Common Difficulties During The First Year In A New Home

Buying your first home is a massive step towards a secure financial future, and perhaps the start of adulthood for many young Australians. However it’s not all roses – with a purchase so massive there are bound to be difficulties and challenges moving forward, both before and after the purchase. Many buyers may worry about saving for a deposit, or affording a property in … read on

How To Protect Your Home

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 242,500 households had a break-in last year. In our opinion, that’s 242,500 households too many. Here we have some low-cost ways to reduce the chances of your home being targeted. Front yard visibility Burglars work in the shadows. They will look for homes that allow them to go undetected. Look for ways to make entry points … read on

Reap The Rewards Of Refinancing

With interest rates at an all-time low, it’s a good time to evaluate the rate you’re currently paying and investigate if there’s a better deal out there for you. by Stephanie Williams Refinancing your home loan isn’t as daunting as it sounds. A rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia doesn’t guarantee your bank will pass on that rate and most people don’t realise it’s … read on

Do You Know These Two Integral Garden Traits?

Has your garden been looking a little lacklustre lately? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of giving it a bit of a spruce, but the last time you did that it didn’t go quite as planned. Fear not, there are plenty of other people in a similar situation with their real estate. Even the greenest of thumbs can’t keep a garden going if they don’t know these two integral but oft-forgotten … read on

Is Spring The Best Time To Sell Property?

Winter has come to an end – at long last. It’s not as chilly in the morning, the days are longer and the birds are chirping just a little louder. Additionally Commbank has indicated that spring and summer are the busiest times in the property market. In fact CoreLogic Data shows that each spring over the last few years has seen at least one month where over 3500 auctions occur … read on

Three Reasons It’s About To Be Easier To Buy Property

In the near future your mortgage may cost less, homes may be cheaper to buy and there may be more properties to choose from. All of these factors should combine to make the market more accessible for all Australians, helping to ensure that dreams of home ownership can become reality. Exciting as all this might be, you’d be forgiven for thinking it sounds to good to be true. … read on

Is It Time To Move House?

Despite the growing value of real estate throughout Australia, it seems like there are only a few owner-occupiers who are choosing to take advantage of it in the current Australian property market. According to a recent survey from Roy Morgan, the majority of people have stayed in the same home for at least the last five years, with over 40 per cent of people being at the … read on

Five Things To Consider When Moving Interstate

What goes into an interstate move? From organizing your belongings to managing service providers, there are a number of tasks that must be completed before you can finally settle into your new life. While moving homes can often be associated with stress and chaos, it doesn’t have to be. By hiring the right interstate removalists, moving can be an exciting experience. Moving … read on

Thinking About Building A Granny Flat?

A granny flat can be used as a home office, an art studio, a playroom, a teenage retreat, a guest room or even a man cave. Not only that, it can still work as a stylish place for Nanna to live. If you have the land to build a granny flat but are not sure what you need to consider in the pre-planning stage, first check the current council regulations, then look at various … read on

Decorate Now Or Wait To Renovate?

How do you know whether to decorate now or wait to renovate? An interior designer shares her answers to this common question. Okay, so you’ve just moved into an ‘old’ house that’s not quite to your tastes. You think you might renovate it at some stage, but you can’t quite see it happening in the short term … or medium term for that matter. So what to do? Should you sit on … read on