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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 »

Buying Your First Home With Little or No Deposit

With the property prices where they are today, it could be a good time to buy your first home.  But getting onto the property ladder is still hard for first home buyers.

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 »

A Guide for Property Investors

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 »

In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats

Study not quite cutting it as a home office?   

Kids left school but not quite ready to leave home?

Whether built as extra guest accommodation, or a way to have your elderly parents close by without encroaching on their privacy and independence; or to help your grown children struggling with rising rents and property prices; or even as a much-needed parents’ retreat,  Granny flat approvals in NSW are booming, thanks to the NSW Government’s easing of planning policies to allow approval for granny flats in 10 days. More »

When did you last check your smoke alarm?

You can pick up a smoke alarm for less than $30 and it’s a no brainer as to why they’re needed. So why are they something that are often last on our minds?

Prioritise a smoke alarm check today!

If your smoke alarm is old, broken or just hasn’t been checked for a while, then make sure you check it – today.

Add a note to your diary, text your housemate/partner/parents or, if you live alone, tell a friend to remind you if you think you’ll keep forgetting.

It will also remind them to check theirs too. More »

Good homes need great bones

Building a house? Strap in for an exciting ride and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something really special.

But if there’s one thing you absolutely should do first – it’s spend the bulk of your time thinking about making the design work for years to come. More »

For you’re a jolly good seller

Just a flourish with the paintbrush can put some wind in the sales.

It is possible to add $100,000 of value to some properties by spending just $10,000, provided you learn to do most of the renovation yourself.

Experts say few property owners who embark on a quick, cosmetic renovation achieve sky-high returns. It is more likely you will get back $3 or $4 for every dollar you spend, but only if you focus on maximising profit with minimum outlay and tackle these critical areas: More »