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The Etiquette of a Good Open Home - 6 Tips for Buyers

January 8, 2018


1. Create a check list and a scoring system: Be organised about your house hunting. Create a checklist and a scoring system and do it on the back of the brochure the agent will hand you at each open home. List everything your home must have, followed by the nice-to-have features. Give each feature a […]

Gold Coast houses to soar by 2020 according to latest report

December 26, 2017


THE median price for a house on the Gold Coast is expected to exceed $650,000 for the first time in the next three years. A report released today by insurance provider QBE predicts house prices will rise 6 per cent to 2020, to a record $665,000. Figures released by CoreLogic in June show the median […]

History of the Gold Coast

December 18, 2017


Kombumerri Aboriginal history in the Gold Coast region Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Gold Coast region for about 23,000 years before European settlement and the present. By the early 18th century there were several distinct clan estate groups (previously referred to as tribes) living between the Tweed and Logan Rivers and […]

How To Secure Your Home When You Are Away Over Christmas

December 11, 2017


Going away for Christmas? The Christmas holiday season is a great opportunity to see distant relatives, enjoy a break in the warmth of summer and take the time to do some of those classic road trips that you just can’t manage at other times of the year. But unfortunately, the Christmas period is also a […]

Advantages to selling your house over Christmas

December 4, 2017


There are challenges to selling your property through Christmas and the new year. Many agents close up shop and have a break, people get distracted with presents and parties, and let’s face it… most of us are just plain exhausted. But if you find yourself selling over the holidays, don’t despair. In some ways, it […]

2020 housing predictions revealed for Aussie capital cities

October 30, 2017


QBE Insurance has released a new report containing a forecast for the 2020 property market. The report is useful for agents because it details how the housing market is set to perform over the next three years. Produced by BIS Oxford Economics, the  QBE Australian Housing Outlook 2017–2020  report shows that, overall, Australian houses are generally set […]

Furniture for cats used in campaign to promote Okawa City's furniture crafts

October 23, 2017


A campaign designed to promote the furniture-making skills in Okawa City has featured furniture for cats, including tiny sofas and beds, which are scaled down versions of the original items. The feline furniture is manufactured using the same techniques and skills used to make regular furniture. The cat sofa has been designed and built by Hiromatsu […]

Gold Coast Open House 2017: 40 houses, buildings, places and spaces

October 16, 2017


From a funky granny flat in a suburban back yard and architect-designed homes, to a sand bypass system, and a dam that stores the region’s drinking water, the Gold Coast Open House 2017, which starts on 4 November, has something for everyone. The Gold Coast Open House will open 40 buildings to the general public, […]

Beach Shack Reno Turns a Six-Figure Profit

October 8, 2017


It was the little house on a small block that country music singer Adam Brand jokingly referred to as “The Shack”. The tiny two-bedroom house was riddled with asbestos and in desperate need of some TLC when Adam found it – and it was exactly what he was looking for. As a touring artist, Adam […]

Cape Town's bold adaptation of historic silos for museum of African art

October 1, 2017


Article found in: Real Estate Conversation The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is one of the most creative and complex pieces of readaptive architecture in the world. Carved from Cape Town’s historic Grain Silo Complex, the museum now houses the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art. The silos, once the tallest buildings in […]

ANZ issues lending 'blacklist' for Perth and Brisbane

September 26, 2017


Article written by: The Real Estate Conversation   ANZ has tightened lending restrictions in 11 postcodes in Perth and Brisbane to ensure borrowers are being honest in their applications and amid concerns about oversupply of apartments. The big-four bank sent its mortgage brokers a list of 25 suburbs in which borrowing will be capped at […]

Top 10 Real Estate Buyer Turnoffs - (and we have a few extras for you....)

September 24, 2017


You want to do everything you can to help your home sell for a high price, right? Well, you can put the demolition tools down and take a step back from the bathroom remodel. Mozo has surveyed over 1,000 Aussies to find out what’s most likely to stop them buying a property, and it turns […]

These are the kitchens of the hottest renovation projects in the country this year

September 18, 2017


These are the hottest renovation projects in the country this year, and they also have some of the hottest kitchens. Seven homes, including two from Queensland, made the National Architecture Awards shortlist for Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations & Additions), with competition described by the jury as being at “its most fierce” this year The […]

City of Gold Coast - Building our City

September 11, 2017


Building our city The ‘Building our city’ project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment in certain areas by the City, the Commonwealth […]

The Growth of Paradise

September 4, 2017


The true pioneer of Surfers Paradise is James Beattie, who in the 1870s became the first person to farm the area. He sold out not long after to Johann Meyer, who opened the Main Beach Hotel as a tourist destination. By 1889 the area had been given the name Elston, which it kept until 1933 […]

Paul Hogan syndicate to pay $21m for Brisbane's Queen's Arms Hotel

August 27, 2017


A syndicate that includes former Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan, is set to pay $21 million for Brisbane’s Queen’s Arms Hotel, on trendy James Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. It is understood the syndicate is headed up by Sydney publican and former Lewis Hotels’ head, Peter Ashelford, and Nick Politis. The new fund is believed […]

These missed deductions add up

August 21, 2017


BMT has created a list of assets that property investors commonly overlook when claiming depreciation, including garden sheds, exhaust fans, garden watering systems, garbage bins, intercom systems, door closers, and shower curtains Exhaust fans, garden watering systems, garbage bins and intercom systems are all assets commonly missed by property investors when claiming depreciation. These and […]

The Spit - History

August 16, 2017


The origins of The Spit date back to the years 1897-1898 when a series of gales and high seas finally broke through a narrow stretch of land called Jumpinpin on Stradbroke Island. The breakthrough created a new sea passage into Moreton Bay. Stradbroke Island was divided in two (North and South), changing the ebb and […]


Council reveals designs for $18m Brisbane River moorings [Author: The Real Estate Conversation]

August 8, 2017


Brisbane City Council plans to build ten new moorings on the Brisbane River, opening up access to the central waterway and improving connectivity in the city. Brisbane City Council has revealed designs for two of the ten mooring facilities planned for the Brisbane River. The new pontoons will cost around $18 million. The two designs […]

Cannon Hill Queenslander smashes suburb record on the weekend [Author: The Real Estate Conversation]

July 31, 2017


The (Brisbane) market really is still strong,” Meagan Muir, agent with Place Bulimba, told SCHWARTZWILLIAMS when we spoke to her about her record-breaking sale at Cannon Hill on the weekend. The five-bedroom, 2003-built Queenslander sold for a Cannon Hill record of $1.32 million. The property attracted a lot of interest, both from interstate parties, but […]