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Finance Drops, Pointing to Market’s Weakness

The number of home loans approved fell the most in five months in July, underscoring ongoing weakness in the nation’s housing sector. The number of loans dropped 1 per cent to 44,804, lower than a downwardly revised 45,278 in June, the Australian Bureau of...

How to Prepare your Home for Spring

          Spring is the time of the year when the trees bloom and the home environment needs fresh and proper cleaning after a long cold winter. Spring, indeed, has always been by tradition the most appropriate time of the year to do a...

Home grant plan may prove a failure: REIQ

Bigger grants for new home purchases may fail to revive Queensland’s ailing construction sector, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says. The Newman government’s first budget will more than double the grant for first home buyers who purchase...

How much to save $1M in 20 years

Interestingly I came accross an article that gave me the challenge of working out, how much do I have to save / mth if I want $1M in savings in 20 years time. The answer is, at say an average compounding interest return of 4% (any excel program has the formulae...

Appreciate depreciation to profit

A BIG chunk of Australia’s 1.75 million real estate investors could earn themselves thousands of extra dollars each year by taking a closer look at their tax deductions. It is estimated at least half of investors do not claim all possible depreciation-related...

What not to DIY with plumbing and electrical

With DIY electrical and plumbing work, it’s more about what you can’t do than what you can. The law is black and white when it comes to working on the electrical and plumbing systems in your home. If it’s much beyond changing a light bulb or a tap washer,...