Happy Easter Everybody!

It has been a long time since the last egg hunt; COVID-19 and all.


Traditionally, Easter has been about the renewal of life, of blessings of love, hope, peace, good health & happiness to you and your loved ones. It's been a tough one; who would have thought this pandemic ordeal would persist for over a year?


Nonetheless, to our past, present and future family and friends: wherever you may be, however the condition, we at Alex Halim & Associates would like to wish you a happy Easter.


Why Appoint an Agent?

With the access of the internet, why do agents still exist?


You've likely heard it before: family and friends who have decided to do it themselves, without hiring a service professional. More often than not, you hear success stories saving hundreds and to even thousands for tasks ranging from tax returns, sale or property or even immigration matters.


On the other hand, if it's not story of success, chances it's a story disastrous results—of sleepless nights and headaches—and in most cases it probably could have been avoided if they were better informed. Not only does experience allow a service professional to be well versed in the pitfalls to avoid for their specialised field, they are businesses that by Australian Consumer Law, should provide fit-for-purpose solutions.


While I'm sure a quick Google search will give anyone enough of an idea to perform almost any professional service, but how can we be certain that we don't miss any crucial factors? Are the years of experience and accountability consumer guarantees worth the hundred or thousands of dollars? That one is completely up to you.




"Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world."


-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Small Business Owner - visa subclass 491

Skilled Regional Provisional visa


The subclass 491 visa is a pathway to residency in Australia after 3 years and meeting the criteria to for the permanent visa. It is one of the viable options for those looking migrate permanently to Australia, particularly in this COVID-19 scenario, where the Australian government is prioritise critical skills.


While the subclass 491 visa generally targets occupations that are considered critical skills, there is one particular stream that allows business owners outside of the critical skills scope to become eligible. Any occupation is valid, as long as it's listed with the Department of Home Affairs's Legislative Instrument.


In Queensland, applicants are required to receive a nomination, and will be required to show that they have purchased a pre-existing business for at least $100,000 and have operated the business for at least 24 months. Additionally, start-ups or home based businesses will not be considered, and franchises are required to be operating for at least a year (sub-leases of franchises such as petrol stations are not applicable).


Some people may find appeal to this visa. Give us a call at Alex Halim & Associates and let's see what we can do for you.


“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart."


--Thomas Watson Sr


Australia Post-Covid

It's been a year, and life in Australia is beginning to look normal again



Friday nights out in the city and weekends that start with a late brunch cafes. Australia is starting to resemble the life before COVID-19, and we cannot be more relieved. NSW has announced unlimited visitors again, and stadium and nightclubs can return full capacity.


Other than the occasional community transmission that affects hotel quarantine workers, Australia is relatively shielded from the infection rates seen in the rest of the world. With the addition to the access to vaccines, Australia is very well positioned to completely control the virus in the foreseeable future.

It's quite reassuring the see a reminder of the lifestyle here before the worldwide pandemic.


EDIT: Lockdown in Brisbane for 3 days. Let's see how this turns out.


Auction Clearance

Property Market in Post-COVID Highs


The last weekend of the month hosted what is hailed as a super Saturday, where Sydney had as many as 1180 homes up for auction, and Victoria having as many as 1712 auctions through the same week.


The result—a staggering performance of 85.4% and 80.8% week-end clearance rates for NSW and VIC respectively, which translates to almost 2500 properties sold under the hammer; ultimately representing the market's demand and hence, high growth.


At a time of high growth like this, many people, particularly those yet to enter the property market, will wonder if it is too late, or if this is growth that will persist into housing un-affordability.


Give us a call, and let's have a chat about what the experts on the realty arm of our team here at Alex Halim & Associates think. What does the future of real estate in Brisbane look like?


"... the concept of home is predicated on the many changes life can bring, and it doesn’t start—or end—with the transaction."


--Gino Blefari,

Land is still available at our Holmview Estate.


--Sunrise Property Group