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Pet ownership: what you can and can’t do

Even though two-thirds of Australian households are pet owners, finding a pet-friendly residence to rent can prove difficult and competitive. Basically, keeping a pet on the premises is at the landlord’s discretion, although assistance pets, such as guide dogs, cannot be refused. There are differences in Australian states and throughout New Zealand about pet ownership...

Showstopping home-staging tips

Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale. The objective is to present the property in as appealing a manner as time and budget allow. Ensuring the home is attractive to the highest number of potential buyers also enables the promptest and most effective sales results.   Staging your home for maximum effect...

The cooling-off period: what it is and how it works

Widely regarded as a contractual reprieve or biding of time while property inspections take place, the cooling-off period is a short timeline in which the buyer can change their mind about a non-auction home purchase.  During this period, the buyer can withdraw their offer of sale, although it is generally used for final inspections and...

How to comply with COVID-safe auctions

The COVID pandemic has dramatically altered the real estate industry, from lifestyle aims to the way properties are bought and sold. A major change is the practice of COVID-safe auctions and the rules and requirements that apply to bids for property acquisition and the best of public health.  What is the correct procedure? With most...

Unprecedented high for Sydney real estate reflects the state of the nation

Record highs for Sydney property values are great news for the real estate industry but challenging for potential buyers. Reports last week indicate that the 5.7 per cent rise in Sydney home values exceeds previous peak levels. The latest results derive from a CoreLogic capital city growth index, which found all cities’ property values were...

Regional values boom as top-end property drives rise in capital cities

Housing in regional markets may have outperformed their city cousins in annual price rises for the first time since 2004, but results in the prestige market are also helping restore confidence. The surge in “high end” prices highlighted by CoreLogic shows the top 25 per cent of property values for Australia’s combined capital cities increased...

The rights and obligations of landlord and tenant

The landlord/tenant dynamic is rarely smooth, even at its best.  But the COVID-related rental freezes in 2020 further divided relations and opinion. Getting back to basics Simple reminders often stem potentially complicated situations.  Entering into the contractual commitment of a residential or commercial lease is a legally binding agreement under which both parties comply with...

What is the difference between an appraisal and a property valuation?

Both appraisals and valuations are methods used to help determine the market value of the property you are wishing to sell. Before deciding on whether you want to have an appraisal or a property valuation it is important to understand how both of them work to determine which process will be most beneficial. What is...

How long does selling a house really take?

Selling a home is a long process, from preparing the house for sale, getting photos taken, advertising and then sometimes seemingly endless open homes. If you are considering selling read ahead to find out more about how long the process takes and what factors can impact how quickly you can sell. How is the market...

Four tips for property investors

Investing in property for the first time can feel daunting. If you make the right choice, your investment property can provide you with a second income stream for life. Poor decisions, on the other hand, might see you taking on overheads that you can’t manage without stress. Before you sign on the dotted line, here...

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