Coastal Living

Welcome to the McGrath Real Estate blog

Welcome to our collection of blog articles. In this section of the site we share valuable information to help you get the most out of your relationship with us, your plans for real estate, and your appreciation of life here in Adelaide, especially throughout the western and coastal suburbs.

Why we should watch more sunsets and less Netflix

Nobody panic, it’s only mid-March… MID MARCH!   There are a lot of theories as to why life seems to zip by at such a fast and crazy pace as we get older.   Society has become busier, people are more connected and the once 9 – 5 work hours are blurred with emails on...

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Some common real estate myths debunked!

There are a lot of assumptions that go on around the real estate market about the best way to do things, i.e. the best time to sell, etc.   So, we thought we’d tackle some of these myths head on to help you make the decision about when to buy or sell a property.   Now...

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When life gives you lemons, make a tart

Life can have it’s up and down’s, for multiple reasons and at various times in our lives it can be stressful or a little bit overwhelming and none more so than when you are looking to buy a new home.   Endless days spent at open houses, missing out on properties at...

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A rental to call home

When you are renting a property, you will inevitably find things with that property that you would like to be a little different, or a little better than it currently is, but as you don’t own the property, you might think those improvements are nothing more than a...

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Live like a local

What does community mean to you? It might mean knowing that you live somewhere safe, somewhere you know your neighbour’s first name or maybe it’s somewhere you can get involved with the local surf lifesaving club?   Community means something different to each and...

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The year of the Pig in Adelaide

There are 12 animals used in the Chinese Zodiac, and 2019 is the year of the Pig.   In Chinese culture, pigs are symbols of wealth, and their big ears and chubby faces are signs of good fortune as well.   Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Lunar New Year is a...

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Smashed Avocado on a Budget

At McGrath, we love seeing people move into their first home and helping them to get in there.   The joy on their faces as proud new homeowners eagerly grab the keys and open the door for the first time is just priceless for us and is a big part of our “why” we do...

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Planning for change

  It’s always interesting to see how different people go about deciding on which house to buy, particularly for owner-occupiers as they can have a far more complex set of priorities than investors who are looking mainly for cash flow and returns.   People are...

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Make the most of your Australia Day!

With Australia day just around the corner, our minds wander to the ever-important question of what do we cook for our guests on Australia day that will have everyone at the party feeling happy, healthy, and patriotic?   For us, there’s nothing quite like the good old...

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Adelaide comes alive for Kids in January

January is absolutely one of the best months to live in Adelaide, and for the kids still enjoying their well-earned, extended holiday break before the start of the new school year, there are ample things to see and do to keep them out of trouble.   What’s on?   The...

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The other side of the investment bubble

There’s been more stringent regulation in recent times in the property investment market. The financial regulators have been cracking down on the banks’ previous habit of lending far more than they should to people wanting to invest in property, and their willingness...

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Is 2019 time for a sea change?

The beginning of a new year is usually that time when people take a minute to reflect on the year that was, where they are now, and where they want to be for the new year and beyond.   This often leads to questions about how happy we are in our jobs, whether our...

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The Post-Christmas Ham

Christmas is a time of giving, and of receiving, but what do you do when you’ve bought a Christmas ham, your cousin who’s come to visit has gifted you one, and the kind old neighbour next door has dropped one off??   Well, you get creative of course!   The lovely...

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When cutting corners is not what you need

For many of us, building a new home is the most significant financial investment we will make in our lives, and the path to this investment is rarely simple.   Most people take a lot of care in choosing their home, and they often take a long time to commit and execute...

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Christmas treats

For most of us the holiday season is a time of fun, a time of joy, and most of all a time to spend with our loved ones; many of whom we may not see throughout other parts of the year.   We love the people around us and we want to give them things that make them feel...

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The other side of the Festive season

For many, the festive season is a time of excitement, anticipation, and winding down after a long year of work.   It’s a time for fun-filled catch-ups with friends, family and loved ones, lots of eating and drinking, and if you’re lucky maybe a getaway to somewhere a...

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Refresh yourself this summer

With the turn of Spring into Summer in Adelaide comes that time when delicious, refreshing ice-blocks are front of mind for all the young (and young at heart) out there to help keep cool, so what better gift to give you than an amazing make-at-home ice-block recipe to...

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Extend Yourself

What do you do when that once dream home becomes too small for the growing family?   A growing family can sometimes mean that the once “dream home” becomes a little tight on space as the first child becomes two, and then three, and so on.   Luckily, for those that own...

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Work to live, not live to work

The end of the year brings with it a time for reflection; to look back at the year that was and decide if it turned out the way we had hoped.

Sometimes we look back with pride, other times the year hasn’t been the easiest and we look back thinking, wow that went fast!

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Planting the Spring garden

Adelaide’s coastal suburbs enjoy a temperate climate, and Springtime brings with it the sunshine to warm the soil in your garden, and the rains you need to grow those beautiful Spring garden delights.

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Summer Pavlova dessert

One of the best ways to create memories in your own home is being able to spend time baking delicious treats to share with friends and family.   Our absolute favourite warm-weather dessert is a delicious, fruit-filled Pavlova. There’s so much room to be creative with...

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Staying Safe and Happy at the Beach

Living by the coast allows many opportunities to grab the kids, the dog, or possibly both and head on down to the beach to enjoy a bit of downtime. With sand between the toes, the smell of sunscreen in the air and the clear blue ocean lapping at the shores, beach days are what dreams are made of.

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