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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

4 ELEMENTS THAT ADD VALUE TO YOUR KITCHEN


Kitchens sell houses, but understanding which features and fittings buyers really want can be the difference between over-capitalising and getting a great price. Graeme Metcalf, from Dan Kitchens in Sydney, says home owners looking to update their kitchen should focus on four key areas. Metcalf says butlers’ pantries, appliance choice, cabinet height and benchtop surface selection all play a role when it comes to selling a home. 1. Butlers’ pantries aren ... Read More

WHEN A RURAL PROPERTY IS ALSO A SMALL BUSINESS


Buying a rural property for some is about more than having a weekender or holiday home or even a rural retreat. For some buying that rustic charmer or gorgeous homestead isn’t just about buying a house, it can also be about either acquiring or establishing a small business. If you’re in the market for a rural home that could or already does come with a business attached to it, here are a few things you should consider first. Lucas Bradley, Principal at Elders ... Read More

RENTAL HOT SPOTS FOR PROFESSIONALS


Ask a young professional what they want in a rental property and they’ll peel off “lifestyle, transport and culture” with frightening speed.  Real estate agents across Australia agree that the growing number of upwardly mobile singles and couples know exactly what they want, are cashed up and will no longer settle for something that doesn’t meet their every want and need. So where are they living? We’ve singled out the rental hot spots for y ... Read More

ESSENTIALS OF GOOD STORAGE


Whether you’re renting, buying or renovating, having adequate storage options are top of most people’s wish list in a home.   We asked an interior design consultant about the essentials of good storage and whether custom storage is better than off-the-shelf. Form and function “Storage can make a huge difference to both the aesthetic and the practicality of a home,” says interior design consultant Annie Bowen from Gallop Lifestyle. “Bein ... Read More

9 WAYS TO LEARN A NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD


Moving house can be a very disorienting experience, one that’s often made worse if you’re moving miles away from your familiar suburb where your local barista knows your daily order and your dog has a favourite digging spot at the park down the road. The only way to overcome this is to throw yourself in head first and make the effort to fall in love with your new suburb. The aim is to feel truly at home in your new digs and the best place to start is with the surr ... Read More

WHEN YOU CAN GET A BETTER RENTAL DEAL


Getting a better deal on rent is something every tenant looks for, and it seems it all comes down to which season you sign on for a lease. An analysis of supply and demand rent data from realestate.com.au shows some seasons favour renters and others favour landlords. Depending on where you live, which party has the upper hand in which season can vary dramatically. See what rental demand is like in your suburb in winter: Which season is better for renters? REA ... Read More