Styling tips with Joanna Gianniotis

Why is styling important when selling your home?

I caught up with professional Giacinta Gardiner from Tailored Home Styling and homeowner Kelly Hill to see just how much a keen eye and a little magic can bring to an interior.

Styling helps buyers create a vision of each area in a home. It’s so important to get it right as this could mean the difference in achieving top dollar!

My top tips below:
TIP #1 | Make sure your colour scheme flows throughout the home

TIP #2 | Accessorising the home can make it feel homely so don’t forget the small items|

TIP #3 | Add a mirror as this will complement a space. Artwork can also open up an area. See what would work with each room and get creative.

If you’d love any recommendations, I’d love to help!

Camp Hill Antique Centre – Tart Cafe

Have you seen Brisbane’s largest Antique Centre that used to be a cinema? It’s right here in Camp Hill on Old Cleveland Rd. Tart Cafe is located at the front of the shop and you’re taken back in time with their unique and quirky styling. After you’ve had something to eat, take a wonder through the store – you won’t be disappointed!

I had the Cumin Salad and it was amazing – fresh and filling! Click here to see inside the store.

Gelatissimo now on Oxford St!

It’s hard to say no to a refreshing gelato from Gelatissimo with Brisbane’s heat at the moment. With various locations around Australia, we are very excited that it’s decided to join us in Bulimba.
Made from milk instead of cream, it’s a very light afternoon treat. Dairy free options are available too and we can confirm they are DELICIOUS!!

Click here to see what flavours they have available

Looking for something light and refreshing this summer?

You’ll need to visit Florence at Camp Hill. Located on Martha St, this cute café is buzzing with local activity and we can see why! With their wholesome food we left feeling full! Better yet, they have an all day breakfast for those who like a sleep in!

Full Menu here.

Brisbane’s property market leading the nation

BRISBANE is leading the nation in all four property performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade — defying the downturn gripping the other mainland capital cities.
New figures show Brisbane is the only capital city to record an increase in home values over the past week, month, year-to-date and 12 months.
The last time the Queensland capital did that was back in 2007 before the Global Financial Crisis.
While home values in the other mainland capital cities headed south, houses and units in Brisbane gained a third of a per cent in value in the past 28 days, according to property researcher CoreLogic.

Compared to the same time last year, Brisbane home values are 1.2 per cent higher.

The only other capital city to record growth in the past month was Adelaide, where home values inched just 0.1 per cent higher.

The housing downturn is gathering pace in Sydney where values have fallen half a per cent in the past 28 days and are down 5.6 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The Melbourne market is also coming off the boil with home values declining nearly 1 per cent in the past month and 1.1 per cent over the past year.

CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said Brisbane was continuing to record “moderate growth” while the other mainland capitals were slowing.

“The rate of growth in Brisbane is generally slower than it was a year ago, but when you look at migration to Queensland picking up and what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne, it’s no real surprise that Brisbane is holding up better,” Mr Kusher said.

He said it was likely Brisbane could experience an acceleration in home value growth thanks to increasing migration, an improving local economy and its relative affordability.

But not to the extent seen in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne in the past.
“I think you’ll see pretty steady growth in the next year or two,” he said.

Unit values in the Brisbane riverside suburb of Tennyson have jumped a whopping 45 per cent in the past year, while Hamilton houses have been the best performers — up nearly 27 per cent in 12 months.
“Generally speaking, it’s the inner city and parts of Logan that doing well in terms of growth,” Mr Kusher said.
“The higher value stock in the inner city is probably attractive to Sydney and Melbourne buyers, and then the growth in Logan City is probably linked to strong first home buyer demand and affordable housing stock.”

Hobart — which is currently the strongest performing market — was not included in the CoreLogic figures, but Mr Kusher said even it was showing signs of growth slowing.
Brisbane’s consistent house price growth has resulted in more suburbs entering the million dollar club for the first time.
In the 12 months to July, five new suburbs broke through the $1 million median house price barrier — Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Balmoral, Fig Tree Pocket and West End.
When it comes to sales volumes, Brisbane City recorded the most unit sales in the 12 months to May 2018, while Caboolture saw the most house sales.
New Farm recorded the highest percentage of sales over $1 million, closely followed by Teneriffe.

Brisbane couple Paul James, 29, and Maddie Cant, 30, have just bought their first home in Rochedale, which has been experiencing strong growth in home values.
Mr James said they had been looking for a while and considered themselves lucky to get a three-bedroom house for $530,000 in the suburb.
“It’s a nice area — a growing area, and it’s affordable,” he said.
Selling agent Skye Dutson of Place – Sunnybank said prices in the Rochedale area had tapered off slightly, but values were still growing and open homes were still attracting strong numbers.
“Rochedale and Rochedale South are only 20 minutes from the city and you’re still paying affordable prices,” Mrs Dutson said.
“If you wanted to be as close to the city in Sydney and Melbourne, you’re paying millions of dollars.
“I think buyers are taking their time a bit more and just being a little bit more patient.”

In the inner-city suburb of Grange, Helder and Saori Peguicha have just listed their house at 37 Howard Street and are confident it will attract strong interest and a good price based on the capital growth it has achieved.
“With the amount of infrastructure projects on the horizon, I think Brisbane will attract a lot of people for work, so I think there is potential for more growth still,” Mr Peguicha said.
Craig Lea of McGrath Estate Agents – Wilston, who is marketing the property, said he wasn’t surprised Brisbane home values were defying the downturn plaguing other states.
“There’s all this doom and gloom discussion on the basis of Sydney and Melbourne’s protracting market, but that was to be expected,” Mr Lea said.
“Brisbane’s always been a slow boil.
“We’re seeing a lot of migration from the southern states, particularly from expats.”

Experts warn sellers could be short-changed up to 10pc by selling their home off-market

INDUSTRY experts have warned of the risks of selling “off-market”, with one leading agent claiming it could leave a homeowner hundreds of thousands of dollars worse off.
With continuing low levels of stock for sale and a rise in opportunistic vendors, some agents are reporting an increase in the incidence of “off-market” property transactions.
“Off-market” sales are those which occur without public advertising, with real estate agents contacting interested buyers privately.

Potential purchasers who’ve missed out at auction are registering with sales agents to ask to be notified if anything similar looks likely to come up, while many are also going to buyers’ agents who have databases of those thinking of selling.
But some agents have warned sellers risk exchanging for less than their properties could be worth on the open market.

Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield claims vendors selling their houses “off-market” could be missing out on up to 10 per cent of their property’s true value.
Mr Caulfield said that by agreeing to sell quickly and quietly without a public campaign, sellers could be significantly short-changing themselves.

“My advice always is that clients should expose their property to the market because I think you always risk underselling it if you take it off-market,” Mr Caulfield said.

“If you’ve only taken a handful of people through the property, are you really giving it the best chance?
“You could end up potentially five to 10 per cent short.”
Mr Caulfield said only about 10 per cent of the transactions his office handled were off-market.
“There’s a lot of positivity at the moment in investing money into a campaign and getting a great result,” he said.

Ray White New Farm principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush cautioned that while sellers could save money on advertising costs by selling off-market, a lack of competition meant they might not get the best price for their property.

Mr Cush recently auctioned two similar properties in comparable locations in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill.
One vendor decided to spend $3000 solely on digital advertising, while the other spent about $15,000 on a full marketing campaign across print and online.
The former generated 16 groups of people during the four week campaign and a sale price just after auction in the early $700,000s, while the latter attracted 50 groups and a sale price in the high $800,000s.

“To receive three times the number of inspections in such a small little suburb certainly adds weight to the benefit of a full marketing campaign,” Mr Cush said.
“The reality is a strong campaign will likely generate more buyers.
“Real estate is a contact sport; the more buyers your agent is in contact with, the more competition your property will likely receive.”

CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher believes there are more benefits associated with taking a property to market than selling in secret.
“You’d only want to do that in the case you’re very confident of getting a buyer and your real estate agent has a good database of potential purchasers — and it’s hard to judge that,” Mr Kusher said.
“I personally think you’re better off getting the message out to everyone and trying to find a buyer that way.”

This award-winning garden takes the inside, out

This apartment garden is a totally dreamy space – perfect for city dwellers to spend an afternoon in.

The garden space, which is officially titled Villa Jardín, took out the Landscape Architecture / Outdoors Design prize at the American Architecture Prize 2017. It ties the newly constructed building seamlessly into the surrounding environment, unifying the indoors with the outdoors.

The use of elements that are traditionally reserved for interiors enables the garden to operate with a higher degree of functionality than you’d normally find in an outdoor space.

The architects, ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo, explain:

“The design process inserted targeted elements that produced a series of specific, outdoor spaces whose function is directly related to the apartment’s indoor activity.”

“The indoor section has a linear axis with access to the rooms crossing through the common, semi-private, and private areas. Likewise, the outdoor layout follows a parallel design; a wall runs along the axis that encloses and divides the areas based on the required activity.”
A pergola joins two terraces, one of which houses a living and dining area with vertical gardens built from wooden boxes reclaimed from the shoring system used in the construction.

“Three transition elements were built with reinforced concrete, each with its distinctive energy,” the architects explain.

“The first is a pool of water that symbolises the purification of the access space, while endowing the access with movement and sound. The second consists of a garden of energy stones, while the third is a vegetable garden, designed to blend the gully’s natural vegetation with the terraces.” 

On The Mark | A Q&A with Morningside AFL

The lush green fields lined with a white picket fence, Hawthorne’s Jack Esplen Oval is home to one of Brisbane’s oldest AFL clubs.

Morningside AFL Panthers is one of the most iconic football clubs in Queensland where “every heart beats true for red white and black”.

What makes the club so special? We spoke with committee member, David Diamond, about the strong community of Morningside AFL.


Photo Credit: Morningside Panthers

Tell us about the club?

Morningside AFL Club is more than just footy club – it’s a hub within the inner-east community.

Locals use the club for a variety of different purposes.

We have schools using the ovals every day, there’s community groups who hold regular meetings and on Friday nights local families come down to the club to play on the jumping castles provided.

Over the years we have really broadened our community base.

On top of that, we have an enormous number of members who’ve been with the club for over 20 years.

We have players that started here in their early years and followed the sport through.

We also have club members who brought their children down at eight years of age and even when the players moved on, they’ve remained part of the club.

Photo Credit: Morningside Panthers

What’s important about the club’s community?

We wanted for Morningside AFL club to be a place where people could come together and unwind.

Our aim is to provide a culture in the community, a friendly atmosphere where people can relax, participate in activities and feel like they’re part of a community.

It has been the club’s focus for the past 10 years to promote the community culture.

I think we’re doing well as Morningside AFL is a haven for many locals.

Why do you think so many people love the club?

If you’ve got a young family, then it’s a great place to walk down of an evening, catch up with the local neighbours and let the kids run amuck on the fields.

In terms of our AFL programs, we’re highly dedicated to our players of all ages and have strong training and development strategies.

You could be the club’s best footballer, but you have no more authority than our eight-year-old players.

It’s equally everyone’s club and we see excellence in all our players.

Photo Credit: Morningside Panthers

How long have you been with the club for, David?

My AFL background started in Victoria, I’ve always loved the sport.

My family moved up to Brisbane with our three young boys and our daughter and from that moment we were a part of the club.

Morningside AFL has very much been a part of our family’s lives and it’s how we met many of our great friends.

It’s coming on 20 years for us as Morningside Panthers.


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