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Think before you leap to the country

Date: 1 September 2016
Before you leave the big smoke, be sure you do your homework first. I was a long-term city dweller, living in some of the world’s biggest cities, including New York, London and Sydney, until one day I surprised everyone when I upped sticks to a tiny village in the Blue Mountains, 100 kilometres from Sydney. My friends assumed I’d be hightailing it back to the city in a few months in search of a decent latte and an art gallery, but more than 10 years later I’m settled into regional life. Having said that, I do know many people who struggle with life away from the metropolis. And with regional prices growing at a much slower pace than cities, it can be difficult to make that step back if it’s not for you. So consider the following advantages of a move to the country, but think before you leap…
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These nasty issues can turn a dream home into a nightmare

Date: 31 August 2016
So, you’re about to purchase a dream home (or have already), and it looks like a sound investment … but as the old adage goes, ‘buyer beware’! The first thing you should do is hire an expert to look through the property, but i n Australia, many houses and apartments are sold without the purchaser having had the home inspected for structural damage or pest problems. In fact, 80 per cent of Australian property transactions take place without such checks. In all cases, I highly recommend having an independent, reputable and experienced inspector come and help you diagnose the problem and suggest remedies. But even still, it’s good to know what they will be looking for and to try to identify the problems yourself. Here are the top six structural issues that can affect a house, how to identify them and what to do about the problem.
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17 easy home exterior makeovers

Date: 25 August 2016
Even if you are not planning to sell your home in the near future, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and verandah furnishings to colour schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.
Ana Williamson Architect
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Sydney & Melbourne homebuyers running hot after Reserve Bank rate cut

Date: 24 August 2016

After the Reserve Bank decided to slash interest rates to a record low of 1.75% this month, Sydney and Melbourne’s property auction clearances have surged – but it’s a different story in other Australian capitals.

Fundamentally though, as rates continue to fall, prices just keep rising in Sydney and Melbourne’s auction hotspots.

First National Real Estate’s chief executive, Ray Ellis says ‘Australia’s demand for property continues unabated. The general populace has become used to rates being this low and they’ve now factored that into their buying decisions’.

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How to stage your master bedroom for open-house success

Date: 24 August 2016
An inviting master bedroom is sure to seduce potential buyers into fighting for your property come auction time. Think luxurious and relaxing – a calming adult retreat. Here are my top tricks…
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