Zoning 101: What you need to know

StartFragmentFull of terms like approved land use, transition zones, residential amenity, flood overlays, planning scheme amendments and minimum lot sizes, property zoning is unquestionably complex, but understanding it is critical when buying and selling real estate.EndFragment Zoning is a framework, generally set out by state and territory governments and applied by local councils, which dictates what can be built where and how. It regulates the pace and pattern of development, growth and character of an area. Restrictions, codes and processes do vary between states, but the main zones are residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and public. StartFragment Zoning will determine how

8 ways to brighten up your home this spring

StartFragmentIf you found yourself treading a little lighter this week, that’s probably because spring has arrived. StartFragment‘Tis the season to get off your bum and give stale looks a total refresh in the home. With the help of a few low-cost, low-impact DIY tricks, the time you spend indoors will be a lot more enjoyable and you’ll find yourself ready to embrace spring in all its glory. StartFragment That means weekend entertaining, barbecues at your place and personal pride in where you live. Here are eight fun, simple ways to brighten up your home before you lose that spring in your step. StartFragment1. Pick some flowers StartFragment Fresh flowers can brighten up a room – and they sm

How to: Use flowers to prepare your home for inspection

StartFragmentThe spring selling season is upon us and the thoughts of many trying to sell their homes will turn to how to attract a buyer.EndFragment StartFragmentUsing a stylist, baking fresh bread and brewing coffee are ways to ensure your home has the right look, feel and aroma when it comes to presentation for an open for inspection.EndFragment StartFragment But using flowers can also make a big difference, according to Emelia Bristow of Pearsons Florists in Sydney. “Flowers instantly create a beautiful, fresh and lived-in ambiance to the home,” Bristow says. “When you have an open home a lot of people use their senses to distinguish if they desire the home. Flowers not only smell divine

How Much Does Homeowners Insurance Cost?

This site is optimized with the Yoast SEO Premium plugin v3.3.3 - https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ / Yoast SEO Premium plugin. BEGIN wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 END wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 Cxense script begin Cxense script end StartFragment No matter how safe and secure you feel in your home, it’s a fact of life that bad things can happen at any time—floods, fires, sinkholes, theft. And that’s why homeowners insurance is a must. But how much does it cost? The average annual premium runs about $952, but a bunch of unique factors can go into calculating a specific quote, and that information could help you get a lower rate in some cases. Got it? Let’s look at the things th

The First 10 Things You Should Buy for Your New Home

This site is optimized with the Yoast SEO Premium plugin v3.3.3 - https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ / Yoast SEO Premium plugin. BEGIN wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 END wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 Cxense script begin Cxense script end StartFragment This site is optimized with the Yoast SEO Premium plugin v3.3.3 - https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ / Yoast SEO Premium plugin. BEGIN wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 END wp-parsely Plugin Version 1.9 Cxense script begin Cxense script end StartFragmentAnya Semenoff/Getty ImagesEndFragment The emptiness of a new home can be overwhelming. With so much space to fill and so many decorating decisions to make, you might feel like y

Gift ideas for first home buyers

Do you know someone who bought their first home in 2016? What do you buy a FHB for their maiden Christmas under their very own roof? We’ve got all festive and compiled seven fabulous gift ideas for your favourite newbie home owner: A home colour/design/decor workshop A consultation with an interior designer or colour specialist can help new homeowners inject some personality into their pads, says Jennifer French from Inside Out Colour and Design. French says “usually” a consultant will come up with decor/colour/design ideas the homeowner will not have thought of. “An initial consultation (costs) is in the vicinity of $200 and the homeowner will receive numerous ideas, suggestions and places

Listings fall in August as vendors prepare for spring selling season

Listings fall in August as vendors prepare for spring selling season StartFragmentResidential property listings fell across Australia during August, however the fall was likely a seasonal occurrence as sellers prepare for the traditional spring selling season. Figures from SQM Research show there were 333,123 residential listings across Australia in August, representing a monthly fall of 4.3%. In year-on-year terms, listings were 0.4% lower when compared with August 2015. Over August, Hobart saw the largest monthly fall in listings at 7%, followed by Adeliade at 6.4%, while listings fell by 5.2% and 4.6% in Brisbane and Perth respectively. The remaining capital cities all saw sma

6 things to switch in your home to save money

StartFragmentWhether it’s to fund a dream holiday, chip away at the mortgage or just for a rainy day, who doesn’t want to save some cash? EndFragment StartFragment With the average Australian household spending about $1225 each week on living costs, home is the most obvious place to look for savings. There are savings to be had, simply by switching out these six things in the home. StartFragment1. Lights! Lights! Lights!EndFragment StartFragment Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to cut your power bill. Switching from incandescent globes to LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs can save up to 80% per globe. Another way to reduce lighting cos

What will the property market do this spring?

StartFragment Winter is over and we can hopefully start to say goodbye to colder weather as we move into spring and then head towards a hot summer. Spring is the busiest time for the residential property market as more buyers look to sell. This year it will be no exception so what else can we expect to see this season? 1. More houses on the market Spring is the preferred time for people to go to market. For some, it is because their gardens look best or if they are located close to the beach, the promise of a lifestyle can be a good selling point. EndFragment StartFragment It may just be because there are more buyers out there or because agents are less likely to be on holidays. Regardless,

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