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Get ready to sell in 2019

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Get ready to sell in 2019

It’s time to get the cleaning gloves on and the paintbrush out if you want to get your property in shape and ready to sell this year. The start of a new year is a great time to assess your selling goals and start chatting to property agents to get a good idea of what you need to do at your property to sell for the best price possible. You may not be ready to sell your home right away but by preparing early you can get a head start on any necessary property improvements and potentially time your sale so it takes place during a busy buying...

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5 things families look for in a home

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

5 things families look for in a home

If you’re looking to buy your “forever home” then you’ll want to find a property that will meet your needs as you change and grow into the future. Houses can often be renovated (or perhaps even demolished and rebuilt) if you grow out of them, however it’s easier to buy something that has everything you need from the get-go. Think about the features you may need your home to have if new family members come along, or if toddlers turn into teenagers. Oftentimes families need to upgrade their homes because they don’t have enough...

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2018 was a tough year for Australian property values

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

2018 was a tough year for Australian property values

The Australian property market experienced its weakest conditions since 2008’s Global Financial Crisis in 2018, according to new data from CoreLogic. Figures from CoreLogic show that dwelling values fell by 4.8 per cent nationally throughout the year, led mainly by declines in Sydney and Melbourne. Prices in Sydney were down by 8.9 per cent, and 7 per cent in Melbourne. However it’s not just Australia’s major cities that struggled in 2018, with weaker conditions experienced across most of the country. As CoreLogic head of research Tim...

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How to tackle your New Year property resolutions

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

How to tackle your New Year property resolutions

The New Year is always a time for reflection and new goals and for many people property is a popular item on their resolutions list. While some year’s resolutions end up getting put to the side, this year is going to be different. With the right advice and a plan of action for 2019, it is going to be the year you can make your property dreams become a reality. Own your own home Step one – Set up a budget and start saving. Having a solid savings plan in mind will help you work towards the amount you need for a house deposit. Step two –...

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APRA scraps cap on interest-only lending

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

APRA scraps cap on interest-only lending

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced it will ease the restrictions it put in place on interest-only residential mortgage lending. The banking regulator capped the proportion of interest-only lending at 30 per cent back in March 2017 in a bid to curb high risk lending practices. With banks having reached their benchmarks and having provided assurances to APRA, it seems that there is no longer a need to have the benchmark in place. “The introduction of the benchmark has led to a marked reduction in the proportion...

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Boxing Day Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Boxing Day Home Maintenance Tips

Why not give the Boxing Day sales a miss this year and spend the time getting your home up to scratch and ready for the New Year instead? Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to do all of those things around the house that you don’t get time to do through the rest of the year, or if you’re not feeling up to chores it’s at least a good time to start planning out the maintenance work that needs to be done in the year ahead. Sort through wardrobes and cupboards – Not sure where you’re going to put all your new Christmas presents?...

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All I want for Christmas is… a new home?

Posted by on Dec 24, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

All I want for Christmas is… a new home?

Hoping to wake up and find the keys to a new property under your Christmas tree? If buying a home is on your list of wants this Christmas then it’s a good idea to start making a move now. The majority of New Year property hunters tend to hit the market in late January so if you’re organised and have your finance at the ready then you may be able to have your pick of properties. A few easy steps you can take to help you get the home you want: Get your finances ready Before you hit the open home trail it’s well worth getting your finances...

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Is your home prepared for the holidays?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Is your home prepared for the holidays?

The countdown is on until Christmas Day and while we’re all running around trying to get everything done in time it’s important not to neglect our homes. Whether you’re staying at home over Christmas or planning to pack up and visit the rellies, here are some things you should keep in mind. Preparing to head away Heading off for a Christmas break? Make sure you take a few simple steps to keep your home and valuables safe while you’re away. Take the time before you leave to make sure all windows, doors and gates are locked securely....

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Home loan demand on the rise

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Home loan demand on the rise

In a positive sign for the property market, recent data has shown that home loan demand has gone up following two months of declines. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) housing finance data for October, 52,654 home loans were approved throughout the month. This is an increase of 2.2 per cent on the previous month. The ABS data also revealed that a total of $30 billion of dwelling commitments were made, which was up 2.6 per cent on September. Breaking this figure down, there was an increase of 3.5 per cent for...

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Many first-time buyers are choosing to invest

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Many first-time buyers are choosing to invest

New research has revealed that one third of first home buyers are choosing to buy an investment property as their first property purchase. According to the 2018 Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Investor Sentiment Survey, 36 per cent of first home buyers are choosing to “rentvest” (buy an investment property while continuing to rent) rather than buying a home to move into. PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos noted that the popularity of rentvesting looks to be here to stay as demonstrated by the 63 per cent of survey...

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