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Clarifying real estate jargon

You’re stressed and concerned about buying or selling your property and now you’ve bumped head to head into a load of odd terms and phrases. Read on to avoid a muddy puddle of real estate confusion. Appraisal This is where sellers usually begin their potential property transaction. Usually available for free, house appraisals involve a...

What makes a kid-friendly suburb?

It takes a village to raise a child – and here’s hoping your new village will offer these key places so your child can play, learn, shop and more with ease.  Schools Yes, you guessed it! From kindergartens to Year 12, your child should be educated in the best school you can find. And with...

Selling your home? Why property styling is your new best friend

To say that the property market we experience today is different from what previous generations experienced is an understatement. On the backs of home improvement shows and competitions and the increasing demand for a picture-perfect lifestyle, the need to impress has become all-consuming as purchase prices continue to climb. They say that you know within...

Ins and outs of buying a tenanted property

There can be big benefits for investors in buying an already tenanted property. But don’t forget to consider both sides of this opportunity, as well as exploring the fine print and particulars.  From high goals… One of the most difficult – and longer lasting – issues in landlord life is finding a great tenant. So,...

Selling virtually

We’re all living in a whole new world, thanks to COVID-19 – especially residents of metropolitan Melbourne – and those selling property need to tread the trail of virtual or online appraisals and inspections. Read on to clear the path between you and these strange new possibilities. COVID appraisals explained As as any smart seller...

Setting up an ideal home office

Even when COVID-19 wasn’t the be all and end all of our lives, home offices were a necessary feature for freelancers and self-employed businesses. Now, more than ever, these rooms are crucial. Yet while offering great freedom to work – and wear – just how you like it, without battling hours of trains and traffic,...

How to use your fireplace in spring

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, the fireplace can look hot and bring unnecessary warmth to a room. Instead of trying to hide it, why not embrace some decorating ideas to cool it down. There are some great ideas on how to use your fireplace in Spring to unsure that your living areas...

Top tips for green living

You regularly recycle and you put aside vegetable scraps for a compost heap. But what else can you do to greenify your home, short of literally painting it green? Answer: put aside the paint can and consider these options. Solar and water savings Top of the list for creating an eco-friendly house is installing solar...

Reality of renovating

With so many renovation reality television shows on offer, it’s easy to believe you know all the ups and downs of this unique domestic experience. But whether you’re doing the work yourself, or employing tradespeople, a home-cooked renovation has to be experienced first-hand to be believed. Luckily, there are ways to get through this time...

Six tips for strata living

Apartments, townhouses and units are a hit with buyers and sellers and it’s not hard to see why with time-poor, budget-priced people loving the easy-care gardens and outdoor facilities. But if you think you’ve bought just the ground beneath your feet and the walls around you, think again. There’s more to strata purchases than meets...