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Property buyers could save thousands before Christmas

Smart investors have a small window of opportunity to nab festive-season property bargains, says a leading market commentator.

CPREA (Certified Practicing Real Estate Agents) chairman Geoff Baldwin said whilst there is no doubt that the market has slowed as we approach Christmas, there is now a “short but attractive opportunity for property buyers to negotiate harder and save thousands”. More »

Bushfire Survival Plan

Prepare a bushfire survival plan.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the country, city or suburbs – if your home is in an area even remotely at risk of bushfire you need to have a bushfire survival plan.

Generally speaking, this should apply to:

  1. Any house in an area with a history of bushfires;
  2. Houses within a few blocks of bushland;
  3. Properties not at direct risk but that are situated near a wilderness corridor, and
  4. If you’d need to travel through bushland in order to escape.

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Eco friendly renovation tips

Ecofriendly renovationsWith ailments such as asthma, allergies and hypersensitivity being linked to chemicals, creating a healthy home environment has become a priority for many homeowners. More »

The top 10 tips for auction bidding

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 »

Swimming Pools – Added value or Limited appeal?

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 »

10 Essential Tips For Collecting Rent

Investment properties should make money for you; not work.  

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 »

Safety Tips for Rural Living

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 »

8 products you need for your home safety

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 »

Tips for buying at Auction

Many property investors are a little intimidated by the thought of bidding for a property at auction.

It’s understandable – auctions are an emotional and exciting event. More »

Interest rates remain on hold

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 »