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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

Melbourne’s Growth Spurt

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that Melbourne is continuing to experience a population surge, growing faster than any other Australian city for the ninth consecutive year. The records show Melbourne’s population boom accounted for one third of the nation’s growth in 2009-10 and puts the city within 500,000 people of Sydney. In the year […]

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Choosing a real estate agent to handle the sale or management of your property can be a daunting task. You are entrusting them with your biggest asset so it makes sense to do your research. So why should you use a PPG member? The simple answer is that by choosing to use a PPG member […]

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Scam alert for householders

Householders are being warned to watch out for scammers cold calling purporting to sell green products, or even offering them for free thanks to "rebates" in an effort to elicit funds or individuals’ bank account details. The warning comes after earlier this month residents in northern Victoria received phone calls offering free solar panels thanks […]

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Reality Bites

Reality TV shows about DIY renovating are BIG at the moment! The Block, Top Designs and The Renovators are all ratings winners. These programs have an uncanny ability to draw us in night after night until we feel just as fretful and exhausted as the quirky contestants themselves. But we just can’t get enough! So […]

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As council rate notices are delivered to property owners it’s not only the size of the bill that interests us but also the value of the property. However it’s important to understand the value attributed to your home by your local council is not always the price you would get if you were to sell […]

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Australia leads the way !

Director of Sandhurst Residential Real Estate, Peter Righetti has just returned from a trip to the US and Europe and reports on the grim real estate scene on that side of the world. Prices are flat and in many places it is taking more than 12 months to sell a property. Peter reports that the […]

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Each year that Children’s Medical Research Institute runs a fund raising day under the catchy name of Jeans for Genes Day. Businesses and their employees are encouraged to wear jeans to work and to make a donation towards this wonderful cause, whose aim is to overcome genetic disorders in children. With the backing of Sandhurst […]

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News this morning that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd (CBA) has cut its fixed home loan rate by up to 60 basis points, fuelling market expectations of an official rate cut and sending the Australian dollar lower. CBA said fixed rates for its one to five-year products would range from 6.59 per cent to […]

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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has spared borrowers an interest rate rise, leaving the cash rate at 4.75 percent in a widely expected move. The Reserve Bank last increased the overnight cash rate in November 2010 to 4.75 percent from 4.5 percent and most economists still expect a rate rise this year. “We expect […]

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Timber flooring – the options

When it comes to selecting the right type of timber flooring for your home, there are plenty of choices. Climate, architecture and budget can all influence your decision. Whatever you decide, timber offers a cost-effective, durable and appealing finish, especially in main living areas. Here is a rundown on each of the most popular options: […]

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