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  • Ray White Rural Agnes Water welcomes new owners

    LOCALS Carli and Damien Gomersall have taken over the reins of Ray White Rural Agnes Water from outgoing principals Bill and Carolyn Meade. Former Ray White Rural Agnes Water principal Bill Meade passed the baton to the Gomersalls after more …

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  • Josh Gillespie expands into Colonel Light Gardens

    The powerhouse team behind Ray White Unley have expanded into their second location and have taken over ownership at Ray White Colonel Light Gardens, in Adelaide’s blue chip inner south. Josh Gillespie, who opened his doors at Ray White Unley in …

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  • Buyers push auction market to new heights

    (From left to right: Ray White Earlwood sales executive Kieran Gianoudis, one of the buyers, Ray White Earlwood director Dean Vasil, the other buyer and the seller at 5 Gornall Ave, Earlwood.) BUYERS’ dreams have been kept alive this week as the Federal …

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  • First home buyers flood the market

    GENEROUS government grants have been the catalyst for the recent growth in the number of first home buyers coming onto the market. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Lending Indicators Report, in March 2021 owner occupier first home buyer loan commitments …

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  • Market still at a historic high

    DESPITE the coming winter months, Australia’s property market is still operating at an all time high. In April, Ray White helped almost 15,000 people with their property ambitions and conducted 23,000 property appraisals. Ray White final trading figures came in …

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  • Budget 2021: good news for home buyers

    Tonight’s Federal Budget is good news for home buyers. The First Home Super Saver and Family Home Guarantee will allow more people to enter the property market, encouraging home ownership. The restriction of the First Home Deposit scheme to only …

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  • From a low tide to a king tide

    It’s fascinating to compare our sales results from last month with our results of 12 months ago. The contrast in market conditions will never be more stark, yet we also are reminded that what is important to our customers remains …

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  • Auction market remains hot as temperatures drop

    THE first weekend of May saw auction buyers out in force across Australia, with uncharacteristically fierce bidding action as the temperature dropped. Unlike other years, sellers and buyers are seemingly not deterred by the cooler months, and are capitalising on one …

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  • Get to know Prue Jones from Ray White Rye

    Get to know Prue Jones from Ray White Rye. How does your usual day look? I always start my day before 8am with early morning emails to current vendors. This puts me in control of my day. Then I catch …

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  • Fierce bidding action across Australia

    THE post-Easter market continued to see buyers out in force at auctions, with some fierce bidding reported across the nation as determined purchasers came prepared to secure their dream homes. Australasia’s largest property group had booked 567 auctions to go under …

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  • Should you buy a fixer-upper?

    Fixer-uppers are homes that require renovations or repairs. The extent of necessary work varies by property, but it can generally be expected that a fixer-upper will need at the very least some cosmetic work. In more serious cases, structural repairs may be necessary. Why do people buy fixer-uppers? The lower … Read more

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  • Can your home loan cover renovations? Part 2

    Alternatives to mortgages for home renovation If a mortgage isn’t the best option, you have alternatives. Keep in mind that these may be easier and faster to obtain the funds you are seeking, but come with a higher interest rate and shorter term payoff requirements. Lines of credit You can … Read more

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  • Can your home loan cover renovations? Part 1

    Are you planning a home renovation? There are several mortgage types you can take advantage of to fund the costs of renovations, so consider this option before you drain your savings and get stuck with a half-finished kitchen remodel. Mortgage increases or refinancing If you have a straightforward renovation planned … Read more

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  • Can a married couple use the First Home Buyers Grant twice?

    The First Home Buyers Grant was introduced in 2000 as a government scheme. It is intended for people buying a home for the first time, to help offset the Good and Services Tax (GST) that is paid when purchasing a house. The grant provides a lump-sum payment between $7,000 and … Read more

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  • How important is mortgage insurance?

    Does your mortgage include mortgage insurance? You could lower the size of your deposit or remove the need for additional guarantees by purchasing this type of insurance policy to increase your lender’s ability to secure their risk. Doing so can be an important bargaining chip if you are applying for … Read more

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  • Making your dream home instead of buying it…Part 2

    The bathrooms Perfect number of bedrooms, but too few (or too cramped) bathrooms? No problem. Expand and refurbish tiny water closets – or consider adding a master bath to the main bedroom and letting your teenager take over the shared hall bath. When it comes to luxury, switching out a … Read more

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  • Making your dream home instead of buying it… Part 1

    Are you having a hard time finding the house of your dreams? You might be overlooking one important detail: There’s no reason to necessarily keep the house you end up buying as is. In fact, the odds of checking every single item of your “want” list in a single house … Read more

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  • How to protect yourself from poor apartment construction… Part 2

    Are developers and builders still in business? Since building defects seem to becoming the rule rather than the exception, it’s important to know what methods of redress are available should you buy a unit with problems that appear later. Due diligence in this area is vital. Those living in structures … Read more

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  • How to protect yourself from poor apartment construction… Part 1

    With prices climbing for single-family homes, more and more Australians are opting for flat living. Over the past few decades, apartment dwellers have increased to encompass 10% of the population, with an estimated occupied flat for every five houses. Nearly half the residential property listings in Sydney and Perth are … Read more

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  • What can you learn from auction clearance rates?

    There’s more than one way to sell a home, and more than one way to predict what’s coming in the housing market. Auction clearance rates are one indicator that can show you how the market is moving and can help you determine the best time to buy or sell a residential property. … Read more

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