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Monthly Archive for December, 2013

The REIV has updated its residential leasing and managing authority, code 005a, in conjunction with the Property Management Chapter Committee. Why the update? The outcome of recent coronial inquests into deaths of tenants and members of their families in rented residential accommodation led to the latest revision of the code 005a authority. A major concern […]

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You’ve booked to go away on a long holiday and the thought crosses your mind: “"Why not rent out my property and use the rental to cover my mortgage/rent." It might be a feasible approach, but rent-a-home.com.au – holiday rental and corporate accommodation specialists – recommend considering some important things well in advance: 1. Proper […]

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To avoid a stampede and potential impulse buy when the mercury rises, it pays to at least consider the type of cooling you might need before the worst of the summer heat sets in. The first quandary is whether to install separate air-conditioning units or a central system. Discrete units suit segmented houses, where you […]

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Rates remain on hold

The last meeting of the Reserve Bank for 2013 resulted in an expected outcome – official interest rates will continue to remain on hold. This decision follows four months of steady rates after the Bank cut rates in August to 2.5% – a 60 year low. Interest rates have fallen by 2.25 percent since the […]

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This year’s buoyant spring property market in Melbourne has spilled over into early summer, albeit with a slight drop in clearance rates. With plenty of properties listed for auction in the last couple of weekends for 2013, there is plenty of choice for buyers looking to seal a deal on a new home or investment […]

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Melbourne is the auction capital of Australia. Each year over 50 per cent of all auctions held nationally are conducted in Melbourne. As a result, Victorian auctioneers have extensive practical experience in running an auction. So if you are thinking of selling at auction, it is important to select the best auctioneer for your auction. […]

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Summer is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and maybe even a trip away. To help you keep your summer a safe and happy one, here are 10 top home security tips for the holiday season provided by Guild Insurance. 1. Lock up While this may be obvious, it is often […]

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Selling your home is a major life decision affecting all members of the family, including your beloved pets. The pet population of Australia is estimated to be 33 million, this includes 3.41 million dogs and 2.35 million cats. The remainder is made up of fish, birds and other pets (including rabbits, guinea pigs, and other […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 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 from their peaks, but generally remain at high levels by historical standards. […]

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