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Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Pet House

Australian’s love their pets. Pets outnumber humans by a ratio of 3:2 with over 60% of households owning one or more. This begs a tricky question for landlords, do you allow tenants to keep them? In Victoria there are no specific tenancy laws governing the possession of pets. However, landlords can negotiate further provisions for […]

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Getting the Edge on Auction Day

Auctions are a unique event focusing market attention on one property, at the expense of competing properties. Furthermore auctions create urgency for buyers who wish to purchase the property and a very clear buying deadline. Thus, potential buyers often feel excitement as well as intense anxiety about auctions. However you can limit your auction day […]

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Pix Appeal

These days, good photography is just as important as presenting your property well. A photograph will often be the first impression a potential buyer will have of your house, and it can influence their decision to view it. Recent data indicates that around 80% of buyers now use the internet to search for a home. […]

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Living Sky High

With a significant number of high-density, high-rise apartments taking shape across the city, it’s obvious that this kind of inner city lifestyle is becoming more appealing. For decades the classic Aussie family aspired to living in a free standing house with three bedrooms, a bathroom and a roomy backyard for the kids to kick the […]

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Post Auction Negotiations

If your property is passed in on auction day, your real estate agent should promptly start post auction negotiations. Each week across Melbourne, dozens of auctions travel this path. In an effort to ensure the sale of your property at the highest possible price your agent will focus on the highest bidder i.e. the person […]

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A Mortgagee Auction

Sometimes called ‘mortgagee in possession’ sales or ‘foreclosures’, a mortgagee auction occurs when a property owner defaults on their mortgage, and the bank sells the property through a real estate agent based on an independent valuation. Whilst none of us want to pay more than we have to, it’s not quite true that mortgagees will […]

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Top Home Storage Solutions

Spending more time indoors over winter can force many households to reassess their current storage solutions. Following is a list of 10 clever ideas to save space and store items in a practical and stylish manner: Hooks in the entranceway for hanging coats and scarves. There’s a hook for every property type! From ultra-modern to […]

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The Home Loan Market

Chris Tolhurst, real estate writer for Domain, recently offered some excellent information for those in the market for a new home loan. In his weekend article, Mr. Tolhurst highlighted the importance of understanding the loan market and thus narrowing the search for the most appropriate mortgage. Borrowers often spend a great deal of time shopping […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.75 per cent. Recent information is consistent with global growth running a bit below average this year, with reasonable prospects of a pick-up next year. Commodity prices have declined further but, overall, remain at high levels by historical standards. Inflation has […]

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DIY Painter’s Guide

At this time of the year it’s far more enticing to complete indoor DIY projects than brave the elements outside. And one task that is at the top of many home owners’ list is painting. Be it a simple feature wall, a bathroom or the entire house, painting is a job most of us can […]

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