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Practical Lifestyle Articles

What’s on in CBR


Property Styling to Sell

Five Natural Ways to Manage Stress


The Vet World at Easter


Caramalised Fig Jam

+ Market Update properties for sale and rent at


residential deduction changes





2018 is off to a fantastic start and it seems that buyers are returning to the market earlier than we have seen in previous years. This has resulted in some strong sales already, both at Auction and with Private Treaty, including some apartment sales that have bucked the trend. As reported by allhomes, Canberra had the second highest growth rate of all the Capital cities for the December quarter with a 5% increase on the previous quarter, and the median price in Canberra is sitting at $753,516. Canberra house prices have now increased by 8.4% over the past year, so it will be interesting to see how 2018 performs as a whole. If the first couple of months are anything to go by, it’s looking to be another strong year. March brings the Canberra Day long weekend and Easter, however, given the market activity in February and the carry-over of Auction listings, we expect the Autumn quarter to be just as buoyant as the Summer just gone. - Tim Burke & Justine Burke



What’s Inside Why Property Styling is an Important Part of Your Marketing Strategy ... pg. 4

Use design strategies to create an interior that is balanced, well thought out and attractive to potential buyers.

5 Natural Ways to Manage Stress .. pg. 6

Managing stress is often easier said than done so here are 5 natural ways to manage stress.

New Limits on Travel and Depreciation Deductions for Residential Accommodation ....................... pg. 8


From 1 July 2017 new laws are imposed on individuals, SelfManaged Superannuation Funds and discretionary trusts who invest in residential real estate.

The Vet World at Easter Time .... pg. 10 Everything you need to know to keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy this Easter.

Caramalised Fig Jam ............... pg. 12 Grab some in-season figs and whip up this gorgeously delicious fig jam.

As-New and Low-Maintenance pg. 13

This immaculate home promises a lifestyle of convenience, and a contemporary, dual level design embracing the tranquil outlook.


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WHY PROPERTY STYLING is an important part of your marketing strategy ver the last 15 years, digital marketing for real-estate has become an essential part of any good sales strategy.


looking at their phone they can be looking at photos of your property and will start making immediate impressions based on those photos.

What that means is, the first time the potential buyer of your home sees your house, chances are, it will be in a photo. While your buyer is at home or in their office, or sitting on a bus

The way the properties present on allhomes, on or realeste. com will determine the number of potential buyers who come through the door.



Impressions Property Styling has been operating in Canberra for 10 years. Over those 10 years the industry of styling has changed significantly as owners and buyers have become more savvy. The market wants to have all the information about the property at their fingertips, including being able to fully understand the size, scale, character and quality of the property

– all from a photo. Currently, approximately 22% of the houses that come on the market in Canberra are styled. This number will continue to grow as people become more aware of the benefits of styling. It is no coincidence that the substantial growth in the property styling industry is related directly to the growth in digital marketing. It is not just because first impressions count, but those first impressions are coming from digital marketing photos. What is property styling? Essentially property styling is using design strategies to create an interior that is balanced, well thought out and attractive to potential buyers. As such, property stylist need to have a full understanding of interior design and design concepts. At Impressions

Property Styling, our staff are trained or qualified interior designers, so we understand balance, we understand colour, we are on top of trends and most importantly we can interpret the individual character and personality of a home and then use the resources at our warehouse to create a look that is sympathetic to the architectural design of the property. However as property stylists, we also require an understanding of realestate marketing and sales. The underlining intent of property styling is not just to make a property look beautiful, the end goal is to achieve a positive result for the seller - which is a quicker sale at a higher price. When we are making styling decisions at a property we are making those decisions based on where the photographer is going to stand, how are people going to move through

the space. We need to know what is the focal point of the room and how can we feature it? Or if the property doesn’t have a focal point - how can we create one? We may use larger pieces of furntiure (but less furntiure) in a space to create scale. Colour to add impact, art to create interest and rugs to create warmth. The right presentation of the interior of your home creates a positive environment and may mean the difference between a great result and an average one. Property styling is all about marketing.

by Nicole Heins, Director Impressions Property Styling 0405 420 857




Five Natural Ways to Manage Stress


e all face many demands in our busy lives today that can result in stress. Stress can impact our lives in many ways and can ultimately cause an upset in our chemical balance. Many of us push ourselves resulting in an increase in adrenaline and cortisol which we often accompany with additional caffeine to allow us to ‘cope’ with the real or perceived crisis we are facing. In the short term these strategies may be effective, however over time our bodies are not designed to remain in


this flight or fight mode around the clock. Ultimately this cycle can lead to various medical problems and a not so happy existence. There are many situations that can cause stress some of which may well be out of your immediate control, however what is in your power is how you react to the situation. Managing stress is often easier said than done so here are 5 Natural Ways to Manage Stress:


Increase your Magnesium Levels Magnesium supports the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems, it reduces the occurrence and severity of pain, cramping and headaches, and assists in the regulation of blood sugar levels. During times of stress, cortisol and adrenaline release magnesium from the cells which over time results in magnesium deficiency. Some of the best sources of magnesium tend to be green leafy vegetables, raw cacao, nuts and seeds. Unfortunately, many people

do not consume adequate quantities of magnesium in their diets so look to supplementation. The way I love to boost my magnesium levels is by using Epsom salts as they are predominately made of magnesium. I love to soak in a bath with 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of my favourite Young Living Essential Oil (Stress Away or Lavender are my favourites). By doing this you will be not only replenishing your magnesium but having some quality me time as well. Get More Vitamin D Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, general health and has also been shown to reduce stress levels. It can also increase serotonin (a feelgood hormone) which is known to reduce anxiety. The sun’s UV radiation is the best natural source for vitamin D. The best way of obtaining Vitamin D is by exposing your body to the sun every day from three to fifteen minutes depending on your skin tone and the time of year. Be sure to not let your skin burn and make sure you apply adequate sunscreen. You can also get a small amount of vitamin D from food (about 5–10%). Fish and eggs naturally have some vitamin D, while margarine and some types of milk have added vitamin D. Mindful Breathing We all take breathing for granted, yet without it we would not live! Mindful breathing is the practice of simply focusing your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. You can do this while standing, but ideally, you’ll be sitting or even lying in a comfortable position. Your eyes may be open or closed, but you may find it easier to maintain your focus if you close your eyes. It can help to set aside a designated time for this exercise, but it can also help to practice it when you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious. Experts believe a regular practice of mindful breathing can

make it easier to do it in difficult situations. For those of you that may need prompting the Apple Watch has a built in Breathe app which will remind you to mindfully breath throughout the day. Do something pleasurable Making time for something you enjoy will not only bring you pleasure but it will also decrease the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Select a few activities that you enjoy and make you nice and relaxed. Incorporate some activities that are free or low cost, easy to achieve and don’t necessarily involve food. You may like to include meditating, listening to music, drawing, reading a book, watching a movie, journaling, catching up with friends and my favourite, having a bubble bath. Try to commit to 20 minutes a day to make it achievable. Making time for yourself each day will provide you with more energy and a positive attitude which assist you in creating a healthier stress free life.

It is common for us all to experience periods of stress but next time you feel this way don’t panic! Simply run through this list and choose what works best for you and you will soon be on your way to a calmer you! If you would like more information or wish to sample Young Living Essential Oils our details are below.

Let Essential Oils Reduce Your Tension This is another favourite of mine as I routinely use Young Living Essential Oils to assist me on my wellness journey. Essential Oils can help you find and maintain your balance. Essential Oils have immense healing properties so it is important that you select an essential oil company that produces 100% essential oils and owns its own farms so that they oversee the whole production process from the selection of the seeds to plant to the final bottling of the precious essential oils. This is the reason I chose Young Living. Essential oils may be inhaled, added to carrier oils, applied neat or diffused. Some single essential oils that may reduce tension are Lavender, Vetiver, Geranium, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Rose. Blends that may relieve tension are Stress Away, Peace and Calming, Valor and Tranquil.

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rom 1 July 2017 new laws are imposed on individuals, Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and discretionary trusts who invest in residential real estate. The new laws will deny a tax deduction for travel expenses relating to a residential premise and depreciation allowances on previously used residential premise assets. Travel costs in relation to residential rental properties will no longer be tax deductible to inspect and maintain the property, attend body corporate meetings, collect rent or meet with the real estate agent. The denied travel costs include airfares, accommodation, car hire and meals. Also, any of the travel costs incurred will be prevented from forming part of the cost base of the property for capital



gains tax purposes. Additionally, the costs cannot be amortised over 5 years. Depreciation deductions on plant and equipment for investors in residential property will be limited to actual outlays incurred. Plant and equipment generally consist of items such as carpets, dishwashers, hot water systems, washing machines and ceiling fans. If you did not hold the asset when it was first used or first installed ready for use in the residential property, the depreciation deduction will be denied. Also, if the assets have been previously used in the investor’s residence the tax depreciation deduction will be denied. Additionally, use of an asset by the investor and or related parties that is more than occasional in a residential

property resembling a holiday home is not entitled to depreciation deductions. For existing investors of residential investment properties before 7:30pm of the 9 May 2017, you will be able to continue to claim depreciation deductions on plant and equipment until you no longer own the asset, or the asset reaches the end of its effective life, or the asset is privately used. If you would like to discuss the law changes further, please contact our office on (02) 6171 6000.





aster already? We really can’t believe it! Although, the supermarkets have certainly given us plenty of reminders, stocking chocolate eggs and hot cross buns since just after Xmas. Those pretty foiled balls of deliciousness are hard to resist, for humans and pets alike! So please keep Easter treats out of paws We hope you all have a happy and safe long weekend! If you’re taking your dog to the coast, don’t forget the Bravecto® or NexGard® for tick prevention! Cat parvovirus You may have read in the news recently reports about the outbreak of “cat plague” in Melbourne. Why is this significant? Feline Panleucopaenia (FPV), also known as Feline Parvovirus, was a common disease during the 60’s and 70’s in Australia. An effective vaccine was created, and routine vaccination meant the disease was pushed back to nature, only sporadically effecting mostly feral cats during the past 30 years. Now it is re-emerging! So what do you need to know about FPV? •


It is highly contagious, and life threatening!


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Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, depression and loss of appetite. Standard cat vaccination protocols include protection from the virus. Read the blog post on the Inner South Veterinary Centres website on FPV FAQ for more information and advice. A timely reminder to make sure your cat is up to date with their vaccinations. To check this, please give your vet a call. Raw chicken and paralysis in dogs- fact or myth? There has recently been a study that has linked the consumption of raw chicken with an increased risk of paralysis in dogs. The study, conducted by the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, found that the consumption of raw chicken meat (particularly raw chicken necks) increases the risk of dogs developing acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) by more than 70 times.

APN is a rare but debilitating condition where a dog’s hind legs become weak and the paralysis then progresses to the front legs, neck, head and face. Dogs can take many months to recover but in some cases, the disease can be fatal.

It’s not only chocolate that can be an issue at Easter! There are a few other potential dangers - here’s what you should watch out for: 1. Hot Cross Buns

It is thought that the dog’s immune system progressively attacks its own nerve roots, similar to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in humans. The bacteria Campylobacter is now considered a triggering agent in up to 40 percent of GBS patients. It is possible that Campylobacter (often present in raw chicken products) is likely to be a triggering agent for APN. You read more about the study here.

Many people are not aware that sultanas and raisins (and grapes) may contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage in dogs. Keep these off the menu at all times and watch for any that happen to drop on the floor (a common issue if you have little kids!) Call your veterinarian for advice if your dog ingests any.

Ask your veterinarian if you are worried about your dog or have any questions about what to feed your pet. Read the blog post on Inner South Veterinary Centre’s website for more information and links to the scientific article.

These beautiful fragrant flowers if ingested, can cause kidney failure in cats. The stems, leaves, flowers and stamen are all dangerous, as is the water the flowers are stored in. If you are worried about your cat you should call your vet and they will advise you on what you should do. Read more here about the dangers of lilies... Easter time and chocolate Most dogs love chocolate and with their strong sense of smell they are very good at finding it! The problem is, dogs are not able to metabolise theobromine, a derivative of caffeine found in chocolate. Ingestion can lead to an increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhoea, agitation, tremors, seizures and even death. Cooking and dark chocolate are the most toxic but ingestion of ANY chocolate can be a problem. Not surprisingly, Easter is one of the busiest times for chocolate toxicities and if your dog happens to eat an Easter egg, here’s what we will do:

2. Easter lilies 3. Easter toys Those tiny fluffy baby chicken toys, plastic Easter eggs and bunny ears may be good basket stuffers for your kids, but your pet might think they look extra tasty and fun to chew on. They should all be kept away from cats and dogs as they can cause a gastrointestinal obstruction. If your pet ingests any of the above over the Easter period call your veterinarian immediately. Make sure you have emergency numbers on hand if it is during public holidays.

1. We will ask you how much and what type of chocolate your dog has eaten. This helps us work out just how dangerous the ingestion might be. Remember, that cooking and dark chocolate are the most toxic, followed by milk and then white chocolate. The toxicity is also related to the size of your dog and the amount ingested. It is important to realise that any amount of chocolate can cause a problem so veterinary advice is always advised. 2. We will most likely induce emesis (which simply means we make your dog vomit). This is usually done using injection under the skin or application of a medication in to the eye. Vomiting tends to occur quickly and can sometimes be quite spectacular (especially if the wrapping has been consumed too!). 3. If we don’t feel enough chocolate has been vomited or if the symptoms are serious, a charcoal meal or enema may be given to help reduce the toxicity. Some dogs will also need further supportive care including intravenous fluid therapy and hospitalisation. Please phone your veterinarian immediately, even if you only think your dog has ingested chocolate. They will give you the best advice.

Inner South Veterinary Centre 47 Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah ACT 2604 Find us on Facebook




Doubleshot’s Caramalised Fig Jam

Ingredients • • •

175g caster sugar 250g fresh black genoa figs 10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method 1. Remove stems from figs and cut into quarters 2. Place all ingredients into a pot over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes 3. Reduce heat to a simmer and gently cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir occasionally and remove any impurities that come to the surface 4. Once thickened, remove from the heat and allow to cool 5. Spoon the jam into a jar, place the lid on and allow to cool completely before placing it into the fridge Enjoy!



By Kevin Rhind, Head Chef at Doubleshot Deakin. Situated in the social hub of the local Deakin shops, Doubleshot is your place to unwind and indulge in one of Canberra’s most welcoming, carefree and fun cafes. Shop 7, Deakin Court, Deakin or visit au



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An established front garden gives the home instant appeal and compliments the lovely entertaining deck which flows effortlessly from the open-plan lounge and dining area. A separate family/ rumpus room will appeal to those who need a second living space, and that leads out to the low-maintenance rear courtyard. The kitchen will impress the chef in any family with the generous island bench, a walk-in pantry, a SMEG 5 burner gas stove and a Miele dishwasher, all of which enjoys a serene outlook over the front courtyard to the adjacent creek. On the top floor, the master bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and a modern ensuite with dual vanity, and flows out to the covered balcony which provides a peaceful spot to enjoy a morning coffee or evening wine enjoying the wonderful views. The three other bedrooms all have built-in wardrobes and the main bathroom is a good size with floor to ceiling tiles. Finished to a very high standard, the home also includes ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling, double glazed windows, a downstairs powder room, Luxaflex blinds, an intercom system and a double automatic garage.




Some highlights of what’s on in Canberra during Autumn



Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 Canberra Balloon Spectacular at the Lawns of Old Parliament House

Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 Mother’s Day Handmade Markets at Exhibition Park Canberra

Saturday 17 Skyfire 2018

Saturday 12 Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at AIS Arena

Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 Australian Plants as Bonsai 2018 at The Australian National Botanic Gardens

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 Portrait Encounter at the National Portrait Gallery

Monday 19 to Sunday 24 Canberra Comedy Festival at the Canberra Theatre Centre

Sunday 20 Canberra Youth Orchestra: Classical Music for the Young at Heart at the High Court of Australia

Saturday 24 Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival at Mercure Canberra

Friday 25 to Wednesday 30 The Australian Ballet Presents the Merry Widow at the Canberra Theatre Centre

APRIL Wednesday 4 Lionel Richie at AIS Arena Saturday 7 Ignite Walk 2018 at Patrick White Lawns Friday 13 Pod Food Wine Week Garden Party at Pod Food Pialligo Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 Canberra Running Festival Tuesday 17 Harlem Globetrotters at the AIS Arena




We had our best year ever!

We got locked up!

2017 was a super exciting year for our team as we grew from 3 to 4. Over the 12 month period, we helped 75 sellers secure buyers for their homes and we finished on a high with 2 record prices in November, Coombs at $1,775,000 and Waramanga at $1,000,000.

Justine was joined by one of our Property Managers Airlie, and both were locked up for the 2018 RSPCA ACT Dog House Event. Justine and Airlie raised over $1700, and the whole event generated over $33,000 for RSPCA ACT.

We made a video! After years of wanting to make a profile video, we finally got around to it! Click on the image to check out Team Burke in action.

TIM BURKE Director, Licensed Agent and Auctioneer 0411 878 587

27-31 Brierly Street WESTON ACT 2611 P 02 6287 1600 / F 02 6287 1611 /

JUSTINE BURKE Director and Licensed Agent 0411 481 096

Justine and Tim Burke are the first Real Estate Agents that I cannot fault in their service and advice. Their advice was always well explained and positive, and responses to requests and tasks were always prompt. They have a great support in Ashleigh and every recommendation of providers for legals, property reports, certification, cleaners and stylists were competitively priced and provided excellent service. Justine and Tim provided exceptional marketing and delivered on everything making me feel comfortable and confident in the process of selling my house. They are a fantastic team! Greg – Chapman

Luton Living - Issue 13 - Autumn 2018  

Practical lifestyle articles brought to you by Luton Weston.

Luton Living - Issue 13 - Autumn 2018  

Practical lifestyle articles brought to you by Luton Weston.