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Marlene Baker
Marlene Baker Licensed Estate Agent

GET TO KNOW MARLENE BAKER

My name: Marlene Baker (aka Marls)

I am: A mum, a wife and a real estate agent. I have a supportive family that allow me to work the long hours needed to be a successful real estate agent and look after my clients.

Proudest Moment: Having my children and watching them grow up.

Biggest Challenge: Helping the kids with homework, the clothes folding and fitting everything I need to into a day. But if you want something done, ask a busy person and they will put it on their list and get it done.

Alarm Clock: Usually 5:30am.  My dogs pester me in the morning to go for a walk/run.  They are my exercise motivators.

Perfect Day: I wake up to a beautiful blue sky with no clouds. I’m out of the house at 5:30am with the dogs and back to cook the kids and myself breakfast. The kids get off to school without forgetting anything or me yelling at them. I schedule my day and I walk in the door at night to a lovely meal cooked in my new Thermomix from my hubby and relax before reading a book in bed.

First Job: Fruitologist – Fancy name for a fruit shop checkout operator and yes I can still pick out a good Melon or take the top off a pineapple.

Super Hero Power: The ability to heal. My kids ask me this all the time and it is always my power. My dad passed away from an infection that started in his toe so a healing power would be pretty awesome!

Favourite spot in Brisbane: Home. I’m really quite a home body. My brother and sister-in-law are our best friends.

Inspiration: Tony Robins is my hero and inspires me. Just his voice is soothing. I love his enthusiasm for life and his out there thinking.  I have been to two of his fire walking seminars/concerts and it’s the best thing you can do.

Calibre is:  A company that embraces technology and moves forward with innovating ideas to help the clients.

Marlene Baker understands that every home owner wants the chance to secure the best price when selling their home. Not only can Marlene help a seller to achieve a premium price, but her high levels of service and attention to detail will make the process as smooth as possible in what can be a stressful time. Marlene personally works closely with the buyers that come through her clients' homes. By developing strong relationships with those buyers and understanding their needs, she ensures that your property is uppermost in their minds. These strengths and her dedication to assisting her clients to achieve their goals have resulted in Marlene having an enviable track record in terms of prices achieved and low days on market. Together with a broad knowledge of what does and does not appeal to buyers when searching for their new home, having owned, renovated and sold many of her own homes, Marlene can assist clients with simple tips and hints to help them present their homes in the best possible light for sale.

Multi-Award Winning Agent
#4 Agent in Queensland for 2015-2016
A-List Agent in top 1% of 18,000 agent in Qld
#15 Agent Nationally out of 72 Offices 2015-2016
#5 Agent in Queensland for Transactions for 2015-2016
#4 Agent in Queensland for 2015 and #11 Agent Nationally for 2015
100% Auction Clearance Rate for all of 2014 and 2015*(some sold prior to, under the hammer or soon after)
#8 Agent in Queensland and Transactions for 2013 and 2014

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BRISBANE

I lived in the USA when I first got married and to me Brisbane is home. It’s the place I feel safest and I couldn’t imagine raising my family in another city. Its rare to live in a place where you can live in a big city, drive 1 hour and be at the best beaches in the world, drive another hour and be up a mountain range.

MARLENE'S LISTINGS

92 Landsboro Avenue

Boondall

67 Paramount Circuit

Mcdowall

85 Copperfield Street

Geebung

Level 11/31104/40 Duncan Street

West End

4 Bilinga Place

Kallangur

2 Ballinderry Street

Everton Park

26 Bowers Road North

Everton Hills

36 Gleneagles Crescent

Albany Creek

66 Evans Street

Kedron

8 Hoben Street

Mitchelton

50 Kilpatrick Street

Zillmere

9 Banlon Street

Aspley

88 Newman Road

Wavell Heights

7 Lawley Street

Kedron

15/397 Trouts Road

Chermside West

MARLENE'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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How To Make An Offer On A House – 7 Steps To Success

Are you in the market to purchase real estate? Perhaps you’ve found the perfect property to buy and you’re busy trying to figure out where to go to from here? There are a few boxes you need to ensure you …
inner northern suburbs
inner northern suburbs
inner northern suburbs

HOT PROPERTY : Top 5 Inner Northern Suburbs in Brissie Right Now!!

In this article, Brisbane’s Inner Northern Suburbs property specialist, Marlene Baker, reveals for us her Top Tips for the 5 Hottest Suburbs to buy in the Brisbane Inner North right now. Marlene is one of Calibre’s top real estate …
desperate discount agent
desperate discount agent
desperate discount agent

Sellers : Beware of Desperate Discount Agents

When choosing an agent to sell your home, beware of desperate discount agents who cut their commission just to win your business. Agents who are quick to discount their commission will typically cost you more money in the long run. …
buyer demographics
buyer demographics
buyer demographics

Know Your Buyer : The 7 Profiles of Property Buyer Demographics

Do you know who is most likely to buy your property? Identifying target buyer demographics is imperative. By understanding exactly what ticks their boxes, you can ensure your property appeals and caters exactly for their needs. This is key to the …
buying at auction
Buying Real Estate
Buying At Auction

How To Be The Winning Bidder When Buying At Auction

To ensure you are the winning bidder at an Auction, there are a few important factors to understand about the Auction process. We’ve prepared these ten tips for buying at …
household items
household items

3 Clever Ways That Will Save You Money On Big-Ticket Household Items

When you purchase a new home, it’s important to also budget for kitting out your new house or apartment with big-ticket household items such as furniture and white-goods. These items can add up really quickly so it’s important to try …

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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Are you in the market to purchase real estate? Perhaps you’ve found the perfect property to buy and you’re busy trying to figure out where to go to from here? There are a few boxes you need to ensure you tick when you go to make an offer on a house. Making sure you’re armed with everything you need could be the difference between being successful vs just missing out on your dream home.

Guiding us through the process of how to make an offer on a house is Calibre Sales Agent, Marlene Baker. Marlene has been a real estate agent for over 5 years now and has assisted hundreds of buyers successfully secure their ideal home. “Just last weekend we had a hot property on the market with a really high level of seriously interested buyers. The buyer who was successful in the end had their finances pre-approved. As the purchase price on each offer was very competitive, the successful buyers won the contract purely because they had their finances pre-approved and the other buyers didn’t. To have all of your ducks in a row before submitting an offer will put you a step ahead of your competition.”

So here it is, Marlene’s top tips just for you :

How To Make An Offer On A House in 7 Simple Steps.

  1. 1. Speak To Your Mortgage Broker & Get Pre-Approval

    One of the many benefits of employing a mortgage broker is their ability to compare a wide range of products available in the market place. Your broker should be able to analyse varying situations to ensure you get bang for your buck. Your home loan may be the biggest debt you ever have so it makes sense to get a great value deal.

  2. 2. Find The Property You’d Like To Purchase

    Understand the local market, equip yourself with the average sale prices, vacancy rates, demographics, median rent etc so you have an idea of true value in your chosen area. This will help to enable you to make informed decisions and negotiate effectively.

  3. 3. Ask The Listing Agent For a Copy Of The Contract

    When you find a property you like, you can make an offer to buy it. Ask the seller’s agent how offers are to be made. Usually, it will be by making a verbal offer and filling out a form with your written offer.

  4. 4. Negotiate The Sale Price & Your Terms

    When you’ve found your home, make an offer and be prepared to negotiate but also be prepared to walk away. Keep a level head and remember your budget!

  5. 5. Exchange And Sign Contract

    If you make a verbal or written offer, the seller’s agent will formalise your offer into a contract of sale and present it to you to sign.

  6. 6. If A Conditional Contract, Ensure All Of The Terms Are Satisified Within Timeframe

    There will be a cooling off period on the contract of 5 days and it is advised to obtain a building and pest report, a property inspection can highlight any structural faults as well as the presence of termites.

  7. 7. Hooray For Settlement

  8. Queue the symphony!!! All going well you can typically expect your settlement period to be anywhere from 30-60 days. This will depend on what was agreed upon and stipulated on your contact.

 

Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Marlene Baker
0423 799 727
Marlene.baker@calibrerealestate.com.au

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In this article, Brisbane’s Inner Northern Suburbs property specialist, Marlene Baker, reveals for us her Top Tips for the 5 Hottest Suburbs to buy in the Brisbane Inner North right now. Marlene is one of Calibre’s top real estate agents having sold more than 120 million dollars worth of real estate primarily in the Inner Northern suburbs of Brisbane. She’s got her finger on the pulse with all the suburbs in the area and shares with us her expert insight into the best inner northern suburbs to buy and why.

Top 5 Suburbs to Buy in the Inner Northern Suburbs of Brisbane

  1. Hottest Suburb #5 : Everton Park
    I (Marlene) went to Everton Park State School so know the area well and its one of my favourites.  In Trouts Estate you can get some amazing architecture homes high on the hill.  Everton Park is just 9km from the CBD, in a growth corridor. You’ll now find older houses are being demolished and new homes quickly popping up.  You can still get a good 600sqm size block of land and a few pockets have lovely city views.  Shopping Centres are all being re-vamped and new ones are going in.  There’s amazing coffee shops in the suburb.

  2. Hottest Suburb #4 : McDowall

    A great family friendly suburb with lots of brick homes ranging in price from around $500k to $900k with leafy parks and walking tracks through Raven Street Reserve.  Closer to the city than Bridgeman Downs but some pockets of McDowall remain undiscovered.  There are some big beautiful homes in Glendora Estate and off Keona Road.  Northside Christian College and McDowall State School are very popular and the suburb provides different routes into the CBD and easy drive along Hamilton Road to the airport.

  3. Hottest Suburb #3 : Albany Creek

    Going that smidge further out of town can get you good bang for your buck here, you’d probably pick up a pool too!  You can buy a good size house in Albany Creek. A home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a 2 car garage and 2 living spaces would normally fetch anywhere from $600,000 to over $1m.  Many homes have pools and there’s loads of great schools to choose from in the area.  From the city, it is a pretty easy drive along Old Northern Road with express driving from Everton Park area.

  4. Hottest Suburb #2 : Arana Hills
    A lovely large suburb heading all the way back towards Bunya State Forest which has some of Brisbane’s best mountain bikes tracks, a baseball field and remote control racing.  Perfect for the active enthusiast, Arlington Estate is close to everything.  The other side of Arana Hills is closer to the train station and it is fantastic to duck down to $10 T-Bone night at the Arana Leagues Club.  Good starter homes in this suburb with easy access to the the train line.

  5. Hottest Suburb # 1 : Stafford Heights / Stafford
    Wow, some of the views in these suburbs are amazing!  The perfect suburbs for people who maybe can’t quite afford The Grange or Wilston area. The beauty is though, they’ll still be close to everything.  Homes in these suburbs typically range from $500,000 to over $1million. I think we will see some great growth in these two suburbs in the years to come.  The Stafford Skate Centre is ear marked for development and there’s loads of awesome cafes in the streets.

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Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Marlene Baker
0423 799 727
Marlene.baker@calibrerealestate.com.au

 

To speak to a real estate agent about buying or selling property, contact Marlene Baker on 0423 799 727 or to search properties currently for sale then visit the Search Properties page on our website.

 

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When choosing an agent to sell your home, beware of desperate discount agents who cut their commission just to win your business. Agents who are quick to discount their commission will typically cost you more money in the long run. Read on as we explain how.

One of Calibre’s top sales agents, Marlene Baker, tells us why she believes you shouldn’t choose an agent based on cost. “The agent you choose will be negotiating the final sales figure on your behalf. If a prospective agent isn’t confident in their own ability to justify their own sales commission fee with you, then why would you trust them to negotiate the sales price your biggest asset?”

Marlene has been a real estate agent for over 5 years and have sold more the 120 million dollars worth of property. When it comes to finding a confident & experienced sales agent who always strives to achieve top dollar for her clients, Marlene Baker should definitely be at the top of your list. Marlene shares with us one of the many experiences she’s had “I had a client recently who, before meeting me, first listed with a desperate discount agent thinking it would save them money. Unfortunately, they spent over 90 days on market with only 15 groups through, countless open homes, no offers and an unmotivated agent.  You only get one chance of listing for the first time and this was ruined. The desperate discount agent ended up costing them thousands of dollars in time on market, marketing fees, extra mortgage repayments with no interested buyers. After being on the market with me for less than 7 days, we had the property under contract for a great price. The vendors couldn’t believe that my team and I achieved a premium result in such a short turnaround.”

Typically, an agent who discounts their commission will want a quick sale and won’t strive to achieve top dollar. If you’re looking to maximise your return, then the best agent to choose is the one who will sell your home for top dollar. They are a skilled negotiator and will work hard to achieve the best possible sales price for your property.

Marlene tells us that “it’s not rare to find properties where a desperate discount agent has made a quick sale $150,000 BELOW market value”.

desperate discount agentLet’s do some loose calculations based on this amount.

  • If you chose a desperate discount agent because their commission of 2% was .5% cheaper than a good agent.
  • The discounted agent then sells your property for $800,000.
  • Then you would pay $16,000 in commission. Leaving you with $784,000.
  • However, if you chose a good agent who wasn’t quick to discount their rate and knew their worth.
  • The good agent then sells your property for $950,000.
  • Then you would pay $22,500. Leaving you with $927,500.

So, while the desperate discount agent may seem cheaper, in actual fact in the grand scheme of things, they are losing you money. When it comes to choosing the best agent to sell your property, you get what you pay for.

 

At the end of the day, you should feel confident that you chose the best agent to sell your home who will get you the best result possible.

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Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Marlene Baker
0423 799 727
Marlene.baker@calibrerealestate.com.au

 

To speak to a real estate agent about buying or selling property, contact Marlene Baker on 0423 799 727 or to search properties currently for sale then visit the Search Properties page on our website.

 

Do you know who is most likely to buy your property? Identifying target buyer demographics is imperative. By understanding exactly what ticks their boxes, you can ensure your property appeals and caters exactly for their needs. This is key to the success of the sale of your place, if you want to achieve top dollar that is. And, who doesn’t want to achieve top dollar?!

To help you discover who is most likely to buy your home, we have profiled 7 members of the Calibre team, each with varying needs & requirements when purchasing property. This will give you an insight into the different types of buyer demographics currently evident in today’s property market. Once you have mapped out who is the most likely buyer demographic to purchase your property, you can ensure your renovation, styling and presentation is tailored directly to appeal to your target buyer.

The 7 Property Buyer Demographics :

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    1. The First Home Buyer

    Daniel Gow is busy saving to prepare to purchase his first home. Working as Calibre’s New Business Specialist, Dan is able to view many properties throughout Brisbane. This gives him a really great insight into the areas he likes and the type of home he would like to buy, when he’s ready.

    Top 3 Property Attributes for A First Home Buyer

    1. 1.Backyard space for a pet
    2. 2.Enough space that I could rent a room or 2 to friends (maybe a 3 bed place)
    3. 3.In an area that is set for growth
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    2. The Younger Family (with kids aged under 10 years)

    Meet our resident blogger, Amy Simpson. Amy and her husband, Tom, have two young children (2 & 4 years). Because of the age of their kids, they spend a lot of time at home. Amy has the children at home with her during most weekdays. On the weekends, they usually find themselves spending their leisure time at home in the garden or entertaining friends. Tom and Amy plan to renovate their Queenslander home within the next 2-3 years. When asked what was at the top of their priority list for the renovation, Amy revealed …

    Top 3 Property Attributes for a Young Family

    1. 1.A great backyard & outdoor space where the kids can run and play.
    2. 2.A lovely, relaxing leafy outlook to enjoy a peaceful Saturday afternoon drink.
    3. 3.Room to grow. Our kids won’t be 2 & 4 forever. We’d prefer somewhere our family could grow with the house.

     

  3. buyer demographics buyer demographics3. The Older Family (with kids aged 10+ years)

    Calibre Real Estate’s Sales Guru, Marlene Baker, and her husband Jeremy, fits the bracket of the older family with their three kids aged between 10 – 13 years. When buying a new home for her family, Marlene revealed these top three buying attributes :

    Top 3 Property Attributes for an Older Family (kids aged 10+ years)

    1. 1.Location. Within walking distance to most amenities and in a good high school catchment area.
    2. 2.A Low-Maintenance New Build Townhouse in a gated community.
    3. 3.Value for money with great use of space both internally & externally.

     

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    4. The Professional Couples

    Kathleen Gillard , her boyfriend Rob and their dog Ralph bought their property in Ipswich over three years ago. They know their current property isn’t their dream home, it’s just a stepping stone on the ladder towards building their property investment portfolio. As a Senior Property Manager, Kathleen has a thorough understanding of the importance of making a solid investment ahead of an emotional purchase. With this in mind, here are Kathleen & Rob’s top three property attributes when buying.

    Top 3 Property Attributes for a Young, Professional Couple

    1. 1.Significant Capital Growth Potential
    2. 2.Affordability.
    3. 3.Location
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    5. The Astute Investors

    Calibre’s Principal, Alice Hagen bought her first property together with Top Calibre Sales Agent and now husband Justin Hagen when she was 24 years old. Since then, the couple have collectively bought ten properties and renovated eight of them. It’s fair to say that Alice & Justin well and truly have their finger on the pulse when it comes to all things real estate, particularly in South East Queensland. Alice has kindly revealed to us what their top three buying attributes are that have transformed our favourite power couple into Calibre’s Astute Investors.

     Top 3 Property Attributes for The Astute Investor

    1. 1.Great Return On Investment
    2. 2.Good Capital Growth
    3. 3.Potential to Value Add

     

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    6.Gen X & Baby Boomer Single Income Earners

    Property Management Administrator, Sara Huggins, currently lives with just her and her cat, Jed. But as with most single income earners of her generation, her daughter Grace practically lives there too. The life of a mum never stops even when your child is their early twenties. So, finding a home that suits Sara’s lifestyle whilst is also a welcoming second home for Grace is important to our resident Supermum Sara.

    Top 3 Property Attributes for Gen X & Baby Boomer Single Income Earners

    1. 1.Low Maintenance
    2. 2.Affordability
    3. 3.Convenient Location.
  7. buyer demographic7. Empty Nesters & Retirees

    Calibre Real Estate agent Simon Hughes and his wife Deanne are empty nesters, although the house is never empty much these days. While it is great to have the grandkids visit, to be able to have the house to themselves is a well deserved luxury. The important things Simon & Deanne like to consider when buying are:

    1. Top 3 Property Attributes for Empty Nesters
      1. Private and quiet location.
    2. 2. Low maintenance on one level preferably.
    3. 3. Have space for family to visit.

 

Marlene Baker, knows exactly how important it is to identify your target buyer. “When setting your home up for sale, it’s important to think carefully about who is most likely to buy your home.  We don’t promote a pokey two bedroom apartment to big families as we know it will attract the wrong type of buyers.” says Marlene.

buying at auction buyer demographicQuote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Marlene Baker
0423 799 727
Marlene.baker@calibrerealestate.com.au

 

 

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To ensure you are the winning bidder at an Auction, there are a few important factors to understand about the Auction process. We’ve prepared these ten tips for buying at auction that is guaranteed to help you along the way.

“For a buyer, the biggest benefit of buying at auction is that you know exactly what price other buyers are prepared to pay for the home.  There’s no mucking around.  You know if you are $100,000 off or $1,000.” Calibre Real Estate Sales Professional, Marlene Baker, reveals, “The worst thing in a multiple offer situation is not knowing what other buyers are prepared to pay and I’ve genuinely seen people miss out on a house for a mere $250. ”

10 Hot Tips for Buying at Auction

  1. 1.Determine your Walk-Away Price

    Use your research and budget to help you identify a ‘walk-away’ price.   It’s in your interest to keep this a secret from the agent, so they don’t use this information to help the vendor set their reserve.

  2. 2.Get Your Finances In Order

    Have your finance already in place and attend the auction ready to write a deposit cheque.

  3. 3.Do Your Research

    Attend some auctions beforehand to experience the atmosphere and observe different bidding strategies.

  4. 4.View the Contract

    Organise any amendments to the contract, such as a longer settlement period, prior to the auction.  Talk to the agent and get agreement from the vendors in writing.

  5. 5.Know Where To Start Your Bid

    On the day, if you’re going to start the bidding, start low.

  6. 6.Be Confident

    Project confidence – make the other bidders think you have no limit.

  7. 7.Be Assertive.

    Make your bids fast and assertive. Agonising over your next bid is a sign of weakness.

  8. 8.Announce Your Bid

    Call out your offer in full (i.e. say “$350,000” instead of the increments, i.e “$5,000”).

  9. 9.Be Number ONE

    If it’s going to pass in, make sure you’re the highest bidder, as this usually allows first right to negotiate (whether this is a legal right or courtesy varies between states).

  10. 10.Stick To Your Guns

    Stick to your ‘walk-away’ price. It’s better to feel the short-lived disappointment of missing out on a property you love than the long-lasting remorse of paying too much.

 

Quote provided by Calibre Real Estate’s Residential Property Specialist –
Marlene Baker
0423 799 727
Marlene.baker@calibrerealestate.com.au

 

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To speak to a real estate agent about buying or selling property, contact Marlene Baker on 0423 799 727 or to search properties currently for sale then visit the Search Properties page on our website.

When you purchase a new home, it’s important to also budget for kitting out your new house or apartment with big-ticket household items such as furniture and white-goods. These items can add up really quickly so it’s important to try and save money on household items wherever possible. If you haven’t incorporated them into your budget then they can be quite an unexpected shock to your back pocket. We’ve prepared for you our tips that’ll save you money on those household essentials.

Calibre Sales Agent, Marlene Baker, shares with us her top tip for saving money on the big-ticket household items “I always encourage purchasing classic items and then sprucing them up with modern accessories. Great classic household items worth considering are couches, dining tables, bedside tables and a TV unit. Lovely modern accessories such as plants, mirrors & artwork, throws & cushions and fresh flowers. Each of these items should be a reflection of you and the space you’d like to call home.”

3 Clever Ways to save money on the big-ticket household items:

  1. 1.Pre-Loved Goods

    Consider being open minded about buying second hand items. They could save you a lot of money! Preloved sales websites such as Gumtree and local Facebook groups are an excellent place to start. You could even consider second hand shops and/or garage sales to snag yourself a bargain. Ideal items are those that don’t necessarily show a lot of wear and tear such as tables, chairs and bed frames. You can still add your own personal touch to them to style your home. Buying these items second hand really could save you big dollars!!!

  2. 2.Don’t Pay The Asking Price

    Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Good retailers will happily enter into negotiations with you in order to seal the deal. Generally, most retailers will price match (or even beat) their competitors advertisements when selling comparable products. So, before you walk into the shop, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Have in your mind what you want to buy and how much you’re willing to pay for it. Typically if you were to purchase multiple items from one store then the retailer will be more inclined to offer bigger discounts.

  3. 3.Interest Free Shopping

    You can purchase items, such as whitegoods and furniture, with interest free payment plans from such retailers as Harvey Norman and The Good Guys. This means that you can take the goods home with you that day and can have anywhere from 12 – 36 months to pay it off without any interest payable. Be careful though! If you don’t pay it off within the designated interest free timeframe, you can be stung with really high interest rates thereafter. But, for the astute bill payer, it can work really well!

 

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If you have a property in Brisbane that you would like discuss, please feel free to contact Calibre Real Estate (07) 3367 3411  or lodge a request for a “Property Appraisal” on our website.

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