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Neighbours team up to capitalise on rezoning

Tue July 12, 2016
July 12, 2016: A new LEP for Kogarah may still be working its way through planning department red tape, but that hasn’t stopped next door neighbours in Empress Street, Hurstville, from capitalising on the rezoning plan - and almost doubling the sale price of their homes in the process.

The owner of 35 Empress Street – Betty - teamed up with Michael and Helen of 37 Empress Street...

Too many unknowns to justify cut

Tue July 05, 2016
July 5, 2016: With the election result still in limbo, Australia’s AAA rating apparently under threat and the ramifications of Brexit on the domestic market not yet fully known, the Reserve Bank had no option but to leave interest rates on hold, said Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington.

However this doesn’t mean the chance of another cut in coming months is off the...

Laing+Simmons Parramatta turns 21

Fri June 24, 2016
Next month marks the 21st birthday for Laing+Simmons Parramatta and the team is celebrating its coming of age by partnering with one of western Sydney’s most beloved and important charities.

From July 1 to the end of 2016, Laing+Simmons Parramatta will donate $300 to Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) for every property the team sells.

The Laing+Simmons Granville and Auburn...

Budget misses mark on affordability

Wed June 22, 2016
June 22, 2016: With the future of negative gearing and its impacts on investors and prices dominating election discussion, first home buyers have again been confined to the back seat. That’s why the NSW budget represents such a wasted opportunity to support this segment, said Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington.

According to Ms Pilkington, the state budget handed down...

Rates steady but the right reforms still needed

Tue June 07, 2016
June 7, 2016: The Reserve Bank took the prudent course, leaving the official cash rate unchanged after last month’s somewhat surprising cut. Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington said interest rates need not drop any further and instead called for broader reforms to improve the affordability equation.

“Interest rates are at rock bottom and most lenders passed on last...

Rates on hold as focus turns to budget

Tue April 05, 2016
April 5, 2016: Today’s decision by the RBA to leave interest rates unchanged was widely expected as the nation prepares for the Turnbull Government’s budget next month. Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington has reinforced the importance of real estate’s economic role as the Treasury crunches the numbers.

“Factors like flatter house prices, subdued retail...

Girl power: times two

Wed March 02, 2016
2 March, 2016 Sydney – Popular women’s real estate networking group ‘Catch Up with the Property Girls’ has spread its wings south of the border, holding its first Melbourne networking event on earlier in the month with around 100 ladies attending to exchange ideas, experiences and advice.

With the next Sydney networking event coming up on 8 March, this quarter’s...

Grant reduction could have silver lining

Wed January 06, 2016
January 6, 2016: The drop in the first home owner grant for new homes could be viewed as another hit for those trying to break into the market, however Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington says despite the reduction, current market conditions are actually swinging in first home buyers’ favour.

As of January 1, the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) drops to $10,000 from $15...

New year, new challenges & new opportunities

Tue December 22, 2015
December 22, 2015: The property market today stands in stark contrast to 12 months previous and as we enter the New Year, Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington says agents can no longer rely on a booming market to close a deal. Instead, as price heat subsides, the true value of an agent will be tested in 2016. 

According to Ms Pilkington, the well documented shift in the...

2015 To end with rates steady amid other changes

Tue December 01, 2015
December 1, 2015: While today’s RBA decision to leave interest rates on hold has surprised no-one, Laing+Simmons Managing Director Leanne Pilkington said the cash rate is one of few steady elements in a housing market that has otherwise undergone recent change.

“The market for residential property has undergone a noticeable shift in recent months, with conditions moving toward a...
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