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Difficult market still requires astute pricing


  As you're no doubt aware, the local market has been tough going over the last year or so, with property prices being well below the level of two years ago.   This resulted in quite a few people who had hoped to make a move, having plans put on hold if they weren't prepared to accept prices offered.   It pays to remember that property prices are dictated by what people are prepared to pay. There is no set level.    All you can do is set a price you hope to achieve, reconcile it with what is being paid for comparable properties and choose an agent who will do their utmost to get you the best price possible.   If there is a disparity between what you hope to achieve and what the market will pay, you can either accept it, or wait for an upturn.   The property market fluctuates from year to year, according to factors such as public confidence, the availability of finance, interest rate levels and affordability factors.    An intere...


How a professional organiser declutters their home


  We ask a Sydney-based professional home organiser and the founder of My Organised Home what she personally does to keep her own home organised. Notepads ready, people…   With busy schedules, large households, messy children and generally too many possessions, it can take just a split second for your home to turn from calm to chaotic.   According to Sharne Kuper, founder of My Organised Home, it is possible to keep an orderly space day-after-day, month-after-month. While Sharne organises homes for a living, we know she knows the way to a tidy and structured home. But what does she personally do to keep her own home organised?   “Being at the forefront of unwanted belongings on a daily basis has changed my relationship with ‘stuff’,” says Sharne. “I practise what I preach to my clients and try to live simply surrounded by things that are useful, that I love and that I have a need for.”   Ready for your mo...


Is coliving the new future of renting?


  Co-living. For many Australian’s it’s a foreign concept, but what once could have been brushed off as a fad – has become anything but.   On Friday, Co-living operator Hmlet opened its largest offering yet – an 82-room warehouse conversion in the heart of St Peters. Describing co-living as ‘a social lifestyle driven by shared values of mobility, sustainability and social responsibility,’ Hmlet has already seen major success in Sydney, opening nine locations since its launch in January.   Co-living comes in all shapes and sizes. It draws in tenants with it’s ‘no strings attached’ message, offering fully furnished rooms without the lengthy leases.   In this latest St Peters build, Hmlet is offering single bedrooms from $370 a week, with a shared bathroom, communal kitchen/dining and shared community space.   For those who are more cashed up, there are entire apartments up for rent – from $800 p...


Guide for removing mould


  Here we share our guide on removing mould around the home, as well as our top tips on how to safeguard the bathroom against mildew growth.Remember, mould does not discriminate! You may have a new home, old home, $10 million dollar home. Mould can grow anywhere, if the conditions are ideal.  How to Get Rid of Mould Mould spores exist all around us and are an essential part of the ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean we should have to put up with them in the home. When exposed to damp, dark and humid conditions these spores can quickly multiply and result in a mould problem which can be unsightly, smelly and generally unpleasant. We are often asked how to get rid of mould in the home. Here we set out the dos and the don’ts so that you know how to eliminate mould around the house for good.   WHAT NOT TO DO When you go to the local supermarket or DIY store you will most likely find a number of household products that claim to get rid of mould...


Green light for first home loan deposit scheme


The Morrison Government's election pledge to make it easier for first home buyers to enter the market is moving ahead.   Under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, individuals earning up to $125,000 and $200,000 for couples will be able to obtain loans with a loan-to-value ratio of as much as 95%. This means they'll only be required make a minimum 5% deposit on their home loans. The government will underwrite their home loans and will serve as the guarantor.   The government plans to start the annual program by January 2020, with a cap of 10,000 loans per year. Properties purchased under the scheme will be subject to regional price caps to ensure equitable access across Australia.   Urban Development Institute of Australia National President Darren Cooper said the scheme will bea great help for many Australians who are finding it hard overcome the home loan deposit hurdle.   "Supporting eligible first home buyers who have saved 5% deposit by guaranteeing the ...


Five questions you should ask before you hire


  What's your decision making process when selecting a tradie? When screening candidates, bear in mind that, it’s your property, your money, your time they are going to be working with. So to help you with putting some context around how to figure out if someone is up to the job, we have created a handy list of 5 basic questions you should be asking before you commit to anything. Remember, most tradies actually want to do a good job and take great pride in their work. They will have nothing to hide and will happily answer any questions you have!   1.   What licenses do they hold (electrical, gas, plumbing)? We find it very surprising that NSW Fair Trading Research shows that only 80% of homeowners think licensing is important, but only 10% actually checks if a tradesperson is licensed or not.Would you go to an unlicensed dentist? Would you let an unlicensed surgeon perform surgery on you? The answer to these questions is rather obvious. Th...