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Fixer-upper or reno nightmare? Eight warning signs to look out for

 The term “renovator’s delight” is bandied about a lot in real estate ads but it pays to know whether a home is a genuine fixer-upper – or a sure-fire flop. Even rookie renovators will know a lick of paint, a few rolls of new carpet and some fancy appliances can lift a home with minor cosmetic flaws from drab to fab. Beyond the surface uglies, there is a host of … read on
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What confuses first home buyers?

Unlike most first times, when it comes to buying your first home you need to get it right.   Yet almost two out of three first home buyers find the process confusing, according to realestate.com.au’s latest Consumer Intentions Study. Around 15% of those surveyed were “extremely confused” by the process, while 49% were “somewhat confused”. Here’s a look at what puzzles … read on
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Tips for finding the perfect flatmate

An entire genre of crazy flatmate stories have entertained and horrified over the years – from He Died With a Felafel in His Hand to Single White Female. Avoid living your own version IRL, and use these tips to find your ideal flatmate. Advertise (and be specific) Looking for a room? Need to fill a room? The secret ingredients of a good ad include good photos, the … read on
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House-hunting checklist

Finding houses to buy or rent is easy. Finding the perfect house to buy or rent that suits the specific wants and needs of everyone who’ll live in it is the real challenge. But there are a number of ways to ensure that your house-hunting journey ends with a property that everyone can be happy with Communication & compromise It seems simple, but if no one is … read on
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A first timer’s guide to moving out on your own

Whether you’re 18, 21, 30, or 50 – there will probably come a time in your life when you decide to move out of home and go it alone in the big wide world. Regardless of when it happens, or why, you’ll probably feel the same excitement and nerves in equal measure. Here are some tips to help you fly out of the nest and not flee back again just as fast. Consider your … read on
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Selling vs renovating: Which is right for you?

Deciding whether to sell or renovate is a dilemma most families with growing pains will wrestle with. For some, it will be a finance-driven decision, for others a question of location. Assess your current house Is it viable for renovation? Would you be making repairs before beginning renovation works? If so, your renovation costs could be higher than anticipated, says Rob … read on
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How to Make a Profit from your Renovation

Many Australians have watched reno shows like The Block and caught the DIY bug, but renovating a house for profit can be a risky business. CEO and founder of The Reno Chick, Cathy Morrissey, has seen it all when it comes to the pitfalls of renovating. She shares her best tips for making a profit from your renovation project. 1. Get educated “The biggest mistake people … read on
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What does Australia’s ideal house look like?

The ideal home is a concept that varies for different people, but if you had to design the most statistically sought-after home in Australia what would it look like? How many bedrooms and bathrooms would it have, how big would the block be, and how many cars would the average Australian property seeker want to park in the garage? Analysing more than 28,000 highly engaged … read on
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The dos & don’ts when considering a backyard reno

Australians love renovating, and they love spending time outdoors. So it would make sense that they’d be good at outdoor renovations, right?  According to Matt Leacy, Director and Landscape Designer at Landart Landscapes, a lot of renovators actually swallow up all their funds during the main build of the home, hoping they can just “wing it” when it comes time to do the … read on
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Northshore Living Magazine – Autumn Edition 2016

The Gold Coast’s Auction Season was a buzz for our Summer Auction Blitz with 50% of the properties sold including pre-sales, 25% sold after the auction. It was a full house and fantastic to see competitive bidding for many lots. A special congratulations to Rhonda Gunn on the great auction of 66 Meron Street, Southport. With 5 registered bidders and 45 bids—the vendors were … read on