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Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Tree Rules

In rural areas large majestic trees enhance the landscape. But in a suburban setting, trees can sometimes be a nuisance because of the damage they may cause including: · roots block drains and sewer pipes · roots and branches damage buildings – walls and roof tiles · roots and branches damage driveways, pathways, paving and […]

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Independent Rate Cuts Possible

A growing number of lending experts have expressed their belief that banks will soon make small independent rate cuts to their standard variable rates. A survey conducted by home loan provider 1300HomeLoan of its broker network found about three quarters were expecting a reduction in retail bank lending rates, even if the Reserve Bank of […]

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Switching Lights

In recent years energy use for our household lighting has rapidly increased. This is largely due to the construction of more spacious homes and the installation of more light fittings per property. According to Living Greener, the federal government’s website on sustainable living, most households could reduce the amount of energy they use for lighting […]

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Fixed Rate Loans Grow In Demand

Fixed or variable – this is the great ongoing home loan debate. Whilst the industry experts continue to offer their advice to new and refinancing mortgagees, the latest figures indicate a growing demand for fixed rate loans. RateCity data shows 22% of all its home loan applications in January, and 17% in February, were for […]

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Renovating on a shoestring budget is desirable for most property owners and investors – particularly when we all know it can add significant value to a property. This kind of renovating, however, isn’t just about finding the cheapest tradies or sourcing the cheapest kitchen cabinetry (although pruning these costs is helpful); it’s about selecting the […]

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Rodents in Your Home

As the cooler months approach, mice and other rodents often seek shelter indoors. Homes across Melbourne, both new and old, can often become the safe haven for these unwelcome squatters. Rodents in the home are a pest for several reasons: they can carry and pass on disease, they can eat through electrical wiring causing electrical […]

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Australia’s Tallest Wooden Apartments

After several years in the making, development giant Lend Lease is ready to sell its 23 Docklands apartments constructed from alternative building material cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT uses wood planks glued together to form lightweight panels as strong and rigid as traditional materials, allowing tall structures to be built without concrete or steel frames. According […]

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