Heating up

In the news this week, residential property mean lifts to $941,900; how to save money on power bills; and the house that would have you climbing the walls

Christopher Waterman inducted into the Real Estate Buyers association of Australia Hall of Fame!

Why did a pioneering South Australian buyer’s agent cross the border to Queensland?

So, he could accept the honour of entry to the official Hall of Fame of the Real Estate Buyers Association of Australia.

The journey began in the year of Australia’s first mobile phone call. Kylie Minogue’s first single*. And the launch of Chris Waterman’s real estate career.

All were first, in their own ways. In 1987.

Waterman has quietly made history as longest standing buyer’s agent in Adelaide in an industry loaded with self-interested vendor/seller’s agents.

Chris established Waterman Property Advocates in 2003 and for the first time, ordinary, innocent people had access to a world of knowledge only available to insiders whose aim was to extract maximum cash for the seller of homes.

Disadvantage: buyers.

A scion of an influential Adelaide family of cinema operators and furniture and wine store owners, Waterman had a passion for ensuring fairness.
That no pups were sold – over-priced, no hidden liens or white ants, no obscure boundary disputes or simply the wrong property.
Flaws that could set the unsuspecting buyer back many thousands of dollars before they even made the first mortgage payment. (Interest rates hit 17% two years later).

Waterman hits a nail on the head: “The truth is most people spend much more time researching the purchase of a fridge or a cat than they devote to getting a property.

“Sad, but unfortunately true.”

Waterman, when he’s not fussing about his investments in horse flesh or in making wine from his own vineyard – or crying about the performances of his football teams he is available on 0419 848 544 and

*Kylie’s first single was “Locomotion”, a huge hit in 1987, while she starred in “Neighbours”.

Our million dollar homes

The mean price of a home in Australia is now $941,900, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The figures show that the total value of Australia’s homes rose by $221.2 billion in the March quarter 2022 and $1.8 trillion over the 12 months since the March quarter 2021.

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Stay cosy and save money

With the cold weather sweeping across the country, it is the time to start thinking about the best way to make your home cosy this winter without breaking the bank.

Heating a home can cost a lot of money in energy usage, so experts from consumer body Choice have put together some tips.

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A nation of energy savers

One in two Australian households plan to reduce their heating this winter, new research shows.

In a survey commissioned just before winter set in, found that half of us (51 per cent) will reduce the use of non-essential appliances, while almost half (48 per cent) will use appliances and power points only when necessary.

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Plastic waste cut by third

It was good to read this week that our recycling and waste-reducing efforts are paying off, finally, with new research by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, showing that Australian coastal plastic pollution has decreased by 29 per cent since 2013.

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Climbing the walls

One of the possible downsides of living in a ‘tiny home’ might be a lack of exercise as it’s only a few steps from kitchen to bedroom.

A Portland, Oregon-based company has come up with a unique solution to the problem – a reconfigurable rock climbing wall on one side of the house. And if your muscles are complaining after a session, you can laze them away in the full-size bathtub indoors. Whoever said ‘tiny’ should be minimalistic?

Mutt out

If your home is on the market, it’s a good idea to remove any pets while the house is open for inspection.

The last thing you want is to have your pet running out the front door and getting lost, while buyers might also be put off if your over-friendly pup welcomes them with muddy paws or a big sloppy ‘kiss’.