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What is equity ? And how can I use it to buy an investment property

April 15, 2018

For Home Buyers Investors Real Estate News Uncategorized

Via: Pumped on Property By: Ben Everingham What is equity? Equity is similar to cash in a way. It is the difference between the value of a property and what you owe. For example; say you purchased a home 5 years ago for $500,000 and put down $100,000 deposit. Today the property is worth $600,000 […]

Your Ultimate Guide To The Best Cafes On The Gold Coast

April 8, 2018

For Home Buyers Gold Coast History Just for Fun

Via: The Urban List By: Brooke Darling For us Gold Coasters, a love of cafes seems to be in our DNA. We LOVE to do breakfast, brunch and all things involving some combination of coffee, eggs, bacon and smashed avo. Thankfully, our many and diverse breakfasting needs are more than catered for by Gold Coast’s […]

How to Throw the Most Memorable Housewarming Party Ever

April 2, 2018

For Home Buyers Just for Fun Looking After Your Home Rental

Article via: Marie Claire By Larkin Clark It’s finally happened: You found your dream house/apartment/studio/loft. The furniture’s moved in and the boxes are unpacked. What better time to celebrate? Here’s what you need to know about hosting your first housewarming party, from planning to follow-up. Make a Plan Choose your party time and type way […]

Six ways to style print and pattern in the home

March 26, 2018

For Home Buyers Interior Designs Just for Fun Looking After Your Home

  Via; Vogue Living By; YEONG SASSALL It’s a brave new world out there, at least as far as fabric and wallpapers are concerned. And according to Osborne & Little’s Graham Noakes, “modern techniques have allowed for more exciting prints than the more traditional ones we’re used to.” Thanks to digital printing, “the most elaborate […]

Beach Front Markets Lead to Growth Surge!

March 19, 2018

For Home Buyers Gold Coast History Investors Real Estate News Selling Your Property

Author: Felicity Moore 12/03/2018 The beachfront markets of the Gold and Sunshine Coast, and Noosa, have finished 2017 with the strongest growth in the state, significantly outperforming Brisbane.

What is a Stigmatised Property?

March 12, 2018

For Home Buyers Investors Rental Selling Your Property

Whenever we buy an established property (as opposed to off-the-plan) we know we’re buying a property with a history, but most of the time we aren’t too concerned about that history. Is the property structurally sound, is it termite free, does the property flood? These are some of the key issues most buyers are concerned […]

Rental Incentives

March 5, 2018


The concept of rental incentives has been in the news lately and while the idea is not new, it may be new to some people, so let’s explore this idea. What are rental incentives? Broadly speaking, they are incentives designed to encourage potential tenants to choose one property over another. Rental incentives are only handed […]

How to Avoid Buying a Money-Pit

February 26, 2018


When we are in house-hunting mode we all want to find the perfect property. That means being able to spot the dud and avoid the costly pitfalls that come with buying the lemon. Here are five traps to look out for when inspecting potential contenders for your dream home. 1. Illegal building work: In Australia […]

Surprising facts about the building and pest inspection

February 19, 2018

For Home Buyers Selling Your Property

It is an important tool for both buyers and sellers because it can result in the termination of a contract in some instances. When buyers visit an open home, unless they are a qualified building inspector it’s unlikely they can spot the hidden issues that a building can have. A building and pest inspection is […]

Tips for Settlement - Why Tuesdays are Better than Fridays and Other Advice

February 12, 2018

Selling Your Property

Settlement is the day when the property ownership passes from the seller to you and the day when the balance of funds is due in full. Settlement is when the purchaser receives the title to the property. It is also the last day the seller is responsible for outgoings, such as rates, water and sewage. […]

First-home buyer share of market keeps rising: REIA

February 12, 2018

Real Estate News

First-home buyers made up 18 per cent of total owner-occupier housing finance commitments in November, the highest percentage in over five years. Skitterphoto.com via Pexels. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics housing finance data reveals that the share of first-home buyers in the market is steadily increasing, says the Real Estate Institute of Australia. “The proportion of first home […]

Photoshopping real estate images – what’s allowed?

February 12, 2018

Selling Your Property

So what is allowed and what is prohibited? Well, for those who are looking for a black and white answer, the disappointing news is that it’s very grey. Some areas are clear, but there is much that has been left open to interpretation. This can be very stressful, because if the real estate agent gets […]

Security Tips for Open Homes

February 6, 2018

Selling Your Property

Taking steps to remove that temptation and limit risk as much as possible will give you peace of mind and hopefully ensure your home and your family’s possessions are safe while still welcoming potential buyers. A property is not just a person’s biggest asset, it’s also their sanctuary, their escape from the world, so it […]

Auction Clearance Rates Explained

January 29, 2018


The much-reported auction clearance rates are often taken as an indication of the health, or lack thereof, of the property market, with many (incorrectly) assuming that a low auction clearance rate indicates a weak market and a high clearance rate means the market is galloping away. Firstly, what is an auction clearance rate? Well, it’s […]

Finding beauty in imperfection: 'wabi-sabi' - the hottest design trend of 2018

January 21, 2018

Interior Designs

Finding beauty in imperfection: ‘wabi-sabi’ – the hottest design trend of 2018 Image: Brooke Lark vis Unsplash. I have good news for the more laid-back housekeeper. This year’s hottest design trend is ‘wabi-sabi’ – a Japanese philosophy that celebrates the imperfect. Loosely translated, ‘wabi’ means simple and ‘sabi’ means the beauty of age and wear. Leonard […]

The Etiquette of a Good Open Home - 6 Tips for Buyers

January 8, 2018

For Home Buyers

1. Create a check list and a scoring system: Be organised about your house hunting. Create a checklist and a scoring system and do it on the back of the brochure the agent will hand you at each open home. List everything your home must have, followed by the nice-to-have features. Give each feature a […]

Why Christmas is a Great Time to Bag a Property Bargain!

January 1, 2018

Selling Your Property

Or are you under the erroneous impression that real estate retires over the Christmas period? Because nothing could be further from the truth. There are many compelling reasons for getting neck deep into real estate during the silly season. There’s no doubt that it’s a quieter period but it’s all about turning that to your […]

Gold Coast houses to soar by 2020 according to latest report

December 26, 2017

Real Estate News

THE median price for a house on the Gold Coast is expected to exceed $650,000 for the first time in the next three years. A report released today by insurance provider QBE predicts house prices will rise 6 per cent to 2020, to a record $665,000. Figures released by CoreLogic in June show the median […]

History of the Gold Coast

December 18, 2017

Gold Coast History

Kombumerri Aboriginal history in the Gold Coast region Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Gold Coast region for about 23,000 years before European settlement and the present. By the early 18th century there were several distinct clan estate groups (previously referred to as tribes) living between the Tweed and Logan Rivers and […]

How To Secure Your Home When You Are Away Over Christmas

December 11, 2017

Looking After Your Home

Going away for Christmas? The Christmas holiday season is a great opportunity to see distant relatives, enjoy a break in the warmth of summer and take the time to do some of those classic road trips that you just can’t manage at other times of the year. But unfortunately, the Christmas period is also a […]