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HOW TO ADJUST TO YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD

HOW TO ADJUST TO YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD

Have you ever pulled into your driveway at home and suddenly realised that you have no recollection of the journey from the office to your doorstep? That’s because your routines can become so familiar that you are able to do them in auto-pilot mode. The problem arises when you move to a new neighbourhood and you go to unlock your front door and your keys no longer fits the locks…&nbsp...

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THE RISKS INVOLVED IN PURCHASING A DISTRESSED PROPERTY

THE RISKS INVOLVED IN PURCHASING A DISTRESSED PROPERTY

The term distressed properties refers to homes that have been put onto the market because the homeowner has fallen into some sort of financial peril and needs to be rescued from his/her debt. Rather than avoid these sales, buyers could potentially pick up a bargain. And, in so doing, help save somebody from their own financial troubles. The key with all these properties is to remember that you...

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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Spending copious hours indoors during Winter has been known to cause homeowners to start loathing their homes. Seasonal decorating might seem like a wasteful expense, but it can also prevent a rushed sale on a home for those who are just looking for a change of scenery. These home updates can also give homeowners something to do with the many indoor hours the cold and wet season brings along wi...

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3 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR FLU SEASON

3 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR FLU SEASON

Every flu season sees most of us stocking up on germ-busting medicines and remedies to shield us from the vagaries of colds and flu. There is no better place to start with this defence plan than in our own homes. Here are a few things you can do to combat a dreaded case of the sniffles as far as possible: Clean out germs’ favourite hideouts Our homes tend to be hot spots for germs t...

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HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHILDREN HAVE ON YOUR HOME BUYING CHOICES

HOW MUCH INFLUENCE CHILDREN HAVE ON YOUR HOME BUYING CHOICES

It is not difficult to understand why good parents factor the needs of their children into their purchasing decisions. But, exactly how much influence do children have on your purchasing decisions? And how much influence should you allow them? How Children Influence Our Choices Global studies have shown that millennial parents are placing increased value on their children when it comes to maki...

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FACTORS SELLERS OVERLOOK WHEN PREPARING FOR A MOVE

FACTORS SELLERS OVERLOOK WHEN PREPARING FOR A MOVE

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, the process can be time consuming and stressful – especially if you have overlooked factors involved in preparing for a move. If it’s been a while since you have last experienced a move, here are a few reminders to help prepare yourself for what lies ahead…  Packing takes longer than you think The worst mistake you can ma...

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3 QUICK UPGRADES TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER DURING WINTER

3 QUICK UPGRADES TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER DURING WINTER

Winter is coming. Which usually cools off market activity along with the outdoor temperature.  Luckily, there are some quick upgrades you can do to help sell your home faster during the slow, Winter months.  To make your home more enticing to buyers who are trying to escape the cold, you could install one or more of these three temperature control features to help you sell your home f...

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HOW TO KEEP PETS IN A SMALL HOME

HOW TO KEEP PETS IN A SMALL HOME

Not all of us can afford spacious properties with large gardens. To keep your furry loved ones happy, you just need to know how to keep pets in a small home. Remember, it is not the size of the home that makes pets unhappy, but rather the quality of life that their owner can offer them. Provided you spend enough time with your pet and allow them to get fresh air regularly, most smaller breeds won&...

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE STABLE INTEREST RATE

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE STABLE INTEREST RATE

While it is great news that the interest rate has remained stable, the question is, what should you do to get the most of it? The answer is simple: while interest rates remain at 10.25%, homeowners could prepare for the possibility of higher interest rates now rather than wait until it happens. By investing an extra 0.25% of your home loan instalment into an interest-bearing account, you can ad...

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KITCHEN RENOVATION SURVIVAL GUIDE

KITCHEN RENOVATION SURVIVAL GUIDE

Kitchen renovations are often fraught with dust, displacement, and surprises. To avoid running into serious problems, make sure there is room both in your budget and in your timeline. If you’re planning a big reveal dinner to show off your new space, it might be better to wait until the renovation is complete before you send out the ‘save the date’ for this event.   &nb...

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VALUE VS APPRAISAL: WHICH VALUE SELLS MY HOUSE?

VALUE VS APPRAISAL: WHICH VALUE SELLS MY HOUSE?

Like the three ghosts of Christmas, you will be faced with three evaluators when you put your property on the market: a real estate agent, an appraiser from a financial institution, and finally, your local government. But, what do they all mean, and which number is the one you ought to be worrying about? General Valuation Roll Based on geographical information and recent sales in your suburb,...

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HOUSE RULES FOR KEEPING SNAKES AS PETS IN SA

HOUSE RULES FOR KEEPING SNAKES AS PETS IN SA

As if movies such as Anaconda and Snakes on a Plane didn’t act as warning enough, many still choose scales over fur, venom over drool and fangs over puppy teeth. Though the SPCA opposes the trade of any exotic or wild animals (such as snakes) as pets, emphasising the often tremendous amounts of suffering experienced during the process of capturing these animals for resale, certain snake spec...

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