Month: February 2019

Why you should sell before you buy

It’s one of the most common and persistent real estate questions – should you sell your current home before you buy? Or buy before you sell? If you’re somebody who’ll get cold sweats at night because you’ve doubled your debt with a bridging loan to buy a new home before selling the current one, then…
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10 top tips to save for a home

Saving for a new home or your first home is one of life’s biggest challenges but there are some great approaches to help you achieve you target amount faster. Saving for a property can take many months, even a couple of years. While it can feel a little isolating, many others are out there in…
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7 things to watch for when working with a builder

Renovation rather than taking the next step on the property ladder can be tempting strategy as it avoids taxes such as stamp duty that can add significantly to the costs of upgrading. Yet, there’s a tax to renovation – the taxing of your stress levels. Many home owners come away from a renovation scarred and…
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Should you buy a house to knock down and rebuild?

The task of finding or building your perfect family home comes with big choices. You can house-hunt by trawling the online listings and visiting real estate agent offices to spend weekends in search of the perfect property. Or, you might focus on finding the best plot of land, which may be vacant or have a…
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9 tips for stress-free moving with pets and kids

There’s no denying that moving home is stressful. Boxes disappear inside the removal truck at one end and reappear at the other in random locations around your new house. The anxiety of not being able to find anything can be amplified by screaming children wanting their toys or something to eat. So, if you’re juggling…
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7 cool trends for gardens

Say goodbye to formal plantings, structured lines and taming nature. In 2019 life in the garden is getting wild. The trend now is creating country-styled gardens as an oasis from city living, with the emphasis towards embracing the environment, self-sufficiency and creating beautiful and nurturing spaces to recharge, relax and connect with family and friends.…
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5 hot kitchen trends for 2019

Kitchens are the hot renovation space of 2019 with new approaches that combine technology, healthy living, the environment and getting closer to nature. It’s no longer enough to have a kitchen that’s a practical space to prepare meals – kitchens in 2019 are wellness areas that are a central hub of health, style and family.…
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2019s top living room trends

Living room trends in 2019 are all about healthy living and well being, with a focus on nature, family connection, and light and space to counter-balance our synthetic and digital world. While binge-watching Netflix and talking to Google may be our new favourite pastimes, we want to do it in spaces that make us feel…
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How to de-clutter your home in 30 minutes

You don’t have to be Marie Kondo to keep your home free of clutter. Find 30 minutes every week and you’ll quickly get on top of the situation. Making de-cluttering a regular habit also has the psychological benefits of feeling lighter and less weighed down. It’s as easy as assessing the value of every item…
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What the Royal Commission into Banking means for homebuyers

Major changes to obtaining a loan are being put into place after the Royal Commission into Banking revealed rorting and conflict of interest in the operation of some banks and financial advisors. Stricter guidelines are already being adopted across the banking industry and the impact is already evident with a squeeze on credit and downward…
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