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Monthly Archive for November, 2013

Holiday house hunting

When you’re writing out the Christmas shopping list, maybe it’s time to put a home at the top! If you’ve been considering buying a home, here are a few reasons why house hunting during the holiday season can reap rewards. The festive and ensuing holiday seasons can be busy, but if finding a new home […]

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The valuer

The role of a valuer is to assess the value of property. Their services have a wide application, such as determining the valuation used by municipal authorities and state government to assess rate and taxation liabilities, and how much a property may be worth in the event of a compulsory acquisition. When you take out […]

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Property buyers, especially those looking to purchase for the first time, will need to be aware of the many costs associated with buying a home. Budgeting well in advance is essential and helps prevent any sticky situations at settlement time. After all, you want to have as much as possible available for the actual property! […]

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With clearance rates, prices and buyer activity all increasing, there is talk once again about a “boom” in the local housing market. But any seasonal assessment fails to take into account the long-term performance of the real estate market. Experts will encourage buyers to take a longer-term view of their investment rather than focusing on […]

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Light up your garden

When planning your outdoor entertaining paces, don’t forget to give consideration to lighting. There are many options that, when placed thoughtfully, will give your garden or decking the “wow” factor. There are few things to consider when planning garden lighting including the four basic lighting options: standard line lighting, solar outdoor lighting, low-voltage halogen lighting, […]

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Where’s Summer?

Are we going to get one this year ? – I daresay when we’re all sweltering in January and February (always when the kids go back to school) I’ll be regretting my words but………….. this has got beyond a joke !!!!! I like Melbourne; I like the fact that our city is cultured and sophisticated. […]

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Males in the 25 to 34 age bracket are most likely to purchase an investment property in the next 12 months, according to a new study released by comparison website RateCity. The Property Investment Sentiment Survey, released earlier this year, found that of those intending to purchase property in the next 12 months, 63% are […]

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Property investors can spend a lot of time researching a suitable purchase but this is only half the skill of successful real estate investment. The other important factor is keeping the property in good condition. Understandably, there is a tendency to minimise ongoing expenditure and to maximize returns, but experienced investors know that spending money […]

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RBA Leaves Interest Rates on Hold

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates on hold at 2.5 percent at its November board meeting today. The official cash rate, which is already at a record low, was last cut in August, when it was slashed by 25-basis-points . The central bank has steadily reduced the cash rate since early November […]

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RBA Expected to Hold Rates

The board of the Reserve Bank of Australia is not expected to cut the cash rate when it meets later today. Eight out of 12 economists surveyed by AAP say the RBA will not cut the cash rate in the foreseeable future, and all of the those surveyed predict there won’t be a Melbourne Cup […]

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