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3 things to ignore on your property hunt

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

3 things to ignore on your property hunt

Most buyers have a mile long list of all of the things they absolutely should pay attention to while on the hunt for their dream property, but there are also a few little known things that should be ignored, if possible. Ugly colour schemes While the colour of a room may be the first thing you notice, you shouldn’t let this detract you from noticing other more important property elements. Look out for things like the shape of a room, or whether there are built-ins and windows, rather than worrying about paint colours....

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Young Aussies rate home ownership above travel and career

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Young Aussies rate home ownership above travel and career

People’s priorities may change throughout their lives, but for those under 30 it seems that home ownership is high on the list of wants, beating out travel and other life events. The finding comes from a survey commissioned by comparison website, comparethemarket.com.au, which found that owning a property was rated the third most important “life factor” after health and family.  Almost 1300 Australians were asked to take part in the survey and rate from 1 to 5 how important certain life factors were. There were 11...

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Will we finally see interest rates change in June?

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Werribee News | 0 comments

Will we finally see interest rates change in June?

The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the official cash rate of 1.5 per cent on hold since August 2016, meaning that it’s been 30 months since we have seen any movement, but there is a growing chance that we will see interest rates change soon. RBA Governor Philip Lowe hinted as much last week when he pointed out that growing unemployment and weak wage growth would benefit from a lower cash rate. “A lower cash rate would support employment growth and bring forward the time when inflation is consistent with the...

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Why the first home buyer market is tipped for growth

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Why the first home buyer market is tipped for growth

Things may finally be falling into place for the first home buyer market, with declining property prices and industry and regulatory changes making that first step into the property market easier than it has been for a long time. No more mortgage ‘stress tests’ Getting home loan approval can be a big hurdle for a lot of first time buyers, but the APRA has recently announced it will be softening rules around mortgage stress tests, which should make things a little easier for borrowers. The ‘stress test’ meant that...

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The pros and cons of living in an apartment over a house

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

The pros and cons of living in an apartment over a house

Living in a big house with a white picket fence out front isn’t for everyone. For one, buying a house is expensive, particular if you live in Sydney or Melbourne, and it can also be a lot of hard work to keep it well maintained. But is living in a smaller property like an apartment a good alternative option? Let’s weigh up some pros and cons of apartment living to help you decide. Pros Low-maintenance – A smaller home means there is less to clean and look after. Plus, the apartment building itself will be looked after...

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4 easy ways to make your rental property more appealing

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

4 easy ways to make your rental property more appealing

Looking to achieve maximum rental return on your investment property and not sure where to begin? There are quite a few things you can do to help make a rental more appealing and you don’t need to spend a fortune. Try focusing on some key elements that renters are looking for to help get your rental noticed. 1. Make it clean and modern – You don’t need a brand new property, but if the property is well presented and features a few modern day luxuries then it’s likely to appeal to a broad range of tenants. A few things you...

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Should you sell via auction in a cooling market?

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Should you sell via auction in a cooling market?

Deciding whether to sell by auction or private treaty is a common conundrum for home sellers, particularly when the property market is softening. Auctions are often a no-brainer during boom times, when strong buyer competition and the fear of missing out helps ramp up buyer’s bids, however they can prove to be an effective method of selling in a cooling market too. So is an auction for you? Yes! Good way to determine property price One of the great things about auctions is that they tend to be fairly accurate at...

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How to know if you should knockdown and rebuild your home

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

How to know if you should knockdown and rebuild your home

Looking to bring an older home into the future but aren’t sure whether to remodel or knock the whole place down and start again? It might seem a shame to knock down an older building, particularly if it holds memories or is still in decent condition, however sometimes it makes more sense to rebuild a property rather than remodel. The neighbourhood has changed Building a brand new property is generally going to be more costly than renovating, however in a upmarket neighbourhood a brand new property may be more valuable than an...

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Fear of auctions is causing buyers to miss out

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Fear of auctions is causing buyers to miss out

Property affordability is improving across the nation, however some buyers may be missing out on some great deals because they don’t want to bid at auctions. New research from Westpac’s Home Ownership Report has revealed that over half (56%) of home owners looking for their next property purchase admit they are too scared to buy at an auction, with 46 per cent saying they aren’t confident they know what to do.   Westpac’s data shows that auction numbers have declined over the last year against a softening market,...

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5 ways to get your garden ready for winter

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

5 ways to get your garden ready for winter

Dreaming of a beautiful garden to escape to in winter? Spending time in the garden doesn’t need to be reserved for just summer and spring. In Australia we are blessed with relatively warm winter climates that mean we can enjoy a garden in winter that not just survives, but thrives as well. Even if your garden is looking a little rough around the edges there are just a few simple adjustments you might need to make. 1. Remove plants that won’t make it Plants that are already starting to rot or show signs of disease...

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