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Own a piece of perfection in the Hills District.

The Hills Shire (also known as The Hills District) is a relatively narrow stretch of hills running north-south between Winston Hills and Wisemans Ferry. It is easy to identify many suburbs as belonging to the region, with names such as Box Hill, Rouse Hill, Winston Hills, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills.

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The Hills District Property Market

Many people associate real estate in The Hills with large blocks, picturesque scenery and peaceful surroundings. This was recently reinforced when the City of Parramatta Council took over responsibility for the area to the south of the M2 including North Rocks, Northmead, Carlingford, North Parramatta and Oatlands. There are also several reputable schools in the area. Houses in the region are therefore popular with families that are seeking a quality education for their children and value space and relative peace and quiet. It goes without saying that properties for sale in The Hills don’t stand empty for long.

In recent years, some areas in and around The Hills are being rapidly subdivided, developed and put up for sale, especially along the new Sydney Metro train line in Castle Hill, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Beaumont Hills and Rouse Hill. Surrounding amenities have exploded in the lead up to the opening of the train line (due in 2019), creating a recent boom in property prices. The largest project will be the redevelopment of Castle Towers. The owner (Queensland Investment Corporation) has proposed to expand the shopping centre by 80,000sqm to become Australia’s second largest centre. The plan may also include building a 22 story residential apartment tower on top of the complex.

People who own and rent real estate in The Hills are predominantly of Australian background and have above average household incomes, with 36% of households earning an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2011. In fact, in that year the ‘highest’ income quartile was the largest group, comprising 45% of households with income.

 
 

Location and Transport Links in Hills District

BUSES
The Hills District has extensive bus servicing.

FERRIES
No Ferries.

TRAINS
Trains operate on a regular basis.

As mentioned above, The Hills will benefit from the completion of Sydney Metro Northwest in 2019 which will have stops at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville and Rouse Hill. This will be in addition to the existing Hillsbus transport to the city and Parramatta. Once the M1-M2 connection is completed, it will be much more attractive for those people working in Hornsby or the Central Coast to live in The Hills.

 

Shops and Restaurants in Hills District 

Major shopping centres and shopping strips are located in Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill, North Rocks and Winston Hills. As Sydney Metro nears completion, surrounding areas to those on the new rail line will also flourish with significant new shopping areas anticipated around The Ponds, the Norwest Business Park and neighbouring suburbs such as Schofields, Quakers Hill and Marsden Park. Other nearby shopping centres include Westpoint Shopping Centre in Blacktown and Westfield Parramatta.

The Hills District has a range of common cuisines ranging from Chinese and Thai to Italian and Modern Australian.

 

Schools and Educational Facilities in Hills District 

The Hills and neighbouring North Shore Districts are known for their highly regarded schools. Schools that regularly rank in the top 100 schools in NSW include Baulkham Hills High School, Castle Hill High School, Cherrybrook Technology High School and Carlingford High School.

Macquarie University was recently ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia and is a short 20 minute drive or bus ride from Baulkham Hills. Western Sydney University also has campuses in Quakers Hill and Parramatta.

 

Recreation and Other Amenities in Hills District 

The Hills is a haven for nature lovers, as much of area is covered by forest and National Park, including the Hawkesbury River, Cattai National Park, Cumberland State Forest, Maroota Nature Reserve, Bidjigal Reserve, Bella Vista Farm Park.

Most of the suburbs in the area are made up of leafy green streets and large properties with spacious gardens. Popular outdoor activities include bushwalking, mountain bike riding, road cycling, climbing, canyoning, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, bird watching and enjoying a relaxing picnic. The ferry crossing at Wiseman’s Ferry allows you easily explore the expansive National Park north of the Hawksbury River as well.

There are also several golf clubs in The Hills to enjoy, with the scenic Castle Hill Country Club being ranked in the top 100 clubs in Australia.

Towards the southern part of The Hills, there are cinemas in Rouse Hill and Castle Hill. Gyms and personal trainers can be found in every major shopping area. The main hospital is Norwest Private Hospital, but Westmead Hospital is not too much further.

Downsizers are well catered for by a range of amenities and local hospitals, including Ryde, Macquarie and Macquarie University Hospitals. Towards Parramatta, the Children’s Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Cumberland Hospital are also easily accessible.

Some additional attractions in The Hills include the Castle Hill Showground, Sydney Ice Arena, Golden Ridge Animal Farm, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute (The Hills College – Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill Campuses) and Norwest Business Park.

As you can see, buying a home in The Hills offers access to great amenities, shopping and transport to the CBD. The Hills will become an even more desirable place to live in future years, once the Sydney Metro line is completed and as Parramatta expands, bringing even more jobs into the region.

Our buyers’ agents would love to help you find a property in The Hills, whether that’s your dream home or an investment property close to amenities.

 

How our buyers' agents can help you find your dream property in Hills District

Find your next property using our expert Hills area specialist buyers agent.  The Hills area is a family friendly and affordable area with a growing population. The new Sydney Metro train line has really opened up this area to provide easier commuting access to the CBD and around Sydney. We cover all areas of the Hills District from Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill to Kellyville, Rouse Hill and more. 

Engage our expert Hills area buyers’ agent and we will help you uncover the ideal suburbs and property type to suit your individual budget and requirements. Our Hills specialist buyers agent helps you to get ahead of other buyers and to secure your own property using their local knowledge and connections.   

We help you uncover off market opportunities that you'd never find looking on your own.  Our Hills suburbs buyers agents have a strong network to uncover more property for your shortlist.  Stop wasting time searching and engage an expert Hills district buyers agent to fast-track your path to property ownership.

 

Meet your buyers' agent(s) in Hills District

Nick Taylor-Fick

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

INNER WEST, NORTHERN SUBURBS, HILLS DISTRICT

With over 25 years’ experience as a qualified property valuer and buyers’ agent, Nick’s extensive knowledge of intrinsic property values and his highly personal approach to buying property ensures you peace of mind and confidence in finding the ideal  property.  Nick has an in-depth knowledge of Sydney’s Inner West,  Northern Suburbs.

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"My wife and I are busy professionals and had been planning to buy our first home for years. We finally had our deposit saved when COVID hit. During this time of uncertainty we weren't sure whether to postpone our dream of buying our first home. It was at this time we decided to use a buyer's agent. We teamed up with Nick Taylor-Fick from Propertybuyer and found him to be a steady calm presence. Nick guided us through the whole process from developing our search criteria, to shortlisting options, all the way through to exchange (all of which happened within a month). He provided us with expert advice, asked the right questions and very quickly surmised what we were after. He was patient, showing us various types of houses across different locations, all the while managing our expectations. As we refined our vision, Nick found the home we wanted and negotiated everything to our satisfaction. We found him responsive and engaging, a true fount of property information. I would recommend Nick to any property novices such as ourselves!"

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need a buyers’ agent?

You will save yourself money, time and stress when you engage a professional buyers’ agent to help you with your next investment property purchase. You will be empowered with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about the value of a property without all of the sales “hype” often associated with property purchases – we protect you from making an emotional decision. You will have the benefit of our extensive research and analysis into past sales and comparable market data and will be protected from paying too much. You may also gain access to properties not yet advertised, otherwise known as “silent listings”.

Investors will gain access to our wide network of excellent investment opportunities and also get the inside knowledge of the best areas to invest. As property investors ourselves we understand the strict criteria required to buy high performing properties.

Our testimonials describe the ways we have been able to add value to our many clients. Most of our increasing client base stems from glowing referrals given by clients who have been impressed with the value and service we provide.

 

Does a buyers’ agent need to have a real estate background?

Yes.  Rich Harvey, Director of Propertybuyer and his team have the expertise, knowledge and real estate background to deliver what they promise – many of the team are ex-real estate agents that have switched sides.  Rich is a property investor himself, with a Masters in Economics, a Diploma of Property and is a Licensed Real Estate Buyers’ Agent. He is also a Member of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. If you are looking for a buyers’ agent team with exceptional qualifications and over 60 years combined experience, that understands property investment analysis, market trends, and can think creatively and intuitively, then the Propertybuyer team is your smart choice. Read our testimonials and you will be impressed by the results – not only with investors, but also home buyers and corporate clients.

 

Is A Buyers’ Agent worth the money?

Yes! We regularly save clients far more than the fee we charge, through our understanding of the property market and our skilled negotiation techniques. We offer a fixed fee service. The advantage of the fixed fee structure is that you only pay the same fee regardless of the price of the property. There are three key areas you will get great value for money by engaging Propertybuyer:

1. Saving Time:

  • Reduce the time spent searching – You will need to look at between 50 to 100 properties to get a true understanding of the market.
  • Most buyers take between 6 to 12 months (or more) to buy – we can cut down the process to under 60 days
  • Lost leisure and family time due to searching and attending inspections on weekends
  • Time wasted at work calling real estate agents
  • The time it takes you to get full market knowledge

2. Saving Money:

  • Don’t risk making an emotional decision and pay too much
  • Negotiating is an art – we know the tricks of the trade to secure a property at the lowest possible price
  • Leverage your knowledge by tapping into ours
  • Get a professional evaluation done so you have confidence to pay the right price

3. Saving Stress:

  • Remove the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents in your search
  • Get the upper hand with a buyers agent by your side
  • Buy with confidence knowing you are getting totally independent advice
  • Remove the frustration of being constantly outbid at auction

A buyers’ agent can save you a packet of money if they are experienced, knowledgeable and have your best interests at heart. They can take the emotion out of the negotiation and auction process and give you accurate advice on property values. They should have an extensive database of agent contacts to help you find off-market properties.

 

How Do I find A Buyers’ Agent?

Apart from searching online, ask a local selling agent if they have seen a good buyers agent in action. You can also ask family, friends and work colleagues about their experience with using buyers agents.

An important question to ask a buyers agent is whether they are truly “exclusive” or “independent”. If they accept sales commission from vendors or developers then they cannot be classified as “independent” as they are acting in the interests of the seller. Only deal with a licensed buyers agent (you can check license via the Office of Fair Trading in each state) and one that is a recognised member of your state Real Estate Institute and the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia.

There are seven factors to consider when selecting a good buyers agent.

  1. Industry experience - ask how long the buyers agent has been operating?
  2. Market coverage - what geographic specialisation do they have?
  3. Results oriented - ask about case studies and testimonials from past clients - what have they achieved?
  4. Network and contacts - can your buyers agent access off market properties easily?
  5. Research system - ask what due diligence and research systems they have in place to evaluate properties and provide real time market insights.
  6. Credentials - check licencing, qualifications and affiliations and if they have won awards.
  7. Cost - confirm the fee structure and check they don’t get kickbacks from agents.

 

Is it affordable to use a buyers’ agent?

Yes. We typically save our clients far more than our fee in the transaction by negotiating well. We assist property buyers of all budgets, saving you money by doing extensive research and analysis, looking at comparable sales and market data, and by negotiating hard to secure the best price, terms and conditions possible. You will make an informed choice and will be confident that you have bought well, whatever your budget. It’s a small investment to make when you consider the savings you will make on your property purchase!

 

Are buyers’ agents fees tax deductible?

If you are purchasing a property for investment purposes, the cost of using a buyers’ agent is generally tax deductible (forms part of the acquisition or “cost base”). Check with your accountant to see if the fee would be tax deductible in your case. Unfortunately you cannot claim the fee as a tax deduction if the property is purchased to live in.

 

Do you offer any guarantees with your service?

Propertybuyer is currently the most awarded Buyers Agency in Australia, and this public scrutiny is an unbiased testament to our integrity, value and quality of service.

We guarantee not to waste your valuable time sourcing inappropriate properties. We will deflect all the stress and detail and save you months of endless searching. We will spend time with you up front so that we clearly understand your needs and will target the search based on agreed preferences. With our help, you will save time, money and stress on your next property purchase. You will gain access to more properties, be better informed about comparable sales, the true value of a property and capital growth projections for the area, and you will make a more informed decision. When you decide on the right property, we will negotiate for you so you will be able to make a rational decision about price without the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents or having to negotiate.

 

Do you have professional indemnity insurance?

We have professional indemnity insurance to $4 million.

 

What is the process and how long will it take?

Our average turnaround time for investors is around 30 days and for home buyers between 40 to 65 days. After the initial meeting, where our services are further explained, questions are answered and your “buyers brief” is established, an engagement fee is paid (this amount varies according to the service you choose). Once your finance is pre-approved, the engagement fee is paid, and you are ready to buy, the search begins. We conduct thorough research and then present you with a shortlist of properties. The decision to buy is then yours.

 

If I engage the services of propertybuyer, will you guarantee to find me a property?

Yes – as long as your buyers brief is realistic. We guarantee to give you personal and professional service and a detailed analysis on each property we evaluate, based on your specific criteria. At our initial meeting, we will listen carefully to find out your exact requirements. We will advise you before you engage us if your property brief is unrealistic. You will also need to have your finances ready or be pre-approved for a loan before the search can begin. Once these have been established, the search can take as little as a week (up to an average of about 4-6 weeks) depending on your wishlist and the market conditions.

We work with you in partnership to help you achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. You may cancel the agreement with notice in writing.

 

What happens if I change my mind on an area or a type of property once I engage you? Do I have to pay another engagement fee?

We will always be working in your best interests and realise that your ideas about the type of property you want may change. When we meet initially to discuss your “buyers brief”, we will work hard to ensure that your wishlist is achievable and also realistic, so the likelihood of changing your mind is reduced. However, if you change the initial brief significantly, there may be a review of the fee, and an additional fee would be charged to cover the time already spent searching. We will work with you to make sure you are completely happy with your next property purchase, even if you change your mind.

 

 

 

 

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