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Backyard chickens

Is there anything more bucolic, more redolent of the good life, than a few plump chickens roaming your lawn? Thousands of Australians would say there isn’t, which is why feathered companions have soared in popularity in recent months. Once the territory of hippie homesteaders, backyard chickens have now well and truly entered the mainstream. And…

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Build new or buy established

Whether it’s your first home, you’re upgrading or it’s time to downsize and simplify, one question is always part of the mix. Should you build new, or buy an established property? Both options have their pros and cons, and many people will simply choose the one they’re more familiar with. But with both state and…

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Why COVID-19 could mean a move to the regions

Australia is returning to business as usual, but it’s clear that some changes are here to stay. Working from home is more popular than ever, with companies moving towards a permanent out-of-office set up. At the same time, staying home has given us a new appreciation for larger blocks and private gardens. Backyard chickens have…

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Property market update July 2020

If there’s one word to describe the Australian property market, it’s resilient. Even among the tumult of 2020, prices have stayed relatively steady across the country – defying pessimists who predicted otherwise. As we enter a new financial year, the forecast for buyers and sellers alike is pretty positive. Sellers can feel confident that they’ll…

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The ultimate winter hibernation guide

The nights are drawing in and there’s a definite chill in the air. Hibernate in comfort this winter by making your home into a cosy haven. Here’s how. 1. Cuddle up under a blanket – or five Layer your furniture with throws and blankets to create a gorgeously warm nest. Think luxurious cashmere, soft velvet…

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How digital selling supports a strong property market

A good real estate agent is agile and responsive. You’ve got to be good at thinking on your feet in any sales role — especially with so much at stake. So it’s no wonder that Elders Real Estate has been able to adapt so quickly to the sweeping changes brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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HomeBuilder: What is it, and are you eligible?

Planning to build or substantially renovate your house? The HomeBuilder grant is here to help. This latest government stimulus spending is aimed squarely at the construction industry, with huge benefits for homeowners. What is HomeBuilder? Treasury says that HomeBuilder “provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new…

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How to get a home loan in the age of COVID-19

With interest rates at rock bottom, home loans have never been so affordable. But has the COVID-19 pandemic made things harder for would-be borrowers? John Rolfe, head of Elders Home Loans, calls it a ‘moving beast’. “Lenders are definitely very wary. They’re trying to avoid risk in an environment that keeps changing, and every bank…

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How to make sense of property price predictions

What impact has COVID-19 had on property prices? And are the dire predictions of some experts likely to come true? Price predictions are all over the place at the moment, leaving buyers and sellers understandably confused. Here’s how to make sense of the situation, and why for some people, buying now might be an excellent…

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Five lockdown boredom busters

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you wouldn’t be alone if you felt a little bored. With Australians urged to stay home except for essential trips, our own four walls have become a very familiar sight. 1. Take in some art and culture You might not be able to visit the Louvre in person any time…

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