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Successful Styling

Property styling, or staging as it is sometimes called, is a vital part of real estate marketing. Its purpose is to maximise a property’s value and appeal at sale time. Owners and agents are increasingly using the services of professional property stylists to achieve remarkable results. A successful stylist will be adept at removing as […]

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A few years ago, the push to install solar panels on the roof of our homes began. The initial set up costs were considerable but the environmental and financial benefits over the long term were promised to be significant. So how has the drive for us to switch to solar power faired? Well, according to […]

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Big is not always best!

Two-bedroom houses are outperforming the typical family home in Melbourne’s inner and outer rings as buyers look to enter the market below the suburb’s median house price. New REIV data shows the median price for two-bedroom homes in Melbourne’s inner ring rose 14.7 per cent over the year to March to $1,015,000 – a $130,000 […]

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With Melbourne’s population predicted to increase from 4.6 million today to 8 million by 2051, pressure is mounting on the world’s most liveable city to accommodate increased demand for housing. According to the Victoria State Government, “Apartments provide our growing population with affordable and diverse housing options, and the high number of apartment buildings being […]

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Melbourne’s inner city has a rich industrial past. This makes it a playground for developers and home buyers keen to remodel some of the most beautiful historical factories and warehouses into modern residences. A warehouse conversion can create the funkiest of abodes for singles, couples and growing families. If you are thinking of tackling a […]

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It’s not surprising that houses in Australia are an eclectic mix of architectural styles – some emulating European or British architecture, while others represent a distinctly original Australian style. Skipping over the first 50 years of basic building construction we move to the designs of the Victorian period (c.1840 – c.1890) which incorporated several different […]

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We all know the value of a few well-placed pieces to really make a room ‘pop’. A really great cushion, rug, art-piece or a statement chair can make all the difference but where to start? Choosing pieces to pull a room together can be stressful especially if your talents lie elsewhere. Perhaps we lack the […]

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Everybody loves a bargain.  It’s a new year, the sales are in full swing and we’ve all been guilty of buying something we didn’t really need because of that fantastic discount. That desire to strike a good deal extends to house buying, whether it be tough negotiations during a private sale or competitive bidding at […]

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Buyer demand from families seeking more space has led to consistently strong price growth in family homes across Melbourne in the past year. "The REIV has finalised its list of Melbourne home prices for each suburb – by the number of bedrooms – for the year to the 30 September. And there’s been some interesting […]

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Outdoor sophistication

Is your outdoor area in need of some urgent action? With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, now is the time to focus on the outdoors and concentrate your efforts on revitalising your entertaining areas. Here we look at some simple tricks to update and invigorate without blowing your budget! Sweep and Spruce […]

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