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Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Veronica Siggins, Leasing Manager for Sandhurst Residential and the person who leases most properties at Sandhurst and Sandarra has some tips for getting the best from your investment property. Whether vacancy rates are low or high, a few simple tips will make it much easier to rent your property and to achieve a higher return. […]

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When the market is uncertain, or slows down – as is the situation in Melbourne right now – smart buyers act! Instead of being negative, headlines such as “Lower clearance rates!” and “High volume of properties on the market!” can be triggers for buyers and investors to take to the market place. Especially when key, […]

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Apps for Real Estate?

Searching for what’s on at your local cinema? Want to check your heart rate or learn how to speak Spanish? These days you need look no further than your smartphone and the 1000s of apps available for instant download. So what about real estate apps? Well, there’s no shortage or them either – the good, […]

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Accommodating our growing population is one of our community’s most pressing concerns. This was highlighted in a recent report by the Productivity Commission, in which Australians were surveyed about attitudes to population growth and the increased density required to house it. The report found that the majority of Australians indicated that they would not like […]

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We have received a number of comments this past week about property values at Sandhurst including several who said they were disappointed with the lack of substantial capital growth over recent years. Growth in property values is influenced to some degree by “internal” factors such as the development of the project, the facilities offered and […]

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Who owned your house before you? How much did they pay for it? What about 50 or 100 years ago (if your home is that old)? These are questions often asked by home owners, especially those who are looking to buy a home or have just purchased a new property. Just like working out your […]

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Safety in embers

Nothing negates the winter chill quite like an open fireplace. Not only are they practical and provide warmth on cool winter nights, but open fires also act as a centerpiece in a living area. In particular, many older, period-style homes often have an open fire in each room complete with iron surrounds and pretty, decorative […]

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Is there a right time to sell?

Real estate agents have long debated and even advocated that there is a “right” season to sell property. Some argue that summer time is simply too busy while others will suggest that homes don’t look their best in winter, or even that buyers are distracted by the football season. While many agents advise potential sellers […]

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Finance Wizard

Interesting interview this week on Alan Kohler’s Business Spectator web site, with Mark Bouris, who established and then sold Wizard Home Loans. Bouris, John Symons (Aussie Home Loans) and a number of others did Australian borrowers a big favour in the 1990’s and into the 2000’s when they offered a real alternative for home borrowers, […]

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A Bit of Sandhurst History

Story by Kim Ward, Director of Sandhurst Residential. The Sandhurst Club development has an interesting history and while quite a number of current residents can remember the early days of Sandhurst Club, not everyone is aware of how this exciting project came to where it is today. Sandhurst came about as a result of a […]

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