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 […]
Investing capital before selling
AdviceInvestments can be confusing. The capital on a property is no different. It’s difficult to know when to buy, when to sell, when to wait and when to move. Particularly when looking at buying a new property at the expense of an existing property, there’s much to consider. The experts say never sell. But as […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Renovating vs relocating
AdviceSo, what’s the story? Have your kids (finally!!) fled the coop? Are you at that stage where your bedroom is at risk of becoming a nursery or are there not enough good schools in your area? The decision between renovating and relocating is usually for those who need more space or need a different type […]
Building up to get the most out of a small block
AdviceProperty prices always seem to be increasing. Suburbs are becoming denser. Land seems like wishful thinking. So many home builders are choosing small lots as an affordable option for building a home in their preferred area. You may be wondering how you can build a home big enough for your family that fits onto the land […]
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 […]
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 […]
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