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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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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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