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Ins and outs of escaping to the country

After years of watching Escape to the Country, you’ve decided to organise your own escape to a regional or rural area. You’re loving the thought of peace and quiet, pretty scenery, walking down the main street where everyone knows your name, and plenty of room for pets and veggie patches. All of this sounds delightful...

Common first home buyer mistakes

Few things are more exciting and anticipated than buying your first home. Whether you’re doing it on your own or with a spouse or sibling, here’s how to plunge into the thrills while avoiding any spills. Financial checks It’s easy for first home buyers to fall in love with the first property they see. But...

Building a rural support network

Small towns can be great places to live, work and play. But for those new to the area – and new to country living overall – making friends can be tricky with fewer social groups and possibilities available. You want to walk down the main street and have everybody know your name. Becoming that person...

Don’t let home work daunt you

If you’re a sole trader or similar, working from home is an easy, nothing new experience but for others, especially parents, there’s nothing easy about working “remotely”. Here’s how to work well – and keep your mental health intact – in your in-house office. Stick to a schedule It can be tempting for remote employees...

Ins and outs of cooling off periods

You’ve found the perfect home, you and the seller have agreed on a perfect price, and “all’s right with the world”. Or is it? Excitement and expectations run high when it comes to property purchases and sales but concerns can move in afterwards. This is why cooling-off periods are crucial. Cold feet or concerns =...

5 things you must do before undertaking a DIY project

Recent times have seen a wave of DIYers willing to give a few jobs around their home a try. While we think it is fantastic for you to be involved in improving your home, there are a few things you must do before undertaking a DIY project, to ensure your safety and the ensure the...

Learning auction lingo

Real estate auctions are heady, emotional times for buyers and sellers. Both groups are keen to remain savvy, shrewd and unemotional but this isn’t always easy. Becoming well wised up on the many auction terms we, are real estate agents, throw out will help you though. Read on to get smart! Vendor bid This is...

Is it worth buying a derelict property?

You’re happy to tackle a renovation or simply want a bargain buy property. Both of these ideas are great but is a delipidated dump really worth the stress and high costs such homes can bring to your life? Ramshackle attraction Despite issues such as rotten floorboards, peeling paint and all manner of structural and other...

Top questions to ask your mortgage broker

You’ve made the decision to buy a home and now the hunt is on not only for a house but for someone to help you find a loan. This is when a mortgage broker comes into the picture. If you’ve never dealt with these financial advisers before, here are some good questions to ask them....

Little girls bedroom makeover

By guest blogger, Nicole -The Builders Wife The beginning of the year has been a busy one with clients looking for my mood board services. I’ve just completed a new board, for a 3-year-old girl who is moving into her big girl bed. I’ve loved the tween boards I completed last year, but I think this...

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