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  • Short stock sends competition soaring

    TODAY’S sellers who forged ahead netted all-time high prices at auction with intense buyer demand propelling sale prices up 13.4 per cent higher on average, compared to the best offer prior to auction day, according to Ray White. That’s the highest that …

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  • Alex Pitsis joins Ray White Sutherland Shire

    Top performer Alex Pitsis is at the top of his game after 14 years in the Shire crafting his skills and yet he still wanted more. Alex Pitsis has joined Australasia’s leading property group as a Director with Ray White …

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  • Weekly property update

    This week, I will take a look at buying versus renting. And why long term, it almost always makes sense to buy your own home. Is it better to buy or rent? With house prices moving quickly, and rental growth …

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  • Property market winners

    HOW have Australia’s different property markets fared during the pandemic? Regional markets have been a major winner over the past year and a half according to Ray White Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee who said in 2020 Australia saw the highest …

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  • Wonderful winter hideaways

    With the temperatures dropping and lockdowns still looming across the country, we have picked out some of the most gorgeous hideaways that we would be happy to cosy away in this winter. Fireplaces essential. Grab a book, blanket and glass …

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  • Lucky 13 years for Ray White Commercial Property BDE

    “I started with Ray White Commercial 13 years ago now, I think that speaks volumes.” Those were the words of Commercial Property Management Business Development Executive Leteicha Wilson when asked if she would recommend Australasia’s largest real estate group …

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  • Real Estate of Origin drives 6400+ appraisals

    Ray White’s legendary Real Estate of Origin appraisal drive reached a new level of friendly rivalry, banter and competition yesterday with a “regional rumble” in Victoria outstripping the capital cities in terms of numbers of new appraisals for the leading …

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  • Record-breaking year

    The financial year to June 2021 was as special as special can get for the real estate industry. We finish the year humbled to be part of an industry, and indeed a country, that thrived during times of such uncertainty, …

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  • Commercial case study: Nuns Pool Cronulla

    We sat down with Brad Lord from Ray White Commercial Greater Sydney South to hear about his recent successful sale of an iconic restaurant in Cronulla. How did you become appointed? Funny story actually. I saw the owner hanging around …

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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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