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Attracting international students and foreign investments key to boosting property market

Attracting international students and foreign investments key to boosting property market

A more aggressive initiative to entice foreign investments and international students should be the major focus of State and Federal governments as the nation recovers from COVID-19 restrictions, says a leading Melbourne property developer. <span ...

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HomeBuilder scheme: A surge in construction predicted for outer Melbourne suburbs

HomeBuilder scheme: A surge in construction predicted for outer Melbourne suburbs

The HomeBuilder scheme, a new government initiative to help stimulate the property market, is predicted to cause a construction boom in Melbourne&rsquo;s outer suburbs. Since its announcement, thousands of buyers have expressed their interest in taking advantage...

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Borrowers back to the big four banks due to COVID-19 crisis

Borrowers back to the big four banks due to COVID-19 crisis

A big percentage of home loans during the coronavirus pandemic are now being done with the country&rsquo;s big four banks. This is a clear indicator how borrowers are now preferring the big banks amidst the COVID-19 crisis. font-weigh...

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COVID-19: Economic boom predicted due to Melbourne property market comeback

COVID-19: Economic boom predicted due to Melbourne property market comeback

Buyers should rush into the property market right now to bag a bargain as it recovers from COVID-19. This might be their last chance to own a property before the economy opens and booms again. Experts are ruling out...

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Melbourne suburbs eyed as mini office hubs after COVID-19 pandemic

Melbourne suburbs eyed as mini office hubs after COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has forced people into isolation. As such, we have only seen a handful of cars on the roads and more people walking in their own neighbourhoods to avail the essentials. Some go to work in the industries categorised as essential, but very...

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5 Ideas for Home Office Design

5 Ideas for Home Office Design

With many of us stuck and working at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, we might have given a lot of attention to the look and feel of our home office lately. Interior design trends may come and go, but your goal...

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RENTAL SUPPORT: HOW TO NEGOTIATE WITH LANDLORDS, TENANTS AMIDST THE COVID-19 CRISIS

RENTAL SUPPORT: HOW TO NEGOTIATE WITH LANDLORDS, TENANTS AMIDST THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Victorian Government announced a $500 million rental relief package during the coronavirus pandemic as support for the negotiations between struggling landlords and tenants. The unveiling of t...

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PREVENTING VIRUSES AND BACTERIA FROM ENTERING YOUR HOME WITH THESE FIVE TIPS

PREVENTING VIRUSES AND BACTERIA FROM ENTERING YOUR HOME WITH THESE FIVE TIPS

With people being mandated to stay at home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus these days, there&rsquo;s less to zero chance that COVID-19 will infect the people in your household. However, there are just some trips you can&rsquo;t avoid, like leaving your home to buy the groceries. <p...

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MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET EXPECTS FAST RECOVERY AFTER PANDEMIC

MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET EXPECTS FAST RECOVERY AFTER PANDEMIC

Property experts predict the fast recovery of the Melbourne property market once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The prediction stems from the fact that vendors arealready lining up their listings once ...

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INFORMATION FOR LANDLORDS AMIDST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

INFORMATION FOR LANDLORDS AMIDST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

New laws are set to come into effect to help protect tenants in residential properties from eviction, other than in exceptional circumstances, and allow for the rent to be reduced if they are suffering financial hardship. The la...

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REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS AND OPEN HOUSE INSPECTIONS BANNED AMID CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS AND OPEN HOUSE INSPECTIONS BANNED AMID CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Real estate auctions and open house inspections temporarily grinded to a halt as the national cabinet imposed a tougher new crackdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison laid out a list of large...

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS PROHIBIT TENANT EVICTIONS DURING COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS PROHIBIT TENANT EVICTIONS DURING COVID-19

Landlords are now banned from evicting tenants as Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a six-month moratorium on evictions amid the COVID-19 economic crunch. Australian governments will implement this moratorium to protect te...

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BIG BANKS FREEZING MORTGAGE REPAYMENTS FOR HOUSEHOLDS AMIDST COVID-19

BIG BANKS FREEZING MORTGAGE REPAYMENTS FOR HOUSEHOLDS AMIDST COVID-19

Big banks such as the National Australia Bank, Westpac, and ANZ announced this month that homeowners could suspend their mortgage repayments for up to six months, pending a three-month review, as part of new support packages for homeowners and businesses. <p s...

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IMMIGRATION BOOSTS AUSTRALIAN HOUSE PRICES BY $6,500 A YEAR, NEW STUDY REVEALS

IMMIGRATION BOOSTS AUSTRALIAN HOUSE PRICES BY $6,500 A YEAR, NEW STUDY REVEALS

New migrants flocking to capital cities and major regional centres are helping to boost house prices by as much as $6,500 a year, a new study has revealed. In places where a new migrant population increased by 1 per cent each ye...

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NEW LAWS ON PETS TO START ON 2 MARCH 2020

NEW LAWS ON PETS TO START ON 2 MARCH 2020

From Monday, 2 March 2020,&nbsp;new laws mean it will be easier for renters to have a pet. Renters can keep pets at a rental property, with the written permission of the rental provider (landlord). Rental providers can only refu...

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WHY MELBOURNE WEST IS FIRST-HOME BUYERS’ HAVEN

WHY MELBOURNE WEST IS FIRST-HOME BUYERS’ HAVEN

First-home buyers in Melbourne should be looking at grabbing a property in the western suburbs, new data reveals. Compared to the same time last year, first-home buyer activity has spiked on realestate.com.au with inquiries up 2...

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MELBOURNE PROPERTY LISTING NUMBERS BEGIN TO INCREASE AS MARKET IMPROVES

MELBOURNE PROPERTY LISTING NUMBERS BEGIN TO INCREASE AS MARKET IMPROVES

Property listings are starting to grow as Melbourne homeowners become more inclined to put their properties up for sale again after a rocky year that saw prices drop. As the market rebounds, vendors have also started returning t...

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MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET 2020 PREDICTIONS: EXPERTS WEIGH IN

MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET 2020 PREDICTIONS: EXPERTS WEIGH IN

Melbourne&rsquo;s property market is expected to have a great run in 2020. Along with the Australian property market, it&rsquo;s predicted to keep on rising this year, with Sydney and Melbourne taking the lead. Confidence has re...

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MELBOURNE RENTS HOLD STEADY IN DECEMBER QUARTER 2019

MELBOURNE RENTS HOLD STEADY IN DECEMBER QUARTER 2019

Tenants are in a good position in Melbourne&rsquo;s current rental market as house and apartment rents hold steady in the final quarter of 2019, new Domain data shows. For houses, asking rents stayed steady at $430 per week, wit...

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SOARING HOUSE PRICES IN MELBOURNE’S ONCE MOST AFFORDABLE AND LIVEABLE SUBURBS

SOARING HOUSE PRICES IN MELBOURNE’S ONCE MOST AFFORDABLE AND LIVEABLE SUBURBS

With the current property market boom, house prices in some of Melbourne&rsquo;s once affordable and liveable suburbs have soared by tens of thousands of dollars in just three months, new Domain data shows. Frankston has taken o...

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SOUTHBANK & CARLTON, MELBOURNE’S TOP RENTER-FRIENDLY SUBURBS

SOUTHBANK & CARLTON, MELBOURNE’S TOP RENTER-FRIENDLY SUBURBS

A new data has been released showing Melbourne suburbs where renters don&rsquo;t have to fight tooth and nail for a place to live amidst the rising costs of renting in the city. The inner-city suburbs of Southbank and Carlton ra...

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HOW HOMEOWNERS AND HOME BUYERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOW INTEREST RATES

HOW HOMEOWNERS AND HOME BUYERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOW INTEREST RATES

With the Reserve Bank&rsquo;s cash rate to remain at an all-time low of 0.75 per cent, homeowners who are still tied up on a mortgage can take advantage of this time to strategically pay them in bulk. The most recent rate slash ...

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MELBOURNE’S HOUSE PRICES ON A RAPID RISE, WITH STRONG GROWTH IN 10 YEARS

MELBOURNE’S HOUSE PRICES ON A RAPID RISE, WITH STRONG GROWTH IN 10 YEARS

Melbourne&rsquo;s house prices are rising the fastest and there&rsquo;s no signs of it slowing down, with a record of 2.3 per cent increase in housing values over the month of October &ndash; its biggest rate since 2009. This is followed by Sydney with an increase ...

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SMALL LENDERS VS BIG BANKS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO HOME LOANS?

SMALL LENDERS VS BIG BANKS: DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO HOME LOANS?

For first time home buyers, navigating the home loan landscape is no walk in the park. The primary reason being that the mortgage you get has to reflect your personal circumstances and financial objectives. But do you have to ch...

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MELBOURNE RENTALS STEADY OVER THE SEPTEMBER QUARTER

MELBOURNE RENTALS STEADY OVER THE SEPTEMBER QUARTER

The median asking price for Melbourne rentals looks close to a peak but remained steady over the September quarter, according to Domain&rsquo;s latest Rental Report. The city&rsquo;s unit rents saw an increase of $10 a week this...

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SIGNS THAT PROPERTY MARKETS ARE RECOVERING

SIGNS THAT PROPERTY MARKETS ARE RECOVERING

In 2017, investors began to run for the hills when the property markets in Sydney and Melbourne began to look unsteady. Now, they&rsquo;re getting their mojo back almost two years after the last price boom in Australia, ready to...

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FIXED TERM VS. PERIODIC TENANCY

FIXED TERM VS. PERIODIC TENANCY

If you&rsquo;ve been wanting to lease your property, you might have wondered about the kind of rental agreement you need to set up before doing so. Whether you choose a fixed term or periodic tenancy, the reason will mostly depe...

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CHINESE BUYERS ARE PREPARING TO DIVE INTO AUSTRALIA’S ‘AFFORDABLE’ HOUSING MARKET AS IT QUICKLY RECOVERS – WITH ONE CITY AS THEIR TOP PICK

CHINESE BUYERS ARE PREPARING TO DIVE INTO AUSTRALIA’S ‘AFFORDABLE’ HOUSING MARKET AS IT QUICKLY RECOVERS – WITH ONE CITY AS THEIR TOP PICK

Ranked as the number one destination to buy property for Chinese buyers, Australia continues to receive a surge of buyer interests from China amidst the country&rsquo;s housing market affordability. Of the 1.2 million Chinese to...

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THE REASON BORROWERS ARE TURNING AWAY FROM THE BIG BANKS

THE REASON BORROWERS ARE TURNING AWAY FROM THE BIG BANKS

Borrowers are now avoiding the big four banks in 2019 to switch over to small lenders that offer more competitive rates, according to new data from an online mortgage broker. The number of borrowers choosing to transact with the...

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6 REASONS TO BUY OFF THE PLAN

6 REASONS TO BUY OFF THE PLAN

Buying off the plan means you&rsquo;re signing a contract to purchase a property that hasn&rsquo;t existed yet. It sounds nerve-racking and kind of risky, but it could also mean owning the home that you&rsquo;ve been dreaming of. text-align: justify;...

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SOLUTION TO CONGESTION: INCREASING MIGRATION AND CAPITAL CITIES POPULATION

SOLUTION TO CONGESTION: INCREASING MIGRATION AND CAPITAL CITIES POPULATION

Will increasing the population of our capital cities through migration be the solution to Australia&rsquo;s congestion problem? A leading urban planner thinks so. According to a recent infras...

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WEALTHY HONG KONG RESIDENTS HOPING TO SNATCH UP AUSTRALIAN, NZ LUXURY PROPERTIES

WEALTHY HONG KONG RESIDENTS HOPING TO SNATCH UP AUSTRALIAN, NZ LUXURY PROPERTIES

Hong Kong&rsquo;s anti-government protests have fueled up buyer interest in Australia and New Zealand properties among its cashed-up residents according to property agents and local migration agents. Wealthy investors are lookin...

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MELBOURNE AIRPORT RAIL LINK: THE $10 BILLION PROJECT FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

MELBOURNE AIRPORT RAIL LINK: THE $10 BILLION PROJECT FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

A more sustainable way of improving Melbourne&rsquo;s public transport is on its tracks with the proposed construction of the $10-billion rail link between Victoria&rsquo;s capital city and its busy international airport. This p...

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MORISSON’S GOVERNMENT AIMS TO FOCUS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

MORISSON’S GOVERNMENT AIMS TO FOCUS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Housing affordability is now the focus of Morrison&rsquo;s government, according to federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar. The government is taking initiatives to making the Australian dream of owning a house an easier one to ...

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WHAT ARE PROPERTY MANAGERS RESPONSIBLE FOR IN A RENTAL?

WHAT ARE PROPERTY MANAGERS RESPONSIBLE FOR IN A RENTAL?

At times, the relationship between tenants and property managers can be a tricky one. From spats over leaky faucets to fiery conflicts over pest infestation, this duo isn&rsquo;t always rainbows and unicorns. Knowing who&rsquo;s...

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VICTORIAN DEVELOPERS BANNED FROM USING SUNSET CLAUSES TO RIP OFF HOME BUYERS

VICTORIAN DEVELOPERS BANNED FROM USING SUNSET CLAUSES TO RIP OFF HOME BUYERS

Owning your dream home is now within your reach now that developers in Victoria are finally banned from using the infamous sunset clause. A buyer&rsquo;s consent is now needed in order for developers to cancel a contract of sale. The ban would mean the end of the p...

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STRONGER AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY MARKET AS RESERVE BANK CUTS OFFICIAL INTEREST RATE

STRONGER AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY MARKET AS RESERVE BANK CUTS OFFICIAL INTEREST RATE

The current property market is set to strengthen with the recent Reserve Bank&rsquo;s interest rate cut. However, within an hour of the decision, ANZ refused to pass on the full rate cut to borrowers, instead they reduce rates b...

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BUYING NOW CHEAPER THAN RENTING IN CITY OF MELBOURNE: ANZ REPORT

BUYING NOW CHEAPER THAN RENTING IN CITY OF MELBOURNE: ANZ REPORT

It is now cheaper to buy rather than rent in Melbourne&rsquo;s popular inner suburbs, an ANZ report has revealed. An analysis by ANZ and property data firm CoreLogic shows that homeowners in Melbourne would spend less of their i...

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THE MELBOURNE SUBURBS SET TO BENEFIT FROM THE METRO TUNNEL

THE MELBOURNE SUBURBS SET TO BENEFIT FROM THE METRO TUNNEL

Melbourne, being one of the most liveable cities in the world, is a thriving city with a skyrocketing population. The effects of these developments are mostly felt on the daily commune of Melburnians, who are very much familiar with the city&rsquo;s tram delays and...

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EDUCATION CITY AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SMART SUSTAINABLE CITY

EDUCATION CITY AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SMART SUSTAINABLE CITY

Melbourne&rsquo;s west could transform into a $30 billion Silicon Valley-style technology hub, which would see 80,000 new jobs being created and could ease off the pressure from the CBD and inner city. The most awaited site, dub...

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WHAT THE FEDERAL ELECTION RESULT MEANS FOR THE PROPERTY MARKET

WHAT THE FEDERAL ELECTION RESULT MEANS FOR THE PROPERTY MARKET

The Coalition&rsquo;s latest victory at the recently concluded federal polls could mean a shorter, shallower property price downturn in the coming months. However, the long-term prospects for first-home buyers are still open to ...

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WHY APARTMENTS IN MELBOURNE’S CBD ARE BACK IN DEMAND

WHY APARTMENTS IN MELBOURNE’S CBD ARE BACK IN DEMAND

Apartment oversupply would be a thing of the past. Melbourne is now facing a booming population and a slowdown in the number of approved new residential buildings; thus, making the city&rsquo;s premium apartment market back in demand. text-align: jus...

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AUSTRALIA BECOMING MORE DIVERSE ACCORDING TO MIGRATION DATA

AUSTRALIA BECOMING MORE DIVERSE ACCORDING TO MIGRATION DATA

According to a recent migration data released by the ABS, as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were born within the country. Although this could be seen as a high number, data also indicates that 29.4 per cent of residents were born overs...

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MELBOURNE’S WALKABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS ATTRACT PRICE PREMIUM

MELBOURNE’S WALKABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS ATTRACT PRICE PREMIUM

Apartments and houses in highly walkable neighbourhoods in Melbourne are more likely to retain their value than those in less pedestrian-friendly areas, a new report has found. This can be seen during a rising market and also du...

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MELBOURNE, NOW THE PREFERRED INVESTMENT DESTINATION OVER SYDNEY

MELBOURNE, NOW THE PREFERRED INVESTMENT DESTINATION OVER SYDNEY

Step aside Sydney! Melbourne is now the preferred destination for Australian-based commercial property capital, according to a recent survey of investors&rsquo; intentions in the local market conducted by the the CBRE. The surve...

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MORRISON GIVES MELBOURNE AIRPORT RAIL LINK THE GREEN LIGHT: CONSTRUCTION TO START WITHIN THREE YEARS

MORRISON GIVES MELBOURNE AIRPORT RAIL LINK THE GREEN LIGHT: CONSTRUCTION TO START WITHIN THREE YEARS

Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally locked in his government&rsquo;s backing for Melbourne&rsquo;s much anticipated $13 billion airport rail link. The signing of the agreement &nbsp;between the Victorian and federal governmen...

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME HOME RENTERS

THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME HOME RENTERS

Planning to move out of the family home and rent your own space? If this is your first time renting, we&rsquo;ve got you covered with the deets! You might find hunting for the right rental a ...

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CHINA DOMINANT BUYER OF AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT SITES IN 2018

CHINA DOMINANT BUYER OF AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT SITES IN 2018

A staggering 31 per cent of Australian development sites worth $1.3 billion were purchased by Chinese developers in 2018, according to Knight Frank&rsquo;s latest report entitled&nbsp;Chinese Developers in Australia &ndash; Market Insight 2019....

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HOUSE PRICE FALLS IN MELBOURNE NOT ALL BAD

HOUSE PRICE FALLS IN MELBOURNE NOT ALL BAD

Despite the declining property prices in Sydney and Melbourne, Reserve Bank governor, Philip Lowe assures the public that they are not all bad news for the economy. There are some experts who think that way, too. &ldquo;It will ...

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MELBOURNE BEATS SYDNEY TO BE THE BEST CITY FOR TECH FIRMS

MELBOURNE BEATS SYDNEY TO BE THE BEST CITY FOR TECH FIRMS

Melbourne has outshined Sydney as one of the best cities in the world for tech firms, according to a Savills UK Tech Cities in Motion report. Despite Google and Facebook setting up their Australian headquarters in Sydney, the NS...

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CHINESE CHOOSES MELBOURNE AS NO. 1 TARGET FOR PROPERTY “BARGAINS” IN 2019

CHINESE CHOOSES MELBOURNE AS NO. 1 TARGET FOR PROPERTY “BARGAINS” IN 2019

Melbourne has been tipped to remain Australia&rsquo;s no.1 city for Chinese property buyers in 2019 according to a report published by leading international property website Juwai.com. Foreign buyers have expressed their desire ...

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HOW TO AVOID GETTING PENALISED WHEN BREAKING A LEASE

HOW TO AVOID GETTING PENALISED WHEN BREAKING A LEASE

It&rsquo;s a fact. Breaking a lease will cost you money. How much it would cost you depends on several factors, but there are ways to &nbsp;minimise the expenses if it&rsquo;s imperative that you leave a rental property before y...

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5 THINGS HOME LOAN LENDERS ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICATION

5 THINGS HOME LOAN LENDERS ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICATION

When seeking the ideal partner, almost all of us have a checklist to look into. The same can be said about lenders when they decide to whom they should give the loan to. And they are tough when it comes to first-time home buyers...

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VICTORIA PLANNING MINISTER RICHARD WYNNE TO EASE BUILDING RESTRICTIONS TO ALLOW MORE MELBOURNE CBD TOWERS

VICTORIA PLANNING MINISTER RICHARD WYNNE TO EASE BUILDING RESTRICTIONS TO ALLOW MORE MELBOURNE CBD TOWERS

Expect more skyscrapers towering over the Melbourne CBD as planning minister Richard Wayne is looking to ease up the tight building restrictions he had introduced in November 2016, which held back the city&rsquo;s growth and development for the past two years. ...

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WHAT IS OWNERS CORPORATION AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

WHAT IS OWNERS CORPORATION AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

More Melbourne residents are heading skywards into apartments and leaving behind the traditional Australian dream of owning a block with a house and a backyard. It&rsquo;s not only Melbourne who finds apartment living attractive...

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THINGS TO EXPECT FOR THE MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET IN 2019

THINGS TO EXPECT FOR THE MELBOURNE PROPERTY MARKET IN 2019

Despite modest price falls, homebuyers are set to have a good crack at the Melbourne property market in 2019. Experts forecast that the city&rsquo;s booming population will offset the price declines with the current population u...

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THE RENTER’S GUIDE TO END-OF-LEASE CLEANING

THE RENTER’S GUIDE TO END-OF-LEASE CLEANING

End-of-lease cleaning shouldn&rsquo;t be a nightmare to those looking to &nbsp;move out. You can avoid the enormous clouds of dust and horrific patches of mold if you simply do a little bit of cleaning every day. Not only that, but your chances of getting that bond...

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REAL ESTATE EXPERTS UNVEIL THE MELBOURNE SUBURBS SET PROSPER IN 2019

REAL ESTATE EXPERTS UNVEIL THE MELBOURNE SUBURBS SET PROSPER IN 2019

Suburbs nestled around Melbourne Airport and on the city&rsquo;s fringe are among the housing markets expected to be the hottest this year. Melbourne, being the state capital, still remains a buyer&rsquo;s market in 2019. Howeve...

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HOW TO EVALUATE WHETHER A PROPERTY WOULD MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT

HOW TO EVALUATE WHETHER A PROPERTY WOULD MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT

Experts agree that the success of an investment property lies on three simple things: rental yield, capital growth and demand. Get these three things right and you are sure to reap huge benefits from your investment property. So how do you assess if a property is a wise investm...

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REPAIRS – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT?

REPAIRS – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT?

When renting a property, it&rsquo;s common knowledge that landlords and tenants share responsibility for maintaining a rental property. But who&rsquo;s really responsible for what? LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITIES</h2...

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VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION: WHAT’S BEEN PROMISED FOR HOUSING AND LIVEABILITY

VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION: WHAT’S BEEN PROMISED FOR HOUSING AND LIVEABILITY

With the Victorian State Election having come to pass, we wonder if the pledges and promises made from the major and minor parties will come into fruition in the following months and years. It&rsquo;s a tough battle for Victoria...

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MELBOURNE TO BUILD MINI-CBDS IN THE BOOMING WEST

MELBOURNE TO BUILD MINI-CBDS IN THE BOOMING WEST

One will know if they are close to Melbourne once they catch a sight of the city&rsquo;s skyline, towering over the low-lying suburbs and sticking out like a beacon. However, the Melbourne city skyline that we know today will no...

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WHY IT’S THE BEST TIME TO BUY A HOME IN MELBOURNE IN YEARS

WHY IT’S THE BEST TIME TO BUY A HOME IN MELBOURNE IN YEARS

Is the property market in Melbourne becoming buyer-friendly? A lot of Melbourne property markets have gone ripe for the picking as they have slipped over the past year. Most real estate exper...

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AVOID THESE NASTY BUDGET SURPRISES WHEN BUILDING A NEW HOME

AVOID THESE NASTY BUDGET SURPRISES WHEN BUILDING A NEW HOME

When building a new house, making bad assumptions can cost you dearly. It&rsquo;s imperative that as a buyer, you have a clear idea of what is and what isn&rsquo;t included in the building cost to avoid nasty surprises. <p ...

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MELBOURNE PROPERTY BUYERS URGED TO MAKE THE MOST OF COOLING MARKET CONDITIONS

MELBOURNE PROPERTY BUYERS URGED TO MAKE THE MOST OF COOLING MARKET CONDITIONS

Househunters are advised to take advantage of Melbourne&rsquo;s cool market conditions this spring. This year&rsquo;s spring selling season could be the best opportunity for buyers to break into the market in years, with suburbs...

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HOW TO AVOID NASTY SURPRISES WHEN BUILDERS QUOTES COME IN

HOW TO AVOID NASTY SURPRISES WHEN BUILDERS QUOTES COME IN

It would be quite a nasty shock to receive quotes from your builder that are double the budget you have in mind. This comes as no surprise for architect Amelia Lee, who is the founder of website Undercover Architect, an online r...

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NDL REALTY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT SEMINAR IN MALAYSIA

NDL REALTY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT SEMINAR IN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR &mdash; Melbourne-based real estate agency&nbsp;NDL REALTY&nbsp;combined the knowledge and expertise of three presenters from Melbourne to deliver a successful property investmen...

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5 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A HOUSE DEPOSIT

5 STEPS TO SAVING FOR A HOUSE DEPOSIT

Some of us only dream of owning a home in Australia. These days, it seems that it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to afford one given the current condition of the market. But did you know, that no matter where you are in the country, it is still possible to own the house of your dreams? Yes,...

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NEW MERNDA RAIL LINE BOOSTS LAND PRICES IN OUTER NORTH

NEW MERNDA RAIL LINE BOOSTS LAND PRICES IN OUTER NORTH

With the new Mernda line completed, real estate in Mernda can go through the roof. Experts say promises of new rail lines can send property prices to skyrocket. This month, first passengers have boarded at the new $600 million M...

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GEN Y TO STRENGTHEN APARTMENT MARKET FOR YEARS

GEN Y TO STRENGTHEN APARTMENT MARKET FOR YEARS

The Gen Y population are expected to boost city apartment markets as they make the transition to fully embrace the inner-city lifestyle for the next ten years, according to a recent report. There will be an increased demand for ...

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WHAT FEATURES SHOULD YOUR OFF-THE-PLAN PROPERTY HAVE?

WHAT FEATURES SHOULD YOUR OFF-THE-PLAN PROPERTY HAVE?

Don&rsquo;t just take the glossy marketing brochures and presentations that showcase new developments at face value. It&rsquo;s also imperative to know what you actually need to have in your new apartment before sealing a deal i...

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MELBOURNE INNER-CITY SUBURBS: NEW TARGET LOCATIONS FOR DOWNSIZERS

MELBOURNE INNER-CITY SUBURBS: NEW TARGET LOCATIONS FOR DOWNSIZERS

A new demographic has emerged consisting of loaded baby boomers who have been swapping their large suburban homes for apartments in the city. This demographic aren&rsquo;t ready to retire quietly yet, and would rather spend the rest of their lives near public trans...

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LOCATION MUST-HAVES THAT COULD PAY OFF FOR YOUR PROPERTY

LOCATION MUST-HAVES THAT COULD PAY OFF FOR YOUR PROPERTY

It&rsquo;s no secret that there are three golden rules to scoring the best property: location, location, location. The position of the property is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a property. While the...

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IT’S THE END OF FINANCIAL YEAR TIME!

IT’S THE END OF FINANCIAL YEAR TIME!

Time flies so fast that it is the 2017/2018 End of Financial Year once again. Taxes and finances needs to now be prepared and submitted. If you have not done this yet, take this time to have all the important documents ready. As...

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THE ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A HOUSE AND LAND PACKAGE

THE ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A HOUSE AND LAND PACKAGE

If you&rsquo;ve been updating yourself about the real estate market lately, you are probably aware that vacant land is becoming much more difficult to find. Although this is the case,&nbsp; a house and land package remains a desirable and affordable option for buye...

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WHY IT’S BOOM TIME IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

WHY IT’S BOOM TIME IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

West rhymes with best. It holds true in Melbourne&rsquo;s western fringe right at the heart of the property boom. Melbourne, being Victoria&rsquo;s capital, is bound to turn into the most populated city in Australia by the 2030s...

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VICTORIA RANKS NO. 1 IN PROPERTY MARKET

VICTORIA RANKS NO. 1 IN PROPERTY MARKET

Victoria toppled other states as it ranked the nation&rsquo;s top performing property market. According to the latest PRD Nationwide Key Market Indicators report,&nbsp; Victoria emerged as the nation&rsquo;s best performing stat...

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THE BEST MELBOURNE SUBURBS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL BUYERS

THE BEST MELBOURNE SUBURBS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL BUYERS

If you&rsquo;ve been wanting to climb the property market ladder in Melbourne, now is the perfect time to get a foot of a few spots in the leafy east and in the inner west areas. New auction data reveals several suburbs becoming...

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HOW TO SURVIVE A RENT RISE

HOW TO SURVIVE A RENT RISE

A rent increase is one news no tenant is giddy to hear about. Forking out more cash on a rental can happen in the near future. However, with some planning and a realistic view of your finances, you can definitely survive a rent ...

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MELBOURNE’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY TO IMPROVE THIS YEAR

MELBOURNE’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY TO IMPROVE THIS YEAR

Are you still house hunting? Great news, house affordability is expected to improve in Melbourne this year. According to Moody&rsquo;s Investors Service&rsquo;s forecast, the city&rsquo;s moderate house price growth will continu...

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REASONS WHY MELBOURNE IS THE SMARTEST CITY

REASONS WHY MELBOURNE IS THE SMARTEST CITY

For the past seven years, Melbourne has basked in the glory of being hailed as the world&rsquo;s most liveable city. It&rsquo;s a melting pot of culture, sport, dining, innovative thinking, and fresh ideas. Victoria&rsquo;s capital has a lot of hidden charms waitin...

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VICTORIA’S $7.8 BILLION ROADS, RAIL LINE BOOSTS IN 2018 STATE BUDGET

VICTORIA’S $7.8 BILLION ROADS, RAIL LINE BOOSTS IN 2018 STATE BUDGET

It seems the Turnbull government heard Victoria&rsquo;s prolonged complaints about its road congestion as the state is gifted a hefty portion of the federal budget to spend on new roads and rail projects. A $7.8 billion share of...

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RENTAL PROPERTY RENOVATIONS FOR HEALTHY RETURNS

RENTAL PROPERTY RENOVATIONS FOR HEALTHY RETURNS

Want a way to maximise your rental income and expect a huge pay off? Then, a renovation on your rental property is the best way to go. It might cost you a bit much, but renovating your rental can potentially yield a healthy ROI....

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WHY RENTING IS THE NEW OWNING

WHY RENTING IS THE NEW OWNING

About 30% of all Aussies now live in a rental. Since 1991, the rental population in Australia has swollen up from 26.9% to 30.9% and home ownership has gone down from 68.6% to 65.5%. Almost as many Australians now rent as own th...

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE AUSSIE PROPERTY MARKET IN 2019

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE AUSSIE PROPERTY MARKET IN 2019

Australian house prices are expected to modestly increase higher this year and will double in 2019, as predicted by ANZ economists, who share right away that price falls are no longer an issue. House prices in Australia gained 0...

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5 COMMON PROPERTY INVESTMENT MISTAKES & HOW TO AVOID THEM

5 COMMON PROPERTY INVESTMENT MISTAKES & HOW TO AVOID THEM

It pays to be informed when it comes to purchasing an investment property. Most mistakes made in property investment are committed by beginner investors, who haven&rsquo;t had the experience to avoid them and haven&rsquo;t done their due diligence when it comes to ...

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIXED, VARIABLE, AND SPLIT LOAN

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIXED, VARIABLE, AND SPLIT LOAN

Should you choose a fixed, variable, or split loan? It&rsquo;s the most frequently asked question every person with a mortgage has to ponder upon. The three types of loans have pros and cons. While we can&rsquo;t predict the dir...

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TECH GIANTS PUSH FOR PIECE OF $30BN ‘SUPER CITY’ IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

TECH GIANTS PUSH FOR PIECE OF $30BN ‘SUPER CITY’ IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Tech giants are now pressured to get a piece of Melbourne&rsquo;s $30 billion super city plan that will create 100, 000 jobs in the booming west. The super city that has now been called the Australian Education City, is Australi...

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OVERSEAS BUYERS FAVOUR THESE MELBOURNE SUBURBS

OVERSEAS BUYERS FAVOUR THESE MELBOURNE SUBURBS

International househunters are favouring South Yarra, St Kilda, and Richmond as Victoria&rsquo;s top suburbs to live in due to the quality of lifestyle they offer. Recent analysis shows how the said southeastern postcodes are be...

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VICTORIAN FIRST HOME BUYERS CHARGE INTO 2018

VICTORIAN FIRST HOME BUYERS CHARGE INTO 2018

First-home buyers are predicted to charge in full force into the property market this year as State Government made favourable changes on stamp duty, making housing more affordable. The second half of l...

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RBA KEEPS RATES ON HOLD AT 1.5 PER CENT

RBA KEEPS RATES ON HOLD AT 1.5 PER CENT

The Reserve Bank of Australia doesn&rsquo;t seem like it&rsquo;s in a rush as its Board left interest rates steady at record low 1.5 per cent at the conclusion of its February monetary policy meeting.&nbsp; text-align: justi...

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2018 INTERIOR STYLE PREDICTIONS

2018 INTERIOR STYLE PREDICTIONS

It&rsquo;s that time of the year again when we wonder what interior design trends will glamour up our dwellings. 2018 will bring big changes in terms of new style trends to enjoy. There will be old aesthetics coming back and entirely fresh looks taking shape. ...

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6 MUST-TRY DECLUTTERING TIPS

6 MUST-TRY DECLUTTERING TIPS

Wouldn&rsquo;t it be a life-changer if you live in a clutter-free home? Somewhere free of fuss and mess, and forgotten corners are free of dusts. Decluttering might seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. In fact, it can free you from stres...

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NEW MEASURES FOR VACANT PROPERTIES IN VICTORIA (LAND TAX REFORM)

NEW MEASURES FOR VACANT PROPERTIES IN VICTORIA (LAND TAX REFORM)

Starting 1 January 2018, homes that are left unoccupied for more than six months of the previous calendar year, are subjected to be taxed under the Victorian Government vacant residential land tax (VRPT) Last year, the Victorian...

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MELBOURNE SUBURBS TO WATCH IN 2018

MELBOURNE SUBURBS TO WATCH IN 2018

Given Melbourne&rsquo;s widespread price surge in recent years, buyers are left scrambling to find affordable homes elsewhere that won&rsquo;t leave a hole in their &nbsp;pockets. Fortunately, the city&rsquo;s north and west sti...

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CRYPTOCURRENCIES ARE ENTERING AUSTRALIA’S PROPERTY MARKET

CRYPTOCURRENCIES ARE ENTERING AUSTRALIA’S PROPERTY MARKET

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are taking over the housing market. It&rsquo;s slowly even making its way into the Australian property market. Last year, a family house in Melbourne&rsquo;s outer east has been put up ...

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5 PROPERTY MARKET TRENDS TO EXPECT IN 2018

5 PROPERTY MARKET TRENDS TO EXPECT IN 2018

How will the housing market fare in 2018? It&rsquo;s the hottest question on the lips of Australia&rsquo;s property players, prospective buyers, and homeowners. Here are five property market trends that will manifest themselves ...

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