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5 Ways To Avoid Buying A Lemon

Let’s face it, buying a property is one of the biggest investments you’re going to make, so it always amazes me when I hear about the spectacular purchase blunders some people make. Either they buy the wrong kind of fixer-upper, the one that is not going to make them money, or they find the right…

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Add a Touch of Luxe to Your Old Laundry

It might be one of the most practical rooms in your home, but with research showing Aussies spend more than a year of their lives slaving over their laundry, it’s no wonder the old wash room is now getting its time in the limelight. Sure, it doesn’t have the pulling power of an amazing kitchen…

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8 Mini Makeovers To Maximise Your Tax Refund

If there’s one upside to the chore of lodging a tax return, it’s that nice little windfall that hopefully lands in your account as a refund.   Most people wouldn’t think to reinvest their tax refund into something that can make them money. Yes, I’m hinting at small and achievable updates to your home, guaranteed to…

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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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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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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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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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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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