The most affordable housing markets
BlogHousing affordability is complex. It’s not just a matter of house prices being low enough for buyers to afford a deposit – they also need to be able to pay the mortgage once they’re in there. There are many markets across Australia where house prices are jaw-droppingly low – the north-west coast of Tasmania and […]
The most popular rental suburbs in Sydney
BlogIt’s not all doom and gloom in Sydney’s cooling property market – especially not for investors! For those landlords savvy enough to snap up a property in the following suburbs, high demand has driven rental returns sky-high over the past 12 months. Take a look at some of the most popular rental suburbs in Sydney, […]
West Australia investor confidence on the rise
BlogPerth property investors are gaining confidence in the WA property market, latest reports indicate. WA’s sluggish economic performance has led to a stagnant real estate market in recent years, however the tables are beginning to turn. Perth property experts Momentum Wealth have revealed that 67% of WA investors believe that now is a good time […]
2018 Budget and Australian housing
BlogThe announcement of Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s budget last night was out of the ordinary in one way: there was little to no discussion of housing affordability in Australia. Taxpayers were touted as the overall winners from the budget that was announced last night, which included tax relief to lower and middle-income Australians at a projected […]
Asbestos in the home: stay safe during a DIY
AdviceChances are you’ve heard of asbestos before. It’s also likely you’ve heard that it is dangerous. But very few people actually understand where the mineral comes from and why it’s so hazardous. The first week of April is Global Asbestos Awareness Week – a week dedicated to increasing awareness and preventing exposure to the mineral by […]
How to help adult children living at home
AdviceIn what seems to be an ironic twist of fate, the makeup of the family home in modern Australia is gradually reverting to a way of life that has been lost for hundreds of years. Adult children living at home, or ‘boomerang kids’ as they’re pejoratively labelled, are increasing in numbers and there are a […]
The best suburbs for nature lovers in Brisbane
BlogIf you are a lover of the natural world and don’t mind strapping on a pair of hiking boots, you qualify for being a practitioner of ‘green exercise’. Roy Morgan research found that between 2010 and 2015, those who reported hiking and bushwalking regularly grew from 2.9 per cent to 5.2 per cent, and those […]
The latest million-dollar homes in million-dollar suburbs
BlogIt’s not where you begin that counts, but where you end up. And although you may be living in a small apartment or starter home today, you never know where the future could take you… Five years from now, you could be living in the lap of luxury in a mansion on the water, or […]
The best suburbs for nature lovers in Melbourne
BlogMelbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world by The Economist a whopping seven times, and it’s not hard to see why! Whether you’re into sport or shopping, dining or dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne – even nature lovers. Looking for a little slice of green in […]
14 suburbs experiencing high capital growth
BlogAmid the doom and gloom of the media hype surrounding the current property market, you’d be forgiven for thinking double-digit growth was a thing of the past. However, while some suburbs are flat-lining and dragging the national average down with them, there’s still plenty of spots around the country where capital growth remains strong. Which […]
How much would it cost to live at Disney World?
AdviceIf you’ve ever been blessed enough to walk the hallowed grounds of Walt Disney World, you’ll know after just a few short days in this magical realm, leaving can be a somewhat depressing experience. So we figured, why leave? With Australian housing prices soaring to record highs, alternate ways of living such as tiny homes […]
5 ways to downsize your house without selling your house
AdviceThe pressure to ‘downsize your house’ is increasingly becoming a concern for an ageing population, which expects to live longer and so requires more disposable income to fund post-retirement life. Yet there is also a significant concern for those reaching this stage of their lives, and within the community as a whole, that those looking to downsize […]
RBA Interest Rate Announcement – May 2018
BlogThe RBA board have today decided to keep cash rates unchanged at 1.50%. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. The Chinese economy continues to grow solidly, with the authorities paying increased attention to the risks in […]
The best suburbs for nature lovers in Sydney
BlogAre you a greenie at heart, or struggling to see how you could possibly enjoy life in the concrete jungle of Sydney – one of our biggest, busiest and most built-up cities? Never fear: there’s more to this diverse city than meets the eye. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the lushest, […]
7 properties in prime suburbs – without the hefty price tag
BlogWe’ve all looked wistfully at the property listings in our dream suburbs, imagining the glamorous life we could be enjoying in a gorgeous Victorian terrace in South Melbourne, or how convenient it would be to wander home to a Toorak apartment after a big night out. But thanks to the boom conditions of the past […]
Introducing this stunning Victorian residence in Prahran
BlogOld meets new in this superbly-designed property, where an extensive transformation has propelled a classic Victorian residence in Prahran into the modern era with the utmost sophistication. The architecturally-led makeover of 18 Primrose Street, Prahran was completed just two years ago, and has been undertaken with precise attention to detail throughout. As you approach the property, you’ll […]
What is a subprime loan?
AdviceWhat is a subprime loan? Simple! Well, not really, but let’s try. Subprime loans or subprime mortgages are a form of lending (often referred to as subprime lending) that can occur in the financing of not only housing loans but other types of mortgage arrangements, i.e. personal loans and vehicle loans. Subprime lending is a […]
Is apartment living in Melbourne right for you?
AdviceWander through the streets of New York, Paris, Madrid or Stockholm and you’ll be acutely aware that the rest of the world has long been used to the concept of apartment living. The dramatic increase in housing demand which those cities experienced in the early twentieth century is now happening right here in Melbourne, and […]
The 10 most popular inner-Melbourne suburbs for renters
BlogRenters are no longer just cash-strapped students living in pokey rooms near universities. Census figures show that 42 per cent of private renter households were made up of families with children. According to Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) figures, in 2016 there were 2.1 million households in the private rental sector, which is […]
The Adelaide property market: what can we expect
BlogThe South Australian capital has traditionally been the home of slow and steady price growth, riding out the peaks and troughs of the Melbourne and Sydney markets with flatter periods and modest gains. Seemingly immune to the boom and bust conditions experienced elsewhere, the City of Churches hasn’t really been on many property investors’ radars […]
Rare opportunity: investing in a retirement village
BlogIn the stunning Dandenong Ranges, Rhodoglade Retirement Village presents a unique business opportunity for prospective investors. For sale by tender is the freehold and chattels, with the new owner welcome to carry on the business if they wish to do so. Located at 1502-1504 Mt Dandenong Road, Olinda, The Lodge at Rhodoglade is an intimate, […]
How much will a bedroom add value to a home?
BlogAs the number of bedrooms in a home increases, so too does its value. This may seem fairly obvious, but the other question you may be asking is, does your location factor into this? The short answer is, yes! Will a bedroom add value to a home? We’ve knuckled down the numbers and compiled a list of […]
How much does it cost to move house?
AdviceMoving house is a stressful, exciting life event but there are countless variables to consider when choosing a moving company to prevent hidden costs sneaking onto your invoice. Here are the key things to consider when choosing a company, plus some approximate costs for different aspects of moving. Services offered by moving companies Packing Unpacking […]
How to create the right home office setup
AdviceCreating the right home office setup involves assessing a few key requirements before heading out to IKEA. 2016 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that there was a significant increase in the number of Australians working from home, reaching approximately 30 per cent by 2016. Many of those surveyed listed their reasons as needing/wanting […]
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