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We had a great time at the Crown

We, the S.I.N.ers, (Sunset International Neighbours) usually meet in each other’s homes for a lovely lunch every 4 weeks on a Monday.

This last Monday was different. We went to the Crown Casino on a bus.

We hopped on the Bus at 9:54 am at Warwick Grove Shopping Centre.

Arrived at Crown, got ourselves organised and paid $10 for the trip. It’s a regular service run by Crown Casino.

We received vouchers for:

Lunch at a choice of 2 restaurants or chance to upgrade to the Atrium for a further $20.

Some of us preferred the Buffet at the Carvers and others went to the Noodle Bar.

We also had a $1 for Keno and a voucher for the trip back at 3:30.

We all agreed that this outing was the most valuable, and that we would take any visitors toour shores on the same outing.

Have you ever done this?

It is worth it. Give it a go!

We played the pokey machines, and had the best of fun. None of us are really into gambling but played for fun and stopped when we decided to stop.

The visit to Crown was also very interesting. Worth it to walk around and appreciate the scenery too. We generally go there for specific shows or dinner on a special occasion, and don’t usually have the time to take it all in.

We had a great time and will definitely go back and take friends or family members to enjoy the day as much as we did.


Housing affordability has declined in all states and territories, according to a new report.

New report shows housing affordability has declined in Western AustraliaNEW
12 March 2018

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) have released the findings of its latest Housing Affordability Report, which found housing affordability declined in Western Australia in the December 2017 quarter.

The national report, which is produced in partnership with Adelaide Bank, showed housing affordability had declined across all states and territories, and rental affordability had declined in every state and territory except for Western Australia and New South Wales.

REIA President Malcolm Gunning said a coordinated and aligned approach by all three levels of Government were needed to address the housing affordability issue.

“We need to address this with some urgency and reform the planning and approval process. We need all tiers of Government involved and implementing change.

“REIA believes a first step in this is the appointment of a Minister of Property Services. This would also recognise the importance of the property sector as a driver of economic growth and employment. Property investment supported by historically low interest rates has been a significant contributor to growth in the Australian economy since 2013-14 as we transition away from a decade-long reliance on mining,” Mr Gunning said.

Housing affordability results for WA
There was a mixed bag of results across WA in the December 2017 quarter, with housing affordability worsening over the quarter but improving when compared to the December 2016 quarter.

The report found the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments increased 1.5 per cent to 23.9 per cent in the three months to December 2017 and declined by 0.3 per cent decline compared to the December 2016 quarter.

First home buyers

The number of first home buyers in WA decreased to 3,996 in the December 2017 quarter, a decrease of 9.8 per cent over the quarter but an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Of all Australian first home buyers over the quarter, 12.9 per cent were from WA, while the proportion of first home buyers in the state’s owner-occupier market was 34 per cent.

The average loan to first home buyers increased to $316,067, an increase of 4.1 per cent over the quarter but a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.


The total number of loans (excluding refinancing) in WA decreased to 11,744, a decrease of 4.2 per cent over the quarter and a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The average loan size increased to $352,796, an increase of 6.8 per cent over the quarter and 0.5 per cent compared to the December quarter 2016.

Perth rental market

Rental affordability in WA remained stable during the December quarter, with the proportion of family income required to meet the median rent remaining at 16.4 per cent, the same as the previous quarter but a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared to the year before.

For more information about the WA property market, visit the WA market page.

Emma is in Fremantle!

This Monday just gone (Labour Day), I was just about to finish my lunch when my husband cried out loud: ‘Emma is in Fremantle!’
It took a few moments to gather my thoughts before I realised the significance of what he had said.
Suddenly it hit me.
My niece Emma.
From Canada.
Is in Fremantle.
‘Emma is in Fremantle?’ I exclaimed!
‘Yes, and I’m going to see her with Nikky.’ (our daughter).
I shouted ‘I want to go too!’
My daughter had arrived home around 12:30 with her sleeping toddler, who now, after only an hour of sleep was being woken up and hustled into the car with promises of a family adventure, and snacks. He didn’t seem to mind too much. More than a little flustered, we all packed into Nikky’s car and set off on our journey to Freo. I called my son Merv on the way. He and his parter Toni were shopping, but they said they’d be there by 3pm.

Emma took on a 6 month contract working on the Celebrity Solstice, a huge cruise liner, travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other amazing places. She’s 23, working the gift shop and travelling the world (but seeing nothing, as my husband jokes, having heard about life working on liners). Luckily, she was allowed on shore for a two hour window, and we were all – surprisingly – available to leap into action and see her! My husband had been tracking the Celebrity Solstice for weeks, but stopped 8 days ago while it was moored near New Zealand. And none of Emma’s had emails made it through due to variable internet connections. My husband checked his email at 1:30, expecting it to be a mid night message from his brother Ian in Canada, but lo and behold cousin emma was HERE! I think we beat some kind of record for getting our things together and getting out of the house!

We picked her up at Victoria Quay, and took her for a short drive to the E-shed markets for coffee, nibbles, and stories of her travels. Quite a whirlwind visit, but worth it. She was happy to see us, we think, familiar faces halfway around the globe. And we always love having visitors. We figure we’re the most isolated of the lot, so we like to make an effort when someone makes aaaaaall the way to Perth to see us. I wonder who will be next!

There are 2 men in my roof!

Late one night we noticed some dripping so dutifully moved the furniture, laid down a tarpaulin and buckets, and hoped for the best!

My insurance company sent an assessor and I was advised to do some roof maintenance.

I was lucky enough to get Paul Morris who originally installed the roof when the house was built in 1996.

How lucky am I?

Paul Morris dangerously climbed up to the roof with buckets, tools and roof sheeting.

I only took a picture but cannot watch their feat. Gives me butterflies in my stomach!

Paul Morris is an expert on roof tiling, plumbing and maintenance issues.

Here are his details in case you need help:

Mobile: 0419 906 473


Reliable, professional and clean.




Regional WA outperforms Perth for price growth in latest quarter

Regional WA’s overall median house price increased 2.9 per cent during the December 2017 quarter, outperforming the Perth Metro region.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said eight regional centres experienced positive median house price growth, with Karratha the top performer with a 13.5 per cent improvement.

“Busselton, Albany and Esperance also recorded strong price growth, lifting 9.8 per cent, 7.2 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively.

“Pleasingly, house prices improved across the board, with centres both north and south of Perth showing positive growth. Consumer sentiment in WA improved considerably in the December quarter, up 13.5 per cent which has had a positive flow on effect to the property market. West Australians are feeling more optimistic and buyer enthusiasm is returning,” Mr Groves said.

Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Northam and Port Hedland were the only regions to record declines.

“After recording a significant 19.5 per cent increase in median house price in the September quarter, Port Hedland’s median house price had a minor adjustment in the December quarter,” Mr Groves said.

View the REIWA Regional WA Outperforms Perth for Price Growth

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarter

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarterNEW
06 February 2018

The Perth property market ended 2017 on a positive note, with December quarter data showing improvements in median prices, sales activity, listing levels and average selling days.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said it boded well for Perth that all key indicators had improved over the quarter.

“The Perth market found its floor and stabilised in the back half of 2017. We now appear to be entering a recovery phase, though REIWA remains cautious about expectations of rapid growth in the next 12 months,” Mr Groves said.

Median house and unit price
Perth’s preliminary median house price increased 1.2 per cent to $516,000 in the December quarter 2017.

“Once all sales have settled, we expect the final December quarter median to lift to $520,000, which is a notable improvement on the September quarter median of $510,000.

“On an annual basis, the Perth market is very stable. We’ve observed consistent price levels between the December 2016 and 2017 quarters which is a strong signifier the market has turned a corner,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median unit price is $405,000 for the December 2017 quarter which is a 1.3 per cent increase on the September quarter.

“It’s encouraging to see Perth’s house and unit medians increase over the quarter because it suggests one sector hasn’t recovered at the expense of the other,” Mr Groves said.

Sales activity
There were 4,946 dwelling sales in Perth in the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this figure was expected to lift to 6,700 once all sales had settled, putting it significantly above the September quarter sales figure.

“Traditionally, the September quarter outperforms the December quarter, but that wasn’t the case in 2017. The December quarter is on track to record 14 per cent more sales than the September quarter,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA analysis shows the composition of sales shifted in the December quarter in Perth, with more transactions occurring above $700,000.

“We’ve observed a surge of activity in Perth’s aspirational suburbs, with buyers recognising there is good opportunity to secure a home in these areas which might have previously been considered unattainable by many,” Mr Groves said.

“This spike in sales above $700,000 has also contributed to Perth’s median house price increasing over the quarter.”

Listings for sale
There were 13,088 properties for sale in Perth at the end of the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this was on par with the September quarter figure and six per cent less than the December 2016 quarter figure.

“There were 800 fewer listings in Perth at the end of 2017 than there was in 2016 and some 1,300 less than there were at the same time 2015. We have consistently seen stock levels decline over the last two years as the market trends towards parity,” Mr Groves said.

“Declining listing levels combined with notable improvements in sales activity has helped restore net-demand. With buyer activity increasing, stock levels are being absorbed faster,” Mr Groves said.

Average selling days
It was 10 days faster to sell in the December quarter than it was in the September quarter, with it taking on average 60 days to secure a sale.

It’s been two years since it was this quick to sell in Perth. The combination of sellers’ preparedness to meet the market and buyer appetite for well-priced property has significantly shortened days-on-market,” Mr Groves said.

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Craft work Before and After

My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.

Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.

I love it right away and took possession of it.

Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.

In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.

Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!

Great work!



New listing hitting the market in Sorrento.

2 Hermite Rise, Sorrento

Located on a large 801sqm lot is this large two storey family home in the perfect location.

This quality Federation built, double brick and tile home comprises of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a study.

The main living includes open concept meals and family room with garage entry and a functional kitchen with granite bench tops and a scullery window. The adjoining games room opens to the outdoor entertaining area with decking and a pitched pergola. There is a grassed area perfect for a trampoline or family dog.

The home features separates zones, the ground floor compiles of the master bedroom and ensuite, the guest bedroom and study. All children/minor bedrooms are on the second level. Windows on the upper level all have beautiful views of the Sorrento skyline.

Entertain your family and guests in the beautiful underground, crystal-clear pool that’s just screaming to be enjoyed this summer.

Located just minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbor and a short stroll to Perth’s best coastal café strip. Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility is just down the road and the popular and highly-sought after Sacred Heart College only a 10 minute walk away. This location offers proximity to beautiful beaches with public transport conveniently located at your doorstep.

sacred Heart College is just the other side of the park

There is everything to offer for a family looking to reside with lifestyle…

More features include:
* 5 bedrooms plus study
* 3 bathrooms
* Open plan indoor and outdoor entertaining
* Reverse cycle air conditioning
* Solar panels
* Master suite with ensuite
* Double lock up garage with extra parking for boat or trailer
* Workshop

For more information, please contact Alycee on 0416 188 752.

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My Community helps others in need.

Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.

We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.

We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.

We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.

Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.

There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.

All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.

It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?




BMW $1200 1st Anniversary Voucher

I received a voucher of $1200 from BMW as a Christmas gift. A lovely present to be used at Verve Portraits.

Unfortunately I won’t use the voucher. My daughter is a professional photographer doing this type of business and has just done a portrait of her brother.

I didn’t want it to go to waste so I decided to offer it as a gift to my clients.

Thanks to Deb Diamantis at BMW Wangara who provided me with excellent service and made it possible to transfer the gift to whoever I want to.

I sent 375 emails/texts and said that the first one to call would receive the gift.

I had a few calls but the first one was Kyro Saweres, pictured with me.

Thank you all and sorry I could not please everyone.

Wait for my second Anniversary until BMW sends me another gift….maybe.

And you also could consider going to BMW Wangara to purchase a car for yourself.

They offer excellent service and it comes with tea, coffee and lots of smiles. Worth the experience!… Plus the gift which is a bonus, right?








Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all of my newsletter readers:

Enjoy your Christmas, family, friends and working mates.

Make a resolution for 2018. And stick to it!

Make a plan for the future.

Make an achievable goal!

Make it happen whatever you wished for!

Make Love not war!

Have a great Christmas!

Alycee Barrett

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