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Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Property investment terms

Those considering investing in any form of property will continually see a couple of terms used to discuss the investments performance, namely; capital growth, investment return and gross rental yield. Capital growth. The term capital growth is often used in real estate to describe the increase in the price or value of a property. For […]

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The median price of a house in Melbourne increased by nearly nine per cent in the September quarter in seasonally adjusted terms. REIV CEO Enzo Raimondo said that this quarter’s higher than expected growth shows a very clear increase in demand but warns that this level of growth may not be sustained over the long […]

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One of the first things potential buyers will notice as they enter a property is the garden, and as such, it should not be neglected or considered a low priority. A quick, simple rejuvenation can make the world of difference, and does not have to be a costly or time consuming exercise. Don’t go overboard […]

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Spring Market Heats Up

Football finals have finished, the election is settled, the weather is improving and the housing market is moving into overdrive. Recent weeks have seen crowd numbers on the rise at both open-for-inspections and auctions, with this trend expected to continue over what are traditionally two of the busiest weekends on the real estate calendar. October […]

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Property developers looking to build multistorey accommodation in parts of Melbourne identified by the state government as areas for high-density housing may not be subject to the usual objection of neighbours according to initiatives announced by Planning Minister Matthew Guy. A new 40-year metropolitan planning strategy will be launched next week which Mr Guy says […]

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Swim safely this summer

As Victorian days become warmer and longer, attention turns to the backyard swimming pool. Whether you are building a new pool or preparing your current pool for the summer season, it’s a great time to revisit our state’s pool safety regulations. Here are the main points to consider when considering and checking pool fencing and […]

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What is a buyer’s agent?

Buying a property can often be stressful and time-consuming. The frustration of missing out at auctions, feeling vulnerable when it comes to negotiating and the challenge of finding the right finance. Have you considered engaging the services of a buyer’s agent? Utilising the services that buyers’ agents offer is becoming more popular, as buyers recognise […]

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Off-the-plan developments are becoming a major part of real estate sales in Melbourne. There are, however, both pros and cons of buying off the plan. The best developments will showcase the highest standards of craftsmanship, a desirable location and offer the opportunity for long-term investment returns. Others may not embrace the same standards and a […]

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Glorious gardens

Are you ready to spend time in the garden? After a long winter many gardeners are looking forward to getting their hands dirty in the garden again. A great looking garden adds appeal to any home whether preparing for sale or for your own enjoyment. Here are some tips on how to prepare and maintain […]

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Last weekend’s auction and private sales results across the Melbourne market continued the upbeat story of spring 2013. A brief snapshot of clearance rates, number of sales and median prices show a significant improvement on the same time last year. These stronger figures have been evident for some weeks, leading analysts to conclude that the […]

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