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.

Comfort cooking

Comfort cooking is essential to get you through the middle of winter. Throwing together a delicious pizza can be really fun and an easy dinner, and if you are trying to keep kids entertained this school holidays, pizzas can be a great way to get them helping you in...

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Winter school holiday guide

  With school holidays fast approaching in Adelaide, it’s time to start thinking about keeping those little minds active.   The July school holidays can be a bit more challenging than the summer holidays in keeping the little ones busy.   It's often wet and wild...

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Chicken soup

Brrr it’s cold outside. One of the joys of winter is cooking up a big batch of delicious and warming soup on a Sunday afternoon to devour for an evening meal or pack and take to work as a lunchtime treat.   And if your office has a cold circulating, this can be a...

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How to brighten your home during the winter months

We all know that when we feel good in our surrounding, we are more comfortable, more relaxed and happier.   Having a dark and dreary home can put a damper on our days and our mood, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Pardon the pun! By making some slight...

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Weeknight Enchiladas

Easy weeknight meals that keep the kids happy and fed, get some veggies into them and are delicious for the adults too are the goal of many households.   Especially in winter when the days seem shorter and with the sun setting a lot earlier in the day, it seems to be...

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Things are heating up – Heating your home this winter

Brrrr hello, June and hello to the start of winter and the cold, cold days…. It's the time of year where most South Australians would be pleased with escaping to somewhere warmer.   But, alas life doesn't always give us what we want and often we need to tough out the...

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Living a happy and full life; It’s up to you.

Are you searching for happiness? Do you want to live a full life? These seem to be questions that often pop up in times of change personally, professionally or changes in our society economically or politically. At McGrath we want our staff to live their lives to the...

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Honey it’s cold outside

Beautiful crisp mornings after frosty cool nights are one of the hallmarks of Autumn weather in South Australia. But, with the cold mornings and clear crisp skies, we are often blessed with sun-filled days. Beautiful days to soak up the sunshiney rays.   So, whilst...

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Maximise your investment

As we head towards the end of the financial year it’s always a good time for investment property owners to look at how they can minimise their tax and maximise gains on their investment.   Tax and end of the financial year are not topics that many get excited about so...

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Just one hour can change your life

We’ve all got a lot on, there is no doubt about that. We all have full lives and should be grateful to have so much that fills our days, like people that love us and want to spend time with us, jobs that fill our pockets and projects that fill our lives with joy.  ...

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Creamy Carbonara

Is there anything better than a big bowl of delicious spaghetti pasta on a weeknight that is simple, easy to get on the table pronto, and will keep bellies full and the whole family happy?   This super easy, and yummy creamy carbonara recipe is the perfect little...

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Home improvement on a budget

It might be that you are getting ready to sell your current home, or you might on the other hand just be looking for a way to spruce up your existing space. Whatever your reason for wanting to make home improvements there might be a financial barrier holding you back...

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Egg-cellent fun!

As Easter and the school holidays approach we start thinking about how we will entertain the kidlets for a couple of weeks, and (try to) keep them away from the sweeter treats that the Easter bunny brings.   Hand-dying eggs has been an Easter tradition for many to...

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Reap what you sow

Autumn is such a beautiful time in Adelaide, and as the leaves start to turn beautiful shades of yellow and burnt orange, we are reminded again whether we like it or not that life rolls on and summer is over for another year.   Autumn is a great time to stock up your...

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Support local

It might be the person passing you on the street, the person sitting next to you on the bus on your way into work, or the one waiting in the shopping line to put their groceries through the auto teller.   And it could be you, sitting here reading this very blog....

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A delicious Autumn soup

Autumn is here, and as the leaves turn beautiful shades of orange and yellow, and the summer events and beach days draw to a close, we often turn inwards to our homes to catch up with what has been going on.   If you have been partaking in Mad March events in and...

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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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