Good Deeds Blog

3 tips to ensure your family is happy living in an apartment

Recently I read that the City of Sydney expects around 80% of its residents to be apartment dwellers by 2030. This is going to take a fair amount of attitudinal shift away from the perceived value of a house over an apartment. Some big issues are already impacting overall perceptions of the virtues of family […]

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6 things you can do when there is no property for sale in Winter

Why is there so little property for sale in Winter?   At this time of year, we are used to scarce listings and it’s common for real estate agents to go skiing or take their annual European vacation. This year is no different, with stock levels typically low. Actually, some agents are complaining that listings are down even […]

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Buying property – How to know when you know enough to buy, without paying too much

When I was a selling agent I learnt that buyers become experts in their price bracket for the period of time in which they are seriously looking for a property. They have an intimate knowledge of what they can get for their money in a way that a local real estate agent can’t. The agent […]

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What are the risks of buying a bargain?

Is there such thing as buying a bargain when it comes to property? Some experts are fond of saying you make money when you buy, therefore you should try to buy as low as possible. It seems logical, but you should never sacrifice investment fundamentals in order to buy a bargain. Here’s why: Poor quality property […]

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How to be a smart first home buyer

There is possibly no buyer more nervous than a first home buyer. Not only are you scared about what having a mortgage is going to do to your quality of life, but there are high stakes in getting on the first rung of the property ladder. After all, a bad move can cost money if […]

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Labor’s negative gearing changes & why they won’t achieve what’s promised.

I’m biased, of course, but I do have some serious concerns about Labor’s negative gearing changes. We love to find a culprit for why our kids can’t afford to buy a home. First, we blamed Chinese investors, then SMSF investors, now it’s “the wealthy”, or what I call “attack the fat cat”. It’s a highly […]

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Three good reasons to buy a bigger house now

Looking for a bigger house but worried your current home may not be worth what it was a year ago? Or are you unsure if now is the right time given the headlines are all so negative? Actually, right now could be the ideal time to bite the bullet and make the move. It may […]

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Is it a good time to buy property in Sydney now?

Does history give us any clues about whether it’s time to buy property in Sydney now? This post was first written at the end of 2010. The property market had been pretty flat for the years following the GFC. See if there are some similarities with buyer behaviour in the current market: For the first […]

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