Q. I’m always reading about the Sydney property boom. What is the Port Macquarie market doing at the moment? Ben, Port Macquarie.
Q. I am keen to buy a property, but I don’t know how to tell a boom market from a buyer’s market. Can you give me some tips? Amy H. Port Macquarie.
Q. I recently attended an open for inspection and fell in love with the home. Unfortunately, there were many other people vying for it too, and I missed out. What should I do next time to make sure I secure the property I want? Simone P, Port Macquarie.
Q. Greg, we are keen to downsize from our existing 4-bedroom home, but being pensioners, we are put off by the fact that so much money will be eaten up by stamp duty on the next property we purchase.
Do pensioners get any stamp duty relief, and approximately how much would we be up for on a property around $400,000?
Q. We have been looking for an investment property and can see the local market is hotting up. Have we left our purchase too late? What tips do you have for buying in this type of market?
Q. Some years ago I obtained an interest only loan to buy an investment property which I still own. It is no longer negatively geared, since the rent received is greater than the monthly payments. What is the best thing to do with a previously negatively geared investment property when it is no longer negatively geared?
Q. Hey Greg, I’ve noticed you’ve moved to a fixed commission structure since we last did business. Based on the new rates, my wife and I estimate we will save quite a lot next time we sell through you. How do you do it? Paul, Port Macquarie.
Q. When we moved into a home we had recently purchased, we were surprised to find a space left in the kitchen where the dishwasher should have been. We presume the previous owners must have taken it with them! The agent and owners solicitor say it wasn’t included in the contract, but we feel sure it should be ours. What should we do?
Q. We are in the process of moving, having sold our place and purchased a new home. Settlement for both will be on the same day, and the people buying our home intend to move in the same day. We are feeling overwhelmed about getting out in time and having the house clean for them. How do we take the stress out of this?
Q. Our house is on a big block of land, which is larger than we need. What are the rules and regulations if we want to subdivide? We have one of those classic ¼ acre blocks and would like to stay in our house, but sell off about half the land.
Q. My mum is ready to downsize and is considering moving into a villa, but she is worried about whether or not she can take her dog. I’ve heard not all places will allow you to have a pet. How can she be sure about being able to take her little companion with her?
Q. We have heard that soon everyone who has a pool will have to register it with the local Council. Is this correct and if so, where do we register?
Q As first time home sellers, we are feeling quite daunted about the whole ‘for sale experience’. Where do we start? What are the most important things to get right? Read more
Q I’ve made an offer on a property, which the owner accepted. My solicitor and bank have been advised to arrange a valuation for finance and contract exchange. Despite this, the agent continues to advertise the home and to show it to other people. Do I have any rights if a higher offer is made?
Q. How long can I reasonably expect to have to wait to sell my home in Port Macquarie if I list it now?