Mariam McDonald is a licensed estate agent, co-founder and the principal of Silver Service Real Estate. Mariam entered the industry as a real estate cadet in 1997, focussing on the residential area of property and strata management. She has since held posts as oc manager, senior property manager and business development manager. On 1 February 2009, Mariam co-founded the independent real estate agency Silver Service and has held the post of managing director. She ensures the business exceeds customer expectations and continues to drive forward a new breed of co-operative agency, building the skills of other agents to create successful businesses within the Silver Service family of operations.


Mum takes son on dinosaur walks to brighten street

Across Australia many people are also putting teddy bears in their yards and windows so children can go on a bear hunt through their neighbourhood. However one Brisbane mother has chosen a different animal to bring positivity to her neighbourhood.

Lou Bromley and her four-year-old son Angus Love have been dressing as dinosaurs on their daily walks in Oxley in Brisbane’s west, brightening the days of nearby children who are studying at home.

“We were going a little stir crazy working from home and being homeschooled,” Ms Bromley said.

“A lot of friends are also homeschooling in our neighbourhood so we thought we’d put some smiles on people’s faces.

“We get lots of smiles — from parents as well as kids.”

We would love to hear about what you and or your community are doing for eachother? What is your Silver lining to the COVID-19 situation?

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We are all behind stopping the food waste epidemic the world is facing. On April 29th, let’s all take a good look at how we can better use food and waste less food.

 There are a variety of recipes you can use to help you plan how to reduce food waste. One we love is from our favourite chef Guy Grossi – Panzanella salad.

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Easter Holidays fun!

The coronavirus pandemic means those of us who can are spending a lot more time at home. So why not read books, get creative and play games!

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Easter Holidays indoors!

The coronavirus pandemic means those of us who can are spending a lot more time at home. But that doesn’t mean it’s just you and the couch forever, especially this Easter. We’ve collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home with your kids – while helping small business owners and creative people.

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Caring for our community, Covid-19 update

The safety, hygiene and welfare of our customers, staff members in the Silver Service Real Estate community is our number one priority.

The situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the forethought of our planning and we are constantly monitoring the current climate. Rest assured we are putting in additional measures to make sure that our staff and customers at Silver Service Real Estate are as safe as possible.

Below are some of the extra steps we are taking:

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Managing the Menace of Illegal Subletting

Some renters choose to sublet the property unbeknown to the landlord, exposing them to the risk of losing control over their property and damages that could cost them dearly. And, that’s where the problems begin.
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Why Your Property Manager is the Best Person to Sell Your Investment Property?

Are you planning to sell an investment property on your own? 

If you’re the owner of an investment property and struggling to get a deal to the closing table, having a dedicated property manager on your side can make a big difference. For instance, our property managers at Silver Service have successfully been navigating one of the most common problem areas for our clients — balancing the tenant’s rights and obligations with that of the landlord/seller in case they don’t wish to or, cannot afford to sell their investment vacant.

Unlike brokers who exclusively focus on the sale while neglecting the tenant issues, we aim to reach a happy middle ground wherein our client can sell with the tenant in situ without upheaval or required rental deductions.

That said, let’s look at other reasons why the best agent to sell your investment property is the property manager.

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Conscious Living is not something designed for only some of our Community, it is the very foundation that we should seek for ALL of our communities.
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Cladding Victims Left in the Lurch Post Victorian Budget

Thousands of property owners suffering due to flammable cladding on their buildings are still in limbo as the Victorian budget seeks to increase action on ‘cladding rectification program’ with a funding of $160 million.

While the fund allotted will be used exclusively to fix government-owned buildings with cladding issues, no money has been set aside for owners to remove flammable cladding from private dwellings. This, despite the fact that removing cladding from affected buildings is an expensive process.

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ATO Warning Depreciation

The ATO has sent our warnings about targeting Investor Claims. Some Landlords either advertently or inadvertently are lodging incorrect Statements when lodging their Tax Return to the ATO.

The ATO is now “cracking down”.

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The safety of thousands of Victorians living in apartments who are currently at risk of a potentially life threatening incident because of flammable cladding in their homes. We as a community can bring about any and every change if we stand for it together.
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