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The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions. Click here for full Terms of Use.

Can you help me with a guide to selling my home?

First National Real Estate has a detailed ‘Home Sellers Guide’ that you can download here. Alternatively, we have a brief ‘Preparing your home for sale’ brochure. Contact a First National Real Estate agent and we’ll happily give you all the advice you need about how to sell.

How do I find out what my home is worth?

We’d love to help you work that out. First National Real Estate has over 400 offices around Australia & New Zealand. Our real estate agents will be happy to give you an obligation FREE appraisal. Click here to contact one of our agents…

Can I see properties for sale on a map?

You sure can. Try First National Real Estate’s map search by clicking here

Is there a way of finding out how much similar properties to mine sold for?

Take a look at your local First National Real Estate agent’s website or contact one of our members for an obligation free appraisal. First National Real Estate has over 400 offices around Australia & New Zealand. Click here to contact one of our agents…

I need renovation tips to improve my property’s appearance and value, for the least cost.

First National Real Estate has a detailed ‘Home Sellers Guide’ that you can download here. It offers all manner of tips and renovation advice. Alternatively, we have a brief ‘Preparing your home for sale’ brochure. However, it’s always best to ask about what’s most popular and effective in your locality. Contact a First National Real Estate agent and we’ll happily give you all the advice you need.

How do I choose a real estate agent?

It's not nearly as hard as you think to find a good real estate agent. Especially if First National Real Estate has an office in your region! A good agent will:
  • Dress professionally
  • Behave politely
  • Answer your questions diligently
  • Communicate clearly
  • Have an outstanding track record of success
Check out our more detailed tips.

Where should I advertise my property? Newspaper or Internet; which is best?

Today, nine out of ten people start their search for real estate on the Internet or via social media. However, to maximise the sale price of your property, you need a comprehensive marketing campaign and a First National Real Estate agent will explain your options in detail. Call us today.

Should I use Domain or Real Estate.com when selling?

Realestate.com.au currently holds the dominant market share in Australia. However, you shouldn’t necessarily put all your eggs in one basket. There’s much more to maximising your sale price than just Internet advertising. Ask a First National Real Estate agent how to create the most effective marketing campaign for your property. Call us today.

Is there a better time of year to sell my property?

The traditional wisdom is that spring and the warmer months are the best times of year to sell. Naturally, it depends on what type of property you’re selling. Gardens look better in spring and the market is more active. However, property also sells well in winter when there are fewer homes for sale and there’s less property competing for each buyer’s attention. Ask a First National Real Estate agent for advice about what’s best for your property.

What should I do to prepare for an open inspection?

Everybody knows first impressions are everything. So when you open up the doors of your home to the public for an open inspection, you'll want to ensure it's looking its absolute best.

Accentuate its features

Your home might possess many great features - and now is the time to really show them off.

Depending on what the season is, you might want to showcase some features more than others. In winter, light the fireplace or turn on the heating to demonstrate how warm and cosy your home can be.

Alternatively, open up all windows, blinds and doors in warmer months to let cool breezes flow into the home.

Throw out your junk

Open inspections are a time to clear out all of your clutter. Not only will this reduce how much stuff you'll have to take with you when you move, but it will also help to make your house look tidier too.

If you really need to keep all of your possessions, consider hiring some storage space for the short term.

Leave them to it

When people start arriving to look at your home, it's a good idea to pop out for a while. This will leave prospective buyers to feel more relaxed and free to roam your property.

If you have a dog, take this opportunity to go for a walk with it, as this will get both of you out of the house. Make sure you put you pet’s bowls out of sight as well.

Give your home a facelift

Have you had a good, long look at the front of your house? Does it look welcoming and attractive? If the weeds have popped up and there are nasty oil stains on your driveway, you might want to think about giving your home a quick facelift.

The front of your home is the first place a prospective buyer will look, so it pays to make this part clean and tidy. Don't forget to wash all of your windows and pull back the curtains, too!
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