4 Easy Hacks for Investors

In this property market, not everyone is building their forever homes, instead we are seeing a rise in the number of savvy investors that are building homes in sought after areas to capitalise on relatively high rental demands. After many years of investors being reluctant to get into the market, the pandemic has seen an influx of investors re-entering particularly in coastal and regional locations.

While now is a great time for investors to be building new homes and taking advantage of the record high rental demand, there is still a few easy hacks for investors to consider during the build process that can help get an investment property rented fast and keep it that way, for the best returns possible.

  1. There’s nothing cooler than being cool

In our tropical climate and with temperatures soaring many tenants are seeking properties that can shield them from the heat and allow for a comfortable lifestyle all year round. Many tenants will overlook a property that does not have adequate temperature control as it can often be a difficult negotiation with landlords when it comes to having fans or air conditioners installed. Investors should install fans as a minimum and consider reverse cycle air conditioning to main living areas to ensure the highest rental returns all year round. Ensuring that air conditioners and fans are serviced regularly will also save from costly repairs in the long run.

  1. Love is a four-legged word

More than 60% of Australian households own a pet and fur-babies are becoming important members of our family. With many families now seeking pet friendly rentals, it makes sense for investors to create a pet friendly environment that will also ensure protect the home from the extra wear and tear that can come from having animals in and around the home. Investors should consider flooring options carefully, avoiding carpet or more expensive options given it may need maintenance over time while Wash&Wear paints from Dulux are a great choice for protecting surfaces from not only fur babies but the entire family.

  1. Kitchens are everything

You will have heard the saying, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses – well the same theory applies to rental properties and on the back of the pandemic this message has certainly proven true. Tenants, like anyone are spending more and more time at home, entertaining, cooking, baking and more. Therefore, creating a functional and well-appointed kitchen allowing the creature comforts of great storage, ample bench space and handy appliances such as dishwasher and oven are the key to maximising returns.

  1. We all just want to feel safe and secure

Feeling safe and secure is vital to families when choosing a rental property and nothing supports that feeling more than security and fly screens. Not only do you keep the pesky bugs out of the home while the cool breezes can flow in, you also ensure that your tenants valuables are protected and they feel comfortable in their space.

When building an investment property it is easy to build a home that will be highly sought after and functional for both the tenants and the landlords which will ultimately maximise returns. The Adenbrook Homes team can help guide you through the design process to ensure that your decisions will meet market demands and protect you from unnecessary costs in build or maintenance in the longer term.



You can build your first home in 2021

Let’s face it, millennials are tired of hearing how their ‘avo on toast’ is the reason they aren’t saving that precious dough to find their way in their first home. As a millennial, it has become easy to fall into the trap of self-belief that “homeownership is impossible”. But let’s bust this myth! Many young Australian’s are finding their way into the property market through building their first home.

With travel restrictions limiting our overseas travel for the foreseeable future, it is created the perfect opportunity to ‘splash our cash’ elsewhere. Instead of saving your pennies waiting to jet-set around the world, you may choose to own your own little slice of paradise right here at home! Interest rates are at all-time lows, producing ideal borrowing conditions. Federal and State governments incentives for First Home Builders are getting eager First Home Buyers into the property market sooner!

Our top tips for getting yourself ready to tackle homeownership in 2021:


You have paid your rent, bills and groceries… now what? It’s time to think about your major expenses outside the necessities. Identify where you could cut back on your weekly spending.  Could you choose a home workout over a gym membership? Or could you switch from a take-away coffee, to a home coffee? Avoid using food delivery apps, ‘shop-now, pay later’ apps and gambling apps. Reviewing your disposable income choices will free up some more budget to put towards your deposit! Remember, life doesn’t have to be all ‘tuna and rice’!


Sit down and review where your income has been spent in the last 3-6 months. Plan out the upcoming 3 months on a calendar and stick to your budget! On average it takes 66 days for a new habit to form, so once you get started budgeting – you won’t even notice you’re doing it!


Do your best to get rid of any remaining debt. Lending providers look favourably if you have little or no outstanding debts.


Before you look to build, it’s important to understand what costs are involved in purchasing your first home. Speaking to your mortgage broker may be the first step in understanding construction loans and various insurances involved. Our knowledgeable New Home Sales Consultants are also available to help guide you throughout the process.  So don’t let the idea you can’t do it stop you from making homeownership a reality for you.


Ready for your next solo step!

The chickens have flown the coop and you are ready for your next solo step!

The latest housing income and labour dynamics data demonstrates that young adults are staying in the family home longer than ever before, with over 50% of young Aussies staying at home up to the age of 29. Regardless of this trend, there comes a time in every parents’ life (albeit a little later) that the chickens finally fly the coop and they are free to enjoy whatever the future may hold within the empty nest.

Picture this, you are sitting in the kitchen bench enjoying a cuppa and cake when suddenly you notice that you cannot hear anything. Nothing. There isn’t anything wrong with your actual hearing, rather it is the fact that there are no teenagers yelling across the house, the video games and television have been silenced and the sound of the microwave has not been heard in days. You find yourself with the world at your feet and nobody to consider but yourself, it is suddenly your time to shine.

There has never been a time to re-evaluate your wants and needs and create a lifestyle that will suit you for years to come. You are no longer tied down to being close to schools or university instead you can consider your proximity to the golf club, the shops or the craft club. You could finally make that tree change or sea change you have dreamt of a reality, there is nothing stopping you.

Forget about dragging yourself up the stairs several times a day, or plucking up the energy to mow the oversized lawn or even mopping the entire lower level. Now you can downsize your home to an award-winning design from Adenbrook Homes, opting for a low maintenance home that boasts your very own colour selections and is the epitome of your own style and taste.

Work with the Adenbrook Homes team to start planning your ideal empty nest and make sure your golden years are exactly what you have worked so hard to achieve. Downsize from the large family home and get comfortable in more compact dwelling that will allow you to pursue your own interests and make your life easy, now and into retirement!




Adenbrook Homes Hawkesbury Blue Mountains turns 1!

Paul and Shelley James are the faces behind the Adenbrook Homes brand in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains region and we are excited to be celebrating their 1st year anniversary.

Raising their four kids in the local area, Paul and Shelley are the epitome of local builders enjoying the support of the big brand network. Much has happened in the 1st year for these savvy business owners but all experience has led the James’ to the position they currently are as a driving force in the local new home market.

They say timing is everything however in this instance, Paul and Shelley have shown that it is about persistence, customer service and sheer determination above anything else. Joining the Adenbrook Homes network in early 2020, Paul and Shelley James were excited about their new venture and what was in store for them in the year ahead. Little did they know they were about to experience unprecedented trials, challenges and adversity and overcome the unthinkable in their very first year of business.

From late 2019 to February 2020 Australia experienced what has become known as the Black Summer where 24 million hectares of land was burnt, 3000 homes destroyed and three billion animals were killed or displaced. Thirty-three people died including six Australian firefighters and three American aerial firefighters. The massive Gospers Hill fire in the Blue Mountains region burned about 500,000 hectares which equates to almost 80% of their rainforests and world heritage areas leaving the region decimated and in complete disbelief.

As fire crews managed to get the fires under control, residents from the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains region were hit with a deluge of the heaviest rain experienced in over 30 years that led to flash flooding, forcing locals to be evacuated and thousands left without power. While the rains were pivotal in putting an end to the Black Summer bushfires it was clear at this time that locals needed to work together to rebuild and reunite a region overwhelmed by mother nature.

Not long after the devastating effects of floods and fires, Australia was hit with another health and economic setback in the form of the Covid-19 virus that threatened to shut down businesses and destroy the livelihoods of many Aussies as we became unable to work, travel and were forced into lockdowns.

Paul and Shelley seemed to face one hurdle after another yet they did not waiver in their focus on building their business, making their mark and surviving what many would have simply said was just too hard. Remaining eternally positive and keeping a strong local focus they have risen above every challenge that has come their way and are excited about the silver lining. The dynamic duo successfully navigated their way through several builds with handovers on the horizon, they have successfully opened a showroom in Windsor and have just appointed their first team member who will play the role of site supervisor so Paul and Shelley can remain focused on helping people create their dream home in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains region.

We would like to congratulate Paul and Shelley and wish them a smoother 2021 knowing without a doubt that nothing can stop them! Check out Paul and Shelley’s profile and find out more about your local builder on our website and find out more about how they can help you build your dream home, particularly if you are considering building in a region that is prone to bushfires or in an area that is conducive to flash flooding. Paul and Shelley have a thorough knowledge of Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) ratings and flood zones ensuring your home is the safest it can be in more challenging build regions.


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Harness the power of solar energy

As Aussies brace for another Summer of record-breaking temperatures and increased storms due to the La Nina weather event, there is increased pressure on our power grids to keep up with demand.  Solar Power has become increasingly popular in Australian homes, as we focus on what we can do to make our homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In fact, as many as almost 100,000 Solar Batteries have been installed in Australian homes since 2017.  More than 2.5 million Australian homes have rooftop solar power installed.

The introduction of Smart Inverters and Smart Batteries has given homeowners the option to store, generate and even sell their own power.  Harnessing ever-evolving technology, solar power continues to give homeowners more choice and control over their energy usage.

Renewable energy is fast becoming an essential in the modern Australian lifestyle.  Small-scale solar panels (such as those found on residential roofs) limit the need to transfer energy through large costly electrical infrastructure. Although solar does not produce electricity all the time, it produces power when its most needed.

Figures provided by Bradford Energy and Clean Energy Council:



Indoor Plant Must Haves!

Create your own tranquil sanctuary with on-trend indoor plants

As we find ourselves spending more time at home whether we are working from home or about to enjoy well deserved Christmas holidays, it’s the ideal time to spruce up your home with one of the most on trend items in 2020, indoor plants. Indoor plants not only look fresh and fabulous but they also increase oxygen levels within your home, which can assist with endorphin release, reduce snoring and add a great vibe to your home!

We explore some of our favourite indoor plant types, which we think are must haves in your home.

  1. Ficus Lyrata the Fiddle Leaf Fig

    The Fiddle Leaf is one of the most popular yet high maintenance indoor plants that have made their way into home design magazines in 2020. While they are high maintenance they are worth the effort with their gorgeous luscious green leaves and picturesque silhouette. Fiddle Leaf Figs can often be given too much love and if overwatered, can experience root rot which causes browning of the leaves. To avoid this pop your Fiddle Leaf in a space with plenty of filtered light and make sure you allow the soil to dry out in-between watering, this will allow your plant to flourish and create a unique styling element in your home.

  2. Sansevieria Trifasciata the Mother in Laws Tongue

    Commonly referred to as ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’ for its sharp pointed leaves and tough nature this indoor plant is versatile, hardy and provide an element of texture and colour in any space. These intriguing succulents are a fantastic option for beginners as they do not require a lot of watering or sunlight. In fact, these house plants often thrive on neglect only needing a couple of hours of sunshine per day and water here and there. Find the perfect spot in your home for this mother-in-law and let her spruce up your space with her green and yellow coloured foliage.

  3.  Chlorophytum Comosum the Spider Plant

    If you love the idea of an indoor plant but don’t have time to really care for them then you’ll love the low maintenance Spider plant. Ideal for beginners or busy people, these plants thrive in indirect, filtered sunlight and can survive in almost any condition. What makes them so great is a mature and healthy Spider plant will shoot off baby spider plants, which are called ‘Spiderettes’ and are easy to repot and will continue your indoor garden growing with minimal effort.

  4.  Aloe Barbadensis the Aloe Vera

    Loving warm well-lit rooms this versatile and useful plant will be sure to add a stunning addition to any room! With it’s rigid and rough foliage, an Aloe Vera adds both colour and texture and an element of surprise to any indoor garden. It useful nature is derived from the fact that Aloe Vera is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, wound healing and its soothing sunburn. Pick the perfect place for this excellent addition to your home – just in time for those sun kissed summer days.

  5.  Monstera Deliciousa the Swiss Cheese Plant

    Known affectionately as the Swiss Cheese Plant due to the interesting holes in its leaves, this plant loves the humidity, and thrives well indoors with minimal effort. Keep the Swiss Cheese out of direct sunlight and let the soil dry before topping up with water to avoid over watering. This plant with its luscious leave will prove to be an excellent addition to your home, brightening up your space this summer.

Top Tips for keeping your plants alive!
Using filtered water can reduce problems with your plant babies. High levels of fluoride in drinking water can upset your plants! Take your new home to the next level with a bunch of beautiful plant babies! Whether you’re searching for the perfect addition to your interiors or looking for the perfect Christmas Gift – choosing one of these plants will be sure to brighten your day!

Take your new home to the next level with a bunch of beautiful plant babies! Whether you’re searching for the perfect addition to your interiors or looking for the perfect Christmas Gift – choosing one of these plants will be sure to brighten your day!


Dulux Summer Colour Trends

Dulux have released their 2021 Colour Forecast and we can now reveal their three palettes ‘Retreat, Nourish and Reset’ certain to be popular colour choices into the new year.
2020 has been a challenging year and the impact of mobile devices have never been more prevalent with many people becoming engrossed in our smart phones for work and for connecting with others. Data shows that 91% of Australians own a smart phone and 71% are engaging with others on social media apps from their device. This year, the life in lockdown has meant people are more accessible at all hours and less able to switch off and recharge.

Thankfully, we can utilise colour in our own homes to help prompt positive psychological reactions, enhance our mood and increase our ability to disconnect and relax. The latest Dulux colour trends ready for release in 2021 are certainly all about creating a space within our homes that can be our sanctuary, secluded away from the outside noise.

  • NOURISH | Whilst most of us are required to experience the world from within the four walls of our home, we are facing digital saturation at its most extreme. Craving time and space away from our screens, there is a renewed appreciation for nature and rituals of self-care to help soothe the mind and create an aura of calm and sense of wellbeing.  The Nourish palette plays into this longing for natural beauty and earthly connection. Biophilic hues of mossy and sage greens, turmeric and citrus connect us to nature, inspiring us to fill our homes and workspaces with plants and blooms. The tactility of materials and raw textures provide a level of physical comfort to the touch, whilst the round-form surfaces and soft-shaped furniture offer visual relief to encourage revitalisation.

  • RESET | In the wake of our ‘new normal,’ a level of adaptability, positivity and resilience is on the forefront of our minds as we shift to a slow-paced lifestyle, far removed from the adventure and excitement we once thrived on. Reflecting on what is most important to us, we draw closer to our families and local community. The Reset palette reflects our renewed energy and desire to brighten our outlook as we adapt to home life. Subtly inspired by the 70s, uplifting hues of blue-green and energetic reds offset contrasting whites and neutrals. Furniture styles and materials are mixed but unified with colour combinations for a more eclectic approach to design; whilst quilted fabrics paired with objects and mementos from past travels elevate the level of comfort and cosiness in the space. With a strong focus on family living, furniture is durable and generous in shape and form.

  •  RETREAT | Our idea of what home means has evolved. What was once a place for solace and recuperation is now our vehicle for daily life – from sleeping, eating, working to exercising. As our work-life boundaries continue to blur, we delve deeper in search of balance, restyling our spaces to accommodate our flexible lifestyle. We seek out the security of well-loved DIY traditions like cooking, baking and crafting to help us feel grounded and present.The retreat palette draws on nostalgia to create that sense of familiarity and refuge we crave – incorporating up-cycled materials in raw and natural timbers, and vintage accents such as ceramics and weavings alongside modern utilitarian-shaped décor pieces to create a well-worn, yet timeless look. Stormy blues channel tranquillity, signifying better times to come, whilst essential whites and burgundy feed our sense of the familiar and tradition.

Visit https://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-trends/2021 for more information!


* Images provided by Dulux


Live it up in your own outdoor Summer oasis this festive season

Summer in Australia looks and feels like nature, fresh air and sunshine. Australians as a people live for the outdoors, it is ingrained in our culture, we enjoy our family, friends and creating lasting memories in the great outdoors.

This year, more than ever we have seen an increase in appreciation for our freedom, our climate and our ability to get out and enjoy the exceptional weather. Many Aussies have decided it is time to make a change and are packing up the city lifestyle, giving up the 9 to 5 and heading to more regional, rural and coastal areas to make the most of what we have on our doorstep.

At Adenbrook Homes, our designs are carefully crafted to embrace our Aussie lifestyle and encourage the functional flow between indoor and outdoor space. Some of our most popular designs include the Indigo and Isla as they provide an alfresco dining space that seamlessly integrates with the kitchen and dining zones within the home and sprawl across the entire rear expanse of the home.

Our inclusion of an alfresco area in both small and large designs is also an element that is embraced by our clients who don’t mind the opportunity to ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie’. Even our most petite designs such as the Dawson include an alfresco space, right through to our larger designs such as the Paterson that features dual outdoor entertaining areas.

Depending on your block size, our homes can also accommodate the great Aussie dream of having a swimming pool in the backyard, ideal for those warmer months. One of our newest designs, the Demi is actually under 9m wide and spans just over 23m making it conducive for a pool, even on the narrowest lot.

Adenbrook Homes have builders across the South East Queensland, Northern Rivers and Tweed, Mid-North Coast, Greater Sydney, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Melbourne who are ready to help you into your new home!


Rise of the Home Office


Our lives are no longer ruled by the 9 to 5, with many Australians already making the move to work from home. Covid-19 has undoubtedly forced changes into the way we live and work. Prior to the pandemic, commercial office spaces were regarded highly for their productivity, improved company culture and their star power – showing off the success of the business by the space a company has secured as their Head Quarters.

Figures recorded since May 2020, have shown that almost half, (46%), of the Australian workforce were predominantly working from home. Prior to the pandemic, this figure sat at around 12%. Welcome, the ‘Rise of the Home Office’. As infrastructure has grown to support a workforce at home, it has paved the way for employers to ditch the big commercial office space and allow employees to avoid public transport and escape the need to commute to the shared office space on a daily basis. Adenbrook Homes offer many home designs which include a spacious study or study nook. Explore the practical Baywood, award-winning Heydon and popular Sapphire home designs which feature a dedicated study or home office. You can also find quirky study nooks in our Indigo, Iluka, Fraser and Sorrento home designs. These designs are only to name a few, we offer plenty of options.

The ‘Work from Home’ trend has created the opportunity for families to invest in a ‘Sea Change’, (not the 90’s TV show but) the move to rural and coastal areas, which have seen an increase in growth in migration since the beginning of the pandemic. Since June 2020 there have been over 1,899 applications for the HomeBuilder scheme in NSW, 2,904 applications in Queensland, and 4,118 in Victoria which is a driving force behind registered land selling out in record time. Australians have a desire to revel in the great outdoors, bask in beautiful weather and enjoy scenic outlooks without the risk of lockdowns.

Adenbrook Homes have builders across the South East Queensland, Northern Rivers and Tweed, Mid-North Coast, Greater Sydney, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Melbourne who are ready to help you into your new home!

Reflecting on the change in day to day lifestyle has opened the opportunity for many Australians to spruce up their home office, making a dedicated ‘Work Space or Work Station’, to reduce the amount of time spent commuting. Productivity is often increased in a home office, as there are limited distractions, and increased sense of motivation to get projects completed.

Our ‘Top Tips’ for the ultimate home office:

  • Get Comfortable – make sure your computer screen isn’t set-up somewhere that will strain your eyes.
  • Posture is Important – invest in a quality ergonomic desk chair and be sure to get up and move regularly.
  • To Do Lists – Write down all your key tasks in order of priority to ensure you are working with purpose.
  • Dress to Impress – It’s important to dress the room and yourself for success! Start each day with a routine as if you were going into the office, hang some artwork you like which will help to keep yourself happy and motivated in your space.

Speak to one of our new home advisors to discuss which Home Design would suit your land, location and lifestyle.

*Figures provided by ABS Statistics https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/people-and-communities/household-impacts-covid-19-survey/latest-release


Fresh Look Display Homes


Adenbrook Homes have display homes located across South East Queensland, Northern Rivers and Tweed, Mid-North Coast, Greater Sydney and Wollongong and a showroom in Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains with showrooms soon to come in Brisbane and Melbourne. In fact, throughout 2020, Adenbrook Homes have released five stunning new display homes, a showroom and there’s still more fresh, new displays and showrooms launching in the near future.

Located in Box Hill, our two new display homes explore the modern contemporary design to suit city life. The Meridian home design is a sprawling two-storey large family home, which features stunning open plan living, an exquisite staircase, a gallery and enough space for the whole family to enjoy peace and privacy. Its smaller companion the Demi, sits next door which boasts a punchy floorplan incorporating four bedrooms with great separation for the master bedroom coupled with an open plan, on-trend living and dining area cleverly designed to suit even the most petite lot size.

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life at our newest display home in Coffs Harbour which features a sought-after ‘Coastal Bohemian’ style throughout featuring natural fabrics, neutral and muted tones alongside warm shades. This popular home design encapsulates a family focus, with the hub of the home comprising kitchen, dining, retreat and family room all overlooking the outdoor alfresco area.

The Hamptons theme has been prominent and in-style for many new home buyers throughout 2020, with our Haven range of Hampton’s facades being extremely popular across all our build regions. Both our Gold Coast and Wollongong display homes are Hampton’s style boasting light, bright interiors and an effortless beachy vibe, well suited to our coastal regions. The Gold Coast Heydon E design with Haven facade was recently awarded as the HIA Display Home of the Year in its field, demonstrating how the Hampton’s trend and our clever designs go hand in hand to deliver an impressive home. The Isla A on display at Wollongong also with a Haven facade has made quite a splash as it boasts a versatile alfresco space that sprawls across the entire rear of the home, ideal for outdoor entertaining in our coastal climates.

Still to come is a dual display in Port Macquarie which will feature a Palm Springs inspired theme striking the perfect balance between the modern mid-century chic combined with contemporary coastal living. The Penn E is an exceptional new design that is sophisticated in layout as it fluently creates a streamlined footprint while allowing separate living zones to accommodate the whole family. Offering a clever balance between home and office, the Penn E is destined to be a popular choice for new home buyers in 2021. Alongside the Penn E is the Saxon D which is a punchy floorplan, purposefully designed to offer convenience and maximise a petite space and a smaller budget.

If you’ve been looking for design inspiration, one of our excellent display homes

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