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Simple Ideas to Boost Your Home’s Value

Taking care of basic maintenance tasks before you sell your home is a no-brainer, but a quick and not-too-costly renovation can add a lot of appeal for potential buyers, and may boost the final sale price. Basics first Fix those little faults that you no longer notice – leaky taps, rusty gutters, broken window catches. They c...

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Breaking up is Hard to Do

On top of the emotional impact, there are practical ramifications as well. We look at how to make the transition a little less stressful. When there’s a separation or divorce, debts you’ve accrued during the relationship unfortunately don’t go away. The longer a couple is together, the harder it can be to unravel all the financial connect...

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Budget Breakdown: Implications for Property Buyers and Sellers

How will 2018’s Budget affect the national property market? For buyers and sellers alike, we take a look at what you need to know. The 2017 Budget had a strong focus on housing supply and affordability. This year, housing took a back seat with no new, direct measures for first homebuyers or renters. However, some of the changes will likely hav...

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Refinancing Could Save You Thousands – and Give You Greater Flexibility

Reducing the interest you pay on your mortgage could help you save thousands of dollars in interest over the period of your loan. As there’s plenty of competition in the home loan sector, it could be worth looking around for a lower rate. What is refinancing? Refinancing is the process of replacing an existing loan with a new...

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Buying Property with Other People: Mine, Yours or Ours?

When people buy property together, particularly if it’s with a partner or spouse, they often register the title in both people’s names – especially if they’re going to live in the property. But other arrangements are possible, several friends might opt to own individual shares in a property, for example, or a couple might choose to have...

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How Can We Address Development When We Have 29 Councils?

The failure of our local government authorities to address the issue of amalgamation leaves the Government with little option but to establish three regional planning authorities under the umbrella of the Tasmanian Planning Commission. How real is it to expect a co-ordinated approach to development when we have 29 councils? It appears that discu...

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Abolishing Land Tax

A Hodgman Liberal Government will… Introduce an immediate, fairer Land Tax rebate, cap bills at this year’s level and then progressively cut land tax from 2011‐12 over an eight year period until it is abolished. Land Tax is an unfair tax which is a drag on the Tasmanian economy. It affects all Tasmanians, as it is passed on in the service...

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Livable Housing Design

A livable home is designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime. Livable homes include key easy living features that make them easier and safer to use for all occupants including: people with disability, ageing Australians, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children. A livable home is des...

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Smarter Small Home

When 30-year veteran of the property and real estate industry Kevin Doodney thought about the housing affordability problem in Australia, he knew there had to be a solution. The Smarter Small Home™ is the affordable concept home that was the result of his vision – and chutzpah. While Doodney was the catalyst for the project, the result is th...

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