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Melbourne’s median house price has recorded its strongest quarterly price growth since 2013 to smash the $800,000 barrier for the first time, new data from the REIV shows. The citywide median increased 7.6 per cent in the first three months of 2017 to a record high $826,000 – up more than $55,000 on December figures. […]

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You’ve been in a stable de facto relationship for a while now. In fact, your partner has moved into your property. If something sours and you split up, the home is still yours, right? In fact when it comes to property settlements, de facto couples have the same rights and liabilities as married couples, so […]

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At its meeting yesterday, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the housing market continue to vary considerably around the country. In some markets, conditions are strong and prices are rising briskly. In other markets, prices are declining. In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply […]

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Indoor plants are well and truly back in favour. Just open any interior decorating magazine and you’ll quickly notice the abundance of lush greenery scattered throughout beautifully styled homes. Not only helping to bring the outside in, indoor plants are great at purifying the air and lifting an otherwise dull or uninviting space. Fiddle Leaf […]

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Interest only loans are becoming increasingly popular. ASIC data indicates that one in four owner-occupier loans in Australia is now interest only, and two out of three investment loans. With an interest-only loan, the lender issues a standard mortgage but agrees to a term in which the borrower pays only the interest, which means monthly […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have continued to improve over recent months. Business and consumer confidence have both picked up. The Australian economy is continuing its transition following the end of the mining investment boom, expanding by around […]

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Most of us have moved home at some stage in our lives. And research shows that it can be extremely stressful, on par with divorce and bereavement for many people. Being organised and as efficient as possible will go a long way in reducing anxiety and stress. Here are 5 top tips for a hassle-free […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. In Australia, the economy is continuing its transition following the end of the mining investment boom. GDP was weaker than expected in the September quarter, largely reflecting temporary factors. A return to reasonable growth is expected in the […]

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It’s entirely understandable that as we progress through life we accumulate more possessions. But according to a study of Australian homes by the Australia Institute we are accumulating far too much, and to the detriment of our health. The problem begins when we surround ourselves with stuff that we either don’t need or don’t use. […]

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The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says that in the September quarter of 2016, housing affordability in Australia declined marginally with the proportion of the median family income required to meet average monthly loan repayments increasing to 29.5% from 29.4% in the previous quarter. REIA President Neville Sanders said, “The recent Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing […]

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