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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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What to compromise on when buying a house or apartment

Nearly all of the buyers we come across have had to decide what to compromise on when buying a house or apartment to live in. I think it is human nature to aspire to what we can’t afford, so it can be a challenging process to come down to earth and be realistic about the […]

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5 Things To Look For When Choosing An Apartment

There are many commonly used rules of thumb when it comes to buying strata property and they can basically be split into two categories – those that relate to the building or complex and those that apply to the individual lot. When choosing an apartment it’s crucial that you know how to pick the best […]

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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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Self managed strata problems and what issues can arise?

Do you understand about potential self managed strata problems? Every so often we come across a small block of units or townhouses that have a self-managed owners corporation. This can be a very effective way to keep costs down if all units are owner occupied and all owners have a vested interest in ensuring the […]

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Make sure you get what you think you are buying.

Recently I looked at a strata property for a client in a small complex of five villas. Inside the layout and condition was pretty simple and functional and suited his needs well. But the feature that most appealed to our buyer was a private north-facing courtyard with an established garden. After the second inspection our […]

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Buying a property off plan or brand new

  When buying a property off plan or brand new the thought of being the first to live in a property can be pretty tempting. But what are the pitfalls? History is the often the best predictor of future performance when it comes to property values. So it will be hard to gauge which properties and […]

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