Author: Kylie Davis

How to minimise the risks of buying off the plan

Horror stories of buying new apartments off the plan are easy to find but can blow the risks far out of proportion. To make a successful purchase, it’s essential you conduct your own research and take extensive advice from a financial adviser as well as your solicitor or conveyancer. They should be familiar with off-the-plan…
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How to spot trouble in a 1970s home

Back in their day, homes built in the 1970s were the height of sophistication and design-smarts. But now they’re coming up for 50 years old and may be showing their age. Homes from the 1970s have a lot of merits. They were overwhelmingly designed to be comfortable family homes and as such usually have open…
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8 quick tips to negotiating a sale

It’s natural to be anxious when selling your home even when you have the best real estate agent on your side. Your agent will understand the stress that comes with such a large transaction, but their work can be undermined if you reveal anxiety or emotion to prospective buyers during price negotiation. This is especially…
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11 secrets to being a stress-free landlord

Selecting a tenant for a rental property always carries an element of risk. A bad choice can cost thousands of dollars in unpaid rent, damage to property or both. There are no guarantees in property, but it is possible to enjoy the stress-free experience of renting property and building your personal wealth. But remember, there…
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Investing in a holiday house

Who hasn’t been on holiday and stopped at the window of the local real estate agent to dream about buying a holiday home to escape the rate race? Whether it’s a ski chalet, lakeside cabin or an apartment overlooking the beach, the idea of having your own bolthole in a beautiful part of the world…
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How to become a rentvestor

Rent-vesting is an increasingly mainstream strategy for those seeking to break into the property market or expand their portfolio without it having an impact on their lifestyle. It breaks the traditional approach of buying a property and living in it. Instead, you rent in the area you love and buy in the suburb you can…
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5 top tips to help you sell in Winter

There is no perfect time of the year to sell a property, so forget what you’ve been told about the need to have flowers blooming and bees buzzing in order to get the best price. Many people believe that spring is the most popular season for open houses but that doesn’t make it the best…
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10 tips to set your sale price

Setting a sale price that is focused only on your own needs and expectations as a seller is dangerous. You need to conduct in-depth research and use the experience of a real estate agent familiar with your local area to ensure you get the best price from the market. It’s a natural inclination to inflate…
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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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