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8 low-maintenance indoor plants to buy in 2019

Posted by Chris Collard on 13 March 2019
8 low-maintenance indoor plants to buy in 2019
Whether you want to give your home a bit of a jungle vibe or you're looking for an easy way to add a splash of colour, there's an indoor plant for that. These are the house plants set to take over living rooms and lacklustre corners in 2019, plus how to care for them. Indoor plants have seen a huge renaissance over the last few years. From cafes and offices to benchtops and bedrooms, indoor greenery has become synonymous with interior style and design. If you're looking for...
Posted in: selling Property planning self employed home loan Property Investment Retirement Starting a Business Reducing Debt  

All you need to know about off the plan contracts.

Posted by Chris Collard on 12 February 2019
All you need to know about off the plan contracts.
Considering buying a property off the plan? It sounds good in theory, with the possibility of stamp duty concessions and other benefits for first home buyers. But in 2018 there were quite a few people who got caught out by the hidden risks. Read on to find out what you need to know if you're thinking about buying off the plan this year, or if you're having second thoughts about an off the plan purchase. What does 'buying off the plan' mean? When you buy 'off the...
Posted in: real estate Property Buying a house Building Upgrading your Home First Home Buyers  

How to pick the right colour for your home

Posted by Mark Attard on 30 January 2019
How to pick the right colour for your home
Selecting paint colours is all fun and games until someone has to pick a white. With a kaleidoscope of hues to choose from, it can be overwhelming knowing which one will best complement your home's overall aesthetic and mood. So, if you're looking for a little interior tint-spiration, Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr shares her top dos and don'ts for working with colour. Picking paint colours for your home is never black and white. You can sift through swatches until y...
Posted in: Home staging Interior styling real estate Property Upgrading your Home First Home Buyers  

5 Reasons to buy a home during holiday season

Posted by Chris Collard on 12 December 2018
5 Reasons to buy a home during holiday season
Everyone looks forward to Christmas and the summer holiday season. After all, 'tis the season to be jolly. This year, it could also be the right time to buy a home. Here are 5 reasons why clever property buyers are considering making a purchase this holiday season. Motivated sellers Spring is one of the busiest times of year in Australia's property markets. That's when all the buyers are out in force and vendors have the best chance of getting their price. If a vendor i...
Posted in: Pre-approval real estate Property planning Property Investment Home loans Buying a house Moving house  

Saving for the holiday season

Posted by Chris Collard on 21 November 2018
Saving for the holiday season
Firstly, a holiday budget should include ALL your expenses. Often the biggest holiday spending culprits aren't just the gifts you put under the tree, there are also the annual get-togethers with friends, tickets for raffles around the office to support local charities, teacher gifts, the office Secret Santa - the list goes on.   Here are six ways to have a great holiday season on a budget.
Make a list Make a list of who you have to shop for and ask yourself if y...
Posted in: Small Businesses Smart Money Management First Home Buyers Retirement Upgrade My Home  
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