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  • Birkenhead house attracts 100 bids and sells for NZ$2.29M

    AN incredible auction in North Shore City’s Birkenhead has attracted 100 bids before selling under the hammer for NZ$2,290,000 – a whopping NZ$1,265,000 over its CV. The sale of the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 8 Waratah Street (pictured below) was the highlight of …

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  • Ray White NSW welcomes Norwest to family

    With extensive property experience and local knowledge, Allan Yan and his team are set to take the real estate offering in Sydney’s Norwest to the next level, since pairing with Australasia’s largest real estate brand. Ray White Norwest will make …

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  • No shortage of buyers this selling season

    IT was another solid day of auction results for Australasia’s leading real estate group with all markets firing, except Melbourne which remains firmly on ice in its eighth week of lockdown. The Ray White Group booked a strong preliminary national …

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  • Local agents open Ray White Walkerville

    LOCAL agents Liam McDevitt and Robert Slekenics are set to bring their knowledge and expertise to the Walkerville community. The new Ray White Walkerville franchise begins trading this month with the business owners ready to help their local community with …

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  • Brisbane’s most exclusive address

    BRISBANE’S most exclusive address will be created when MAISON is complete in New Farm next year. The high end off-the-plan project has been two years in the making for visionary developers Rob and Andrew Gray of Graya and Frank Licastro …

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  • Ray White celebrates its property managers

    THE BACKBONE of Ray White’s property management business is its 2300 property managers who help the leading network manage its rent roll of 250,000 managements each day. Yesterday these unsung heroes – whose day often swings from managing one crisis …

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  • Melbourne sellers say why wait?

    Semi retired panel beater Darren Pay and his wife Sarah have become ‘expert’ photographers and drone pilots under lockdown in Melbourne. The Pays decided to seize the opportunity and take their own photos and drone videos, plus style their home …

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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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