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    1. Back to school: A rising trend in portfolio diversification

      Back to school: A rising trend in portfolio diversification

      More and more kids today have their eyes set on a diploma, with many looking at prestigious schools abroad for their educational needs. And in the same way that they'll need textbooks and wifi for them to further their studies, they'll also need a place to stay for the next 2-4 years.

      This article by the South China Post shines a light on why property investors have started looking at student housing to diversify their portfolio. Read more on this exciting trend by clicking the link!

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    2. Australian Property Buyers are Eyeing Heritage Homes

      Australian Property Buyers are Eyeing Heritage Homes

      Kristen Craze shares with us some fascinating findings in this Real Estate Australia article. It’s titled Prospective Buyers Looking to Go Back to the Future With Historic Homes in Demand.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Househunters have been showing a keen interest in heritage homes, with period properties atop the most viewed listings going to auction this Saturday.

      Just one month out from Christmas week, which usually signals a four to six-week hiatus in the auction market, and the heat is on historic homes heading under the hammer.

      To see some really beautiful historic homes already listed on the ...

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    3. Mud-Brick Home is Expected to Sell for Record Amount

      Mud-Brick Home is Expected to Sell for Record Amount

      Here's a compelling listing from the Real Estate Australia. It's called Mud-Brick Merricks House Poised to Raise Record Residential Price.

      Here’s a short excerpt:

      One of just three listings in the Mornington Peninsula suburb on realestate.com.au, 102 Thompsons Lane has $6.8-$7.4 million price hopes.

      If it sells within or above this range, it would eclipse the $6.5 million fetched by 3509 Frankston-Flinders Rd in 2014.

      Have a look at the complete article for more information.

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    4. Queensland Heritage Home Draws Crowds

      Queensland Heritage Home Draws Crowds

      Stumbled upon this interesting piece by Real Estate Australia's Sophie Foster. It’s called QLD’s Hottest House Listed for First Time in Three Lifetimes.

      It shares an interesting opportunity to purchase one of the region's most sought after heritage homes. Here’s a short excerpt about it:

      The property was put on the Queensland Heritage register in 2001 and still has all its character features including feature fireplaces four main rooms, decorative ceiling roses and feature lighting, a stained glass feature front door, original hoop pine floors, and bay windows in four main rooms.

      If you want ...

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    5. Lifestyle suburbs leading the Manningham charge

      Lifestyle suburbs leading the Manningham charge

      Donvale and Templestowe are leading the charge as Manningham’s star performers.

      The municipality was one of just two across Melbourne to have two suburbs with rising sales volumes in Hotspotting’s latest Price Predictor Index.

      The index uses changes in the number of sales, rather than price movement, to predict future price adjustments: so a rise in sales is taken as a sign prices would be following.

      Manningham market given vote of confidence with pre-auction offers

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    6. Queensland’s most viewed house going to auction

      Queensland’s most viewed house going to auction

      QUEENSLAND’S most viewed property going to auction this weekend is in the multicultural hub of Sunnybank in Brisbane’s outer ring.

      The five-bedroom house at 58 Dunedin St, Sunnybank has had more than 3000 online views in less than three weeks according to realestate.com.au data.

      David Healy of Healy Homes built the two-storey house in 2006 for Michael and Catherine Purcell, who purchased the 1023sq m block in an exclusive location in 2001.

      “It’s been our home, not just a house,” Mr Purcell said.

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    7. Airbnb Cracks Down on Party House Renters Following Deadly Ordeal

      Airbnb Cracks Down on Party House Renters Following Deadly Ordeal

      Here's a compelling article from ABC News. It's called Here's What Airbnb's Party House Crackdown Could Mean for Your Next Stay.

      It shares some interesting news coming from the home-sharing giant. Here’s one that’s we thought was really interesting for property investors:

      Hosts are asked to set clear expectations and requirements for guests, read their profiles and reviews, "get to know [their] guests in advance", and keep safety information and equipment handy in order to help keep themselves and their properties safe.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author ...

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    8. What are Annual General Meetings For?

      What are Annual General Meetings For?

      Found this interesting piece from Look Up Strata and it really challenged our curiosity. It’s called What to Expect At Your Building AGMs.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      The AGM has to meet set regulations under Queensland’s Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997. These regulations include the timing of the meeting (within three months of the end of the body corporate’s financial year), the core business it should address, and how it is run.

      If you want more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

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    9. Designer Lucy Folk shares her favourite things

      Designer Lucy Folk shares her favourite things

      Hometown Melbourne

      Current residence Paris

      Age 36

      First job Working in my dad’s cafe at a very young age

      Current job Creative director and founder, Lucy Folk

      Sleeping in is ... a priority on the weekend.

      Most extravagant purchase to date? Pools, a set of four photographs by American visual artist Antoine Wagner.

      What’s your favourite accessory of all time? A very special necklace of bronze castings, terracotta components and hand-woven rope, made by my friend and collaborator Guidi.

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    10. Aribnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts might not even work.

      Add one more "risk factor" to the upcoming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: Party houses.

      The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travellers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for place to throw wild parties.

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    11. Vetting Your Investment Partner

      Vetting Your Investment Partner

      Here's a compelling article from Your Property Investment. It's called How to Find the Right Joint Venture Partner.

      It shares some interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Find someone who will fill in the gaps around your personality strengths. The trick, of course, is to first fully understand your own strengths – sometimes easier said than done.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    12. What You Should Know Before You Commit to Your Reno or Build Project

      What You Should Know Before You Commit to Your Reno or Build Project

      Here's a compelling article from the Undercover Architect. It's called How to Avoid 5 and 6 Figure Blowouts.

      It has some really interesting insights. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Once a builder is on your site, terminating a contract can be difficult and onerous. So, ensure you ask LOADS of questions before you contract your builder. Questions about the history of their licenses, whether they’ve had licenses cancelled (in any capacity), and whether any of their staff have had licenses cancelled.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    13. Dodgy Developers, Beware!

      Dodgy Developers, Beware!

      Came across this intriguing article from The Urban Developer called Government Intensifies Crackdown on Dodgy Developers. 

      In it, Ana Narvaez shares some fascinating observationsHere’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking: 

      In a bill introduced to Parliament on Tuesday, the Andrews’ government will expand the powers of the Victorian Building Authority to investigate illegal phoenixing activity—where a director deliberately places a company into liquidation to avoid paying debts.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    14. The Unintended Benefits of DIY Renovation

      The Unintended Benefits of DIY Renovation

      Found this article from ABC News and thought that we would share it. It's called Two DIY Renovators Share Their Biggest Lessons.

      It offers some really fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Apart from the copious amounts of money saved, and time spent with friends and family working together as a different type of social activity, the sense of achievement you have from the DIY makes you view every aspect of a house in a new way, and really respect and appreciate it.

      Check out the rest of this article from the website linked below…

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    15. How Styling Helped Selling This Home Above the Reserve

      How Styling Helped Selling This Home Above the Reserve

      Chris Carroll caught our attention with this fascinating piece. It's called The Secret Weapon that Helped us Sell Our Home Above Reserve.

      He gives us some truly enlightened ideas. Here's a short excerpt:

      Part-styling or fully styling your home for sale is actually not that expensive. Considering the impact it can have on the sale price (as mentioned above). And for me, honestly, I can hand on heart say that I don’t think the home would have sold for what it did had I just left my day-to-day items in the home.

      The costs to stage your ...

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    16. What to Expect in the Last Crucial Step of Your Home Reno

      What to Expect in the Last Crucial Step of Your Home Reno

      This article from The Undercover Architect piqued our interest. The Amelia Lee calls it Step 7: Completing Your Home + Moving Back In.

      In it, she shares some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      It’s then essential that you monitor the home’s performance during your Defects Liability Period to catch any further defects and areas that are the builder’s responsibility to fix. Be clear from your contract as to what is covered as a defect in this period after Practical Completion.

      Give the rest of the article a quick read out the rest of this ...

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    17. Maximizing Profits from Real Estate Even if You're Just a Passive Investor

      Maximizing Profits from Real Estate Even if You're Just a Passive Investor

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Matt Frankel. It's called How to Get the Most From Passive Real Estate Investing.

      It offers us some fascinating ideas. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      You can invest in real estate through the stock market thanks to real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other real estate companies. You can participate in a crowdfunded real estate investment and invest in a single-property opportunity that an experienced real estate developer has identified. Or you could choose to partner with an active real estate investor to buy investment properties and take a passive role in the ...

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    18. Basics of Renting Out Your Vacation Home

      Basics of Renting Out Your Vacation Home

      Here's a compelling article from the Northwestern Mutual. It's called 6 Mistakes People Make When Renting Out a Vacation House.

      In it, Cathie Ericson shares with us some interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Neighbors can be quick to report nuisance conditions to city agencies and elected officials, and that can spell trouble for your rental. Neighbors with a long history in the community may be less likely to tolerate a revolving door of tourists, as they find it detracts from their neighborhood and quality of life. The best way around that is to talk ...

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    19. Real Estate Agent Tips for Success

      Real Estate Agent Tips for Success

      Here's a compelling article from The Balance. It's called How to Become a Successful Real Estate Agent.

      In it, James Kimmons shares some interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      If anything, real estate is more about marketing yourself, your services and your clients' listings. But, rarely is the listing agent going to be standing there with the buyers doing a sales pitch, very rarely. Excellent photography skills and the ability to write compelling descriptions about listings will go much farther than selling skills.

      Have a look at the rest of the article for more of ...

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    20. A Lot of Property Investors Are Probably Afflicted With Home Bias

      A Lot of Property Investors Are Probably Afflicted With Home Bias

      Came across this fascinating piece from  and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled Location, Location, Location: Why Up to Two-Thirds of Property Investors May Get It Wrong. 

      It shares some really intriguing points. Here’s one of them: 

      If you are wondering whether this is unwise, or unwise enough to outweigh the advantages of local knowledge, consider this question: How likely is it that the location you happen to live in will always outperform every other location?

      If you want more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below… 

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    21. Flipping Houses and the 70% Rule

      Flipping Houses and the 70% Rule

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Lending Home. It’s called What is the 70% Rule in House Flipping.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. This one's particularly noteworthy:

      When determining the maximum price you should consider paying for a property, the 70% Rule of real estate investing dictates that you should pay no more than 70% of the after repair value (ARV), minus repair costs.

      But the 70% Rule in house flipping is far from written in stone. In fact, the word “rule” is a misnomer–it’s a loose guideline that is meant to offer ...

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    22. When Should I Sell My Investment Property?

      When Should I Sell My Investment Property?

      Stumbled upon this interesting 2015 article from Propertylogy and thought that we'd share it here. It's called Is There a Right Time To Sell an Investment Property?

      It's got some really interesting ideas that we thought were still relevant. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      The best way to see whether the demand of your investment property is going downhill is by analysing available market data. Declining prices is the obvious indicator that tells you that a market is going down. But take note that prices are just quotes. Home owners can ask for whatever price ...

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    23. What's the Difference Between an Appraisal and Valuation?

      What's the Difference Between an Appraisal and Valuation?

      Here's a compelling article from Your Mortgage. It's called Property Valuation VS. Appraisal.

      In it, Nila Sweeney shares some interesting ideas. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Just make sure you approach real estate agents who are familiar with your suburb. A real estate agent who usually works in a different area might not know the local micro-market as closely, and they may therefore give you an appraisal that is much higher or much lower than the market can realistically support.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s insights.

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