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Buying strata title

When you’re buying property, it’s important to understand what sort of title you’re purchasing. Most freestanding houses in Australia are sold under the Torrens title system. Units, apartment blocks and horizontal divisions, on the other hand, are usually sold under…

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What to look for at an open inspection

Open inspections are an integral part of the property buying experience. Despite the advent of sophisticated technology like virtual tours and drone videos, there’s nothing quite like being able to walk through a house yourself and decide whether it’s for…

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What’s driving the rise in farmland value?

Australia’s struggling farmers may appreciate this piece of good news: The median price of Australian farmland increased by 7.1 per cent in 2017, contributing to an average annual growth rate of more than 6.6 per cent since 1998. The median…

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Choosing a floor plan for your new build

Building your own house can be a lot of fun. Finally, you’ll be able to put all those childhood games of House to good use as you design the perfect home for you and your family. One of the most…

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Is a fixer-upper right for you?

‘Renovator’s delight’. ‘Unlimited opportunity’. There are certain catch phrases in real estate copy which mean the same thing: here’s a house that’s going to need some work. For some people, a property in dilapidated condition means nothing but hard work.…

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Going off grid – is it for you?

With soaring power bills affecting many Australian households, the idea of living “off the grid” holds a considerable appeal. But what does it really involve, and would it work for you? With advances in environmentally friendly technology, living off the…

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Is a second storey the solution for you?

It’s a common dilemma for the modern Australian family. The arrival of children has meant that your starter home is now bursting at the seams, but you’re attached to the area and don’t want to have to move. Extending the…

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  • Rural

Rural land: how to do the groundwork

If you’re buying rural land to operate as a farm or to support any agricultural enterprise, it’s important that you understand the climate and conditions of the land you’re buying. Some parts of Australia better support crops, whereas others are…

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The importance of catchment zones for investors

When you’re buying a property to rent out, your primary concern should be whether or not it will appeal to the right tenants. That means giving serious consideration to location, proximity to amenities, the size and condition of the property…

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Need to knows for a rural build

So you’re enthused about building your rural retreat. The land is purchased, perhaps an existing property has been demolished, and you have a blank slate on which to create your dream country oasis. Before you do carry out the build…

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