First National Foundation donates to Naidiri Bay Khalsa Primary School, Fiji

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During its National Convention in Fiji last month, First National Real Estate used the occasion to officially open a covered utilities walkway for the Naidiri Bay Khalsa Primary School, funded by the First National Foundation – the charitable arm of the network.

The walkway will provide much needed shade during the summer and relief from torrential rain during the winter months. Here is a photo of me officially opening the walkway. It was a proud moment for me and my team.

Principal Mr Ifereimi Torosi, was deeply grateful for the walkway and the investment in Fiji’s education system through the supplies donated.

During the opening ceremony, over 100 member delegates, their families and children donated much needed school supplies ranging from a laptop computer, first aid essentials, plus a vast range of stationery including pens, pencils, books, and sporting equipment.

Mr Ifereimi Torosi informed me the donations would not only greatly assist the students but his school’s four teachers were looking forward to using the generous gifts to assist both the students’ welfare and improved educational processes.

The highlight of the ceremony was the interaction between the 30 Australian children and their Fijian counterparts, enjoying the occasion and doing what children do – having fun!

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First National sponsors Australian lifesaving

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On behalf of my team at First National Real Estate and all of our members, I am proud to announce that First National will once again sponsor Australian lifesaving this summer.

First National Real Estate has announced it will continue to underpin the improvement of life saving skills through its sponsorship of the Ocean 6 ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’.

Ocean 6’s ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’ events will be televised weekly on FOX Sports. Helping lifesavers improve skill, speed and efficiency will help reduce the risk of drownings on our beaches.

The First National Real Estate Board Series demonstrates this network’s commitment to highlighting water safety as an issue for all Australians.

There will be six rounds in the 2017/18 series:

•    Queenscliff Beach, Manly – 27/29 October
•    Sunshine Coast – 17/19 November
•    Wollongong – 15/17 December
•    Surf Coast, Victoria – 12/14 January
•    Surfers Paradise – 2/4 February
•    Cronulla – 23/25 February

One male and one female athlete will be crowned ‘Summer of Surf First National Board Series Champion’ at the conclusion of the Ocean 6 competition series.

Surf Life Saving at our beaches is just one part of the water safety picture.

Each year around this country, too many people drown in rivers, dams and backyards. Awareness of the dangers presented by bodies of water throughout the country is what will make a difference.

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Technology and Smart Homes to Influence Property Value

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According to new research from REA and Origin Energy, 85% of Australians already believe solar panels increase a property’s value more than any other energy efficient feature.

Technology and smart homes are set to influence the future of property values. I predict the popularity and increasing affordability of electric cars will contribute to a strong demand for solar panel generation, driving property marketability and saleability.

Whilst the actual increased value varies according to location and property type, I believe that in a race for buyers between similar priced properties, those with solar panels will always have the most buyer-appeal.

As Australians continue to grapple with rising utility bills and fuel prices technology will have the most significant influence on the value of properties with solar power generation.  The price of an electric car will soon be a more affordable and viable option and the rise of their use will drive demand for solar powered homes because charging at home will be, first and foremost, a much cheaper alternative.

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Millennials To Eclipse Baby Boomer Real Estate Spending Power in Next 5 Years

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Despite 74% of millennials requiring more help than usual in understanding the buying process, it is anticipated that the next five years will see millennials eclipse baby boomers’ real estate spending power with 66.1% of those born between 1982 – 2002 choosing property over lifestyle.

With millennials earning more money than earlier generations, their buying budgets are anticipated to be well above those of Generation X and Y, and it won’t be unheard of for some to make their first purchase in the realms of $500,000 to $750,000.
Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 3.36.38 PMRay Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, First National Real Estate says “The expectations we have for millennials from 2018 onwards is based on our members’ observations, which mirror that of data we are seeing from the US.  The next five years will see the most spending power of baby boomers eclipsed by millennials, with the majority focused on buying apartments as their first home – moderate commutes to work will be acceptable but the majority will not find the outer suburbs of metropolitan areas very appealing.  In essence, millennials are driven by lifestyle.  The norm is now I want it, I’ve earned it, I can have it.  By necessity, the lifestyle changes that are required to become a property investor are no longer mandatory,”

Millennials are expected to purchase apartments as their first property and seek out homes in locations that complement their lifestyle, are close in proximity to transport and their employment.

They will also seek out property that is ‘move-in-ready’ rather than renovator’s specials, with 48% buying newly constructed homes to avoid plumbing/electrical problems compared to 34% of other buyer demographics.

Internet connectivity has a significant influence in their buying decisions, with the generation geared to seek out property online that is picture-perfect, and they regard internet speeds and choice of telecommunication providers as incredibly important to assessing a potential home. Television lifestyle shows also play a role in their real estate requirements with current home styling and design trends high on the must-have list.

Seeing property only as a stepping stone, millennials are expected to hold onto their first home for six years before moving on to the next better one compared to 10 years for previous generations.

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