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Four Things People Get Wrong When Moving

The task of moving home is daunting and tedious, especially for renters who are constantly on the move. Relocating is a mammoth task, yet so many people don’t fully prepare for a move. This can make the process even more stressful.So what do most people get wrong on moving day?Here are some tips that will help you avert disaster. 1. Packing Boxes Inefficiently One of the … read on
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How To Deal With A Sale Falling Through

If there’s one thing agent Matt Lahood tells his vendors, it’s not to pop the champagne until the deal really is sealed. “I always set my owners up for knowing that anything could happen,” he says. “I say, ‘We’re going to see some amazing things happen. So the best thing for you to do, until I say “this is done” is let’s not even get excited about … read on
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How To Cut Down Your Clutter In Your Home

Can’t remember what your bench tops look like? Cupboard doors refusing to close? Do you have the in-laws coming to stay with you over the summer holidays? If so, it might be time to plan a thorough declutter of your home and put some strategies in place to help you stay organised and minimise stress this holiday season and for 2016. Start Small If the thought of tackling it … read on
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4 Tips For Choosing The Right Suburb For Your First Home

Choosing your ideal suburb to live in takes more than just the ‘right feeling’. There are a number of factors that could affect not only your quality of living, but also the value of your home in the future. If you are considering property for sale, it certainly seems to be a good time to buy. It doesn’t matter what side of the ditch you’re on, as buyers from both New … read on
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Four Common Reasons For Downsizing Your Home

If you’re getting older, wanting to reduce your commute, tired of maintaining a large property or you’re just ready for a change, you might be tempted to downsize. So, why do people decide to downsize? Here are a few of the most common reasons: Downsizing can be a smart way to save money. The Kids Have Moved Out According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) … read on
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How Much Deposit Do I Need to Buy My First Home?

It’s one of the biggest dilemmas facing a first-time home buyer. How much deposit do I need before I can get finance to purchase a property? And do I need to wait until I have 20% of the purchase price saved or am should I buy with the bare minimum needed, even if it means I’ll wear the extra cost of lenders mortgage insurance (which can cost multiple $1,000s)? With … read on
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What To Know Before Putting In A Pool

Thinking about investing in a swimming pool before summertime’s big heat descends? Before ‘taking the plunge’, here’s some foolproof pool pointers every prospective owner should know. What’s The Function & Purpose of your Pool? Is it for cooling off in the summer, for entertaining friends and family or a splash pool for the little ones? One woman’s lagoon is another … read on
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What Is Up For Negotiation In Your Sale Contract?

Price and cooling-off periods The two key differences  between pre-contractual negotiations in a private treaty sale and an auction sale relate to price and cooling-off periods. Price While a private treaty sale involves negotiating around a vendor’s asking price, an auction sale involves the price being set by the competition on the day or the reserve price … read on
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Should You Join The “Seachangers” Movement?

It feels like everywhere you look these days, there’s another story about skyrocketing house prices in our capital cities. In fact, the latest figures from CoreLogic RP Data show that every Australian state capital now has a median house price of over $500,000, with Sydney’s average rising 44 per cent in the past two years to over a whopping $1million. It’s the same across the … read on
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10 Household Items Worth Spending Money On

Anyone else still use the plates and crockery they received as a wedding present 30 years ago? One thing’s for sure – they don’t make them like they used to. Certain household items are worth bypassing IKEA and forking out some extra coin for. With regards to durability, comfort, convenience and cost, here are 10 items you’d be smart not to cut corners with. And if … read on