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Monthly Archive for April, 2013

Home and contents insurance for home owners, and landlord insurance for investors, can be expensive. But the insurance market is more competitive than ever with many companies willing to negotiate to win your business. Independent websites that compare policies and rates are a great place to start. Once you have a firm quote, you can […]

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Time to Renovate?

Over time, all houses and apartments go through wear and tear. Because of this there’s a continuous need for maintenance and remodelling. We all know that a home is usually a long-term investment, but you should boost its short-term value as well. So think of a renovation as a reinvestment in a house which will […]

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The Reserve Bank of Australia still has plenty of scope to cut the cash rate, if need be, after the inflation figures for the March quarter were in the middle of the central bank’s target band. Australia’s consumer price index (CPI), the key measure of inflation, rose 0.4 per cent in the first three months […]

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Vacancy Rates Tighten

Latest rental market figures show a decrease in the number of vacant rental homes across Victoria. At the end of March the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) figures put the Melbourne vacancy rate at 2.8%, down from 3.6% in January. As a result of the lower vacancy rates in the first quarter of this […]

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A Buoyant First Quarter

The 2013 real estate market has launched with the same upward trend that we experienced towards the end of last year. As reported by the REIV, the industry is recording both an increase in clearance rates and listings. Most experts believe this is a situation that reflects the improved confidence of Victorian consumers. From the […]

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Auction markets come on strong

The auction markets in both Sydney and Melbourne are proving to be far stronger than they were last year. Australian Property Monitors (APM) reported a 73 per cent weekend auction clearance rate for Saturday, which is 15 percentage points above the 57.7 per cent for the same weekend last year. The Real Estate Institute of […]

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Housing Affordability Improves

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) released some interesting data this week relating to Victoria’s housing affordability. According to these latest figures housing affordability has improved by 20% since the prices peaked in late 2010. This is one of the reasons why more buyers are currently active in the residential market. The REIV research […]

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Pergola Perfection

Adding a feature to your garden or courtyard might include building a pergola. By definition a pergola is a structure or archway with a framework covered in climbing or trailing plants. It consists of posts and beams but no walls or roof. Freestanding or attached to your home, a pergola is usually designed to be […]

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This year the HIA Melbourne Home Show takes visitors on an interactive journey to see, touch and imagine thousands of innovative ideas, building products and solutions. The show runs from Thursday 4 April until Sunday 7 April at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Some of the expo’s highlights include: HIA Award Winners Showcase – displaying the […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 3.0 per cent. Global growth is forecast to be a little below average for a time, but the downside risks appear to be reduced. While Europe remains in recession, the United States is experiencing a moderate expansion and growth in China […]

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