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Looking at building a new home? A pergola or deck? Have you considered what type of timber you will use and whether it comes from a sustainable source? As global awareness of environmental issues increases, it’s reassuring to know that Australia is a leader in the production of sustainable timber. Timber is sustainable if it […]

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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent. Growth in the global economy was a bit below trend in 2013, but there are reasonable prospects of a better outcome this year, helped by firmer conditions in the advanced countries. China’s growth appears to have slowed a […]

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Anyone new to gardening could be excused for thinking the process is rather intimidating, especially if you have friends or family with sprawling backyards of stunning mature trees and plants. The following gardening basics should set you on the right path making your home or investment property blossom in no time: 1. Soil type Identify […]

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Safety and security is of the utmost importance for most tenants. People with young children, the elderly and women, for example, are all especially safety conscious. Smoke alarms are required in all dwellings, including rentals, and must be hard-wired to the mains electrical system. They cannot be battery operated unless the installation of a hard-wired […]

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Firing up for winter

One of the great things about having a fireplace today is that you have so many options so you can enjoy a cozy, warm fireplace that fits your specific lifestyle and personal preference. Before you get all fired up about all the new design options and functionalities, you need to keep in mind that having […]

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Living the high life

Melburnians are embracing apartment living, with mid-sized apartments attracting a higher rent than three bedroom houses across the city. The new REIV data show that two-bedroom apartments attract a median weekly rental of $390, an increase of 1.3 per cent on the December quarter.  The rental compares to $370 a week for a three-bedroom house. […]

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The advertisement said "renovator’s delight”. Which means either it needs lots of work or perhaps just a little TLC. But how quickly will the delight wear off once you start to add up the investment required to bring the property back to life? Before deciding to put in an offer, or bid at auction, one […]

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Moving up!

Apartment living across Melbourne has been booming for several years now and is set to grow further. Current information suggests that there’ll be up to 30,000 apartments built in our city over the next two years. While a large percentage of apartment buyers will be investors, there will also be thousands who will buy and […]

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Torn between two houses

You’ve been house-hunting for months and nothing has been quite right… Then all of a sudden, you’ find two houses you love, and you are torn between the two. How do you decide? Although it is easier said than done, making a final decision should be made rationally and not guided by emotion. In this […]

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Those who have been in the property market for some time invariably have stories of the one that got away – that first home, sold years ago, now worth close to $1 million; or that bargain investment unit in a rundown area, now gentrified and expensive. The REIV has been compiling median house prices for […]

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