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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Making gardens fun again

Somewhere between reality home makeover shows and worrying about resale value in five, seven or 10 years down the track, something has happened in many Australian backyards. Despite all the paving, blue fescue, mondo grass, hedges and trendy edible gardens, we’ve managed to make many of our backyards incredibly boring for kids. It’s no wonder, […]

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Timber floating floors are now being used in hundreds of thousands of homes across Australia. Some of us are still ‘in the dark’ however, about what they are exactly and how they can be used. A floating timber floor is simply any type of wood floor that has not been nailed, glued or otherwise attached […]

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It’s not easy being green when world leaders are grappling with the issues surrounding climate change.  While we use green bags at the supermarket, recycle our rubbish, maybe do a little vintage shopping and even try to grow some vegies in the backyard or on the balcony – is that really enough? Is green fatigue […]

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June Market Update

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria has just released their June quarter median house prices. The data shows that the median price of a house in Melbourne has remained steady at $535,000. REIV CEO Enzo Raimondo echoes industry sentiment by saying both buyers and sellers are approaching the market in a conservative manner. This caution […]

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Sitting outside and enjoying an evening BBQ is certainly out of the question at this time of the year. However, now is the perfect time to invest in new outdoor furniture and take advantage of the huge winter stocktake savings. Outdoor furniture should be comfortable, yet practical. Try to keep in mind the frequency of […]

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Foreigners stay keen on our real estate

AUSTRALIA’S comparatively strong economy should drive continued foreign investment in our property market despite the uncertain international outlook, according to Colliers International managing director of investment services, John Marasco. Mr Marasco said offshore investors had committed about $3.7 billion in Australian property markets in just the past six months. ”Local investors are also becoming more […]

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Early Buyer Possession

Possession of a home usually changes from seller to buyer at settlement, but in some cases a home buyer asks the seller to grant possession before settlement takes place. A common situation whereby early possession is requested is when the buyer must move from there current home before a loan can be processed. Vendors make […]

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Heating Your Home

As the mercury falls over winter, there’s no better feeling than a warm and cosy room to retreat to. Heating a home can be done in several ways with varying costs and environmental impact. Do you have the best heating solution at your place? Gas Natural gas heating is cheaper and kinder to the environment […]

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The Melbourne residential property market remains firm this week despite the predictable winter downturn in stock and the wretched wet weather. An Elsternwick property fetched the highest house price of just over $2.1 million whilst in Balwyn North an apartment sold for the top price – a cool $1.255 million. A clearance rate of 59% […]

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  At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 3.50 per cent. Growth in the world economy picked up in the early months of 2012, having slowed in the second half of 2011. But more recent indicators continue to suggest weakening in Europe and a slower pace of growth […]

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