Apartment Living: Energy Saving Tips

Everyone wants to be energy efficient – to save the planet and the wallet. Do you know how to make real savings when you live in an apartment?  These tips are especially for apartment dwellers, to do just that. $ Hot Water and Heating /Cooling together make up most of your home energy bill? Together […]

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How to Evaluate Real Estate Property for Investment

Evaluating a real estate property can be a really tough task for the uninitiated. Knowledge of the markets and specific education and training in the field of Land Valuation and Management is needed in order to arrive at a correct value for a property. Real estate appraisers take into account recent sale prices within the […]

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NSW Apartments: Why should you invest in one?

Owning a house has always been the great Australian dream. While it’s marvelous to entertain the thought of having your own house with your own lot, roof, lawn, and garage, having your own apartment might be an excellent alternative to living a lifestyle of convenience in the long run. Why live in an apartment? Location […]

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Moving into Your New Apartment Made Easy

Moving into your new apartment is always met with excitement and anticipation. There’s the new house to decorate, furniture to rearrange, and new neighbours to meet. But without careful planning, moving into your new apartment can be a stressful, and sometimes frustrating, ordeal. Don’t worry! We’ve made five tips to make that move easy and […]

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Up-to-Date Tips for Buying ‘Off-the-Plan”

Buying ‘Off-the-Plan” is nothing new, yet with the recent announcement of incentives for investors and first-home buyers to purchase new properties*, it’s likely to be more popular than ever. “Off-the-Plan” property can of course range from a development yet to commence construction, all the way to a property near completion that has not yet been […]

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Popularity of Apartment Living Helps Unit Prices Stay Strong

Sydney property investors are increasingly looking to units over detached houses for continued growth and strong rental yields. The May 2012 results of the RP Data-Rismark Home Value Index* showed that Sydney house values fell by 4.8% over the previous 12 months compared to a 0.8% increase in the value of units. This goes against […]

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The Best Apps for Property Investors

In a competitive property market, everyone needs an advantage. And these days that advantage often stems from being aware of the latest technological tools available. To help you manage your investment process efficiently, here is a review of the most popular Property Investment Apps currently available in Australia. Take a look at some of the […]

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Gen Y Home Buyers Becoming More Creative

RealEstate.com.au have recently shared the results of their second Housing Affordability Index (conducted in June 2012), when they asked Australians about their property dreams and realities. The survey included a representative sample nationally, across age and gender, with 71% of respondents owning a property, and 15% stating they were in the market to buy when […]

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Picking a Good Investment

Picking a Good Investment 1. Look beyond the current ‘Hot-Spot’ to the next neighbourhood on the way up. Unfortunately that ‘location to watch’ has most likely already passed it’s invest-by date. Look at what made it so appealing and predict where might be the next area to turn the corner. 2. Settle on the rare […]

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Can you take the heat?

It has certainly been a hot Summer. How has your property been coping?If the answer is ‘not so well’ there’s no time like the present to check these ideas on how to keep your property cool, through this summer and the next. 1.     Shade where you need it
 Well-designed houses have eaves on the north […]

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Secret Gardens – growth in green roofs and walls

Rooftop gardens and green walls are sprouting up everywhere around Sydney in efforts to make the built environment more attractive to workers, residents and visitors. Office and residential building landlords are increasingly embracing the idea as part of their sustainability platform, and have been encouraged by local council development policies. There are already 49 approved […]

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Apartment-ready for the NBN rollout?

Strata Community Australia (SCA) just announced a new plan to streamline the installation of the National Broadband Network (NBN), with all its benefits, for apartment communities. SCA will be collaborating in a six-month pilot with NBN Co to assist in obtaining contact details for owners corporations and bodies corporate of multi-dwelling units to gain approvals […]

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