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QMT Realty Calamvale QLD 4116 Suburb Profile

January 3, 2018

Suburb Profile

Thinking of buying in Calamvale? Have a look at our suburb profile which has everything you need to know before moving into the neighbourhood.

Try These Romantic Ideas For Valentine's Day

February 8, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner on February 14th and that means it’s time for you to start planning events and gifts for the special someone in your life. There are hundreds of romantic ideas that you can use to your advantage during this time of year to really show someone that you care. Some of them are more affordable than others, but they all give the same impact: that you’re in love.   Relaxing and Peaceful Escape Regardless of what your job title is, everyone puts a lot of time into their career and it’s important to relax with the people that are closest to you. Do some research to see if there are any cottages or vacation homes in your area that are far enough away from the city to where it feels like a trip but close enough to where you don’t have to travel for hours. You can rent the cottage for the weekend, cook romantic dinners for one another, and just relax in each other’s company.   Dinner and a Movie This romantic evening is perfect for younger couples or people who enjoy nights out with one another without having to break the bank. […]

Renovations That Will Add Value To Your House

February 8, 2016

Investing Living

Whether you intend on moving in the near future or if you simply want to increase your property value, taking some renovations into account could help to add thousands to the price of your house. The value of your house is the most important aspect of real estate as it gives you the ability to get the most money out of the work that you put into your home.   Patio for Entertaining A patio is a great way to showcase the capabilities of your backyard and until you sell your home, you’ll also be able to take advantage of it. Whether you decide to do stamped concrete or interlocking, you can create a reasonable sized patio that shows there is enough room for entertaining the adults and enough grass for kids to run around as well. Considering a patio is great for real estate purposes if you have a small backyard as well as it shows that although the yard is small, it can still be extremely functional.   Garden with Features Working on a garden with features are relatively affordable renovations that you might be able to do on your own without having to hire contractors or landscapers. […]

Make Your Home Pet-Friendly With These 4 Tips

February 8, 2016

Living

 More than 90% of people who decide to buy a pet view their animal as a new addition to their family, which is important for their safety, comfort, and so that they feel loved. When you make the decision to buy a dog or a cat you’ll want to make your home as pet-friendly as possible before you bring them into the house. Use these 4 steps to create the perfect place where they can relax and enjoy themselves.   Tip 1: Sleeping Spaces Creating sleeping spaces is convenient not only for your family but it also shows their pet that they have their own territory in your home. Many pet owners prefer to sleep with their dogs or their cats but at times these can develop behavioural problems in the animal. Instead, get a pet bed and put it in a specific room of the house, whether it’s your room, a common area, or the front hall. This is where your pet will be required to go to bed at the end of the night.   Tip 2: Pet Play Areas   All types of pets love playing around and if you take the time to create a play […]

Try These New Year's Resolution Ideas That Will Last...

February 8, 2016

Living

   Many people believe that setting new years resolutions is a trendy idea but in reality, it is one of the few ways that you can turn your life around in just 1 day. If you’ve been trying to figure out what you should be doing for the new year, take this list into account as it addresses your health and social relationships with your loved ones.   Joining the Gym as a Family Going to the gym by yourself can be a great way to achieve the physique that you’ve always wanted but who’s to say that you can’t involve your entire family in the fun? Family memberships can sometimes give you discounts on regular gym memberships and are perfect for people that enjoy working out with others, rather than themselves. If you have children that are too young to go to the gym (age of admission is usually 16 years of age) then you and your spouse can workout together and do family activities with the kids when you get home. Going as a family will keep you motivated and push you to achieve your weight loss goals much faster.   Eating Well-Rounded Meals It’s important that you […]

Find Your Decoration Inspiration For The New Year

February 8, 2016

Living

 Every home owner has the desire to learn more about interior design and you can truly change the appeal of your home by sticking to different colour schemes in your house. With a simple can of paint you’ll be able to transform the rooms in your house to really make them pop, whether it’s through pastels, monochrome, or spring colours.   The Calming Nature of Pastels Pastels are a great colour palette to work with as they give you the ability to use a variety of different colours by sticking to the same general scheme so that every room works together. Whether you decide to paint the walls a soft sea foam green or if you introduce a pastel coloured rug, the options are endless. Pastel palettes are also known to help boost productivity, reduce stress, and add great contrast against different types of flooring. They’re also perfect for home owners that want to have a Caribbean feel to their home.   Ultra-Modern Monochrome  Monochromes are perfect for people who want to have gradient decorations throughout their house. The name itself directly translates to “one colour” meaning that you can create an entire interior design by choosing a single base […]

See Your Child's Back To School Checklist

February 8, 2016

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With parents and their kids fumbling through the stores trying to remember all of the things that they’re going to need for the upcoming school year, it can be far more preferable to have a list available so you know exactly what you need. Referring to a back to school checklist will not only help you to get all of the things that your kids might need, but it can also help you to budget, and get the shopping done within a reasonable time frame. Below are some of the most important things that you should remember to get this school year.   Bags and Containers There will be many things that your children will have to carry with them, so it’s important that they have the right bags and containers for all of their belongings. You’ll want to choose a backpack that is comfortable and can hold their lunch bag, pencil case, and any books that they’ll be responsible for bringing home. Containers can also refer to Tupperware or Ziploc bags that you can use to pack their lunches.   Clothes and Accessories Every child needs a new wardrobe when they start the school year, whether it’s just a […]

Bring Good Luck Into Your Home for Lunar New Year

February 8, 2016

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 Luck is something that every household needs throughout the year and with Lunar New Year there are certain superstitions that you can take advantage of that are said to bring the luck into your home. Whether you’re interested in learning about the Chinese culture or if you have just bought a new piece of real estate property and want to make it lucky, consider the following design features that you can implement.   The Beauty of Water Features Water features are an incredibly useful decoration as they not only represent Lunar New Year but they are also fantastic for real estate purposes. They help to add appeal to your front yard, back yard, or even in your home. In Chinese cultures the presence of flowing water is said to bring money and prosperity, two things that every home owner could use more of. If you’re selling in an area that is quite superstitious, implementing water features could enhance the likelihood of buyers going through with their purchase.   Utilizing Bold Colours  When it comes to decorating your property, whether just for the holiday or in general, red and gold are two quintessential colours that represent Lunar New Year, which is why you’ll see […]

6 Ways To Make Your House Child-Friendly

November 2, 2015

Living

When you have children of your own (or have children regularly visiting your house), you understand that your home isn’t going to be the cleanest it’s ever been, the neatest it’s ever been, or the most “put together” that it’s ever been. Children are whirlwinds of creativity and activity, and are always looking for something to get into, something to express themselves with, and something to occupy their hungry minds. If you’d love to be able to foster that creativity and make your house more child friendly than it may already be, here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that. 1. Help your kids fall in love with books Books unlock more creativity and imagination in children than anything else, and helping to foster a love of reading in children is maybe the most important gift that you could ever give them. Create many libraries in your home that offer children a quiet space for them to read in, loaded with books that will expand their mind while entertaining them every single step of the way. 2. Establish arts and crafts areas (preferably outdoors) Kids are going to get into paints, crayons, and markers – there’s […]

4 Sweet Treat Ideas for Halloween!

November 2, 2015

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As we get closer and closer to Halloween, the focus on fun and exciting activities to do with kids becomes sharper and sharper. Sure, we can all do the “tried and true” trick or treat in the neighborhood or around the local shops, but there are a bunch of other creative ideas that you will be able to do with your little ones around Halloween to really get into the swing of the season. To help jumpstart your creativity, we’ve come up with four sweet treat ideas for Halloween we think you there and the kids) will really love! Pumpkin carving It’s tough to beat going to the local pumpkin patch, finding the perfect pumpkin, and then carving a unique design into it to use as a jack-o’-lantern during the Halloween season. There are pumpkin patches all over that sell every shape and size imaginable, and with just a little bit of creativity (and a steady hand) a jack-o’-lantern can be created in a night! Don’t forget to roast those tasty seeds, even! Costume making Sure, modern costumes have gotten better and better (and more expensive along the way), but their thing quite like creating your own costume from scratch […]

Featured Event: Multifest Fete at Algester Primary School 30th October

October 26, 2015

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It’s that time of year again! The days are getting warmer, and summer nights are right around the corner. But before it reaches scorching temperatures in Brisbane and we are stuck inside with air conditioning all day, we are going to celebrate this great local event, yes the Multifest! An annual event put on by the Algester Primary School, the Multifest is a unique opportunity for friends and family members to get together to better know one another and help support a fantastic educational program while at the same time supporting local businesses along the way. This year’s Multifest is going to be held on Friday, October 30th (from between 3 PM and 8:30 PM), and everyone is welcome! Food! Music! Fun! Just like in years past, everyone is going to have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of different foods, snacks, and dishes while participating in any of the games and activities or shopping at many of the local businesses that have sponsored a stall. This year’s menu includes delights such as: Gourmet hotdogs Hot chips and Dagwood dogs Beautiful roast beef rolls with gravy Loaded nachos Woodfired pizzas … And as a special little treats, calamari! Parents […]

Feature Event: Calamvale District Park Halloween Movie in the Park - October 31st

October 26, 2015

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If you’ve been looking for things for the entire family to do as Halloween rolls around in Calamvale, you’ll want to make sure that you keep the “Movie in the Park” event on October 31st circled on your calendar! A mountain of fun for the entire family (and especially kids), the Movie in the Park of event coincides with the Halloween in the Park activities sponsored by the Calamvale District Park. Not only will there be a movie shown up on the “biggest screen of them all” – kind of like a drive in without the cars – but there will also be refreshments and other activities for kids that are looking to enjoy a unique spin on trick or treat this year. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the park a little bit earlier than 6 PM on October 31st (and even earlier than that if they’d like to mix and mingle with other families and other children that will be dressed up in costume), and the movie will start about an hour or so after that. This year’s Movie in the Park is going to be “The Box Trolls”, a movie that is completely suitable for […]

3 Ways To Keep Your Family Active In The Neighbourhood

October 2, 2015

Living

Trying to keep in shape while living out in the suburbs can be a little bit of a headache and hassle for a couple of different reasons. Thankfully, there are a couple of different things you’re going to be able to do to effortlessly get your family back into shipshape and leading an active lifestyle, all without ever having to leave the suburbs! 1. Take the family for walks when the weather is nice There is nothing quite like taking a stroll with the entire family (and any furry little family members that can tag along) when the sun is shining and the weather is nice. If you’ve been looking for ways to get your family back into the swing of things activity wise, nothing jump starts the journey quite like low-impact walks around the neighbourhood. A bonus is that you get to know your neighbours a lot better! 2. Head down to the rec center and visit the pool You’d be hard-pressed to find a better workout than swimming for 30 minutes or so every day (or at least a couple of days a week). This is the kind of full body, low-impact workout that helps to burn fat […]

3 Ideas To Impress Guests With Outdoor Entertainment

October 2, 2015

Investing Living

Trying to find ways to upgrade your outdoor patio space can be a little bit of a challenge, especially if you’re looking at the same old “inspiration” that everyone else is online or in magazines. That’s a sure fire way to find a couple of really solid and traditional ideas to help you boost the utility and the enjoyment of your outdoor patio space, but it’s also going to lock you into the traditional mindset of what a residential patio should be. If you love something a little bit more creative and outside of the box, here are three ideas that you’ll want to put into play as soon as possible. 1. Upgrade your outdoor furniture for premium seating The very first thing that you should be looking to do so that you’ll be able to immediately impress all of your guests during outdoor patio parties is to improve the quality of your seating. The furniture that you make available for your guests to sit down on and relax upon will literally make or break the entire “luxury feel” of your outdoor patio, and going a long way towards changing the entire complexion of those outdoor spaces. There is no […]

Property Inspection Checklist - What To Think About When Buying

October 2, 2015

Buying Investing

If you’ve been looking to get your hands on a piece of real estate or property (either as an investment or as a primary residence, it makes no difference) there are a bunch of different things that you’re going to need to consider before you pull the trigger on such a sizable investment. Remember, real estate is always going to be one of life’s largest purchases, and for the overwhelming majority of people, it’s going to be the kind of investment that they have ties to for a decade or longer. You need to be certain that you’re happy with the property before you take ownership – and that means running through a quick checklist so that you know you aren’t getting started on the wrong for it. Is this property appropriately sized for your needs? All of us have different spatial needs when we are looking into different pieces of real estate, and you’re going to need to assess each individual property based on whether or not they’re going to be able to meet and accommodate your specific needs. Think about whether or not the space is going to be able to accommodate you (and anyone else that will […]

How To Settle a Disagreement With a Property Manager in 4 Steps

October 2, 2015

Renting & Sharing

If you are having a little bit of trouble with a property manager, or are in any way unhappy with or dissatisfied with a property that is supposed to be appropriately managed, there are a couple of different recourse opted to have available to you. And though there are a lot of different ways to tackle this kind of issue, there is a simple four step process that helps you avoid further issues while at the same time resolving the problems that you are currently contending with. Take advantage of the inside information in this quick guide to resolve your issues as quickly and as conscientiously as possible. 1. Get your entire complaint down in writing and email it to the appropriate individuals The very first thing you need to do is document all of the issues that you are having come and get them down on paper. Take photographs of the issues, make sure that you write out the entirety of your complaint, and then send an email to your property manager or to the appropriate individuals in the office. This creates a paper trail and avoids the “he said, she said” back and forth that can sometimes result […]

How To Keep The House Cool For Summer

October 2, 2015

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Trying to beat the summer heat can be a fight in futility or absolutely effortless, depending entirely upon the strategies, tactics, and technology that you take advantage of to get the job done. If you’ve been looking for ways to call your house down during the hot summer months (without having to jack your air-conditioning through the roof and burn through your energy budget in the summer months), you’re going to want to take advantage of the tips and tricks that we have included for you below. Take advantage of everything that shade sails have to offer outside spaces For the most part, keeping the interior of your house nice and cool isn’t going to be that big of a challenge – especially thanks to modern technological advances. However, trying to fight the good fight and keeping outdoor spaces cool in the middle of summer can be almost impossible unless you’re using shade sails. These are ingenious little bits of cloth and metal that will cast shade on your patio space, keeping things significantly cooler than they would have been out in the direct sunlight. Plant some trees and take advantage of their natural shade Of course, if you have […]

Featured Event: Algester Primary School Multifest Fete

October 2, 2015

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It’s that time of year again! An annual event put on by the Algester Primary School, the Multifest is a unique opportunity for friends and family members to get together to better know one another and help support a fantastic educational program while at the same time supporting local businesses along the way. This year’s Multifest is going to be held on Friday, October 30 (from between 3 PM and 8:30 PM), and everyone is welcome! Food! Music! Fun! Just like in years past, everyone is going to have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of different foods, snacks, and dishes while participating in any of the games and activities or shopping at many of the local businesses that have sponsored a stall. This year’s menu includes delights such as: Gourmet hotdogs Hot chips and Dagwood dogs Beautiful roast beef rolls with gravy Loaded nachos Woodfired pizzas … And as a special little treats, calamari! Parents are encouraged to participate in any of the activities that are hosted at this annual event with their children, and will have the opportunity to shop at local establishments that have taken advantage of this opportunity to sponsor the Multifest. Sponsors are welcome! […]

Feature Event: Halloween at Calamvale District Park

October 2, 2015

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If you’ve been looking for things for the entire family to do as Halloween rolls around in Calamvale, you’ll want to make sure that you keep the “Movie in the Park” event on October 31 circled on your calendar! A mountain of fun for the entire family (and especially kids), the Movie in the Sky of event coincides with the Halloween in the Park activities sponsored by the Calamvale District Park. Not only will there be a movie shown up on the “biggest screen of them all” – kind of like a drive in without the cars – but there will also be refreshments and other activities for kids that are looking to enjoy a unique spin on trick or treat this year. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the park a little bit earlier than 6 PM on October 31 (and even earlier than that if they’d like to mix and mingle with other families and other children that will be dressed up in costume), and the movie will start about an hour or so after that. This year’s Movie in the Park is going to be “The Box Trolls”, a movie that is completely suitable for […]

DIY Design VS Hiring an Interior Designer

October 2, 2015

Investing Living

If you have been trying to figure out whether or not you should tackle your interior design projects all on your own (with all of the resources you can muster) or higher in interior design professional to do all of the heavy lifting for you, there are a couple of different things you’re going to want to think about. On the surface, pulling off an interior design project – decorating your home the way you want it to look – doesn’t appear to be all that difficult. Once you get right into the meat and potatoes of the projects you’ll begin to understand EXACTLY why there are professionals (paid good money, at that) that are responsible for bringing together altering kinds of elements to create spaces that are truly unforgettable. Here’s how to decide whether or not you should DIY the project or hand the keys off to someone that does this for a living. What’s your budget? Your budget is (very likely) going to dictate whether or not you’re able to hire interior design professionals to come in and overhaul your space or if you’re going to have to go it alone. You’ll need to sit down and come […]