September 21, 2020

How do online auctions work?

COVID-19 is not only about border closures, face masks and half-empty supermarket shelves. Depending on where you live, house hunters and us, your real estate agents, have been forced to think outside the box and rely almost solely on digital technology. Trembling at the thought of doing this, when you haven’t ever used Facetime or Skype? Never fear! That gorgeous dream home up for auction can still be yours.  New auctions explained For starters, you’ll most likely have already inspected the home via a virtual tour […]
September 18, 2020

Clarifying real estate jargon

You’re stressed and concerned about buying or selling your property and now you’ve bumped head to head into a load of odd terms and phrases. Read on to avoid a muddy puddle of real estate confusion. Appraisal This is where sellers usually begin their potential property transaction. Usually available for free, house appraisals involve a real estate agent coming to your home and checking both its exterior and interior along with the local area. The agent can then give you an estimate of how much your […]
September 16, 2020

What makes a kid-friendly suburb?

It takes a village to raise a child – and here’s hoping your new village will offer these key places so your child can play, learn, shop and more with ease.  Schools Yes, you guessed it! From kindergartens to Year 12, your child should be educated in the best school you can find. And with the majority of state schools requesting kids live in local catchment regions, the more education possibilities in the vicinity, the merrier. Alternatively, Catholic and independent schools may take into account those […]
September 15, 2020

Selling your home? Why property styling is your new best friend

To say that the property market we experience today is different from what previous generations experienced is an understatement. On the backs of home improvement shows and competitions and the increasing demand for a picture-perfect lifestyle, the need to impress has become all-consuming as purchase prices continue to climb. They say that you know within eight seconds of walking into a property whether or not you want to buy it. Eight seconds! If you’re selling your home, how can you possibly hope to attract the eyes […]
September 14, 2020

Ins and outs of buying a tenanted property

There can be big benefits for investors in buying an already tenanted property. But don’t forget to consider both sides of this opportunity, as well as exploring the fine print and particulars.  From high goals… One of the most difficult – and longer lasting – issues in landlord life is finding a great tenant. So, finding an already tenanted house is a big relief. A great way to begin an investment collection, a tenanted property can save you time and money. You’ll be enjoying cash in […]
September 11, 2020

Selling virtually

We’re all living in a whole new world, thanks to COVID-19 – especially residents of metropolitan Melbourne – and those selling property need to tread the trail of virtual or online appraisals and inspections. Read on to clear the path between you and these strange new possibilities. COVID appraisals explained As as any smart seller should do, you’ve asked your local agent for an appraisal – except you need to get your ahead around virtual appraisals (depending on where you live, of course).  Here’s what you […]
September 10, 2020

September 2020 – Matthew Rosie

September 9, 2020

Setting up an ideal home office

Even when COVID-19 wasn’t the be all and end all of our lives, home offices were a necessary feature for freelancers and self-employed businesses. Now, more than ever, these rooms are crucial. Yet while offering great freedom to work – and wear – just how you like it, without battling hours of trains and traffic, the ideal combination of comfort and productivity can be difficult to create. Space and storage A smart set up is the best way to blend comfort and productivity. Spend time and […]
September 8, 2020

How to use your fireplace in spring

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, the fireplace can look hot and bring unnecessary warmth to a room. Instead of trying to hide it, why not embrace some decorating ideas to cool it down. There are some great ideas on how to use your fireplace in Spring to unsure that your living areas reflect the time of year we are in. Give It A Good Clean First things first, give the fireplace a good clean and remove all ash build up from it’s Winter […]
September 7, 2020

Top tips for green living

You regularly recycle and you put aside vegetable scraps for a compost heap. But what else can you do to greenify your home, short of literally painting it green? Answer: put aside the paint can and consider these options. Solar and water savings Top of the list for creating an eco-friendly house is installing solar panels and rainwater tanks. Increasingly popular in the last few years, solar power is clean energy and will have you enjoying plenty of savings plus government rebates and incentives. While you’re […]
September 4, 2020

Reality of renovating

With so many renovation reality television shows on offer, it’s easy to believe you know all the ups and downs of this unique domestic experience. But whether you’re doing the work yourself, or employing tradespeople, a home-cooked renovation has to be experienced first-hand to be believed. Luckily, there are ways to get through this time with a fabulous new home waiting at the end of the tunnel. Fixer-upper or all-time downer? Ideally, you’ll be able to move out of your house and live elsewhere during a […]
September 2, 2020

Six tips for strata living

Apartments, townhouses and units are a hit with buyers and sellers and it’s not hard to see why with time-poor, budget-priced people loving the easy-care gardens and outdoor facilities. But if you think you’ve bought just the ground beneath your feet and the walls around you, think again. There’s more to strata purchases than meets the eye – literally.  What is strata? In essence, strata, or strata titles developments offer individual ownership rights while simultaneously taking responsibility for building upkeep, outdoor facilities and all communal spaces. […]

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