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Property is art

Property is art

“The Cambridge dictionary defines art as:

“the making of objects, images, music etc..
that are beautiful or that express feelings”.

Let’s see some ‘Art’.

(Art images)

In the traditional sense of the word those masterpieces are Art.

In the world of real estate this might be regarded as Art.

(Property images)

But I think there’s so much more to Art than this.

Art can be ‘beautiful or express feelings’…

(Images of people living in their homes and living their lives)

There’s something we can’t see in property.

Much like the hidden meanings behind each masterpiece.

We can only feel it.

Our homes are our Art.

They represent who we are in so many ways.

From afar most properties look the same.

But when you look a little closer, you see the Art.

Everyone living their unique lives.

Day in day out.

That is Art to me.

That is property.”

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

“Hello and welcome back, I’m Dean Berman from Berman Buys.

This week I want to talk about the zero waste movement in our modern homes.

The goal is to reduce waste to zero.

Leading to less impact on the external environment.

In such areas as waste collection, storage, decomposition and pollution.

This is the continuous waste loop.

1. Reduce.
Reduce waste where possible such as limiting leftovers (mm it’s only 3 days old, eat some food!) or prolonging clothing useful life.

I have found this is probably the simplest way to start.

Just try and use what you have at your disposal and only buy new if you have too.

Due to Covid however, I have found due to online shopping the amount of soft plastics in our household has increased.

2. Reuse.
Reuse waste that can be reused such as hard plastics in creative ways like plant containers.

I have only touched the surface of this and plan to improve.

However, I’ve found milk cartons, glass jars and egg cartons make great plant holders.

3. Recycle.
The more we close the loop, the less waste gets out into the world.

Recycle waste that can be composted.

I have been composting food scraps for about 2-3 months now in a worm farm.

The total project cost $150+/- and I believe it’s one of the best investments.

It’s simple to manage as well with some internal composting bins.

We purchased ours from IKEA.

Once every few days emptying them into the worm farm.

Then feeding your plants the nutrient rich worm liquid seems to give them super powers.

Eventually harvesting the worm castings as plant food.

I find it fascinating how these scraps become useful for the worms and garden.

4. The continuous loop ends when waste leaves the internal household.

That’s when things can go wrong.

Impacting waterways, marine life, drinking water and greenhouse gases.

In summary I would highly recommend trying to reduce, reuse and recycle a go.

Enabling you to move ever so slightly closer to zero waste.

You may even enjoy it and save the planet in the process.”

Property market versus Covid

Property market versus Covid

“Hello and welcome back to weekly buying tips I’m Dean Berman from Berman Buys.

Today I want to discuss what’s been happening in the property market since the start of Covid around March 2020?

I would have thought by now there would have been a greater impact on the general property market.

I believe there are 4 key factors keeping the market relatively stable to this point.

1) Supply – during 2020 there has been low total listings around the country, resulting in low supply of properties to purchase. I often see markets where nothing comes to market for a few weeks. What do you think will happen when that next listings comes up…competition.

2) Lending – lending rates have gradually declined over 2020 to record low levels, making finance affordable. When finance is affordable, this makes buying a much easier choice as it can often be comparable or cheaper to renting.

3) Government incentives – particularly for first home buyers have kept demand and competition for available properties strong. This includes increased purchase prices to still gain government incentives and or purchasing new style options or building a brand new home.

4) Job keeper/seeker – these payments have helped many businesses keep many staff employed, enabling subsequent flow on spending in the economy. This flow on spending has helped many other businesses benefit through the multiplier effect.

I think there will be a portion of home owners who will need to sell over the coming months as financial hardship and deferment of mortgage repayments provided by the banks eases.

Also potential easing of job keeper and job seeker may potentially impact. I would think those markets most affected would have lower levels of savings rates and higher gearing levels.

In general though, over the last 8 months or so, I feel these 4 factors combined are in many ways beating Covid.”

A simple idea to end homelessness

A simple idea to end homelessness

“Can homelessness be eradicated?

The general consensus from journalists, public servants, businesses and governments is ‘yes’ it can.

Through a symbiotic approach of mixing safe and affordable housing, support services, jobs, social inclusion and prevention.

Culminates in a mixture which will eradicate homelessness.

What I want to talk about is a simple idea, which has nothing to do with housing.

It has to do with the person.

The human with experiences and stories both sad and happy.

What would happen if everyone cared about ending homelessness?

Even only for a few days or hours a year…

There are approximately 14 million residents in Australia aged between 20-65 and approximately 120,000 homeless.

Meaning there is someone homeless for every 116 Australians between 20-65 years of age.

As there are 365 days per year, what happens if each resident in this age bracket would need to help someone homeless for just 3 days per year?

Could this work?

So every just under 4 months, you had an assignment to achieve to make someones life slightly better for just one day.

Could you do it?

Maybe it was having a simple zoom or Skype chat about both your lives.

Possibly even professional guidance or advice.

This one person will be getting at least 116 different Australian’s opinions thoughts and more importantly connections per year.

Would you think society would be better off or worse off because of this?

Maybe you meet a new person and never talk to them again, or maybe you make a new friend?

It will put a lot of people outside their comfort zones.

Although this looks like a social inclusion strategy, I see it as a something much greater.

Let me ask you this question.

When you are shopping and someone you haven’t seen for ages says ‘hi’ to you.

Do you feel better or worse after?

Unless you really don’t like that person, you usually feel slightly happier.

The same goes for this idea.

You are making the person feel important.

You are giving them a sense of worth.

You are giving them confidence.

I believe when you make someone an active member of society they will act like that.

They will want to change their ways.

Improve themselves.

I believe it’s this fundamental shift in mentality that will make the difference.

You can have all the social housing, public housing and rental assistance on earth.

But if someone doesn’t feel worthy of living in it.

Then they won’t.

They will stay as they are.

It’s what’s comfortable and familiar.

When you give someone confidence and self-respect.

You create a new person.

You change the conversation and homelessness in Australia forever.”

Go to auction or buy beforehand?

Go to auction or buy beforehand?

“Hello and welcome back to weekly buying tips I’m Dean Berman from Berman Buys.

Both methods will have competition but the auction will be transparent whereas buying beforehand can often involve unknown competition.

The price quoted can be within 10% of where the agent thinks it will sell.

With the auction you will generally need to get everything ready beforehand such as contract review, knowing your numbers and finances, pest and build and or strata report.

The same goes for buying beforehand during an auction campaign as it is fairly common for the agent to request a 66W or unconditional exchange to ensure the deal proceeds.

Emotions can get in the way in both methods, however on auction day and during the heat of the moment these can be at their highest, whereas buying beforehand can give you a little more time to catch your breathe

Generally speaking in both methods you will need to provide the agreed deposit once successfully agreed as the highest bidder and signing of the contract, in the auction this will happen straight after the auction finishes and in beforehand, this will usually occur within a few hours at most when buying beforehand.

It’s a hard one to say which one you will get for a lower or higher price, it really does come back to the property itself and the level of competition.”