Author: Belle Maison Realty

Creating workable home offices

The extended lockdown periods of COVID restrict many employees to their inner sanctums: i.e. the home base. This comes as a welcome relief to some, who relish the avoidance of a crowded commute or being confined to an uninspiring office environment. But for those who prefer to work from a structured place of employment, the...

How to safeguard your home against rainy weather

Damage to your property caused by flash flooding and rain-related issues is a mood dampener, whether you own, rent or invest. Depending on your state and regional location, the rainy season can have a significant effect on many properties throughout the year.  Whatever the weather, insurance companies and real estate agents strongly advise thorough preparation...

Development land: the broad landscape

Rich, fertile and attractive land is a desirable commodity in Australia and New Zealand.  Regulators and developers in both countries have seen the light with the formation of the Australia-New Zealand Partnership for Development Co-operation in the Pacific.  The partnership seeks to address economic, social and sustainable measures to address regional housing and build a...

How buyer’s advocates provide the investment edge

Time-poor investors still seek to be information-rich, especially when it comes to their property portfolio. In the increasingly competitive real estate market, many canny buyers are looking to gain an advantage by working smart, not hard.  Instead of attending the weekly inspections and witnessing the cut and thrust of auctions, they are turning to buyer’s...

Improving your interior air quality

It’s a fact of life that indoor air pollutants, such as dust, pet hair and mould, can create havoc with wellbeing. And that’s without factoring in the influence of household chemicals when skin irritations, hypersensitivity and neurotoxic symptoms begin to surface. The CSIRO estimates that poor air quality inside our homes is a costly burden...

Covering all costs: Lending fees checklist

So you’ve finally found the perfect property. Everyone agrees; even the dog likes it! If you’ve done your homework, all you need to do now is finalise the details, because otherwise, your dream home may turn out to be for someone else. Before getting too entrenched in the house hunt, it pays to understand how...

Declining apartment pipeline offset by low-density surge

A leading residential development review forecasts an ongoing decline in apartments. This comes in a year where total building approvals for new apartments dropped below 40,000 for the first time since 2013, with only 34,100 new approvals in 2020.    However, low-density development site sales record strong growth with the share of total sales growing 23.1...

Getting your property primed for spring sale

Selling your home or investment in spring is certain to attract keen buyer interest and vendor competition. But this ever-promising selling season also ensures your property is presented at its blooming best. Expert opinion points to the longer, warmer days of spring not only boosting local foot traffic in the best-dressed houses for sale, but...

Garage makeovers geared towards multifunctionality

Remember when a garage was used for parking your car and storing your tools? You can return to this idea with a little thought and plenty of organisation. The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines a garage as: “a building or shed for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles”. But if the current trends of...

A pet subject: don’t assume in strata developments

With the rise of apartment living, it’s only natural that the issue of pet ownership in strata complexes surface. It’s estimated by the RSPCA that 61 per cent of households own pets so it’s important that strata management firms and owners’ corporations (or body corporates) are aware of their obligations.   Prominent legal cases have sought...