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Jun 28, 2024

Top 10 medical services in Fairy Meadow

Fairy Meadow is blessed with some of the best medical service providers in the Illawarra. Whether you need everyday medical care or specialised services, the businesses in this area can help without the need to travel far. Here are the top 10 medical services in Fairy Meadow and how they can assist you. 1. Better Care Medical Centre Better Care Medical Centre has been serving the community since 1967 and has grown significantly under the ownership of Dr Shah and Dr. Al Khemesy. Their comprehensive range of services includes antenatal care, asthma management, children’s health, chronic disease management, diabetes management, mental health services, and much more. They also offer on-site pathology, psychology, podiatry, and dietician services. Location: 88-90 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow 2. Audika Hearing Clinic Fairy Meadow Audika Hearing Clinic provides the latest in hearing technology, including the Oticon Own™, a state-of-the-art invisible-style hearing aid. They offer personalised hearing care, hearing tests, and expert advice on hearing aid options. Their team of audiologists and audiometrists are dedicated to improving your hearing health. Location: Ambience Shopping Centre Shop 8/118-126 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow 3. Clarity Eye Care Clarity Eye Care offers a wide range of eye care services including comprehensive eye examinations, vision testing, diabetes screening, glaucoma screening, and macular degeneration screening. Optometrist James Gan has been looking after the community’s vision since 1996 and provides a full range of optical services including contact lens fitting and spectacle frame adjustments. Location: 72 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow 4. Fairy Meadow Phytness HealthCare Phytness HealthCare is a leading provider of physiotherapy and allied healthcare services in the Illawarra. They specialise in musculoskeletal and sports clinics, women’s health, workplace health and safety, and aged care. Their commitment to excellence and personalised care makes them a top choice for physiotherapy services. Location: 50 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow NSW 2519 5. PREP Health and Performance Located at North Dalton Park, PREP Health and Performance offers top-tier physiotherapy and exercise physiology services. They provide clinical exercise physiology, sports performance training, and injury rehabilitation. Founder Josh Lambert and his team use the latest research and treatment methods to ensure the best outcomes for their clients. Location: North Dalton Park Sports Centre, Pioneer Rd, Fairy Meadow 6. The Hart Centre The Hart Centre specialises in relationship therapy, marriage counselling, and sex therapy. They offer insight into relationship patterns and provide strategies to build stronger connections. Their team of psychologists and counsellors is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthier, more authentic relationship. Location: 51 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow 7. Core Counselling Services Sharon Wallace, a trauma and attachment counsellor, offers help with childhood trauma, emotional regulation, identity issues, and more. Her therapy sessions provide a safe space to address past and present problems, offering new insights and increased self-awareness. Location: Suite 7/114-116 Elliotts Rd, Fairy Meadow 8. Holding Space Health Collective This collective provides a nurturing environment for mind, body, and spirit healing. Their experienced health practitioners offer psychological therapy for anxiety, phobias, mood disorders, stress management, trauma recovery and more. Each practitioner is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Location: 1/2 Grafton St, Fairy Meadow 9. Dr. Stephan Praet, Sport and Exercise Physician Dr. Stephan Praet offers evidence-based sports rehabilitation and exercise medicine services. He specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management, and performance management. Dr. Praet’s expertise spans across various medical disciplines, making him a valuable resource for sports medicine. Location: 50 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow 10. Effect Exercise Physiology Effect Exercise Physiology specialises in exercise rehabilitation and lifestyle management interventions. Their services include tailored exercise programs for injury recovery and chronic health conditions. They provide one-on-one consultations to ensure personalised care and optimal progress. Location: Unit 19/21 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow Other Fairy Meadow medical services include Michael Vercoe Chiropractic, Ontrak Physiotherapy, Fairy Meadow Podiatry and Raani’s Couch Fairy Meadow offers a diverse range of top-notch medical services, ensuring that residents have access to the best healthcare without having to travel far. From general medical care to specialised therapies, these providers are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. 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.

Jun 15, 2024

How clean is clean when it comes to vacating a rental property

When it comes time to move out of a rental property, one of the most common concerns tenants have is understanding just how clean the property needs to be. Joanne Danckwardt from One Agency JD Property Agents in Fairy Meadow provides a comprehensive guide on what "clean" really means in this context, ensuring that tenants can vacate with confidence and landlords are satisfied with the property's condition, and how clean is clean enough. If you're ready to discover how you can rent out your property with confidence, download our free Step By Step Checklist to Renting Your Property with Confidence. YES, DOWNLOAD MY CHECKLIST Understanding the Standard: The Basics of End-of-Lease Cleaning In New South Wales, the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 outlines the expectations for tenants regarding the condition of the property at the end of a lease. Essentially, the property should be returned in a similar state to how it was at the beginning of the tenancy, barring fair wear and tear. This means thorough cleaning is paramount. Key Areas to Focus On General Cleaning Floors and Carpets: Floors should be vacuumed and mopped. Carpets often require professional steam cleaning to remove deep-seated dirt and stains. Walls and Ceilings: Remove any marks, cobwebs, and dust. Spot clean any minor marks and consider a full wash for more significant stains. Windows: Clean all windows, including sills and tracks. Ensure they are free of streaks and grime. Fixtures and Fittings: Dust and wipe down light fixtures, ceiling fans, and air conditioning units. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs. Kitchen Oven and Stove: These are high-use areas that can accumulate significant grime. Clean the oven, stovetop, rangehood, and exhaust fan thoroughly. Cabinets and Drawers: Wipe inside and outside of all cabinets and drawers. Sinks and Benches: Ensure sinks are descaled and benches are free from stains and residue. Bathroom Tiles and Grout: Scrub tiles and grout to remove any mould or mildew. Toilets, Showers, and Bathtubs: These should be spotless, with no soap scum or hard water stains. Mirrors and Fixtures: Polish mirrors and clean all fixtures until they shine. Outdoor Areas Gardens and Lawns: Mow the lawn, trim hedges, and remove any weeds. Balconies and Patios: Sweep and clean these areas, ensuring no debris is left behind. Garages and Sheds: Clear out any personal items and sweep clean. Common Misconceptions About Cleaning Standards Fair Wear and Tear: It's important to distinguish between dirt that can be cleaned and damage that might constitute wear and tear. Scuffs on floors from furniture might be acceptable, but dirt and grime are not. Professional Cleaning: While not always mandatory, some landlords or agents might require professional cleaning. It's wise to check the lease agreement and confirm the expectations with your property manager. Our expectation is that it is professionally cleaned or you, as a tenant, have those skills to get it right and keep the bar high. Tips from for a Stress-Free Exit Start Early: Don't leave cleaning until the last minute. Start the process a few weeks before your move-out date. Condition Report: Reference the original ingoing condition report as that will set the tone. Whatever level of cleanliness the property had when you moved in, you must have it at least at that level or better. Checklist: Use a checklist to ensure you don't miss any areas. Many agencies provide end-of-lease cleaning checklists that can be very helpful. Hire Professionals: If in doubt, consider hiring professional cleaners who specialize in end-of-lease services. This can save time and ensure you meet the required standards. Document the Process: Take photos before and after cleaning to document the property's condition. This can be useful if there are any disputes regarding the bond. If you're ready to discover how you can rent out your property with confidence, download our free Step By Step Checklist to Renting Your Property with Confidence. YES, DOWNLOAD MY CHECKLIST Leaving a rental property in a clean and tidy state is not just about getting your bond back; it’s also about ensuring the next tenant enjoys a welcoming environment. By following these guidelines and understanding the expectations, tenants can exit gracefully, and landlords can feel confident in the property's condition. For landlords, it one of the many reasons why they engage a property manager, to ensure their property is clean and ready for the next tenant. For more detailed advice and personalized assistance, contact Joanne Danckwardt at One Agency JD Property Agents in Fairy Meadow on 0426 264 771. If you’re not a One Agency JD Property Agents client, but would like us to manage your tenant selection process and property, or obtain more information on our property management service, contact us on 4285 7400 or joannedanckwardt@oneagency.com.au. We are always happy to answer questions and offer advice, or offer a free rental property appraisal. We hope these tips have been helpful. If you feel you could benefit from our experience with property management, we’d love to hear from you. Simply reach out.  We hope that has helped you today. If you have any questions, we’d love to talk to you. Our number is 0426 264 771. We look forward to talking to you soon.

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. 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.

Mar 15, 2024

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agency to Sell Your Property: A Guide for Landlords

There comes a time in every investor’s journey where they consider reducing their property portfolio to either free up some capital or reduce debt. This question is probably best answered by your Accountant. And although marketing a property for sale, whilst continuing to receive an income from rent is very appealing, there are a few extra considerations to take into account when you have a renter in place and you are thinking of selling. As a landlord considering selling your property, one of the most crucial decisions you'll make is selecting the right real estate agency to represent you. With various agencies vying for your business, it's essential to weigh your options carefully to ensure a successful sale. One common question landlords often face is whether to stick with the company already managing their property or explore other options. In this video Joanne Danckwardt of One Agency JD Property Agents discusses the factors to consider when making this decision and provide guidance to help you choose the best agency for your needs. 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 Evaluate Experience and Expertise When assessing potential good real estate agencies, consider their experience and expertise in selling properties similar to yours. Look for agencies with a proven track record of success in your local market and expertise in handling investment properties, with superb negotiation skills. Determine whether the agency has experience working with landlords and understands the unique challenges and opportunities associated with selling rental properties. Review their marketing strategies and resources to ensure they have the capabilities to effectively promote your property to potential buyers Seek Recommendations and Reviews Ask for recommendations from fellow landlords or trusted professionals in the real estate industry. Personal referrals can provide valuable insights into the performance and reputation of different agencies. Additionally, research online reviews and testimonials from past clients to gauge the satisfaction level and experiences of others who have worked with the agency. Schedule Consultations Take the time to meet with representatives from potential real estate agencies for consultations. Use these meetings to discuss your goals, ask questions, and assess the agency's approach to selling properties. Pay attention to how responsive and attentive they are during the consultation process. Choose an agency that demonstrates a genuine interest in understanding your needs and objectives. Evaluate Communication and Transparency Clear and transparent communication is vital throughout the selling process. Evaluate how effectively the agency communicates with you and their willingness to keep you informed every step of the way. Ask about their communication channels, frequency of updates, and how they handle feedback and inquiries from potential buyers. If you choose to sell the investment property whilst still tenanted, it is important to remember there are strict rules that must be adhered to. It is important to be aware of the legislative requirements when selling a tenanted property. In our experience, it works best when - The renter is provided with plenty of notice, it helps them to get organized. The process is clearly explained to the renter right from the start and it is adhered to throughout the campaign The property manager has a good relationship with the renter and is the one who initially gives them the confirmation that the property is going to be sold. They can then reassure them if they have any concerns. The selling agent takes the time to introduce themselves and sits down with the renter to create a plan to minimise the disruption to their lives as much as possible Potential buyers are made aware of the conditions of the current lease agreement eg the notice periods required if they wish to move into it themselves Both the selling agent and the property manager are “on the same page” and understand what all parties are trying to achieve. This will give both the owner of the property and the renter confidence in the process. 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 Choosing the right real estate agency to sell your property is a significant decision that can impact the success of your sale. While sticking with the company already managing your property may seem like the easiest option, it's essential to carefully evaluate all your choices. Consider factors such as experience, expertise, potential conflicts of interest, recommendations, and communication when making your decision. By selecting a reputable and reliable agency, you can confidently navigate the selling process and achieve your desired outcomes as a landlord. If you are thinking of selling your investment property, contact us today. We can provide insights tailored to your specific market, and run you through how the process would look for your investment, including any potential obstacles that need to be navigated. With the right approach and timing, you can capitalise on the advantages of selling your investment property in the current real estate market. If you feel you could benefit from our experience with buying and selling, we’d love to hear from you. Simply reach out.  We hope that has helped you today. If you have any questions, or you know of anyone who may benefit from our real estate services, we’d love to chat. Our number is 0426 264 771. We look forward to talking to you soon.

Feb 23, 2024

Local story: Mass For You At Home TV series

Did you know Australia's longest running commercial television show Mass For You At Home is filmed right here in Fairy Meadow? The television show, which started in 1971, was moved from Melbourne to Wollongong when the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong won the tender in 2021. The 54-year-old show is filmed at the St John Vianney Co-Cathedral in Fairy Meadow four times a year over the span of a week. However, this year the show nearly didn’t go ahead. Executive producer/director Daniel Hopper shares why... Why did Mass For You At Home start? It was done out of Melbourne for 30 years prior to us. My understanding is they would film it at the Docklands Channel 10 Studio. They would film the entire year in January because, with the cadets and all the trainees, Channel 10 would use that as their training base for all their crew. They would shoot it all in three and a half weeks for the entire year. The whole purpose of it is for those that can't get to Mass - and this is way before the internet. The main audience has always been those in prison, in nursing homes and in aged care facilities - those that can't be in their parishes and can't get to church. It wasn't to replace the Mass... it was for those that couldn't be there, giving them some spiritual solace. It’s been going for 54 years now. How did the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong come to produce it? In about 2020, the crew responsible for the production handed it over to the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, which is the ACBC - the peak body for all dioceses. That's when COVID hit. We started doing our Bishops Masses online. So when COVID hit, we couldn't go to church - we weren't allowed to during the lockdowns - so we started filming our Bishops Masses online and putting them up. We were one of the few that did pre-records instead of livestreaming it. We could do a three-camera shoot, and we could do it properly at the co-cathedral in Fairy Meadow, which is a nice church. We would do that each week. We would usually just shoot two a fortnight. Then when Melbourne said they couldn't do Mass For You At Home anymore, and they were only going to do it up until the beginning of Easter 2021. They'd seen what we'd done with the Bishops Masses and they said, "Would you consider taking this on or tendering for it?” I said, "Well, personally, it would be awesome. I can get the gang back and we get to do this, but it's a lot of work to do on top of your already full-time job”. I hadn't done broadcast TV before. It was another situation with God, saying, ‘Well, if you open this door, I'll walk through it and we'll see where it leads’. We won the tender and then we started. Our first one was on Easter Sunday 2021. How regularly do you film the episodes? We used to shoot five times a year, whereas now we do it four times a year. It takes a week for each of those. The whole thing was that if it truly is a national ministry entity, it shows around the entire country – in every regional station in Australia and every capital city. So I wanted to make sure that it's representative of that (by having priests flown from around the country). Is there a reason for the St John Vianney Co-Cathedral in Fairy Meadow? There’s a couple of things with that church – it’s aesthetically pleasing, which is why I chose that church. There's a tabernacle in the centre - so there's always a centre point of Jesus in the tabernacle. So every angle you're shooting from, you've always got that as a reference point in the background. So when you're shooting between three different cameras and you're editing, there's always a crossover and you're always in that same space. And then theologically, having Christ in the centre is always good. We bring our own lights in, but it has a lot of ambient light... so we can actually use the natural light. The carpet on the floor is better for sound. And the light-coloured background - a lot of churches there are a lot of dark woods and I didn't want that to be the face of what the church is. We want it to be welcoming. It doesn't feel closed in. It feels nice. It's welcoming. And it's reflective of what we're trying to do and what the mass is supposed to be. So the choice of that church is quite intentional. I's part of the Cathedral Parish. You’ve got this, for instance, we have the Xavier Cathedral here (St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Wollongong), and that's a co-cathedral. That's very rare. There are not many co-cathedrals in Australia. Fairy Meadow is bigger. For larger events, they couldn't fit everyone in there (Xaviers), so they use that one. But it means also that it's not used all the time. If you want to book it out for a week, it's easier to do with minimal disruption to them. There's many of those days where we can do a Hollywood wrap, which means just leaving it as is, walk out, walk back in the next morning. Do you receive much feedback from viewers? Our whole funding model is on fundraising. It's not cheap to do this. We do the production on the smell of an oily rag. We rely on people... donating to us. We get a lot of feedback from letters, phone calls, comments on our socials and on YouTube. The bishop then gets a lot of letters, and he gets a lot of letters from prisoners. I get emails all the time from children saying their parents had just passed away, but they'd watched the show every single day. It was their comfort, their solace, and their last thing to do before they died. For the first years - 2021 and ‘22 - we went over our fundraising target. It was like, this is brilliant. I thought, how good are we? Then last year, with the interest rate, with the cost of living... we were behind by about $100,000 at the end of last year. Then come early December, we got a letter out of the blue - someone giving us $96,000 in their will. That meant we could do it again. The Catholic Diocese of Wollongong will now continue until its contract runs out at the end of the year, with no plans yet set for the show’s future. Mass For You At Home airs on Sunday at 6am on Channel 10 and Foxtel, and and is repeated five times daily and repeated episodes on Ten Play. To learn more about 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 a Online Property Report.