Goulburn Real Estate Blog


April 05, 2019

Why you should be careful when renting to family or friends

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Renting your investment property out to family or friends can sound like an ideal situation, however it can quickly turn into a problematic tenancy. What may seem sensible to begin with, renting to family and friends can cause problems if the right measures are not implemented.

Tenants who are overly close with their landlords will sometimes take advantage of the situation, even if it is unintentional. Whether it’s delayed rent payments or a below...


March 29, 2019

Hiring the wrong agent

The most common and most dangerous way to hire an agent is based on an estimated sale price and the agent’s fee. This rarely works out well. Owners basing their decision on these two factors alone are more likely to fall victim to an inflated price estimate. The agent gives little thought to achieving the best price or avoiding a poor digital footprint, and instead works, over a period of time, to educate the seller into reducing their price.

Hiring an...


March 25, 2019


Our team at First National Goulburn, are passionate about all things local. We love being a part of our community and take great pride in supporting local charities and sporting groups. First National are proud sponsors of the North Whites Junior Hockey Club for the 2019 Season and wish the teams all the best for the season.


March 22, 2019

What to Expect From Your Property Management Team

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Investing can be quite daunting, particularly when you’ve never done it before. Managing your own investment property can quickly become stressful, which is why many landlords choose to hand over management to a property management team. An excellent property management team will provide peace of mind, knowing that your investment is in capable hands.


March 15, 2019

Why you should have a sales team not a salesperson

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Offering a team approach when selling will give your property an advantage when selling your home. The Goulburn First National team takes pride in our approach and has put together the top benefits of having a sales team instead of a salesperson.

The whole team is looking for a buyer

What many people are not aware of is that most big...


March 08, 2019

How to attract a good tenant and keep them

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

A good tenant makes property investment a less stressful experience – they lead to reliable cash flow, a reduction in turnover rates, less wear and tear on the property and generally less work overall. But how do you find the perfect tenant? Once you find them, how do you keep them? While there may be no magical formula, the following tips can help maximise your...


March 05, 2019

Goulburn Invitational Charity Golf Day 2019

Thank you to the sponsors, partners and players who made the 2019 Goulburn Invitational Charity Golf Day such a successful day.  The continued support from the local community has been instrumental over the past 12 years. 

Congratulations to the winners, Ben Holgate, Jono Gann and Kevin Gann - representing the Ben Holgate Wholesale Cars Team.

We are proud to have raised in excess of $25 000 for the charity this year and we look forward to many more successful years for the...


March 01, 2019

Home-valuing websites have the science, but not the art...

By Andrew Trim   
Author of Real Estate Dangers

A plethora of websites and home-valuing apps have popped up in recent times offering free valuations. Typically, there are two types of valuations offered online: the automatic algorithm or the referral to a real estate agent (some offer both).

All major, and many smaller, real estate websites use an algorithm to initially price a property. You simply enter an address into the appropriate search tool and see a valuation within seconds. There are...


February 25, 2019


The team had a great night last night at The NSW First National Excellence Awards! Taking home:

Brody Willis - Rookie Salesperson of the Year & Platinum Award

Barry McEntee - Platinum Award

Terry Austin - Diamond Award

Elaine Blackall - Administrator of the Year

Both our Sales and Property Management teams were recognised in the top 10 offices across NSW.

Barry and Heidi would like to thank our entire team for their hard work and dedication to exceptional client care.

Congratulations to all the nominees and...


February 22, 2019

RIDE THE DIP OR EXIT NOW? Prices will rise again, but when?

By Peter O’Malley 
Author of Inside Real Estate

Those intending to sell their property face a decision around timing. Ride the market dip or exit immediately.

Property markets will always set new highs at some stage in the future. Some who would like to sell a property will wait for the next buoyant market environment. But how long will it take until the market peaks again? Peak to peak can often be a long time. Perth and Brisbane have not set...


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