With ailments such as asthma, allergies and hypersensitivity being linked to chemicals, creating a healthy home environment has become a priority for many homeowners. More »
By Cate Bakos
As a trained auction bidder and experienced property buyer, I’ve bid at hundreds of property auctions over the years and have learnt many tricks along the way.
Being based in the country’s auction capital, Melbourne, means that I’m exposed to auctions every single weekend, from the beginning of February until the week before Christmas. Melbournians, Sydneysiders and even Brisbane shoppers understand that the chances of a good property being taken to auction are high. So why do so many people fear auctions? More »
Summer is just around the corner and, before we know it, another sweltering hot Mudgee summer will be on our doorstep.
And what’s better than being able to cool off by simply jumping into your backyard pool?
How many of us look back fondly at the years we spent in our youth lounging in the family backyard pool and having summer pool parties with friends?
Does having a pool on your property help or hinder when it comes time to sell your home? How about if it’s an investment property?
The answer is neither simple nor straightforward as investing in a pool can benefit one home owner while not adding an ounce of value to the next. More »
If you manage your own investment property, you’ll know that one of the biggest stresses can be collecting (and chasing) rent.
Using a professional Property Management team definitely makes life as a landlord easier however, if you decide to go it on your own,
here are ten tips to ensure you always get your rent. More »
Today I got a call from an elderly client, devastated and distraught because her house was broken into while she was undergoing a hernia operation in Sydney.
Not only was EVERYTHING stolen – tv’s, jewellery, tools, even the electric kettle – the thieving scumbags even stole the wooden panelling off her walls! Apparently someone did see a car and caravan parked outside her place and had the sense of mind to report it, however the damage had already been done. Hopefully, the police will be able to catch the thieves before they manage to sell off most of her belongings.
While isolated rural living is peaceful, away from traffic and noise, isolation has its downside in that it’s exactly this which makes for perfect targets as they are often far away from watchful neighbours and police presence.
Because rural thieves are less concerned about being discovered in the act, they are more likely to clean out the house of everything marketable.
So today’s post is written with rural safety in mind. More »
Theft and fire are 2 of the biggest risks that can affect our home safety.
While everyday possessions can easily be replaced, it’s those priceless items close to our heart – like family photos and home videos – that fill us with dread at the thought of losing them forever. While nothing can totally eliminate the chance of a burglary or fire, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of it happening to you by making your home less of a target.
Here are 8 home safety products that can help reduce the risk of theft and fire to keep your possessions – and your loved ones – safe. More »
Interest rates will remain at record lows for another month, with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) choosing not to change the overnight cash rate of 2.5%.
The cash rate has remained at 2.5% since August 2013.
The decision will come as no surprise as the majority of property industry experts had already predicted the cash rate would stay on hold this month. More »
Many think that they need 20% of the purchase price as a deposit before they can get a loan and whilst this is true if you want to avoid paying mortgage insurance, there are still ways to buy your first home with little or no deposit. More »
Just flick through the pages of any Investment Property magazine, and you’ll come across tale after tale of ordinary people who have built – or are in the process of building – substantial property portfolios. Million-dollar figures are bandied about with regularity as investors talk about how they’re moving towards financial independence. It’s an enviable position to be in, but how do you join the club?
The answer is that it’s surprisingly simple – whether you already own property or not. Each and every property investor started exactly where you are now – with no experience and worried about making a wrong move. More »