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The Silver Lining in Buying Up in a Down Market

The Silver Lining in Buying Up in a Down Market

It is a fact that most people who are selling their home, are usually either upgrading or downsizing. Those who are upgrading might be moving into a more prestigious suburb, perhaps closer to schools and regularly used amenities or preparing for a growing family....

5 ways to design a winter-ready living room

5 ways to design a winter-ready living room

Before the chill arrives, start thinking about how you can create a living room that's the perfect winter retreat. Cosy, plush and warm are all features you want to see in the ideal winter living room. If you're craving the ultimate living space to suit your needs...

5 things you need within 5 minutes of your home

5 things you need within 5 minutes of your home

Buyers chasing the Australian dream of the perfect house want a neighbourhood where they can stroll to the shops, walk the kids to school and bump into their neighbours. When it comes to our everyday lives, there's nothing more annoying than having to jump into the...

Top tips for moving homes this autumn

Top tips for moving homes this autumn

Autumn may be the ideal time to move. Not too hot, not too cold — it’s just right! Having said that, there are some unique conditions to consider.
Make your upcoming move a breeze by reading through some top tips for an autumnal move.

6 signs your kitchen and bathroom need maintenance

6 signs your kitchen and bathroom need maintenance

Wet areas can be the site of all sorts of household crises, from leaks to mould. Regular maintenance is a must.
We spoke to the founder and owner of Metropolitan Plumbing, Electrical and Air Conditioning, David Ellingsen, to understand some of the key signs your kitchen or bathroom could be due for repair.

A recap on the biggest design trends in 2022 so far

A recap on the biggest design trends in 2022 so far

The year has only just begun. Yet, with the pandemic and lockdown restrictions behind us, 2022 is already shaping up to be a huge year in interior style and design trends.

So, if you’re a trendsetter or a trend seeker wondering what’s hot right now, here are the top trends dominating the interior design world that can be achieved on any budget.

How agents decide how much your home will sell for

How agents decide how much your home will sell for

The moment a real estate agent offers a prospective price for your property is filled with both anticipation and anxiety.

Most owners have pretty firmly held views of their own on what they think their property is worth. But the rubber really hits the road when agents give their expert assessments.

The market is strong but think local when you sell

The market is strong but think local when you sell

If there’s a boom, then pundits claim a bust just around the corner. We’ve heard this a thousand times but the information is too general to help you decide whether it’s a good time to upsize, downsize or buy your first home.
It’s important to shut out the noise and focus on your local area. Australia isn’t one huge market of boom-bust cycles but thousands of micro-markets in which property performs slightly differently.

6 reasons why you should list your home right now

6 reasons why you should list your home right now

The demand for property during Covid caught many people by surprise as buyers optimistic for the future poured into a market suffering from a lack of homes for sale. 

The supply and demand equation is only part of the real estate picture. We have record-low interest rates supplemented with federal and state government saving schemes, tax discounts and grants of $25,000 and more for first-time buyers.

What you need to know about APRA’s tightened home loan rules

What you need to know about APRA’s tightened home loan rules

If you are concerned about this new APRA ruling, we suggest that you talk to your bank or mortgage broker and discuss the impact on your situation.
For buyers about to seek a home loan, below are some of the essential documents and details you will need to pull together as part of the application. We hope you find our guide useful.

Insights for a successful property investment

Insights for a successful property investment

Investing in real estate isn’t just about finding a great property. You’ve got to make the numbers work or you’ll be seriously out of pocket. Many investors choose to be a landlord in their own neighbourhood while others buy further afield to take advantage of strong capital growth and rental yields.

You’ve sold your home, so what’s next?

You’ve sold your home, so what’s next?

It’s a great feeling when you put the ‘Sold’ sticker across the signboard on your home and have found a motivated buyer who can’t move in fast enough.
Now, you face a big question: should you begin a deadline-driven search for a new home and risk rushing into a deal, or find a rental and take your time.

Tips to help you sell during lockdowns

Tips to help you sell during lockdowns

Selling your property during this latest lockdown is not “mission impossible”. There are many technologies and techniques to help you maximise the value of your home despite the pandemic.
Buyer demand is still at record highs even though restrictions have been placed on inspections, limiting it to one person at a time.

9 essentials when selling your home

9 essentials when selling your home

The amount of effort you put into your home will pay dividends when the offers start coming in. Here is a shortlist of necessary activities you should complete to ensure a successful sale.

Four easy maintenance jobs for winter

Four easy maintenance jobs for winter

Unattended maintenance tasks, such as cleaning gutters or fixing a roof tile, can cause bigger problems and become expensive to fix, especially as the weather deteriorates. 

Six heating options if you’re feeling the chill

Six heating options if you’re feeling the chill

Mornings and evenings are developing a distinct chill across most of Australia now that we’ve moved from autumn to winter. And it’s at this time of year when we regret having not thought earlier about the type of heating that would best suit our homes.

How to buy in a booming market?

How to buy in a booming market?

Sudden increases in property prices, such as the one we’re experiencing right now, is not a new phenomenon in real estate. While sellers might rejoice, buyers face an increasing financial challenge.

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