Friday, May 25, 2007

Auctions are the way to go!

Auctions. It seems you either love them or hate them. However the fact is
that more and more vendors are choosing to sell their homes through
auctions. With the current market proving stronger than most anticipated,
auctions appear to be back more popular than ever with some phenomenal sales
results being gained.
However, believe it or not, there is more to an auction campaign than great
marketing and eager purchasers. One person becomes the focal point of every
auction. In a display of professionalism and flair through a process which
can only be described as a true art, the auctioneer works to draw out every
possible bid in an effort to gain the vendor the best result.
Last Friday was the 14th Annual Golden Gavel Auctioneering competition. This
year five finalists took to the stage and amongst them, for the fourth year
in a row, was our own Phil Harris. If you¹ve ever seen Phil in the full
swing of an auction you would recognise that he is incredibly professional -
a true artist. Over the past years he has perfected his auctioneering style,
and on Friday he came out on top.

Congratulations Phil for being the winner of the 2007
Golden Gavel competition!
As in all fields, the best performers always make their job look easy. Our
team of auctioneers here at Toop&Toop are no exception to this ­ day after
day they stand up in front of anxious purchasers and do a fabulous and
admirable job.
So if you are thinking of selling you need to speak to our team of auction
Anthony Toop, Managing Director <>

© Toop Real Estate Group

Monday, May 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Toop&Toop- 22 Years & still going strong!

To survive and thrive as a company in any industry for over twenty years is
no mean feat. Real estate is certainly no exception to this. Toop&Toop has
seen many agencies come and go since opening our doors 22 years ago - and
here we still are, continuing to strive ahead of the competition and push
the industry standards forward.

On the 8th May 1985, Anthony & Sylvia Toop started the business from their
home in Toorak Gardens. Over the years Toop&Toop has broken the boundaries
of traditional real estate practices, forging ahead with the use of
innovative technology and continuing to voice sometimes controversial
opinions in an effort to better the industry.

Since the beginning Anthony & Sylvia have been determined to create the best
real estate company in the country. From small business to national industry
awards Toop&Toop has been recognised for achievements in service and

Last Tuesday all the staff at Toop's gathered together at The Queen's Head
Hotel in North Adelaide, to toast the company's longevity, success and
future. As the photos quite clearly reveal, a great time was had by all.

To Anthony & Sylvia congratulations on the fabulous company you have built
and we all look forward to the future journey, which I¹m sure will be filled
with many exciting challenges!

Karen Raffen, CEO <>

© Toop Real Estate Group

Friday, May 11, 2007

Winter around the corner 

We will definitely not be complaining about the rain and the cooler weather
with our gardens breathing a sigh of relief at the moment! The colder
weather however always brings the common question of how do I best show my
home for sale?
A clear, sunny day in Summer or Spring can make it easy to show off your
house - but what if you¹re looking to sell in the colder months? The garden
is bare, the skies are grey and maybe damp, and everything is cold!
But let¹s look at this again! Whoever buys your home won¹t just be living
there when it¹s warm, so it can work to your advantage to show your home in
another light.
In the same way that warmer weather can be used to accentuate certain
features like outdoor settings for entertaining or even a cool haven inside
to escape the heat, there are things you can do to emphasise the cosier side
of your home -
Everything¹s better in the light of day:
If possible open your home when it captures the best possible light. For
some homes this will be earlier in the day & for others the afternoon may be
Lighten up the garden:
The garden is a great place to add some colour, so trim back any fading
summer plants and replace them with colourful ones that flourish in winter.
Make sure the pool is covered, or kept leaf and mould free - just because
it¹s too cold to use right now, you still want prospective homebuyers to be
able to see themselves using it in the future. You could even brighten the
area with some colourful furniture.
Follow your nose:
Scents around the house - good or bad - will play a part in triggering past
memories in prospective buyers, as well as creating new ones for the next
time they think of your home. If your house is closed up it can easily
develop a damp or musty smell, and animals, no matter how much we love them,
leave a strong odour in a close, warm environment. So open the windows and
doors before an inspection, keep your home warm and dry, and even create a
scent that is likely to trigger good memories in anyone who enters, like
having roses in the entrance or main room. Try to stay away from artificial
scents, as they can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Turn up the heat:
Whether you have a fireplace or central heating, make sure your home is warm
and cosy so buyers feel comfortable and at ease looking around the property.
Add some visual warmth too, with the use of throw cushions with warm colours
and fluffy rugs. If there is a spot which gets the sun during the day,
feature it by placing some comfortable seating, books and
cushions around.
Our Home Stylists in your free consultation when you sell your home with
Toop&Toop will be happy to assist you with all of these tips. So if you are
thinking of selling give us a call on 8362 8888!

Karen Raffen, CEO <>

© Toop Real Estate Group

Friday, May 04, 2007

³The Reluctant Investor²

I hesitate to make a list
Of opportunities I¹ve missed;
Investments that were in my grip -
I watched them through my fingers slip;
Prime properties I should have bought
Were lost because of over-thought;
I thought of this, I thought of that;
I could have sworn I smelled a rat,
And while I thought things over twice,
Another grabbed them at that price.
It seems I always hesitate,
Then make my mind up much too late.
A very cautious man am I
And that is why I never buy.
I chose to think and as I thought,
They bought the house I should have bought!
The golden chances I had then
Are lost and will not come again.
Today I cannot be enticed
For everything¹s so overpriced.
The deals of yesteryear are dead;
The market¹s soft - and so¹s my head!
At times a teardrop drowns my eye
I had the chance, but did not buy;
And now life¹s saddest words I pen -
Excerpt from
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Karen Raffen, CEO <>

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