Zoning why it matters
May 31, 2017
Zoning refers to the nature of a property and the intended or permissible use. Zoning regulations define the legally permitted uses for a property or area – ie industrial, business/commercial, residential, agriculture or other purposes. Lenders use different policies for property based on the zone.
What you need to know about buying off plan to succeed
May 30, 2017
Buying off the plan can be exciting, and comes with several advantages:
How do first time buyers get into the market (or do they)?
May 29, 2017
The affordability pressure is a reality for first time buyers. Do they take on a heavy mortgage to buy in a poorly serviced fringe suburb, or buy into a non-family friendly apartment because this is what they can afford? How do first time home-buyers get that first foothold into the property market – and should they?
How social media is changing the way buyers find homes
May 26, 2017
Social media is revolutionising not only the way in which people relate to and communicate with each other – it is influencing much more of our lives than we realise, from marketing to retail – and buying and selling houses does not escape its influence.
Get the most when selling
May 25, 2017
You don’t have to spend a fortune and hire a team of professionals to spruce up your home pre-sale.
Young families are delaying home ownership - why?
May 24, 2017
House prices have soared and it is a financial struggle to get in to the housing market - the increasing unaffordability of comfortable homes in preferred areas is mitigating against home ownership for personal use, for these younger buyers.
When is the wrong time to sell your home?
May 23, 2017
Most Australians view spring and summer as the best time to sell a home. Popular belief is that buyers will be feeling energised, gardens will be in bloom and the sunny blue skies and warmer weather will make for a more appealing home and therefore an easier and quicker sale.
When property investment can lose you money
May 22, 2017
You may think that investing in property is a sure thing – given enough time, you are sure to obtain a decent return on your investment, right? Not necessarily. As with any investment decision, you need to do your research and assess your risk thoroughly, before you part with your money.
How to weatherproof your home for winter
May 19, 2017
As we approach the winter season, it is timely to consider some simple preparation for our homes, to make sure that we remain warm, comfortable and cosy throughout the winter.
Questions to ask before buying an apartment
May 18, 2017
Apartment living can be an attractive proposition, and at the moment the market is quite hot – both from a demand as well as a supply perspective. Before you commit, however, make sure that you check out the following aspects carefully and make sure that you know exactly what you are buying.
How to create a family home with style and comfort
May 17, 2017
Many of us have looked longingly at the designer dressed rooms featured in décor magazines, books or online – wondered how to create that look for ourselves, and then with a bump have been brought back to earth at the thought of how impossible it would be to keep the rooms looking beautiful when faced with the rough and tumble of normal family life.
How do you make sure the suburb is right for you
May 16, 2017
Before making a house purchasing decision, one needs to ask the question – Is this the right suburb for me?
Things to look for when buying a house
May 15, 2017
When buying a home there is a lot to think about – do you buy with you head, or with your heart? The answer is – a bit of both.
Interior trends as the temperature drops
May 12, 2017
As we get into cooler temperatures, are you starting to take out your winter blankets and gear up for winter?
Could summer be the wrong time to sell?
May 11, 2017
How close is too close to live nearby stores, transport and schools?
May 10, 2017
In the past, living in the suburbs away from the hustle and bustle of shops and transport hubs was desirable, with people being happy to drive to wherever they needed to get to – but this is changing as the trend moves towards a closer proximity to shops, transport and schools being increasingly more desirable.
With the rise in property values, should you renovate or relocate?
May 09, 2017
Firstly, you need to consider how important the community is that you are now living in. The thought of leaving behind friends, possibly family, local schools can weigh in on the renovation side.
Making moving easier
May 08, 2017
Moving house is one of the most stressful life events. It is said that a person will move house an average of 13 times in their lifetime – therefore it is a really good idea to make use of some (or all) of the following tips to reduce your stress during a move and make the experience a little more bearable.
Clever design for interiors
May 05, 2017
Interested in mixing things up in your interior, here are some great ways to make the most of your space.
Penthouse living - what are the perks
May 04, 2017
As Australia’s city skylines grow ever higher, denser, the opportunities for pushing the boundaries of penthouse architecture continue to expand.