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Autumn market update

Following the Reserve Bank meeting this month, the cash rate was left unchanged at 1.5 per cent. The chance of a rate cut to 1.25 per cent was at 9.0 per cent according to the ASX RBA Rate indicator, however the rates were left on hold. Auctions have continued strongly in the March 2017 quarter […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Headline inflation rates in most countries have moved higher over the past year, partly reflecting the higher commodity prices. Core inflation remains low, as do long-term bond yields. Further increases in US interest rates are expected over the […]

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The devastation wrought by Cyclone Debbie reinforces the need for all home and commercial property owners to ensure they have adequate house and contents insurance. But it’s not even catastrophic natural events that we all need to be covered for. It can be the simple things, like a leaking washing machine, a fallen branch or […]

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An attractive backyard can initially entice tenants and add value to a rental property. However, care and maintenance of rental property landscaping can be a headache for property managers as well as the tenant. Low maintenance gardens are generally the best option. Hardscaping – The key to low maintenance landscaping is relying on fewer living […]

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According to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, there’s not a huge difference in price growth between houses and apartments, although it’s not identical. Over the past ten years, median house prices have increased by over 100%, while median apartment prices increased by around 80%. The REIV graph below provides a great visual perspective. There […]

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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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Auctions started strongly in 2017 with 3,214 auctions held in February, the highest February on record. The local government areas of Glen Eira (179 auctions), Boroondara (162 auctions), Kingston (156 auctions) and Stonnington (153 auctions) had the highest number of auctions in February 2017, with all but Glen Eira reporting a clearance rate of over […]

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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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