There’s a toddler roaming the room munching on snacks; a different toddler than the day before. There’s a jolly jumper installed on a door – used by the same baby who napped in another room, and just yesterday a child was marveling at the fish bowl with a fish who has miraculously survived for some time now.

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Joe gets on his soapbox, ahem, informative opinion piece about the May Budget due to be handed down shortly. Read on to see where it affects you.

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Here at JMW Real Estate we have a diverse and excellent team, and part of that team is Mitch.  He comes in once a week, sporting a uniform and what makes Mitch different is that he is intellectually disabled.

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We have an extremely low vacancy rate, our properties are all of good quality and are usually snapped up quickly! If you are interested in any of the below properties, please do not hesitate to give our team a call.

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

We all have insurances. They are something we pay for and hope we never need:

Car Insurance
Compulsory Third Party Insurance
Contents Insurance
Landlords Insurance
Health Insurance

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Mario Kart is Back March 14, 2017

Even with all the technology we have available at our fingertips, there is still something so nostalgic about the old 32 bit cartridge games and the characters we have known and loved since we were children.  Mario Brothers head the list of a long line of all time faves (Sonic the Hedgehog, 007, Alex Kidd Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

Always willing to go the extra mile, our Property Management team have been busy sourcing some new and prime properties for rent in Dunsborough & Quindalup.

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie
Sculpture By The Bay 2017 February 21, 2017

Sculpture by the Bay is on again, held on the long weekend of 4th – 6th March 2017. This is a great local event, staging some of the best local and international artists.  Where no borders are drawn and people are only limited by their own imagination; this is an exciting event as part of the Dunsborough Arts Festival. Read More…

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Coffee is Good For You! February 8, 2017

We’re kicking goals at JMW Real Estate this month!  God knows it takes stamina to perform at such a high level. Stamina, and coffee. Good strong coffee.  And, apparently its good for you!  Before we tell you exactly WHY coffee is good for you – check out our top six places to go in Dunsborough. Read More…

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South West Rentals January 17, 2017

OOOPS sorry!  Since this article has been published ALL properties have been leased. To register for upcoming vacancies, please contact our Margaret River and Dunsborough Property Management team on 9756 8800. We’d love to help you.

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Haters gonna hate, but having kids is hard.  Having kids on holidays is hard too, except you’ve paid a lot of money to take winey kids with you everywhere.  Whether holidaying in the beautiful south west, or locals needing a family friendly place to relax with a drink in hand, we have you covered for Read More…

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Joe’s Take On It January 5, 2017

An article was released by REIWA about First Home Owners Grant increasing to $15,000 for 2017. REIWA says: First home buyers purchasing newly built properties will now have access to a $15,000 First Home Owners Grant until 31 December 2017. Announced last week, Premier Colin Barnett said the decision to increase the grant from $10,000 Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Recent changes to the Legislation governing our industry means we need to be at the top of our game to ensure we do what is right by our clients, our staff and our community.  Joe reduces the red tape and legal jargon into an easy to read opinion piece on what it means for you. Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Click here to read the original article here Great news, but it’s critical that it is an independent body as FESA (an emergency response organisation) is naturally hierarchical and run like a disciplined army with emphasis on the “how” with a chain of command. The Rural Fire Service needs to encompass the buy-in and hearts and minds Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

We are frequently on the road to Perth and back again, and it’s a short trip especially when you get the radio going and have caffeine fuelling your system. But do you always want it to be quick? With young kids or furry ones in the car sometimes a few stops along the way is Read More…

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Get Packing November 8, 2016

Always willing to go the extra mile, our Property Management team have been busy sourcing some new and prime Geographe, Quindalup and Dunsborough Properties for rent. Get your viewing and application sorted, start packing and get into your new place by Christmas! 20 Moylan Way, Geographe $310 per week  |  4 bed, 1 bath This Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Did you know keeping up to date with information has amazing health benefits? Nor did we, and we may have made that up, but……there ARE benefits to reading our Property Management newsletter including: 1. Finding out if you WON our latest competition 2. Learning about changes to regulations 3. Reading our handy hints and tips Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Michael, Cheryl, Joe, Wendy & Ben recently attended The Business of Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast presented by Michael Sheargold – Real Estate Results. The event brought together approximately 150 industry leaders from around Australia & New Zealand and was held at the QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise. There were 15 industry leaders Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

We like to keep you updated on all things real estate, so if you are in the market for a new rental property or you know someone who is – this is the list for you. 20 Moylan Way, Geographe $310 per week  |  4 bed, 1 bath This delightful 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom home Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Our Property Management team are raring to go this spring with only two great properties available for rent – we are also in need of vacant rental properties to fill this shortage.  With a current vacancy rate of just 0.9% you can be sure your property will be in the best hands.   2a Flute Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

This is an article reprinted with the author’s permission.  Roger Underwood  is the former General Manager of CALM and he currently directs a consultancy practice with a focus on bushfire management. We at JMW Real Estate have seen the devastating nature of fire first hand and ask that you download this PDF; click here to Be Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

We are an independent agency, focusing on providing you the best in Property Management and all Real Estate Services.  Currently we are servicing a wide area between our two offices in Dunsborough and Margaret River, and have decided to widen our catchment area to Capel.  If you are in this area, or anywhere in between, Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Both our Dunsborough and Margaret River Real Estate offices are gearing up for a busy spring and summer.  Now offering property management in all areas, we welcome a new face to the fold -Tanya Beattie! My passion for Real Estate began in 2008 managing a small portfolio in a northern town in WA where I Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

The Federal Election has provided a soapbox for a great philosophical rather than economic argument on the relative merits of negative gearing. Personally, I don’t draw distinctions between property available for sale and property available for rent as it’s the sum of the two which makes up the “total stock of housing”, rather than whether Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Originally published by REIWA With around 60 per cent of investment properties in Western Australia professionally managed by a real estate agency, there are many reasons to engage a property manager such as JMW Real Estate. Risk and responsibility Property management is more about managing the tenancy than it is about managing the property with Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

As Journalists and Economists race to come out with the likely impacts of the 2016 Budget, we thought we would add in our two cents for you, our clients.  The overall feeling from most commentators is that the budget is fairly bland with some concessions to small business.  As an SME (small and medium sized Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Click here to see the original report from REIWA  “An expected result, but one which reflects the rate at which new blocks have been released rather than a market downturn.  Time, I believe, will show 2015/2016 to have been a defining period in the population growth of Dunsborough where several hundred new blocks (say 300) Read More…

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Steady as She Goes April 21, 2016

In Maritime Parlays “Steady as she goes”, which is a nice place to be when you’re in a political and economic season of gross uncertainty. It appears as though the adjustment from construction to production is working its way through the system, and that the “over catastrophized” slide has ameliorated somewhat. It seems in this Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Investors pay a lot of attention to finding the right location and property, but one area they often neglect is selecting the right agent to manage their investment. Can a property manager really make a difference though? “Absolutely” says Tracey Chandler of Buyers Agent Sydney. “The right agent can make a substantial difference over the Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

JMW Real Estate Dunsborough and JMW Real Estate Margaret River are proud of their highly regarded accreditation within the Best Practice system.  Utilising their procedures, advice and knowledge from an expansive source – you can be sure we are always at the top of our game.  Click here to see this experience working for you. Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

The JMW Margaret River Real Estate office is bustling with activity and we try to stay one step ahead of the times so when it became time to search for a new star for our horizon, we couldn’t look past the star that is Mark Miolin. Coming from a Property Valuer’s background, with a real Read More…

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“There’s more listings on the market and signs of a steadying calm on the rental property median prices.  I absolutely concur with this sentiment and predict a similar response to our local market in the South West”  Joe White, Councilor of REIWA and Principal of JMW Real Estate.   Perth sales activity on the rise Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Coming from Perth on the long weekend?  We have you sorted, me mateys.  Here is a list of handy things to do and see on the way down, either to stretch some legs or refuel some tummies. Complete with a pirate map, we have you covered for things to do in Dunsborough (or rather on Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

Always expanding and always progressing, our Property Management team has a new player. Meet Natasha Gray, she’s ready willing and able to make your experience with Property Management as efficient and seamless as can be. Natasha comes to JMW Real Estate with a background of finance and hospitality prior to becoming a qualified Property Manager Read More…

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Sculpture By The Bay 2016 February 16, 2016

Sculpture by the Bay is on again, held on the long weekend of 5th – 7th March.  What a great local event to be staging some of the best local and international artists.  Where no borders are drawn and people are only limited by their own imagination; this is an exciting event as part of Read More…

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Joe White Joe White
Dunsborough Parking Wars December 30, 2015

A message from Mayor Grant Henley: The City has been working hard to provide additional public car parking in the Dunsborough CBD.  Additional parking (accessible from Chieftain Crescent) is under construction and at least 50 per cent of this new car park will be available for use before Christmas. The City has also successfully negotiated Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort
New Years Resolutions December 29, 2015

Looking for New Year’s resolutions?  Maybe start here with a few tweaks to everyday life and see if we’ve got them covered for you already. Drink water and green tea regularly Eat a BIG breakfast, a medium lunch and a tiny dinner Eat fruits, vegetables and natural food Go for a walk/swim/ride. Move more Read Read More…

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The shining light in Western Australian property over the last year has been the South West with prices largely steady but some small price rises in several quarters in Bunbury and Busselton. The major towns like Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Manjimup, Capel and Margaret River are growing, there has been a liberal land supply which has Read More…

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Joe White Joe White
Markets in the South West November 24, 2015

We all know that beach side living has amazing health benefits. But, did you know that markets also have health benefits? Nor did we (and we may have made that up) but … there ARE benefits to going to the markets including: supporting locals, keeping money in the community, experiencing local hospitality and getting some Read More…

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Not All Doom and Gloom October 23, 2015

REIWA data is by far the most accurate data, and there are no surprises in here whatsoever. The construction side of the mining boom is over, and construction workers have to follow the contracts, so will move to the next site as soon as the current one is completed. The difference with this construction boom is Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

If you’ve been on social media this month, you will have seen our latest promotion – Show Us Your Love. Don’t miss this chance to score free tickets to Gourmet Escape. It couldn’t be easier! Tell me how! 1. Take a photo of why you love where you live 2. Upload it to this link Read More…

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Always expanding and always progressing, our Property Management team has a new player. Meet Emma Lovell, she’s ready willing and able to make your experience with Property Management as efficient and seamless as can be. After moving from Victoria in 2012 and working in Real Estate in Perth’s Western Suburbs for several years, Emma has Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie
Busting Property Myths August 11, 2015

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (or REIWA as we know it) said the average turnover time in Western Australia increased from 14 years to 21 years between 1990/1991 – 2013/2014. That 50 per cent increase in turnover time coincided with a 59 per cent increase in homes, from 586,000 to a whopping 992,000. Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

What’s That? Definition of Obsolescence: The state of being which occurs when an object loses some or all of its appeal and becomes less desirable even though it may be in working order.  10 – 15 Years Old As a general rule, residential property starts to suffer from obsolescence between years 10 – 15, in Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

  Over the long weekend, we travelled to Adelaide as guests of Magain Real Estate to take part in an office tour which is part of Robert Bevan’s Best Practice agency model.  Barrie Magain showed us the reason why their office was voted #1 in South Australia and #1 in Australia by the Real Estate Business Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

Well there’s nothing unusual in the latest figures from REIWA, but its simply the reality of dietary pains after a decade binge on an overdose of economic growth. What’s going on in the market? It’s either growing pains or diet pains for WA – rents have fallen again, and are now down 10% from their Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

One of the drawbacks of renting is that the landlords may want you to move out at some stage.  This could be for reasons that you can’t help such as their needing to sell the property or wanting a family member to live in it, but sometimes even the decision to sell could have been Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

There’s a lot to think about when building a house and unfortunately the garden is most probably the last item on a lot of home owners list to complete, either because the budget has already been spent or fatigue has set in with the whole building process.   Make no mistake, garden and landscape design adds Read More…

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Michael is back with some sage advice on preparing your home for marketing…feel free to drop in to our office to collect a copy  

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

It doesn’t matter who you list with to sell your home, this 7 item checklist will make sure you’re ready for what can be a stressful process, especially if you’re not prepared. By following this checklist, it will help you to be better educated on the process of how to sell your property and be Read More…

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May Events Calendar April 25, 2015

Welcome to our May Events Calendar.  Feel free to print a copy, or call into our office to collect one

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Presenting your Home April 16, 2015

Ideally your home should always be well presented, but still feel lived in and homely at the same time. Here are some tips & ideas to help you do this and make a big difference when people inspect your property. 1.               Tidy away excess belongings—this gives the impression of more space 2.               Empty all inside Read More…

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The unique part of surfing up and down the coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin is that we have three coastlines facing in different directions. This area is locally known as the ‘Other Side’ due to it being just that from the West coast surf spots. Geographe Bay offers some unusual and at times surprisingly Read More…

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Stewart Bettenay Stewart Bettenay

Welcome to our Property Management Newsletter…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

My Veggie Patch I was hoping to give you further news on the Dunsborough Community Gardens in this blog but we are still waiting on a couple of boxes to be ticked before we can make any big announcements. Not being modest,  a lot of people have asked me what I do to create my Read More…

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Land Tax Q & A March 7, 2015

This information has been sourced here.  It is a general guide, not a complete statement of the law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation under the Act.    What is taxable land? Land you owned at 30 June 2014, whether it is vacant land, holiday or rental properties, commercial Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

Welcome to our Property Management Newsletter for 2015…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

If you are bored in the month of March then it’s your own fault.  We’ve compiled a massive two page list of what to do in Margaret River all the way through to Busselton.  Print, save for later or call in to our office for a copy today!               Read More…

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Like most, if not all businesses, we in real estate land have a number of ‘rosters’ working at any one time that keep the office humming with efficiency….so, when my PA aka morale co-coordinator and blog shake down girl keeps coming to remind me that I am late submitting for the ‘blog’ roster…it’s a little Read More…

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If you’re selling a house, you should be aware that RCDs and Smoke Alarms in the property must comply with relevant State Government Regulations.  Laws introduced in 2009 require all home sellers (before sale) and landlords to install at least two RCDs protecting all power points and lighting circuits. Why? The Building Regulations 2012 requires Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

When you look north from Yallingup along the cliffs, you can see in the distance a sandy beach with waves breaking offshore.  Until around 1971, surfers for years had gazed along that coast and asked the question, “Are there any rideable surf breaks there?” Well, of course we now know it most notably as ‘Three Read More…

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Stewart Bettenay Stewart Bettenay

The South West Real Estate market has been blessed with a refreshingly robust market – albeit a price sensitive one – where sales activity has generated a level of confidence not seen since 2005 – 2006. If I could cut and paste our last two years’ sales results into the next two years, I would Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Here is our January 2015 events guide. So many activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the school holidays. Please call into our office to pick up your free copy.

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Should I Rent or Buy? December 12, 2014

In recent times, newspapers, financial journals and financial commentators throughout Australia continue to print and preach intellectual arguments which prove that we are better to rent rather than buy our principal place of residence. They state that we have a better lifestyle and accrue more consumer goods with our extra disposable income. In my opinion, these Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort
Timber Pests December 5, 2014

Termites As most people are aware this little timber pest can cause extensive and severe damage to the structure of your home. Termites can enter your home in a number of ways the most common being a crack in the concrete slab or the plumbing penetrations. Statistics show termites target thousands of homes every year in Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

The City of Busselton Council meeting held on Wednesday the 26th November, has approved the design for the proposed Dunsborough Community Garden (DCG) site which also incorporates the Men’s Shed and Dunsborough Lions Club. It has been a long ride with over 2 years consultation with the City’s officers & the community groups involved. Our very Read More…

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December 2014 Events November 14, 2014

Here is our December events guide. Please call into our office to pick up your free copy.

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Last financial year there was no doubt that Rural Residential properties once again became a focus for many buyers, and the existence of several quality Estates well-presented and well-priced meant that we had a new-found liquidity in the market which we had not seen since the crash of 07/08. If we focus on the 2013/2014 Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Here is our November events guide. Please call into our office to pick up your free copy.

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The name Injidup comes from the Nyoongar word (inji) for the red pea flower (Templetonia retusa) which grows along the limestone cliffs in spring.  Heading further south from Smiths Beach, passing the spectacular Canal Rocks and just past Wyadup is Injidup Bay. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful places Cape to Cape with Read More…

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Stewart Bettenay Stewart Bettenay
Happy as a Pig in Mud October 10, 2014

So, you don’t have the dedication or motivation to run a half marathon, the 6am enthusiasm for beach boot camp or the spare cash for that home treadmill?  Then what are your thoughts on mud pits, tunnel crawls, forest obstacles, flour bombs and giant super soakers? If this all sounds like a pile of fun, Read More…

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It is always a pleasure to blog about great community services such as the ‘Dunsborough Buy, Sell & Swap’, The page is setup to help people in our community to have a fair chance of: 1)      Selling their goods (businesses – please use the Dunsborough Local Businesses site) 2)      Asking questions 3)      Community notices and Read More…

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October Events Guide September 26, 2014

Here is our October events guide. Please call into our office to pick up your free copy.

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Last week Cheryl and I traveled to Noosa, Queensland to attend the inaugural conference of The Business of Real Estate. The event brought together approximately 200 industry leaders from around Australia and New Zealand. The conference was held over three days at the Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa, Noosa and was presented by Michael Sheargold Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort
Time to Buy? September 5, 2014

                      With a continued shortage of quality rental properties combined with low interest rates and sustainable rental returns, is now the time to purchase your investment property Down South? Some approximate figures of what it would cost to purchase your own investment property: * Property Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

                Here at JMW Real Estate, we are very grateful to be able to call our little town of Dunsborough home. We have some of the best restaurants, cafes, wineries, boutiques and beaches at our disposal and they are all just a stone’s throw away. People travel from Read More…

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Here is our September events guide. Please call into our office to pick up your free copy.

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I live on 85 acres and love it! There is a certain primeval satisfaction in being surrounded by nature, distant vistas, tall trees, flowing creek lines and all the furry creatures that come with it. We run some goats after having had deer and steer. The goats are like family, craving attention and eating everything, Read More…

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David Cross David Cross

“Behind every selfie is 42 identical pictures that didn’t make the cut” So I recently acquired what is quite possibly the greatest purchase of my entire life. A selfie stick. I saw them for the first time in Bali a few months ago, being waved around by the hundreds and knew instantly I had to Read More…

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I recently travelled to China to visit my daughter and discovered how different our cultures really are. Chengdu – 15 million people and I saw two Europeans – me in the mirror and my daughter Alice who I helped move to Beijing. Impressions? Well, we have got a lot to take notice of with 25 Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

Welcome to the July edition of our monthly Property Management Newsletter…  

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie
Taxpectations… July 4, 2014

Taxpectation /Taks – pekt – aish – on/ noun A strong belief of what ones income tax return will be. “my taxpectations for this financial year are very high” Well, it’s that time of year again – tax season. Unlike most of my colleagues, I do not own a home or have any significantly ‘large’ Read More…

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July Events Guide June 27, 2014

Here is our July Events Guide. If you would like a copy, call into our office.

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Blogger Behind the Scenes Blogger Behind the Scenes

How do the reductions in the first home owners grant affect South West First Home Buyers? With a truly limited supply of established property available under the $500,000 range in the South West at any time, first home buyers may be affected. The first homebuyers grant will see an adjustment from $10,000 to $3000 in September Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks
Landlink Conference June 13, 2014

The two Principals of JMW Real Estate Dunsborough Michael Mort and Joe White recently attended the annual Landlink Conference which was held at Cable Beach Club Broome. The conference was attended by delegates from both the country areas and metropolitan areas of Western Australia. It is always an invaluable experience to spend time out of Read More…

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June Events Guide May 30, 2014

Here is our June events guide. If you would like a copy, call into our office.

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Blogger Behind the Scenes Blogger Behind the Scenes

Most sellers rate their agent according to one fundamental criteria – did the property sell or not. It’s every seller’s dream to get a quick sale at the highest price, but we all know for various reasons it doesn’t always happen that way.  Sellers who come to the end of their agency agreement with their Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

I hope you are enjoying the change in season. It’s a great time to get some fantastic local native plants into your gardens!  As the Editor of ‘Organic Gardening & Eco Awareness’ for the JMW team I just had to promote this fantastic nursery we are so fortunate to have in our district. I have Read More…

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The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia reports that the Perth housing market moved very little during the March quarter despite a significant shift in the types of properties changing hands. REIWA President David Airey said the volume of sales and median house price was largely unchanged from December, but that sales had been compressed Read More…

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These months have to be the best time to be living in the Margaret River Wine Region, hands down. The weather is mild with light to variable winds, warmish ocean temperatures and the countryside is sprouting green after another long dry summer. The grape harvest is in and the 2014 vintage is by all accounts Read More…

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David Cross David Cross
May Events Guide April 24, 2014

Here is our May events guide. If you would like a copy, call into our office.  

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A few months ago, our stunning PA Miss Marsh shared with the team a funny facebook post from a buddy who had been working in a local bottle shop, stating a fact that the women in Dunsborough are HOT, HOT….HOT. Well, I have figured out why there is truth to this comment. Our small community Read More…

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The market in the South West is very robust and the holiday home market, near to the beaches, has seen improved sales. Permanent residents looking for better positions, rather than the typical holiday house buyer are driving demand. This is certainly the case at Yallingup, where people are buying houses to live in rather than Read More…

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Joe White Joe White

The very next bay south of Yallingup is Smiths Beach. It seems like such a bland name considering how beautiful the beach is and how exotic names of other beaches and places in the area are, such as Yallingup, Injidup, Wilyabrup, Moses Rock etc. Just who was ‘Smith’ and how did such a stunning bit Read More…

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Stewart Bettenay Stewart Bettenay
April Events Guide March 28, 2014

Here is our April events guide. If you would like a copy, call into our office.

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#late20′s March 21, 2014

                      So lately I have been seeing a lot of these Facebook and other social media posts promoting blogs and the ‘top 10 things’, even a top ‘101 things’ to do… All relating to the same thing. “Things to do before you turn 30” “Things Read More…

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 Procedures for approval of unauthorised building works Outbuildings – sheds, patios, carports, swimming pools General Procedure: 1. Obtain a Certificate of Building Compliance from a Building Surveyor Contractor 2. Lodge an Application for Building Approval Certificate with the local Permit Authority/Council Certificate of Building Compliance: Form BA18 (By Building Surveyor Contractor) Certificate of Building Compliance Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

When listing a property for sale it often comes to our attention that some improvements or additions put in place by the owners to enhance the property and potentially add value have not had approval from the City of Busselton or local shire council prior to them being put in place. This information needs to Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

Liam Dallimore, a young cricketer from Dunsborough has been selected to represent WA at the School Sport Australia National Cricket Championships. Liam, who attends Mackillop Catholic College, travelled to Canberra on the 21st February with the rest of the School Sport WA State Cricket Team. We caught up with him for a few questions before Read More…

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March Events Guide February 14, 2014

As well as selling South West Real Estate, we also like to keep the community updated on events happening in and around our local area. Here is our first monthly events guide. If you want a copy, call into our office.  

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CANDY February 7, 2014

Anybody that knows me well knows that I love candy. All sorts of candy. For those who haven’t got the lingo down the word ‘candy’ comes from the Arabic word for ‘sugar’. Candies belong to the wider category of sweets which also includes chocolates, lollies and anything else that you’d eat on its own in Read More…

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Prospective buyers sometimes say they feel their privacy is being invaded when agents ask for their name, mobile and email address. They are concerned that the agent will call and pressure them to purchase a property that they don’t want and make no mistake, there are agents who operate this way! But the more professional Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

I am pleased to announce that we have made amazing progress since we last reported on the Dunsborough Community Gardens back in October 2013. The process has taken a lot of hard work by the dedicated members of the Dunsborough Community Garden (inc), Dunsborough Lions Club, Dunsborough Men’s Shed group and the City of Busselton. Read More…

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Welcome to the January edition of our new monthly Property Management Newsletter…

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Christmas Is Over… January 17, 2014

As the sounds of ‘Happy New Year’ fade into the background and the Christmas Tree is packed away for another year, we all just start to get back into our normal day to day routine. I on the other hand start to think about how I can up my game for my Pug Christmas Card Read More…

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NEW ACT, NEW FACTS January 10, 2014

As of 1st July 2013 the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) underwent major changes. Yes we know you’re thinking “that’s old news”, but since the changes have been in place we have noticed that some are more important than others and wanted to take this opportunity to break them down for you. First of all, the Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

I really love Christmas. Yeah, there’s the obvious reasons: beer, ham, pavlova… spending time with friends and family and getting away from work, but most importantly you get to elf yourself online.   I never really had a chance; I come from a Christmas family. This year my mum has been ringing me weekly since Read More…

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Margaret River has been voted the number two Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Destination for 2013. We agree, Margaret River and its surrounds are a great place to surf, holiday and relax. You’ll find good food, pristine coastline and a great place to live. We’ve put together a little video to highlight this attractive and unique Read More…

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David Cross David Cross

It’s Disability Awareness Week from 1-7 December 2013 and to do our part we thought we’d share our office star, Mitch with you. Every Tuesday, Mitch arrives for work with his carer Nerrida, looking smart in a JMW Real Estate polo shirt. He helps us out with odd jobs around the office like putting together files and tenant welcome buckets. He Read More…

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The Importance of Reducing Fuel Loadings Much of the vegetated areas between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin are carrying long unburnt and very heavy fuels which in the event of a bushfire will produce fast moving and high intensity fire behaviour. There is much the land owner can do to reduce the hazards and fire Read More…

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Protecting Your Property and Family From a Bushfire The biggest single threat to lives, property and the environment in certain parts of the Capes Region, is from bushfires. There are many dwellings located on bush blocks or in parts of townships that would be highly vulnerable in the event of a bushfire. Given the large Read More…

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The latest REIWA research really does confirm what our instincts were – that we all had a feeling that “things were getting back to normal”, but there are still challenges on the horizon: In Busselton turnover fell 11% which in part reflected a seasonal dip, but more importantly, turnover is now at about the long Read More…

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Yallingup Surf Breaks November 15, 2013

There are so many attractions in the Cape to Cape region for locals, tourists and visitors to enjoy: Serene tranquil beaches Waters of Geographe Bay Wild rugged and spectacular west coast Amazing caves Stunning forests Award winning wineries Restaurants World class surf breaks It’s the latter that first attracted me to this area in the Read More…

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Stewart Bettenay Stewart Bettenay

Today we are pleased to be joined by Dunsborough Settlements as our guest blogger. Leanne Rhodes gives us the break down on the crucial art of settlements. Q: What is Settlement? A: Settlement is the important final stage in the sale and purchase of a property, requiring all the general and special conditions of the Read More…

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Destination Dunsborough October 31, 2013

Here at JMW Real Estate, we couldn’t be prouder of where we live.  The sun, the beaches, the locals.  We have it all. We decided to put together a short introductory video on our beautiful area and today we share it with you. Come with us on a tour of Dunsborough and its surrounding beauty, Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

This year Subiaco Football Club held a 25 year reunion celebration of the 1988 Premiership in which the Lions defeated Claremont 19.8 (122) to 8.12 (60) in front of a crowd of 28,183 at Subiaco Oval. The function was held at Medibank Stadium, the old Leederville Oval with 150 people including players past and present, Read More…

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Watch This Space October 4, 2013

Dunsborough Community Garden Update Well it’s been small steps but it’s all starting to happen with the Dunsborough Community Garden. We are now an incorporated body We have an elected working committee We are now currently negotiating a suitable site We will be sharing our site with the Dunsborough Lions Club & Dunsborough Men’s Shed Read More…

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To Camp…or Not To Camp September 20, 2013

The above title might suggest a length of canvas; some tent pegs on a picturesque river bank, sipping on crispy sauvignon blanc … but NO I am referring to BOOTCAMP! Google the origins of boot camp and it looks something like this: Boot Camp noun A military training camp for new recruits A prison for Read More…

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Reality TV Is My Reality September 6, 2013

It has recently come to my attention that I am obsessed with reality TV. LIGHT BULB MOMENT The light bulb moment for me was taking the naming of Kim Kardashian’s child as a personal attack. North West, like really? NORTH WEST. I have supported the whole Kardashian family through 7 and half seasons of Keeping Read More…

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I know I live in Margaret River, which is highly desirable location…but unless you are hard-core like some of the barefooted beanie wearing locals, then a sunseeker holiday provides light at the end of this icy winter tunnel. Winter can be a great season in the South West if you are into the stormy, windy Read More…

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Christmas in July August 23, 2013

Recently JMW Real Estate held a Christmas in July staff function at Artezen Cafe in Dunsborough where Principals Joe White and Michael Mort not only wanted to say thank you to their staff but acknowledge their partner’s contribution and support of the business. Ryan Haigh, the owner of Artezen, provided his café exclusively to JMW Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

People always ask real estate agents – how is the market?  Well, after returning to work at JMW Real Estate earlier this year and wondering how market conditions would evolve throughout the year, I am encouraged by the overall market in Dunsborough and surrounding areas. Considering we are still in winter, which is typically responsible Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

At JMW we pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of technology, because we know our clients are! We are proud to present below our first ever company profile video, encompassing (in less than two minutes) what sets us apart from our competitors. “We may look relaxed…but we know our stuff” Joe White Joe Read More…

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Every winter my wife Cheryl & I head over to Melbourne for a week of food, shopping and football. This year by coincidence we were fortunate enough to catch up with our son Dylan who was attending a BHP Engineering training course at the Melbourne Business College in Mount Eliza the week prior. THE FOOTY Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

Congratulations to the City of Busselton on the recent completion of the second stage of the Dunsborough foreshore re-development. Special thanks also to Troy Buswell who campaigned on behalf of the City to have funds allocated from the royalties for regions. With Seymour Park being redeveloped earlier there is now the perfect connection between the Read More…

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In 2009 our hilarious Hollie Dvorak, our Sales Admin Assistant and Morale Coordinator had a bit of a self-assessment test. 4 years later we compared her results with those of today. We encourage everyone to do the same! 2009: Contrary to what most of my close friends think I DO actually want to form some Read More…

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Yep that’s right, show me a wrinkly squishy face that snores like a freight train – and I’m in hook, line and sinker! At this point, you may be thinking that my husband has some sort of facial deformity……but it’s my Pugs I am referring to. I fell in love with the breed a long Read More…

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In my last blog, The Perfect Fit I talked about what to look for when buying land. Now let’s assume you found a block. What’s the next step? Site works. When researching the hidden costs involved in building, site works are generally the biggest unknown. Common questions asked are: What are site works and what Read More…

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Today one of the chief wine makers in the Margaret River Wine Region (Flying Fish Cove) gives us a Margaret River surf report for Autumn and Winter 2013. As the weather cools down (wait, is that freezes down?) only the keenest surfers remain in the water. Why? Well, Damon says it’s the best time of Read More…

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One year ago the team at JMW Real Estate launched an exciting and informational e-zine, and we want you to win all the pressies – find out how below. Whilst the blog is not the only online path we have taken during this time; we all agree that ‘OnTheStreet’ is the best part of our Read More…

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APT ACRONYMS For those that don’t know, IMHO stands for in-my-humble-opinion. It’s used in a situation where someone makes an outrageous statement and feels the need to part-retract it… without ever actually retracting it. Now really, that statement should be retracted. But, for the last year of my engagement people are telling me it’s all Read More…

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The uproar over the last decade of private holiday homes being leased out as short stay accommodation has manifested itself into “Holiday Home” being classified as a use by the City of Busselton, which now requires a licence. The application for a licence is technically a “D.A.” or “Development Approval”, which gives rise to the Read More…

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The Perfect Fit April 19, 2013

Having previously worked in Real Estate and believing (to a certain extent) that all blocks were about the same, I used to think that in terms of building it was just a matter of a sand pad and then start construction. As simple as that. BUT when I left the industry 5 years ago to Read More…

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Ben Jecks Ben Jecks

SET REALISTIC RENT PRICES Keep vacancies, arrears and repairs to a minimum and tenant harmony to a maximum by setting the rent at ninety five percent of the current market value. Novice residential property investors often fall into the trap of trying to obtain above the market prices. Rental properties which are placed on the Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie
Lost in Consumption March 22, 2013

Living in the great South West sure has some advantages…in summer time we are spoilt with beautiful beaches, great walking trails and on the days when the weather turns a bit wild we can get lost in consumption…food, ice-cream, beer and of course wine… As a real estate agent, I get the opportunity to look Read More…

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With WA’s burgeoning economy fuelled by the exploration of the state’s north west vast mineral resources and the export income generated; there is bound to be some identifiable ad-ons to living in the south west. There is a proposed extension and renaming of the airport, to: Busselton Regional Airport, or Busselton/Margaret River Regional Airport Both Read More…

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Hon. Troy Buswell MLA (Treasurer; Minister for Transport; Emergency Services) Personal communication on 5th March 2013 “Consolidated and proactive stake holder engagement is anticipated to occur in April 2013. Main Roads and the Department of Planning will be actively liaising with the community for the preparation of the study pertaining to the proposed Vasse Dunsborough Read More…

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Flaming Idiocy March 1, 2013

After famously declaring “if you own the fuel… you own the fire” in his previous blog post A Burning Issue in Bushfire Protection, Joe White brings us fresh prose by Roger Underwood on the raging debate on bushfire. Edited for size constraints, this article offers another insight into the who, the why & how to Read More…

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Main Roads Does it Again February 15, 2013

Following Paul’s recent blog regarding the proposed Vasse to Dunsborough Bypass we have had quite a bit of support from the community wanting this upgrade.  In my letter box this week from Main Roads is a new opportunity to further ease the congestion on our roads. Main Roads has undertaken a new project at the Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort

According to REIWA views, even though many tenants are leaving the rental system to buy a home of their own, strong population growth is keeping up the pressure. Dunsborough rentals are feeling the squeeze just as much (if not more) than Perth. Melissa’s last post covered 7 questions for tenants – because we know there Read More…

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Tanya Beattie Tanya Beattie

Here at JMW Real Estate we are an all-rounded bunch enjoying all things outdoors. Today local plumber Ryan Booth shines as our guest blogger, discussing the world of fishing. He shares his prized tips on fishing the beautiful South West. Some people out there (or let’s be honest, most people) believe that there is always Read More…

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Main Roads Department is currently undertaking a study* to prepare a reservation for a road link between Vasse and Dunsborough. While there is no current commitment or allocation of funding from the Government to make this a reality, I think this is a great idea. Let me know if you think so too. *the study Read More…

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I know we live, work and play in the envious south west town of Dunsborough; a mecca for tourists at any time of the year and a truly beautiful part of the south west of Western Australia, but when we received confirmation that the Annual Best Practice Retreat was to be held on the idyllic Hamilton Island in Read More…

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Michael Mort Michael Mort
Selling with Tenants December 28, 2012

There are all sorts of reasons why investors decide to sell an investment property. Our question today is, is it better to give tenants notice to quit before putting the property on the market or should vendors sell while the tenants are still in place? The Pros Retaining tenants during a sale certainly keeps the Read More…

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Statistical Stronghold December 13, 2012

Following on from his last blog on Dunsborough property, Joe White shares with us one of his highly prized real estate tools. As a matter of priority in his Dunsborough real estate office, he has been compiling these statistics by hand since 2004. Priceless and interesting, it shows the rise and fall of the Dunsborough Read More…

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I was always one of those kids to bring home pets. All sorts! I love pets. But here are some of my less than successful efforts: After a week or so the novelty of having my first puppy wore off and mum and dad ended up looking after him Two of the chickens I bought Read More…

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You can invest in shares, real estate, your kids’ education, diamonds and gold, but no matter how much material wealth you gather have you stopped to think about what your lifestyle is worth? Take the time to spend with family and friends and actually enjoy the fruits of your hard work. I say – invest Read More…

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Dunsborough Schoolies November 23, 2012

Did you see that? There’s been an influx of young people in town. Young, happy, carefree people. The weather is warming up and the end of the calendar year is looming … it must be Schoolies Week in Dunsborough. Schoolies is that time of year when Dunsborough watches swarms of teenagers appear; in varying stages Read More…

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At JMW Real Estate, we have been lucky to be personally involved in the development of the town of Dunsborough and its beautiful surroundings.  This year, we have watched the beautiful foreshore development grow and expand to the fully functional family area it is today.  We have two announcements sure to breathe new life into our Read More…

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Following on from his Market Value article, here are Michael Mort’s tips to keep in mind when pricing your home for sale with JMW Real Estate. 1. THE WAITING GAME Normally if a property is really overpriced, buyers just sit back and wait to see what happens. If they have been looking around long enough Read More…

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