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What are the risks of buying off the plan?

I want to say, up front, that I am not a fan of buying off the plan because there are a huge number of risks. And, it really bothers me that a succession of Federal and State governments continue to encourage first home buyers and mum & dad investors to buy off the plan just […]

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What to look for in a Strata Report

Tips to look for in your Pre-purchase Strata Report The first thing you need to understand is that the quality of reports are highly variable and can only be as good as the quality of the information that’s made available for the inspector. Not all strata managers are the same and some are terrible at […]

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Do apartments increase in value more than houses?

So, do apartments increase in value more than houses? It used to be generally understood that houses increased in value at a greater rate than apartments, but it’s not always so anymore. It’s definitely possible for some apartments to increase in value more than some houses. Here, are some examples to show you how this […]

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How 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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Is It Better to Buy a House or Apartment For Your Family?

As Sydney property prices continue to rise and more and more people are priced out of the market, we believe that the demand for three bedroom apartments will create a new “hotspot” within a few years. We see the beginnings of a trend where families are reconsidering previously held assumptions about their needs in order […]

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8 tips for buying the best apartment in the block

Apartment living sounds so good: no grass to mow, a pool you don’t have to clean, no costly home maintenance, lock up and leave. As Sydney becomes a “grown up” city, we are seeing a greater acceptance of apartment living but not all units are created equal. It would be fantastic if you could go straight […]

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Can you still buy something close to Sydney’s CBD for under $500,000?

Last month RPData released a report listing median house and unit prices in Sydney. Surprisingly, there are two suburbs within a 10km radius of the CBD where you can still buy a house for less than $500K – Sydenham & Tempe. You just have to put up with a bit of aircraft noise… You have […]

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Apartment values growing faster than houses

In September this year, RPData released national property growth figures that showed unit growth had caught up to that of houses around the beginning of 2008. They maintained a level growth rate for several months and since the middle of last year apartments have consistently exceeded the rate of growth of houses. “The equivalent level […]

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