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Prepare Your Spring Garden For Sale in 7 Steps


Spring is here and we have got gardening on our minds! It’s a wonderful time to be in the garden, as the warm weather causes plants to wake up from their winter slumber and bloom with new growth. Landscaping can maximise your property’s potential of selling at the greatest price and give a great first impression! Here are our tips for maximising the appeal of your Spring garden.     1. Lawns! Keeping lawns maintained with edging makes your landscaping appear easy maintenance – a popular selling point!       2. Mulch and WeedWeeding and mulching your plant beds will help your garden appear low-maintenance and well kept. Choose a utility mulch such as pine bark or forest fines, rather than typical ‘gardener-preferred’ options such as lucerne and sugarcane. Utility mulches look neater, and when you’re selling it’s less about function and more about appearance. Avoid mulches that are too “out there&rdq...


The Best Plants and Screens To Block Out Your Neighbours


The trend towards smaller block sizes and larger houses means the likelihood of having neighbours overlooking your private areas is increasing, and entertaining areas where people tend to be noisiest are in closer proximity.   Luckily, there are some handy solutions for blocking sight lines and even cutting out noise from the raucous residents next door so you can restore your backyard bliss.   Install A Privacy Screen Depending on where your chosen relaxation area is situated, it’s possible to block sight lines using off-the-shelf or custom-built screens. Available in a range of materials, screens can also improve a backyard by creating zones for different activities.   Contemporary backyards will benefit from screens made from modern materials such as aluminium, or laser-cut steel or plastic, with various designs available to suit your space. You could also choose screens made from timber or lattice for a more traditional look, or natural options like...


Bank Of Mum and Dad Funding A Third Of First-Homes


JENNIFER DUKE SEP 6, 2017 Originally posted on Domain.com.au One in three first-home buyers are getting financial assistance from their parents to help them get on the property ladder, new research shows. But experts warn this could be fuelling inequality in the housing market and making property prices even more unaffordable.   First-home buyers are increasingly tapping into the bank of Mum and Dad, with 29 per cent being provided help from their family in the form of cash hand outs, rent-free accommodation and guarantor loans, a survey by comparison website Mozo found.   On average, a first-home buyer borrowed more than $64,000 — and 67 per cent of parents were not expecting it to be paid back.     First-home buyers are increasingly relying on mum and dad. Photo: Rob Homer   First-time buyers in NSW were borrowing the most from their parents, followed by Victoria and South Australia, which ranked equally. The ACT ...


8 Signs a Suburb Is About To Surge In Value


Understanding the factors that trigger price growth helps ensure you pick a winning investment at the right time. When it comes to investing in property, capital growth is king. While income helps you hold on to your investments over the long term, it’s capital growth that will have the most impact in the end.   1. The Average Days on Market are Falling If demand exceeds supply, buyers will quickly snap up the available property, so the amount of time a property spends on the market drops, resulting in low average days on market.   2. Level of Discounting Drops If demand is on the rise, vendors are no longer compelled to offer discounts to attract buyers.   3. More properties are Being Auctioned Off Real estate agencies will often sell properties by auction when the demand for property is strong. This allows potential buyers to outbid each other and push prices up for the seller. So a rising number of auctions and high auction clearance rates ma...

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The Importance Of Good Photography When Getting Your Property Rented


When it comes to getting your property rented, Affinity Property knows what works (and what doesn't) for the modern customer.  In our experience, one of the most important things that you can do for your property is have professional photographs taken.    Why?   1. Today’s customer is extremely visual Each prospective renter is spending hours sifting through photos of hundreds of properties on multiple websites.  There are specific things they are looking for namely whether or not your property is aesthetically pleasing to them, whether they could see themselves living there and how close your property is to schools, shops, public transport, parks and other amenities.     2. Your property will be rented much faster Studies show that 97% of customers are looking for their rental property exclusively online and when they find something they like, they will take action exceptionally fast.  On average, rental listings ...


What Are My Legal Rights When Renovating?


By the time clients ask this question, neighborly relations have usually hit a sorry pass. The single best way to avoid expensive disputes is to check local Council rules before you build. Disputes can also often be diffused through direct conversation or the mediation services of the Community Justice Centre. When all else fails, however, the law attempts to protect the rights of both the renovator and the neighbour in a balanced way.   In legal terms, disputes tend to fall into one or more of four categories: dividing fences and boundaries; noise and pollution; land use; and nuisance. Life is rarely so tidy, however. If your neighbours claim that your new floor-to ceiling dining room windows violate their right to privacy, the dispute may involve several different issues.   Fences and Boundaries Generally, adjoining land owners share the cost of building and maintaining a fence. Pre-approval by the Council may be necessary and keep in mind that Council regulations may ...