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Is it a Buyers World? A Real Estate Commentator

January 15, 2018

lifestlye Market Update

Real Estate in Sydney, Australia saw a slight change in buyer’s attitude in the last quarter 2017. Real Estate commentators are now suggesting that is now a “Buyers Market” and that the real estate market in the largest cities of Australia are starting to experience a slowdown in prices. Most market commentators tend to be […]

REI NSW AGM Awards 2017

December 13, 2017

lifestlye Real Estate Acheivement

Our Principal and Director Kathryn Hall of the Kathryn Hall Agency was awarded the Service Award at the recent REINSW AGM Awards 2017but John Cunningham (Pictured below) in his final act of his Presidency. Please click here to read the article about her award as well as other awards given. Congratulations Kathryn!  

A Market that sorts out “the men from the boys!” and “the women from the girls!”

October 19, 2017


Charles Tarbey, Chairman of CENTURY 21 Australia recently commented on radio that we are currently in a true real estate market! He went on to clarify that agents were now entering a market where they would have to work hard to get good sale prices for properties particularly in the light of the existing climate. […]

The Holliday House Investment

September 15, 2017

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Most every week we discuss with potential Sydney buyers of holiday homes which is the right path to follow in regard to renting out the “holiday home” from full time rental versus the weekend and/or holiday rental. Often we find that owners and future buyers of holiday homes like the idea of having a rental […]

"Downsize" to "Upside" on the Northern Beaches of Sydney

July 19, 2017

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“Downsize to Upside ! ” The above sounds ridiculous and illogical but many empty nesters and soon to be empty nesters are taking the step to release some equity in their homes and buy something smaller and perhaps more modern.   There are many advantages and a few challenges to this strategy particularly on the […]

Guiding Vendors and Buyers through the Process of Selling/Buying a Home on the Northern Beaches

July 18, 2017


  “Different Strokes for Different Folks” No-one is quite sure where the above phrase originated although the earliest known pop-culture reference is from the song “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone.   The truth is everybody has different tastes and everybody has different ways of doing things. This phrase certainly applies in the […]

Sydney House For Sale under $700,000

June 21, 2017

family lifestlye Relocation

The Sydney real estate market is currently experiencing a strong demand especially for properties at the entry level.   Apartments in Sydney for first home buyers are in high demand with the price ranging from $450,000 to $560,000 for a I bedroom strata title apartment and $650,000 to $950,000 for 2 bedroom apartment.   It […]

How to start online banking before you arrive in Australia

April 6, 2017

family Relocation

  (日本語は英語の後に) At Kathryn Hall Agency, we understand that, as soon as our international relocation clients arrive in Sydney, they want to secure a rental home, have internet connected, buy a car and enrol kids to school. But to do these things, you need an address and have money in AUD ready. This is why […]

Is that a good school? - Moving to Sydney with family

March 16, 2017

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(日本語は英語の後に) At Kathryn Hall Agency, one of the most frequently asked questions by our clients is about school. “Which ones are good public schools in Eastern Suburbs?” “What is Mosman Public School like?” “Should we choose a private school?” Many of our clients are more concerned about their kid’s school than their new work place. […]

Internet Connection – how “7 days” turned out to be “26 days”

March 8, 2017


(日本語は英語の後に) Internet in Australia unfortunately is not something we can boast about. Many of us from developed countries can agree it is not the best here. It is slow and disruptive. Customer service is virtually non-existent. But a recent incident has made me feel thankful that I already have service at my place in Sydney […]

How Relocation work is like Matchmaking

March 2, 2017


This week our relocations agent Min signed the lease with a group household of four students coming to Sydney from interstate and overseas to study at graduate level.   The requirements of the group were simple, a bedroom each, preferably more than one bathroom and within 20 minutes walking distance or less to university. However, […]

Relocation Story - Mr & Mrs "U"

February 22, 2017

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(日本語は英語の後に) At Kathryn Hall Agency, we help many international families relocate to Sydney. Most of our clients were expats, moving to Sydney for work, but recently we see a change. More and more people who decide on their own to come and live in Sydney are engaging us for relocation services. These people relocate to […]

Rent Negotiating – Sydney Rental Market

February 10, 2017


This week, in the highly competitive student real estate market around UTS and Sydney Uni  – Kathryn Hall Relocations negotiated a landlord down on their rent, not only saving our client our own fee, but several thousand dollars more than our fee. In early February every year thousands of students look for accommodation around our […]

How safe is your suburb?

December 1, 2016


  (日本語は英語の後に) I was looking at the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research reports to put together a graph to compare major crime rates in different Sydney suburbs. Good news is that major crimes such as murders and robberies are on the decline. In fact, some categories are at the lowest recorded levels […]

Landscaping trends 2017

November 9, 2016


(日本語は英語の後に) The festive season is fast approaching. Sydney-siders love entertaining outdoor and I know that many of you will be contemplating on improving your outdoor spaces before the holidays. So I thought today I would write about landscaping trends. At Kathryn Hall Agency, we help many international families relocate to Sydney as a relocation agency […]

Beach Safety for Kids. What's the best way to learn?

October 27, 2016

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(日本語は英語の後に)   Much anticipated event “Sculpture by the Sea” opened last week and Sydney siders are shutters by the news that some artworks were destroyed by uncommonly high swells. This is a reminder for all of us that Australian ocean can do unexpected things. It can be quite wild and dangerous. We need to be […]

6 Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach - Featured

October 19, 2016


Check out 6 Ross Smith Pde’s editorial in Saturday 15th October Manly Daily – At Home On The Water                                 Save Save

3 Reasons why you should open a bank account before arriving in Sydney

September 22, 2016


(日本語は英語の後に) Everyone wants to save money. As a relocation agent at Kathryn Hall Agency, I recommend you open a bank account in Australia before you arrive.   And this is to be money smart, not just for the obvious reason of convenience. Many of our clients try to get by with credit cards when they arrive […]

"Bustamove Removals" got busted with $80,000 fine

September 1, 2016


(日本語は英語の後に) According to a recent article of Sydney Morning Herald, it was the biggest fine in the last quarter issued by Fair Trading NSW whom received over 40 complaints about this dodgy removals company in Queensland.   The accusations were shocking; loss of items, damaged goods, no receipts, contracts or insurance,  items to arrive late or […]

Moving with small children - have you overlooked one underrated yet important pre-arrival arrangement?

August 24, 2016


(日本語は英語の後に) Moving to a new city is an exciting but exhausting event. Surrounded by boxes just arrived in your new home, you don’t know where to start as there are just too many things to get through; bank account, mobile phone, bed linen, utility connection, grocery shopping, just to name a few. It is hard […]