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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

WHY ITS OK TO RENT..


The current climate of housing prices in Australia is causing controversy and concern throughout the nation. With prices in Sydney and Melbourne getting further out of reach for first time buyers, it’s not surprising those buyers are feeling the pressure. Young Australians have historically been encouraged to ‘get a roof over their heads’ as soon as possible into their working lives but Fitzsimon says the Australian market supports investment prope ... Read More

HOW TO RESOLVE COMMON RENTAL ISSUES..


Renting can offer incredible flexibility, but this doesn’t mean renters always have it easy. Here is our list of some of the common problems renters can face and how to solve them. 1. Maintenance matters Be upfront with the property manager about any issues such as blocked pipes. Problem: The upside of renting is that you don’t have to pay for general maintenance problems. Unless, of course, you’ve done something serious to damage the property. Wit ... Read More

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER SALE..


How to: Prepare your home for a winter sale Serious buyers are always looking for the right property, even in the cooler months of the year. Here are some specific considerations to keep in mind if you’re looking to sell your home this winter. Lights Winter days can be overcast, so you need to make sure that you maximise the light in your home – both natural and artificial. Try these tricks: Adjust your window furnishings to maximise natural light. Make sure ... Read More

TIPS FOP FINDING THE PERFECT FLATMATE


Advertise (and be specific) Looking for a room? Need to fill a room? The secret ingredients of a good ad include good photos, the vital stats on beds, baths and facilities, details on transport, price, inclusions/exclusions, lifestyle bonuses, all written to give a little flavour of what it might be like to live with you. Be explicit about what you’re seeking – if you’re after a quiet person, say so. Don’t make people read between the lines. Be upfront ... Read More