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Pet persuasion

For animal lovers, there’s nothing nicer than a hug from their furry friend. But owning such a friend becomes tricky when you’re hunting for a rental house, with many landlords not enjoying pet purrs and snuggles as much as you. So, how can you persuade landlords to agree to your four-legged buddy? Law changes For...

Resolving neighbour noise

You’ve just moved into your dream home but noisy neighbours are destroying your peace of mind. Whether it’s backyard arguments, barking dogs or parties, next-door clamour is a common issue and can quickly descend into aggressive quarrels and worse if not resolved. Adjacent emotions As with family, we can’t choose ideal neighbours. We’re stuck with...

BFFs to the rental rescue

Tenants moving to an unknown, remote area often don’t have the time, or extra cash for travel, to inspect potential homes. The answer? Call for help from BFFs already living in your dream region.  Reliability and responsibility BFFs are great for support and encouragement but they might not be great house hunters. Ensure they’re ready...

“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...

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