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When It Makes Sense To Buy An Ugly Duckling

"Move-in ready" homes are desirable -- there's no doubt about it! But sometimes it makes better financial sense to opt for a house with dated decor and a less than trendy kitchen or master bath. You may not get your dream home immediately, but the opportunity to transform a property into your own swan can be rewarding. It can also be easy on the wallet.  When looking at Ugly Ducklings, however,...

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Interest Rate Decision Announcement

Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to maintain the cash rate target at 10 basis points and the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances at zero per cent. It also decided to cease further purchases under the bond purchase program, with the final purchases to take place on 10 February. The Omicron outbreak has affect...

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House Hunting When You Are In A Time Crunch

Here are some of the best ways to speed up the house buying process.  In an ideal world, you’d have plenty of time to find the perfect home. However, that does not always happen. Maybe you are relocating because of a job transfer. Fortunately, it doesn't have to take months to find the perfect home. You can speed up the process of buying a home with these tips.  Get A Mortgage Pre-Approval  ...

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Home Office Ideas For Small Spaces

Do you think that you don't have the space for a home office? Maybe you are under the impression that you need an extra bedroom or spare room for a workspace. An entire room is not necessary for an office. All that it takes is a little bit of creativity to carve out an office space in any home. Here are some home office ideas for smaller areas. Here are some smart home office ideas that prove ...

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Homebuyer Fund

You may be eligible to receive a contribution of up to 25% of the purchase price of your home. Eligible homebuyers can now receive a contribution of up to 25% towards the purchase price of their property, reducing their minimum required deposit to 5% and avoiding the need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance. For eligible Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander homebuyers, this contribution is up to...

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Can Colour Help Sell Your Home?

Colour psychology is not an exact science, but there are basic principles that marketing pros use to sell everything from greeting cards to cars. Much of it has to do with colour. Yes, the colours you put on your walls, or on your front door, can help clinch a home sale! Humans have emotional reactions to colour, and sensory perceptions of colour are remarkably consistent. Even though individua...

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3 Advantages Of Listing Your House This Spring

Homeowners looking to maximise their return on investment often want to know what season best achieves that goal. Getting near or full asking price can be influenced by a wide range of factors, including market trends, inventory and interest rates to name a few. It will come as good news to know there are strong indicators that this spring has unique listing advantages. That means listing a hom...

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Green Technology To Reduce Your Homes Carbon Footprint

When you are a homeowner looking to reduce your carbon footprint, there are a number of steps you can take to make your home earth-friendly. From passive solar heating to solar panels, you can make a difference in the impact your home has on the environment. Even when you aren't building a new home, changes can be made to an existing property to increase efficiency and reduce reliance on utility s...

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Fix and Sell - Forget What You See on Television

The drama of home and garden TV shows may be fun to watch, but no matter what you think, reality shows are not at all like real life. If you think it's easy to buy a house that needs updating and turn it quickly for substantial profit, you might want to think again. ?? That doesn't necessarily mean, though, that you should shy away from the idea of buying a "fixer-upper" -- just that you should...

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Creative Storage Tips When Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing at any stage of life can offer multiple benefits. A smaller home may come with a smaller price tag and usually means less space to clean. However, when downsizing a home, there’s usually the question of what to do with everything. That’s when creative storage ideas become essential.  Before Downsizing, Take Stock Before selecting the best storage options, it’s important to first tak...

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