5 buyer mistakes in a hot property market
BlogOne thing is certain: when markets are hot, some buyers lose their cool. Unfortunately, some buyers are now scrambling to get into the market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, because they presumed that prices would soften and now have a very bad case of FOMO. While there may be some moderation in price growth in […]
Apps to help you invest: do they really work?
BlogIn this fast-paced digital world there’s already an app for everything—and investing is no exception. For people who are living paycheck to paycheck, or those who don’t want to grapple with the tedious task of creating a budget, these investment and money management apps are a godsend. Only one question remains: do they actually work? […]
Melbourne market continues to deliver solid price growth
BlogMelbourne’s median house price has surged over $750,000 for the first time, new data from the REIV shows. In the three months to December 31, Melbourne’s median house price increased 5% to a record high $770,000. Growth was widespread across Melbourne and the market – from Toorak and Brighton to Moonee Ponds and Macleod. Double-digit […]
Getting the garden ready for an autumn sale
BlogAs autumn comes around and the selling season statistically starts to slow, you’ll need to get your landscaping in order to give yourself the best chance of a strong sale. Manicured lawns, potted plans, well maintained shrubs and an attractive letterbox: these are just some of the things people notice when arriving at a property […]
How to pack fragile items for storage
AdviceThere is a lot of nuance to the art of packing for storage. And when it comes to packing fragile items, there are some key things to be aware of. The following hints and tips are designed to provide you with the most important information you need on how to pack fragile items for storage. […]
Saving habits can help you cut the cost of home utilities
AdviceWhile maximizing the savings is good, but it should not in any way make your life miserable. Agree? After all, there is no point saving stuff when you are not able to make full out of your life. And this is why perhaps, most of the ideas that aim to save money sound miserable and […]
NSW tertiary students feel the rental squeeze as vacancy rates fall
BlogFor thousands of students set to return to university by the end of February, tight vacancy rates are making the hunt for accommodation in Sydney and Newcastle even more urgent, according to leading real estate group, Raine & Horne. “In suburbs close to the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle, there are slim pickings […]
Are you prepared for a fire at home?
AdviceMost people think they know how to deal with a fire at home, but the truth is: you’re probably not as prepared as you think you are. In the heat of the moment (pun intended), you may not react in the best way. Did you know that putting water on an oil or grease fire […]
The cost of renting for the first time
AdviceEveryone’s first time is nerve wracking. Wait, no! Not that first time! Renting for the first time. Renting. You might be ready for some freedom from the folks but are you financially ready to move out? The cost of your monthly rent isn’t the only time you’ll need to dip into your pockets. There are […]
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 […]
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 […]
4 smart interior design ideas that define innovation
AdviceInterior design trends have changed considerably over the years. The emergence of new building techniques and styles has prompted spectacular design solutions, ideas and improvements. These 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 […]
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 […]
How to spot the perfect family home
AdviceAnyone who says being a parent is easy may just be plain evil, but it can be made easier. Your family home can either work with you, or against you. For instance: while you struggle to carry the groceries from the car up the garage steps, your child has scaled their way to the top of your […]
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 […]
Christmas hacks for your home
Advice‘Tis the season to get festive! With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to put up the Christmas tree, hang the fairy lights and get into the spirit of the holidays. But decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. With a bit of creativity and these Christmas hacks, you can enjoy the festive spirit at […]
Buying a house to subdivide
AdviceAs the property investment sector matures in Australia, more investors are looking to small developments. There are a number of ways that investors can create wealth through property development, including the choice to subdivide. So here’s what you need to know before you purchase. The types of subdivision There are many different types of subdivision […]
Family friendly streets from around the country
AdviceIn a digital age, raising a family has become largely reliable on technology and keeping children entertained with toys. But for those traditional parents with active kids who want to get out and graze the occasion knee, closed off streets make for great family homes. Generally speaking, courts and other closed off streets have less […]
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 […]
Moving house: what to keep and what to toss
AdviceMany tips on sorting through your belongings before moving house tend to sound like Seymour Skinner’s advice to Bart on licking envelopes. If it isn’t seeing how many envelopes you can lick in an hour, it’s taking on the mind numbing 12-12-12 challenge (find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, 12 items to keep!) […]
Are you a smart downsizer?
AdviceAre you assessing your requirements logically? Just like a smart investor, a smart downsizer is someone who can make decisions with a cool head. Downsizing provides you with an opportunity to free up capital to finance your retirement and future health requirements. As such, it is integral not to let your emotions dictate your decision-making […]
Investing in a holiday house
AdviceLet’s face it, everyone loves a holiday! Whether it’s beachside, countryside, mountainside or in the bush – there’s something about a holiday that brings instant relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s not uncommon to return from a holiday wishing it hadn’t ended. What if there was a way that you could go on a holiday (almost) whenever […]
Buying: when is the right time?
AdviceDo you mean, when is the right time to buy, for you? Or do you mean, when is the right time to buy, for everyone? The fact is, these questions get different answers. First thing’s first: what is your personal situation? Are you in a position to buy? If so, is there a time of […]
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 […]
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