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How to deal with emergency repairs
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How to deal with emergency repairs

As a landlord, ensuring your tenants are living in a property where everything works adequately falls squarely on your shoulders. But roles and responsibilities aren’t always cut and dried – especially when you add in emergencies. The law differentiates between urgent and non-urgent repairs, but they can be easily misinterpreted by both tenants and landlords….

New first home buyer assistance in Victoria
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New first home buyer assistance in Victoria

In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses the proposed changes for first home buyers in Victoria.  Last week I talked about the rising issue of affordability, which is particularly acute in Sydney but also a concern for Melbourne as both cities are leading the way in residential price growth. This boom is now almost five years old,…

Money Is a Tool (Part 2): How to Set Your Goals
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Money Is a Tool (Part 2): How to Set Your Goals

In Part One of this three-part series, I talked about my own realization that money itself is not the goal–money is a tool. When you make it the goal, you don’t accomplish anything meaningful, aside from accumulating more money. Which is fine, I guess, but without a purpose, money is just paper. What’s more, it’s…

Too much thrift?
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Too much thrift?

4 years ago I wrote a bit here about ‘game theory’, and how and why Australia never got our Minsky moment through the financial crisis. Game theory tends to assume that people should act rationally, but when they are put in a real world position they can deviate and try to second guess what other…

Australian cash rate on hold - bank mortgage rates, home prices and implications for investors
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Australian cash rate on hold – bank mortgage rates, home prices and implications for investors

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses the latest RBA decision and it’s implications on the market.   The RBA provided no surprises following its April board meeting leaving the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%. The RBA remains more confident regarding global growth, sees Australian economic growth as moderate, regards the…

10 Dr. Seuss quotes to inspire you to success
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10 Dr. Seuss quotes to inspire you to success

Dr. Seuss was an American poet and author, who has written over 46 books. I loved reading his books to my children. Today I read them to my grandchildren. Here are 10 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) quotes to inspire you: Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is noone alive who is…

Desperation Is Often An Entrepreneur’s Greatest Ally
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Desperation Is Often An Entrepreneur’s Greatest Ally

A woman who was struggling found herself praying one night. Her marriage was on the rocks, she hated her job, yet worried every night about losing it, and credit card debts were putting her in the poor house. Suddenly God appeared in her bedroom. “I am very sorry to see you unhappy my child. What…

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