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  • How many experts does it take?

    Some Sydney councils are requiring up to 49 specialist reports for a ‘simple’ Development Application, new research shows. A review by the Urban Taskforce recently found that one council requires 27 reports, another requires 26 and yet another requires 23 just for a simple house. If a residential apartment building … Read more

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  • Values lower, in patches

    National dwelling values nudged slightly lower in April, according to the latest home value index results released in early May. CoreLogic’s monthly hedonic home value index shows the decline isn’t happening everywhere, though, but is instead concentrated within the largest capitals, while regional dwelling values edged 0.4 per cent higher. … Read more

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  • Affordability’s improving

    Housing affordability improved in most of Australia’s capital cities during the early months of 2018 as house price pressures eased, a new report shows. HIA’s latest Affordability Index has revealed that conditions lifted 0.2 per cent across the eight capital cities during the March 2018 quarter. Senior Economist Shane Garrett … Read more

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  • Call that pollution?

    We’ve been called the Lucky Country, and that certainly seems to be true as far as pollution is concerned, with a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data showing that Australia enjoys the least polluted urban areas, followed by Brunei and New Zealand. According to the WHO, the average … Read more

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  • Property: an ever-changing landscape

    Buyers are moving away from some of the more expensive cities, towards growth areas where housing is more affordable, a new report shows. NAB’s update on the housing market for April 2018 shows that regional markets – particularly those close to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra – have been outperforming the … Read more

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  • To paint or to stain?

    Whether you’re looking to refresh or completely change the look of your home, it helps to know the difference between painting and staining. Staining allows you to visually maintain the texture of the material while altering the outer colour – for example if you stain concrete or wood, the texture … Read more

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  • Vendors profit from home sales

    Most home sales in Australia are still turning a profit for their vendors, new research has revealed. Around the country, 91.1 per cent of all properties resold in the December quarter went for a price above their previous purchase price. The quarterly CoreLogic Pain & Gain report shows that 92.3 … Read more

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  • Nature’s Circular Economy

    What helps the environment, saves you money and feeds the soil at the same time? With all the noise lately about recycling fails, irresponsible landfill waste and increasing levels of carbon emission, the need to facilitate organic recycling is becoming ever more crucial. May 6th to 12th marks International Compost … Read more

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  • No need for a May Day rescue

    The Reserve Bank saw no need for change during its May Day meeting this week, leaving the official cash rate sitting on 1.5 per cent. In a statement announcing the decision, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe noted that the Bank’s central forecast for the Australian economy remains for growth to … Read more

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  • Property appraisal: why is it important?

    Having your home professionally appraised can be equally daunting or satisfying, but however you feel about it, it is an important step if you are considering placing your home on the market. A home appraisal helps determine the fair price of your property. If you are refinancing, banks will require … Read more

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