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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 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 important is the property cycle for investors?

With market conditions in a state of flux across Australia, it’s timely to take a look at what exactly we mean by the property cycle, or “property clock” as it’s otherwise known. In a nutshell, it’s the theory that every property market eventually does a full revolution of the clock (see below), and that if…

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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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Top performing suburbs in Australia under $500,000

This month we’re revealing some of the key hot spots from the new CoreLogic report, Top Affordable Suburbs. This invaluable resource identifies the top 100 suburbs and towns Australia-wide where the median value is under $500,000, and they’ve recorded strong capital growth. For those who doubt you can still snare a bargain in any market, these places prove…

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Hamptons style: How to get the look and attract home buyers and renters

Originally inspired by a group of villages called The Hamptons on Long Island, New York, this popular interior style seems perfectly in tune with our Aussie climate. Lashings of calming white and warm timbers combine with coastal influences like rattan and wicker to give that breezy, casual style that’s so universally loved. The style borrows…

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Star student makes $67k profit in Rosebud, Victoria

Fiona Bouchier has definitely earned the label of  “professional renovator”. This marks yet another successful flip since completing the Cosmetic Renovations for Profit bootcamp in 2014.     Having successfully renovated three properties in Frankston, Victoria, she moved a little further down the Mornington Peninsula to the seaside town of Rosebud for this makeover of…

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Negotiating your way to profits

Top negotiating skills are something every successful renovator needs to master, because trust me, you’ll be applying those skills on a daily basis throughout your renovation project. You’ll be wheeling and dealing with a whole range of people, many of whom you’ve never met before. They’ll be a mix of genders, race, ages, education levels,…

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What type of property does $600,000 buy?

Last month we gave you a snapshot of Australia’s top-performing suburbs: the ones that delivered the highest capital growth over the previous 12 months. Digging behind the stats, it was heartening to see you can still pick up plenty of gems for affordable prices. Bargain hunters can find promising pickings for under $300,000 if they’re…

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Which property hotspot produced an easy $110K profit?

A self-confessed “complete novice” at buying and renovating before she picked up some key pointers at an early seminar Cherie spoke at, Laura Waters signed up for the Renovating For Profit course in September 2016.   Having given the couple’s St Kilda unit a successful $60,000 facelift, which secured them a healthy uplift in value…

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Get the look: Flat pack kitchen with designer style

Want a kitchen straight out of your favourite interior mag without the designer price tag? With clever ideas and careful project management, it’s possible to have it all. Your kitchen is one of the most critical rooms in your property for adding value, hence the need to get everything right – from your initial idea,…

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Six top hacks for maximising small spaces

Housing affordability isn’t just stretching the pockets of Aussie buyers, especially in cities like Sydney and Melbourne, it’s also stretching the imagination of designers. Modern apartments are generally showcases of compact design and generous storage, while older apartments make me wonder where on earth previous generations stored all their stuff? Luckily, I quite enjoy getting stuck into…

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