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Health and happiness while at home

Health and happiness while at home During this second Melbourne lockdown, it is easy to let our health and wellness slide. That extra serving of ice-cream, an all-night (or day) binge on Netflix, or spending hours idly scrolling through social media can be a welcome distraction from the strains and boredom of isolation. But if we prioritise our health we

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Buying

Buying an affordable first home in Melbourne’s east

Buying an affordable first home in Melbourne’s east Home ownership: two words that come with an equal mix of excitement and anxiety. Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of pleasure to be derived from thoughts of how you might decorate a property, the social gatherings you could have there, and the memories you’re hoping to make. But the reality is

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Community

Stage 4 restrictions

Stage 4 Restrictions This week, Melbourne’s real estate industry has again transformed itself, moving to a new mode of operation based on the guidelines defined as part of the COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions. This transition to these has been rapid, and there is potential that these parameters will evolve over time, however, here’s what things look like for the moment.

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Investing

Discover the top 4 benefits of property depreciation

Depreciation is the second biggest tax deduction available for property investors. However, 80 per cent of investors are failing to take full advantage of it. Property depreciation is the wear and tear of a building and its assets over time. Owners of income-producing properties can claim this depreciation as a tax deduction. A tax depreciation schedule prepared by a specialist

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House & Home

Clever gardening tips that won’t break the bank balance

We have been blessed with some lovely sunshine and fine days during the winter season this year, so getting out into our garden has been a pleasure for some people. For those who are not so savvy, I’ve compiled some top tips to improve the look of your garden without having to spend a fortune. Second hand materials The most

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Investing

Residential investor’s guide to property depreciation

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but there is a way that property investors can boost cash flow without spending any. Property depreciation is the natural wear and tear of a building and its assets over time. Owners of income-producing properties can claim depreciation as a tax deduction, and they don’t need to spend any money in order to claim it.

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All News

Winter gardens that sell homes

As we commence another lockdown, it’s reassuring to know that not everything stops. While family gatherings and birthday parties are paused, life goes on. Our social lives mightn’t be as healthy, but one area that continues to prosper is the property market. The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this couldn’t be more true as

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Selling

Winter styling that gives a warm welcome

In winter we tend to bunker down and spend more time indoors. If you home is on the market it is important to present your property to reflect the new season. Now that open for inspections have resumed after the easing of the recent restrictions, it’s time to spruce up your place and present it in the best light. Lighting

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Home Improvements

What the HomeBuilder grant could mean for you

In the middle of a pandemic, good news is refreshing. Especially when it involves a cash injection. The federal government’s recently announced HomeBuilder stimulus – designed to boost Australia’s third-biggest industry, construction, during this economic downturn – presents a great opportunity for a select few. If you are an owner-occupier or a would-be home buyer and earn less than $125,000

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