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5 Things Every New Landlord Needs To Know

Are you considering a property investment with real estate in Australia? Provided you purchase wisely, rental properties can be a great source of income, as your tenants pay off your home loan while you benefit from capital gains. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the total value of lending to investors intending to purchase residential property in June … read on
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Is Negative Gearing Good Or Bad?

As Australia’s property market continues to grow and affordability remains a key concern the subject of negative gearing is never far from the spotlight. The current government continues to rule out scrapping the policy, while Labor and the Greens recently flagged significant changes under their party platforms. Many are calling for the controversial tax break to … read on
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8 Bad Home Habits You Need To Break Now

1. Not Washing Your Sheets/Towels Often Enough Think about these two things: "slipping your weary bones in between crisp, fresh bed linen" and "shedding dead skin cells". Change your sheets once a week, or at the very least once a fortnight. Towels should be washed every three to four days. 2. Neglecting Your Filters Not only is it slovenly but it's actually dangerous … read on
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Should I Think About Building My Own Property?

For most people, the dream of home ownership begins when they see their perfect property. But for others, they have plans that they want to bring to life, which is why they turn to building their own. Making the decision to construct your own property is not one that should be taken lightly. Instead, you need to give it plenty of thought, and not to mention weigh up whether … read on
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Reserve Bank Keeps Rates Steady at 2%

The Reserve Bank has made no move on interest rates for the third month in a row, keeping the official cash rate at a historic low 2%. Experts predicted the board would continue to hold steady through the middle of the year. RBA Governor Glenn Stevens says while the economy is expanding at a moderate pace the rate of growth has been below average. He says domestic … read on
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6 Reasons Why Your House Isn’t Selling

1. Unrealistic Price Real estate experts says this is the big cause of failed home sales in a booming market. Strong selling market is no reason to inflate your price beyond comparable sales. Vendors believe strong selling markets are opportunities to inflate your price beyond comparable sales but the property will sit on the market and remain unsold until the vendor is … read on
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Planting Fruit Trees This Winter

Unless you have the greenest of thumbs, you could probably use a few tips on how to keep your property looking spick and span over winter. We’re not just talking about homes for sale either – everyone could benefit from sprucing up the spruces when the weather sets in. Gardening on a Larger Scale Extra greenery isn’t just good for our homes, but our communities as well. The … read on
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10 Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New House

Moving house is something that most of us will do several times, if not dozens of times in our lives and it’s important to try to make these occasions as stress free as possible. There are a few things that most people tend to leave until the last minute that should really be done well in advance of moving house. We’ve put together a handy checklist of 10 things you need to … read on
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Should Your First Home Be An Investment Property?

Can’t decide whether to buy your first property as your home or as an investment property? Here are some points that may help you make up your mind. With property prices soaring in Australia’s biggest capital cities, the urge to buy a property is stronger than ever. If you’re buying your first property, the first thing you need to do is decide whether to buy it as a home … read on
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5 Energy Efficient Solutions For Your Home

Your home’s energy-efficiency rating significantly impacts household costs and your home’s saleability. Here's just a few ways you can help to reduce your home's environmental impact, plus save on your bills at the same time! Switch to Solar Hot Water Only 10% of Australian homes use solar hot water systems even though hot water is the biggest source of energy use. … read on