Houses up, units down in the Sunshine State
BlogIn news that is likely to surprise virtually nobody, it’s been confirmed that Queensland apartment values are faltering. Many experts in the industry have warned about an apartment oversupply in Queensland over the last 12 months, and it turns out those fears were well founded, with unit values slipping 1.3% in the December quarter. The […]
Interest rates rise with 2 of the 4 big banks
BlogSpeculation has ended in regards to forecasted interest rate rises, with two of the big four banks, NAB and Westpac, announcing an interest rate increase to the standard variable rate for homeowners to 5.32 per cent per annum. Commbank and ANZ remain at 5.22 per cent and 5.25 per cent respectively, but it is expected […]
Is the real estate industry being disrupted?
BlogLook out real estate world: there’s a new kid in town. Rebel ‘hybrid’ sales agencies like Purplebricks and BuyMyPlace – where the seller takes on a big chunk of their own marketing in exchange for paying a lower fee – have popped up onto the scene, and they’re ruffling a few feathers. Experts are speculating […]
Is using your super for a first home a radical idea?
BlogGiving first homebuyers access to their own money in a superannuation fund should not be a controversial idea, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia. “One of the biggest hurdles young people have in buying their first home is saving enough money for a deposit and the transaction costs. With rising house prices, the […]
Give me a home among the gumtrees: How to know if a tree change is right for you
AdviceLike the age-old sea change that many Australians seek, becoming more and more popular is the idea of a tree change – an escape to the countryside. Swapping noisy, busy city streets for fresh air and green rolling paddocks, stretching out on bigger land sizes, in idyllic country cottages where expenses are less and expectations […]
Take me to the sea: How to make a sea change
AdviceWith the days of summer not long behind us, it’s already time to start missing beach holidays and the relaxation they bring. It’s easy to long for it so much that the idea of a sea change can quickly shift from a dream to a possibility, to actually saying out loud, “maybe we should just […]
Homes you can rent for $350 or less right now
BlogAustralian real estate is unaffordable. News headlines are screaming this message (or similar) every other day, making renters and home buyers alike weep over their breakfast cereal at the abject unfairness of the whole situation. But if you dig a little deeper, that sentiment doesn’t always apply. In fact, there are thousands of suburbs and tens […]
Starting a share house with friends
AdviceEvery man, woman and monkey who hasn’t been living under a rock knows how hard it is to get into the real estate market today. The entire generation of baby boomers are collectively breathing a sigh of relief that they aren’t starting out in the game. Sydney’s ratio of dwelling prices to household income in […]
Owning your own home before you’re thirty
AdviceGen-Y rolls their eyes when their parents – who benefited from low house prices and rising wages in their youth – scold them for not venturing into the real estate market during their 20s and 30s. Just because it’s harder now than it was before doesn’t make owning your own home by the time you turn […]
Low maintenance houseplants
AdviceSpring has come and gone, and nature and greenery is flourishing everywhere. But you can still bring Spring right into your home. Fresh houseplants and flowers bring life and joy – and even help to improve the quality of the air! Many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy expansive gardens, but some do not […]
What is a property covenant?
AdviceA property covenant is complicated but its definition doesn’t need to be. In essence, a property covenant can guide or restrain how you build or alter your property. Simple, right? But see if you can read the following without pulling your hair out. Its purpose is to limit or guide the development of land and […]
Making the switch to L.E.D lighting: everything you should know
AdviceThe phase out of incandescent lighting is almost complete. Compact fluorescents (CFLs) still remain but are becoming less popular because of their flaws and low energy efficiency. That leaves the more sustainable alternative – the LED bulb. Its efficacy is almost 4 times that of an incandescent and halogen equivalent. The cons of buying the […]
Buying a holiday house with friends: is sharing really caring?
AdviceBuying a holiday house is for many one of their biggest dreams. But for some of us, finding that extra money to purchase a second property may just keep it as a day dream. However, there is a way to get around this. More and more buyers are choosing to pool funds with friends or family […]
Renovating with an architect vs draftsperson
AdviceFirst, a quick history lesson. No! Don’t leave! If you want to renovate or build in the future, you will want to know this stuff. Many people don’t really know the difference between an architect and a draftsperson/building designer. Because of this they end up either spending way too much on a simple renovation or […]
4 interior design ideas that define innovation
AdviceInterior design has changed considerably over the years as new technologies have prompted spectacular design solutions, ideas and improvements. The following four design and decor innovations have raised the bar for interior design. Smoke & Mirrors Most of us think that mirrors are just there, in the home, to show us our reflections. But switched-on interior […]
5 hazardous spills in the home and how to deal with them
AdviceIn the movies, poorly contained chemicals are often the catalyst for adventure. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman, the Hulk. All of them are the result of a chemical accident or chemical-related mishap. Though, in reality, chemical and hazardous spills are less fun. They’re more likely to give you a nasty […]
Tips for residential odour control
AdviceResidential odour may not be something we talk about in polite company, but they happen to all of us and getting rid of them isn’t always as simple as lighting a scented candle. There is a huge number of things that can cause bad smells in your home, and some of them are more difficult to […]
Traps that could ruin a home loan application
AdviceA mortgage application is almost like asking someone to trust you with a small fortune. A bank or lender will want you to cross every “t” and dot every “i” when applying; an even the smallest mistake could end up costing you more than you bargained for. So what are the most common traps people […]
Conveyancing terms explained
AdviceFor first time buyers, all the legal mumbo jumbo may seem a little overwhelming. That’s why it’s best to turn to the professionals like solicitors and conveyancers but even the professionals use terminology that you might not have heard before. That’s where we come in. Here are a few conveyancing terms explained to help you […]
4 low-maintenance pets for smaller homes
AdviceSometimes a home just isn’t a home without the pitter-patter of feet, or claws for that matter. Perhaps you want to train an animal to remind people to wipe their feet before coming in? That’s where a cockatoo is all-too-valuable. Or maybe the kids have repeated “Can we get a pet, please?” for the 1346th […]
Why home renovations go over time and over budget
AdviceIt’s a pretty common problem. When you tell people that you’re planning some home renovations, they’ll often tell you to double your time frame and triple your budget. But do you really need to expect everything to go over time and budget? Or is it reasonable to expect everything to go according to plan? Well, […]
AdviceIt has finally arrived: moving day! It’s all very exciting and fun until you think about the mammoth task ahead that is shifting all the countless boxes and bags of your possessions from one location to another. Moving house can be a stressful time, but with careful planning and organisation, you can help to reduce […]
Flipping houses: what are the costs?
AdviceThe costs of flipping houses? Well, nothing. In fact, you should be making money from the adventure, not lose money. But that’s only if you listen to the following quality advice, of course. Question number 1 is: are you a flipper or a keeper? Flipping houses is for those who have the time and resources […]
Investing in metro vs regional areas
AdviceWhen browsing through properties for sale do you feel the temptation to look a little farther out? You’re not alone. The question of investing in metro vs regional areas draws investors into long arguments about the various pros and cons. However, the decision of where to invest should never be a stab in the dark. […]
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