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    to assist those who have been directly affected by the recent spate of bushfires across the country Australia is prone to disasters of all kinds especially over the summer and wet seasons which is why we are urging everyone to give generously and support those communities most in need Mr Simon O Donoghue Chairman First National Foundation said Our members have always been involved with the support of their local communities and over the past six years the First National Foundation has donated more than 2 200 000 to the Australian Red Cross as a result of our fundraising efforts People know that when they donate through First National Foundation their donation will reach the people who need it most from individuals families and farmers right through to the community level Thousands of people across Australia have been affected by bushfires with many suffering untold losses including their homes pets livestock sentimental and personal effects and in some cases their livelihoods as well At times like these when communities are threatened by natural disasters we redouble our fundraising efforts through the Foundation which donates to the Australian Red Cross and its assistance to Australians in disaster preparation response and recovery Mr O Donoghue said Even today as the nation faces one of the worst fire prone seasons in decades with the current heat wave conditions the money we have raised in the past is still being used to assist those areas affected by some of the most devastating disasters in Australia s history Many of these people are the ones that we have helped to purchase their homes or move into a new one and we feel their need as much as if it were our own This is why we value our partnership with the Red Cross It affords

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    Join First National Jobs Careers in Real Estate Energy Efficiency Real Estate on Facebook First National Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases First National Foundation calls for donations to Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal First National members have always been generously involved with the support of their local communities At times like these when communities are threatened by natural disasters we redouble our fundraising efforts for the First National Foundation which donates to Australian Red Cross and its assistance to Australians in disaster preparation response and recovery The First National Foundation was established to maximise the benefits of our member fundraising throughout the community nationally It has donated more than 2 200 000 00 to Australian Red Cross over the past 6 years the result of our members and staffs fundraising efforts Australian Red Cross continues to work with communities in the two to five year recovery process following a major disaster They are still very active in supporting communities which have been affected by some of the most devastating disasters in Australia s history including those affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires 2011 Queensland Central New South Wales and Victorian Floods and this year s Tasmanian Bushfires First National Foundation is now accepting donations in support of Tasmanians who have been affected by the current spate of fires 100 of your donation will reach the people who need it most when donating through First National Foundation Donations can be made at First National Foundation supporting offices Click here for a list of locations We thank you for your support 10 January 2013 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let s Talk Real Estate more Real Estate Video Transcripts more Twitter Auction Action more RSS Feed Get

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    NBL basketball team Australia s largest independent real estate network First National Real Estate is proud to announce its official naming rights sponsorship of Western Australia s National Basketball League NBL team Perth Wildcats The one year sponsorship agreement will see the multi championship winning Wildcats helping First National Real Estate provide professional development to their team of more than 350 staff across the 25 West Australian First National offices This substantial six figure sponsorship will provide First National with prominent logo positioning on the coaching and support staff apparel game night venue signage access to Wildcat players for professional development as well as a range of other marketing and promotional opportunities throughout the season Chairman of First National Real Estate in West Australia Mr Cambell Giles said As with the Wildcats our agents train hard to remain at the forefront in real estate and as a result of our sponsorship our salespeople property managers and administrators will gain access to the Wildcats head coach Rob Beveridge for training and inspiration Perth Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin commented on the partnership saying it was a great union of two organisations that work in the community in a very real way First National s sponsorship of our coaches is a significant investment in the development of basketball talent at all levels in Western Australia We hope we can reciprocate through increased branding visibility and sharing of successful practices and insights from the court The Perth Wildcats first home game of the 2012 13 NBL season is scheduled at the new Perth Arena against arch rivals Adelaide 36ers on Friday November 16 copy ends Issued by First National Real Estate For further information Cambell Giles Western Australia Chairman First National Real Estate Midland on 9274 5033 or 0418 936 544 14 November

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    make sure their rental properties are in ship shape if they want to attract quality tenants and maximise their returns Mr Bunn said It also helps to appoint a property manager who knows how maintain the property s tenancy at the highest possible rent and who will manage the home as though it were their own Mr Bunn said First National Real Estate offers the ideal combination of professionalism experience and commitment to manage properties Our systems and processes underpin the strength of our agency and the property management services we deliver Mr Bunn said Property management at First National is more than just collecting rent or striking a deal on fees we assist in the selection of quality tenants ensure timely rental payments look for opportunities to increase your returns and minimise vacancies We strive to help our landlords maximise the benefits of investment property ownership by using the latest technologies and pride ourselves on getting the best results in the shortest time According to Mr Bunn First National has 10 steps to success for property management Accurate appraisal of a property s rental potential Presenting the property in its best light to maximise returns Advertising and marketing to ensure maximum exposure through First National s industry leading website major real estate web portals eMagazines social media and the network s exclusive award winning tenant alert database Accompanied tenant viewings to highlight special features and benefits of renting a First National managed property Receiving offers and making the process as efficient as possible Tenant selection following comprehensive screening and reference checks Preparing relevant documentation and advising tenants of their obligations and outlining conduct expectations Completing a thorough property condition report prior to the tenant moving into the property Management services to ensure peace of mind steady income regular property

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    pools take a dive in health during the cooler months leading to a build up of harmful bacteria which could affect the health of those swimming in it Untreated pools can cause real harm to family and friends with the increased levels of microorganisms algae and bacteria posing serious health risks like diarrhoea ear infections and eye and skin irritations Mr Bunn said Out of more than 1000 pool water samples recently taken across the country just four per cent of pools showed a healthy pH balance and only one in five were properly chlorinated Pool owners including tenants leasing properties with pools should take the time now to check their pools so that they can enjoy them safely throughout the warm summer months Mr Bunn said using the services of a professional technician such as the pool and spa care experts at PoolWerx to conduct regular water health and safety checks is sensible and frugal Expert services are far more affordable than it would be to seek help once the water has turned green from flourishing bacteria Mr Bunn said Not to mention the reduced emotional stress and costs associated with a loved one friend or tenant becoming sick through infected pool water First National Real Estate offers these top five tips for early season pool maintenance to ensure pools are healthy and ready for summer Check the pool equipment to ensure it is in property running order Ensure the pH level is within healthy levels Make sure chlorine levels are adequate to disinfect all microorganisms Vacuum and skim the pool regularly Organize a regular professional check up Now is also a good time to check the pool s compliance with state laws and regulations Mr Bunn said Each state and territory in Australia has laws governing pool safety

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    buying opportunities at the moment with low interest rates and steadying property prices but for some renovating may offer more benefits Mr Bunn said A granny flat extension or updating the home to the way you have always dreamed may be more cost effective and allow you to stay in the area you have come to love and appreciate Mr Bunn said there are myriad reasons why the current home may no longer be meeting the needs of the home owner including they need more space their circumstances have changed or they just want a change of scenery But whatever the reasons are the ongoing uncertainty in domestic and international economies may make renovating more attractive so my advice would be to weigh up the options make a list of pro s and con s and look at what your future needs might be Mr Bunn said According to Mr Bunn the top things to consider are budget location time and space Budget there are inherently costs associated with both options Renovating is more susceptible to budget blowouts but the hidden and add on costs for buying a new home such as stamp duty conveyancing and removalists can make it much more expensive A careful and detailed budget plan will help you weigh up the costs involved in both options Location consider whether you want to continue living in the area or is there somewhere else you would prefer to call home Also take the neighbours into account For many relationships are forged with neighbours and it is important whether you stay or move that you can see yourself getting along with your neighbours Time what time constraints do you have Finding the right property that will suit all your current and future needs will take time as will renovating Often house hunters are required to compromise in some way but the home renovator should be able to do exactly as they set out to do and have had approved by the relevant authorities Space make sure there is enough room to make the improvements you want if you are looking to renovate If you are going to buy consider whether you will need to make any further alteration either now to ensure the new property can accommodate your current needs or some time in the future to adopt for your changing circumstances Asking an architect or builder to inspect the property with you can be of enormous benefit Also if you are looking at renovating it is easy to let emotions override practicalities so it is important to make sure you get the right advice to ensure you don t overcapitalise Mr Bunn warned A very basic rule of thumb when renovating is to never spend more than 25 per cent of the value of your home But before any final decision is made look at the real estate market and get an appraisal on your house and look at prices of houses that appeal to you Even consider

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    How We Put You First Quality Assurance Real Estate First National Foundation Join First National Jobs Careers in Real Estate Energy Efficiency Real Estate on Facebook First National Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases First National grows market share First National Real Estate has grown its market share to third largest in Australia according to a recent IBISWorld Real Estate Agents in Australia report The report considers the industry s performance since the GFC and highlights the challenges major networks have faced in retaining or growing their memberships in recent years First National Real Estate is recognised by consumers as the innovator in Australian real estate brands Our membership is comprised of progressive agents who embrace change technology and the idea that success can only be achieved through the delivery of a quality customer experience said Chief Executive Ray Ellis Since 2005 the network s mantra we put you first has informed our reasoning in everything that we do and the message is cutting through Consumers know that our agents are working hard to deliver what they want when they want it while giving them more control First National has the systems brand and strategy to support its members with tools that engage community and deliver better customer outcomes As a result we are witnessing across the board market share growth copy ends Issued by First National Real Estate For further information Stewart Bunn National Communications Manager from First National Real Estate on 1800 032 332 28 September 2012 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let s Talk Real Estate more Real Estate Video Transcripts more Twitter Auction Action more RSS Feed Get the latest news Click here for a direct feed of our latest

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    wet seasons which is why it is critical that people make the effort to protect what is probably the biggest financial commitment they make in their lives their homes National Communications Manager Stewart Bunn said Not to mention the emotional attachment they have developed for many of the personal and sentimental items housed inside As agents we see what home owners go through to purchase a home and we believe it is an essential that we involve ourselves in any means available to help them protect it Which is why we value our partnership with the Red Cross so much It affords us the opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work as well as be involved in activities that can make a huge difference to our clients All our staff at First National Real Estate are being encouraged to review their own REDiplans and assist clients where they can to do the same during the national week This is exactly the type of thing the First National Foundation has been set up for To support communities across Australia where it is needed Mr Bunn said Preparedness Week is designed to focus attention on this piece of strategic asset protection planning which has the potential to affect all Australians Red Cross has made it easy with a range of resources built around helping people to be better prepared to reduce the impacts of an emergency such as bushfires flooding cyclones and hurricanes Despite so many large scale disasters in Australia in recent years people still believe it won t happen to them and a week like this brings home just how vulnerable everyone is Disasters don t discriminate and nor does First National Foundation The only way to protect yourself and minimise the impact of a

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