30 Jul
2014

Communication – a fundamental ingredient in a successful relationship

It’s a well-known fact that communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage. Without effective communication, a couple is unable to discuss important issues and resolve their disagreements. This can often lead to feelings of detachment, anger or resentment in the long term. Although I refer to communication in relationships these tips are equally important in any important relationship in your life.

Communication can be tough, especially if it is with someone you have been in a relationship with for a long time. After a while, couples get comfortable with each other and, as a result, the level of communication tends to decrease. Assuming your partner already knows something or not taking the time to communicate with them can lead to a relationship breakdown over time.

Comfort should not equal less communication. There are many issues that may arise if you don’t keep yourself open and make an effort to communicate with your partner. Follow these simple tips to keep the communication lines open between you and your partner.

1. Never Assume
It’s important not to assume something unless you’ve communicated directly with your partner about it. This could be anything from a roster of household chores, to making assumptions about the way your partner thinks or feels about a particular issue. If you’re unsure, ask your partner and avoid arguments or misunderstandings.

2. Say what you mean
If you have something to say, say it. But make sure you’re clear with your communication and that you’re actually getting the right message across. There’s nothing more confusing (and frustrating) than receiving conflicting messages from your partner. In some cases, it may even help to write your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper. By writing it down you are able to construct your thoughts in a clear and concise way and ensure you’re getting all the important bits of information across.

3. Don’t be afraid of a disagreement
If you disagree with something your partner has said or done, you should let them know in a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t avoid these conversations for fear of a disagreement. While a disagreement may be difficult to deal with in the short term, an open dialogue about such issues will do wonders for your relationship in the long run. By staying quiet about issues that are important to you, you will only become resentful and angry.

4. Communicate the good, not just the bad
Communication in relationships is not just important when there is an issue to address. If you have something good to say about your partner, say it loud and often. By communicating feelings of love and appreciation with your partner you will nurture the love and trust in your relationship.

5. Make time to communicate
With work and kids and extra curriculum activities it’s easy to see how some couples can’t find the time to communicate with each other. It’s very important you set aside some time on a regular basis to reconnect and communicate with your partner. This may be every day or simply on a weekly basis. Make sure you shut off all electronics and remove yourself from distractions to really focus on what each other has to say.

AusPsychology offers professional counselling services to people having communication difficulties. Their experienced counsellors can help you improve your communication skills and work towards better relationships with your partner or significant others. If you would like to talk to someone about relationship counselling, contact AusPsychology today.

16 Jul
2014

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

30 Jul
2014

Social Media for Small Business

With a population of 2,189,878 (2012 population estimates), it is not surprising that there are many competitive businesses in Brisbane. Small businesses need to be innovative if they are to compete with larger corporations that have the money to buy radio and TV time and newspaper and magazine space. The Internet offers several business marketing opportunities, one of the most effective being social media marketing (SMM). So, how does a small business benefit from social media Brisbane?

More than half of all adults in Australia have a social media presence and your business should tap into this. You will reach more people than you would with newspaper classified ads, newspaper ads and other traditional marketing techniques which limit you to Brisbane or Queensland.

You will be able to compete with larger businesses on the same level because the effectiveness of an SMM campaign is not dependant on profitability. You will spend a fraction of what you would spend on traditional marketing methods.

All small businesses should tap into the power of social media Brisbane because this increases the chances of the business’s product going viral. All you need is a good YouTube video or a witty picture on Pinterest for this.

The creation of quality content is increasingly popular following Google Panda and Penguin updates. Social media marketing allows you to create quality and unique content effortlessly. This and the fact that search engines reward user engagement means SMM is good for your search engine optimization (SEO).

You will have a lot of control over your SMM campaign. There is a risk of your online reputation getting tarnished with other online marketing techniques such as email marketing. You get to monitor how your campaign is doing social media Brisbane, which helps you make informed decisions.

SMM is a must for small business in Brisbane because it helps you bring in targeted Web traffic. Only people who like what you have to offer will ‘like’ or ‘follow’ your social media profile. You are allowed to include links to your website on your profile. Your industry clout increases with each ‘like’ or ‘follower’. People are more likely to buy from you if they see you are popular.

The interaction with your customers and potential customers is important because you will get information that will help in product development and you will be able to solve problems that you would have had to hire a customer support team for. The use of social media Brisbane is also advantageous in that you get instant feedback.

29 Jul
2014

Roof Repairs Brisbane

A home’s roof tends to be thought of as nothing more than a structure designed to keep the weather (and possums) away from your family and prized possession. Yet, as a focal point to any home, it plays an important role in the overall aesthetics of a property, and therefore the market value of it. Roof restoration should then be seen as a wise investment for anyone considering an overall property maintenance and renovation plan.

Before deciding to restore your roof, you need to first determine whether a roof restoration is a more suitable option in comparison to a roof replacement. When making this decision there are three key factors that need to be considered – condition, cost and disruption.

The condition of the roof will be the main factor in any decision to restore or replace a roof. Roof repairs brisbane experts recommend roof replacements only when the condition of the roof is so bad that the option to restore it is not available to them. This includes cases of a roof pitted or eroded, or when metal tiles are so severely rusted. In all other cases, a rood restoration is recommended.

Restoring a roof is also a cost-effective option to replacing a roof. As it requires only cleaning, replacement of damaged sheets and tiles, and preventative services, rather than a complete overhaul, it is an affordable option if you are seeking extra funds to spend on other areas of your home – or to keep in your wallet!

In terms of disruption, roof restorations provides very little disturbance to the lives within the home. In comparison, a roof replacement can leave a home vulnerable to weather damage and, as a worksite, pose potential danger to family members and pets. In addition, it is also a very noisy process – which is likely to make you enemy number one in the eyes of many neighbours.

If you choose to restore your roof, the following provides a simple guide as to the overall process:

1. Inspection
Before anything can be done your roof will need to be inspected by a licensed roofer to determine its condition. If the roof is found to be in poor condition and therefore not fit for restoration, then a roof replacement will need to be arranged. If, however, it is found to be suitable for roof restoration brisbane, the restoration process can begin.

2. Clean
The roof is cleaned thoroughly using a high pressure wash, designed to remove dirt, grime, moss and additional contaminates in preparation for restoration work. A surface treatment is usually applied to sterilise mould and fungus growth on terracotta and concrete tiling.

3. Re-bedding and Re-tiling
Bedding that is loose is re-bedded using a sand or cement based mortar, and terracotta or concrete tiles that are broken or chipped are removed and replaced with new ones. For metal roofs, sheets that have rusted or have other damage are identified and removed, and new sheeting placed in the area.

4. Full Re-Point
On tiled roofs, all ridge-capping (the “V” shaped area at the top and sloping edges of your roof) are re-pointed. Usually a flexible point is used (acrylic based) which allows the ridge-capping to bind to the tiles so that the tiles remain in place and are not disrupted, or blown off in strong wings.

5. Primer and Membrane Application (Sealed)
The terracotta or concrete tiled roof is then primed and sealed, and specialist corrosion control primers are installed on metal roofs when required. Two coats of a membrane application are applied to the surface of the roof to provide ultimate protection, durability and weather proofing.

6. Painting (if applicable)
The roof is then painted in a colour of your choosing, allowed to dry, and then a second coat is applied. Once this process is completed you will have a beautiful, fully restored roof that will improve the appearance of your property, increase its market value, and provide a lovely focal point for any onlooker for a fraction of the price and disturbance of a roof replacement.

28 Jul
2014

Tips for Cheap SEO

SEO (search engine optimization) is not optional for any business that wants to enjoy the benefits of an online presence. You need not spend a fortune on SEO – there are several cheap SEO tips that you should consider.

There are several no-cost and cheap SEO tactics that you could try out. If you have enlisted the services of an SEO company, pick a package that has such SEO tactics because it will be cheaper. Blogging is one of the most effective no-cost post-Panda SEO tactics. Blogging allows you to create unique content and to create links. Search engine bots love fresh content and natural links. You are able to incorporate ‘long tail keywords’ that you might not have thought of when you blog. A new URL on the sitemap emanating from your blog brings in search engine robots. The more you are crawled, the greater the possibility of your ranking being adjusted. The uncomplicated URL structures of blogs make them easy to find. Blogging is also advantageous in that it brings you out as an expert in your field, the comments and trackback in blogs encourage interaction, the RSS and links help increase traffic and the feedback helps with product development.

You could publish in guest blogs. You are allowed to leave a link to your website in guest posts. Guest posts in established blogs are also advantageous in that they help you establish authority and credibility.

Create a social profile on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media sites. Establishing a social media profile on the leading social media sites is free of charge. Social media optimization is important in link building and it helps you create unique content.

Press release distribution not only helps you achieve cheap SEO, but it also helps with brand awareness, it brings you referral traffic, it helps with citation-building for local search engine optimization, it helps with reputation management, it helps you to make important announcements, and it is social proof.

Generate such content as articles, helpful troubleshooting ideas, and tips for social Hubs like Squidoo lenses and Hubpages and write articles for article directories like EzineArticles.com. Other than helping your SEO campaign through link building, such content also helps bring you out as an expert in your niche. Other cheap SEO techniques include sitemap creation, social bookmarking, and local SEO (such as placement on Google Places).

You will save money with an SEO service because maintaining an in-house IT team costs more. This is because you have to pay salaries and other benefits even when there is no SEO work being done and you have to pay for office space and to pay administrative costs. Different SEO companies have different rates and you should search carefully to pick the one with cheap SEO services without compromising on quality. Consider the SEO packages on offer and pick the one that best suits you. Go online for your SEO service because you get to compare more options. There are many comparison sites that you could use to pick the company with the best rates. Do not shy away from asking for a discount. Read independent reviews and customer testimonials to ensure that the company with the cheap SEO services is not using Black Hat SEO tactics.

Follow Me!

Follow Me! Follow Me! Follow Me! Follow Me!