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You’ve sold your house, now what?

The sold sticker has been freshly plastered on the board outside and the celebratory bottle of champagne is empty. It is only natural to feel the stress relief — but enjoy that breather because the process is only just beginning. Many people dread the thought of moving house, but it can be a cathartic and...

Heat seekers: staying warm this winter

Winter is upon us and for homeowners and renters, that often means one thing: staying warm. With the nightly and early-morning temperatures set to plummet, particularly in southern Australia and New Zealand, The Real Estate Voice offers several energy-saving, eye-catching and heart-warming ways to stay snug and cosy this winter.  On the surface Feature fireplaces...

‘FOMO’ meets its match in market driver ‘TINA’

Record-low interest rates and surging property prices in Australia and New Zealand have fuelled buyers’ fear of missing out, otherwise known as FOMO, since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. But with the cost of renting closing in on that of standard mortgage repayments and demand for housing stock continuing to outstrip supply, TINA...

Real estate tax terms explained

The end of a financial year prompts swift action for tax-related matters.  This includes relevant information for property owners, renters and potential buyers in their bid to streamline real estate and financial processes. With this in mind, our explanatory guide about tax terms and real estate phrases are designed to clarify, refresh knowledge, simplify selling-and-purchase...

Buying land: what to consider

With record construction figures and government stimulus propelling the growth of new-build industries, there’s increasing interest in building on property dreams from the ground up. Regional appeal, design customisation and cementing lifestyle aspirations are the major attractions. But it’s paramount to be aware of the pros and cons of buying land and what to expect...

The pressures driving regional property growth

Affordability and remote accessibility are two main motivators for the exponential growth in regional real estate.  COVID-19 played a key role in the initial push towards urban fringe or regional lifestyles. This was enhanced by remote work opportunities that were emphasised by pandemic-led realities. Yet even prior to the pandemic, it’s a common misnomer to...

Restoring period homes to their former glory

Owning or buying a period home is a pleasure and privilege, but not without its maintenance challenges.  Reflecting current and recent trends, the National Trust is noticing an uptake in the restoration of period residences from the 1940s to 1960s. As a general guide, there are several aspects to consider when caring for, or renovating,...

Your end-of-financial-year property tax checklist

It’s that time of year again when many property managers email their landlords about the rental deductions available as tax time rolls around. COVID-19 may have transformed the market, but little has changed in terms of how the Australian Taxation Office treats investors’ deductions. In New Zealand, there are no capital gains or land taxes,...

Your guide to becoming a landlord

If you have purchased an investment property and intend to become a landlord for the first time, you should conduct research and know your obligations, responsibilities and rights. Landlords are generally derided for their money-making, unresponsive reputation.  But a thorough knowledge of the highlights and potential low points of property leasing is the basis for...

Buyer sentiment downcast amid rosy property outlook

Affordability and supply issues appear to be dampening the mood of Australian homebuyers, according to findings from ME Bank’s latest Quarterly Property Sentiment Report. Conducted in April 2021, the report perceives the overall sentiment of buyers and sellers in the residential property market dipping seven percentage points to 42 per cent in the past three months. This follows record-high...