THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF DIY RENOVATING

Let’s face it, right now, the cost to renovate isn’t overly appealing. With expenses rising, the appeal of DIY has never been stronger - doing it yourself saves time, money and means you can avoid the hassle of builder shortages and expensive labour costs.
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8 Reasons Why Your Property Is Lingering on the Market

Making the decision to sell your home can be just as intricate as buying one. We all love the idea of a quick sale, but it's important to understand why some homes just don’t fly off the market. Let’s explore what might be holding back your property and how you can turn things around.
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How to Prepare for Your Home Open in 30 Minutes

Got a home open to get your home ready for and only half an hour to prep? No worries! A quick spruce-up can make a world of difference in how your home is perceived by potential buyers.
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5 Quick Ways to Improve Kerb Appeal

They say to not judge a book by its cover, but when a buyer sees your home for the first time, first impressions matter! A home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see, so enhancing kerb appeal is crucial when selling your property.
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How to Prepare for Your Smoothest Move yet

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful events in life, and it’s not surprising given the amount of seemingly endless things to do! But it doesn't always have to be a whirlwind of chaos.
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Why You Need a 3d Virtual Tour to Sell Your Home

In today's technologically advanced real estate market, 3D walkthroughs are becoming an essential tool in the home selling process. This tech is rapidly becoming a cornerstone in modern property selling, allowing potential buyers to explore a property from the comfort of their own device.
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5 Quick & Easy Ways to Enhance Your Bathroom for Sale

A clean and well-maintained bathroom can leave a lasting impression on buyers. If a potential buyer can step into a bathroom and be greeted by a space that they can envision themself in, unwinding after a long day, this can help contribute to sealing the deal and selling your home.
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The Domino Effect. how Your Neighbour's Sale Impacts Your Home's Value

Ever wondered how the recent sale of the house down the street impacts the potential sale of your own? Believe it or not, when your neighbour puts that 'Sold' sticker up, it can create ripples in the property market that directly touch the value and appeal of your home.
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Why Don't Agents Price Properties?

We’re about to answer one of the most frequently asked questions that we get from buyers everyday: Why don’t real estate agents price properties?
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6 High Return on Investment Renovations (that Won't Break the Bank)

They say change is the only constant, and this holds true even for our beloved homes! There comes a time when those walls, doors, and floors scream for a spruce-up, but who really wants to empty their savings account in the process?
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9 Red Flags to Look out for in a Real Estate Agent

Navigating the real estate market can be a daunting task. Whether you're a seasoned investor or a first-time homebuyer, the journey of buying or selling a property can be stressful.
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The Ultimate Guide to Subject to Sale Offers

In the current Perth property market, we're witnessing an increasing number of subject to sale offers weekend after weekend. Usually uncommon, subject to sale offers are becoming more prevalent, the reason being that there are not a lot of homes on the market right now.
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Top 10 Home Must-haves for Pet Owners

We all know that when hunting for a new home, we have a specific set of criteria it needs to meet. But, have you ever stopped to consider the wish list your pet might have if they could articulate it?
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All About Off-market: Are You Sacrificing Profit for Privacy?

The term ‘off-market’ implies that a homeowner is open to accepting suitable offers, but has chosen not to actively promote the sale of their home. While off-market sales can be quicker, they don't always yield the best results.
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The Biggest Turn-off for Home Buyers

Have you ever walked into a home and immediately been hit with an unpleasant odour? Well, you're not alone. Many potential buyers are turned off by the smell of pets, smoke, or just general uncleanliness.
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The 4 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Home

It may be tempting to put off repairs in the hopes of saving money until you're ready to sell, but doing so might backfire if the damage becomes irreparable in the meanwhile.
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Do I Need a for Sale Sign to Get My Home Sold?

A number of people often ask whether for sale signboards are necessary when selling their house. Our answer to this question is (almost) always, do you want to sell your house?
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This Is the Biggest Mistake a Home Seller Can Make.

If you’re looking to sell your home it can often be overwhelming and confusing with where to begin. All too often we see sellers making expensive changes to their home that they think will add value before engaging with an agent.
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Why Is Now the Best Time of Year to Get Sold?

It’s hard to believe we’re only 7 weeks away from Christmas! Many sellers can be unsure if this time of year is a good time to sell… and the answer is yes, it is! In fact, it’s one of the best times of the year in WA to get your home sold!
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Marketing Tips to Get Your Home Sold

The right marketing tools are a crucial part of not only selling your home, but getting the best price. From signboards and flyers to photos and digital marketing, there are endless ways to market your property - but are they the right ways?
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Do I Really Need Professional Photos to Sell My Home?

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home - buyers are scrolling the internet looking at property after property and the photographs are usually the deciding factor whether a buyer will attend the home open.
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Can I Sell My Home Unfurnished?

Have you ever scrolled through properties on the internet and seen empty houses? They look dull, uninviting and soulless - certainly not how you want your property to be perceived! By selling your house unfurnished, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
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Things I’ve Learnt from Playing Lock Down Monopoly

We’ve been stuck at home for quite some time now. As a result, we’ve done everything from catching up on long-neglected books to tending to our gardens. Solving puzzles with the family and hunkering down in front of a board game has become a sort of a daily ritual.
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What Stays and What Goes when You Buy a Home?

One constant bone of contention in many housing transactions is what is, and what isn't, included in the sale. Obviously, the property itself and the garden are included. Also just as obviously, family photos and the best set of china aren't.
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Why Overpricing Your Home Is a Bad Idea

The first few days after initially listing your home are critical, as this is when you will get the most views of your listing online. If your home is priced well above market rate, you run the risk of scaring off buyers, significantly decreasing buyer demand.
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3D Tours Are Taking Over

The world is changing so fast with buyers and sellers’ expectations changing every day. Technology is changing every minute and as every improvement becomes available, buyers’ expectations increase.
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Client Market Update December 2019

It has been an interesting and challenging year for the property market across the Western Suburbs and nowhere has been more interesting than Nedlands and Dalkeith with the new planning scheme LPS3 coming into effect in April this year.
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Top Tips to Sell Quick!

With current market conditions in WA favourable for buyers looking for a good deal, selling your home can take longer than if the market favoured sellers.
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Trends You Need to Know to Get Sold in 2020

Times have certainly changed in the past few years, and many industries are still struggling to catch up. From UBER to AIRBNB, every area of business and how we like to shop has changed radically over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing.
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What's the Difference Between a Property Valuation and a Property Appraisal?

An appraisal is an ‘opinion’ on where your home sits in the market and is prepared by a reputable and experienced Property Consultant. It is used as a guide to pricing a property for sale or for rent.
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Understanding Property Titles

There are a number of different types of property titles in Western Australia. Many are completely unknown to the majority of people and are rarely encountered.
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Quick Fixes that Will Make You Money

If you’re planning to sell your home, it only makes sense that you’d want to get the most out of it and the most profit. Often, real estate agents will tell homeowners to focus on their kitchen and bathrooms, as these areas of the home tend to be major selling points for buyers.
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So Much Stimulus

There has never been a more confusing time economically. Every day there is a new article – or tweet – that causes pandemonium. While the GFC was 10 years ago, many experts feel that to some extent it is still alive and well.
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21 Steps to Selling Your Home Yourself

Have you ever considered selling your home yourself? On the outside looking in it can sometimes seem that ‘surely it can’t be that hard?’.
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Why Is Winter the Best Time to Sell?

Ask anyone in the street when they think the best time to sell a home is and the answer will almost be unanimous – Spring! And it’s no wonder - everything’s in bloom, brighter, blossoming and looks great.
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Top 10 Secrets to Buying the Perfect Home

Before you buy, get the lay of the land – drop by morning, noon and night. Many a buyer has been disappointed because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the area wasn’t for them.
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20 Cold Hard Facts in Selling Your Home

Selling your home is not for the faint hearted and can be full of challenges and pitfalls. Even when you are excited and looking forward to where you are going next it can be a long emotionally exhausting process.
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Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'roll

Neighbours are like family: you can’t choose them, but you do have to live with them. And when you’re trying to sell your home you might wish they weren’t there at all. So, how do you convince a potential buyer that they’re not a problem? Well, that depends how big or small your problem is.
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Biggest Mistakes Made by Home Buyers

Buying your forever home is one of life’s most exciting and emotional milestones. But it is also going to be your biggest commitment.
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Sellers: How Should I Market My Home? Buyers: Just Tell Me the Price!

Selling your home is always a daunting process. One of the greatest challenges facing home owners is which sales method to use. Now every market is different, and as agents we have a huge range of selling methods available to us, so which one do you use as a seller?
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How to Buy the Perfect Home in 10 Easy Steps

Before you buy, get the lay of the land. What it looks (and sounds) like during perfect home open conditions may not be what it is like the other 6 days of the week.
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Downsizing or Rightsizing

Yesterday I spoke with another potential client who said they’re thinking about downsizing. I seem to be having this conversation a lot this year! -but too many people are using the term “downsizing” when what they really mean is “rightsizing.”
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Has the Whole World Gone Mad?

Well, it may seem so at the moment, but fear not, the balance of nature tends to be quickly restored.
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Final Inspections - Why Are People so Worried About Them?

Just before settlement the your agent will call you to organise what is commonly known as the final inspection. This is a walk-through of the home by the buyer prior to settlement. In WA every buyer is entitles to a final walkthrough before the big day. But is it that simple?
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Is Spring the Best Time to Sell?

Ask anyone in the street when they think the best time to sell a home is and the answer will almost be unanimous – Spring! And it’s no wonder – everything’s in bloom, brighter, blossoming and looks great.
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10 Signs You’ve Hired the Wrong Real Estate Agent

If you ask ten people who have recently bought or sold a home in the past 12 months, the chances are that at least a few of these families will tell you a real estate horror story. Which as an industry representative is both sad and frustrating.
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Why You Should Never Trust Online Home Valuations

Not a home open goes by where I don’t get cornered by a home buyer with an iPhone (or Galaxy) showing me the internet based valuation for the home we are selling.
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Client Market Update June 2018

Well hasn’t the year flown by! I can’t believe it is half way through the year and winter is well and truly upon us.
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Things that Are Driving Buyers Crazy in 2018!

Ok, we are in 2018 and a lot has changed in the last 10 years. I look at my 12-year-old son and can’t believe that the first iPhone hadn’t even cone out when he was born. So much has changed in the last 10 years – but apparently not real estate agents!
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How to Sell Your Home with Children (or Try!)

So, you’ve been thinking about selling your house and your keen to get started – and then you realise …….YOU HAVE KIDS! How is that going to work without losing your mind?
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How to Avoid Leaving Money on the Table when You Sell Your Home

The phrase “leaving money on the table” is a popular saying which means not getting enough money as you could have. If you are like most sellers, you hope to sell your home at the very best possible price. No one wants to leave money on the table, after all.
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What Type of Marketing Will Make Me the Most Money?

Selling a property in the digital age can be very confusing and the techniques we use now have changed phenomenally over the last 10 years.
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Advantages of Hiring a Local Real Estate Agent

Agents come in all shapes and sizes – some agents are area specialists and some are jack of all trades covering the entire metropolitan area. So what’s the advantage of using a local area agent? – and does it actually translate into more money?
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Sellers Myth: I Need to Price My Home Higher so I Have Room to Negotiate

Home owners often want to list their home at a much higher price than they are expecting in order to leave room for negotiating. I often get asked “How much negotiating room should I leave when pricing my home?
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What’s Next for Property in 2018?

2017 has been a mixed bag for the property market. Low stock levels across the Western Suburbs have kept prices on an even keel with the average days on market still well below the state average (for those homes priced correctly).
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Does Cash Always Win?

Industry experts will tell you that cash talks when it comes to sealing a deal and it is true there are a number of advantages to going in with a cash offer.
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What Type of Marketing Should My Agent Be Using?

Sellers are always cynical of the proposed marketing budget that their agents suggest – especially in this day in age where the seller pays for it all!
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‘Tis’ or ‘tis Not’ the Season to Sell?

Can you believe it’s only 9 weeks to Christmas!! …and for many buyers a house is most definitely on their Christmas wish list. But, at this time of year, with the festive season almost upon us, many sellers are considering the all-important question when it comes to going to the market.
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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Frustration and disappointment have always been part and parcel of the home buying process. But there is always another opportunity just around the corner….right? Maybe, but not at the moment.
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I Am so Confused by All These Different Sales Methods!

Once you’ve made the decision that you want to sell your home – it’s a straight forward process right?? – Wrong!!
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Quick Tips to Get the Buyers Queuing up

Competition in today’s house selling market can be very intense in some areas. Your home is on in competition not in isolation.
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Warning! Danger Ahead: 3 Common Real Estate Tricks

Way before I was a Real Estate Agent, I was a normal buyer and seller – hard to believe I know. And after many years in my own property business buying and selling a lot of homes I have identified 3 common tricks that agents will use to try and get you to list your home with them.
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5 Questions You Must Ask an Agent Before Signing Your Home Away!

Selling your home is a huge undertaking, after all, it's your biggest asset. So before handing over the keys to your castle and putting your financial future into the hands of someone you may have known for less than 60 minutes you need to do your due diligence.
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4 Guaranteed Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

When it comes time to sell a home, most home Sellers will have top of mind that they want to reel in the most money that they can for the home that they’re trying to sell. Of course…who wouldn’t?!
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Downsize Your Home and Upsize Your Life!

Whether you’re welcoming kids into the world, kicking them out of the family home or simply reassessing your financial position, there are some big decisions to be made in order to make sure you get the most out of this process.
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2017 Nedlands Market Update

Well, it’s been an interesting start to the year in the Perth property market. Despite the gloomy headlines Nedlands has continued to perform solidly with low stock levels prevailing at all levels of the market.
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How to Find the Perfect Tenant

Landlords have quite a responsibility when searching for the right rental tenant. Their property is an investment, so the search to find the ‘right’ tenant can become quite an exercise in rental dating; placing listings, screening eligible candidates, going through the inevitable will I find the right one?
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How to Sell You Home with a Problem Neighbour!

Neighbours are like family: you can’t choose them, but you do have to live with them. And when you’re trying to sell your home you might wish they weren’t there at all. So, how do you convince a potential buyer that they’re not a problem?
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Top 10 Property Apps – that Get the Job Done

Apps, apps and more apps. There is no doubt that digital tools are reshaping the real estate industry landscape like never before, giving buyers access to a wealth of information at their fingertips.
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First House

How do you know what’s best when buying a home. A good deal of passion and an ounce of common sense? Maybe it should be the other way around, but that is not what happens for most buyers.
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Is Spring the Right or Wrong Time to Sell?

Ask anyone in the street when they think the best time to sell a home is and the answer will almost be unanimous – Spring! And it’s no wonder – everything’s in bloom, brighter, blossoming and looks great.
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What’s Really Going on in the Perth Property Market?

Savvy investors are taking their pick of properties in Perth with experts predicting the market is set to turn a corner in 2017.
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10 Tips for a Hassle Free 1st Home Open

So you’ve decided to sell your home. Preparing and getting ready can be a daunting and thankless job. Selling a house even under the happiest of circumstances can be stressful and the preparation exhausting. So, what can you do to minimise this?
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How to Find the Perfect Neighbourhood for You

Regardless if you are going to be buying your own place or renting a property, moving to a new home belongs to the group of big decisions that you make only a handful of times in your life. While the moving experience can be made simple, I do not know anyone who wants to do it often!
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Tips & Tricks to Sell Your Home

Let's face it we all buy with our eyes first! I myself have been known to choose a bottle of wine just for the label – heaven forbid. Selling your home is no different from selling any other product.
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The Granny Flat – Is It a Solution to the Housing Affordability Crisis?

Rising property prices across Australia over the past decade has forced many Australians, young and old, to re-evaluate their dream of traditional homeownership.
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How Does Days on Market (dom) Affect the Sale of My Home?

Days on Market is a common term bandied around by real estate agents as well as property websites. So what does it mean and why is it important if you are trying to sell your home?
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I Am so Confused! – Which Method Do I Use to Sell My Home?

Once you’ve made the decision that you want to sell your home – it’s a straight forward process right?? – Wrong!!
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Is Cash Really King ?

Many in the real estate industry firmly cling to the belief that cash is still king when it comes to buying real estate.
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A – Z of Property Titles

There are a number of different types of property titles in Western Australia. Many are completely unknown to the majority of people and are rarely encountered.
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What Is a Final Inspection

Just before settlement, your agent will call you to organise what is commonly known as the final inspection. This is a walk-through of the home by the buyer prior to settlement. But is it that simple?
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What Is a Settlement Agent and Why Do I Need One?

Well, you have searched for months, found the perfect home and negotiated the perfect price. Then your real estate agent asks you that final question…..” so who will you be using for settlement?”
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21 Steps to Selling Your Own Home

I am always asked about the benefits of using an agent over doing it yourself. I mean, “how hard could it be to sell your own home”. The truth is it is a complicated process with plenty of pitfalls, however its not impossible.
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Top 4 Home Renovation Myths

Some people think that any improvement is a good one, but not all home improvements are created equal.
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Nedlands Market Update: June 2015

By now you are probably wondering, “What is happening in the property market this year”? The media is constantly full of contradictory advice, the market is going up, the market is going down, buy now, sell now……just who to believe?
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Sydney vs Perth – a Tale of Two Markets

As the Sydney market reaches almost unprecedented highs, Perth buyers and property owners have been looking on with a mixture of envy and relief, depending on which side of the fence you sit on.
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