How Should You Design Your Modern Office

Are you attracted by the prospect of being able to work from home? If a 2013 McCrindle survey on telecommuting and its popularity in Australia and New Zealand is any indication, you might be one of the 78 per cent of people who wanted to do at least some work from home rather than coming into the office. There’s still one obstacle to overcome – creating a workspace at … read on

How To Resettle Your Pets In A New Home

Moving house and unsure how best to settle your pets into a new environment? Along with our friends at Jetpets, we’ve put together our top 7 tips to help make the transition as smooth and relaxed as possible – for both you and your pet. Familiarise your pet with their travel crate. Put your pets crate in an area that they like to spend a lot of time and place their bedding … read on

Australia’s Boom Suburbs

Infrastructure investment in some of Australia’s newest developed suburbs is beginning to pay off, with outer suburban areas seeing a dramatic rise in median house prices in the past five years. Newly developed suburbs in Western Sydney rose the most up a national ranking of Australian suburbs by median house price since 2010. Where Does your Suburb Rank? Middleton … read on

RBA Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 1.75 per cent, effective 4 May 2016. This follows information showing inflationary pressures are lower than expected. The global economy is continuing to grow, though at a slightly lower pace than earlier expected, with forecasts having been revised down a little further recently. While … read on
Staff July 2015

23 Years – Still Going Strong

Ray White Picton is celebrating 23 years of providing outstanding real estate service to the community. On May 1st 1993 Kevin O'Mara purchased Max Watson Real Estate, established in 1975, and secure the Ray White franchise. I remember being extremely excited about our new venture. At the time of opening our staff consisted of Max Watson, Debbie Adams and myself. Over the … read on

Selling Property: Weird, Quirky or Unusual Features of a Home Can Put Off Buyers

When you’re looking to sell a property, you want it to appeal to a broad market – for punters to come in and be able to picture their happy, home-owning future. What you don’t want is a confused giggle when they get a look at your bathroom. When buyers are attending several inspections over a weekend they’re looking for reasons to rule out properties, according to … read on

5 Ways To Use That Spare Bedroom

For whatever reason, people often end up with a spare room in their real estate. Whether its a flatmate who has moved out or a child that has flown the nest, you might find yourself with a home that has a little more space than you expected. This is a perfect opportunity, however, to use it for more than just the occasional overnight guest. Here are five ways you can turn … read on


Have you felt a hankering to get back to the country? Every year, plenty of people escape the city limits and head out to the sticks to try and find a little tranquility. However, you don’t need to own rural real estate to get a country feel for your property. Here is a quick rundown on this quintessential rustic style. Why Country? Rustic style brings occupants back to … read on

6 Property Settlement Tips For Home Buyers

After celebrating success at auction or negotiating a private sale, the next milestone in your property-buying journey is settlement. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Understand Settlement Property settlement is an official process usually conducted between your legal and financial representatives and those of the seller. It’s when ownership passes from the seller to you, … read on

Three Ways To Bring Nature Back Into Your Home

With our huge, glistening cities made of concrete, steel and glass, it can sometimes feel like we’ve completely rejected the natural world. While we have a few parks placed here and there, testaments to our attempts to bring a little nature to the cities, it’s still not all that uncommon for the average person to crave some green among the grey. And what better way to … read on