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November 29, 2017

Small Rooms that Live Large

Whether you are into minimalism or prefer being surrounded by your possessions, you can feel at home and uncrowded in your small living room by following a few design tips that make your room feel larger.

Banish Clutter
This is a perfect look for a small living room—clean, uncluttered with neutral colors and minimal furnishings. It's elegant and understated without appearing boring, and it leaves room for personal touches.

Small Sofa Not Required
Just because you have a small living room doesn't...

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November 29, 2017

Christmas is lighting up the suburbs!

Driving around on a warm summer’s night searching for lights has become a Christmas ritual. And it’s one that is enjoyed not just by families, but people of all ages as they rediscover the magic of the season. 

Fuelled by festive cheer (and a spot of neighbourhood rivalry), Adelaideans have turned it up this year and delivered some of the biggest and brightest displays yet.

We’ve made a list and checked it twice – here is where you’ll find the best lights...

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November 29, 2017

Hot Investments

If you are looking to start or expand your property investment portfolio, you’ll know just how important it is to find that ‘gem’ in the market place that returns above average yields.

While banks may be tightening up on investment lending, the good news is that if you’re ready, we have some outstanding prospects just waiting for you.

Best of all… with November through to February being peak leasing season, there’s an even better chance to maximise your monthly returns!

Here’s a few...

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October 27, 2017

Moving up the Property Ladder

There’s often a lot of focus placed on first home buyers and how they can get a foot into the property market, and rightly so. Saving a substantial deposit and buying your first home is no small feat.

For ‘Second-steppers’, those who already own a home and are looking to upsize or upgrade, taking that next step can be just as daunting. Most people assume that once you own a property, it’s easy enough to keep moving up the property ladder....

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October 27, 2017

Investors | Are you maximising your deductions?

Most investors are aware of some of the deductions they are entitled to; for example, they know they can claim their Property Manager’s fees, council rates and any repairs and maintenance costs. But what about Depreciation?

Often investors are unaware of property depreciation and as such they frequently miss out on the valuable returns these deductions can provide them with when they complete their annual income tax returns.

To help investors maximise the deductions they can claim from an investment property, let’s...

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October 27, 2017

Tips for Summer Selling!

When the market heats up so does the weather, making holding an inviting Open Home challenging for home owners and Agents alike. There’s nothing less welcoming than stepping out of the hot sun into a warm house filled with bustling buyers! The good news is there are some simple solutions to creating an inviting home during the warmer months and most importantly, making your prospective buyers feel right at home.

First Impressions Count
Hot days present their own challenges...

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September 28, 2017

Our top 10 lifestyle suburbs revealed

Australia’s top lifestyle suburbs* have been revealed in the latest report from realestate.com.au including a State by State breakdown. So how did Adelaide Fair?

Taking into account access to education, parks, beaches and the CBD by car or public transport Adelaide is seeing a shift to the Coast when it comes to lifestyle suburbs, according to REA Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee.

“Beach side living is a lifestyle element for many buyers and what we’re seeing in South Australia is consistent with the...

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September 28, 2017

Feeling the Mortgage Pinch?

Tim Cece | Director, Search Mortgages

As we get closer to the all expensive festive season, household finances will be placed under the spotlight and the pressure of maintaining regular mortgage repayments may become overwhelming.

You’re not alone in this. Whether the time of year, a change in your circumstances or (perhaps in the future) rising interest rates put you in the position that you may miss a mortgage repayment – there are some alternatives available that will help alleviate...

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September 28, 2017

Gardens | Tranquil & Edible

With the warmer weather comes more time enjoyed outdoors. Whether that’s enjoying water sports, going hiking or simply sitting on your patio admiring your garden… or wishing you could.

Now is the ideal time to improve your garden. As we enter into Spring and plants are brimming with new growth with flowers beginning to bloom, let’s look at how you can improve your garden to make it not only gorgeous, but practical.

Edible planting can add to the colour, texture and form...

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August 25, 2017

2 easy ways to Maximise your Rental Return during a Tenancy

Jennifer Norcliffe | Investment Manager, Harcourts Packham

Leaving renovations aside, as an astute investor you must be aware of all opportunities to maximise your rental return.

Granted, most of this will rely heavily on your Property Manager (see last month’s blog: The Perfect Property Manager – What’s on Your List?), but you must be aware of every strategy available to best equip you for a successful investment journey.

0% arrears policy
This one’s obvious, isn’t it? If your tenant’s not paying on...

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