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  • Say farewell to your empty wall

    By Samantha van Egmond in association with Discover budget friendly ways that fill your large walls with mirrors, art and textiles. A bare, white wall in your living area can be intimidating and make even the loveliest of homes feel cold, especially in winter. However, there are ways to inject personality into … Read more

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  • Preparing for Auction

    The excitement and anticipation of an auction is probably the way most people imagine they will buy a property. The idea of bidding at auction can be daunting or thrilling depending on the individual. Most likely it will be a little of both. Of course, the best way of approaching … Read more

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  • 5 Easy ways you can organise your home this summer

    Look around your home right now – how much ‘stuff’ can you see on the floor, or on benches, that just doesn’t belong there? If you’ve never decluttered your home, there are likely a few things you think could live somewhere else. So, how should you go about organising your … Read more

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  • What are non-negotiables?

    Before you turn to Google, sit down and write out your property deal-breakers. In which suburbs would you most like to live? Do you like the neighbouring suburbs? Are local schools a consideration? What’s the proximity to shops, sports, facilities, cafes, restaurants etc? What are the dream features of your … Read more

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  • What should you be looking out for at an inspection?

    You’ve set up the alerts on your phone, planned out the calendar and resigned yourself to giving up your Saturday morning sleep-in. Bring on the open for inspections. What’s the best way to approach them? Firstly, go to as many as you can. Housing inspections are about more than just … Read more

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  • Do you have a grip on your finances?

    Do you know how much you owe, what your super balance is or what interest rates are around right now? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Lots of Australians think they have their finances sorted but, in practice, drift along like plankton. A survey by Deloitte Access Economics found 41% … Read more

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  • How does a construction loan work for a new home?

    With so many types of loans available, it can be confusing to know which one best suits your client needs. Luckily construction loans exist, and they’re simple to decode—as the name suggests, they’re the loan to opt for when building a new home or embarking on significant structural changes on … Read more

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  • Five questions to ask your real estate agent

    If you’re choosing a real estate agent for the sale of your home, there are certain things you need to know. Most homeowners don’t sell their house very often, so it can be easy to become “out of touch” with the real estate industry. If you’re fresh to the market … Read more

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  • Three tips for a better Open for Inspection

    When your real estate agent holds an open for inspection, it’s your opportunity to let your home shine. Of course the marketing materials, photographs and advertisement copy all do their job, but once someone’s on your property, you want them to fall in love with what they see. Here are … Read more

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  • This is in your interest

    A certain “set and forget” mentality slips in with mortgages. Money leaves your account to nibble on your mortgage. Meanwhile, you get on with other things. But here’s the question — if you have an interest only mortgage (IO) when does it switch to principal and interest (P&I)? Dunno? Well, … Read more

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