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Keen to be green? Tips for an eco-friendly interior

Keen to be green? With our awareness of environmental issues rising all the time, it’s no surprise that more and more people are keen to make sure the inside of their homes are eco-friendly. Whether it’s because you’re preparing to sell and want to present your property as squeaky clean in the greenest sense, or…

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To DIY or not to DIY?

Home improvement is a time-honoured way to spend your free weekends. And whether you’ve just taken proud possession of your first house or you’re renovating the old family home to sell, there’s doubtless plenty to be done. Employing your DIY skills can save you serious coin, not to mention offer the satisfaction of a job…

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Five reasons to buy a unit

The 1950s Australian dream may have been for a three-bedroom house on a quarter acre block. But is it really what suits you? It’s still far more common to think about buying a house than a unit. Unit sales make up only around 20% of all dwellings in Australia. But the shift in demographics towards…

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Four steps to a blissful bedroom

The average Australian adult sleeps between seven and nine hours a night, every night. Assuming that you don’t work seven days a week, your bedroom is likely to be the place you spend the most time in during the week. Not only that, but sleep has been widely shown as beneficial to your physical and…

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To sell your first home or keep as an investment?

While some people do stay in their starter home, most of us move on. And while that second house might be your dream home, it’s still hard to leave those memories behind. First homes, particularly those that you have occupied yourself, can be filled with other ‘firsts’. Maybe you brought your newborn babies through the…

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How to choose a pet friendly home

It sometimes seems as if every second property is advertised as being family-friendly, but children aren’t the only creatures under four foot to consider. If you have pets, the property you choose should take their needs into account as well. Here are a few things to consider: 1. Location You may not be worrying about…

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Buying strata title

When you’re buying property, it’s important to understand what sort of title you’re purchasing. Most freestanding houses in Australia are sold under the Torrens title system. Units, apartment blocks and horizontal divisions, on the other hand, are usually sold under a strata title arrangement. That has implications for your ongoing costs and maintenance obligations which…

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What to look for at an open inspection

Open inspections are an integral part of the property buying experience. Despite the advent of sophisticated technology like virtual tours and drone videos, there’s nothing quite like being able to walk through a house yourself and decide whether it’s for you. Inspections should offer you more than a ‘feel’ for the area, though, so here…

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Choosing a floor plan for your new build

Building your own house can be a lot of fun. Finally, you’ll be able to put all those childhood games of House to good use as you design the perfect home for you and your family. One of the most important decisions you’ll make in the process is the floor plan. It’s not a decision…

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Is a fixer-upper right for you?

‘Renovator’s delight’. ‘Unlimited opportunity’. There are certain catch phrases in real estate copy which mean the same thing: here’s a house that’s going to need some work. For some people, a property in dilapidated condition means nothing but hard work. For others, they represent a world of possibilities. But before you take on that fixer-upper,…

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