Thursday, September 25, 2008

Widening the community

Widening the community We work alongside our consumers every day, assisting them to find their ideal home whether they’re buying or renting. We like to think of ourselves as creating solutions for our clients housing problems!
At Toop&Toop we like to take our people relationships one step further and be a true part of our local communities. Last weekend saw the Toop team out and about across the coast, and it wasn’t just because of a glimmer of sunshine.
The staff at our Fleurieu office were ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll with the best of them, at the inaugural Rock’n Victor festival. This day of 1950’s fun at Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor hosted live bands, Hot Rod’s, Classic Cars and even a Harley Davidson or two, not to mention the constant twirls & twists of the Rock ‘n’ Roll dancers.
The Toop&Toop marquee played host to all festival goers including our clients, as we thanked them for their support during our first year of business on the Fleurieu. That’s right, we’ve turned 1 already!
While all this was happening down on the South Coast, closer to the city there was another Toop team limbering up for the challenge of their lives.
A group of keen and dedicated ‘Toopsters’ took part in the annual City to Bay Run… well walk really. They donned their Toop&Toop T-shirts and caps and set off enthusiastically for the 6k stroll from the city down to the hustle and bustle of Glenelg.
While they all triumphantly crossed the finishing line, this week has seen a few of our team feeling pain in a few joints & muscles they didn’t know they had!
So, if you didn’t happen to attend one of our open inspections last weekend it’s highly possible that you saw us out and about in your local community. That’s right, you never know where you’ll see a member of our Toop&Toop team next, but when you do, come and say ‘hi’.

Anthony Toop, Managing Director <>

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Leading the way in Real Estate

Leading the way in Real Estate Individuals and companies within the Real Estate industry are continuing to lift the level of their service, standards and performance – striving to become the best of the best within this field.
How are these improvements measured? Through valuable customer feedback and industry recognition.
The South Australian Awards for Excellence in Real Estate acknowledge those who are leading the way in this field. Now in their fourth year, these commendations are highly sought after whether it’s for sales or property management, residential or commercial, being a finalist in these awards is a sensational accolade within itself.
This year Toop&Toop is proud to be recognised with a total of 9 finalist positions!
A huge congratulations to the individuals and entire Toop team for reaching finalist status in the following categories.
New Agency Office of the Year – Toop&Toop Fleurieu
South Australian Salesperson of the Year – Phil Harris
Local Residential Salesperson of the Year East/City – Alex McGregor-Reid
Property Management Agency Residential Large
Property Management Practitioner Residential – Sandra Gesuato
Website of the Year
Corporate Marketing Campaign of the Year
Community Service – Anthony Toop
We are also the first company who will be inducted into the Excellence Awards Hall of Fame, not once… but twice, for winning a title a staggering three times! What an outstanding effort for:
Peter Veitch - South Australia Salesperson of the Year 2005, 2006 & 2007
Toop&Toop - Norwood Large Agency of the Year 2005, 2006 & 2007
Now we enter an intense interview process before the winners are announced at an award presentation of ‘Hollywood Glamour’ on Friday the 10th of October.
So stay tuned for the announcements of the 2008 South Australian Awards for Excellence in Real Estate.

Ian Darbyshire CEO <>

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Market update

Market update Having experienced a boom like market of growth for 7 years, the change to a ‘standard’ yet vastly unknown market has and continues to cause anxiety amongst many buyers and sellers.
Knowledge is everything – an overview of what is happening in the current market along with the forecast for the coming months, will help build your understanding of transacting property in the here and now.
Over the past 12 months we’ve seen Interest rates continue to climb, placing pressure on all home owners. Last week the Reserve Bank handed down a quarter of a percent interest rate cut with further rate cuts predicted – finally a little relief!
For the astute buyer, now is the time to purchase property. The banks have already adjusted down their fixed rates and the variable loans are set to follow, although these will take time to flow through.
With the warm weather beginning, both the Coastal & Hills regions will see a growth of activity with more buyers out and about.
The next four months provides Vendors with 10 good weeks of selling. Once the AFL finals are out of the way, the selling season begins from October well into Spring with late December being fairly quiet due to the festive season.
So with this in mind… Now is the time!
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, the beginning of Spring coupled with the downward turn of interest rates is providing a great opportunity for transacting property.
To discuss your real estate needs and what we can do for you in this market, call your local Toop&Toop office today.

Mandy Wurth, General Manager - Sales <>

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Goodbye Winter... Hello Spring!

Goodbye Winter... Hello Spring! It’s still a little chilly outside, but according to the calendar Spring is officially here, the Footy season is drawing to a close and the Real Estate season…well it’s just getting started!

Traditionally Spring has always been the bumper season for selling and buying property. The combination of warmer weather, a bit of sunshine and lush gardens provide the perfect complementary backdrop for every home and entice buyers to get out and about to locate their dream purchase.

While the past twelve month’s has seen the growth of real estate dramatically slow from the boom we’ve experienced over recent years, the market has in no way ‘bottomed out’. The combination of inflation across the board and interest rate rises has resulted in many individuals putting parts of their lives ‘on hold’ while working through these difficult times.

However with interest rate cuts predicted for September, it appears as though properties will soon be back in reach for many and Spring this year will remain, as always, the month for Real Estate!

So, it’s time for you to finish off those few odd jobs about the house, contact your local Toop&Toop office for a free market appraisal and prepare to put your home on the market for all the buyers this Spring.

Mandy Wurth, Sales General Manager <>

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