Kmart investments: choosing the best from the rest
BlogThere is an old proverb that goes something like, ‘Feed a man a fish and he eats for a day but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.’ But there is also the old proverb that says, ‘Give a man $100 and 30 minutes at Kmart and he’ll have completely redesigned […]
Has your suburb value grown? Check the median sale prices
BlogLocked in the midst of a booming property market may have you asking the question – just how well is my suburb performing? View.com.au have compiled the median sales prices from suburbs right across the country, comparing the current home median price to those recorded one year ago and three years ago. The median suburb […]
How does Australian home affordability compare worldwide?
BlogIt’s no surprise that housing affordability in our country has declined over the past few decades. In that time, there has been an almost 80% increase in the price to income ratio. But how does Australia’s housing affordability stack up worldwide? First of all, house prices vary dramatically depending on where you live in Australia, […]
Top 25 free (or cheap) things to do in Brisbane
BlogHaving an outgoing life can be hard while trying to save for a home deposit. Brisbane is a place full of excitement, adventure, and fun things to do – and fortunately, many of them won’t have you digging deep in your pockets. Here are the top 25 things you can still do in Brisbane completely […]
What is a Section 32 Statement?
AdviceOne of the most overlooked but underestimated parts of the purchasing process in real estate is the Section 32 Statement. New home owners have often never heard of one, or blindly sign the contract of sale without giving the Section 32 a proper look-over. Get your head around this piece of legislation to make sure […]
How to market your home using technology
AdviceIf technology is anything other than innovative, engaging, and intelligent, it’s that it is forgiving. Nothing epitomizes this more than cameras (and cameras in phones) that have stabilizing technology. You could be juggling three puppies in your left hand and taking a picture of your home with your right hand and your common smartphone will still […]
Finding the schools that are near your next purchase
BlogIt is no secret to any property buyer that schools are having an increasing impact on house prices, as parents plan well ahead for the future of their children. Studies done between 2015 and 2016 by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) noticed that Northern Parkville, in Melbourne’s inner-north, had the biggest gap in […]
If and when to upsize
AdviceBefore you continue, what are the actual costs of moving home and upsizing? Check out our post on moving on up and use it with this article to gauge whether those costs will make the difference between if and when to upsize. Deciding when to upsize: the financial considerations 1. Your budget. You probably already […]
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 […]
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 home as a single parent
AdviceHousing affordability is a much debated and emotionally-charged aspect of public discussion. But buying a home as a single parent is almost never mentioned. Perhaps because it seems like an oxymoron. Couples are struggling to save for the necessary deposit for homes in Australia’s larger cities. What chance is there of buying a home as […]
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 […]
5 tips for choosing a happy and healthy neighbourhood
AdviceWhen choosing a new home or even a property investment, you don’t just look at the price and the location: you also try to find a neighbourhood that creates a desirable lifestyle. It’s easier to engage in outdoor activities if the right facilities are just a stone’s throw away. For instance, if the suburb you […]
Selling your property yourself
AdviceSelling your property yourself can save you significant costs otherwise associated with agent fees. However, this is a much-debated topic within the industry. Some believe the money you save in these fees you end up losing in the eventual sale. Couple this with the added stress of how involved you need to be in the process. […]
How does a decreased RBA interest rate affect you?
AdviceFirstly, a quick synopsis. We constantly read and hear about the RBA’s interest rate and how it will affect the economy, but how many of us know what it is? Who are the RBA? The Reserve Bank of Australia is a body corporate entirely owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. It is Australia’s central bank […]
Colour match: how to pick complementary colours
AdviceA touch of colour instantly brightens a room – transforming it from dark and dreary to light and refreshing. But adding the right complementary colours is easier said than done! With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Does blue go with green and is it really a crime for pink and orange […]
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. […]
First steps for first time renters
AdviceMoving out of the nest? Spreading those wings and soaring away to your first sharehouse? While it’s perfectly fine to eat pizza on a rug on the floor on your first night in your new home, there are a few things for you and your other fellow first time renters to sort out so that […]
The parent struggle: Time vs. Cost
AdviceThere’s no doubt about it, moving house is a big job! And an expensive one at that. When moving with kids, it can be hard to find time to do it all and keep the family happy while you’re at it. This is called the parent struggle! From packing boxes to dismantling furniture – and […]
Co-tenancy vs sub-tenancy: the pros and cons
AdviceWhen applying for rental properties you have two options for your lease agreement: co-tenancy vs sub-tenancy. Will you share the tenancy, with all of your names on the one lease? Or rather will you be the sole lease holder? In this case you would sublease one or more rooms to tenant/s who won’t be on the […]
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 […]
Breathtaking Capital Gains Tax exemptions for property investors
AdviceOkay, perhaps ‘breathtaking’ is a little much. But when it comes to getting people excited about capital gains tax exemptions, desperate times call for desperate and misleading adjectives. Now, the bad news: selling your investment property (or properties) and avoiding paying more tax than you need to be paying can be mind-numbingly complicated. The good […]
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 […]
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 […]
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