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I had a fantastic experience. What a great way to spend your day!

Live and learn!

I live in Perth for 27 years and just learn about this fantastic activity only this week and thought would be a good idea to share with my news readers.

Did you know about this?

My children did not know either!

 

A Full Day of Fun for just $10*

Hop aboard the Crown Bus and head to Crown Perth. It’s an easy and convenient way to enjoy all that we have to offer.

The $10 Fun Pack includes:

Transport to and from Crown Perth.
A delicious lunch at your choice of Carvers, 88 Noodle Bar or Snax.
Bonus vouchers for a bit of fun!
Crown Rewards members can enjoy a Crown Bus Fun Pack for just $10. Non members can sign up for free, once they arrive at Crown Perth, and start enjoying all the member benefits immediately.

Upgrade your Fun Pack for an additional $20*

Monday to Friday

Make the most of your day at Crown and upgrade to lunch at Atrium buffet for an additional $20*. Simply purchase your $10 fun pack at the bus podium, then purchase the $20 upgrade whilst at Atrium.

*Conditions Apply. Offer valid for lunch only Monday to Friday. Must arrive on the Crown Bus and purchase a Fun Pack. Must present Carvers Voucher from Fun Pack booklet to redeem offer whilst in Atrium. Valid on day of purchase only. Not valid with any other offer or discount, including during $5 Frenzy.

 

There are two ways to catch the Crown Bus:

Metro Service – runs just like a normal bus service. Hop on at your local stop and pay for your Fun Pack when you arrive at Crown Perth.
Group Booking – perfect for birthdays, social clubs or work functions. This option is available seven days a week, day or night.
For more information about the metro service or to make a group booking, call our friendly Bus Hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm or email crownbus@crownperth.com.au

Bookings
Let the Crown Bus take care of the driving

Jump aboard the Crown Bus and treat yourself and your guests to a private-party chauffer service. Ladies days, birthdays, Christmas parties, bucks and hens parties, social clubs or work functions all go better with a Crown Bus to take care of the driving. The Crown Bus service is available seven days a week, day or night and prices start from just $10*.
How to book your private Crown Bus service

Please take note of the following requirements before you book the Crown Bus:
A minimum of 25 guests are required for a Group Booking
Group bookings require a minimum of one week’s notice
Confirmation of group numbers must be made with the Crown Perth Bus Hosts seven days before your group’s visit
Cash payment is required for all bookings, the Crown Bus programme does not accept payment by cheque or credit card
Additional costs may be incurred outside the metropolitan area
To make your group booking, call the Crown Bus hosts on the below number from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can email the hosts at crownbus@crownperth.com.au or check out the website here.

Don’t forget to bring appropriate proof of identification with you to ensure entry into the Casino. Casino dress standards apply.

 

Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner city

Good opportunity for buyers near Perth’s inner cityNEW
09 September 2017
Author: REIWA President Hayden Groves

If you were to ask people in Sydney or Melbourne whether it was possible to secure a house – not just an apartment, but a house – within 10 kilometres of the CBD for under $500,000, you’d likely be met with mirth.

Purchasing any property in Sydney or Melbourne for under $500,000 is challenging, let alone finding a property for that price just a few kilometres away from the city. It’s this point of difference that keeps the dream of home ownership alive for many more people in Western Australia than it does in other parts of the country.

For instance, unlike the major markets on the east coast, you don’t need to move miles away from the city to be able to get onto the property ladder. There are numerous suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city that offer fantastic value to savvy buyers and investors.

Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the CBD
A recent report by reiwa.com revealed Perth’s 10 cheapest suburbs within 10 kilometres of the city. Nollamara, located 10 kilometres north of the CBD, took out first spot with a median house price of $410,000 for the year to June 2017. This is extraordinarily good value, and doesn’t even factor the suburb’s lower quartile price, which sits at $375,000.

Other suburbs to make the list were Cloverdale, Belmont, Redcliffe, Bentley, Embleton, Osborne Park, Kewdale, Morley and Carlisle. And of these 10 suburbs, seven were located east of the city.

The eastern corridor of Perth’s inner city is a growing area that presents particularly good value. With the Perth Stadium and surrounding infrastructure nearing completion, the opportunity is certainly there for savvy buyers and investors to purchase in a fast growing area at a relatively affordable price.

Get in quick!
We are very lucky here in Perth that there are still great bargains to be had in and around the CBD, but as WA’s population inevitably grows, it is unlikely inner city living will remain this attainable. By 2050, the state’s population is expected to have almost doubled, and as we’ve seen in most major cities around the world, as population density increases so too does the cost of real estate.

The Perth property market currently favours buyers, but property markets are cyclical and conditions will change. With signs emerging that we may have finally found, or be close to finding, the ‘floor’ of our local housing market, I would advise buyers to act sooner rather than later if you’re wanting to secure an affordable house close to the city.

Speak to a local REIWA agent in your area to discuss the options available to you.

Spending a week in Sydney visiting friends and relatives.

I am here in Sydney for only one week to visit a very special friend who moved back here a year ago and I miss her dearly. Eliane and her husband Leo, here I am finally! Also I’ll have the chance to meet up with my gorgeous Italian nephew, Michele, and his girlfriend Pearl, who I will be meeting for the first time. Who else is here in Sydney that would like to go for a coffee with me? Just call my mobile or send and email, and I will come and see you too. I would love to meet you all!

I experimented with Sydney transportation and loved the double decker trains plus the politeness of the locals or other tourists like me.
My hosts are fantastic and tomorrow I am going for dinner with Michele and Pearl. I browsed around Castle Hill Shopping Centre which is as big as the one in Joondalup.

The houses here are very different, and driving around I couldn’t see any Suburbs similar to the ones in Perth.
I feel like I am in another country altogether. My only recollection of Sydney from a previous visit is the Darling Harbour.
I never visited any other locations. Now is my chance!

I am very impressed with the efficiency, cleanliness and architectural aspects of this busy city!

Perth rental market subdued in June quarter, but annual leasing figures remain strong

Leasing activity in Perth was more subdued in the June quarter than it was in the March quarter, but when compared to the same time in 2016 reiwa.com data shows leasing levels in Perth increased by six per cent.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said although activity had dropped off across the metro area in the three months to June, annual activity levels had continued to improve.

“The data for the June quarter 2017 clearly shows an uptick in activity on an annual basis across the board, which is pleasing. We’re seeing notably more properties being leased now than we were this time last year.

“All five sub-regions saw lifts in their annual activity levels. The stand out performers were the South East and Central sub-regions, which improved by 10.5 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively when comparing June quarter 2017 to June quarter 2016,” Mr Groves said.

Despite Perth experiencing a decline in activity on a quarterly basis, there were a number of suburbs throughout the metro area which saw the volume of leased rentals increase over the quarter.

“Huntingdale, Booragoon, Bedford, Aubin Grove and Sorrento saw the biggest improvement in leasing activity in the three months to June 2017,” Mr Groves said.

Median rent price
Perth’s overall median rent price softened in the June quarter, edging back slightly to $350 per week from $360 in the March quarter.

Mr Groves said this was a trend felt across each of the sub-regions, but a number of suburbs had stood out over the quarter, recording increases in their overall median rent price.

“Karrinyup in the Central sub-region was the best performing suburb for rent price, with its overall median lifting to $570 per week for the three months to June.

“Other suburbs to record positive growth to their median rent prices were Booragoon, East Fremantle, Mount Pleasant and Mindarie,” Mr Groves said.

reiwa.com data shows the median house rent price for the three months to June came in at $360 per week, while Perth’s median unit price was recorded at $330 per week.

Average leasing days
It took an average of 52 days for Perth landlords to secure a tenant for their rental in the June quarter.

Mr Groves said the figure recorded for the three months to June was fairly steady on the March quarter, having only increased by one day.

“This stability was felt across all sub-regions, with only minor changes recorded in the average leasing day figure for the June quarter. The North West sub-region was the only sub-region to experience a reduction in the number of days it took to lease a property, while the South East sub-region saw no change,” Mr Groves said.
Transcript from REIWA

Holidays over! Back from my Brazilian holidays and now looking for a job: do you have a house to sell? I am totally back!

We had an absolutely AMAZING time, spending 45 days in Brazil visiting relatives. On one hand we were able to relax in some pleasant weather, and visited some of my relatives’ retreats out in the countryside, and on the other hand we did so much socialising! Parties everyday! People popping in for a visit unannounced was never an issue, just ‘add water to the beans’ for another one or two or three, everyone is always welcome. Just like the way I like it in my home here.

At night on the 13th of June was a festival called Festa Junina, a traditional celebration occurring at the beginning of winter. I worked in one of the kiosks from a non profitable organisation selling some delicious Brazilian dishes, namely: canjiquinha, canjica, and caldo de feijão. Believe me if you eat them you’ll be hooked!

Today I went shopping at Kakoulas to find the ingredients I needed. My family has been treated to some of these delicious dishes since we’ve come home. It makes a refreshing change from the routine dishes we can fall into the habit of making.

Do you have signature dishes from your culture you like to serve up now and again?

Today I went shopping at Kakoulas to find the ingredients I needed.
Here some pictures to highlight my beautiful trip.





Fantastic 20 hours stay in Dubai before going to Brazil

This is a transit Hotel in Dubai on Concourse A, situated on the 6th and 7th floor of the International Airport. I loved the ‘Welcome Mrs Barrett’ written on the TV screen.

The suite is fitted with a 5 star hotel greeting: coffee, tea, free water, fridge, robes, slippers , sewing kit, shampoos, conditioners, cream, bathing cap, shaving kit, soap etc, etc, etc.

Taking the elevator to level 3 you will find the departure level with all of the duty free shops, restaurants, currency exchange, etc, etc, etc.

It has a large king size bed -or larger than!- comfortable chairs, air conditioning and a most welcome large size room that is at least 5×4 meter square.

We had a super comfortable and welcoming stay before carrying on the next leg to Brazil.

I highly recommend it for anyone doing extensive travelling. The restful stay between legs makes all of the difference for me on these long journeys to visit family.

My daughter, son in law, grandson, and my husband recently crossed the oceans to Canada and back, and roughed it by carrying straight through to their destination, but I’ve done that before and this is DEFINITELY the way to go!

Why don’t you try it next time?

Fund Raising For Cancer Research

Wendy Jones hosted a Big Morning Tea at her place, 5 Reef Court on
Saturday, May 6th from 1-3pm to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Just before I left was raised over $600 which may not seem much but in fact is a big amount amongst few ladies for a Morning Tea.
Fantastic effort Wendy!
Was a lovely afternoon with finger food and some sparkling.
Wendy had a colourful and delightful courtyard beeming with smiles from all the attendants.
Would you like to offer your backyard for such a lovely cause?

Planning for the next season workshop.

Most people, when asked, will say that they only want to leave their home only if absolutely necessary. We all want to age in our home and live our lives the way we have always done. It’s hard to think about what would happen if we, or someone we love couldn’t stay at home due to a fall or inability to care for themselves.

What are the options? Do you know how to access aged care supports and services if you need them? Do you know who to call, how much it costs and what is involved? Did you know that there have been significant changes to aged care just in the last two months? Do you know what is most important to you in being able to stay at home? Many people we speak to don’t know where to start and when help is needed are confused about their rights and options.

Planning for the Next Season is a workshop of your peers, all at different stages of this journey. In the session, we work together to talk about what’s available, what works and what doesn’t and what you can expect from the aged care system. This is a must if you want to learn more about options for staying at home long term and not something to leave until you need quick answers.

The next Plannng for the Next Season workshop will be held at True North Church in Mullaloo on 31 May from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. The session is $50 and includes a light lunch, participants workbook to take along with you and of course, parking is free.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planning-for-the-next-season-tickets-33649969966

If you’d like more information, please ring Melissa Young at 0400 248 655 or head to www.thenextseason.com.au

I have been facilitating what is called Planning for the Next Season. It is a peer workshop for people (generally the over 60’s and/or their adult children) to start thinking and planning for how to stay well and living at home now and into the future. If

You may or may not be aware of all the reform that has happened in the aged care space over the last three years in particular. It can be very difficult to find your way through the aged care ‘maze’ when looking for in-home supports/services for loved ones.

That being said, I’d like to share with you the details to a workshop I am facilitating in Mullaloo on 31 May. Here is the info:

Planning for the Next Season
by Melissa Young, Developer, Planning for the Next Season
$50
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Wed. 31 May 2017

Bulk Billing at the Doctors? Wow!

This may surprise you but after living in Australia for 26 years I discovered Bulk Billing.
One day I was in Whitfords Shopping Center feeling ill and a friend took me to Hillarys Medical Center to see the Doctor.
As I was leaving I asked how much and the receptionist told me nothing to pay.
I thought my friend paid for and I went to him to pay back and he said it was bulk billing.
What is this I asked and he explained.
Since a year now I have been going to the bulk Billing doctors at Harman Road where I found the most caring, knowledgeable and experienced doctor. As far as I know there many reputable doctors there.
This morning I met 2 ladies on the walking and doctors conversation came in and bulk Billing talk too and one of the ladies that I met who lives in Australia for 17 years never heard about it.
Going to the doctor and don’t pay for the visit?
Unheard of.
That is why I decided to talk about bulk Billing.
Maybe you never heard about it?

Painting Classes. Never too late to learn

Susanna is an artist. She paints and she also teaches painting.
She has a fantastic nature and is easy to learn with her.
If you want to pursue a hobby this is so easy.

Open Negotiation new trendy way to sell your home is quick and easy?

OPEN NEGOTIATION

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPROVED IN ORDER TO PURCHASE THIS HOME

What is Open & Transparent Negotiation?
It is a new way of buying Real Estate which combines the best aspects of Auction, Private Treaty and End Date Sale into one fair and open buying process. Approved buyers compete for the property from the comfort of their own home, being constantly informed throughout the process of any new prices until the highest unchallenged price is accepted.- making for a totally transparent sale process.

What do you need to do?

All you need to do is submit your offer terms and conditions via the Agent. (This is include your settlement period, finance clauses, deposit amount, etc) and your starting price. If the seller approves your terms you are then qualified to take part in the negotiation process along with other approved buyers.

If you are interested in this home, it is strongly recommended that you submit your terms for approval as soon as possible. If a starting price is submitted that is acceptable to the seller, the Agent may start the Open Negotiation early (before the nominated sale date). If you don’t have your terms and conditions approved-you will not be notified of the early negotiation and will miss out on the chance to participate

The Benefits:

YOU CAN SET THE ADVERTISED PRICE.
• The first buyer to have his terms accepted sets the “advertised price” for the property with their starting price.

TOTAL TRANSPARENCY
• You are notified of any new buyers and prices so you know exactly what you are competing against.

YOU ARE NOT LOCKED IN
• Unless your price is accepted and signed off by the seller you can withdraw from the Transparent Negotiation at any time.

IT’S QUICK AND EASY
• It does not cost anything to get approved and only takes around 10 minutes to complete the appropriate forms with the selling agent.
Until now, buying Real Estate has been limited to traditional processes often leaving buyers frustrated and confused.
OpennNegotiation will change this forever by creating one fair and open process. Using the revolutionary Openn App, approved buyers compete for the property from the comfort of their own homes. The whole process is completely transparent and that is a big win for everybody.
This is a transcript directly from Openn Negotiation which I have been attending the training for this marvellous process.