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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRADESPERSON FOR YOUR HOME RENOVATION


One of the toughest things about renovating is finding great tradespeople or builders. Unfortunately, problems with tradies and builders can range from not getting back to you on time to inflated quotes and everything in between. And the problems don’t stop there; shoddy workmanship or jobs that go weeks over promised time frames can really put a dent in your budget. Finding the right team of tradies can be the difference between your renovation being a s ... Read More

MANY SYDNEY FIRST HOME STILL BANK ON MUM & DAD


FIRST homebuyer incentives don’t start until July 1, but the government’s plan is already having an impact at auctions across Sydney. Yet in the inner city, it’s business as usual: many will continue to have to rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad. The incentives offer first homebuyer exemptions from stamp duty for property priced up to $650,000 and discounts on property up to $800,000. But many homes go for much more than that close to the city.  The townho ... Read More

NSW GOVT ANNOUNCES HOUSING REFORMS


The state government has today announced a raft of measures to improve housing affordability including scrapping stamp duty for first home buyers and taxing foreign investors. For first home buyers, the NSW government has unveiled a comprehensive package that will abolish stamp duty on new and existing homes up to $650,000 and provide stamp duty relief for homes up to $800,000. Insurance duty on LMI will also be abolished, while the government will provide a $10,000 grant for ... Read More

FIRST HOME BUYERS ARE STARTING TO WIN AGAINST INVESTORS


THE tide is starting to turn in first home buyers favour against investors from Parramatta to Potts Point. And agents say almost all of the extensive interest in a revived burnt-out two-bedroom Surry Hills terrace up for auction this weekend is coming from first home buyers. It was hot property when it sold for $911,000 a year ago in more ways than one. A fire department spokesman confirmed that two people had to be rescued, with one taken to hospital by ambulance. The builde ... Read More

7 SIGNS ITS TIME TO UPSIZE FAMILY HOME


Starting to feel like you and your family are living on top of each other? Check out these seven signs it may be time to upsize the family home. It’s 7am on a Monday morning and already your house is in chaos. The kids are squabbling over who should shower first, and you’ve tripped over a wayward basketball twice. While some homeowners make a conscious decision to upsize the family home, others put it off for as long as possible. Unfortunately, this can have disas ... Read More

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR HOT WATER SYSTEM


It’s the big debate that never seems to end: Do you go electric, gas or solar with your hot water system? People love to argue their point, whichever way they swing. As a plumber, it’s been a constant talking point that seems to stem from one main concern: Which is more cost effective? Now to give all you non-plumbers out there a quick overview, the life expectancy of your hot water system (HWS) is – generally speaking – about ... Read More

RENT TO OWN HOME SCHEMES


Rent-to-own or rent-to-buy schemes are effectively leasing arrangements, which provide for the rental of a property for an agreed period of time, plus additional payments, and at the end of a set time, the renter has the chance to buy the property. Managing director of buyers’ agency Propertybuyer, Rich Harvey, says the schemes allow buyers – usually those unable to save a deposit and secure traditional bank finance – to “get into a home” wi ... Read More

WHY BANKS AND AGENTS VALUE YOUR HOUSE DIFFERENTLY?


Have you ever wondered why a home can be listed for one price, valued at another, lender-valued at yet another price and then sold for a figure that leaves everyone scratching their heads? How can one property have umpteen different prices? How do you know which price is right? Let’s walk through a hypothetical home and see if we can shine a light on the price confusion. A tale of five prices Meet the Smith family. They own a home in the city, but ar ... Read More

4 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR AIR CONDITONER TOP SHAPE FOR SUMMER


It’s the middle of January and a sweltering 38C outside. But you and your family are sitting inside in air-conditioned comfort, thanks to a bit of DIY home maintenance. By fixing a few things at your place before the heat begins you’ve managed to avoid having your air conditioner break down when you need it most. There are now many different types of air conditioners on the market, but they generally fall into five categories; wall-mounted, multi-type, ducted, cas ... Read More

7 OF THE EASIEST HERBS TO GROW AT HOME


If you fancy yourself a bit of an at-home chef, you’ve probably dropped some serious coin on expensive supermarket herbs. If you have a recipe that calls for a combination of flavours it’s easy to clock $10 at the checkout on herbs alone, which isn’t the most financially sustainable way to cook. The good news is that it’s pretty cheap and easy to grow your own herbs at home – you just need to know which ones are the best, where to put them and ho ... Read More