Adam Joske….On Milestones

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Milestones are important things. Important for us to work towards with the support of our peers and family, and important for us to celebrate once achieved. I’ve been thinking more about milestones of late, having just reached one of my own – the sale of my 1000th property listed. When I began in real estate (longer ago than I care to remember!) such an achievement was tantamount to hopping in a spacecraft (although that may or may not also be on my bucket list too). But, slowly and steadily with much valued support from my team – this milestone eventually did come around. Rather than leaps and bounds, it was achieved brick by brick and weekend by weekend of hard work. There are many kinds of valuable milestones in a life well-lived. They might include the joy of a marriage (another milestone of mine), the happiness of children in one’s life, a professional goal achieved, a physical quest conquered, or a phobia or fear overcome. Today’s brief blog is a way of thinking about the signposts past, the milestones yet to be achieved – and a brief and irreverent look at some notable goals achieved.

 

  • Aussie Sporting Milestone – Cadel Evans wins the Tour de France

How wonderful to see a local Victorian bloke who’s put in the ‘hard yards’ make his way down the Champs Elysees in the yellow jersey! A milestone that put Australian cycling on the map, and something for the whole nation to rejoice in – similar to the America’s Cup victory from days of yore.

  • Medical Breakthroughs

When we think of ‘game changers’, there’s no bigger paradigm shift than that caused by a medical breakthrough. I’m so grateful that our community are free of debilitating diseases such as polio due to the development of appropriate vaccines. Research funds for scientists are so essential in bringing about further medical milestones. I took some time out in 2011 to take part in Cure Cancer Australia’s ‘Trek for a Cure’ to Peru. This was indeed a milestone for me in physically trekking such a mountainous region – and in devoting myself to raising funds and awareness for important medical research to cure cancer. The friends I made and stories of overcoming (or succumbing to) health adversity I was privileged to hear on that Trek will stay with me throughout my life.

 

  • When it comes to milestones of a more lighthearted (and mildly obsessive) nature, there’s no better reference than the Guinness Book of Records.

For some, the milestone might be the highest Donkey Kong score ever (as documented in award-winning The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters).

Or it could be amassing the largest collection of Troll Dolls (it’s 633 in case you were wondering) or the biggest assortment of sick bags (really). Not all milestones have to be serious!!!

What’s the milestone you’re aiming for – and what’s a milestone you’ve already achieved?

Love Ya Mum!

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Funny kid girl in glasses looking on empty copy space

Here’s to Mums. Think of all the times she hugged you and put band-aids on your knees when you came home crying. The years she made sure there was a tasty meal on the table and a supportive ear to hear out your playground (or uni ground!) concerns. No matter how long in the tooth you may get, your Mum is always your Mum – in your corner through thick and thin. This Mother’s Day falls on Sunday the 13th of May – so look past the normal Safeway flowers and card ( you know who you are! ) and consult our guide to a happy Mother’s Day 2012.

  • Surprising Feasts

Who said Mother’s Day needs to be a serious event? There’s lots of local restaurants to take Mum to in our area, so why not be adventurous and try something a little different? We were drawn to the Nevsky Russian Restaurant’s Mother’s Day luncheon – Russian fare with a modern twist. There may even be some accordion. The Nevsky Restaurant even have their own circular – check out the Nevsky Newsletter! If you’ve got a Mum who likes a little bubbly with luncheon, head down to The Elsternwick Hotel where they’ll treat her with a glass of champers with her dinner or lunch on Mother’s Day.

 

For a Mum who enjoys the finer things in life, you can’t ignore the Parisian High Tea held at local national trust icon Labassa this month. Champagne, finger sandwiches, french pastries and more will put you in the good books for some time to come! To book, phone 03 9509 6596.

  • Homestyle Hangout

If you’re spending the afternoon in at home with Mum, look no further than Glenhuntly’s new favorite cupcake haunt Three Sweeties. Recently interviewed in the Caulfield Leader, cake shop owner Michelle Green named the business in honor of her triplets! She’s surely a lady who’d know how to make a mean batch of Mother’s day cupcakes then. After your Mum has had her fill of sweet treats, why not up the anti by challenging her to an afternoon of board game favorites from your youth? With cups of tea in hand, you’ll be remembering happy evenings of yore together.

  • Roadtrip with Ma!

 

It is a fact almost universally acknowledged that Mums love a) cups of tea and b) Grace Kelly. Treat her to both by chaffeuring her up to see Grace Kelly : Style Icon at the Bendigo Gallery. Featuring many of Kelly’s most iconic gowns and walls of sumptuous regal imagery, you’ll be able to see costumes from ‘High Society’ as well as a replica of her timeless wedding gown (the original is too delicate to be moved from the Monaco archives). The exhibition has been busy with queues to the exhibit flowing out the door, so make sure you pre-purchase to avoid waiting in line.

41 Rose Street McKinnon Sets Record Price!

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From time to time in your professional career as an estate agent, you have the chance to represent properties that set records in the area you specialise in. My experience in selling 41 Rose Street McKinnon is a great example of such a unique opportunity. Without a doubt, the sale of this property is within my top 5 career sales. As you can see from the video and images I’ve posted in this blog, everything about this home was extraordinary. So extraordinary in fact that more than 230 groups attended the auction and countless more journeyed to the open for inspections. Our vendor was delighted as the sale price for this property soared over the closest record for a home sale in McKinnon by $700,000. Exciting! Ultimately, the home sold for $2,930,000 under the hammer to great applause. Please enjoy the property video I shot showcasing the property, and a series of beautiful images of the interior and exterior of this unique home.
 
Team Joske got a little creative with the marketing campaign of 41 Rose Street, even providing bespoke drink bottles for the thirsty bidders on the day! We find that little touches like these can really make a difference to the sense of excitement built around a property.
The opulent kitchen with retro-chic hanging lamps really got MasterChef hopefuls excited! And just look at those glossy floors.
Poolside BBQ anyone? The simple yet elegant garden and poolscape was worthy of a resort.
Sweet dreams in this giant-sized bedroom with hotel-style veiled drapes. Ooh ahh!
*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Floods in Elsternwick & Surrounds

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Friday 4th February was certainly a day to remember in Elwood, Elsternwick and neighbouring suburbs –  as Melbourne experienced flash flooding from the tail end of Cyclone Yasi.

On Friday night at around 7:00 pm, we hope you were safely ensconced at home and not in the howling winds of Melbourne, which stranded hundreds of commuters in their cars and ruined many businesses. The Elwood canal flooded for the first time since 2005, and houses in the surrounding area were filled with water up to one metre in depth. Emergency services were in high demand, but Port Phillip Superintendent Kevin Casey said they were prepared for the storm. With the cleanup in Elwood, St Kilda and Glen Eira continuing today in businesses and homes, Superintendent Casey warns of more rains today and recommends to stay indoors.

Were you affected by the flood in your home? If so, make sure to take extensive photos of any water damage, allowing you to make a swift insurance claim. There have also been a number of people falling off ladders today from cleaning their gutters – so please take care out there! If you’ve got any photos of the floods near your home, please share them with us online. To see other photos of local floods, click here.

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Make Over Your Bathroom

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Has the most luxurious room in the house somehow lost its sparkle? Are you perhaps bored of the renovation from the previous owner, and desirous of some new-fangled design? Team Joske have your inspiration at the ready.

Caroma and Dorf invite you to ‘Meet The Designers’ on the 5th of February at their South Melbourne Concept Centre. The day is called ‘What you need to know before you begin a bathroom renovation’, so if it’s renewal you’re after – this is your opportunity to ask questions and find out more. Presented by Phillip Devlin of Devlin Interiors (winner of the 2010 HIA Bathroom Designer of the Year) and brought to you by Bentons bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll be able to quizz Phillip to your heart’s content. Light refreshments are provided, and you also could win a $1500 design package from Devlin Interiors as well as a $400.00 Dorf accessories pack. What a treat!  To find out more call 9206 1400 or email enquiries@caroma.com.au

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

New Property Alert with Adam Joske

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We invite you to peruse through a range of new properties that Adam Joske will be bringing to market. We’re sure we’ve got something to make everyone smile, and we anticipate a successful start to the local property market. If you have any queries about the homes mentioned in this blog, please call Adam on 0414 337 979.

First open this Saturday. A classic three bedroom Californian residence, with oodles of charm and character.

First open this Saturday. Edwardian grace in an immaculately renovated home, close to Caulfield Park.

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms plus a study and seaside views. Ahhh, bliss.

Deco-style Californian bungalow with room for a busy family.

Solid and secure unit in a block of only five, wonderfully renovated and roomy.

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Housing Affordability Falls

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Even though governments plan on extending further land releases, land sales nation-wide have dropped to decade lows. This confirms that releasing land without infrastructure in areas with low employment opportunity doesn’t truly address the housing affordability issue.

Land sales have not been at this low level since 2001. Interestingly, the cost of the land being sold has actually risen by 5.2% to $186,629. The fact that Victoria is lacking 200,000-odd units has ensured that existing home prices continue to rise. This is an excellent thing for investors and those in the property market already – so if you need to re-finance this could be an excellent time to speak to your estate agent or your broker. Some are critical of the tax-benefits that investor-owners experience and suggest that this tax situation has created an artificial bubble in the value of homes. The Age reports that the September quarter’s low turnover rate of city homes (only 1500) could be an issue of affordability, rather than supply.

This is an important time to consider your own portfolio and its growth, as 2011 will present good opportunities for those with the capacity to hold their properties. Make sure to book a little time with Adam Joske at Gary Peer to discuss the local area and see how your investment is shaping up!

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Zumba for Charity in St Kilda

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Team Joske are getting fit and fabulous in 2011 (with Adam’s impending Peru Trek for a Cure), so get in on the healthy action AND raise money for flood victims in Queensland at the St Kilda Zumba-thon!

Have you ever tried Zumba before? It’s a heart-pumping, grin-inducing session of high energy dancing to a latin beat. If you’re sick of going to gyms, dancing away will get you happy and healthy insted. Run by Zumba with Keren, the Zumbathon will be held at the St Kilda Town Hall (99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda) from 10:30 – 12:00 on Sunday, 30th January. At only $20.00 a ticket, you’ll be helping raise money for flood victims as well as getting fit and having a good laugh.

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Glen Eira Griefline Wins Accolades

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It’s good to see the little guys win! This morning the Glen Eira City Council is presenting its Australia Day Awards. Local not-for-profit association Griefline has come away with Community Group of the Year.

Have you heard of Griefline? They have been active in our community for 23 years and going strong. They have the necessary (but unenviable and difficult) role of providing compassionate, anonymous support to members of our community who have suffered a loss. They offer face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling and creative therapy. Griefline run on a small team of a trained therapist, bereavement counsellor and 170 volunteers from the Glen Eira region. They are available from noon to 3am every day, and provide specialized counselling services for children, cancer sufferers, women and refugees.

Griefline has a key patron in Father Bob Maguire. They are currently running an Annual Fundraiser, where you can offer your services – or your money – to help keep this valuable service in our community running. Congratulations Griefline!

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Botox for Caulfield

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Watch out Nicole Kidman! Caulfield is getting its botox on. Caulfield Hospital will now be treating patients with botox… although not for the reasons you might expect.

Our local hospital has been given a research grant to see the effects that botox has upon stroke, palsy and brain-injury patients. Over the next two years patients will have botox injected into their legs to see if it improves their lower limb dystonia (or paralysis). This trial is being run by Dr Ettie Ben-Shabat and Dr Mithu Palit, in hope that the treatment makes patients walking patterns better. This is not the first time that botox has been used to try and correct muscle spasms – it was initally used to treat crossed eyes. Now, 1 in 10 Aussie women uses it for cosmetic reasons.

*Adam Joske Gary Peer has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.