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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

As real estate professionals we see the inside of hundreds of properties each year. Some are incredibly spacious whilst appeal because of their cosiness. If you are about to sell your home, apartment or investment property, and it falls into the “slightly less roomy” category, there are many clever ways to enhance the properties best […]

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Choose your flooring wisely, as a new study has found phthalates from PVC flooring in the urine of young children. Phthalates have long been a health concern, particularly with children, with many countries banning their use in products that go into a child’s mouth, such as teethers, baby bottles, teats and toys. Used as chemical […]

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As real estate agents we often refer to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) when discussing market data as well as our agency credibility. So what is the REIV and what is its role within the industry? Formed in July of 1985, the REIV’s mission statement says that its primary task is “to lead […]

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How to warm your home

Oh to live in Darwin at this time of the year! Temperatures in that city this week are expected to average 32 degrees, with overnight lows of 21. For the rest of us, the pre-winter chill is certainly starting to bite. As we move into the colder months, here are 10 ways to warm up […]

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Winter can create a harsh environment for your garden, especially in cold areas. Growth slows down considerably and problems become more evident when a plant is in a cold-weakened state. But there are many things you can do to help your garden cope with the cooler months: Move potted tropical plants and other warmth loving […]

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  Many small businesses operate from the owner’s home. This could mean the factory is a shed in the backyard and the office a corner of the kitchen or dining room table. For others the business can have a separate section of the home or permanent structure on the property used exclusively by the business. […]

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Balconies and Balustrades

Balconies and balustrades have come along way over recent years. The choices are now far greater and the safety aspects have improved out of sight. Little ones can no longer easily climb up and wave down precariously at you from your second storey. This is very good news for parents! Glass is currently one of […]

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Open plan living is in vogue at the moment – but how do you turn a big open space into a cosy interior that’s easy to live in and doesn’t feel like a warehouse?  It’s all about zoning and creating intimate areas without walls. The best place to start is from the ground up.  Use […]

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Astute mortgage holders will undergo a comprehensive mortgage check every few years. It makes perfect financial sense to do so given the current competition between banks and non-bank lenders and the regular fluctuation of interest rates. If you are considering refinancing, be sure to avoid the following oversights: Automatically refinancing with your current lender without […]

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This week’s interest rate drop brings into focus the issue of affordability – that is, what portion of your income is required to make your mortgage repayments. Over the past 12 months or more, the price of homes has eased back meaning that you don’t need such a big mortgage and at the same time, […]

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