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Local View | Beer O’Clock

May 14, 2019

Events Food and Drink Uncategorized

There’s a boom of craft breweries sweeping the country, as beer drinkers explore unique flavours from smaller brewers instead of beverages from the corporate giants. Typically only producing small batch beer compared to the large corporate operators, a micro, or craft, brewery is generally characterised by their emphasis on flavour, quality and brewing technique. From […]

Style Secrets | From Society of Wanderers founder Briony Delves

May 4, 2019

Community Design & Styling Homes People

Describe your style? It’s quite eclectic. I think it’s a little bit scruffy but I think it’s got sophistication about it as well. As for the typical style names you’d give it, there’s a lot of Scandinavian influence, a bit of classic French influence and my favourite style: mid century modern. I try to make […]

Torquay History | Rip Curl Celebrates 50 Years of Business

April 12, 2019

Community Local History People Uncategorized

“Winter 1969 – crisp mornings, balmy days, clean fast surf. Rip Curl Surfboards were born at Bells reefs last winter. It was a groove for those involved in testing new designs and ideas. It still is. We know what we are doing and we will be around for a long time. Come along for the […]

Get to know the locals | Natalie Martin

April 7, 2019

Art Community Events People

What energises you? Feeling grounded. I can draw on this sensation for confidence and clear-headed direction which then brings new creative energy. Over the years I learned the ways I can bring myself back; yoga, surfing, bushwalks, drawing and painting, being in nature. If I’m scattered and stressed, no good is coming my way. How […]

How to maximise the rental return on your investment property

April 2, 2019

Investment Landlords Property Management renting Uncategorized

One of the best ways to maximise the rental return on your investment property is to keep your property consistently tenanted, and to invest in ways to increase your rental income. Having an investment property in a market when tenancy vacancy rates are relatively low is of course ideal, however low vacancy rates do not […]

What is a section 27?

April 1, 2019

Buying real estate Selling real estate

  Your house has sold. Congratulations! As part of the sale process the purchaser must pay a deposit for the property upon signing the contract. The deposit amount is generally 10 percent of the purchase price, however this can vary by negotiation. What happens to the deposit on a property? Once the deposit is paid […]

Get to know the locals | Libby McLean

March 29, 2019

Community People Plants and garden

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a pretty laid-back girl. I live with my beautiful wife Anna, 2 dogs, Betty and Keith, a mishmash of collected furniture and objects and LOTS of plants. I am messy and creative and have to be asked to bring the washing off the line.     What inspired […]

Moving to Torquay | Chris Henson

March 22, 2019

Community People Uncategorized

Our Torquay Dream My wife Jess and I bought a block of land in Torquay over eight years ago. At this time we were a world away from the relaxed vibe of the Surf Coast. We were both living and working overseas in the hustle and bustle of Dubai, however our long term dream was […]

Living a Summer on our Surf Coast

January 10, 2019

Community Food and Drink Surfing

Relaxing on the Surf Coast after the busy Christmas and New Year period offers a multitude of options to locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re staying in a house by the sea, a luxurious hotel room, or enjoying a stint of camping in the area, we encourage everyone to try a new activity this summer. […]

How to get a home loan in 2019

December 3, 2018

Buying real estate First home buyers Investment Uncategorized

  Gone are the days when hopeful home buyers needed only to rely upon a templated household living expenses calculator to support their loan application. The lending landscape certainly has shifted, with the recent Banking Royal Commission putting pressure on banks to verify their customers’ living expenses with documented activity, direct from their bank accounts. […]


Lachlan Shepherd interview | 31 Price Street

September 20, 2018

Architecture Design & Styling Homes People Uncategorized

Shaun: So, I’m sitting here with Lachlan Shepherd, renowned local Torquay architect from Lachlan Shepherd Architects … thanks for taking the time out to talk us through 31 Price Street. I know you’ve got an extremely busy schedule particularly taking some time out from filming Grand Designs Australia as well, which is really cool, but […]

Insight into a vendor's mind throughout a sales campaign

August 14, 2018

Auction Results Homes People Selling real estate

One Agency recently sold 41 Highlander Street, Torquay at auction. The property was incredible. Designed by Cotter Reid Architects with the mindset of “less house, more home.” Throughout the four-week auction campaign we conducted a whopping 126 buyer inspections. Typically, between 20 and 30 inspections would be considered a huge success. Throughout the campaign we […]

What is driving the Jan Juc and Torquay real estate market?

August 1, 2018

Buying real estate Community Investment Landlords Market reports Property Management Selling real estate Uncategorized

The health of the Torquay real estate market remains buoyant as metropolitan Melbourne buyers continue to transition away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and move towards a more relaxed coastal lifestyle. Buyers and renters alike are looking to improve their life balance, which is in turn underpinning both the rental market and […]

Rocklea Drive Beach House Renovation

July 24, 2018

Community Design & Styling Uncategorized

Ben and Laura’s dream of moving to the coast became a reality when they purchased the little beach shack at 3 Rocklea Drive, Torquay at auction in February this year. The property drew a lot of attention due to the desirable location of the Church Estate in Torquay, and the opportunity of an original well-maintained […]

How to select a real estate agent in Torquay

July 19, 2018

Selling real estate

  When looking to select a real estate agent in Torquay, the two worst criteria to base your decision on are: 1. The value they assess on your property; and 2. the commission or selling fee they quote. Many people inadvertently select their agent on one or both of these criteria. In a strong, rising […]

Property depreciation for tax time

July 9, 2018

Investment Landlords Property Management Uncategorized

What is property depreciation? All buildings and their contents that are used to produce income are eligible to be depreciated. As a landlord this will be an important element of your tax return which your accountant will be well versed in. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows owners of income producing properties to claim this […]

Should I allow pets in my rental property?

July 9, 2018

Investment Landlords renting Uncategorized

  It is natural for landlords to ask themselves “should I allow pets in my rental property?”. Landlords can be cautious about allowing pets into a rental property due to prior experiences, stories they’ve heard about, or simply concerns over what damage could occur to the property. There can be negatives to allowing pets, such […]

Should I sell my property with tenants still in it?

July 7, 2018

Landlords Property Management renting Selling real estate Uncategorized

Investors often wonder whether they should sell their property with tenants still in it. It can be quite a conundrum as there are pros and cons to both options. On the one hand, if you decide to have the property vacant, you’ll have complete access for inspections and you can have the property clean and […]

A Spring in Chris Henson's Step!

July 3, 2018

Buying real estate First home buyers Investment Selling real estate

July 3 2018 | Torquay Real Estate Results Hi, Chris Henson from One Agency here. 3/20 Spring Street, Torquay. Nine days on the market. Three offers. One record price. It’s no surprise the volume of inquiry and energy around this great unit, as One Agency have now sold the last six properties in Spring Street. […]

5 ways to jazz up your blank wall without just hanging a picture

June 14, 2018

Art Design & Styling Plants and garden Uncategorized

Have a blank wall that you are looking to jazz up? Automatically we think about hanging a picture to fill the space, however there are many other creative ideas that we’ve discovered that can add colour and texture to your space. Here are a few ideas that think outside the square. Make your mark A […]