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Most special welcome on my visit to Sydney

On my recent trip to Sydney I was picked up by my nephew Michele who took me to his flat to meet his partner Pearl. She is a most lovely young lady with good financial sense, and she and Michele plan to buy their own place.

We spent a bit of time talking about Real Estate in Sydney.
*more information about the real estate situation in Sydney? Read the second article of this newsletter.

They both took me to this lovely restaurant La Grappa, situated in “Little Italy” in Leichhardt. We had a fantastic dinner! That night at La Grappa was my first night of adventure in Sydney. They made my stay in Sydney most special.

Michele is one of 3 children of Joanna, my sister in law and Stefano, her husband, who split time between their current home in central Madrid, and their previous home in Lazio, Italy.

Michele’s parents are the most loving people, and I not only admire them, but their three beautiful children too. Michele in Sydney, Beatrice in Madrid and Pierfrancesco in Italy.

Looking forward to return the favour to Michele and Pearl.
See you here at Christmas!

Changes in Real Estate concerning Sellers for properties over $750.000,00

As from July 1, 2017 the changes to this legislation will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017 for real property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 or more. Contracts entered into prior to July 1 are exempt
The following matters should be noted:
1. Rules will apply to sales at $750,000 and above.
2. The Buyer has an obligation to deduct 12.50% withholding tax on the sale price unless the seller can supply a FOREIGN RESIDENT CAPITAL GAINS WITHHOLDING CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE.
3. If it is partnership selling the property then all the partners must apply for a clearance certificate in their own name.
4. If it is a trust or superannuation fund selling the property then the trustees must apply for the clearance certificate in the Trustees’ name. 5. Clearance certificates once granted only are valid for a twelve month period What makes this requirement confusing as the name given to these certificates, because it is in fact Australian residents who need to apply for the clearance certificate so that tax is not deducted at the time of sale.
It is imperative that you give this advise to all your Sellers.

It is best to have the Sellers acknowledge this requirement has been brought to their attention and if they wish to obtain further information they should address their enquiries to the Australian Taxation Office.
Nevertheless we should ensure that we have informed the Seller/s of the ATO requirement.

Furthermore all the Agents have an obligation to bring this requirement to the attention of a Buyer.
All the Agencies should have the appropriate forms to inform Sellers and Buyers

It is Gold. No. It is Red. It is my old car shinning like new


After a day…Spirit Graphics sent Jason Evans to remove the wrap wonderfully!

4 Christmas Parties coming up already organised!

Christmas is just around the corner and I haven’t even started to think about what to buy for who.

Our street party is on December 11th at 6PM as usual organised by Lynnette Murphy who takes care of absolutely everything, and every year we have all the neighbours gathering in the cul de sac enjoying each other’s company and catching up with the yearly news.

Next party the S.I.N.ers (Sunset International Neighbours) lunch on December 12th as usual at Jean Doig’s home in Reef Court Sorrento who his the best at organising the Christmas party with turkey and all the trimmings. We all exchange gifts.

The third party is for Ray White North Quays at Cocos Restaurant on December 22nd! Cocos eh! We are really commemorating in style!

Last but not least our family on December 24th with turkey and trimmings and alien (green) pancakes with peaches and cream for breakfast on December 25th and presents after! This year we’ll have a fully mobile toddler running around and hopefully not pulling down the tree!

Where are you going for Christmas this year?

Our children generally split christmas between us an in-laws or partner’s family and nieces and nephews, having dinner here and breakfast elsewhere, presents at two houses and lunch somewhere else. Everybody feeds them. That’s a lot of Christmas cheer, and a fair few meals!

Who will you be spending Christmas  with?

 

Renovate To Sell: What Are Australian Home Buyers Looking For

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The news on the Australian real estate block seems to be pretty grim this year, as the number of first-home buyers who filed for bank loans hit a decade-long record low. What’s even worse, the prospects for the future don’t look any brighter either, and experts are warning that the housing market may crash altogether by the end of 2017 over high home loan interest rates. On the plus side, the demand for housing is still solid, but home hunters Down Under who have the cash to afford a place of their own are nowadays extremely picky when it comes to the features they’d like to see in their future nest. That’s why real estate sellers who want to get the biggest bang for their property need to be careful when choosing home upgrades to carry out in order to add value to their estates and increase their marketability. If you haven’t been following the housing market developments and demand trends of late, here are some basic tips to help you set home overhaul on the right and profitable foot.

1. State-of-the-Art Wet Areas

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Would you buy a home with a shabby kitchen or bathroom (or both)? Of course not, and neither will a house-hunter who saw the ad for your property in the local listing. Kitchen and shower room renovations are the safest way to increase the value and marketability of your house, so make sure you’ve updated the wet areas before you go on to advertize your property.

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Bathtub, sink, tiles, and other fittings should all look brand new and spotlessly clean, and kitchen cabinets can be updated with a fresh paint coat in a trending hue such as serenity blue, beige, or ivory.

2. Superior-Quality Flooring

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These days, homebuyers know that flooring types aren’t created equal, and they’ll rather pay a bit more for a home that has easy-cleanup floors crafted from natural materials such as wood or stone. To dial up the aesthetic and functional value of your property, replace worn flooring with hardwood or stone tiles: the upgrade may be costly, but it will help your house achieve a higher contract figure and possibly even trim total DOM time.

3. Second Living Areas Welcome

Young homebuyers these days seek all the comfort and style in a place they’re about to call their home, and a piece of property that has just one living room simply doesn’t cut it for them. Extra living areas such as sunrooms and porches are a huge plus in the eyes of a potential homebuyer, so if you can extend the living area out to the garden, do it. A home extension will increase your property’s appeal in the eyes of young couples and families who always seek additional square footage in their home-to-be.

4. A Leak-Free Roof Overhead

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Another way to pull off the additional habitable space trick is to convert the attic into a nursery or guest room. Loft conversion is an extremely popular renovation project among house flippers these days, as it can add up to 10-15% in value to the final property appraisal figure. Still, you’d better be extremely careful with attic makeovers and take roof update costs into account when devising the renovation budget. After all, the future owner will need a safe roof over their head and in case they detect signs of leaks or roofing defects, they’ll turn on their heel and walk out in a blink.

5. Lights That Make a Home

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Though lighting may not exactly be the first point on your list of property upgrades, it shouldn’t be the last one either. Natural lighting will bring out the best décor aspects in your home, which is why you may want to consider investing property upgrade cash in installation of additional windows or skylights. You can also throw in energy-efficient lighting to add an extra green touch to your home: LED and CFL lights promise long-term utility savings, and Australian homebuyers know this, and they also value such sustainable home features more than previous generations.

The Australian real estate market may not be at its peak these days, but there are still ways for a home seller to capitalize on their property and avoid sale delays. Carry out the right updates and invest a little in your home before you put it up for sale: a full or partial renovation can be a one-way ticket to a greater number of interested buyers, speedier sale, and higher profit. Good luck!

Expansion of Carine SHS, the intake of students into this school and Churchlands SHS.

CARINE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Seeking Excellence in Education

Principal: Damian Shuttleworth B.Arts. B.Ed

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to let you know that the Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Collier MLC, has announced an $18.77 million expansion of our school that will increase our permanent capacity from 1225 students to 1525 students. Building is expected to start in 2018 and be completed in 2020.

The brand new state of the art facilities will include general and specialist classrooms to accommodate an additional 300 students. The new facilities will provide the capacity for us to host a new Gifted and Talented Education Program, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education for students that will commence in 2020. This is a particularly exciting opportunity.

Another part of the State Government’s announcement that may affect families at our school is a change to the optional local intake area which provides an entitlement for students to attend either Carine Senior High School or Churchlands Senior High School. From 2024, students within this area will have an entitlement to only enrol at our school.

Students enrolled at their local secondary school in 2023 will be able to complete their schooling at that school. Younger siblings of these students will be able to commence their secondary schooling at that school as long as the older sibling is also enrolled. Once commenced, siblings will be able to complete their schooling at that school.

These announcements are part of a plan to address the significant growth in enrolments in secondary schools in the western suburbs. Also announced is the establishment of a new secondary school to be built on the former City Beach High School site. The new school will open for Year 7 students in 2020 and expand to Year 12 students by 2025.

In addition to our school, new facilities have started to be built at Shenton College and Churchlands Senior High School.

I have attached a factsheet with more details of all these changes and I encourage you to find out more about the western suburbs secondary schooling plan at education.wa.edu.au.

This is an exciting development for our school community and I will keep you informed of the changes as they occur. In the meantime, if you have any questions, or would like to discuss how these changes benefit your children, please contact me during Term 4.

Yours sincerely
DAMIAN SHUTTLEWORTH
PRINCIPAL

Att.

28 September 2016

Everingham Street, Carine, Western Australia, 6020
Web: www.carinehs.wa.edu.auemail: carine.shs@education.wa.edu.auABN: 73 164 368 927
Telephone: 08 9243 9100SMS: 0437 284 421

 

 

Shirley’s 90th Birthday with the S.I.N.ersbwas a blast!

Mia Cuccina at Hillarys Marina was the venue for a fantastic birthday surprise for my friend Shirley’s Surprise 90th Birthday. Our hostess Tahnee was superb and very caring. A few highlights for the surprise were the unexpected presence of her son Paul, his partner, and his 2 daughters and son. Shirley was really surprised and so pleased.

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Marion who picked Shirley up to take her for lunch somewhere told Shirley that she had to pick someone up in front of Mia Cuccina. Arriving there and seeing no-one, Marion concocted another story asking Shirley to go inside with her to check inside the cafe. And then she saw everyone there! Marion was a great story-teller.

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My grandson dipping his toast in the spicy chilli mussel sauce and eating without a complaint was another highlight. As was the delectable cake made by another of our close friends, Katherine. She’s a magician with

Having most of the S.I.N.ers (Sunset International Neighbours) all at this lovely party was the greatest highlight .

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We the S.I.N.ers enjoy our Monthly lunches in each other’s home. But this Month it will be different!

We are going to Mia Cucina at Hillarys Marina to commemmorate our older S.I.N.er’s 90th Birthaday! What a lovely number, especially since Shirley Flemming is very healthy and very active. She’s got the stamina to make it to 100 or more.

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We are all looking forward to her birthday on September 26th. If you are her friend, please do not tell her as it will be a surprise. She does not receive any of my newsletters. So I am safe there.

Our S.I.N.ers Club started in 1990 when I first arrived in Australia. We use to meet once a month at each other’s home as we still do today, but other times we used to go to the Zoo, a Park, or have a picnic with our children. Children grow up and we are all on our own now. When younger we used to go roller-skating every week or to a movie once in a while. Things change when you get older.

Having the S.I.N.ers Club we feel like we are one family. We meet, we discuss ourselves, our illnesses, our children, our families generally. We talk about our trips, our past, etc. We don’t sell any products like Avon, or tupperware; it is just lunch and enjoying each other’s company. But if need be we are there to support one another.

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We have a fantastic name for a Club. And we also have our own cup of coffee which my daughter Nikky helped me to design the logo of.

S.I.N.ers means Sunset International Neighbours. We are all from different Countries like everyone in Australia, we have each our own heritage.

Our children and grandchildren often come to our lunches. The newest acquisition is my own grandson, who is about 18 months old now.

The S.I.N.ers for me are family. I have a big family spread out all over the World, mainly Brazil, Canada, U.S.A. and Italy, so the S.I.N.ers are the most important group I have in my life. And all my children are well-loved by them all.

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Birthdays for me are a myth so going away to another Country to forget how old I am.

Look at my picture in here, in my cards, property sign, brochures, everywhere: young, jovial, 30′? Yes! That is me…or was?

Right! You are old as you feel. Well, I feel old. Collecting new pains here and there, not as mobile as I used to be. Walking every morning has become a sacrifice. Maybe its because of the cold that I feel worse than ever! Lucky I am here and not back in Canada! Am I complaining?

Yes I am. I cannot stand getting older! What do they say: getting older gracefully? Some of those proverbs do not work for me.

This Friday coming I am off to the Philippines. Staying in Makati, Manila at a friend’s recommendation. And I am going with Marion Boughton, the first friend I ever made when arrived in Australia 26 years ago. One week of pure relaxation, shopping and a bit of touring around.

The reason? My birthday away from home! But I need to say Thanks to a lot of people in my life.

I have been very lucky up to now. I Have a wonderful husband who is my number one fan, supporter and a great cook. Thanks Mike.
2 fantastic children, a son and a daughter, Merv and Nikky, who say I am just 21 every year!
Now a grandson Kai, 17 months old that is starting to speak and call me VOVO, which is grandmother in Portuguese. He melts my heart saying that and the little rascal knows this and keeps repeating: vovo, so I melt even more.

My friends, specially the S.I.N.ers (Sunset International Neighbours) group that started in 1990 and is going strong even until today, that I consider my family. We meet once a month for lunch and catch up with each others news.

My clients who I respect, adore and appreciate all the business they send my way, thank you for helping me to be what I am today.