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  • Celebrating our top women – Sonya Treloar

    This International Women’s Day, we are shining a light on the women that make Ray White great. Get to know one of our top women, Ray White Bridgeman Downs sales director Sonya Treloar. Why real estate and how did you …

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  • Eight easy ways to maximise rental income

    If you’re a landlord or seeking your first investment property, it’s a great idea to periodically assess your rental or portfolio for potential improvements that will enhance tenant appeal and increase rental income and capital value. When inspecting rental properties …

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  • How to start a property portfolio

    Building a property portfolio is a great way to build your wealth. Here, we outline the most common approaches. Know your motivation – Building a property portfolio is not a small undertaking. It comes with calls on your time, money …

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  • Five reasons to style your home for sale

    When it comes time to sell your home, usually, you have two goals. The first is to get as much as possible for it; the second is to get the sale done as quickly as possible. When you want to …

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  • Scorching hot auctions cap off hot summer

    Ray White closed out its summer selling season with a record breaking day with strong results across the country and an 84 per cent preliminary national clearance rate today. In fact, more than $1.3 billion worth of property has now …

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  • Josh Tesolin wins top RateMyAgent award

    Ray White Quakers Hill Principal Josh Tesolin has taken home the top honour at the RateMyAgent 2021 awards as the Australian Agent of the Year for the second year in a row. These awards are based purely on customer satisfaction, …

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  • A bumper end to February

    THE last weekend of February is expected to close the month with a bang for Ray White. As 2021 continues to fly by, the Ray White Group has had a stellar start to the year. Of the 724 auctions conducted …

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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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