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Election result restores certainty for investors

With the election now over and Labor’s loss relegating its controversial property tax changes to the scrap heap, there’s a collective sigh of relief from property investors in Australia. It means negative gearing remains intact and there’ll be no changes to the current capital gains tax laws. Thankfully, certainty has now been restored, and investors…

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3D technology for structural renovators

You normally wouldn’t buy a sofa without road testing it in the store and you wouldn’t buy a house without walking through it at an open for inspection. Yet for the biggest investment some of us will make, we are expected to trust a floorplan on paper. If you’re about to embark on a structural…

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3 top styling tips for inspection day

In a competitive market, it’s more important than ever to make sure everything is perfect for your open for inspection. Potential buyers will be scrutinising every detail, pouncing on any shortcomings, and judging you heavily on first impressions. Your renovations have undoubtedly added great value to the property, but these may not be what visitors…

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Investment changes under a Labor government

In the lead-up to the May 18 federal election, proposed changes to negative gearing have been a key issue of discussion. negative gearing in a nutshell Negative gearing is when the interest on a loan is higher than the net rental income, meaning the investor is making a loss. Under current tax laws, this loss can then…

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What you can do when the banks say no

It’s no surprise that times are tough if you’re banking on a property loan. Lending criteria with banks have tightened up and record numbers of applicants are being turned down for a loan they probably would have easily secured five years ago, when the market outlook was a lot rosier. And before last September’s release…

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5 easy weekend renovation makeovers that add instant value

A cosmetic renovation is by far the cheapest, easiest and most effective way to instantly manufacture equity in a property. The fact you can do a lot of the hard yakka yourself, whether it’s coordinating trades or some strategic DIY, means you save money and time compared to a lengthy structural renovation. So here’s 5…

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$2,000 Boho Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom project is the first step in the transformation of Mick my chippie’s unrenovated home in Sydney’s west. Recently married, Mick and his new wife Joanne bought this modest brick house just one month ago, so they have their work cut out turning it into the dream home it will undoubtedly become. With Mick’s…

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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 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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It’s not all white…

Through all the trends that come and go, a neutral colour scheme is arguably the most enduring, whether it’s shades of white or any of the soft beiges or greys. It’s a calming, restful retreat from the “busyness” of modern life, as well as a neutral backdrop for bold feature walls, artworks and colourful accessories.…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 10 suburbs in each State with high value growth

The latest CoreLogic figures hold few surprises. The boom period is over for Sydney, after five years of ballistic growth, and things are looking up for capitals that were previously in the doldrums. It’s just the predictable cycle that property goes through. Popular regional areas are proving to be some of the fastest growing hot…

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