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First home loan deposit scheme explained

For many people, the hardest part about buying a first home is coming up with the deposit. The general requirement is that you have 20% of the purchase price saved in addition to additional costs like stamp duty and conveyancing or solicitor’s fees. Some lenders will approve loans with a smaller deposit, but there are…

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From zero to home owner

Buying a house or a unit of your very own is high on the wish list for most adults, but it can also feel very daunting. From the moment your mind turns to real estate, there are a lot of steps to take to arrive at the moment you walk through your very own front…

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Five fun ideas for the spare room

Perhaps you’ve just upgraded to a family house but you’re yet to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet. Or your fledglings have flown the nest but you love the house too much to downsize. Either way, you may find yourself in possession of that most luxurious asset: a spare room. A lot of spare…

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Five ways to create the perfect winter interior

Winter is the time to curl up and hibernate inside, safely tucked away from bitter winds and icy rain. With the great outdoors far less tempting than usual, this is the right time of year to turn your attention to your interior instead Here are five ways to create a winter interior so sumptuous you…

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Property Market Forecast

The Australian property market has been in a downturn for a couple of years, although some parts of the country have escaped relatively unscathed. With the Coalition’s surprise election win at our backs, and the Reserve Bank announcing a rate cut, will the forecast change any time soon? Market overview Where does the market stand…

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What an RBA rate cut could mean for borrowers

The Reserve Bank Australia has made its first changes to the official cash rate since August 2016, falling to a record low of 1.25% on Tuesday 4 June 2019. For those who follow rate changes, this comes as no surprise: the cut was first mooted in early May, but the decision was pushed back so…

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Federal Election 2019: What’s at stake for property owners?

With the Federal Budget delivered on 2 April, and the election to follow in May, both major parties are hard at work outlining their policy proposals for the electorate. As always, there are some similarities – both parties are touting tax cuts, for example – and some differences. Against the background of a cooling housing…

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Spotlight on Katherine

Elders Real Estate Katherine ended 2018 in fine style, taking out the Small Agency of the Year award at the Real Estate Institute NT Awards for Professional Excellence. The triumphs have continued into 2019, with Principal Alison Ross winning the Elders National Award for Number 1 Rural Salesperson. She was also a finalist in the…

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New build trends for 2019

Out with the media room, in with the butler’s pantry. It doesn’t seem so long ago that every new build and renovation needed a dedicated media room or home theatre. From a luxury item, the media room became common even in mid-range new builds around the country. Today however, it rarely features. The proliferation of…

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The boom suburbs of 2018

2018 proved to be a tumultuous year for many parts of the Australian property market. Hobart property values grew by a staggering 9.3%, while Sydney and Melbourne both experienced their largest falls since 2011. But no matter how volatile the big picture seems, the reality is more prosaic. In every market, some areas do better…

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