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Building approvals tick up

Building approvals ticked up again in March, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The latest figures show that the total number of homes approved rose 1.9% in March (seasonally adjusted), after a 0.9%…

New standards for furniture

New standards have been set in place to reduce the risk of harm through toppling furniture, the ACCC announced this week. Furniture suppliers will now be required to provide safety warnings to consumers about the hazards, after the Assistant Treasurer,…

Bee engaged

This Sunday (20th May) is World Bee Day, time to take stock and check that we are all doing what we can to protect, support and encourage the delightful little pollinators who play such a crucial role in the well-being…

Budgeting for more homes

The announcement in this week’s Budget of $90.6 million to boost the number of skilled workers for the housing sector has been broadly applauded by the housing industry. The package includes measures to help attract more apprentices into the industry,…

Turn on the charm

Have you installed lighting in your home for a specific purpose, such as to highlight artwork or a workspace, or perhaps to create a warm, cosy space for enjoying a cuppa and chat? When your home is on the market,…

Phones for help

Many households have at least one or two old mobile phones stuffed away in a drawer because we don’t really know what to do with them. Now, we can use those phones to make a real difference in the lives…

Low supply keeping values high

Housing values lifted again in April, as diminished supply continues to trump high interest rates and inflation. Australian home values continued trending higher in April with CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index (HVI) rising 0.6%. This was on par with the…

Heart-shaped houseplants

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so we found some indoor plants with heart-shaped leaves, as a change from the traditional chrysanthemum. Possibly the most beautiful is the Anthurium, which not only has heart-shaped leaves, but takes it up a notch…

Interest rates remain steady

The Reserve Bank (RBA) announced this week that it has again decided to leave the Official Cash Rate (OCR) steady at 4.35%, despite indications that inflation is still too high. RBA governor Michele Bullock said on Tuesday that while ‘inflation…

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