Living the dream: Melbourne’s most liveable suburbs in 2015

So what does the 2015 Liveable Melbourne survey tell us? Apart from East Melbourne’s rise to the top, in part due to a boundary change, there have been some significant shifts, and the usual contentious results. The planning disaster that was Docklands appears to be turning around, thanks to a retrofit with key services. In […]

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Bulldogs early-season bolters

Footy fans live in perpetual hope, but fans of some clubs are all too familiar with the gulf between hope and expectation. If you’re a Hawthorn fan, you have expectations. St Kilda fans generally have to make do with promises. Three rounds into the 2016 season, the historic balance of hope shows signs of shifting. […]

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Is your home suited to sale by auction?

Five tips to know if auction will bring the best price for your home. Selling your home at auction has the potential to push the sale price sky high, and as the successful bidder doesn’t get a cooling off period, the sale of your home is set in cement once the hammer falls. However not […]

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Chinese buyers double their Aussie property investments, again

Chinese appetite for property in Australia shows no sign of waning after buyers doubled investment in the nation’s homes and offices for a second straight year. Spending on Australian residential and commercial real estate rose to $24.3 billion in the 12 months through June 2015, up from $12.4 billion a year earlier and $5.9 billion […]

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Top tips for sealing the deal when buying property

Competition for property remains fierce among homebuyers and investors alike in many capital cities, but, vendors aside, when it comes to buying property there can only be one winner. Desperation from would-be buyers to secure their property of choice is leading many to resort to the contentious early offer, which can be a double-edged sword […]

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Time’s running out for the ATM

That automatic teller machine (ATM) you’ve always relied on may soon disappear, with the cash machine industry in the throes of a crisis, according to a recent report. The number of ATM withdrawals is falling fast, so it may be surprising to learn that the number of machines in Australia’s population has, until recently, been growing. Many of these ATMs are now […]

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Hottest February since 1880!

Over the weekend, NASA reported that the planet’s average surface temperature was 1.35 degrees (Celsius) warmer than the 1951-1980 baseline used by the agency. Writing for Slate Magazine, climate journalist Eric Holthaus put that into historical context. February 2016 was Earth’s hottest February since records began in 1880, according to the US space agency, which […]

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Housing Equity Report

Aussie and CoreLogic have paired mortgage data with dwelling values to determine average equity levels around Australia. What is equity? Equity is simply a measure of the difference between the debt held on a property and what the property is valued at. The amount of equity a home owner may have in their home can change in two […]

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