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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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What issues can come up with a self managed Strata building?

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 building is well maintained. But there can be pitfalls […]

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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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Strata levies – low levies can be a false economy

Sometimes when pensioners or investors dominate the ownership of a building or complex we see historical pressure to keep strata levies low. The discretionary portion of the levy is the sinking fund contribution, so when building issues arise, or upgrades are required, there is no money in the pot. So, what happens next? Either the […]

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