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$70,000 value uplift in 9 days on whole house reno

The three sisters who owned this unrenovated suburban house in Sydney’s west were caught in a bind and desperately needed my help. With Sydney house prices in freefall, and similarly unrenovated houses in this suburb failing to sell, they knew their best chance of securing a quick sale was to do a well-targeted renovation. However, they…

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Top 3 styling tips for your bathroom

We spend time styling spaces in our homes, aiming for a special look and feel that helps us relax, recharge and be ourselves: the bedroom, the living room, the garden… but it’s often the bathroom that gets overlooked. Too often relegated to quick showers and cleaning teeth, the bathroom quickly becomes filled with containers and half-used products, the…

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How a first-time renovator found success in regional NSW

Having grown up in Wollongong, first-time renovator Anne was familiar with the NSW south coast city and its surrounding suburbs, even though she now lives in Sydney. Priced out of the Sydney market, she decided to return to familiar roots and look for a rental property around Wollongong. Even though Anne and her husband own…

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Mastering the right money mindset

Whether you’re saving for a deposit, starting your own business, or simply want to get a better handle on your finances, there might be a major roadblock that you’re not even aware of: the way you think about money. This could be a result of your upbringing, early conditioning or maybe just a financial setback…

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How you can achieve instant street appeal with White Knight Ultra Pave

The owners of this Californian bungalow are the first to admit they made a bad choice with the original colour scheme for this facade. What they thought was going to be a striking grey, turned out to be blue, and they’d never got around to updating the colour scheme. So it was time to get…

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How to deliver the ultimate Airbnb experience

Even if you’ve stayed in one hundred Airbnb places, you may not have a realistic idea of what it takes to be a successful Airbnb host. All those tiny touches you’ve taken for granted have likely been carefully orchestrated to earn a five star review for your host – and THAT, my friends, is what…

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See how a joint venture achieved $100k profit in 16 weeks

We often promote, but rarely showcase, the success of joint venture projects and the opportunities they offer those willing to think outside the square. These two enterprising Cosmetic Renovations for Profit graduates, Marjorie and Mark, teamed up together to pull off a $100,000 profit, which is pretty amazing when you consider they paid no deposit…

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Latest tile trends direct from Italy

One trade fair I never want to miss is the  annual International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Bologna, Italy. This massive event draws more than 100,000 visitors from around the globe and features 160,000 square metres of exhibition space – so basically it’s huge! Armed with cameras and a good pair of…

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Top rental performers revealed

The latest Top Rental Performers report from CoreLogic is a heartening counter to all the doom and gloom in the media about Australia’s property market. It demonstrates once again there’s no such thing as “the property market”, as if it’s one great mass of bricks and mortar. You absolutely have to delve into the detail…

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How to makeover your backyard for $3500

Turning your backyard into an entertainment zone can add tens of thousands to your property value. But how do you get your backyard Spring ready without blowing your budget? The key is making simple strategic changes that make a big impact. Here’s what I achieved in one of my rental properties in just 1 day,…

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Micro pockets of spectacular growth in latest capital city snapshot

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for the June quarter for capital city growth paint an interesting, if patchy, picture of property prices countrywide. Together with the latest Market Facts release from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), it certainly reinforces what we already know: that within any capital city market, there will be…

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The top five myths of small developments exposed!

On the brink of launching our new online course, Small Developments For Profit, I’d like to tackle some of the myths around property development. It’s neither scary nor overly risky – as long as you’re armed with the right knowledge, tools and skills. And the profits can be staggering. We’ve engaged one of the foremost…

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The importance of a floorplan

If you ever doubted the importance of drawing up a floorplan, think about some of the layouts that really don’t work… These include boxy rooms all cluttered at the back of the house blocking access to the garden; tiny windows shutting out million dollar views; walls separating out the kitchen from the rest of the…

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How to tile like a professional

Learn Cherie Barber’s steps on how you can tile like a professional right here. In this video you’ll learn: A checklist on what you need to be able to tile When to waterproof and who can waterproof The steps on how to tile splash backs, walls and floors TRANSCRIPTION [00:00:09] I’ve been a professional renovator…

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How to renovate for profit in 3 weeks

How to renovate a whole house the right way, is a popular question. This is one of my investment properties in Sydney’s west, in a suburb that demonstrated great capital growth potential when I purchased in August 2016 – and has continued to gain in value.   Importantly, this was the kind of rough diamond…

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