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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

Hot Topic – Stamp Duty

In Australia, and particularly Victoria, State Governments have relied more and more on Stamp Duty, paid by property purchasers, to fund a big part of their annual budget expenditure. Over the years, particularly through a time when the property market has been very strong, Stamp Duty revenues have continued to grow. The Real Estate Institute […]

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Chilling Out

As the mercury begins to climb, we take a look at several passive ways to keep your home cool this summer. Passive cooling, which can be defined as thermal comfort without using air conditioners or fans, is an affordable and environmentally friendly means of keeping the temperature down inside your house. Exterior shading plays a […]

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A few years ago your average phone line connection to the internet was sufficient for most internet use. Today, with much greater use and many more sophisticated applications, speed is becoming much more important. And, internet speed will become even more important as features like Cloud Computing become more widely used. Sandhurst Club stands apart […]

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The Home Wine Cellar

In Australia we enjoy our wine – in moderation of course! Few homes, however, boast specialist wine cellars. They still rank well below home theatres and games rooms as luxury home add-ons. Poor storage, especially in our fluctuating climate, can ruin potentially good wines and, if you are a serious collector, the rack in the […]

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Sandhurst Residential is sponsoring this year’s Sandhurst Residents Ladies Dinner to be held on Thursday 8th December. The Dinner Committee has worked hard to make this a special evening, even organising a two piece acoustic band for entertainment. The Dinner will commence with a complimentary welcome drink at 6.30pm followed by dinner. Cost will be […]

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During the past week we have arranged some great aerial photography of Sandhurst and Sandarra. The photos were taken for use in our property advertising but we have also loaded them to our Facebook page so that residents who are interested can access and download them. The photos are at www.facebook.com/sandhurst Our favourite photos are […]

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Peter Righetti – Director, Sandhurst Real Estate Should you manage your own superannuation – or do you leave the investment of your retirement savings with the big operators. Thousands of Australians are moving their super into a Self Managed Fund (SMSF) so that they have greater involvement in where and how their retirement funds are […]

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Kim Ward, Sales Director of Sandhurst Real Estate comments on Tuesday’s interest rate reduction. We will all be pleased with a slight drop in interest rates announced by the Reserve Bank yesterday. It will amount to a saving of around $60 per month for the average mortgage which is not a big deal but better […]

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Australia’s biggest home lenders cut mortgage rates soon after the central bank reduced the cash rate for the first time since April 2009. Westpac took just 15 minutes to pass on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) 0.25 percentage point rate cut in full on Tuesday. It will lower its standard variable home loan rate […]

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Homeowners have been granted a long awaited reprieve, with the Reserve Bank opting to drop interest rates by 25 basis points. The cut continues what is becoming a tradition, with the Reserve Bank changing the cash rate on Melbourne Cup Day for the sixth year in a row. It is also the first time in […]

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