August 7, 2020

Urban, regional or rural?

Proximity or price? Peace or potential noise? Space or restrictions? You might love country solitude but the city suits you too. So, which area best becomes you?  City and suburbia Two words: employment and proximity. With an urban lifestyle comes quality jobs along with transport, shops, and education and health hubs. Property blocks are relatively small, so no need to spend hours tending the garden and there’s usually room for your dog. The downsides? Affordability and noise. It’s tempting to look outside the pricy urban box […]
August 6, 2020

Interview August 2020 – Alex Filipovic of Nectar Mortgages

In this episode, Matthew Rosie caught up with Alex Filipovic of Nectar Mortgages to chat about the state of the mortgage market and the great opportunities out there for first home buyers and existing property owners! (~8mins) You can reach Alex at: Email: Phone: 0411187580 Subscribe for tips to invest in property with confidence. You can find Matthew Rosie at: Website Here – Facebook Here – Thanks for watching!  
August 5, 2020

Simplifying your house move

There’s nothing like packing up your house for a big move to increase stress and diminish your bank account. Luckily, there are ways to make The Big Day easier. Budget and plan Expect more expense than you bargain for and ensure extra funds are available for unlooked-for issues. Reliable removalists are crucial. These people will be in charge of your most precious items, possibly for days. Ring several companies for quotes – remembering the cheapest quote is often not the best – and ask friends and […]
August 3, 2020

Combining convenience and tranquillity

It can be difficult to blend a quiet location with proximity to transport, shops and schools. If you’re struggling to find serenity with a train line outside your home, or highways and industrial areas close by, fear not. There are simple, budget-priced ways you can reduce the noise. Where to start Carefully examine your walls, windows, floors and doors as these points, especially windows, are where noise seeps in the most. In older properties, in particular, seals, holes and cracks often need replacing or fixing. Happily, […]
July 31, 2020

Chaos clean up

We’ve all been there – we check a garage or cupboard and discover a mountain of forgotten molehill details. Objects such as photos and cards easily take up precious space but how can we throw away these special memories?  Weigh up yesteryears Whatever you choose to keep, only put aside one box or shelf for them. Evaluate why you want to keep certain things. Is it because of nostalgia, guilt, happy recollections or sentimental sadness? Will you remember the person or period in question without the […]
July 29, 2020

Tiny houses: neat, sweet and petite

They’re not for everyone but if you crave simplicity and mobility, tiny homes will suit you. With a maximum size of just 50m2, according to the Australian Tiny House Association, these little places combine jaw-dropping prices with a standard home’s functionality and style. Starting off small If you’re buying your first tiny house, consider having it pre-built. There are plenty of companies who offer a range of models and designs or you could order a bespoke style. Bear in mind tiny houses are classified as caravans […]
July 28, 2020

Lender Jargon Explained – Megh Castledine, Mortgage Choice

In this episode, Matthew Rosie caught up with Megh Castledine of Mortgage Choice to get some clarity around some commonly used but less commonly understood lender jargon! You can reach Megh at: Email: Phone: 0433103316 Subscribe for tips to invest in property with confidence. You can find Matthew Rosie at: Website Here – Facebook Here – Thanks for watching!  
July 27, 2020

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 a start, animal owners should double-check their state’s residential tenancy laws, with some recently changing to assist tenants in finding a pet-loving rental. New laws were introduced in Victoria on March […]
July 24, 2020

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 them long term so, while it takes courage to do so, speak one-on-one to them, rather than sending a letter or email. Remain calm and rational, avoid blame games, and listen […]
July 22, 2020

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 to inspect properties objectively, with your opinions and points of view in mind and not their own. They should be familiar with your domestic likes and dislikes. This could mean they […]
July 20, 2020

“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 is crucial when working from home. Establish an area for work alone, particularly storage space, along with easy access to printers and phones. If children can access the room, with the […]
July 15, 2020

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 house feel dated and unkept. Changing these will have a big impact on the overall look of your home, especially in the kitchen and the bathroom. You can replace all of […]

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