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Lending strong

By Adam Nobel

Lending has risen by almost one-fifth over the last 12 months despite a drop in May, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The new figures show that the total value of new housing loans…

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Rug up your home

By Adam Nobel

Winter has set in well and truly this month, making its presence felt with rain, snow and chilly winds. Do you find that no matter how well you heat your house, an icy blast blows in every time someone opens…

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Scrap or gold?

By Adam Nobel

If you are about to throw out those old kitchen fittings in readiness for a bright and shiny renovation, wait up a minute. Did you know that you could claim a tax deduction on some of the items you are…

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Not for the shy

By Adam Nobel

When marketing a home, it’s common to list the number of bathrooms (bedrooms etc), with the more the better, in most cases. A house in Milwaukee, however, has a novel feature – four toilets in one bathroom! Originally built in…

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Touchups to sell your home

By Adam Nobel

Are you ready to put your home on the market, but not sure what needs to be done to get it in shape? Here’s a quick checklist. 1. If you want buyers to flock into your home, make sure the…

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Décor for kids

By Adam Nobel

Kids, pets and mess go together – it’s a fact of life. So when it comes time to renovate your home, save angst by opting not to paint the walls white nor instal beautiful carpets throughout. If you prefer a…

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Building approvals lift

By Adam Nobel

Building approvals lifted again in May, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The seasonally adjusted figures show that the total number of homes approved rose 5.5% in May, after a 1.9% rise in…

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Aussie house price tops $1m

By Adam Nobel

Australia’s average house is now worth over a million dollars, a new report suggests. The latest Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Real Estate Market Facts (REMF) has revealed the national median house price grew by 7.6% over the year…

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Tips to repair credit

By Adam Nobel

Are you thinking it’s time now to buy your first home? Your credit history could affect your chances for loan approval, as well as the interest rates you might be offered on a mortgage. Your credit score (or rating) is…

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Why is building so expensive?

By Adam Nobel

Sydney is still the most expensive city to build homes though Brisbane is fast catching up, a new report shows. The International Construction Market Survey (ICMS) 2024 report* shows an imbalance of labour supply and demand across the region, a…

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