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Serious property investors who have already devised an investment strategy will already understand the differences between high cash flow and high capital growth properties. For first time buyers however, it might not be so clear. According to Smart Property Investment magazine, cash flow properties generally return a high rental yield of around 6-10%. In contrast, […]

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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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Spring is in the air!

It’s spring! This usually means sunnier days, lighter evenings and weekend barbeques! It’s also an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our home clean, happy and efficient. Here’s a simple list of spring cleaning chores that will have your place sparkling in no time: dust ceiling corners dust […]

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Young adults are often led to believe that buying property is out of reach these days. However, with a regular income and some careful planning, this myth can almost certainly be debunked. Budgeting Budgeting is an essential life skill. Knowing your incomings vs outgoings allows you to see what can be saved. Most banks offer […]

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  Neutral carpets or elegant floorboards tend to grace the floors of most of Melbourne’s homes. But these are not the only two options. Attention is slowly being given to more natural floor coverings—sisal, seagrass, hemp and other plant fibres. Sometimes scorned because their texture is rougher than wool or nylon carpets, natural floor coverings […]

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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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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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Spring cleaning all around

The Reserve Bank continued to hold steady on interest rates in their last meeting, and the Federal election is finally over after what seems like years of pre-election banter and news coverage. The dust can finally begin to settle and early indications are that the initially positive outlook for the real estate market in spring […]

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Home Insurance Check

Floods and fires have devastated several parts of Australia in recent years. As a result of these disasters there have been numerous changes to home insurance pricing and inclusions. Home owners are being encouraged to shop around for their insurance policies and double check the current policy content. From 1 July 2013, the existing Fire […]

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