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Cleaning Craziness

Monday 18 Jun 2018

Cleaning craziness I don’t know about you, but the whole idea of booking a cleaner to me is that you…don’t…have…to...clean! If you are like me, revelling in the freedom of leaving the dirty work for that upcoming inspection or open house to a paid professional, you might be surprised to hear what some people get up to before their cleaner arrives. In our business, we speak to a range of suppliers when it comes to cleaning properties on a regular basis, and man ha ....

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Bank of Mum and Dad on the rise

Monday 18 Jun 2018

Bank of Mum and Dad on the rise  Did you know that recent figures show that the majority of first-home buyers are now using what has been coined ‘the bank of Mum and Dad’? In-fact, family lending now sits 10th on the list of the biggest lenders for first home-buyers – we are talking $20 billion in property loans and an increase of 25 percent over the past 12 months – those are big numbers! What are the implications of this shift however? Some are noting concerns abou ....

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Aussies increasingly retiring with two properties

Monday 18 Jun 2018

Aussies increasingly retiring with two properties A new report released by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) says that property is being treated as kind when it comes to the retirement plans of Australians. At the same time, it warns about the impacts this trend, encouraged by a preferential tax system, could have on housing affordability in the future. Tawar Razaghi looked into the report findings for Domain.com.au, and it is well worth checking out. Read it below, or ....

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Don't pay too much!

Monday 18 Jun 2018

Don’t pay too much   No one wants to pay too much for anything, this is a universally accepted truth. In housing, with the market slowing down in Sydney and in Melbourne, this has now never been more true. While in the past, low supply and high demand has seen paying more viewed as a sometimes necessary evil, a lean towards ensuring you don’t pay more than you must is now building as investor competition lessens and supply grows. In the media of late, we have seen several expert ....

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So, your property got passed in at auction…

Monday 18 Jun 2018

So, your property got passed in at auction… You want to sell your property, so you went to auction and as it turns out, things did not go to plan – your property was passed in. Why, and what next, are the questions you are likely to be asking yourself. When it comes to the ‘why’, there are typically two core reasons a property might be passed in at auction, says Mint Property Australia Licensee, Paul Errichiello: One – the marketing has not been up to scratch. Two ....

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LOOKING TO BUY SOMEWHERE NEW?

Monday 18 Jun 2018

Then you might want to consider renting first! When we are looking to buy our new home in a new location, the last thing we may want to do is think about renting – it seems like a step backward, or at least sideways, as we eye our first or next dream home in that suburb we have been keeping an eye on for so long. However, there are no 30-day obligation-free trials when it comes to house buying. If you move in only to find out that your dream neighbourhood is more of a nightmare, you could ....

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IS YOUR STYLING ON-POINT?

Monday 07 May 2018

IS YOUR STYLING ON-POINT? When it comes to ensuring your home makes the best impression possible to prospective buyers, styling can be a make or break issue. Effective styling can take your property from ‘all right’ to ‘wow’, so make sure it is high on your priority list when it comes to listing your property. Consider a blank canvas If working with a professional stylist, they may be able to incorporate some of your existing furniture, but they may feel the best result ....

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HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR HOME LOAN A CHECK-UP RECENTLY?

Monday 07 May 2018

HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR HOME LOAN A CHECK-UP RECENTLY? There is no doubt that your home loan is likely to be the biggest finance product you purchase in your life time, so it is advisable to check in on its health, performance and suitability to your lifestyle from time to time. Recently, St George presented the below article on just why you should give your home loan’s health a once-over in 2018. We thought you might find it interesting reading! New year, new home loan: A guide to refinancing ....

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ESCAPE THE CLUTTER

Monday 07 May 2018

ESCAPE THE CLUTTER Clutter – it can be a problem when it is simply in your home, cramping your style. It can be a disaster when it comes to trying to sell! Valerie Peterson of The Washington Post recently published the below article after reading Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.’ If you are looking for advice on how to take your space from a cluttered problem to a photography-worthy specimen, why not check out the article below? You can read the ....

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A LOOK AT NSW & VIC STAMP DUTY CHANGES

Monday 07 May 2018

A LOOK AT NSW AND VIC STAMP DUTY CHANGES In the second half of 2017, changes to stamp duty came into effect in both New South Wales and Victoria which were designed to make housing more affordable for those entering the property market for the first time. The result? Savings and increased buying power for first-home buyers, but also increased demand and competition for those looking to purchase that first home. What changed in Victoria? Stamp duty removed for first-home buyers up to $600,000 F ....

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