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

Tips to Improve Depreciation Deductions this Tax Time

The end of financial year is almost here and with it, property investors will be readying themselves to visit their accountant to complete their annual income tax return. Every year the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) encourages property investors to be vigilant with their claims. It is therefore important for investors to seek expert advice on the deductions … read on

What Is The Most Environmentally Friendly Way To Heat Your Home

Did you know that about 40 per cent of a home’s energy use is from heating and cooling alone? That’s more than water heating, kitchen appliances or lighting. That’s a huge amount of carbon emissions being released in order to keep us comfortable and healthy, but surely there is a way to keep ourselves warm and still retain our green living standards? Let’s take a look at some … read on
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3 Tips For Painting Like A Pro

Let’s face it – some of us are closer to a Jackson Pollock than a Monet when it comes to giving our real estate a new lick of paint. You might be going for that look, but for many, it’s the simple, bold and most of all even coats that are the real goal. Painting is a real art (literally), and it’s no different when it comes to updating your interior decor. To get you … read on

How Should You Design Your Modern Office

Are you attracted by the prospect of being able to work from home? If a 2013 McCrindle survey on telecommuting and its popularity in Australia and New Zealand is any indication, you might be one of the 78 per cent of people who wanted to do at least some work from home rather than coming into the office. There’s still one obstacle to overcome – creating a workspace at … read on

How To Resettle Your Pets In A New Home

Moving house and unsure how best to settle your pets into a new environment? Along with our friends at Jetpets, we’ve put together our top 7 tips to help make the transition as smooth and relaxed as possible – for both you and your pet. Familiarise your pet with their travel crate. Put your pets crate in an area that they like to spend a lot of time and place their bedding … read on