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Sellers Forking Over Cash On Renovations To Sell Houses As The Market Cools Down

Australia’s housing market is cooling down, and, as a result, sellers are turning to companies and sites like and spending thousands of dollars on renovations on their properties in order to appeal to picky buyers.

According to real estate portal’s CEO, Carrie Law, Chinese buyers in the AU are particularly picky, looking for ‘like-new’ properties, while the Chinese owners are more willing than locals to turn to experts like and spend on renovations.

The Chinese, she says, are particularly picky in the AU market; they want a home that’s gorgeous, a home that’ll be the object of envy when they post pictures on the internet. They tend to prefer homes that look as close to brand new as possible.

In the AU, foreign buyers can only buy established, second-hand property if they have Australian residency or have become Australian citizens.

The state and federal governments, concerned the Chinese buyers might drive up prices, implemented several tax changes in 2017, which led to many foreign buyers opting for other locations. Chinese investment in AU real estate dropped by 70% since 2015.

In the Mainland, Chinese keep their investment properties empty to keep them in good shape when it’s time to be sold, with some keeping it as a shell, with no ceilings, floors, walls, or other amenities. Ms. Law says that this is because they’re all about getting the best returns.

Raine& Horne luxury sales agent Matthew Mifsud, who recently sold a $2.3m waterfront apartment in Pyrmont that the owners poured $40,000 into renovating, says that the mindset for owners is that they need to get as many buyers as they can interested; they want the ease and convenience of moving straight in, which is why renovations are becoming more commonplace.

Another agent, Trevor Back says that the current real estate market sees even two-level penthouse apartments, no older than three years old, requiring tens of thousands of dollars worth of work in order to get a good price at an auction, adding that, seeing that properties can sell for millions with the right renovations, which makes the tens of thousands of dollars spent feel insignificant by comparison.

The Importance Of Bathrooms

Some people don’t give their bathroom so much thought on its design perhaps because they just consider it as an ordinary part of the house. They look at bathrooms to be a place that a visitor doesn’t stay for a long time, unlike the other areas of the house such as the living room, dining area, and receiving area where visitors take time to stay.

If this is the way you think, then you may be wrong. A well-made bathroom means so much more than what you perceive it to be. It’s not just a common place. It’s something one should consider spending a little more. For this reason, here are the findings on why you should invest a little more on your bathroom.

You Start Your Day In Your Bathroom

All of us do our morning routines in a variety of ways. However, our pattern is mostly alike when we wake up. You get out of bed and proceed to the bathroom You take a shower and prepare yourself for your daily routine. When you arrive home, you use your bathroom before going to bed. Practically, you start and end your day at the bathroom which is the reason why it’s logical to make it a bit more glamorous.

You Bathroom Is Where You Get Your Relaxation

After a hard day’s work, you just want to relax and get a good hot bath with sweet scented candles being lighted, soothing music, a good wine, and your favorite book on the side. The bathroom is a place where you can find time for yourself and perhaps do some thinking on how your day went, your plans, and many other things your mind wants to concentrate on.

Your Visitors Will Use Your Bathroom

When you have visitors at home, it is expected that some would use your bathroom. Other’s just want to see the looks of your bathroom just for them to know out of curiosity.  You don’t want to be embarrassed having a messy bathroom when your visitors use it. As the common statement goes, your personality is judged based on the cleanliness of your bathroom even if you are well-dressed outside.