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“New normal” house transformation

Household living has reached a strange new stage in our COVID-19 world. Home-schooling is back underway in metropolitan Melbourne, and then there’s home-working and uncertain indoor and outdoor entertainment possibilities. All of these issues have led people to take a fresh look at domestic surrounds.  Zoom in on work A well designed and organised office...

5 ways to ‘fake’ your renovation

We’d all love to live in a brand new, freshly renovated home. But renovations cost money. Luckily there are ways you can overhaul your property and ‘fake’ your renovation without spending a lot of money or knocking down walls.  Replace old door and cupboard handles Door, cupboard and drawer handles can contribute to making your...

How to find the perfect fixer-upper

While you might be looking for a fixer-upper, you want to make sure you’re not purchasing a money pit. But how do you know whether your fixer-upper is going to be worth the renovations and work you do to it?  Make sure the house is structurally sound One of the most expensive parts of a...

How does the RBA influence interest rates?

When you hear news of changing interest rates around Australia, you’ll also hear mention of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). But how exactly do they influence interest rates and what’s the difference between the cash rate and interest rates?  The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) The RBA is Australia’s central bank which oversees Australia’s...

Breaking down loan to value ratios for first home buyers

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) can help first home buyers borrow more money for a home loan. However, it’s important you understand what LVR is and how to calculate it correctly as it can affect your buying power.  What is loan to value ratio? LVR compares the value of a property to the amount of...

Options for first home buyers with no or a low deposit

While no deposit home loans can help first home buyers break into the property market, you should always do your research before taking out a loan to make sure it’s the right one for you. Generally, there is a very tight criteria to be eligible for a low or no deposit home loan and the...

How to stay on top of the property market

It can be very time consuming trying to stay on top of the property market. Whether you’re scrolling through the latest property listings or spending each weekend at auctions, there are ways to simplify your process of staying on top of the market.  Get on your agent’s radar Subscribing to your agent’s emails allow you...

Keeping your Airbnb Covid-free

As travel restrictions begin to be lifted across Australia and New Zealand, Aussies and Kiwis are keen to see more of their own country. With an increase in local and trans-tasman travel, Airbnb bookings will start growing making maintaining the cleanliness of your property a high priority.  How to keep your Airbnb Covid-free  Due to...

How to know which type of property is right for you

There are a range of different property options available but choosing the one that’s right for you can be difficult. With so many different dwelling types available and the options to buy an existing home or building a new one, it can be difficult to know where to invest such a large amount of money. ...

How to find a property that’s perfect all year round

The time of year that you view a property can have an impact on how it looks and feels. But there are a few things you can check when inspecting a property that can help prepare you to make the right buying decision.  Consider the home’s orientation  The orientation of the building in relation to...