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May 31, 2024

Why do people choose to sell their property with us? We asked!

When it comes to selling property, choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference. At One Agency JD Property Agents, we're consistently striving to deliver the best possible experience, making the selling process smooth and successful for clients. But that’s easy for us to say, right? We decided to ask our clients to share their experiences and why they choose to sell their property with us. Thorough and detailed service Tahlia praised the team for its attention to detail. In fact, she said Joanne was “the most thorough real estate agent I have come across”. She described the service as exceptional, noting the care taken throughout the process. This meticulous approach ensured nothing is overlooked, giving clients confidence that their property is in capable hands. Tania and Steven emphasised their satisfaction with Joanne’s service, noting her professionalism, attentiveness, and excellent communication. Their experiences have led them to confidently recommend Joanne to family and friends. Exceptional support for first-time sellers Candice, a first-time home seller, recounts how Joanne's genuine and professional demeanour made the experience seamless. “We couldn’t have asked for a better experience as first-time home sellers,” she said. “She kept us informed every step of the way”. She said this resulted in a smooth process and an outcome that exceeded her expectations. We’ve always believed this level of support is crucial for those unfamiliar with the selling process. Local market knowledge and professionalism Stuart highlighted Joanne’s deep knowledge of the local market and her professional handling of all sale aspects. He said her expertise and warm, friendly manner made a significant difference in selling his mother’s villa. John's glowing review underscored Joanne’s expertise in market and industry knowledge, ethics, and client assistance. “Joanne is a very competent, hardworking, professional, and genuinely nice person,” he said. Long-term client relationships Being able to service a client across different situations in life is one of the things clients like Bree valued. “We first purchased our home from Joanne several years ago and had a wonderful experience with the One Agency Team as buyers," she said. “When it came to later leasing our property, our first choice was One Agency again. Fast forward to the recent sale of our property, we of course chose Joanne and the One Agency team. "It has been a difficult time in the market but Joanne was proactive with her sales strategy, with her industry experience and client base she was able to find us the right buyer and achieve a great result with minimal stress." Friendly and personable approach throughout communication Clients appreciate Joanne's friendly, non-pushy demeanour throughout all her communication. One person noted how Joanne’s relaxed and informative approach made the buying process reasonable compared to other agents. Her personable nature and excellent property knowledge were key factors in their decision to choose Joanne. Sandra sums up her experience as both professional and personal. Joanne’s accurate market knowledge, consistent communication, and personable nature, infused with humour, made the entire home-selling journey pleasant and well-informed for her. Integrity and honesty The word "honesty" gets thrown around a lot in real estate. However, that's the exact term Danielle used. She spoke to Joanne’s professionalism and integrity, highlighting her honest advice and dedication. That's what we've noticed over the years is that clients value transparency and trustworthiness, knowing their best interests are always prioritised. Stress-free experience Selling a home can be a stressful experience, regardless of your situation. Jeff described his selling experience as completely relaxed, thanks to Joanne's professional and friendly manner. “She made what is normally a stressful experience fly by with ease,” Jeff said. “We knew from the start she had our best interest at heart and was professional at every level and always provided updates during the selling process”. Leti and Moyra commended Joanne’s exceptional negotiating skills and local area knowledge. Their experiences reflected smooth transactions, with all concerns managed efficiently. Enthusiasm and positivity Kevin appreciated Joanne’s positive attitude and professional transparency, which led to results that surpassed expectations. “Her attitude is infectious, her confidence and positivity is unwavering and the results echo that attitude,” he said. Successful outcomes in challenging markets Patricia was most impressed with how Joanne expertly navigated a difficult real estate market. “This was a tricky time for the real estate market as interest rates for borrowers were rising and buyers were hesitant,” she said. “Joanne was able to steer a steady and confident course for me. The closing hours of the deal were quite breathtaking and Joanne managed to get the buyer across the line.” Empathy and compassion Gautam highlights Joanne’s empathy and compassion, which are among Joanne's highest values. Her knowledgeable and hardworking nature, combined with genuine care, ensure clients feel supported throughout their property transactions. Handling difficult circumstances with care Leanne and Anne both dealt with selling properties under challenging circumstances. Joanne’s compassionate and professional approach made these difficult situations manageable, resulting in successful sales and satisfied clients. Leanne said: “Joanne was very helpful and understanding when we were selling the home as part of a deceased estate.” For Anne, it was the job of advising, marketing and selling her father's home in Dapto she was impressed by. “Difficulties were presented to us at what seemed every turn," she said. "But Joanne managed each of them in her usual calm, professional and always cheerful manner, providing support to any of us needing it throughout the process, which actually went ahead quickly and smoothly in the end.” Our clients' reviews highlight the many reasons people choose to sell their property with us. From thorough service and market expertise to genuine care and exceptional communication, Joanne and the One Agency JD Property Agents team are about exceeding your expectations. Whether you're selling your first home or managing a complex sale, we’re here to make the process smooth, successful, and as stress-free as possible. Give Joanne a call on 4285 7400 or email. What is it that you value? Let us know....

May 16, 2024

Navigating the Emotional Journey of Selling Your Home: Understanding the Stages

Selling a home is a monumental decision that is not just a property transaction – it is a deeply personal and emotional journey. From the moment homeowners entertain the idea of selling to the bittersweet moment of handing over the keys, the process has a myriad of feelings that can ebb and flow. Whether it's the anticipation of new beginnings, the nostalgia for cherished memories, or the anxiety of the unknown, each stage of selling a home brings its own set of emotions that shape the seller's experience. The decision to sell often signifies a significant life transition—a new job opportunity, a growing family, or a desire for change. Intertwined with this excitement is a lingering sense of attachment to the home—a place that has been witness to countless milestones and moments of joy. As the journey unfolds, sellers find themselves traversing a landscape of emotions, each stage offering its own lessons and insights into the human experience of letting go and moving forward. In this video, Joanne Danckwardt of One Agency JD Property Agents shares some of these emotions that sellers go through from when it comes to listing the home for sale to it actually being sold. [youtube id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U3tpZloATg"] If you're ready to discover the secrets to being ready to sell your home, download our free insider secrets to being ready to sell checklist. YES, DOWNLOAD MY CHECKLIST Anticipation and Excitement The decision to sell a home is often accompanied by a sense of anticipation and excitement. Homeowners may feel eager to move on to the next chapter of their lives, whether it's upsizing to accommodate a growing family or downsizing to simplify their lifestyle, or a new job opportunity. The prospect of a fresh start and new opportunities can generate positive energy during this stage. Nostalgia and Attachment As the selling process begins, homeowners may find themselves grappling with feelings of nostalgia and attachment to their home. Every corner holds memories—family gatherings, milestones, and everyday moments—that can be difficult to let go of. It's natural to feel sentimental about saying goodbye to a place that has been a sanctuary for so long. Anxiety and Uncertainty As the home is listed on the market and potential buyers come through for viewings, sellers may experience heightened anxiety and uncertainty. Questions about whether the home will sell quickly, for the desired price, and to the right buyer can weigh heavily on the mind. Concerns about the logistics of moving and finding a new place to live may also contribute to feelings of unease. Frustration and Impatience The selling process can sometimes be prolonged, with offers that fall through or negotiations that stall. During this stage, sellers may feel frustrated and impatient, eager for the process to reach a resolution. Delays and setbacks can test one's resolve and require patience and perseverance to overcome. Relief and Acceptance When a suitable offer is finally accepted, sellers may experience a profound sense of relief and acceptance. The weight of uncertainty lifts, and there is a newfound clarity about the next steps in the moving process. Closing the sale represents the culmination of hard work and perseverance, bringing a sense of closure to the chapter of homeownership. Mixed Emotions Even as the sale is finalized and keys are handed over to the new owners, sellers may experience a mix of emotions. While there is excitement about embarking on a new adventure, there may also be a tinge of sadness about leaving behind familiar surroundings. It's normal to feel a range of emotions during this transitional period. Navigating the emotional stages of selling a home requires self-awareness, patience, and support from loved ones and professionals. By acknowledging and understanding these emotions, sellers can better manage the ups and downs of the process and ultimately make informed decisions that align with their goals and priorities. Selling a home is more than just a transaction—it's a journey that encompasses the full spectrum of human experience. If you're ready to discover the secrets to being ready to sell your home, download our free insider secrets to being ready to sell checklist. YES, DOWNLOAD MY CHECKLIST If you're contemplating listing your property for sale and you're looking for someone who can help you not just with the sale itself but also that emotional journey you're going to go through, please get in contact with Joanne here at One Agency JD Property Agents in Fairy Meadow on 0426 264 771....

Apr 29, 2024

What are the top 4 things property management clients value?

In the ever-evolving world of property management, clients value certain qualities and services that distinguish outstanding property managers from the rest. Whether you're a landlord with multiple rental properties or an investor seeking to maximise returns on your investments, the objectives that are sought from the management of your property tends to be the same. Here is what some of our property management clients have shared are the top things they truly value when it comes to their investment property. 1. Excellent Communication One of the most consistent praises among clients is excellent communication from their property management team. Kris, for instance, highlighted that “great communication, prompt action on instructions and sound advice has afforded peace of mind”. It was a similar story for Patrick, who emphasised that everything needed to secure the best new tenants for his rental property was done. “Great communication throughout the whole process of changing tenants,” he said. Effective communication ensures that landlords are informed about every aspect of their property management, from tenant enquiries to maintenance updates, fostering trust and transparency in the landlord-property manager relationship. 2. Prompt Action and Responsiveness In the fast-paced world of property management, prompt action is invaluable. Kris appreciates the "prompt action on instructions," indicating that swift responses to queries and requests contribute significantly to client satisfaction. Andy , who has experience in the real estate market for more than 30 years and worked with a number of agencies in the area, echoed this sentiment. "My previous tenants, which Joanne recommended, were an absolute charm and left the property as good as when they entered," Andy said. "While they recently vacated, new tenants moved in the same week.” He said while the last tenants moved out due to downsizing, he praised the team for being “quick in managing the advertising campaign and very thorough with the selection process and recommendation”. 3. Sound Advice and Professionalism Another key theme that emerged from feedback from clients was how they valued property managers who offered sound advice backed by industry expertise, along with professionalism. Maggie described Joanne and the team as “streets ahead of any other agency I’ve had dealings with over many years in Sydney and Wollongong”. “Their commitment and personal touch are consistent and their professionalism always first class," Maggie said. "During our purchase period, ALL the staff were available for support and during a difficult market period they have sought a tenant for us and guided us through the process. "I look forward to a professional ongoing relationship.” This demonstrates the importance clients place on the professionalism and expertise of their property management team. 4. Personalised Service and Genuine Care Beyond professional expertise, clients value property managers who demonstrate genuine care and personalised service. And that goes for landlords and tenants, as expressed by Roger. "Regardless of my rental status, Joanne and her staff... were very respectful and made my experience trouble-free and quite enjoyable,” Roger said. He described the team as "extremely confident”, that he felt he was "always in safe hands during the process” and they “demonstrated a willingness to be of assistance and in an extremely professional manner”. “It was very pleasing to be find an agency that treated both landlord and tenant in such a respectful and efficient manner,” he said. This personal connection fosters a positive client experience and builds long-term relationships based on trust and mutual respect. What is it that you value? Is it also effective communication, prompt action, sound advice, and personalised service? By prioritising these qualities, property management teams can cultivate strong relationships with clients and deliver exceptional service that exceeds expectations. As evidenced by this glowing feedback, the right property management team can make all the difference in maximising the value and success of real estate investments. If you’re not a One Agency JD Property Agents client, but would like more information on our landlord services, contact us on 4285 7400 or via email. We are always happy to answer questions and offer advice, or offer a free rental property appraisal....

Mar 29, 2024

Top 10 restaurants we’re enjoying in Fairy Meadow

From traditional Australian dishes to international cuisine, the Fairy Meadow restaurant scene caters to all taste buds and cravings. Whether it’s Japanese, Lebanese or Australian pub fare, if you’re feeling a bit peckish take a look through the selection in your own backyard. In no particular order, let us take you around the world with some incredible flavours and cuisines that we're loving in Fairy Meadow right now. Fujiyama Teppanyaki Restaurant Love real Japanese food? The teppanyaki experience at Fujiyama includes a master chef cooking your food barbecue-style right before your eyes to create an entertaining experience. Ideal for group bookings and family outings, you’ll watch as the chefs chop, toss, marinade, slice and juggle your food in front of you. For a calmer dining experience, the downstairs or balcony areas offer Asian fusion dishes. Along with specialising in Japanese cuisine, the restaurant also offers a large selection of Chinese food for lunch and dinner. 12 Daisy St The Charles Hotel This Fairy Meadow staple features a beer garden with a huge range of beers on tap, Charlie’s Bistro with burgers and classic Australian pub food with regular specials, large Sports Bar with state-of-the-art facilities, and affordable and recently renovated accommodation by Nightcap Hotels. The bistro menu includes the freshest, locally sourced and house-made ingredients. The Charles Hotel hosts daily events, promotions and giveaways. 98 Princes Hwy Fairy Meadow Bowling Club Centred around bowling competitions, the club also entertains through a host of events, such as musical acts, raffles and trivia. Along with the entertainment, Fairy Meadow Bowling Club is also known for its bistro with a classic menu and generous serves. Menu items include seafood, steak, chicken and burgers, along with a kids menu. The venue also includes specials and seasonal event menus, like New Year’s Eve and Australia Day. 2 Cambridge Ave Fraternity Club A venue packed with dining options and entertainment, you can take your pick. Dining options include La Trattoria, featuring a cosmopolitan menu and authentic Italian flavours with large portion sizes of pastas, meat and poultry dishes, and seafood dishes. You can choose to eat indoors with a dedicated bar and room to seat 300 people or in the al fresco dining area, while the kids play in the enclosed outdoor playground. For something more special, book a two-course banquet. Alternatively, try Il Bene, which has become the home of authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas. Creating a traditional pizza restaurant atmosphere, it features hand-made pizzas using quality ingredients. 11 Bourke Street Spice Kitchen Mauritian and Thai Within an intimate setting, Spice Kitchen offers a fusion Mauritian and Thai cuisine using fresh produce with aromatic spices and herbs. Incorporating traditional cuisine from the owners’ heritage, the restaurant is renowned for surprising guests with unique dishes from its vault of recipes. Each dish has a focus on fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets. The restaurant also caters for special events, including birthdays, business lunches, dinners and cocktail receptions. Shop 1/128 Princess Hwy Cabbage Tree Hotel Featuring classic pub fare, menu items range from schnitzel to steaks, to wings and burgers. Cabbage Tree Hotel is also renowned for what it says is “the best sports bar in country NSW”, featuring sporting events up on the big screens, meat raffles and trivia nights. The venue also offers function packages for events, including baby showers, birthdays, bridal showers, baptisms, engagements, weddings and Christmas parties. It can help arrange everything from a 2m gold window arches, floral arrangements, balloons, candy cart, light up numbers, and table decorations. 73 Princes Hwy Al Amir Lebanese restaurant An authentic Lebanese restaurant, it prides itself on offering the full flavours of classic Lebanese cuisine. The Al Amir menu includes cold and hot mezza dishes, food from the grill like kafta mishwe, mixed plates for one, banquets to feast for four or more people, salads like tabouli, and traditional mains such as Mansaf chicken and Shish Barak. Ambience Centre, Shop 6, 118-126 Princes Hwy Outback Steakhouse Part of a chain of restaurants in New South Wales and Queensland, Outback Steakhouse is renowned for its steaks and seafood. With an extensive menu, it offers appetisers, signature steaks, Outback favourites like lamb chops, pasta, combination dishes like Surf and Turf, and burgers and sandwiches. It also serves up a range of cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 228 Princes Hwy Fairy Meadow Silver Restaurant If you love Chinese food, Fairy Meadow Silver Restaurant caters for everything from honey chicken, to sweet and sour pork, and Mongolian beef. With generous meals, the restaurant also caters for children’s meals. 100 Princes Hwy Dhok Koon Thai Restaurant For authentic Thai food set within fancy decor, Dhok Koon provides a great experience and large portion sizes. Dishes range from pad thai, duck, green curry and red curry. 23-25 Princes Hwy Looking for more cafe style food? Check out the 10 best cafes in Fairy Meadow. To learn more about the area or buying, selling or leasing a property in Fairy Meadow and surrounds, contact Joanne on (02) 4285 7400. Do you want to know what your property is worth in the current market? Search your address for an Online Property Report....