The 20/Twenty Challenge

On Sunday 6th April twelve LJ Hooker Mosman staff members competed in the 20/twenty challengewhere teams of 4 compete in a ‘triathlon-like’ event along the harbour coastline with the goal of changing the lives of children with cerebral palsy.

The event kicks off with a 2km swim from Shelly Beach (Manly), followed by a 15km walk to Clontarf. Participants then embark on a 1.5km kayak from Clontarf to Chinamans Beach (Mosman) then run 5km along Balmoral Beach up to Georges Heights and back again. Finally, there’s a 1.5km kayak back to the finish line at Clontarf Beach.

This year’s event was fraught with heavy rain but it didn’t stop our teams from completing the course within exceptional times. Raising a total of $24,129 for this worthy cause we are extremely proud of our guys and girls and we hope to have an even bigger team compete next year!

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The event has grown substantially over the last ten years and it is now a significant and well-known charity event. This year the entire event raised over $500,000 for kids with Cerebral Palsy.  These funds will go towards purchasing much-needed mobility and communication equipment for children living with cerebral palsy.

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Free Property Investment Seminar…

LJ Hooker Mosman’s Property Management team invites you to a free property investment seminar within our offices on May 14th at 6.00pm.

Dr Andrew Wilson will discuss the current economy & housing market along with predicting the next year.  Dr Wilson provides regular property and construction market commentary to a broad spectrum of print, radio, TV and online media. With weekly columns in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age.

When – Wednesday 14th May 6.00pm
Where – Level 2 Auction Rooms, 102 Glover Street, Mosman

For more information please contact our offices on (02) 8969 4141 or RSVP to scowell@ljhooker.com -

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In focus – Jonathan Kaars

Introducing Jonathan Kaars -

  • One of LJ Hooker Mosman’s senior sale advisors
  • Cremorne suburb specialist

A professional real estate agent with a dynamic, enthusiastic and hard working approach to the industry, Jonathan Kaars has more than ten years’ experience in all aspects of the Sydney property market.

Friendly and approachable with an open and genuine manner, Jonathan has a firm commitment to providing his clients with a positive sales experience – turning what can often be a stressful experience into an enjoyable one.

Specialising in Cremorne and surrounding suburbs, Jonathan was born and bred on Sydney’s North Shore and offers his clients a high degree of local knowledge, leaving no stone unturned during the sales process and nothing to chance in pursuit of the best possible price.

Prior to joining LJ Hooker, Jonathan gained invaluable experience in the Real Estate industry in the Property Management sector over six years in both the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs markets.

View Jonathan’s personal profile by clicking here

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Its all in the details…

Transform your indoor / outdoor spaces with a creative design and classic details …

When it comes to interior styles, there are so many wonderful ways to define who you are by creating a magnificent living space. Allow yourself to be creative and stylish.

Here are a few of our favourite images showcasing jaw dropping art, classic colour schemes, timeless pieces and interesting furniture – all creating a sublime space to enjoy with friends and family.

For more pictures please check out our Pinterest page -

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Lighting is one of the most important limbs to create good design – why not use lamp shades or hanging pendants like within the above to soften the room.

The floor should be consistent, sharp & clean, creating the illusion of flowing space – within the pictures above there are a variety of floor finishes which help illuminate the fixtures and fittings within any room.

Colour schemes can be used to help detail particular walls or objects – try using a minimal colour scheme and add a pop of colour now and then by using detailed wallpaper, coloured tiles, artwork, soft furnishings or paint detailing, such as on doorframes, windows or fireplaces.

Texture adds dimension to a room. It appeals to our senses – both visual & tactile – which makes the room interesting.  Texture is important when styling any room – instead of layering multiple colours and patterns, you can just as easily work with neutral shades and layer beautiful textures instead.  A few good options in adding texture to any room could be through the use of area rugs, cushions, throws, indoor plants, wood finishes, stone features, paintwork & wall decor.

For more information visit our website.

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Sources: Our Pinterest page, here, here & here.

Australia – a safe place to invest…

The Chinese are the biggest group of overseas property buyers in Australia at the moment. Restrictions and huge taxes in China mean many are looking for a safe place to invest. Cashed up and ready to spend, they are drawn to our country by the close proximity to China, far less pollution, a great lifestyle, an excellent education system and the beautiful properties. We are a multicultural country and the Chinese feel very welcome here.

Most overseas buyers are looking for apartments near schools, shopping centres and transport hubs but some are after luxury and are prepared to pay top dollar for it. They prefer the homes to be finished and to a high standard with a northerly aspect.

In the last year alone, Chinese buyers spent $5.4 billion on Australian property. The number one benefit of foreign investment is definitely the effect it’s having on our economy – the economy would be struggling without it.

In Sydney, Mosman is one of the most popular suburbs with the Chinese buyers. In Sydney and Melbourne specifically, this surge of foreign buyers is driving up construction, especially in the apartment market.

As the middle class in China expands, the wealthy look to trade up to the Aussie way of life. The current boom in overseas buyers is quite possibly the biggest the country has ever seen.

LJ Hooker is the first real estate group to secure a concierge in mainland China to act as a conduit between us and any offshore buyers. Through a partnership with Juwai.com, the No.1 Chinese international property website, Jessie Zhong (a marketing and real estate expert who is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English) has been employed to field inquiries from Chinese buyers and help our agents respond to these inquiries, as well as arrange property inspections and, if required, accompany purchasers on buying trips as their translator and advisor.

For more information on our Chinese concierge, the LJ Hooker Experience or the current property market please contact our office today on (02) 9969 1500 or visit our website by clicking here.

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The hub of the home…

As the hub of the home, the kitchen is the room with all the action. It’s not just the place to prepare and cook food — it’s also used for entertaining guests, storing gadgets and eating family meals. Your design needs to accommodate all these activities, which is why remodels are more popular than ever. Today, islands, farmhouse sinks and stainless steel appliances are common additions, while customised cabinets and counter tops are key components of our inspirational dream kitchen.

Your space should look nice and welcoming to guests who visit. Using high-quality, colorful materials will help bring personality and vibrancy to your space.
View some of our favourites below;

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Because the layout and storage options are pretty standard, picking interesting materials is key for helping your kitchen stand out. When it comes to counter-tops, granite, wood and marble are elegant options, while concrete, limestone and stainless steel are a little more trendy. For a bit of color, add a bright mosaic tile back-splash or pick out a vibrant wood floor finish. You can even mix up your cabinetry! Frosted cabinets are great for a modern feel, while painted cabinets are an easy, inexpensive way to revamp your current design.

All images taken from our Pinterest Page
Visit our Pinterest page for more inspiration ideas, click here.

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LJ Hooker myMarket Reports

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  • For the first time in 4 years each of Australia’s capital cities recorded a positive price growth
  • Houses across the country grew by nearly 10% in the last year
  • Sydney was the standout performer last year with house prices jumping a phenomenal 15%
  • This momentum has carried through to 2014 with auction clearance rates & sales volumes across the country continuing to remain strong

Read more about your suburb growth, our national news, tracking & comparing particular prices and learn more on the Australian lifestyle trends in property – view the report on our digital version by clicking here & logging in.

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No other real estate group has produced such a comprehensive, high quality residential report nationwide. The LJ Hooker myMarket Reports  form part of a suite of products produced by LJ Hooker.

If you would like one of our agents to run through this with you or if you would like to have a confidential property market discussion please contact our office today and visit our website

Community Support – Seniors Week 2014

2014 NSW Seniors Week will be held this week – Saturday 15 March until Sunday 23 March & the Mosman Council are running a series of events that encourage, support & celebrate our seniors!

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This year the NSW Government, community and commercial organisations will be holding hundreds of free or discounted events across NSW between 15 – 23 March. Mosman Council has organised something new for you to try and enjoy whether it be arts and crafts, technology, health and wellbeing or sport. For more information check out the Mosman Council events page or you can view the event timetable here.

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At the top of our game…

no.1 office | no.1 brand | no.1 network

Did you know?

  • Our office was awarded the No.1 office in the worldwide LJ Hooker Network of 700+ offices for years 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • LJ Hooker was crowned the No.1 Major Australian Network (amongst 100+ real estate corporations) in 2013
  • LJ Hooker is Australia’s No.1 real estate agency website. Over 450,000 people visit the site every month (Google Analytics, LJ Hooker)

For more information on the LJ Hooker Experience click HERE.

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The Sydney Market…

2014 is already shaping up to be a record-breaking year. Last Saturday Dr Andrew Wilson reported in the SMH/AFR Domain that Sydney’s once-in-a-decade housing market continues to rise to new highs. Sydney’s auction clearance rate the week before was 86%.

Sydney home buyers remain hungry for property with four consecutive weekend clearance rates at or above 80% – unprecedented for this time of the year. Last week, at the LJ Hooker House auctions, we sold 16 of the 19 properties offered, either prior to auction or under the hammer, making our own clearance rate 84%. Proven negotiators, LJ Hooker also boasts a list-to-sell ratio of 95% for the last 12 months – a result which surpasses all of our competitors.

February’s record-breaking Sydney auction market is set to continue during March, with no sign of buyer or seller enthusiasm easing up. With a severe shortage of stock on the market, it really is a seller’s market at the moment.

The current climate of low interest rates, the lower dollar and a shortage of housing stock make up the perfect market for a pre-Easter sale.

To view our recent sales within the Lower North Shore click here.

Within this weeks Mosman Daily our office was noted a couple of times with record market results:

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If you are considering selling, or simply need an updated market appraisal, call LJ Hooker Mosman – your Lower North Shore real estate specialists.