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Property News An update from our principal A note from our Principal …

Welcome to our April newsletter. There seems to be no end in sight to the significant rise in local housing prices. From land to houses and apartments, prices are not slowing down. The team auctioned 5 blocks of land in Berowra last month with four selling on the day. The last one was snapped up just a few days after the auction. Another standout sale was 66 Burdett Street, Hornsby. The home attracted in excess of 25 registered bidders. After some strong bids the hammer fell at $1,360,000. Last month also saw the surge in apartment prices with many two bedroom properties selling in excess of $600,000. Many of these traded 5 years ago for under $400,000. I wish you all a safe Easter. Our staff will be on call to assist over the Easter and Anzac break should you have any real estate enquiries.

FOUR OF THE BEST SALES IN 2014 10 BIMBIL AVENUE, MOUNT COLAH 5 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 2 Parking SOLD $1,005,000 A sophisticated blend of classic and Balinese inspired design Multiple indoor/outdoor living/entertaining areas

December 2013

Gas kitchen, water and heating, ducted air plus combustion fire

79 SOMERVILLE ROAD, HORNSBY HEIGHTS 5 Bedroom | 3 Bathroom | 2 Parking SOLD $1,060,000 Blackbutt timber flooring, ducted air conditioning

SELLING AT A PREMIUM–HOT TIPS? Sometimes, a vendor can spend a small amount on their property for a huge return at sale time. Staging a home for sale is a sure-fire way to give your property the competitive edge over other homes on the market. Here are three simple but effective suggestions to help get a premium price for your property: NO COST STRATEGY – DECLUTTER! Space sells. Many people move because they feel overcrowded in their current homes. Remove any excess items of furniture, small treasures, figurines etc that may distract the potential buyers from appreciating the house itself. Portray the ideal lifestyle that could be had in your house. NO COST STRATEGY – CLEAN

Granite kitchen, stainless steel appliances

A thorough clean inside and out will allow your home to be presented at its best. Some key areas to clean are:

Land size 1,027 sqm (approx)

Ceilings, fans and light fittings Interior walls with sugar soap

57 MITTABAH ROAD, ASQUITH 4 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 4 Parking

Exterior walls, paths, fences & driveways –use a pressure cleaner

SOLD $1,090,000

Appliances – oven, cook top, microwave and range hood

Open plan granite kitchen, formal living and dining

Bathroom and laundry – ensure there are no mouldy tiles or dirty grout.

Combustion fireplace and split cycle air-conditioning Landscaped lawn with pool and sauna



Maintenance and repairs are a must do for every vendor. A purchaser does not want to buy someone else’s repair jobs. Some of the most common repairs are leaky taps, sticking doors, cracks in the walls, broken tiles & screens.

Bathroom | 2 IN Parking FOUR OF THE5 Bedroom BEST| 2SALES 2013 SOLD $875,000 Located in a quiet cul-de-sac on approximately 701sqm Stainless steel and stone kitchen with induction cooktop In-ground solar heated pool

We recommend getting your own building inspection prior to selling your home. You can then repair any major and or minor issues, and then there will be no nasty suprises when a buyer signs a contract and gets an inspection done during the cooling off period.

Information in this document was obtained from sources we believe to be reliable, however we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Interested parties should make their own enquiries.

FOUR OF THE BEST ASSET RENTALS 2014 26/2 GALSTON ROAD, HORNSBY 3 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 2 Parking LEASED $670.00 per week Brand new townhouse

INVESTMENTS - DID YOU KNOW? You can pass on water usage charges to your tenant provided all the minimum criteria have been met.

Double sized bedrooms with built in wardrobes Alarm system and intercom

Generally this involves the installation of flow restrictors or 3 star or higher rated taps by a


An update from our principal 2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1 Parking LEASED $590.00 per week Large living area Huge tiled courtyard, ideal for entertaining Double sized bedrooms with built in wardrobes

7/356 PACIFIC HIGHWAY, HORNSBY 2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1 Parking LEASED $540.00 per week

qualified plumber. It is the landlord’s responsibility to pay the bill and they then have 3 months to issue the bill to the tenant whom then have 21 days to pay the usage. One of the exceptions is however, strata titled properties where water is not separately metered. In this instance the landlord is responsible to pay the water fees including water usage. if you require any further information please don’t hesitate to call us on 94773500.

Freshly painted and re-carpeted throughout Generous living and dining area Paved courtyard and garden

2704/32-36 ORARA STREET, WAITARA 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | 1 Parking LEASED $420.00 per week

COMMUNITY NEWS Would you like information on the Independent and Christian Schools in the local area? We have a limited number of complimentary copies of this comprehensive school guide. Please come to our office at 268 Pacific Highway,

Open plan kitchen and living Spacious balcony Pool in complex

Congratulations to the winners in our Easter Art Competition Tara from Mount Colah (5yrs and under) Hannah from Hornsby Heights (6-10years) Alyssa from Berowra (11-15years) Each winner received a family pass to the Royal Easter Show including carnival rides.

EASTER TRADING HOURS FRIDAY 18TH APRIL— CLOSED SATURDAY 19TH APRIL – 8.30AM –5.30PM SUNDAY 20TH APRIL—CLOSED MONDAY 21ST APRIL—CLOSED Information in this document was obtained from sources we believe to be reliable, however we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Interested parties should make their own enquiries.

Meet our team

Matt Effenberg

Karl Effenberg

Steve Noakes

Fred Whong

Principal / L.R.E.A

Auctioneer /Licensee

Sales Executive

Sales Executive

Karen Hardy

James Sadler

Catherine Scott

Kate Mitchell

Sales Executive

Sales Associate

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

Shiralee Ross

Tom Cross

Tammy Baggs

Team Leader/ New

Property Manager

Property Manager

Rozalyn Dennis

Heidi vanWeelderen

Montserrat Blanco

Office Manager

Business Manager

Accounts Manager

Here at Laing + Simmons Hornsby our team takes pride in providing our members with the most up to date data and local property information. This is used extensively throughout the sales campaign to provide accurate information to sellers and buyers. We hope that you find our monthly newsletter informative. If you have any Real Estate related questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact us on 9477 3500 or email

268 Pacific Highway, Hornsby

April newsletter 2014  
April newsletter 2014