season is the right moment for you to join the fray? Today’s Chisholm and Gamon blog looks at the spring property market and offers tips to help hopeful vendors and buyers achieve the best outcome before summer comes.

Springtime is historically the busiest time of the year in the real estate cycle for a number of reasons – including that most human notion of  wishing to ‘be settled’ in a new house before Christmas or the start of a new school or work year. Many people also look to sell at the beginning of spring to avoid the potential of a long settlement eking into the January holiday period – when accountants, solicitors and conveyancers can often be away – making settlement more convoluted than it needs to be. Many would prefer to spend the happy festive season celebrating and holidaying rather than worrying nervously over settlement and land transfer details! November is typically the record month for real estate transactions, but we’ve compiled a few reasons you might want to consider buying or selling sooner rather than later.

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In relation to selling, having your home on the market at the start of the spring season is more beneficial than waiting until November when the market is saturated. If buyers have too much choice, they will be more likely to move onto the next open for inspection should their exhaustive ‘must have’ list not be met by your home. A saturated market makes for diluted competition, and too much choice can lead to long days on market and a confused purchasing public. This makes for unsatisfying buying, too – being spoiled for choice might keep you dismissing residences that could easily become your dream home with a little creative thinking!

At the start of the spring season, sellers and buyers alike are excited by the prospect of a buzzy auction market and the potential of being in a new home by Christmas. Waiting until the rush of November’s heady open-for-inspection filled Saturdays can leave vendors in a tricky position – attempting to sell but having difficulty differentiating their own home from the myriad others competing for buyers’ affection. If you’re a vendor looking to buy in this time, you might end up achieving a lower sales result than if you had sold earlier in the season when fewer homes are under the hammer.  Give yourself time to scope out the market, but don’t drag your legs if you intend on both buying and selling before the New Year rolls around.

Make sure you do your homework and ensure are realistic about what you can expect to achieve from the market at this time of year. Scope out what’s happening in neighbouring streets, and if you’re bidding at an auction, don’t let Spring Fever get the best of you – leading you to bid above your budget. In collaboration with your Chisholm & Gamon agent, keenly observe buyer trends and be ready to accept a quality offer when it comes your way! Good luck!

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