Friday, November 30, 2007

Mining for information in Roxby Downs

Mining for information in Roxby Downs One of the most talked about topics of 2007 would have to be South Australia’s Mining Boom. A subject that most people usually know nothing about is all of a sudden cropping up in discussions over dinner tables, corporate lunches and at social functions. Let’s face it, after a little while you start hearing the same bits of information over and over again, delivered with a slightly different slant. So, we decided it was time to do a bit of investigating ourselves and visit the town at the heart of this discussion - Roxby Downs.
Last Friday night, after a 5 hour road trip, Troy Tyndall (from our Port Adelaide office) and I pulled into town and headed straight to our destination for the evening… the Tavern. After all, what better place to meet the locals and find out all about Roxby? Drink in hand we starting mingling with the locals, introducing ourselves, chatting about the mines and, of course, the all important topic of real estate! Thanks to one of the mine managers we learnt all about how the industry operates, the workers shift patterns and the “Who’s Who” of Roxby.
The next day we set up a little stall at their monthly markets and prepared for the very hot day ahead. Throughout the morning we had some steady response from the locals as we continued to gather information. As the afternoon hit we went further a field and visited the mining camps at Olympic Dam and traveled on to Andamooka.
While we can’t give away too many of these little pieces of ‘gold’ that we gathered, here’s an interesting point for those of you looking to, or currently selling. The miners like to get out of town on their days off, travel to Adelaide and invest in properties – particularly those near water.
After this whirl wind trip, I think we can officially say that we have a few new angles to present on the mining boom next time we find ourselves amidst this topic at a social function!
Anthony Toop, Managing Director <>

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Friday, November 23, 2007

The changing face of our property market

The changing face of our property market We like to keep you up to speed with the latest Market news, so here’s a recent article from which will aid the astute property investor.

The recently released 2006 Census shows us that the way we live, who we live with and where we want to live is changing and to ensure that you own the type of property that will appreciate in value strongly during the next property cycle, it will be important to own the type of property that will remain in continuous strong demand by both owner occupiers and tenants.
Based on what has happened in the past – over the next property cycle some properties will increase in value 2 or 3 times more than other types of property. Wouldn't it be nice to own these properties?
One of the key drivers to the resurgence of our east coast property markets is our population growth and the 2006 Census reveals the big impact on population growth from overseas migration. There is a rising influx of permanent migrants, overseas students and people on working visas. As property investors, we need to keep an eye on where these people are settling because most are coming into the country with money and while they are often tenants for the first year or 2 here, many permanent residents buy their own home after being here two or three years.
The rise in Australia's population last year was the fastest growth since 1990. But, according to an analysis by Matusik Property Insights close to 500,000 migrants will call Australia home in the current financial year. Where are we going to put them? With a current shortage of both rental properties and owner accommodation in all our major cities our population growth is one of the factors that will sustain the next property cycle.
South Australia has worked hard to attract skilled settlers to Adelaide. Of the 756,000 people who had arrived since 2001 to stay in Australia for one year or more, 31% settled in Sydney, 24% in Melbourne, 11% in both Perth and Brisbane, 5% in Adelaide and 3% on the Gold Coast.
Despite what much of the media has been reporting, home ownership has remained relatively stable over the last decade at 70% of households, but an increasing proportion of households had a mortgage.
A statistic that didn't surprise me was that around one in eight Australians lives alone. This means 12% of our population or 1.8 million people live on their own and one-person households represented about 23% of all households in Australia. An interesting fact to know if you want to know what type of property will be in strong demand!
Karen Raffen, CEO <>

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Sit back and relax...

Sit back and relax... The election, housing affordability, rate rises, the list goes on! Every time you turn on the television these topics continue to crop up, and let’s face it, after a while it does start to get to you.

So, turn off the TV, take a break from the news and invite friends or family over to make the most of these fantastic spring evenings we’re having! Here are a couple of quick, easy and delicious recipes which are sure to impress your guests.

Moscato with a twist
Well, this drink may have a little more than a twist but it’s definitely a great take on this wine. All you need is some crushed ice, a couple of wedges of fresh lime, Gin and Moscato. There is no right or wrong way to create this drink, just make to your taste and serve in some hi-ball glasses.

Fresh Asparagus Canapes
To begin with blanch some Asparagus spears (if they’re quite long, cut in half). Take a spear and wrap a piece of Prosciutto around it, then finish it off with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper – easy and tasty!

Goats Curd & Relish Tartlets
Our own Sylvia Toop is a bit of a wiz in the kitchen and just last week she whipped up these tiny taste sensations for a client evening. Start with a visit to Bottega Rotolo on Osmond Terrace at Norwood to purchase some bite sized pastry cases. In each little tart put a half teaspoon of Goats Curd and a half teaspoon of a sweet tomato relish – and there you have it! Trust me, one won’t be enough.

If your taste buds have started watering after reading the above, hop on the phone and organise an evening with your friends to try out these recipes. We hope you like them.

Karen Raffen, CEO <>

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Friday, November 09, 2007

It's time to have some fun in the name of the kiss!

It's time to have some fun in the name of the kiss! Fundraising. When people hear this word they often run for cover. It dredges up memories of your kids constantly bringing home boxes of chocolates to raise money for the school netball or football trip – chocolates that you often ended up buying yourself, just because it was easier.

The thing is that raising money for a fantastic cause can be painless     
and so much fun!

In April 2008 Variety, the children’s charity will launch the V2 Classic Bike Run.

Haven’t heard of it before? Well, that’s because this is Variety SA’s newest motoring event and some of the children who will benefit from funds raised are the ‘mini miracles’ prem babies at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Conjured up by a team of local business people this is an ‘upmarket’ event designed to attract motorbike enthusiasts who would enjoy firing up their bikes for a four day luxury cruise on their classic bike. Departing Adelaide on the 24th of April we’ll travel to Kingston, Robe, Mt Gambier, Pt Fairy, Pt Campbell, Hamilton, Penola, Keith & Murray Bridge. This is the perfect reason to fire up your bike and have some fun, while feeling great about helping our kids in need.

With the generous sponsorship of Adelaide Brighton Cement our passionate committee includes Mark Pickard (MPG), Ron Barton (Yellow Corporation), Bill Vis (VIP Home Services), Alister Haigh (Haigh’s chocolates) Ray Stevens & Jan Whitington (Plumbing Werx), Peter Curtis (Deputy Chair of Variety) and myself Anthony Toop. We’re a group of big kids with big toys wanting to do our bit for SA’s kids in need and we are ready to Rumble!!!

If you’re a local business person it’s time to dust down your classic motorbike or acquire a sparkling new classic and get on board with this fabulous event. Sounds like you? Well, numbers are limited so to get involved give Jane Coldbeck of Variety a call on 8293 8744.
Anthony Toop, Managing Director <>

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Monday, November 05, 2007

'Tis the season to be jolly... Well almost!

'Tis the season to be jolly... Well almost! With Christmas decorations appearing in shops and talk in every household of pageants, the man in the red suit and, for those of you with little elves, the magic cave, it would appear that we’re nearing the end of 2007 and Christmas is rapidly approaching.

Is it your turn this year to host the big family Christmas bash? Wouldn’t it be great if you could relax in your new home or be comforted by the fact that your home is sold and you can look forward to what the new year brings?

Well why not look at selling now before the festive season takes hold?

At the moment a shortage of properties combined with plenty of willing buyers is pushing up housing prices and putting the real estate market at quite a high. So this is the time to put your home on the market and look to achieve a sale prior to Christmas.

At Toop&Toop we are selling a number of properties prior to them going onto the active market. Our active database of VIP buyers allows us to target the ideal purchaser’s for your home - It’s a great way to get the sale of your home up and running with very little fuss.

Are you looking to buy?

We know how difficult and tiring house hunting can be so to take away some of the strain make sure you are the first to know about any of the new houses coming onto the market by logging on to In return we’ll alert you by email or SMS as new properties matching your requirements come up for sale with Toop&Toop. Best of all this service is free, so you can keep saving!

With November now upon us there isn’t much of 2007 left, so if you’re looking at selling contact the Toop&Toop office closest to you for a no obligation free appraisal.
Karen Raffen, CEO <>

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