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Top 6 tasks you can learn to do like a professional

If there’s one great myth in the renovation world, it’s that do-it-yourself (DIY) is the path to easy riches. The reality is often just the opposite. Apply your novice skills to the wrong job and it could actually devalue your property. A lot depends on your skill level. A proficient DIYer may have years of…

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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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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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The renovator’s How To Guide to site establishment

Learn Cherie Barber’s personal guide on how to professional establish your renovation site. In this video you’ll learn: The steps on how to set up and provide a safe work site How to identify the Principal Contractor and what their role should entail When to turn off your water supply and whether to your whole…

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