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December market update

Vendors made up for lost time as we closed in on 2022, bouncing back strongly after months of uncertainty due to lockdowns and limits. Sellers listed in record numbers in the final months of 2021. Figures from Domain show newly advertised properties in Melbourne’s inner and outer eastern suburbs jumped by 54 and 50 per cent respectively in the year’s

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November market update

Melbourne’s east is proving as coveted as ever, with Wantirna, Blackburn and Ringwood ranking among Melbourne’s 10 most liveable suburbs. The PwC Australia City-Pulse 2021 report rated Wantirna as Melbourne’s fourth best postcode, based on criteria such as access to transport and amenities, housing prices, job accessibility and open space. Wantirna South, Glen Iris and Camberwell also made the top

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Seven tips for buying your first home

The hardest part of climbing the property ladder is often getting on that first rung. It’s equal parts exciting and overwhelming as you take that first step, and any uncertainty can be intensified by Melbourne’s fiery property market. While housing prices have jumped 15 percent in our city this year, there is still ample opportunity for first home buyers, with

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The purpose of property appraisals – beyond selling

The emotional security of owning a home is priceless – but sometimes, you need to put a solid number on its value. Those moments are when you need a property appraisal, as an independent assessment of a property’s worth. Professional appraisals are an important part of buying or selling a house, as they can help determine how much you can

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How using a stylist can set your sale price soaring

In today’s real estate market, staging your home to sell is like an art form. It can be very competitive, so to give yourself the best possible chance of selling at the highest price possible, you must make a good first impression. Property styling will not only make your home look good, it will also give the potential buyer the

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October market update

Our city feels truly alive once again with the return of Melbourne’s crowds, cafes and in person house inspections and auctions. We witnessed record auction volumes for October, with Domain reporting a staggering 291 per cent rise. The month ended with 6139 scheduled auctions. Much to the delight of vendors and buyers, this translated to Melbourne’s clearance rates reaching their

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How new lending rules could impact property purchases

Australia’s interest rates may still be at rock bottom but housing affordability concerns in capital cities like Melbourne keep growing. The low cash rate target has driven a steady decline in standard mortgage rates and helped support a rise of 20.3 per cent in residential real estate values in the year to September. National house prices have risen at their

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Six Spring Garden Tips

Spring is the perfect time to shower attention on our garden. Your outdoors will look as fresh a daisy with these six simple steps to take your yard or terrace out of winter’s doldrums. Weed, prune and tidy. Winter’s rain gives to birth to weeds, so now’s the time to tidy up garden beds, weed the lawn, clear out unwanted

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September Quarter Market Update

The start of spring brought the expected flurry of activity to Melbourne’s property market, after what has been a huge three months in real estate. We witnessed an abundance of sales despite lockdowns and a ban on physical home inspections. The latest Real Estate Institute of Victoria figures show metro Melbourne’s median house sale price hit $1.072m in the September

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