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Part of the process

The owner of this property in Hagues Road, Barkers Creek had a very clear sense of what she wanted to achieve from her sale.

Having already found another property to buy, a quick sale was the priority and she was happy to set a reasonable price in order to achieve this. She also knew she didn’t want to invest any extra time or money on improvements.

Having worked with Nick Haslam on a previous land sale and been impressed by his approach, he was the obvious choice.

Nick’s ability to make her feel included impressed her immensely. She felt listened to and treated as an individual. Nick had the confidence and skill to be able to work with her and develop a tailored campaign to suit her needs and circumstances.

With other agents she says felt she was being directed and was losing control of the sale of her own home. She’d also been told the property could take years to sell, because it was on land and in a higher price bracket.

Nick sold the house in just seven weeks.

In this vendor’s opinion, that’s because everything was done exactly right, from the marketing campaign to follow-ups after Open for Inspections, and even the communication with support staff. Everything was exceptional.

If you would like to speak with Nick about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Nick on 0418 322 789, or email him at nick@wallerrealty.com.au

 

Sustainable living in the heart of Castlemaine

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By harnessing the energy of the sun, wind and rain the Bull Street Terraces will have minimal impact on the environment, they’ll also be beautiful, functional spaces to live in and enjoy.

Designed by Crosby Architects, well known for their work in sustainable, residential design, the Bull Street Terraces development is just minutes walk from the centre of town and the train station, making it ideal for people living and working in Castlemaine or commuting to Melbourne or Bendigo.

The development is the first medium density residential project in Australia to be registered with the Living Building Challenge (LBC). The four terrace houses average an over 8 Energy Star rating and are designed to use zero net energy (energy used will equal energy produced on site).

The energy of the sun will keep the terraces comfortable in winter with only minimal heating required even on the coldest central Victorian winter night. During the warmer months they’ll be protected from overheating through good design, orientation, insulation and shading.

Building materials have been selected both for aesthetics and their ability to reduce the homes’ carbon footprint and energy needs. The majority will be sourced from within 200kms of the town. They include timber milled in Ballarat and natural wool insulation manufactured in Melbourne.

Comfortable living over three levels

Built over three levels the terraces comprise a ground floor where living, dining and kitchen areas open out to a front garden to the north and a courtyard to the rear. There’s also lane access and space to park a car.

A large front bedroom and smaller rear bedroom, both with built in robes, take up the spacious first floor alongside a bathroom with laundry facilities. The top floor opens out to a large, north facing roof deck overlooking the street with a roof planter and plenty of storage.

Design that’s part of the community

Geoff Crosby moved his architectural practice, Crosby architects, from central Footscray to Castlemaine nine years ago to bring up his family and develop a more sustainable way of designing and building.

Concerned with the increasing population and urban growth in the town, he sees developments like the Bull Street Terraces as the way forward, integrating medium density new homes into the existing town limits and encouraging more connection with the township, its facilities and surrounds.

This development includes the renovation of an existing cottage and a new stand-alone house.

Please contact Nick Haslam on 0418 322 789 nick@wallerrealty.com.au to discuss the steps involved in buying off the plan and securing your terrace.

Service Support and Sincerity

Crevilly

‘Crevilly’ offered buyers the chance to own and enjoy one of Castlemaine’s finest historical solid brick homes. Enjoying  a graceful street profile and featuring an original façade Crevilly offered potential buyers an impeccably presented family home, rich in period detail.

Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam

After languishing in the hands of another agent, once the sale of this historic property was placed in the hands of Nick Haslam at Waller Realty the owners fully appreciated and respected Nick’s service, support, communication and sincerity. They were also delighted that Nick was visibly proactive and was able to seal an appropriate price for their much loved property.

Nick’s reputation for being a determined, hard working, effective negotiator has become well known in this region. If you are seeking a professional, honest and fresh approach towards the sale of your property please don’t hesitate to contact Nick and see the difference he can make for you.

The Right Agent

Barkers

The owners of this property in Barkers Creek met Nick Haslam when they were inspecting other properties in the area. It was Nick’s proactive approach and the sense that it would be possible to build a working relationship with him that prompted them to sell their Barker’s Creek property through Waller Realty rather than another agent who they had considered using. Nick proved to be the right agent for them.

Nick HaslamNick met all their expectations and they really appreciated that he quite literally kept them in the loop at all all times. They were particularly impressed with Nick’s understanding of the value of their property and his insight about who would be drawn to a property which, in their words, was ‘off the grid, up a bush road’! Nick only encouraged people, who he genuinely believed would be a match, to inspect. The owners were very grateful that he did not waste everyone’s time.

If you are looking for an agent who you will give you a realistic value, work with you and respond to your individual needs then Nick is an agent who has developed an impeccable reputation in and around Castlemaine. Do not hesitate to contact him if you are interested in buying or if you are seeking an appraisal for your property.

 

Totally Transparent

This property in Maclise Street, Fryerstown did not sell overnight. The owner had dealt with a number of other real estate agents and had become frustrated by the process. He did not hold any of them in high regard. 

By contrast he found Nick Haslam, at Waller Realty, to be ‘remarkably hardworking’, open and direct. One thing that impressed this vendor was that from the outset Nick bought positive energy to the transaction and was clearly determined to achieve the best possible result. He found Nick to be totally transparent and appreciated that he rang each Monday, over almost an eighteen month period, to update him about any progress. The owner felt that in being so hardworking Nick had gone over and above any expectations he might have had and says that it was “his consistent communication which meant the most to him during this process”.

Nick is becoming known as one of the most determined and hard working real estate agents in the area. If you are after a professional, honest and fresh approach towards the sale of your property please don’t hesitate to contact Nick and see the difference he can make for you.

 

Summer Sales

SummerThere are an number of things to think about before selling your home. This is a time of big change so you’ll want to make the best of the situation to ensure you get the best result possible. If you’re looking to sell over the warmer months there are a couple of things you can do to make your property appeal to a summer buyer.

Maximising outdoor space

It’s easy to let the summer sun get in the way of going some routine gardening but making sure that your outdoor area looks its best is a sure way to capture a buyer’s attention. Your buyers will be looking for a space where they can enjoy the sun so sprucing up the exterior of your home and keeping a high level of kerb appeal will massively improve your chances of securing a sale. Water the grass and garden so it looks lush come inspection time and clean up any outdoor entertaining areas. A lick of paint on fences or a new coat of oil on your deck will freshen up the outside’s appearance.

Keep it cool

Scheduling inspections at the beginning of the day can have two benefits. First, buyers are more likely to venture out house hunting earlier in the morning when they have plenty of time rather than late in the afternoon when the day’s coming to an end. Second, an early inspection will avoid the heat of the afternoon sun. There is nothing worse than a stuffy home so keeping doors and windows open for ventilation or switching the air con on low will make the inside a pleasant place to be on a warm day. Little details like a vase of flowers or a scented candle can also make the indoors a nice place to be.

Summer clean

Forget spring – summer is the perfect time to thoroughly clean your home. If your kids are off school for the holidays get them involved in the clean up. Not only does decluttering add a bit of polish, it can help put you in the right frame of mind for a move.

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Going on Vacation? Protect Your Castle!

Vacation Tips

Murphy’s Law for travelers: If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you’re on vacation — which is arguably the worst time a household calamity can strike. Coming home from your honeymoon, African safari or Mediterranean cruise can be gloomy. But returning from a memorable journey and learning something has gone seriously wrong at home can be downright devastating.

To make matters worse, a house left empty while its owners are traveling is a tempting target for criminals. We don’t want to scare you — or leave you fearing for your treasured belongings while basking on a at beach over summer. But it’s imperative that every traveler take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while seeing the world. Basic preventative measures (which take only minutes to complete) can work wonders to help you avoid power surges, broken pipes, home invasions and more.

1. Hold Your Mail

A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. If you don’t have the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.

2. Create the Illusion of Someone Home

Beyond setting your lights on a timer, you can also set the television and radio on a timer to create the typical noise and flickering lights of an average family home at night. But wait, that’s not all! Leave a car in the driveway. Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week (an unruly lawn is as bad as a pile of mail). During the winter, arrange for snow removal in case of a storm (neighborhood kids are great for this, if you get their parents’ word that they’ll remember). If you normally leave toys outside, or keep a hose unrolled, or do anything that shows signs of a home being lived in, don’t tidy up too much before you leave.

3 Mum’s The Word

Never, ever announce your departure or vacation dates on social networks. Sharing settings are not foolproof and with new security updates it’s always hard to tell what’s public and what’s private. Stay on the safe side, and don’t mention your trip – until you’re back, with tales to tell and photos to upload!3. Mum’s the Word

4. Trust a Friend

Give your vacation contact info and a spare key to at least one friend or neighbor. That way, they’ll know how to contact you in case of emergency.

5. Unplug

Unplug all unnecessary appliances (except those on timers, of course) to protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. This goes for the big stuff, like TVs, but also for your toaster, your coffee maker, and other small appliances.

6. Hide the Hide-a-Key

It’s impossible to forget your key if you’re not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission. Just don’t forget to re-hide them when you return!

7. Shhhhh…Stay Quiet

While using personal pages on the Internet may be a convenient way to keep in touch with friends, sharing your itinerary can cause problems while you are away from home. Show some caution when you talk about your trip. Your blog isn’t the best place to announce that you’ll be away from home for a month.

Being aware of who’s around when you discuss your trip in restaurants and even at work isn’t a bad idea either. Make sure that your children are discreet, too. No one is saying that you should be suspicious of everyone you meet, but even a chance remark has the potential to lead to unintended and unfortunate consequences. The less information you put out there, the less likely it is to reach the wrong ears and eyes.

8. Maintaining Appearances

If your house is obviously uninhabited, you may be at risk of becoming a target for a burglar. An occupied home looks lived in. Lights go on and off, and cars come and go. When you’re away, everything stops. To help create the illusion that the residence is still occupied, invest in timers that turn on the interior lights for a few hours every evening. If you can get a neighbor to take out your garbage and put the cans back after the garbage pickup, it’s another way to send the message that everything is proceeding normally at your house.

Paying someone to keep the yard mowed while you are away is a good idea if you will be gone for a significant amount of time in the spring or summer. Parking a car in your driveway also can make it appear as though someone is at home.

No Silver Bullets – Work Seals Deals

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Talk to the owner of this master built stone home in Castlemaine Street Fryerstown  and he will affirm that there are no silver bullets for agents selling homes – especially at the top end of the market. ‘These days you can’t just put an advertisement in the paper’ he said. ‘You have to work!’

Having changed from an agent who had the property on the market for a year he noticed that what distinguished Wallers was that

  • they took steps to extend their reach by advertising in Melbourne papers and by presenting the option of having a highly individualised, professionally assembled web feature showcasing additional features of the property.
  • their team understood the property, ‘pulled out all stops’ and were immediately contacting and bringing potential buyers in for inspections.
Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam

Jim valued working with Nick Haslam, a man he sees as having strong ties within the Fryerstown community. In particular Jim appreciated Nick’s philosophy that clients – sellers and buyers alike – must receive superior personal service every time.  He felt that Nick’s preparedness to ‘go the extra mile’ was exceptional. Not only did Nick spend hours following up with interested parties, taking time to respond to their individual needs, but he gave Jim comprehensive daily feedback and kept him in the loop.

Be your home at either end of the market, be you buyer or seller, you need to be assured that your agent is on your side and is willing to work with you. Choose an agent like Nick Haslam and, according to Jim, you can be assured your have a highly experienced sales warrior on your side.

 

Proactive Sales Approach Triumphs

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After having had this Barkers Creek property on the market for thirteen months, with not a sign of any interest and negligible action, the owner, after meeting Nick Haslam at an Open for Inspection, switched to Waller Realty.

The property was sold within a month!

Obviously delighted by the Waller strike rate, this owner explained that a key difference was the companies proactive approach to selling.

The sales team, including Nick Haslam and Tom Robertson appeared to initiate change rather than reacting to events. They made it clear that they would keep the owner in the loop, even if nothing appeared to be happening and they were as good as their word.

From the time good photographs were presented the owner noted the difference and started to feel that something was happening.

It is this proactive, personable approach which separates Wallers from many Real Estate Agents.

Knows The Market

High Street ChewtonThe owner of this property in Chewton initially selected Wallers to provide an appraisal for the sale of his property because of their reputation for doing a top job. He took the next step and signed up with Nick Haslam because, unlike others who came, Nick took the time to see what was actually being offered, took in all the detail, saw the potentialities and crunched a realistic figure that was in line with what the property was actually worth.

It was very clear that Nick understood the market and the owners sensed that they could trust him.

To affirm his sense that this agent was truly operating for him the owner wants to share that he had a ‘stake out’ when the place was open for inspection. From the stakeout he established the interest level for himself, but perhaps most importantly, saw that Nick genuinely spent quality time with all of the people who came. He observed that Nick displayed genuine interest in the property and ‘worked’!

“People want to know this kind of information” said this owner. “They want to know that an agent and the agency can be trusted to give their all and work for them.”

Nick came up trumps! “He brokered a good deal for all parties, called it correctly, exuded confidence, acted as an excellent third party broker, gave his all and sold within seven weeks”.

Realistic and Honest

Johnstone Street Castlemaine

When the owners of this property in Johnstone Street decided to sell they approached a number of agents in town. It became obvious that some of these agents did not really understand their personal needs or their property and they were not confident that a sale would be readily forthcoming.

After meeting Nick Haslam at an Open for Inspection the vendors sensed that he understood them and their specific needs. They felt confident that he would have their best interests at heart and so they signed with Wallers.

While the process was far from stress free because of complications that had to be juggled, they will, unhesitatingly, tell you that Nick guided them, facilitated the process and pulled off a quick sale.  During the process he always answered all questions and gave realistic and honest advice.

Similarly it was Nick who helped them as they purchased a home in Taylor Street. They are very satisfied with the process and have no hesitation in recommending Nick and Wallers to others who are looking to buy or sell their homes.