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    asking to have their rental asking price substantially increased to capitalize on the sudden demand for properties needed by evacuees said First National s Chief Executive Ray Ellis Fortunately such incidents have been few in number and have been balanced by property owners who have contacted the network with offers of assistance One such landlord contacted a Brisbane First National member and indicated that he was willing to furnish his rental property down to the last teaspoon if a flood evacuee needed temporary furnished accommodation He even offered to forgo the usual minimum six month lease to help out said Mr Ellis Real estate agents are struggling to cope with the resources needed to urgently re house tenants in rental properties that have been either damaged or ruined In some cases the agents themselves have lost everything in their homes and their businesses have been destroyed but they are fighting back determined to get their businesses operational to deal with their responsibilities to both tenants and landlords Landlords are understandably distressed about what has happened to their properties and there were major challenges earlier this week just getting to their properties to find out what had happened Equally tenants are distressed about how much they are allowed to do in order to clean up their homes which are effectively the landlord s property said Mr Ellis Nobody wants to rip up carpets they don t own but most of our tenants didn t want to sit on their hands either Some of our tenants in flood damaged properties couldn t reach their First National agent to ask questions so we immediately set up an Emergency Flood Crisis Contact number and began coordinating support from our national administration centre in Melbourne Our staff took calls from over 100 tenants last weekend alone First National Real Estate is a cooperative and its member agents have pooled their resources to help the worst affected offices in the network respond to the crisis Our agents and property managers have stood shoulder to shoulder through this event said Mr Ellis First National launched an internal National Volunteers Register to pool its property management expertise and we ve had offers of support from across the country Property managers and staff located around Brisbane in particular have flocked to our Oxley and Toowong offices to help clean up establishing temporary facilities under tents and have set about visiting our rental properties to assist tenants who need to be re housed assessing the degree of damage reporting to landlords and starting the process of repairs and restoration First National says that the process of recovery will be lengthy Accessing electricians plumbers roofers and pool cleaners will be difficult while demand overwhelms supply The network s community fund raising arm First National Foundation set up an Australian Floods Appeal two weeks ago and all funds raised go to Australian Red Cross Emergency Services Our agents have been fund raising nationally and we ve managed to raise in excess of

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    chilly Just a few simple changes to your home and your habits can make sure you and your family stay warm and cosy without costing the earth Mr Ellis said In winter the typical Australian household consumes approximately 2700 kWh of energy which is around 7 per cent more than in the warmer months Energy conservation is a vital environmental issue which is one of the reasons power costs are going to escalate and it is better to tackle the necessary changes to lifestyles now than when it is too late For every one degree temperature increase in winter energy use increases by 15 per cent so it is wise to warm up to the idea of becoming more energy efficient in the home Mr Ellis said while many environmentally friendly actions should be taken throughout the year it is during winter we should remain diligent and follow a few additional guidelines Turn down Consider turning down the thermostat on heaters by one or two degrees homes should be maintained at temperatures between 18 and 21 degrees Every degree lower can decrease heating costs by up to 10 per cent When heaters are on close curtains and blinds to reduce heat escaping and retain it inside Putting on warmer clothing like sweaters can also lessen the reliance on heaters as the main source for warmth Turn off Lighting potentially makes up around 10 per cent of household energy usage Avoid leaving unnecessary lights on and switch them off when no one is in the room Outdoor lights should use motion sensors wherever possible Compact fluorescent lamps CFL use 80 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last around 10 times longer Appliances such as computers and televisions should be turned off at the wall if possible Standby power can account for up to 10 per cent of total power bills Seal up Inspect for air leaks commonly found in places like door and window frames ducts electrical outlets and recessed lights Air leaks raise energy bills by allowing heat to escape outside Install draught seals and weather stripping around doors and windows and repair faulty seals these simple measures will minimise heat loss through gaps and leaks around the home Insulate Insulation helps retain heat during winter Attics ceilings walls floors and basements are all areas that benefit from insulation Upgrading all areas of the home to recommended insulation levels can potentially save 5 to 25 per cent on heating and cooling costs Be efficient Look at using or installing energy efficient appliances wherever possible Use major appliances such as washing machines dishwashers or dryers at bed time and other low energy use times of the day and avoid using them between 4pm and 9pm this is the optimal time to power down Mr Ellis said cutting back unnecessary energy use is a simple and easy way to keep hard earned money in the pocket as well as reduce the pressure on the environment It s a win win

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    solid investment for homeowners and in the never ending quest for sustainable solutions bricks represent one of the greatest energy efficient building materials available Mr Ellis said Plus with the impending carbon tax and escalating energy costs they offer real means to reduce carbon footprints by homeowners According to Mr Ellis research by the University of Newcastle shows a full brick home reduces greenhouse gas emissions with their excellent in built thermal qualities which provide superior insulation abilities The natural heat retention properties of bricks means homes are cooler in summer and warmer in winter Mr Ellis said During the day unwanted heat is absorbed by the brick and slowly released at night which means the home retains a constant temperature and remains unaffected by external temperature changes This reduces the need for the use of artificial temperature controls like air conditioners and heaters and can even potentially eliminates their use in times of climate extremes reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as rising power bills It also maximises interior comfort for those inside the home Mr Ellis said a full brick home offers a superior resale value due to its durability and strength making it a good sound investment at any time But home owners can capitalise on their investments in a full brick home well before they even start considering selling it Mr Ellis said They are low maintenance don t require repainting of face brickwork and have the potential of lower heating and cooling bills so the savings are there to be had from the minute someone starts living there Other advantages of a full brick home include Natural sound barrier both from internal and outside noises adding to the quality and comfort of living Better fire resistance often resulting in lower insurance rates Termite vermin and

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    and auctioneering talents to this year s Sydney Twestival held on Thursday 24 March 2011 at the Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills NSW Mr McCaffery was invited by the event organisers to conduct the live auction of an Aquabumps at Bondi Beach print after they found him on Twitter and commented on his 30 000 strong following Twestival is a fundraising event for local charities hosted in 180 cities from around the world Sydney s Twestival brings together the Who s Who of social media for an evening of drinks networking and live and on line auction bidding for items including photographs yet to be released and top shelf wines and much more Mr McCaffery says he feels especially honoured to be asked to be part of the unique fundraising event which aims to raise around 4 000 for Australian based charity Redkite Redkite provides practical support to children young people and their families who have a loved one who is ill with cancer Mr McCaffery said So I feel honoured if I can contribute in any way to helping this worthy cause Auctioneering allows me to use my skills to help people realise their home ownership dreams and being able to extend their use to assist the 8 000 Australian families affected by childhood and adolescent cancer is just an absolute privilege for me The organisers say they have already sold 250 of the targeted 300 tickets which is more than Twestival events held in New York London and San Francisco All monies raised through ticket sales auction proceeds and donations go directly to support the nominated charities Since Twestival began in 2009 it has raised close to 1 2 million for 137 causes around the world Today it is a global movement rallying volunteers in more than 45

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    Real Estate News Let s Talk Real Estate Real Estate Video Transcripts finance Get the Right Loan More About Tax Depreciation about us History 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 Free Fuel For A Year VIC Competition First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout Victoria where homeowners can win a free year s supply of fuel from Caltex Can anyone explain why the cost of fuel has gone through the roof yet the Australian dollar has never been stronger the network s National Communications Manager Stewart Bunn asked With interest rates expected to gradually rise throughout 2011 the cost of home ownership will increase However the winner of First National s competition will certainly enjoy a considerable weight being lifted from their budget by not having to pay for fuel for a year We re certain this will be a great boost to some lucky family s or an individual s budget this year said Mr Bunn To enter the competition participants need to visit www freefuelforayear com au and follow the prompts The Free Fuel For A Year competition is simple to enter and runs between 1 March and 31 May 2011 2 March 2011 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 news and updates more Twitter RealEstateCast more Facebook Latest Listed Properties unit in auburn house in croydon house in elderslie land in lynbrook

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    business owners are in it for the long haul whereas governments and bureaucrats are only it for as long as they are voted in We are not swayed by whether or not it will be popular with voters but what is best for the industry long term to make it sustainable and continue to prop up Australia s economy so we can weather some of the storms we have seen over recent times According to the latest statistics available through the Australian Bureau of Statistics and IBIS World real property including land and buildings account for 63 9 per cent of Australia s 10 trillion asset base Industrial and commercial property alone is responsible for 16 2 per cent of this country s national resources dwellings for 17 3 per cent housing and other land for 30 4 per cent Mr Ellis said Surely this is a big enough piece of the pie to give property market representatives a bigger voice in saying how to carve it up and maximise its value According to Mr Ellis it is the people inside the industry who have the greatest interest in its long term sustainable growth and value citing the debacle of the planning process as evidence of how governments can get it so wrong The length of time it takes to go through the planning process actually devalues a property and acts as a disincentive for developers Mr Ellis said In the end planning strips value out of a property because of how long it takes and is holding this country back and that doesn t even take into account the complexities associated with the actual planning rules and regulations Mr Ellis said even when you consider how much real property dominates Australian households assets and debts it is still evident

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    Hilton Hotel in Sydney The elegant affair celebrated the best of the State s real estate performances over the past year which according to State Chair Mark Millington has been exceptional given the market conditions of 2010 Last year was a relatively slow market for property but our members were still able to deliver services beyond customer expectations and were kept extremely busy evidence of how good systems and hard work pay off Mr Millington said Their results over the last year are testimony to their persistence and commitment to ensure they do their best at all times especially in difficult market conditions On the night the Top 10 Offices in the state were named and included Byron Bay First National Real Estate Sales Office of the Year First National Real Estate Wal Murray Co Mudgee First National Real Estate Port Macquarie First National Real Estate Gungahlin First National Real Estate Rod Jones North Narrabeen First National Real Estate O Connor Wollongong First National Real Estate North Sydney Burridge First National Drummoyne Goulburn First National Real Estate First National Real Estate Carlingford First National Real Estate Yamba received the Specialist Individual Office Award for Foundation Office of the Year and First National Real Estate Port Macquarie received the Specialist Individual Office Award for the Best Office Presentation Individuals were also recognised with the Top 10 Salespeople being Lynette Allison First National Real Estate Home Central Hamilton Salesperson of the Year Stuart James First National Real Estate Gungahlin Scott Henry Holgate First National Real Estate Lane Cove Matt Hunt First National Real Estate Rod Jones North Narrabeen Catherine Murphy First National Real Estate Epping Central Allison Mifsud First National Real Estate Epping Central Daniel Godoy First National Real Estate Carlingford Mark Smith First National Real Estate North Sydney Paul Edwards Goulburn First National Real Estate Maria Field First National Real Estate Coastside Dapto Giuliana Parasility from First National Real Estate Nolans Burwood and Michael Mehmet Agdiran from First National Real Estate Coastside were named Property Manager Rookie of the Year and Sales Rookie of the Year respectively Melanie McLeod from First National Real Estate Epping and Liliane Bastawrous from First National Real Estate Merrylands were awarded the Sales Assistant of the Year and Assistant Property Manager of the Year Mr Millington said the First National Awards are an important event as it presents an opportunity for members to come together and share their thoughts and views on the industry and events that affect them such as the recent disasters across Australia During trying times like the recent floods and cyclones our members band together and help each other where they can but often in large states and territories like ours it is only at these types of social events that they are able to come face to face with each other Mr Millington said The same resilience we show to overcome these types of challenges is the same approach we take to our everyday work While each member works autonomously we

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    Competitions Competition Winners Contact Us First National Real Estate Media Releases First National Real Estate s 10 000 Home Painting Giveaway First National Real Estate has launched a competition throughout New South Wales where homeowners can win a re paint of their house worth up to 10 000 Australians just love home ownership and there s a huge amount of interest in making improvements in order to maximise capital growth But the last thing people want to do in their spare time is paint their house the network s National Communications Manager Stewart Bunn said One of the most important things you can do to preserve or improve the presentation of your property is keep it freshly painted The winner of the Pimp Your Property 10 000 Home Painting Giveaway will have their home re painted using quality Dulux paints to the value of 10 000 enough to complete an average sized Australian house In a sense we all prosper by riding on the back of our property renovations so we took a tongue in cheek view in the naming of this competition said Mr Bunn Australia once rode on the sheep s back but these days for most Australians we build wealth and improve our lifestyles by renovating our properties I m sure that whoever wins this competition will improve the value of their home by more than the 10 000 investment First National will be making on their behalf To enter the competition participants need to visit www pimpyourproperty com au and follow the prompts The Pimp Your Property 10 000 Home Painting Giveaway competition is simple to enter and runs between 1 March and 31 May 2011 1 March 2011 You are here National Real Estate News Also in this section Local Real Estate News more Let

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