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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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The Essentials for Kitting Out Your First Home

Date: 23 August 2016
Whether you are getting married, buying your first home or simply moving into your first real place of your own, you will likely find yourself with some shopping to do. A plan can help you stay focused and avoid unnecessary purchases, saving money and time (not to mention clutter) in the long run.
Niche Interiors
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Five depreciation facts when renovating

Date: 22 August 2016

It’s easy to see Australian’s have a passion for property renovation. All you need to do is switch on the television and you’ll find evidence in the number of home shows dominating our screens.

A large number of property investor’s complete additions or alterations to their investment property each year, yet many of these investors are unaware of how these renovations will affect the deductions they can claim.

As a building gets older, items wear out – they depreciate. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows owners of income producing properties to claim this depreciation as a deduction.

Below are five must know facts for property investors to help them to understand property depreciation and ensure the maximum deductions are claimed, particularly when a renovation is involved.

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