Mortgage costs are going up.
Although the Reserve Bank cut the cash rate twice during 2016, lenders have been increasing their mortgage rates. And experts are predicting more out-of-cycle increases.
But haggling can pay off, as Graeme and Kim Perry, who live just outside Wollongong in NSW, have found. Continue reading How to avoid squeeze of rising mortgage rates →
Christmas trees are the piece de resistance of decorating your home for the festive season. But lugging a giant, living tree into your home isn’t always a possible or cost-effective way to dress your home for the holidays.
So whether you have a tiny space that won’t accommodate a tree, don’t want to fork out the cash for a real one that is going to turn into a spiky, dead log in a few weeks or simply want to change it up, we have an alternative tree design for you. Continue reading Christmas tree alternatives for any size space →
Walk-in robes have become much more than just a closet; they are now considered must-have features for more and more home buyers.
Regardless of whether they are large or small, make sure you are making the most of this space by following a few basic tips. Continue reading Walk-in robes: make a big impact in a small space →
Ever wished that maybe life could be different? If your goal is making more time for your family, getting ahead financially and making yourself a better life and future, maybe it’s time to seriously consider that tree change you’ve been thinking about for a while. Continue reading Have you made the treechange yet? →
Eco-friendly shelters made out of used shipping containers are big right now.
As the name suggests, these are made from shipping containers which are refitted for use as modular homes; modular meaning they can be tailored to fit the size requirements of their owners.
There is a surprisingly large number of designs, sizes and uses for container properties – houses, granny flats, shops, hotels, offices …and like Mudgee’s latest offering to coffee-lovers, cafes! Continue reading Shipping Container Homes →
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. Continue reading Swimming Pools – Added value or Limited appeal? →
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. Continue reading In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats →
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community; bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.
Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to turn strangers into neighbours and streets into neighbourhoods. Continue reading Neighbour Day – March 30th →
When it comes to building a retirement nest egg for the future, property is still regarded as one of the safest long-term investments.
While some investors may want to buy a property and rent it out straight away, others may choose to live in the home while they renovate it. Investing in bricks and mortar can be a great way to create wealth, but there are some golden rules to consider before taking the plunge into property investment. Continue reading 10 tips for getting started in property investment →
If you decide your home or renovation job is too big for DIY and want a builder, the big question more than often is:
how do you decide on the right one? Continue reading Choosing a builder →