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September 28, 2017

Our top 10 lifestyle suburbs revealed

Australia’s top lifestyle suburbs* have been revealed in the latest report from realestate.com.au including a State by State breakdown. So how did Adelaide Fair?

Taking into account access to education, parks, beaches and the CBD by car or public transport Adelaide is seeing a shift to the Coast when it comes to lifestyle suburbs, according to REA Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee.

“Beach side living is a lifestyle element for many buyers and what we’re seeing in South Australia is consistent with the...

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September 28, 2017

Feeling the Mortgage Pinch?

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

As we get closer to the all expensive festive season, household finances will be placed under the spotlight and the pressure of maintaining regular mortgage repayments may become overwhelming.

You’re not alone in this. Whether the time of year, a change in your circumstances or (perhaps in the future) rising interest rates put you in the position that you may miss a mortgage repayment – there are some alternatives available that will help alleviate...

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September 28, 2017

Gardens | Tranquil & Edible

With the warmer weather comes more time enjoyed outdoors. Whether that’s enjoying water sports, going hiking or simply sitting on your patio admiring your garden… or wishing you could.

Now is the ideal time to improve your garden. As we enter into Spring and plants are brimming with new growth with flowers beginning to bloom, let’s look at how you can improve your garden to make it not only gorgeous, but practical.

Edible planting can add to the colour, texture and form...

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August 25, 2017

2 easy ways to Maximise your Rental Return during a Tenancy

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Leaving renovations aside, as an astute investor you must be aware of all opportunities to maximise your rental return.

Granted, most of this will rely heavily on your Property Manager (see last month’s blog: The Perfect Property Manager – What’s on Your List?), but you must be aware of every strategy available to best equip you for a successful investment journey.

0% arrears policy
This one’s obvious, isn’t it? If your tenant’s not paying on...

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August 18, 2017

10 Signs You Live in a great Neighbourhood

It’s true that what makes a great neighbourhood differs from person to person, but all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would like to live in) is truly special.

Great schools
Even if you don’t have children now, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. In Australia, you generally need to live within a...

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August 18, 2017

Happy Dog, Happy Home

Ben Ballard | Complete Removals

Moving house can be a very fun and memorable experience. After all, our homes are the centre points of our lives.

The thing is, often your home is also the centre point of not just your life or your family’s life…your pets spend more time at your home than you!

The average dog will spend most of their life either at home or with a member of the family going out on one of life’s greatest adventures...

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July 31, 2017

Preparing for Spring!

With the Spring selling season is just around the corner, now is the time to be giving the preparation of your home some thought if you’re looking to make an impact on the market.

Taking steps to get your home ready now, will help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush. Here’s our Top 10 tips to get ready for Spring!

1. Do a thorough inspection
Place yourself in a buyer’s shoes, grab your iPad to take notes and view...

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July 28, 2017

You, Me or Us

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

Whose name should be on the title of your new property? Traditionally when purchasing a home with your partner, it would be registered in both people’s names… But is this the best structure for every occasion?

There are a number of options to consider when purchasing a property with other people, which have various legal, tax and future borrowing implications.  Let’s explore these:

Joint Tenancy
This is the most common ownership structure when a family home...

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July 28, 2017

7 Color Rules to Ignore

The Decorating Rules That are Made to be Broken! When you're decorating your home, rules can be helpful when you're deciding things like how high to hang the pendant light, or whether you should sample your paint first. The best decorating rules are essential to getting the basics done in your home, but many rules were created for aesthetic reasons and aren't set in stone.

The most beautiful and inviting interiors are designed when a decorator or homeowner takes creative risks...

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July 25, 2017

Investment Properties: What to look for

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Each investor is different. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to choosing a property that’s right for you. So where do you start? By asking yourself these 5 simple questions, you’ll be on track to secure a smart investment for your portfolio.

Is this your first investment?
The good news is you don’t have to start off small, it all depends on your budget and what you’re able to commit...

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