A Bushland Sanctuary


16 Wild Cherry Road, Lockwood South, (click link to view web feature) lying to the rear of the Spring Creek Estate, has been transformed from overgrazed farmland to an idyllic bush setting in just 15 years. Since purchasing their seventeen acres the current owners have worked tirelessly to establish a pristine, natural environment. The entrance to 16 Wild Cherry Road is watched over by a gracious 350 year old red gum and the property now has a rich array of well established native trees.

350 Year Old Red Gum

The red brick Victorian style home sits comfortably within this natural bush setting and offer an established, sprawling, artistically landscaped garden that features a rich variety of drought resistant plants.

Wild Cherry Road

This is an ideal place to raise a family and enjoy the benefit of rural living in close proximity to the regional centres of Bendigo and Castlemaine and the historic township of Maldon.

Platform 5 Castlemaine



Platform No.5 is a curated makers space and creative community, based in the newly redeveloped Woolen Mill Complex in Castlemaine. The expansive gallery and market style space will host a variety of fine artisans and collectors, and will showcase creative designer items, up-cycled furniture and décor, as well as retro and vintage treasures. Bringing together like-minded artists with a diverse range of crafts, there will be something there for everyone.

Conceived by Antun Davcik, Platform No.5 aims to be the go-to destination in Australia for creators who want to showcase their work, and also those who appreciate quality handmade products. Rather than mass-produced “throw away” furniture, Platform No.5 embraces an era gone by, where products are individually crafted with love and passion and stand the test of time.

For those artists and creators working on their craft from home, Platform No.5 provides a space where their products can be viewed and sold in person and respected for the amount of time and effort that goes into each and every piece.

Remodelling Your Kitchen

KitchenRemodelling your kitchen is no easy feat, but it’s one of the best things you can do to boost your home’s value. No matter what you spend, you have a good chance of recouping a high percentage of that cost when you sell your home. If kitchen remodelling is in your plans for 2015, make sure you tackle it the right way.

Follow these tips for beginning a kitchen remodel:

  • Focus on what you want. Think about what kinds of changes you want to make to your kitchen. Does the current layout work, or would a different one be more efficient? Keep in mind that many buyers prefer kitchens to be more open.
  • Consider size. Determine how you can put your kitchen size to the best use. Look for places where you can add storage, or consider adding an island if you have enough room.
  • Factor in electrical and plumbing systems. If you’re thinking of making big changes to your kitchen, take your current electrical and plumbing systems into consideration. You might need to make changes to these, such as ensuring that the wiring can handle any new technology you’re adding.
  • Look at your lifestyle. Consider how your kitchen is used most often. Does the family tend to gather there? Do you entertain guests often? Are you a cooking aficionado who enjoys spending time preparing meals and trying out new recipes?
  • Set a budget. Before beginning a kitchen remodel, come up with an amount that you’re comfortable with spending. Make sure it’s a realistic one, and look for ways to save on certain parts of your project. Consider more cost-effective finishes or materials if you need to cut spending down.

Historic Crevilly Calling



To live in Crevilly (click the link to visit the web feature on Crevilly) is a privilege bestowed on only a few. Since it was built 119 years ago there have only been three families living here and the current owners are hoping to pass the baton on to someone who will love Crevilly as much as they have.

Built in 1896 by the highly skilled architect and builder Mr Henry McBean this is surely one of Castlemaine’s finest historic homes. To enter through the rose bower and cream picket gate is to enter a fragment of early Castlemaine with many treasured features remaining intact. This home has elegant and graceful proportions and has been meticulously maintained with an honest, authentic restoration.

Budget DIY Tips

Colourful PillowsCan’t afford to spend the big bucks on new furniture but crave a new look? There are plenty of thrifty ways to give your home a refresher without breaking the bank. Here are some innovative ways to make the old look just as good as the new:

  • Give Wood Furniture a New Life: If you have wood furniture in your home that visibly shows its age, breathe some life back into it with mayonnaise. Sound funny? Well, it works! Apply a thin coat of mayonnaise to the wood and let it sit for a couple of hours. The oil in the mayonnaise not only brings out the deep, rich colours the wood had years ago but also helps cover any water marks.
  • Switch out Door Knobs, Handles and Hinges: Even though it may seem small, switching out old fixtures can make a world of a difference. Not only are they inexpensive but the installation is quick and easy, too.
  • Add New Cushion or Pillow Covers: You can switch up the look of your couch with little to no effort by changing the fabric. Easier than reupholstering, you can simply sew new covers out of extra pieces of fabric lying around the house, or purchase some at a low cost!
  • Add a Touch of Stainless Steel: Didn’t think you could give your fixtures the stainless steel look without breaking the bank? Think again! Add peel-and-stick contact paper with a stainless steel finish to attain the same façade, without the hefty price.

Barkers Creek Beauty


As you wind your way up McManus Road after entering from the Midland Highway your eye is drawn towards this beautiful architecturally designed home. Set on five acres of landscaped grounds 35 McManus Road Barkers Creek (Click link to view web feature)offers a sweeping canvas that will appeal to those seeking a rural lifestyle within close proximity to Castlemaine. The view from the large outdoor deck, towards Mount Alexander is spectacular and the spacious outdoor living areas gain full benefit from the quintessential bush landscape.

Saving for A House

Savings1. Move bank accounts to take advantage of perks and earn more interest

If you’re paying a monthly fee for your checking or savings account, you would benefit from researching some of newest banking offers out there. Not only do some banks offer sign-up bonuses simply for opening an account and setting up direct deposit, but some offer attractive interest rates to new customers as well.

It’s true that interest rates are not what they once were, but it’s still worth a look. Some of the best free checking accounts and best savings accounts can be found online. Here’s a guide on how to make that switch.

2. Turn off the television.

One big way to save money is to drastically cut down on the amount of television you watch. There are a lot of financial benefits to this: less exposure to spending-inducing ads, a lower electric bill (and perhaps a lower cable bill if you downgrade your subscription), more time to focus on other things in life — such as a side business — and so on.

Want to take things a step further? Consider cutting the cord to cable TV altogether.

3. Stop collecting, and start selling

There was a time when people thought their collections would bring them riches. Beanie Babies were a big fad at one time, as were Longaberger baskets. Now you can find those items on resale sites like Craigslist and at garage sales for a fraction of their initial cost, leaving many people who sunk thousands of dollars into their “investments” wondering what happened.

If you want to avoid that situation, don’t collect items of questionable value. And if you want to recoup some of the money you’ve already spent on collectible items, you can start selling them now and use those funds for any number of worthy financial goals. Read our “Guide to Selling Unwanted Items” for some simple strategies that can help you profit as much as possible.

4. Sign up for every free customer rewards program you can.

No matter where you live, you’ll find plenty of retailers who are willing to reward you for shopping at their store. Here’s the basic game plan for maximizing these programs: create a Gmail or Yahoo address just for these mailings, collect every card you can, and then check that account for extra coupons whenever you’re ready to shop.

You can add to those rewards and discounts by using rewards credit cards to earn points on purchases at a wide range of stores that can be redeemed for cash back or other benefits.

5. Make your own gifts instead of buying stuff from the store.

If you want to save money while also giving generously, creating your own homemade gifts is one way to accomplish both goals. You can make food mixes, candles, fresh-baked bread or cookies, soap, and all kinds of other things at home quite easily and inexpensively.

These make spectacular gifts for others because they involve your personal touch — something you can’t buy from a store — and quite often they’re consumable, meaning they don’t wind up filling someone’s closet with junk. Even better – include a personal handwritten note with the gift.

6. Master the 30-day rule.

Avoiding instant gratification is one of the most important rules of personal finance, and waiting 30 days to decide on a purchase is an excellent way to implement that rule.

Quite often, after a month has passed, you’ll find that the urge to buy has passed as well, and you’ll have saved yourself some money simply by waiting. If you’re on the fence about a purchase anyway, waiting a while can give you a better perspective on whether it’s truly worth the money.

7. Write a list before you go shopping – and stick to it.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to only shop when you have a list. Because when you’re without one, you typically end up making impulse buys and unplanned purchases – all things that cost money.

Creating a list before you go to the grocery store is especially important. Not only can it help you buy items that fit with your meal plan, but it can also help you avoid buying food you might waste. Always create a list and, more importantly, stick to it.

8. Invite friends over instead of going out.

Going out to eat or “out on the town” has a way of completely destroying both your food budget and your entertainment budget in one fell swoop. And no matter what, it is always cheaper to stay in with friends and come up with your own entertainment.

Instead of hitting the town, host a fun pitch-in dinner with your friends. Play cards, sit around a fire pit, or watch movies with your guests. You’ll all save money – and have a blast.

Living in your house while it is listed

Packing UpWhen your home is on the market, it’s important to make sure it will appeal to buyers as much as possible. That means making a lot of changes to the way it looks, especially when it comes to your personal possessions. This can be awkward for you since you’ll still be living in it while buyers are looking at it.

Use these tips for living in your home while it’s listed to help things go more smoothly:

  • Do a lot of packing and organising beforehand. Pack up what you’re not using, then organize what’s left to make it easier to pack the rest away later. The more stuff you put away, the more spacious your home will appear to potential buyers. Getting most of your packing done ahead of time will also make the moving process much easier for you.
  • Rent a storage unit. If you have larger pieces of furniture to store or a lot of boxes around, consider renting a storage unit. That way, you won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to keep them at home during showings.
  • Keep things to a minimum. Clear out as much from your kitchen and bathroom cabinets as possible, except for the things you use on a daily basis. This will help buyers picture their stuff in those cabinets instead, which can help them determine if they want to buy your home.
  • Have open inspections arranged at convenient times for you. Instead of having your home available for inspection at anytime, ask your agent to schedule them during certain hours or on certain days. While you want your home to sell, you also don’t want to be inconvenienced too much.


Keep Fire Safe

wood-burning-fireplace1Use these safety tips for cleaning out your fireplace to reduce the risk of fires:

  • Have your chimney swept. You should be doing this each year before winter in order to get rid of soot and creosote buildup. Hire a certified chimney sweep to perform this job.
  • Have your chimney inspected. A chimney sweep can check for signs of deterioration or damage, such as loose bricks or cracks. If you use a chimney liner, the chimney sweep will also inspect it to make sure it’s still in good condition.
  • Install a chimney cap. This serves as a cover for your chimney, which prevents birds and other wildlife from getting in and building nests or getting into your home’s interior. A chimney cap also keeps rain from coming down your chimney. If you have one already, make sure it doesn’t show signs of damage.
  • Skip softer woods. Burn hardwoods that have been kept dry for about six months, such as oak. Softer woods, especially those that contain resin, create higher levels of creosote, which is a flammable substance.
  • Keep fires small. Stick to smaller fires, rather than piling on a bunch of logs. Bigger fires produce more smoke, which results in more creosote inside your chimney. The excess heat from these larger fires can also damage your chimney.

These safety tips for cleaning out your fireplace will help make your home more appealing to buyers and provide them with peace of mind.

Professional and Approachable

Blakely Road Castlemaine

Speak to the vendors of this charming property in Blakely Road Castlemaine and they will tell you how pleased they were with the sale of their property.

They chose Waller Realty because they had heard of their proven sales record and they were not disappointed. They were won over by Liz Bell’s professional honesty, her appreciation and understanding of the property and her empathy and effective communication. They felt that this made all the difference to the sales process.

The owners particularly appreciated the fact that Liz  was dependable, energetic and proactive. She followed up after an open for inspection and provided detailed feedback about comments and responses of those who came. They found Liz easy to talk to and appreciated her obliging, responsive manner. They also valued the fact that was ready to answer any questions and that if there was any doubt that she would seek clarification and get back to them quickly.

On the basis of their personal experience these owners have no hesitation in recommending the services of Waller Realty.

Liz Bell

Meet Liz Bell

Sarah and I count ourselves extremely lucky to have had Liz Bell working for us on both sides of the real estate equation. She not only sold our house within three weeks, but in the same period introduced us to our new home and made both transactions seamless. She’s more than just a little bit fabulous.

Liz BellLiz Bell has lived and worked in the Central Victorian Goldfields for many years, having previous experience in media sales and retail management.

Liz’s detailed approach to servicing client’s needs ensures that the process of buying and selling is as streamlined and stress free as possible.  Having renovated a number of properties, Liz brings a unique perspective to the marketing process of real estate with an interior design qualification aiding vendors to present and promote their property at its best.

A firm believer in an open and transparent sales environment, Liz understands that good communication is key to clients achieving their real estate goals.

Small Space Solutions

You don’t have to renovate your home or add on rooms to make it bigger. Instead, there are plenty of ways to make small areas seem larger than they really are. This will come in handy when you’re ready to sell your home and want to impress buyers.

Here are some ideas for opening up small areas in a home:

  • Hang mirrors. Having mirrors on opposite walls makes rooms appear more spacious. It’s also a good way to reflect more light into the room to make it brighter, which can also make it seem larger.
  • Paint. Painting the walls can make a room look more open when you stick to cool tones or white. Another paint tip is to have the crown molding painted the same color as the ceiling to make the room seem wider.
  • Put in bay windows. Having bay windows installed provides a room with a little more space and a lot more natural light. The added square footage and sunlight will give it a roomier feel.
  • Choose furniture wisely. Keep furniture in smaller rooms simple, so it won’t take up valuable space. Look for taller pieces when buying dressers, entertainment centers or shelving units. These can make your ceiling appear higher, which makes the room itself look larger.
  • Go with streamlined cabinets. Kitchen cabinets with simple lines make rooms look less cluttered than ones with ornate designs. You can make a kitchen look even larger by putting in stainless steel appliances, which provide reflective surfaces.

Opening up small areas in a home doesn’t require a big budget or tons of time. With these ideas, you can easily give your home a more spacious look.

Invaluable Local Knowledge


Given that this beautiful property in Elphinstone had been on the market for six months with an out of town agent it is not surprising that the owners were delighted when Rob Waller successfully sold it within just six week.

According to the vendor Rob Waller’s work stood out for a number of reasons.  During the appraisal process Rob invested the time to identify aspects of the previous marketing process that had fallen short and made expansive notes. He was frank and honest and had a realistic sense of the market price. Instead of putting forward a price range he determined what proved to be an accurate fixed price.

The vendor was also impressed with the depth of Rob’s experience, his knowledge of the area, the breadth of stock he works with and the potential buyers he is able to access. The vendor had chosen an out of town agent because of previous dealings but came to understand just how valuable such local knowledge and experience is.

Rob WallerPerhaps most importantly it was Rob’s professionalism that stood out. He was thorough, gave excellent advice and made himself available at all times. He was responsive and present throughout the process and was genuinely supportive.

Given that selling one’s home is high up on the list of major stressors it is heartening to know that it can be a very positive experience and that clients are prepared to publicly say how satisfied they have been.

Some Landscaping Suggestions

Gearing up for a big move and looking to make your home buyer-friendly? Remember: how you present the outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Your landscaping gives off the first impression! Below are some quick tips to help increase your home’s curb appeal.

  • Put down a fresh layer of mulch: Mulch can easily fade or become dirtied after a long outdoor season. In order to make your flowers and other greenery pop, a new layer of mulch can increase contrast and make everything look tidy.
  • Trim overgrown trees and shrubs: Nothing screams unkempt like overgrown trees, shrubs or bushes. Taking the few extra minutes to trim down the overgrowth and shape the bushes, will make your outdoor area look exponentially cleaner!
  • Power-wash grimy surfaces: Things like brick walkways, wooden fences and water-fixtures are bound to fall victim to the elements over time. To avoid an aged appearance, take a power washer to these surfaces to kick off the stubborn dirt.
  • Brighten it up: If you’re feeling like your landscaping is looking drab, brighten it up with some vibrant flowers. There’s nothing like a pop of colour to draw attention toward your home!