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By The House of Realty Team 21 Aug, 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
By The House of Realty Team 16 Aug, 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 flow of tides through the southern reaches of Moreton Bay.

The impact on Southport's environment was remarkable. Southport's rocky foreshore had previously been exposed to open seas.

After the breakthrough, tidal action eroded sand from the southern tip of South Stradbroke resulting eventually in the surveyed township site of Moondarewa disappearing entirely by the 1940s.

Meanwhile, a low sand spit developed to the north of Main Beach Point. This permanent sand isthmus continued to edge across the mouth of the Nerang River until the construction of the Gold Coast Seaway in 1987.

As The Spit developed into a permanent landform, there was a demand for private leasehold title of land and applications for dredging rights for mineral sands there.

The Broadwater area, once open ocean, was now a relatively placid waterway offering a calm water harbour for vessels and boating.

By 1952, the Southport Yacht Club and John Humphrey's engineering work shop and slip way on The Spit attracted an ever increasing number of private boats to the Yacht Basin. and the eastern side of the Broadwater.

Since the 1950s and '60s, in the heyday of the local prawning industry, the Southport trawler fleet have used The Spit for their berth.

Marineland, one of the first tourist attractions on The Spit, opened in the 1960s and foreshadowed future resort developments and theme parks which are now such a feature of the area.

By The House of Realty Team 08 Aug, 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.
By The House of Realty Team 31 Jul, 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 also from locals keen to snap up a rare 520sqm family home on a 840sqm block.

The home at 62 Keats Street, Cannon Hill, has a pool, wide entrance hall, wraparound verandahs, and was on one of Cannon Hill's best streets. Muir described it as a "dream family home".


By The House of Realty Team 20 Jul, 2017
As Americans enjoy their summer vacation, the biggest home in the most glamorous holiday location of all has just come onto the market.
By The House of Realty Team 11 Jul, 2017

It's difficult moving house. The packing, cleaning, huffing and puffing and then the unpacking and associated dramas at your new home are as stressful for you as they are for your pets.

For us, there's a bit of fun involved and happy expectations of a new life beginning. For pets is often not that much fun because cats and dogs are territorial beasts and the re-establishment of new territories can be complex and 'worrying' for them.


What Problems Will You Face?

The problems your pets may face are:-

  • conflict with other pets in the new territory
  • escaping and roaming
  • establishing new toileting routines
  • separation-related issues

Conflict with other pets in the new territory

You are likely to be moving into an area where the neighbours already have established pets.

That means your pets are going to be the 'new kids on the block'.

Watch for any conflict at the fence-line such as excessive barking and 'fence running'. Introducing your dog to the neighbour's dog is a good idea and it's often best to do that in a 'neutral' territory such as the street.

If you have cats, they will need to be confined to your new home until they have settled in (many permanently confine their cats indoors) but even if they are confined indoors, watch for conflict at the windows if your neighbour's have cats that are allowed to roam because those cats may already 'own' your backyard as their territory if the previous owners did not have cats.

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Escaping and roaming

One of the most dangerous problem you will face is that your dog or cat will escape from your new house and become lost as it is not familiar with your new surroundings.

For dogs, this means that you must examine the fences of your new home in detail to ensure they are dog proof. Any deficiencies should be repaired.

If you need to construct a fence, a chain mesh and pipe fence is the standard type of dog fence, and is probably the cheapest. A picket fence makes a good dog enclosure, however, dogs often get their paws lodged between the pickets at the top of the fence. This is very dangerous but can be easily prevented by covering the gap between the top of each picket with a horizontal paling, running the entire length of the fence.

The best dog fence by far is a solid wooden fence. Just make sure the horizontal beams do not become a ladder to help the dog climb the fence.

Stopping your cat from roaming through your fences after the move is more difficult. Cat enclosures can be constructed and are available commercially.

Alternatively, keep your cat inside the house and endeavour to ensure it is totally familiar with its new territory. This can take from a few days to a few weeks.

The priority for most cats is to eat and sleep, so work on these aspects of your cat's new lifestyle first. On the cuisine side, feed the cat small tasty meals four to five times daily. This will give it a 'fun focus' associated with its new eating spot. Let the cat hunt for its food by leaving small amounts of cat food in several locations or by scattering dry food over the floor in the laundry or a secure deck.

On the boudoir side, take some familiar article of bedding from your old home, complete with daggy bits of cat hair, and leave that in what you feel is likely to be the cat's favourite resting spot. Let your cat set the location and place the bedding in that area.

Allow your cat to perch on furniture near an outside window so that it can view its new territory, without getting out just yet.

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Establishing new toileting routines

For dogs, the routine is a three-step process:-

  1. Establish a toilet spot
    Make this in a convenient spot in the garden but not too far from the back door at first - a garden bed is often ideal.

  2. Make it smell a little like a dog's toilet
    If you can collect your dog's faeces and if possible its urine and 'stock' the new toilet spot with those odours, the odours will give a clearer message that this is the spot to use. However you don't want a foetid mass of muck so have a '24 hour' replacement cycle.

  3. Then train your dogs to use that ordained toilet spot
    That's achieved by taking the dog to the toilet spot many times per day using a command such as 'Do Wee' to indicate the action needed. Reward any response.

For cats, the routine is:-

  1. Establish litters trays in pairs - one of those pairs should be in your preferred location.
  2. Have pairs of trays in at least three locations
  3. Test two different litters - one in each tray (don't presume you know which litter your cat prefers)
  4. Eventually move the trays to your preferred location

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Separation-related issues

When dogs move to a new home with their owners separation-related issues are quite common. Us humans usually take a week or two away from work to make the move easier and commotion of that period is really confusing for pets but very full and mind-blowing.

Then you back to the 12 hour grindstone and the pet is home-alone, anxious and worried.

That's when howling, escaping and destructive behaviour often occur.

Solving separation anxiety is complex and there's more information on the link below but a summary is:-

  • Provide a comforting Den - dogs sleep at least 50% of the time
  • Provide a boredom relief and enrichment
  • Use pheromone therapy - Adaptil for dog and Feliway for cats (see below)
  • If the anxiety is profound see your veterinarian - homeopathic preparations or medications may be needed

More information:-

Separation Anxiety remedies


Settling Pets into Your New Home

There are several things you can do to settle your pets into their new home and that includes:

  • Making you home 'smell like home'
  • Using pheromones
  • Strategies for allowing the pets outside
  • What to do if your are not moving far

Making Your Home Smell Like Home

To settle cats into the home, try rubbing a warm damp towel over your cat's body and especially around its face to remove some of your cat's scent.

Then rub the towel with the scent onto prominent surfaces around the house such as on corners of furniture and on doorways. This marks the new house with the cat's scent and helps the cat to realise that your new house is its home as well.

That process is not so important for dogs.

Pheromone Fun

For dogs, the Dog Appeasing Pheromone (Adaptil) and for cats the pheromone Feliway, are an easy way of making the transition. Pheromones are scents released from animals that travel through the air and have dramatic effects on the behaviour of other animals of the same species.

Adaptil and Feliway are now produced synthetically and the joy is they come as: plug-in diffusers that are so easy to use; for dogs, as a collar containing the Adaptil Pheromone; and for cats, a spray.

The use of pheromones can quickly settle cats and dogs into new homes and is one of the prime reasons for implementing pheromone therapy.

For more details and to purchase pheromones, look for the Pheromone Pet Pick on this site.

Releasing the Pets

Releasing dogs into the garden is easy but cats are more difficult. One method is to place puss in a cage of some type in the garden. A cat transport cage is suitable but a dog crate is better.

Place the cage or crate in a shaded spot of the garden and let the cat view its surrounds. Don't leave it unattended though.

If this is done for a few minutes daily for several days, the cat can get its bearings more easily. The same can be achieved by placing your cat in a harness and walking it around the yard.

To prepare puss for its release, train it to 'come' for its meal. At dinner time, bang a cat food can or your cat's food bowl with a spoon as you call your cat's name. Then, when you plan to release your cat, do so just before dinner time. If the cat slinks off, it is more likely to return when you bang the food bowl and call its name.

In case they stray, be sure you have name tags on your pet's collar before they are released and of course, your cat and dog should be micropchipped.

Moving Near

If you are moving only a short distance away, rather than across town, you can have additional problems with your dog and especially your cat. It is common for dogs and cats to return to their old home if they escape.

Securely confining your cat or dog is one way around this problem.

However, for added security confuse your pet by taking it to a boarding kennel or cattery, some distance away, for a week or so. When your pet is then taken to your new home, it will hopefully be disorientated enough to not try to get back to your old abode.

Lastly, if you are moving into a new area, you need to know about local dangers.

Visit your local vet and ask if snakes, ticks, fleas, toads and worms are common in your area. Also ask if the viral diseases parvovirus and canine cough are seen regularly.

After that, sit down with a cuppa and a pet or two and enjoy your new home - you deserve it!

By The House of Realty Team 03 Jul, 2017
There is so much to love in secondhand land.  Finding a treasure that someone has made or cherished, or both, is such a rewarding, guilt-free way to shop. Here are some ideas that will inspire you to begin the hunt for some beautiful things you may not have considered sourcing from op shops.

Everybody knows that antique shops are fabulous places to find interesting pieces for interiors, but often the opportunity shop, or charity shop, just around the corner also holds true gems. Look past the clothes and shoes, and skirt around the edges. Here you’re more likely to find the wonderfully edgy, the old fashioned, or kitschy.

If you are lucky enough to do a road trip, don’t just hit the antique shops on the main road, delve deeper into the towns and suburbs. There are 650 Vinnies shops throughout Australia, plus thousands of smaller operators. Before you go, check the Vinnies  websites to get a list of store locations.

Kitchen containers
It is hard to resist kitchen tins and containers. Look for ones that only require a quick clean and are rust free. Not only are they beautiful when displayed together, they are useful and because they are on their second or third lives, environmentally friendly.

If you’re fortunate, you’ll stumble across sets of bakelite kitchen containers from the 1950s and 1960s. These look fabulous on your mantlepiece or in the bathroom. The beautiful colours can work well in a plain white bathroom and make great storage containers for cotton balls, soap and bath salts. Don’t feel you have to confine them to the kitchen

By The House of Realty Team 30 Jun, 2017

The fact of the matter is you can't have a successful property portfolio without tenants, but too many investors forget that.

Without tenants in your investment properties paying rent, you have no cash flow, and your ability to cover the mortgage repayments will eventually dry up.

So, given they're so important, how can you be a good landlord to your tenants?

Firstly, never be a slum-lord. What I mean by that is you must complete repairs and maintenance, which is part and parcel of owning a property, but you must also be able to determine between necessary repairs and tenant 'wants' that are usually purely cosmetic.

The name of the game is to attract and keep a good long-term tenant so you need to be consistent in your dealings with them, including maintenance and repair requests.
Of course, anything that is dangerous – such as plumbing, electricity, trip hazards, decking or railing, and smoke alarms – must be remedied as soon as possible.

As a landlord you don't want to spend money for the heck of it and you're not there to make a tenant happy all the time, but there must be a middle ground and that's why consistency is so important because it also means consistency of cash flow.  

Good landlords are also fair with rent increases and don't try to hike rents up over and above the market – which makes you a bad landlord as well as it being a poor business decision.

Sometimes, if you have a good tenant who is no trouble and who always pays their rent on time, you might want to leave the rent a little below the market because a good tenant is worth money.

Also, remember that tenants don't usually like to move often either, so if you're reasonable and fair with them, they're likely to stay longer.

Good landlords also make sure they have adequate insurances so that if there are any major repairs they can be fixed quickly with minimum disruption to their tenants.

Also, don't ever be one of those landlords who's emotionally attached to the property and who flies into a rage when they see the lawn one centimetre above the "perfect" length! You must be emotionally and mostly physically removed from your property.

You should also be aware of conditions in your local market because you don't want to try to ramp up the rent if there's an oversupply in your area, which might motivate the tenants to shift somewhere cheaper.

I'm a fan of pets in rental properties but, of course, there are rules and regulations around that as well as common sense so you don't end up with a German Shepherd in a two-bedroom unit!

About 70 per cent of tenants have pets so if you're one of those landlords that doesn't allow pets, you're cutting out a huge proportion of your potential tenant market.

Depending on the location of your investment property, you should also have ceiling fans, air con or heating installed, because it just makes sense and attracts tenants for a relatively small financial outlay.

The number one tip to being a good landlord, however, is to always use a professional property manager.

The first reason why you should use a professional is you want that disconnect between your tenant and yourself, which also helps to remove any lingering emotional attachment that you may have with the property.

The second reason is a lot of insurance companies won't insure you if you haven't got a professional property manager in place so make sure you check the PDS of your policies.

But the final, and most important, reason is that managing property is not easy.

In fact, I think it's the world's hardest job and investors should never try to manage their own properties.

There's a host of rules and regulations (that seem to change quite regularly, too) which protect the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

That's why good landlords leave the management of their properties to the professionals every single time.

By The House of Realty Team 20 Jun, 2017

Just splurged on some marble and copper homewares? You may want to stop reading.

While it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year, trend forecasters and designers are already thinking well into 2017 ­– and there’s a big shake up of interior trends predicted.

“In Australia, our prolific use of technology and social media consumption has shortened the gap in our adaptation of global trends, meaning we are seeing international styles hitting our stores a lot quicker than in previous years,” says the team at homewares business Nathan + Jac .

If you’re renovating or building a new home, look out for the following trends to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.

WHAT’S IN

1. Terracotta

Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones.

“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design .  

“I think that by avoiding terracotta tiles that are too rustic and keeping with a matte finish, this trend could add character and warmth to interiors again.”

By The House of Realty Team 13 Jun, 2017
Smart Design Studio’s Indigo Slam has received the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design, the country's leading award in the field.

Smart Design Studio’s Indigo Slam, an "ambitious, sculptural and dramatic" home, has taken out the Premier Award at the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards.

The Australian Interior Design Awards, a partnership between the Design Institute of Australia and Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine, is Australia’s leading awards program for the industry.

The 2017 awards were presented on Friday 9 June at a Melbourne event, which was attended by more than 500 interior design and architecture practitioners and professionals.

The jury said it was "unable to find fault" with Smart Design Studio’s Indigo Slam project. The jury said, "This project is a private residence, but also hosts events for the client’s art gallery, celebrating unconventional domesticity through dual functionality." The home is defined by "thoughtful restraint" and "immaculate detailing".

Indigo Slam was also awarded for Residential Design, making it the only project to collect multiple prizes.

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design

  • Smart Design Studio for Indigo Slam, NSW

Interior Design Impact Awards

  • Woods Bagot for Paramount by The Office Space, NSW
  • Museums Victoria Design Studio for First Peoples, VIC

Sustainability Advancement Award

  • Cox Architecture for University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, QLD

Emerging Interior Design Practice

Award

  • Brad Swartz Architects, NSW

Commendations

  • Amber Road, NSW
  • BoardGrove Architects , VIC
  • Adam Kane Architects, VIC

Residential Design

Award

  • Smart Design Studio for Indigo Slam, NSW

Commendations

  • Brad Swartz Architects for Darling Point Apartment, NSW
  • Eugene Cheah Architecture for Henry Street House, VIC
  • Doherty Design Studio in collaboration with Inarc Architects for Fitzroy Residence, VIC
  • SJB for A Private Residence, NSW
  • SJB for Redfern Terrace, NSW
  • John Wardle Architects for Freshwater Apartment, VIC
  • Architects EAT for Moving House, VIC

Residential Decoration

Award

  • SJB for A Private Residence, NSW

Commendations

  • Templeton Architecture for Little Parndon, VIC
  • Doherty Design Studio for Fitzroy Residence, VIC
  • Carole Whiting and Steven Whiting for Hotham, VIC

Hospitality Design

Award

  • DesignOffice for Higher Ground, VIC

Commendations

  • Genesin Studio for Antica Pizzeria e Cucina, SA
  • Flack Studio for Caravan, Seoul, KOREA
  • George Livissianis for The Dolphin Hotel, NSW
  • Ritz&Ghougassian for Morris and Heath, VIC
  • DesignOffice for Handpicked Wines, NSW
  • Karen Abernethy Architects with Louisa Macleod for Humming Puppy Sydney, NSW
  • Ritz&Ghougassian for Penta, VIC

Retail Design

Award

  • George Livissianis for Jac + Jack, NSW

Commendations

  • Flack Studio for Monk House Design, VIC
  • Joanne Motee for Lost in Seasons, VIC
  • Landini Associates for The Kitchens, QLD
  • Karen Abernethy Architects with Louisa Macleod for Búl, QLD

Public Design

Award

  • PTID for StudioFive, VIC

Commendations

  • BVN for UQ Forgan Smith West Wing Refurbishment, QLD
  • Peter Hunt Daryl Jackson (Joint Venture) Architects (PHDJ) for Supreme Court of Western Australia, WA
  • Cox Architecture for University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, QLD
  • BVN for The Sanctuary, Bunurong Memorial Park, VIC
  • BVN for Woollahra Library, NSW
  • ARM + Architectus for Arts West, University of Melbourne, VIC

Workplace Design

Awards

  • Archer Office for The EDG Forum, NSW
  • BVN for Frasers Property Australia Head Office, NSW

Commendations

  • Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia for TVNZ Television Network Centre Refurbishment, NZ
  • HASSELL for Swiss Re, Sydney, NSW
  • Gensler for Dropbox Sydney, NSW
  • Bates Smart for Salvation Army, NSW

Installation Design

Award

  • StudioPlusThree for Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, NSW

Commendations

  • Aileen Sage Architects with Michelle Tabet for The Pool, ITALY
  • Trigger for Parramatta Park Dairy Cottage Installations, NSW
  • Archier for Denfair Stand For Rakumba Lighting, VIC
  • Cox Architecture for Wild State Exhibition Queensland Museum, QLD

Best of State Awards for Residential Design

  • Victoria - Eugene Cheah Architecture for Henry Street House
  • Queensland - Chloe Naughton for Inverdon House
  • New South Wales – Smart Design Studio for Indigo Slam
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By The House of Realty Team 21 Aug, 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
By The House of Realty Team 16 Aug, 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 flow of tides through the southern reaches of Moreton Bay.

The impact on Southport's environment was remarkable. Southport's rocky foreshore had previously been exposed to open seas.

After the breakthrough, tidal action eroded sand from the southern tip of South Stradbroke resulting eventually in the surveyed township site of Moondarewa disappearing entirely by the 1940s.

Meanwhile, a low sand spit developed to the north of Main Beach Point. This permanent sand isthmus continued to edge across the mouth of the Nerang River until the construction of the Gold Coast Seaway in 1987.

As The Spit developed into a permanent landform, there was a demand for private leasehold title of land and applications for dredging rights for mineral sands there.

The Broadwater area, once open ocean, was now a relatively placid waterway offering a calm water harbour for vessels and boating.

By 1952, the Southport Yacht Club and John Humphrey's engineering work shop and slip way on The Spit attracted an ever increasing number of private boats to the Yacht Basin. and the eastern side of the Broadwater.

Since the 1950s and '60s, in the heyday of the local prawning industry, the Southport trawler fleet have used The Spit for their berth.

Marineland, one of the first tourist attractions on The Spit, opened in the 1960s and foreshadowed future resort developments and theme parks which are now such a feature of the area.

By The House of Realty Team 08 Aug, 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.
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