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Understanding the cooling-off period

Buying real estate can be an emotionally charged process. If you’re buying your first property or feel under pressure, it can be an even more emotional experience and you can make serious mistakes. That’s why most Australian states and territories allow a cooling-off period after a sale is completed. Before you breathe a sigh of …

Invest Smart! Get Landlord Protection

A recent case of water damage reminds me of the importance of landlord protection insurance. We recommended our clients take the insurance however to save a little money, the client said he’d take it next financial year. Two weeks before the insurance was to start, the property’s fire sprinkler burst flooding the apartment and causing …

Why It’s (Sometimes) Best To Leave Your Kitchen ...

Fixing up the kitchen is usually a great idea when you’re trying to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. But there can be times when it’s more trouble than it’s worth to go beyond the basics of cleaning and polishing. If you make the wrong decision, your attempt to make your house more …

Sydney’s Housing Bubble

Talk of a crashing domestic housing market made headlines after international economists claimed a storm cloud was rolling in over Australian property prices. But local analysts have crunched the numbers and say that over the next two years, house prices will not burst, rather linger. The forecast is contrary to explosive claims by economist Jonathan Tepper, …

Should I Buy Or Sell My House First?

“Should I buy or sell my house first?” You’ve decided to move and you keep asking this question over and over. Hmm… It can be a tough call. Buying first and selling first both have pros and cons. What you ultimately decide to do will be based on your particular situation and financial picture. Selling …

RBA Cuts Interest Rates

The Reserve Bank has, perhaps predictably, decided to cut official interest rates to a new record low of 1.75 per cent – the first change in rates since May last year. The Bank has acted to stimulate an underperforming local economy with growing concerns regarding the prospects of the national and international economy. The latest …