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

How Can First Home Buyers Get Into The Market

Following the recent release of Australian Bureau of Statistics data, it is clear that there is a distinct lack of first home buyers being able to make their way onto the market in recent years. The proportion of young Aussies applying for finance for their first home loan has dropped to its lowest figures in two decades, falling in what the Real Estate Institute of Australia … read on

FAQ: What Is Equity And How Do You Use It To Your Advantage?

When it comes to property investment, there are many ways to approach the buying process. The most direct way to purchase a piece of real estate is with the use of a home loan, which will typically require you to put down a deposit. In New Zealand, the Reserve Bank has enforced new restrictions that mean that investors will have to commit at least 30 per cent as a deposit … read on

Three Things Your New Property Manager Should Know

The complexities and intricacies of being a landlord can be overwhelming for the average property owner, and that only becomes more true as you expand your holdings. If you’re like many investors, as your portfolio of real estate gets larger, you’ll likely start looking at taking things a little more seriously: It’s time to hire a property manager. For many, this step is … read on

Up-style Your Home In Less Than 10 Minutes

You spend time poring over the gorgeous interiors on Houzz, but then life gets in the way of you making your own place look perfect. Sound familiar? Lack of money, energy and time can mean you never quite get around to your spruce-up paint job, that new flooring gets put on hold, you’re still lounging on that unloved old sofa … I could go on. However, while you wait, there are … read on

The Importance of Maintaining Your Investment Property

Buying a property is a big investment, and it only makes sense to take care of it properly. As a landlord, you have a number of responsibilities in keeping your real estate up to standard. What those responsibilities are depends on where specifically in Australia or New Zealand your property is. However, it isn’t just an obligation or a responsibility: it’s just good … read on