Black Diamonds Found In Smoko

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Such great news this week with the first truffles unearthed in Smoko for Alpine Truffles owners Mark and Taola Baldwin.

On Sunday while doing some routine leaf blowing in their English Oak tree plantation, their dog Charlie started digging. After initially thinking that Charlie was being a naughty dog digging a hole, they soon realised what she had found, their very first Perigord truffle.

Adding to the excitement, after walking along a little further the owners noticed another truffle popping out of the ground as well.

We were fortunate enough to visit them yesterday. Here is a sneak peak of what we found…. more »

Falls Creek Real Estate


So you’re thinking of selling – but you’re not quite sure whether the time is right. Maybe your partner wants to sell but you’re not confident the market is at its peak? Or perhaps you own an investment property and you’re unsure of whether it’s time to review the property value and rental return?

Falls Creek Real Estate would like to offer you a free market opinion to keep you updated on current market opportunities, and informed about what’s changing in the local real estate market.

Why? Because in the property market, information … more »



If you are considering buying a tenanted property it is important that you ask the right questions such as how much is the rent, is there a bond held, how long have they been in the property for, have they been issued any breach letters/notices, how many people, pets, etc. to mitigate any ongoing potential risk.

The tenancy agreement terms are important as well. The agreement between the tenant and the current landlord are transferred to the new property owner if it is a fixed term tenancy upon settlement. A fixed term … more »

The 2017 Bright Community Wrap Up

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It’s time for the 2017 Bright Community Wrap Up.

Gerard Gray shares his expert insight into the local real estate market over the last 12 months (it’s been HOT) and all the fabulous things that have been happening in our growing business community.

A big thank you to all of the local businesses who accepted our invitation to participate in the production.

Annual Australasian Real Estate Awards



This week our Sales Team have been in Sydney at a training conference, they were also invited to attend the Annual Australasian Real Estate Awards, with several of our hardworking team being nominated for awards.


Mario Paola received a prestigious Gold Badge for his effort and results for the past year. Well done Mario, you should be very proud of all you have achieved this year.


Gerard Gray was nominated for Salesperson of the Year and was also invited to be one of the guest speakers. Gerard presented in front of the 400 … more »


In a recent Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) news item it was interesting to read their report that Regional Victoria was delivering dividends for investors and recording a higher rental return than metropolitan Melbourne.


Please click here to read the full report:


What to expect when buying a home


Buying a home is both an exhilarating and nerve wracking process. It can be highly time-consuming and it often comes as a relief to finally find the perfect property. But what are the steps associated with purchasing your new home?

While the process may differ slightly depending on your state and sale method of the property, the following guideline can help give you an idea of what to expect.

Determine your buying power
Before you start your research, it can be a good idea to pay a visit to either your bank or a … more »

90 years young


We were delighted to attend 90th birthday celebrations for Mrs Lyn Dickens this week, and to catch up with Lyn and her family and friends.
Mrs Eileen Dickens (Lyn’s mother in law), believed to be the first female Licenced Real Estate Agent in Victoria, started Dickens Real Estate in 1953. We are honoured to be able to continue our business in the Dickens family name. Congratulations Lyn from everyone at Dickens Real Estate, we hope you had a very happy 90th birthday.
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Get the Highest Price for Your Property


If you are like most people considering selling their properties, there is one question you most probably want answered above all others:


Get the HIGHEST PRICE for Your Property shows you how to select and work with a real estate agent, and gives you tips on how to best present your property to prospective purchasers.

Here are some of the things you will discover in Get the Highest Price For Your Property:

• Getting the highest price for your property
• Identifying the agent most capable of negotiating the highest price
• Presenting your property for … more »

How do I buy a property in a rising real estate market?


You have found the perfect property but how do you become the successful buyer?

Do your research – you are already trolling through the web looking at properties in your chosen area. Many sites have an alert option to save your searches.  Keep an eye on the recent sales information; just be aware that what a three-bedroom house was selling for say 6-12 months ago might not be a reflection of what is happening now.  In this rising market, properties are spending fewer days on the market and are often selling for more.  … more »