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Kelly Hardie
Kelly Hardie Sales Consultant - Justin Hagen team

GET TO KNOW KELLY HARDIE

Kelly is on top of her game when it comes to delivering - and exceeding - her client's expectations within the real estate industry. A dual Olympic medalist; Kelly's background as a professional athlete spanned fifteen years before channeling her competitive spirit within Brisbane's vibrant property market. Her elite sporting career taught her that in order to achieve in any venture in life you must be honest, committed and above all, love what you do.

Kelly understands that there are no short cuts to success. She tailors her innovative and hardworking approach to sales and marketing to each individual's circumstances. With numerous record-setting sales to her credit, Kelly's dedicated ethos ensures that her clients enjoy the experience and process of the sale.

Having owned and renovated a portfolio of Queenslander and post war-style properties, Kelly is passionate about these character homes and understands the lifestyle they offer. Her motivation, energy and passion for real estate is complimented by Kelly's friendly personality and desire to work hard to achieve successful results.

Whether selling, buying or just needing advice, Kelly is always available to assist.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BRISBANE

At Calibre Real Estate we are confident in assuring our owners that we provide the highest level of service for property management in Brisbane. Our property management Red Hill office services the Brisbane area.

KELLY'S LISTINGS

26 Kylie Avenue

Ferny Hills

51 Heliopolis Parade

Mitchelton

6/13 French Street

Everton Park

5/235 Albany Creek Road

Bridgeman Downs

162 Beaufort Crescent

Moggill

8 View Crescent

Arana Hills

14 Guerin Court

Collingwood Park

17 Duke Street

Gaythorne

7 Janarde Place

Parkinson

14 Varuna Court

Rothwell

33 Riversleigh Road

Bellbowrie

19/79 Cartwright Street

Taigum

2110/35 Burdett Street

Albion

KELLY'S ARTICLES

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating For the First Time

Every once in a while, you may want to spritz up your home. But renovating can be a time-intensive and expensive process. Here are four renovating mistakes you can avoid. 4 Mistakes to Avoid when Renovating for the First Time 1. …
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Why Should I Use A Professional Photographer To Sell My Home?

Engaging a professional photographer to sell my home costs money. Depending on the photographer you use, the number of photos and whether or not additional features such as drone shots and floor-plans are included, a professional photographer will typically cost …
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How To Improve Street Appeal In 4 Easy Steps

Improving the street appeal of your home doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg. There are a few key things you can do to really jazz up the external appearance of your property. Calibre Sales Agent, Kelly Hardie, …
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How to Be The Winning Buyer In A Multiple Offer Situation

Are you in the process of trying to buy a property and been advised that you are buying in a multiple offer situation? Well, there are 6 vital facts you should know. First things first though, let’s get you up to speed …
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10 Cleaning Tips to Clean Your House And Get It Sold

Preparing to place your property on the market can seem like a big task. There are, however, some simple things you can do that really will pay dividends and help you achieve the best possible price for you property. “When selling …

9 Things You Need to Know When Buying a House

Congratulations on taking the steps towards purchasing real estate! Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions we will ever make in our lives so you’d be forgiven if you were feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole …

Every once in a while, you may want to spritz up your home. But renovating can be a time-intensive and expensive process. Here are four renovating mistakes you can avoid.

4 Mistakes to Avoid when Renovating for the First Time

  1. 1. First Things First – Finance

Renovating your home for the first time is expensive. You need to be prepared for expected as well as unexpected expenses. Which is why it is always advised to add 20 percent to your budget as a precaution.

If you are still paying your mortgage, this article guides you on how to use your mortgage to finance your renovations, along with your savings.

  1. 2. Approval from Council

You may not know this when you’re renovating for the first time. Any kind of renovation work, even if it’s just painting the outside of the house, you need to sign a contract that gives you approval from the council to start your renovation work. This article from Allianz gives you all the details for contracts that need to be signed.

  1. 3. Do It Yourself?

This is usually not recommended. A lot of DIY stuff is not covered by your home insurance. Be sure to check your policies before starting the job yourself. By doing it yourself, you may be making a big renovating mistake.

It can be risky and time-consuming. It does give you flexibility and full control over the project, but doing it with contractors, designers or architects would prove beneficial in the long run. And you will still have control over the project, but with advice from experts who know what they’re doing.

  1. 4. Hire a Professional!

Ninety-five percent of homeowners cannot imagine what their furniture would like in their homes. Which is why getting advice from an expert is worth every penny. You get the right colors, the right shades along with the safest ways to complete renovations in your home.

  • Architects give the best advice for extensions in your home or any related big projects.
  • Contractors take control of the project. They give you quotes on expenses and oversee activities.
  • Designers work on the aesthetic of your place.

They work side by side to turn your dream home into reality while avoiding the possibility of making renovating mistakes.

For more detailed information, view this guide on Home renovation in Queensland.

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Engaging a professional photographer to sell my home costs money. Depending on the photographer you use, the number of photos and whether or not additional features such as drone shots and floor-plans are included, a professional photographer will typically cost you around $500. But with all of these excellent high resolution images we have on our smartphones these days, is it really worth the $500 investment? Can’t you just take the photos yourself and jazz them up a little with a cool filter?

To help us answer this topical question is professional photographer, Destin Sparks from Leading Shots. Destin has been a photographer for 11 years, specialising in property sales photography.

Do I Have To Use A Professional Photographer To Sell My Home?

“The short answer? Yes. It’s not just about taking a photograph it’s knowing what works for the camera. Interiors are not any easy subject to photograph. Even in a bright and well-lit home the camera struggles to balance the ambient light and harsh window light together. Professional photographers typically use wide-angle lenses. Studio lighting captures the whole room with uniform light even in the darkest situations.”

Calibre Sales Agent, Kelly Hardie, tells us why she believes using a professional photographer is vital if you want to achieve the maximum sales price on your home. “The $500 (or so) that you may ‘save’ by not using a professional photographer could cost you over $5000 on the final sale price of your home. When selling, you need to ensure that you are presenting your property in the best possible way. By doing so, you will attract more buyers and ensure that your property is more desirable. When a buyer ‘falls in love’ with a property, they will be more inclined to pay top dollar in order to secure their dream home. Investing in quality real estate marketing is an absolute must and should always be at the top of that list for all good real estate agents.”

Check out the below before and after shots. This property was listed with another real estate agency for over 6 months. 6 months of long months resulted in no sales and one frustrated seller. After meeting with the property’s owner and developing a thorough quality real estate marketing strategy, Calibre Sales Agent’s Justin Hagen & Kelly Hardie where together able to achieve a premium result for their client.

Leslee, the owner of the property, had this to say about Justin & Kelly‘s campaign, “I can not thank Justin & Kelly enough for their hardwork and dedication. Their marketing strategy, including the amazing professional photographs, is what helped to ensure that my property was sold. Had I chosen Calibre Real Estate in the first instance, I could have saved myself a lot of time, effort and money.”

 

 

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Improving the street appeal of your home doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg. There are a few key things you can do to really jazz up the external appearance of your property.

Calibre Sales Agent, Kelly Hardie, discusses the importance of great street appeal. “You’re only given one chance to make a good first impression. Street appeal is your first chance to make a good first impression so it’s important you get it right. It can certainly pay off to invest in simple things like landscaping, painting or upgrading the fence.”

Kelly reveals her four insider tips to maximise your street appeal and minimise your spend.

4 Ways To Improve The Street Appeal Of Your Home

These 4 easy tips will add significant street appeal for your enjoyment and hopefully more money in your pocket when it does come time to sell.

  1. 1.Replace welcoming elements

    The letterbox, house numbers, door mat and door hardware can have a huge impression on buyers. These small elements can send a welcoming impression and are relatively inexpensive to replace.

  2. 2.Symmetry

    Add pots of colour to either side of the front door for a visually dramatic entryway. Recommended are impatiens and succulents are also very fashionable.

  3. 3.Renew the garden

    Get your garden into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, laying turf and/or adding mulch to restore colour that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather.

  4. 4.Evening street appeal

    During the sales process, consider always leaving a few interior lights on plus any exterior lights at the front of your home. Buyers may drop past to view at night.

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If you have a property in South East QLD that you would like to discuss with one of the team members at Calibre, then please feel free to call our office at (07) 3367 3411 or lodge a request for a “Property Appraisal” on our website.

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Are you in the process of trying to buy a property and been advised that you are buying in a multiple offer situation? Well, there are 6 vital facts you should know.

First things first though, let’s get you up to speed with what exactly defines a “Multiple Offer Situation”. We looked at what The Real Estate Institute of Queensland defines as a Multiple Offer Situation. “A multiple offer (or multi offer) occurs when more than one prospective buyer makes an offer on the same property by submitting a Contract of Sale. A Multiple offer often happen in a seller’s market when competition for residential property is greatest. It also typically happens when there are more buyers than there are properties for sale.”

Here’s some great advice from one of Calibre Real Estate’s leading property specialists, Kelly Hardie.“Prudent agents will never keep any of their buyers in the dark about the status of their offer. If you are ever unsure about where you stand, don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

The 6 Vital Facts you should know to be the successful buyer in a Multiple Offer Situation

  1. 1. Officially Acknowledged

    In a Multiple Offer Situation, the real estate agent must ensure all buyers sign a “Acknowledgement of Multiple Offers – Buyer” Form.
    The Real Estate Agent must make all buyers aware that there is another offer to purchase existing on the property. You must sign this document to acknowledge that you have been advised to submit your best &  final offer. You also need to beware that you may not have an opportunity to make a further offer.

  2. 2. Deceit-Free Zone

    An agent can not mislead or deceive buyers. By telling them there are competing offers when there are not. Heavy penalties can occur if an agent is caught out.

  3. 3. Submit ALL Offers

    Real estate agents have an obligation under the Property Occupations Act 2014 to submit all offers that comply with the seller’s instructions to the agent. Exceptions occur when, for example, the seller instructs their agent not to submit offers under a certain dollar figure.

  4. 4. Obligations

    Agents also have a statutory obligation to attempt to get the highest possible price for the seller.

  5. 5. T’s & C’s

    Buyers should also be aware that sellers will examine all the terms and conditions of each offer before deciding to accept or reject any particular offer. The conditions can make certain offers more attractive for reasons other than the proposed price alone.

  6. 6. Conditional vs Unconditional

    Some sellers may be prepared to accept a lower price if the offer is unconditional. Rather than take the risk that a higher offer may not proceed to settlement, because of the special conditions required by a buyer.

If the owner decides not to accept any offers, the property may go to auction. For professional tips on how to buy at Auction, click here.

Kelly Hardie
0416 577 294
kelly.hardie@calibrerealestate.com.au

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To speak to an agent about buying under a multiple offer situation, please feel free to contact Kelly Hardie on 0416 577 294 or to search properties currently for sale then visit the Search Properties page on our website.

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Preparing to place your property on the market can seem like a big task. There are, however, some simple things you can do that really will pay dividends and help you achieve the best possible price for you property.

“When selling your home, presentation is key. There are a few small things you can do that will help to transform the overall look and feel of the property. Afterall, you want to ensure buyers are focused on your property’s positive attributes, not distracted by the minor things that are within your control such as stains and clutter” reveals Kelly Hardie, one of Calibre Real Estate’s top residential sales consultants.

Ten Cleaning Tips That’ll Help Sell Your Home

  1. 1. Start with the basics. De-clutter! Consider a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items. For further tips on How to Run A Successful Garage Sale and Make Money, check out this article.
  2. 2. Wash the windows and walls, dust blinds and launder curtains. The house will be so much fresher and this will also help eliminate those Spring sneezes!
  3. 3. Replace any burned out light bulbs and check smoke alarm batteries.
  4. 4. Oil creaky door hinges.
  5. 5. Organise cupboards. Straighten contents of your pantry using labels and organisers. Clean out your closet—throw away items you haven’t worn in 12 months. Untidy or overcrowded cupboards and built-ins as it suggests inadequate storage space.
  6. 6. Complete projects you may have started, but not finished.
  7. 7. Spruce up your garden & outdoor areas using bright flowers and lush green shrubs. Being the first thing buyers will see, this will ensure street appeal.
  8. 8. Replace your linen for a quick makeover.
  9. 9. Invest in good quality cleaning products. See overleaf for a natural cleaner you can make yourself. And stock up on sponges, scrubbers and rubber gloves too.
  10. 10. Add your finishing touches. A few pieces of artwork or mirrors help fill blank walls and fresh flowers are another way to add colour and fragrance.

These handy cleaning tips will set you up for sales success, as no doubt you know, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. If you’re ever unsure about the best way to clean your property in preparation for selling, simply chat to your agent. Real Estate Agents are the experts after all and a good agent will be on hand to share their knowledge on cleaning tips that’ll help sell your property.

Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Kelly Hardie
0416 577 294
kelly.hardie@calibrerealestate.com.au

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By following these simple steps to clean your house, hopefully you’ll have it sold in no time.

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Congratulations on taking the steps towards purchasing real estate! Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions we will ever make in our lives so you’d be forgiven if you were feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole process.

“It’s important to know all the facts when entering into a contract to purchase real estate. If you are ever unsure about any aspect of the purchasing process, be sure to consult a professional before signing anything.” Says Kelly Hardie, Residential Property Specialist on The Justin Hagen Team at Calibre Real Estate.

We know buying property can sometimes be an anxious wait but be assured your agent is no doubt working hard behind the scenes to get you an answer as soon as possible. In the meantime, we’ve prepared this list of questions frequently asked by our first time property buyers that should help you out.

9 Things You Need To Know When Buying a House:

  1. 1. How long is the cooling off period?

    The cooling off period on a standard REIQ contract is 5 business days from 5pm on the first business day after the contract date. This can be waived and does not apply under auction conditions

  2. 2. What happens if I pull out under the cooling off period?

    You may be penalised up to a quarter of a percent of the purchase price if you do so.

  3. 3. How long is allowed to obtain a building and pest report?

    7—14 days is usual however, this is up to you and written into the contract, negotiated at the same time as the purchase price.

  4. 4. How long is allowed to obtain finance?

    Again this is up to you, 14 days is normal.

  5. 5. What should I look out for when signing a contract?

    If it is an REIQ contract the terms and conditions should be standard. Look out for anything crossed out or amended.

  6. 6. What is an initial deposit?

    An initial deposit is generally paid when the contract is dated and executed. It is usually a quarter of a percent of the purchase price, to cover the penalty should you pull out under the cooling off period.

  7. 7.What is the balance deposit?

    The balance deposit is generally paid once the property goes unconditional. It is not a legal requirement of the contract however it shows that you have the means and are serious about purchasing the property. The deposits are held in the estate agents trust account until settlement and you should receive receipts for each payment.

  8. 8. When is the property at the buyers risk?

    As per section 8.1 the property is at the buyers risk from 5pm on the first business day after the contract date. Generally a 30 day cover note from your bank will cover the contract period.

  9. 9. Special conditions

    Your agent will have access to an array of standard conditions should you need them. If you want to include special conditions in the contract that deviate form this, ensure these are written or approved by a solicitor.

 

Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Kelly Hardie
0416 577 294
Kelly.hardie@calibrerealestate.com.au

 

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If you have a property in Brisbane that you would like to speak to a professional Real Estate Agent about buying or selling, please feel free to contact The Justin Hagen Team on 0416 577 294 or to search properties currently for sale then visit the Search Properties page on our website