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5 things we learn from Gen Y
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5 things we learn from Gen Y

Spare a thought for Generation Y. They’re often dismissed by the media as flighty, unwilling to do the hard yards, terrible at taking direction, and shallow. Roughly encompassing those born between 1981 and 1994, Gen Y is viewed as the first of the indulged, channel-surfing generations, chasing instant gratification and wealth through their start-ups and…

Make housing affordable and cut road congestion all at once? Here’s a way
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Make housing affordable and cut road congestion all at once? Here’s a way

A combination of transit-oriented centres, inclusionary zoning and a special rate on land instead of stamp duty could make housing more affordable by cutting congestion, development and travel costs, writes… Martin Payne, University of Sydney Two of the most pressing problems for Australian cities are housing affordability and traffic congestion. But there is an approach…

Big homes
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Big homes

One of the current social themes is that the consumer is to blame for wanting a big home.  And they have been at it again over the weekend.   One of the much touted solutions to housing affordability is to shrink the dwelling size. But this ignores economics and a rational buyer’s decision-making process. Recent…

Do Real Estate Agents Lie?
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Do Real Estate Agents Lie?

Are real estate agents hon­est, do they bend the truth or are they just try­ing to do the job without being sued? Some­times I won­der why real estate agents have con­sist­ently had a bad repu­ta­tion over many years. In my exper­i­ence of work­ing for dif­fer­ent real estate agen­cies I have come across the good the…

Housing finance accelerates
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Housing finance accelerates

Total housing finance accelerated to $33.4 billion in seasonally adjusted terms in December 2016, according to the ABS. The original data showed that the preceding month of November saw an unprecedented $36.8 billion of housing finance commitments. The smoothed trend figures suggest a strong re-acceleration in total housing finance since February 2016. For once the…

The weekend auction results surged strong
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The weekend auction results surged strong

It has been strong week for auction activity across the capital cities, with the number of auctions more than doubling compared with last week in Sydney and Melbourne.  Despite the surge in the number of auctions held, the combined capitals region recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 76.6 per cent, up from last week,…

The rental price is right!
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The rental price is right!

When it comes to renting out an investment property at the right price, many landlords can be at a loss as to where they should begin. Some believe that their property is quite simply the “bees knees” so it must be worth far more than what it perhaps is.    Then there are those investors…

21 Inspiring Love Quotes
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21 Inspiring Love Quotes

Whether it’s about celebrating Valentines day this week – or simply celebrating the ones you love… Here’s some truly beautiful love quotes to remind us what’s really important. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein  “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we…

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