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Top 10 Tools for Finding and Moving into a Great New Home

Whether you want to rent or buy, finding a new home can be pretty tough without a little help. Thanks to the internet, that help is freely available. There are tons of tips and tools that can help make finding and moving to a new home a lot easier. Here are our top 10...

New Housing In Australia

The new housing market will remain tough across Australia and especially in Victoria for some time. Whilst we do not expect the market to crash, it will be increasingly difficult to make new sales. People will, of course, purchase new property, but the property on...

Rates unchanged, in defiance of media forecasts

By Terry Ryder, 7th February 2012 The extraordinary ability of economists to collectively get in wrong most of the time has again been demonstrated, with the Reserve Bank deciding at its meeting today to keep interest rates on hold. Most economists had bet the Reserve...

More Aussie Apartments Please

Backyards, barbeques and big houses have been the norm with Australian home owners for generations. But what of future generations? Some demographers suggest we are so in love with the idea of having big spaces to raise a family that it's impossible for us to change,...

New vs Old

This is a question that has been asked of me a thousand times over the years and basically the answer is the same in Australia and it is in New Zealand. In this article one of Australia's top commentators on real estate discusses the merits of old vs new with respect...

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Home repossessions up 20pc

Australia’s lenders repossessed 22.5 per cent more homes in 2011 than in 2010, new data has revealed. A number of NSW beachside suburbs on the Central Coast were hit hard, with Terrigal and The Entrance both recording a high number of repossessions. The western...

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13 Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make – and how to avoid them

Buying your next home, especially if it’s your first home can be a daunting task. It’s exciting but full of complexities. While it’s likely to be the largest financial transaction you will ever make, we’ve found that many home buyers are poorly prepared to ensure they...

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Unemployment up and interest rates down next year.

Australia is on the brink of an unemployment challenge, with up to 100,000 jobs set to be slashed in the months after Christmas. And interest rates will drop again next year bringing the cash rate to 3.5%. These are the thoughts of Westpac chief economist Bill Evans,...

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Houses to fall 10% in 2012

Economist Steven Keen is at it again. This time he’s predicting house prices will drop 5 to 10 percent in 2012. Is he right? Well…2012 will be a tough year for property, but before I answer the question I posed, I’d like to mention that I find it interesting that...

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Housing Affordability

Housing affordability has been in the headlines again, but this time around some seriously good research is the cause. A new study for AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) strongly suggests that the traditional method of calculating housing...

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Off-the-plan

There have been several short reports for public consumption of late, discussing off-the-plan buying.  Most have been masquerading as buyer tips or advice, but they take a very pro-developer side of things. Now, without wanting to peeve too many of our developer...

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