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5 Tips to make your Christmas tree last longer

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

Easy instructions for getting the most life out of your fresh tree There's nothing like the beautiful piney aroma given off by a real tree to say "it's Christmas". Even before you buy a tree however, how do you ensure it will last the distance for the festive season? You’ve done the hard yards on choosing the perfect tree, struggled it into your car and you’re about to stand it proudly in your home to be adorned with your favourite decorations. Have you considered all ....

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End of year bargains: How to get a discount when buying a home in December

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

As the year draws to a close, house hunters who have been patiently waiting to strike this year may be presented with their best chance yet. With the Sydney and Melbourne markets in the midst of a price correction, the month ahead could allow buyers to secure a home at a lower price than at any other time this year. While most of us are preparing for the holidays or winding down at work, experts say many vendors are motivated to make a deal before the property market shuts down for Christma ....

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5 things you can do to protect your rental property

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

Whether you’ve just purchased your first investment property or if you’re juggling multiple rentals, as with many things in life, the unexpected can and will happen. For peace of mind – and to save you time and money – it pays to be prepared and plan ahead to protect your rental property.  There’s no time like the present to get sorted: Here are five things you can do to protect your place. 1. Good communication From covering all details about your property in ....

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Big opportunities for property investors now and in 2019

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

Labor’s negative gearing plans and softening house prices are creating a prime market for savvy For an outsider looking in, reports of ‘doom and gloom’ headlines might make property investment look unattractive; a banking royal commission is causing already paranoid banks to become even more paranoid with their lending, APRA measures are still enforced, and the circling threat of Labor’s tinkering with negative gearing could mean investors lose a helpful tool in the futur ....

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How to think like a buyer when you sell your home

Tuesday 30 Oct 2018

The first thing to remember when you’re selling a home is you’re not the one buying it. That may sound obvious, but it’s too important to be left unsaid. In the lead up to the sale, every decision should be made with the intention of pleasing your hypothetical buyer. Which is why experts believe it pays to spend some time figuring out exactly who that person might be. It’s really important to do some research into the buyer demographic that’s going to be attrac ....

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How to evaluate whether a property would make a good investment

Tuesday 30 Oct 2018

Working out if a property will make a good investment is undoubtedly complicated, but experts say it rests on three simple things; rental yield, capital growth potential and underlying demand. Get these three things right and property investment success awaits. What is the rental yield? Rental yield is a key metric for any property investor and is often referenced by agents and vendors. The higher the yield, naturally, the better. A property’s gross rental yield is calculated by taking the ....

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The 5 key investing trends to expect this spring

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018

With spring here and the weather set to get warmer soon (we hope!), investors will be looking to emerge from their cozy homes from the winter and get back into buying property. Here are what you can expect from the world of investing for the next three months. With the sun expected to come out, investors are free to leave the comfort of their homes to check out new properties in the warm spring air. Five key trends investors need to keep in mind if they plan to buy property this spring have been ....

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Should You Invest Right Now or Wait for a Better Time?

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018

Investment used to be associated with those with high income or accumulated wealth. Nowadays, that is not the case. The rising cost of living no longer allows us to live comfortably with a minimum wage. As a result, investment has become increasingly relevant for most of us. Rather than a want, there is a strong need and desire to make our money work even harder for us. Putting our money in real estates, shares, bonds, Crypto and other investment vehicles have become one of the many options that ....

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The hidden tricks and traps you need to look out for when signing a building contract

Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Anyone building a new home has to sign a contract, and while the builder says it is “standard paperwork”, to most people, it’s anything but. Building contracts are written by experts accustomed to building terminology and trade practices. And it’s likely that the people who have put together the document you are told is there to protect you, was, or is, a builder or industry professional. The phrase “you can’t a poacher and gamekeeper be&rd ....

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5 Things to Think About Before Building a Pool

Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Getting a pool is a big decision and one that you’ve probably been thinking about for some time.  But your decisions don’t end once you have a vision for your pool in mind. In fact, that’s only the beginning of the things you’ll need to consider. Why do you want a pool? Before engaging anyone to start the pool building process, think about how you want to use your pool and where you’ll position it in your backyard. While magazines and Pinterest can be a great p ....

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