The First Home In SA To Be Recognised For Its LIVEABILITY Features in 2017

15 VINE TERRACE, KLEMZIG

Not only is 15 Vine Tce a wonderful home in an incredible location BUT the hidden treasure is within the additional improvements to this outstanding home. This sensational property is the first in SA this year to be recognised by the Centre for Liveability Real Estate, for its Liveability features, recognising it to be healthy, comfortable, efficient and connected to the community, offering the occupants the potential to reduce their running costs significantly. The Centre for Liveability Real Estate and the Liveability Real Estate Framework are wholly owned by the CSIRO.

Established on a generous 700sqm block approximately, this home is situated so conveniently close to the CBD!

The gorgeous family home has so much to offer for first home owners, investment buyers or growing family owners. 
With a genuine "homely" feel, you really do get that comfortable and relaxed vibe within its walls. 

A snap shot of this homes features:

  • 5kW solar PV system
  • Solar hot water
  • LED lights throughout
  • Upgraded insulation throughout the home
  • An excess of storage options
  • Formal dining area 
  • Second formal lounge 
  • Lots of natural lighting 
  • High ceilings
  • Large front yard
  • Polished timber floors
  • Secure parking
  • Close to schools, shops and lots of public transport options. 
  • Beautiful garden for pets or children to play 

To view all the images of the property and read further on everything this liveability certified home as to offer, simply follow the below link. 

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A sneak peek...

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92 Douglas Drive, MUNNO PARA

Brilliant tenant currently living in the home paying $290 per week fixed until 2/5/2018.  Built in approx. 2012.

Features include:

  • Brilliant location; surrounded by parks, schools, playgrounds, shopping centers and public transport.

  • Low maintenance living

  • Safe, spacious home filled with bright natural light.

  • A double garage with automatic roller door and direct house access

  • Open plan kitchen, dining and family area.

  • 3 wonderful bedrooms; master with a beautiful ensuite, double basin, built-in robe and private balcony.

  • Main bathroom boasts a large bath

  • DUX solar hot water, gas boosted

  • Ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling throughout ensuring everyone is comfortable all year round.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a seamless purchase of your next investment property.

92 Douglas Street, MUNNO PARRA
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17 Chirton Street, ELIZABETH NORTH

An outstanding courtyard home is on offer, simply move in and enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle in a quiet street. Positioned within walking distance to Womma train station, Munno Para Shopping Centre and Elizabeth North Primary and Pre School.

Offering three generous size bedrooms with built-in robes, separate study area and master bedroom is complete with designer en-suite and walk-in robe.

A stunning modern chef's kitchen overlooks the open plan main living area and through to the outdoor zones. All complete with stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, spacious bench top and abundance of cupboard space.

Large sliding door from the living area creates a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor area. An amazing outdoor all weather entertainment area complete with automated vergola, perfect to entertain the whole family and friends in style. Large storage shed to store away all your extra home appliances and garden tools.

Extra features:

  • Three generous size bedrooms with BIR and master bedroom with en-suite.

  • Separate study area

  • Open plan designer kitchen and living area

  • Split system reverse cycle a/c in the living area

  • Two bathrooms and w/c

  • Separate laundry

  • Outstanding all weather Alfresco with automated vergola

  • Three separate rainwater tanks + large storage shed

  • Secure garage with auto roller door

    Truly a designer home in an amazing location. An inspection is a must.

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4/43 Osmond Tce, NORWOOD

Beautiful home with magic views and incredible atmosphere overlooking Norwood Oval.
Built in aprox. 1995

  • 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom plus a car space.
     
  • 2 storey townhouse in the heart of fashionable Norwood
     
  • New kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite benchtops
     
  • Master bedroom downstairs with walk in wardrobe and own ensuite.
     
  • Open plan living upstairs with personal view of the Norwood Football Oval.
     
  • Super close to primary and high schools
     
  • Walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes and more!

Osmond Terrace is a much sort out after street, with a personal view of the local football oval; you cant get much better than this beautiful town house.

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LOT 1-6 College Street, KENT TOWN

6 Brand New Homes Under Construction!
ALL AVAILABLE - Community Titled Luxury Town Houses

  • High end features and finishes throughout these homes
     
  • Perfectly located to the city and all other social precincts such as Norwood
     
  • 3 Story modern home
     
  • 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom
     
  • Master Bedroom with private ensuite
     
  • First floor with own private balcony
     
  • Second and Third bedrooms on top story with modern bathroom and laundry
     
  • Garage for 1 car

An investors dream and opportunity not to be missed!

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40/16-22 Trent Ave, KLEMZIG

Klemzig is a wonderful near city suburb with great access to major shopping, schools and plentiful city transport; being only moments from the O-bahn.

This properly is not only in an incredibly convenient and sought after location, it is also beautifully updated and immaculate inside and out.

Some outstanding features of the property include:

  • Street frontage
     
  • Attached carport
     
  • Good sized bedrooms, both have built in robes.
     
  • Large lounge and formal dining area
     
  • Lovely white kitchen complete with dishwasher
     
  • Separate bathroom (full size bathtub plus shower)
     
  • Large laundry and wc.
     
  • Private, paved rear pergola and garden shed.
     
  • A reverse cycle, split system air conditioner in the living area providing year round comfort.

    Do not miss out on opportunity to grab this unit before its too late!!
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If any of these properties catch your eye I suggest getting in contact with me ASAP! 
These properties will NOT last long! 

Rachel Lawrie
0428 882 864
rachel.lawrie@raywhite.com

Near Death!Life Changing!RealEstate! What almost dying taught me about life appreciation, gratitude and opportunity

Life was sensational - girls had got back from school holidays, we watched and then celebrated the amazing Championship win with the Adelaide United Players (second best day of my life, first was bringing my girls into this world), my new job was flying setting a personal high of listings per month and I thought my fitness and health were on point. Little did I know.

I attended the Adelaide United Season Awards night, thoroughly enjoying the company, establishing great new business and personal relationships. I felt amazing within myself and for the first time truly believed I was well on the way to achieving the goals the girls and I had set for our future.

 On the Red Carpet at AUFC Awards Night with the beautiful Susie Wong

On the Red Carpet at AUFC Awards Night with the beautiful Susie Wong

Tuesday May 17th 2016, I woke with a pretty severe headache, but as per usual told myself to suck it up and get to work. I had dropped the girls to school and headed off to a full day of appointments. My lunch meeting was a double- header, listing a property and signing a contract on another. A significant moment as it was the first property to go under contract for a development I had secured. Absolutely thrilled I jumped in the car and remember momentarily thinking, I've still got this headache and feel a little ill, get going, pick the girls up, go home and chill before the next appointment. 

I began driving and felt really flat. I'd just gone through a set of lights and felt my blood pressure drop significantly and my heart rapidly slow. Blackout. I regained consciousness flying up the rear end of another car, hitting the breaks it was too late. Poor Suzie Q (my car) had a rearranged front end. I couldn't quite grasp what had happened, but when the young guy I hit got to me, he said don't move something is wrong with you. He was amazing, it was all a blur to me. He called the ambulance, organised my girls and school, plus someone to collect the girls, then with the ambulance officers he clearly expressed to the police (who thought I was drunk and pulled me out of the car, walked me across a very busy road, sat me in an ant nest and breath tested me) his concern of neck and spinal injury. This was the beginning of what was about to become a life changing moment in my life.

A week in hospital undergoing every conceivable cardiac and neurological test and being bled more than a thoroughbred, a team of neuro and cardiac surgeons came to the conclusion that they couldn't pinpoint what had caused the blackout and had no choice but to suspend my drivers licence. "A real estate agent without a drivers licence, how does that work?", that was my immediate thought, but then I realised there was a bigger picture. I need to be healthy to be a good mum and had to get to the bottom of this. Over another 5 weeks I worked with the doctors and surgeons undertaking test after test, to no avail and additionally suffering another four blackouts.

The feeling of knowing what was about to happen - blood pressure dropping, heart slowing and actually feel the beat so slow I wondered if this was it, then trying to prevent the next part from happening. The blackout - the feeling of going back through history at a million miles an hour, then coming to with people looking over me telling me to relax, breath, you are ok, you are in good hands. After the last episode, code blue and intensive care, I had had enough and so had my doctor.

 Approximately 4 hours after my last code blue and stay in ICU.

Approximately 4 hours after my last code blue and stay in ICU.

 

We went back through everything throughout my life and established it was something I had always had and most likely a deficiency within my body. Instead of medication (which I have a tendency to react to) and operating he wanted to find a natural solution. Once again my bloods neglected to show anything. My doctor decided that it was time to at least get my blood pressure up and put me on a high concentrated salt intake. After a fortnight I began to feel alive, more alive than I had felt in months. Something so simple, yet hard to detect. Lets put it this way, my intake per day is enough to get the Australian Olympic team through the heat in Rio, so my body is obviously extremely deficient and requires a lot more than most. As long as I'm feeling better and can provide for my children then life is good. 

Throughout this whole process I've had to to face the mental challenge of feeling physically useless, unemployed and without a drivers licence. Those closest to me know I pride myself on staying fit and healthy, am passionate about my profession and having a licence is freedom for the girls and I to escape to the beach. So many times this last 3 months I have had to drag myself out of a pool of self pity, slap myself and embrace that maybe this is an opportunity. Well it turns out it is, I am about to undertake a goal that I set myself for 5 years time and it is only become available through the initiative of the leading real estate brand in South Australia. Scared at the thought initially of having my own real estate business, I embraced who I have always prided myself to be, one to never to step away from a challenge. So I am taking it on and stepping outside my comfort zone, as it is time for some serious growth after being dormant for three months.

 Kashalia, Taylor and myself enjoying good health together again.

Kashalia, Taylor and myself enjoying good health together again.

With a sales associate/driver, great business support systems behind me and two beautiful, healthy daughters to remind me WHY, game on. I am embracing an attitude of gratitude, as I have opportunities presented to me that not many others would.

I have always lived by learning from life experiences and turning them into a positive to move forward stronger. I pose the questions to you:

  1. If in my situation how would you handle yourself?
  2. Are you prepared mentally to embrace significant life change, or do you chose to wait until it hits you and react then?
  3. What are three things that you would change about your life now that would make it easier to adapt to such a life change? e.g. finance, health, lifestyle, relationships

If I am able to help one person from my experiences with any of my blogs then it is worth it. Re-establishing my personal website http://www.rachellawrierealestate.com.au I am allowing all to see what I am up to professionally, within the community and personally. If you chose to follow my journey, welcome, if not then I guess your not quite ready for my intense lifestyle and embracing learning from myself, the professionals I work among and communities I live within.

Embrace your opportunities as they may only ever present themselves once.

© Rachel Lawrie, 2016 All rights reserved
 

 

 

My Top 6 Tips For Balance Between Personal & Work Life

The key to longevity in your profession is definitely finding the perfect balance between your personal life and business life. Not the easiest equation to solve, but it can be done by regularly assessing a number of aspects that directly control and influence your happiness. Please read on for my 6 tips for what has helped me with my work/life balance.

As most of you are coming to know, Kashalia and Taylor are my number 1 priority in this world. Maybe there will be someone else one day, but for now they are my primary focus. Establishing myself in a new industry has required me to sacrifice some of my personal time with the girls. With honest management, they understand the importance of what we are trying to achieve with my work to obtain the personal life we as a family desire.

It is different for everyone how they find the balance with personal, family and business dynamics, but ultimately we are trying to find quality and happiness for the same reasons.

My Top Six Tips For Work/Life Balance

  1. Understand what quality family time is and what is means to your family. My girls love sharing specific moments with me, whether it be going to watch them play soccer, tennis or surf, attending their school assemblies, helping them with their homework, cooking, going out and undertaking some retail therapy or just sitting back on the lounge together watching the footy or cricket.  Recently the girls questioned why they can't be at award ceremonies with me, as they are proud of what I have achieved. We made it happen and it means the world to them. I immediately understood  why, when I could see how proud they were, the same as when I watch them achieve at school or sport. Factor these moments into an ideal week/month/year to begin the balance.
  2. Write out all your goals/intentions personal, business, health, financial, intellectual, family and spiritual. I have goals in every single one of those categories. 54 in total, with my spiritual goals being limited. Yet they are quality intentions to help those that are less fortunate than the girls and I, through donations of goods, time and conducting charity events through my business.
  3. Action your goals and intentions.  Work out action plans over time on how you are going to achieve the intentions you have set. Build these plans around your ideal days/weeks/months/years without compromising the personal time you have already factored in.
  4. Setting Budgets. Do not just set budgets for your finance, set budgets for your time. It is true time is money, but quality time not wasted is the most precious time of all. It is the balance you are looking for. In my world if I am at work, it is work. If I'm with my girls at an event that is significant to them, then it is all about them. Don't get me wrong, there are moments where work interferes with my personal time, that is the nature of real estate. I am honest with the girls that if it is an activity that is dollar productive and going to result in that holiday or day of retail therapy, they totally understand.
  5. Regular Assessment. I reassess my goals/intentions, actions, ideal weeks and timelines regularly, some times multiple times per day. Yet I try and focus on the small things that result in the big picture piecing together and becoming real. Some times the initial intentions you have may not be able to come to fruition due to a change in circumstance that is outside your control. It may just require you modifying your actions, extending or shortening your time lines here and there and it will reappear again.
  6. Be true to yourself. Honestly, this is one of the hardest things for me. I am forever thinking I need to try to make the girls happy and meet other expectations. When really I am trying to meet my own insane expectations as a super mum and outstanding real estate agent and not finding myself happiness. It is only recently I came to realise this, especially the self happiness. If I am not happy and content with who I am, how am I meant to be a good mum and make the girls happy and fulfill my business goals. I simply reassessed the way I went about my day to day life. I now constantly remind myself to be honest and not to forget my requirements and overnight, both personal and business life improved significantly. Balance your needs against others, do not forget yourself.

These 6 tips for work/life balance should hopefully give you an understanding how I have made the transition into real estate from marine biology a little easier. Balance = Happiness + Sanity

 

© Rachel Lawrie, 2015 All rights reserved

My 5 Tips On How To Maintain Discipline & Structure

Simplistically, success in real estate is self discipline and structure. Like a professional athlete to achieve glory honestly, yes it takes hard work, but most importantly without total self discipline and strict formatted structure, those podium finishes are not possible. Follow my 5 tips on maintaining discipline and structure to be your best.

You do not necessarily have to be the Olympic, Commonwealth or World Champion Pole Vaulter like my coach, Dmitri Markov, you may just want to be a champion in your personal life, business or industry. Regardless of how high your intentions these are the 5 tips I have found that have allowed me to reach my personal and business goals.

My 5 Tips On How To Maintain Discipline & Structure

  1. Understand your why and remind yourself constantly of your why. If you understand this why it is the thing that truly makes you happy. My why is my girls, Kashalia and Taylor. Every time I hit a brick wall and deviate from my structure and routine I remember the very reason I have made certain life decisions these last few years and have chosen the professional path in real estate. To provide an unconditional caring and  loving environment for them, where by they can grow up to healthy, well educated young ladies and be proud of who they are, irrespective of what society says.
  2. Set an ideal week based on your personal and business goals. I have a spreadsheet where by I have put all my personal time in and then structured my business hours based on the intentions I have set for gross income. I read this numerous times per day and have it sitting in front of my computer and in my goal book to remind me to stay on track.
  3. Make your self accountable to not only yourself, but your family and colleagues. I promise my daughters specific time I spend with them each week and things we are going to do. Let's put it this way, children are the best at making you accountable. If you truly love them, they know how to express disappointment better than any one else if you do not meet their expectations. Freely express you goals and intentions with your family and get them to check on your progress with life goals. You should be accountable to your colleagues every week with your KPI's and team intentions, this should always be conducted in a weekly staff meeting.
  4. Celebrate your success. With strict discipline and structure it is very rare for there not to be success in what you are striving for at the end. Make sure you celebrate it and allow yourself to enjoy the moment as that is the ultimate reward for your hard work. If you don't you will burn out. It is important to come back to your true why, or you will resent the hard work you have put in.
  5. Blow Out Day. Remember you are human, a complex, emotional being that is not perfect. If we were able to maintain strict discipline and structure 24 hours a day, 7 days per week we would either be classified as robots or alien. Allow yourself a day of imperfection every now and then. I generally have one every 3 months. This is where I drop my professional guard and socialise with select friends that allow me to express myself and have what I like to call my "Blow Out Day". The next day the questions I ask myself and the clarity I have in where I am heading is amazing, just for the simple fact that I have let go of perfection. I instantly become a better mother, cousin, niece, friend, colleague and professional business person. I am human again.

These 5 tips of how to maintain discipline and structure should also give you a general insight to how I sprinted into real estate success.

Hope you all tune in for what has allowed me to maintain my success - "Balance between Personal and Work Life",which was a must considering the significant change in my profession from marine biologist to real estate agent.

© Rachel Lawrie, 2015 All rights reserved

How To Sprint Into Real Estate Success

If you are thinking of transitioning into a real estate career, don't think move, think sprint - Usain Bolt sprint. Read on to discover my 10 key tips to early success.

 

Regardless of your experience in other professions you will be regarded as a "Newby", "Greenhorn", "Freshy" to the real estate industry when you enter. It is imperative to tool yourself up and have the right frame of mind that sets you apart from any other agent you may be competing against.

For me it was a carefully orchestrated attack on an industry that had many negative stigmas attached to its professionals than most other sales related roles. I knew I had to create a point of difference and provide a service that would ultimately result in quick repeat and referral business. Yet this could only be achieved in the right environment.

First things first...

I knew that I must complete all my training and have a thorough understanding of all legal aspects, processes and what was general practice in the real estate industry. Then I drew upon my competitive experience and highly driven nature to step outside the norm and figure how I could launch out of the blocks quicker than Usain.

During my training I studied other agents and learnt from their mistakes and listened to the purchasers comments throughout open inspections. I quizzed vendors on what they wanted in an agent, then I simply acted on it and went beyond the expectations of what a real estate professional was ideally meant to be. I  let my passion and enthusiasm to help others drive me to the point that finally when I went in for a listing presentation the vendors would leave with all their questions answered and excited to move forward, while my energy would still be overflowing. 

When looking for a position and office to work I set myself some key criteria to ultimately allow me to spend time with the girls. All interviews I went for began with them interviewing me. By the end, and they didn't realize it, it was myself interviewing them. In this day and age it is extremely easy to find out a persons profile and history. If they had done their research they would have had more faith in my ability to achieve quickly and push through extremely tough barriers. LJ Hooker Walkerville, my Principal Jarrad Boffo,  offered me that chance to prove myself, but more to the point prove all others wrong. 

The 10 key things that established my early success were:

  1. Never look back and ask why am I doing this - go hard the first 3 months and push beyond all your boundaries
  2. Keep everything simple
  3. Be honest and open yourself up to be human
  4. Prospecting is non negotiable; connected calls and say hellos must be completed every day
  5. Practice, practice, practice scripts and dialogues until it sounds natural
  6. Follow up every lead - any one you meet is a potential client for life
  7. Over service, to the clients have no choice to say "You are the best agent, your communication and service are second to none"
  8. Do exactly what you say you are going to do and usually before you say when you are going to do it 
  9. Discipline, structure, dedication, belief, passion, energy, humbleness and ability to acknowledge when you are wrong and learn from your and others mistakes are the key characteristics you must embrace.
  10. Finally set yourself an ideal week: firstly put in your personal life then base the  rest around your quarterly KPI's and do not deviate. Make sure you achieve above and beyond every KPI.

This should give you a general insight to how I sprinted past greenhorn status to peoples agent of choice within 5 months.

Hope you all tune in for what has allowed me to maintain my success - "Balance between Personal and Work Life",which was a must considering the significant change in my profession from marine biologist to real estate agent.

© Rachel Lawrie, 2015 All rights reserved

 

How I Changed Careers from a Marine Biologist to a Real Estate Agent

Three years ago I took a drastic change in career from a Marine Biologist to become a real estate agent at LJ Hooker Walkerville. Most people I tell my story to say "Wow, what a big change. Why would you step into real estate when you have such an amazing profession as a marine biologist?"



The simple reason is also the most important; the two most beautiful little people in my life, Kashalia Anne and Taylor Louise.

In 2012 I made a decision that impacted many lives, but for the better of my health and more importantly, to be the best mum possible. I chose to become a single mum of two. Unfortunately this decision also meant that I could no longer practice full time as a marine biologist as you cannot be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and work up to 20 hour days when there are two amazing little people relying on you.

I took a break from a professional business life for a year and the girls and I moved from Port Lincoln, South Australia to Adelaide. Here we took the time to settle in, discover each other again and I casually worked in hospitality to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. I still contracted to the odd consulting job for both private and public enterprises in Australia and Indonesia for aquaculture and marine biology, but this was to just keep the finger in my ocean pie.

After some serious discussions with some trusted business people we came to a unanimous decision that the best profession that offered the opportunity to earn good money, provide flexibility to spend quality time with my girls and be the best mum possible was Real Estate. With my marketing background and ability to communicate openly (only as country girls do), with a variety of cultures and genres of people, add in my energy, extremely high competitive nature and disciplined structure it was the perfect combination to ultimately result in a successful real estate career.

Some would say these professions are opposite, however there are only a few minor differences between marine biology/aquaculture and real estate. One is fish and water, the other is houses. Both professions regardless require the same characteristics for you to be successful and simplistically one you need to keep fish alive, the other relationships.

I will always have a passion and love for the ocean, marine biology and aquaculture and may just very well go back one day, but for now I am loving the decision to move into the real estate world as it has already offered the girls and I amazing opportunities that we could only have dreamed of.

Stay tuned as I would like to share my fast track journey into and through this industry, guide those looking to enter as a profession and provide tips to vendors, purchasers and investors from my experience and the feedback my clients give me.

If you are considering a change of career follow my tips on things that helped me to be successful regardless if I am dealing with fish or people!


© Rachel Lawrie, 2015 All rights reserved