Have you wondered what determines the value of a property?
October 02, 2018
There are many areas that influence property values. Your real estate agent is the best source in understanding your exact property value, however, here are a few factors that will affect your property value and should be considered.
What is Australian stamp duty?
September 27, 2018
Stamp duty is a tax that all Australian territories and states impose on property purchases. The actual amount payable is based on the purchase price, location of the property (the rate varies from state to state) and the purpose of the loan (some states charge different rates on investment properties than on properties bought for residence).
Problems you should fix in your bathroom today
September 24, 2018
It is often said that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses – so before you list your home, take a moment to find and fix these common bathroom problems!
Top questions to ask at an open house inspection
September 20, 2018
Open-for-inspections offer you a prime opportunity to view the property, ask questions and determine if it’s the right property for you! But inexperienced buyers often lose out by not asking the right questions. Here are a few to help you make the most for the next inspection you attend.
Tips on how to make your rental feel like home
September 18, 2018
Ever rented an apartment or house and wondered how to make it feel homelier without making any permanent updates? Renting is on the rise and offers great benefits such as flexibility. It’s easy to make your rental feel more like home by making a few small updates that can really change how you feel in your temporary space.
How to properly prepare for an auction
September 13, 2018
Property auctions can be filled with anxiety – as a buyer, it’s important to be prepared with a game plan and strategy. Here are our top tips to be prepared for your next auction:
Moving skills to get you through any move
September 11, 2018
We know that moving can be stressful – the idea of packing up your entire life and relocating can fill even the most prepared with fear. The excitement of finding your new home has been replaced with worried thoughts of the actual move.
Questions to ask when buying an apartment
September 05, 2018
Have you had your eye on that apartment, saved a deposit and organised your finances? Before buying your dream apartment, here are some key questions that you should ask your real estate agent!
Steps to improving your Property investment skills
September 03, 2018
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.