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The decor decisions that could mean you're turning into your parents


A generation ago, the biggest signifier of adulthood was marriage. Twenty years ago, it was buying a house together. But 21 years into the 21st century, with renting and singlehood more popular than ever, there are no clear-cut signs that you’re officially “adulting” anymore. Instead, we must rely on more nascent symbols, such as being tired all the time, and signing off using the word “best” on your emails.   But for those fully immersed in adulthood; the ones who’ve been at it for a while, clearer signs may become visible, not in the purchase of a home, but what is inside it. If you have any of the following in your place of residence, then, congratulations, you’ve hit peak grown-up. A motivational quote    If you’re a properly grown-up person, you recognise that frameless posters have no place in your house any longer, but phrases, slogans and words somehow mean more than ever.    Do you...


How to quickly upsize your home in a rising property market


How to quickly upsize your home in a rising property market     As auction clearance rates surge and median house prices rise to record levels across the country, would-be vendors are eagerly watching the market wondering whether it’s time to make a move.   “People are looking to upsize more than at any other time in the 18 years I’ve been in real estate,” says real estate agent and Clarke and Humel principal Michael Clarke. “They can’t travel the way they used to, so the lifestyle their home represents has become more important. They are focusing more than at any other time on things to do with the home.”   Growing families with roots in their community are increasingly seeking more space, says Village Real Estate director and auctioneer Huss Saad.   “They just want to stay in the area, so upsizing is the next step,” he said. “We’ve started to see a l...


2021 shapes up to be the year of the upsizer on the upper north shore


The upper north shore property market is out of the blocks early in 2021, and all signs are pointing to this being the year of the upsizer.   Downsizers are also expected to make a strong showing, with agents reporting that more owners of big, long-held estates are moving to sell this year – news that will be welcomed by buyers desperate to see more stock come to market.   Record low interest rates and a COVID-led trend towards larger, more lockdown-friendly family homes has proved an unexpected bonus for the leafy upper north shore, which ended 2020 on a high, having notched up a handful of new suburb sales records.It’s hard to believe that less than 10 months has passed since we were introduced to the concept of international and state border closure, household lockdowns and mandatory quarantines.   Life as we knew it before then has radically changed as we adjust to a world with COVID in our midst. It was the year that we threw away the real estate m...


Prospect of a six figure hike in Sydney house prices stokes affordability worries


The value of a typical detached house in Sydney will rise by another $120,000 by the middle of this year if price gains of the December quarter are repeated in the first half of 2021, reigniting worries about home affordability in the city.   Sydney’s median house price jumped by $55,000, or 4.8 per cent, during the last three months of 2020 to a record $1.21 million, Domain Group figures show. If the December quarter growth rate is duplicated in the subsequent two-quarters Sydney’s median house price will surge well past the $1.3 million mark by the end of June.     The median price for a detached home in Sydney is at a record high. CREDIT:PETER RAE   Domain’s senior research analyst, Dr Nicola Powell, said extremely low interest rates and a remarkable recovery in consumer confidence were likely to underpin further growth in detached housing in Sydney.   “I think we will likely see prices continue to rise for house...


Win $100 in our first ever competition!


  We are thrilled to announce our first ever Facebook competition!!! Be in line to win a $100 voucher to the shop or service of your choice in the North Turramurra Shopping Village. It’s our way of saying thank you to the community and to the local shopkeepers for the tremendous work that they do.To enter the competition, visit our Facebook page Turramurra North Real Estate and post a picture of your Christmas tree, or a scene from North Turramurra that embodies ‘Christmas’ to you. A community sports game in full swing under the summer sun? Local Christmas decorations? Cockatoos festooning a local tree? You choose!Include a sentence or two about what the scene means to you in the context of the festive season. Please keep it to around 50 words or less.Use the hashtag #turramurranorthrealestate We’ll pick our favourite on Friday 18 December and announce the winner on our Facebook page!Tag a friend and spread the word!


The Property Pandemic Paradox


Australia’s Teflon-coated property market appears to have proved itself again. Despite the country’s first recession in nearly three decades, Aussie home values – including houses and apartments – ended 2020 a solid 3 per cent higher, according to CoreLogic data.   According to another report, the Domain House Price index released on January 28, the nation’s median detached house price hit a record high of $852,940 in the December quarter. Sydney’s median house price tapped $1,211,488 – a record peak – and Melbourne’s hit $936,073.   All this, despite the steepest decline in population growth in decades thanks to international border closures – something that should, in theory, reduce demand for housing.   Nationally, many punters are now tipping double-digit property price gains ahead. Westpac economists are banking on a 15 per cent boom in prices over the two years starting this December quarter.  ...