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Easy Ways to Create Your Own Outdoor Sanctuary

It’s been the year for DIY, with record numbers of Aussies breaking out the tools to make improvements around their home. Bunnings sales were up a whopping 19.2% in the first half of 2020, compared to 5.8% in the previous 6 months, as our nation of #stayathomes worked tirelessly to turn their homes into welcoming…

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10 Ways To Make A Small Bathroom Feel Larger & More Spacious!

If you don’t know it already, bathrooms are often the smallest room in any home. With the average bathroom typically consuming a tiny 6 to 10m2 on average, it’s a room that requires quite a bit of strategic thought to get all of its elements right. If your bathroom is on the smaller end of…

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Recession.

We all know the world is an uncertain place right now, with economies in freefall, house prices all over the shop, the job market in tatters & a recession now official. You’d think it’s the worst time to buy property, right? Wrong! You see, it’s exactly in volatile times like this, that risk-averse people pull…

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How This RFP Student Built A $2.5 Million Property Portfolio.

Let’s face it – it’s hard for young people to get on the property ladder these days. With housing affordability a major issue for most people, many young people consider the great Australian dream of owning a home, to be nothing but a pipe dream. RFP student Jyh Kao, however, beat the odds by building…

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How to Choose the Right Carpet.

Let’s face it, carpet feels so nice under your foot, particularly in the winter months. But selecting the right carpet for your home involves more than merely casting your eyes over a few colour choices in your local carpet showroom! There’s a stack of factors to consider so you’ll need to know the right questions…

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Budget Fixes to Improve Your Home.

With so many of us, forced to spend time at home (over the last few months) during lockdown, you may now have noticed all the little things around your home, that could do with some attention. Renovating doesn’t always need to be an expensive exercise. Sometimes, the simplest of changes can make the world of…

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New Homebuilder Scheme

We all know Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. On Australian home turf, the Federal government has been super pro-active in delivering a wide range of grants to help people & businesses stay afloat, financially. I recognise the tough job they have which I truly applaud them for. As we speak, newswires are spinning…

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10 Day Comestic Renoavtion For Profit

Many of you will know by now, that I personally love renovating & am passionate about educating others on it too. Why? Because renovating (although often hard work) has changed my life financially. But renovating is not always as simple as what it seems on a lot of renovation TV shows. So for my latest…

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How to Master Your Kitchen Renovation Budget

Like it or not, your kitchen will be the most expensive room in your property to renovate. And rightly so, it’s the one space internally that adds the most value, according to bank valuers. If you’re planning a dream kitchen to your own home and the primary goal is to create a kitchen to enjoy…

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How to Protect Yourself from Diy Accidents During Covid 19

Let’s face it, coronavirus has turned normality on its head. As most countries have sensibly gone into lockdown, most of us common folks, have been forced to spend a fair amount of time within the confines of 4 walls in our homes. For those lucky enough to be able to work from home, the days…

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Coronavirus Is Tax Deductible

I’m not sure who coined the phrase “positives can be taken from every negative”. While it’s hard to see the sense in any of those words right now as we all bunker down, rest assured, good can come from bad. In this week’s blog, I’m aiming to spread my little dose of positive, amongst all…

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Top 5 Property Tips for Handling Coronavirus

It’s official, the Covid-19 situation is scary. Who would have ever thought, a few months ago, that we’d been dealing with such a major global issue? I’m not going to regurgitate all the things that have and are happening …To be honest, I’m sick of hearing it all. I’ve stopped watching the news. What I…

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4 Mini Makeovers On A Shoestring Budget

For those who think I’ve been a bit quiet on the renovation front lately, this week I thought I’d bring you a round-up of just some of the makeovers I’ve been busy with. As many of you know (especially those who follow me on Facebook), I’m a regular on Channel 9’s Today Extra show. Here…

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Granny Flats: How Dual Rental Income Is King

You’ve heard it all before, and you’ll likely hear it for years to come; granny flats are in. That’s right: latest reports show that over 10,000 granny flats were built in Australia in 2018, and numbers have continued to climb with around 6,000 of them built in NSW alone. In a country of bullish house…

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How To Research A Property Like A Seasoned Professional

So, you think you’ve finally found the one? Months of searching online, the rollercoaster of anticipation, knock-backs and near wins – they’ve finally resulted in success. You’ve found a property that seems to tick all the right boxes. Yay! Before you get too excited and rush into signing a Contract of Sale, take a pause…

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The 5 Secrets of Successful Savers

Let’s face it: one of the biggest hurdles to buying property these days is scraping the money together for that hefty deposit – especially the 20% deposit most banks love. Without the generosity of parents or a timely windfall, it’s harder than ever to get a foothold in many of Australia’s cities and regions, particularly…

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How to Green Your Home (& Help Combat the Drought)

If there’s something that recent times have shown us, it’s that weather patterns are starting to change the way we live. Widespread drought, followed by ferocious “mega” bushfires, and then the strange hailstorm last week that ripped through Canberra on its way to the coast… we’ve had it all these past few months. It’s got…

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Rentvesting How to Fast Track Your Property Journey

It’s a buzz word that’s only been coined in recent years and that’s because it’s a relatively new trend that allows cash-strapped Aussies to get a foothold in the property market – without compromising on the lifestyle choice of where they live. I’m talking about “rentvesting”. In this scenario, you rent where you want to…

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Asbestos & Bushfires: What You Need to Know

Like everyone right now, I’m overwhelmed by the devastation and loss caused by the current bushfire crisis. Millions of hectares devoured by fire, lives & animals lost, thousands of homes reduced to rubble, cities and communities choking in smoke… it’s impossible to find words to describe the enormity of what’s occurring right now. My heart…

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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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