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Legislation for landlords: five key updates

Wednesday 05 Aug 2020

Following the update to residential tenancy laws that came into effect in March 2020, landlords must make some critical changes to ensure they stay compliant with the new legislation and protect tenants. Here are five of them:   1. Mandatory break fees for fixed-term agreements Before the changes, tenants were subject to a six-week break fee if they decided to end the tenancy early. Under the new laws, this break fee changes to four weeks or less. This means the tenant must pay the landlor ....

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Does a view add value to a Northern Beaches property?

Wednesday 22 Jul 2020

Let’s say you have a beachfront property or a house on a hill in the Northern Beaches area. Have you ever asked yourself: Will my house go up in value? How much is an ocean view worth? How much value does a lake view add? Well, you have every reason to ask these questions because, in matters of real estate, a special view always counts. So, if you have a home with a view or partial view of the beach, ocean, lake, national park, or any sort of unique, pleasant private outlook, protect it a ....

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Why kitchens are the heart of Northern Beaches homes

Wednesday 08 Jul 2020

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much time you spend in the kitchen? How many conversations take place there? How many home-cooked meals you have prepared? Once upon a time, the kitchen didn’t have a life, it didn’t have a soul. It was strictly utilitarian. And while the kitchen was originally meant for preparing and cooking meals, it has morphed into the epicentre of a house. The modern-day kitchen, in fact, wears many hats. This is the room where you get energised for t ....

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Cycle tracks on the Northern Beaches

Wednesday 24 Jun 2020

Cycling really had its moment in early 2020, when going for a pedal became one of the only acceptable ways to get out of the house during the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Luckily for us, the Northern Beaches have some of Sydney’s best cycle tracks and paths. There are options for on-road cycling, mountain biking and flat trail riding for children. Take a look at the best cycle tracks on the Northern Beaches and in nearby areas.    Easy Trails on the Northern Beaches ....

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Why an experienced local real estate agent is more important than ever

Wednesday 10 Jun 2020

Northern Beaches sellers and property investors are re-emerging now that restrictions caused by COVID-19 have begun to ease.  For those who were all set to buy or sell property, the setback caused by COVID-19 was very frustrating. However, agents are now cautiously optimistic that the market won’t be too dramatically impacted. Realestate.com.au for one, recently predicted that so-called ‘premium suburbs’ “will better weather COVID-19.”  With suburbs like ....

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How to be the winning bidder

Wednesday 27 May 2020

In areas like Frenchs Forest, Davidson and Beacon Hill, house prices are holding strong in spite of COVID-19. If you want to move into this area, you may find you have missed out on your dream home, your backup house and your plan C.  It can feel so frustrating to constantly visit open homes but never be the buyer. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can come out on top, especially right now when a lot of buyers are holding back. Take a look at some helpful advice from your loca ....

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COVID-19: Great news for home sellers on the Northern Beaches

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Just when real estate agents and property sellers/buyers had begun to adapt to conducting inspections and auctions online, things have changed again. But it’s good news. Low transmissions of COVID-19 have allowed the NSW Government to lift the restrictions on the real estate industry. It’s now possible to inspect homes in person and attend auctions across NSW and including our local areas of Allambie Heights, Frenchs Forest, Davidson and Beacon Hill. If you have been preparing your ....

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Who is delivering or offering pick up on the Northern Beaches during COVID-19?

Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has seen many of the Northern Beaches’ favourite bars, stores and restaurants shutting their doors. At JDH Real Estate we are very much looking forward to seeing things return to normal soon.  However, despite the closures, many businesses have managed to find ways to keep serving their customers. Take a look at how a few of your local Northern Beaches favourites are operating during COVID-19.    Cafes and restaurants You can always look up your favour ....

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Financial health check: How to be mortgage ready

Wednesday 22 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a great deal of change and has forced us all to reevaluate many things.  One of the biggest changes to the community on the Northern Beaches as a whole is being unable to visit the beach, go to our favourite restaurants or hang out with our friends. This is frustrating but the silver lining is the opportunity it presents to save a bit of money and pay down some personal debts.  If you have been thinking of taking on your first home loan or refinancing ....

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How JDH is supporting tenants and landlords during COVID-19

Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, JDH Real Estate is open. We are a small team with 35 yrs of combined experience with the latest property software, which we are using to make these times as easy as possible. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been able to rapidly adjust to our new working conditions so we can support our many property management clients and their tenants. More than ever, we want people to have peace of mind and feel completely supported by our team. Here’s what we are do ....

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