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What we can learn from Australia's median house prices from 1970-2016

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What we can learn from Australia's median house prices from 1970-2016

To buy a home now or wait? It’s a question many people are asking themselves as property prices continue to grow across Australia.

Property prices have always been a popular topic of conversation, but the subject of housing affordability has become more contentious as we approach the May budget announcement.

Especially following reports from The Sydney Morning Herald that the Parliamentary Budget Office has costed a proposal that would kill stamp duty and replace it with land tax, saving home buyers up to $40,000 in Sydney and $55,000 in Melbourne.

While everyone is looking to the government for a housing affordability solution, it’s a good idea to do some research of your own and look at past housing price cycles.

Created by Successful Ways, the below graph tracks the median house price in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth from 1970 to 2016, recorded June 30 of each year.

Image: Successful Ways

Image: Successful Ways

What does this all mean?

The Australian property market moves in cycles which are influenced by a wide range of factors including interest rates, consumer confidence, unemployment and of course previous rates of growth that impact on rental yields and levels of affordability.

While Australia’s current annual population growth of 1.4 percent may seem modest, this also adds 340,000 to our population each year, which is one new Darwin resident every 20 weeks or a new Tasmanian every 18 months.

Each state has its own property cycle and there are cycles within each cycle. Different areas, different price points and different types of property have their own cycle.

You’ll find that in each 10-year period there seems to be 3-4 years when the market is flat, 3-4 years of low capital growth, and a few years of strong price growth during the boom stage of the cycle.

When you look at the property prices that prevailed 10 and 20 years ago, and look at property prices today, it’s clear that property investment is a long-term play. You need to be patient as, over the long term, values in our major capital cities have doubled every 7 to 10 years.

With 5 year fixed investor rates as low as 4.29%, it makes sense to invest in Sydney property. With history proving it almost doubles every 10 years, there is never a bad time to buy.

For more information on the current market situation and future direction, attend the Successful Ways First Home Buyers Course located in Sydney’s CBD. Save 50% off tickets with the discount code SWBM2017. Book now, places are limited.

Author bio:

Belinda Morris is the Marketing Manager for Successful Ways, a boutique, Sydney based firm offering a broad range of services to first home buyers and investors. Belinda has a background in design, photography and marketing and is passionate about property investing.

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Is the great Australian dream over? Millennials prioritise travel over saving for a house, study reveals

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Is the great Australian dream over? Millennials prioritise travel over saving for a house, study reveals

Budget Direct’s survey of 2,800 Australians aged 18-24 (summarised in the infographic below) found that 64% of this age group of millennials didn’t have a savings plan.

Of those who had savings plans, 32.6% said saving for travel was their number one priority compared to 16.7% who were focusing on saving for a house deposit.

Is this a symptom of young Aussies viewing home ownership as unattainable in today’s economic climate as housing prices soar? Or is it just a matter of wanting to get out and explore the world before settling down later in life?

The survey showed 29.8% of respondents expect that it will take them over five years to save for a house deposit and other research suggests they’re not far off the mark. Bankwest’s First Time Buyer Deposit Report shows it takes an average Sydney couple over eight years to save for an average deposit ($215,000) to buy a house. In Melbourne, it takes 6.2 years to save for an average deposit of around $150,000.

Alarmingly most of those surveyed (36.4%) only managed to save less than $100 a month, making it virtually impossible to reach a $215k deposit in Sydney or $150k in Melbourne, even for a couple.

These results suggest young Australians are pessimistic (with good reason) about housing affordability and are generally struggling to save for not only their own home, but holidays, weddings, cars and consumer goods.

The moral of the story is regardless of whether you’re saving for your first home, a new car, travel or a bigger TV, it pays to get into good habits early in life and more young Australians could definitely benefit from financial planning and setting savings goals.

A great tool to put your finances back on track is the Savings Goal Planner. Its simple interface and handy suggestions on how to reduce expenses makes achieving all your financial goals easier to follow through than ever.

You can even print off PDF versions of your planned weekly savings to put up on the fridge, pinboard or wall to keep motivated.

For more ways to buy a home sooner check out our blogs on how to save for a home deposit as efficiently as possible, tips for saving money while renting and how parents can help their kids get onto the property ladder.

Happy saving!

The Homely Team

 

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Spellbinding homes that could be straight out of Beauty & the Beast

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Spellbinding homes that could be straight out of Beauty & the Beast

It’s a tale as old as time and if you’re as excited as we are to relive childhood classic Beauty and the Beast then these magical Australian properties are sure to impress and delight.

They’re grand, palatial and decadent, each of these extraordinary properties could be straight off a movie set. Plus, who doesn't love fantasising about living out their own fairytale happy ending?

To celebrate the release of the reimagining of Disney film Beauty and the Beast this week, here are eight enchanting properties that are currently up for sale that are fit for a princess.

Belle's provincial house

Positioned overlooking the banks of the Yarra River this magnificent 1930s Tudor style residence is reminiscent of Belle's quaint French country house. The storybook style home is just a stroll from Toorak Road and Chapel Street and features exquisite period features, an abundance of natural light and generous living spaces.

Be our guest: An entertainer's delight

As Lumiere famously sung, 'if you're stressed it's fine dining we suggest' and this opulent waterfront property offers plenty of opportunities for entertaining in luxury and the finest of settings.

This house certainly is equipped to cater to a royal lifestyle with a private marina, helipad, richly decorated interiors, horizon pool, 6 king-sized bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, dressing room, cellar with dining room, alfresco dining, cinema room, gym, pool room, a caretaker cottage and monitored CCTV.

Prince charming's palaces

This stunning hand crafted limestone castle with its turret and bespoke moody dark interiors reminds us of the Beast's enchanted home. Unlike the palace in the film, this home has incredible ocean views and lift access to its three luxurious levels.

This unique castillo features a pretty vine covered alfresco area, a turret, tower room, rooftop terrace with ocean and river views, stone floors, marble fireplaces, wrought iron details and incredible solid carved timber doors throughout.

Bookworm heaven

This elegant library retreat is sure to impress even the most discerning bookworms like Belle. The three level magical mansion includes a tennis court, lap pool, gym, steam room, wine cellar, hedged gardens, limestone terraces and open fireplaces.

Belle's palace boudoir

We can easily imagine the furniture in this decadent bedroom springing to life and helping get Belle ready to waltz with Beasty in the grand ballroom. Is that Cogsworth we spy on the mantel and Chip on the dressing table?

This superb estate features vast manicured grounds, wrought iron security gates, marble flooring, French doors, open fireplaces, a games room, crystal chandeliers, cinema room, a ballet room, swimming pool and even more extravagant yet a gold-plated powder room basin.

Castle essentials

What magical palace is complete without a suit of armour or two? Other accessories that would not look out of place on the set of Beauty and the Beast include a commanding leadlight window entry foyer, a grand hall, sweeping staircase, formal lounge and dining, ornate plaster ceiling roses, hand painted cornices, hand carved timbers and a picturesque garden pavilion. All that's missing is a secret pivoting bookshelf door.

Opulent interiors

From the light-drenched drawing room, original open fireplaces, spacious library to the grand double-height entrance hall with soaring glass ceiling, this spectacular harbourside sandstone mansion c1883 would definitely fit the bill for a Disney film location.

Turns out you can live out your own happily ever after à la Belle and Prince Adam (aka the Beast) in your very own Australian palace (after a lottery win or two!) or at least dare to dream about it.

Check out more of Australia's most luxurious properties trophy homes of Australia's richest suburbs, the most romantic homes for sale and ultimate luxury bachelorette pads for rent.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

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Your guide to DIY painting at home

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Your guide to DIY painting at home

Giving a room in your home a fresh and newly renovated look is as easy as giving it a fresh coat of paint! Changing the colour of a room will give it an entirely new look and feel. Even just painting a fresh coat of the same colour that’s already on the walls will brighten the room and make it look brand new.

Some people are weary of painting their own walls, but anybody can paint a room. No professionals needed! Here are some useful tips and tricks to painting the interior of your home like a pro.

For sale: Milton, NSW

For sale: Milton, NSW

Prepare your surface

You want your walls to be clean and protected before you even touch them with a paintbrush. Begin by taking off any outlet covers, putting plastic bags over lighting fixtures and removing anything else on the surface (i.e. curtains, cabinet handles, furniture and art) to protect them from an accidental splash of paint. Fill in any holes or cracks with patching paste, which you can find at a hardware supply store.

Then, you can prep your walls. If there is a lot of peeling, loose old paint or cracks, sand the surface to create a smooth working area. Then, wash the walls with water and mild soap. Rinse the walls with warm water and allow them to dry completely before doing anything else.

Finally, you’ll want to give the walls a coat of primer. Some people skip this step because the wall has been painted before, but primer will still help give you a uniform look when you begin with the paint.

If you aren’t painting walls, but are instead painting another surface in your home there may be additional steps you should take. If you're painting a staircase or a fireplace, for example, more attention is necessary because these will be more intricate than just a flat wall. You may need to strip the existing paint or varnish before beginning which will take a bit more time and elbow grease than prepping walls.

You should also think twice before attempting to paint cabinet hardware. It may be more expensive to buy the proper paint and materials rather than just purchasing new hardware. Painting certain areas of the home can be more difficult than just painting walls of a room, so do your research before picking up a brush.

Get down & dirty

Once your walls are prepared, the fun part begins – the painting! There are many types of brushes you can use, but the most efficient way to paint a large room is with a roller. Even better is a power roller. Power rollers can be bought at your local hardware store and will save you tons of time and energy.

For painting corners and edges near baseboards, use a small brush with angled bristles to get a close and accurate result.

Choosing your brushes will depend mostly on the type of paint you'll be using and the surface you’re painting. For instance, polyester brushes work very well for latex paints while natural-bristle brushes work well with oil based paints.

There are also brushes in all different sizes and styles depending on the type of project you’re doing. These decisions will be based on the room you’re painting, so be sure to head into a supply store and see what’s available.

When painting, use the 'W' technique. This is an efficient way to get an even coat of paint. Start in one corner of the wall and paint a three by three foot W shape. Then, without lifting the roller, fill in the lines. Continue in small W sections until the entire wall is painted. This may seem tedious, but it will pay off when you step back and view your beautiful freshly painted walls.

Tape tricks

Painters tape is something that is used in most home painting projects, but it can be intimidating to work with. Knowing the right tricks will make it easy.

For example, after positioning your tape, paint a base coat before the actual paint. The base coat will leak under the tape and essentially seal the tape so that the colour doesn’t run. This will create very crisp lines that will look super professional.

When taping, you can lay the tape up to a week in advance of when you'll be painting, but you should remove the tape immediately after painting even before it dries. If you wait until the paint dries, you run the risk of pulling some paint off with the tape.

Painting your home is a fun project that will give the room a whole new look. If you do it yourself, it will also be something you can look at proudly every day. Just follow these tips and tricks to transform your room beautifully and avoid any DIY project regrets.

For more DIY inspiration for your home check out these on trend paint colours to brighten your day, crafty DIY projects for the weekend and think pink: 11 tasteful home decor ideas.

Author bio:

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.

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6 key features of a functional & pretty laundry

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6 key features of a functional & pretty laundry

With summer now behind us, we will spend less time hanging our washing in our backyard, and more time in our laundry. We teamed up again with our friends from e&s to find out six ways to create a beautiful and functional laundry.

Image: e&s. Photographer: Nikole Ramsay Styling: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors Product: Siemens Washer WN16S741AU & Siemens Dryer T48Y780AU  

Image: e&s. Photographer: Nikole Ramsay Styling: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors Product: Siemens Washer WN16S741AU & Siemens Dryer T48Y780AU  

1. Colour

Who says you can’t add a bit of fun to your laundry. 'It’s always nice to use a fun tile in the laundry splashback for a bit of silver lining. Follow tile trends of hand-made glazes and geometric shapes' says e&s ambassador, Romy Alwill. 'At the beginning of the year the jewel trend started to sneak into people's homes, and this jewel inspired colour palette will continue to grow in 2017. Think ruby reds, emerald greens, sapphire blues and amethyst tones', says Romy.

2. Pull-out tap

Laundry sinks are where we wash all the muddy and dirty things we accumulate and it’s never a good feeling knowing that you can’t wash it properly. A pull-down tap such as the KWC Eve Deck-mounted Kitchen Mixer is the perfect way to wash all kinds of items and wash down the sink afterwards.

3. Bench space

'Bench space is a great asset in a laundry,' says e&s ambassador, Romy Alwill. Not only will this provide you with the space to fold and sort clothes, but it provides you with the opportunity to style the laundry and give the space a bit of personality. 

Image: e&s photoshoot. Photographer: Nikole Ramsay Styling: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors Product: Miele W3831 WPS

Image: e&s photoshoot. Photographer: Nikole Ramsay Styling: Michelle Hart, Bask Interiors Product: Miele W3831 WPS

4. Washer & dryer combo

All of us want laundries, but not all of have the space for it. This is why saving space with a washer dryer combo is the best way to not only save space, but when it comes to efficiency, combo units tick boxes for both water and energy usage. e&s sells a great range of washer dryer combos such as the Bosch WVH28441AU Washer Dryer Combo.

5. Integrated cabinetry

There is a reason that we keep on seeing integrated cabinetry in kitchen, bathroom and laundries. Not only will you create the illusion of space, but you’ll showcase the beauty of consistency and tuck away anything you don’t want out on display.

6. Storage

Sports equipment, spare linen and beach gear. The laundry is the room where we store all those things that don’t really belong in any other rooms. This is why storage is key to any tidy, functional and attractive laundry. Create the ultimate storage space by including labelled boxes, a retractable clothesline and a spot for the laundry baskets.

We hope these six ideas help to guide you towards a pretty and functional laundry makeover. For more ideas check out our guide to upgrading your laundry and the five best materials for cabinetry.

Author bio:

Jess Sleep is a blogger, social media coordinator and marketing assistant at e&s. With over 50 years experience, e&s live, breathe and specialise in kitchen, bathroom and laundry products. With all e&s products carefully sourced and selected, why not visit your local e&s showroom today.

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5 lessons from someone who just moved house

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5 lessons from someone who just moved house

I moved into my new place last week, so the excitement and anxiety that comes with a move is still fresh in my mind.

At the end of the big day over a Maccas burger (because I didn’t have the energy or cookware unpacked to prepare a home cooked meal, sorry Mum!) I proclaimed, ‘I’m never moving again!’.

This wasn’t because it was a particularly bad moving experience, it was just a result of all the hassle and stress that comes in the lead up to packing up and moving your entire life from A to B.

While moving is no one’s favourite activity I found you can save yourself a lot of time, headaches and money if you go into moving day well prepared.

In hindsight if I could redo my move here are five pieces of advice I wish I was savvy to beforehand that would help minimise some of the stress and uncertainty that commonly comes with moving house.

1. Be prepared.

Stock up on packing tape, fragile box labels, bubble wrap, permanent markers, scissors, bags and boxes. Moving companies will charge you extra for using any of their packing materials (even the tape they use on their moving blankets) on the day.

Take your furniture apart the night before or the morning of the move. This is key to keeping your moving time and fees down. Don’t wait for the movers to arrive before you wrap up your mattress/couch, empty the fridge, clear out your dresser drawers, dismantle your bed, dining table, outdoor setting or TV unit. This all eats up precious time they will charge you for to just wait around before they’re able to start loading.

To make unloading extra speedy and easy on the movers clearly label boxes with the room that their contents belong in. It’s also a good idea to put your garage remote, car and house keys onto a neck lanyard to wear on the day, so they don’t get misplaced in all the clutter and moving chaos.

2. Expect the unexpected.

Even with the best preparation in the world, having booked the mover months ago and boxed up all your stuff days in advance, you can’t control everything come moving day. Maybe the moving truck gets a flat tyre on the way, the movers are double booked or in my case three hours late because they had to make two trips instead of one for the client beforehand.

Be prepared for all sorts of delays and hiccups on moving day by keeping a book, magazine, laptop or iPad handy so you have something to occupy your time while you wait for the moving truck. To be super productive set aside a basket or bag of cleaning products, dusters and the vacuum so you can get started on that extensive vacate clean checklist.

3. Set expectations.

When moving you’re in a vulnerable position with the stress of leaving all your possessions in the hands of strangers, so it’s easy to get pressured into over paying the movers just to get on with unpacking and settling in. If you feel as if you’re being taken advantage of, stand your ground and pull up the booking confirmation email from the moving company if there are discrepancies between the hourly rate outlined and the final cost given to you.

Better yet, print out the email confirmation with the agreed upon rate, the deposit amount you’ve already paid and any extra costs. Most movers will charge you a fuel levy and an additional fee for using toll roads. Make sure you advise your crew beforehand if you don’t want them taking toll roads, otherwise they’ll spring this extra cost on you at the last minute.

Also check whether they accept credit cards as payment or if they’re cash only. Note: Sometimes they can slap you with a surcharge if you pay by credit card. So always visit the ATM prior to moving and get back up cash in case it costs more than you expected.

For an example of what to expect, my one bedroom apartment took three and a half hours to pack up, transport and unload at the other end with two moving men and a 5-tonne truck.

4. Have the essentials handy.

Have your phone close at hand as the movers will typically call you to confirm when they’re on their way. Don’t forget to set the stopwatch as soon as they arrive, so they can’t add extra time on to your bill.

If there are hold ups on the day you’ll want to make sure you have everything you’ll need to be comfortable while you wait. Make up a bag of snacks and a water bottle to keep hunger and thirst at bay. Freeze a water bottle overnight so you’ll have a refreshing cold beverage within easy reach on the day. Hold onto your bluetooth speaker, and your phone and laptop chargers so you can recharge and listen to tunes on the go. Also, keep a roll of toilet paper, hand soap/ sanitiser and a toolkit handy.

5. Be alert, but not alarmed.

Once the movers are there it can be tempting to sit back and relax for a bit as they do all the heavy lifting. But it is smart to keep an eye on them as they pack and unpack to watch out for any drops or scrapes, especially when they’re moving valuable and delicate items. You may even want to move your most valuable and easily breakable items (like computers, TVs, game consoles, jewellery, vases etc.) yourself, to prevent damage or theft.

Take notes and photos of any dints, scratches or nicks on large furniture and appliances before the move so you’ll have proof if any damage occurs during transit. Be sure to check that the moving company you go with has insurance that will cover and compensate you if your valuables are damaged.

One last thing to remember is to pace yourself come moving day. Perhaps a better way to look at it would be as ‘moving week’. Don’t feel as though you should do everything that comes along with moving to a new place (packing, unpacking, organising, cleaning the new house, the vacate clean, grocery shopping etc.) all in the one day, otherwise you’ll get stressed and burnt out.

For more strategies for a smooth transition to a new home take a read of our guide to finding the right moving company, 10 things to do when moving to a new home and your moving and packing survival kit.

Happy moving!

The homely.com.au Team

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A guide to choosing the right TV cabinet

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A guide to choosing the right TV cabinet

For many families, the TV cabinet houses all of the essential items in the living room or family room of the home. Families often gather in front of the TV for movie night or to watch their favourite programs together on a regular basis.

Image: Huset

Image: Huset

Selecting the right TV cabinet will ensure that your TV viewing experience is comfortable and that you also have adequate storage for all your TV room accessories. Here are a few tips to ensure that you select the right TV cabinet for you and your home.

What are TV cabinets?

TV cabinets are the large pieces of furniture that are used to hold the TV and related accessories. TV units may include cabinets, drawers and shelves for the TV signal box, gaming accessories and other items that are important.

TV cabinets come in varying sizes and are made from a variety of materials in order to match any décor scheme. TV cabinets are generally very large in size and aren't really recommended for small rooms as the size may take over the space.

Flat screen TVs

These days, TV cabinet designs have been adjusted in order to allow you to mount your TV. If you prefer to still have a TV cabinet that encases the TV, opt for a TV cabinet that features flat screen panel mounts.

Image: Huset

Image: Huset

Measuring your space

Before you purchase a TV cabinet, you should get a general idea of how much space is available for your TV. If the size of your TV is based on a diagonal measurement, you should take the measurement of your TV from corner to corner to determine what size cabinet you require. You should also make sure that you measure the depth of the TV to ensure that it fits on the mounts in the TV cabinet.

Next, you will need to measure the room to determine how much floor space you have available to store your TV cabinet. To ensure that your TV viewing experience is enjoyable, make sure that you allow enough space between the corners of the room and the TV cabinet. Ideally the TV cabinet should be placed in the centre of the wall with ample space on either side. You should also measure the height of your furniture to ensure that the TV cabinet will place the TV at an comfortable viewing height that won't cause you to strain your neck to watch TV from your couch or armchair.

Materials

TV cabinets are made from many different materials, including wood and metal. When you select a TV cabinet, you should select one that is made from a material that matches the rest of the décor in your room. If the other furniture in your room is made from metal, opt for this material. If the décor features hardwoods, then a TV cabinet made from a matching hardwood is a good choice. Ideally the TV cabinet should blend in with the room. Don’t go for too bold options when you select a TV cabinet unless you want it to stand out.

Image: Huset

Image: Huset

Selecting a structurally sound TV cabinet

When you select a TV cabinet for your home, it should be able to carry the weight of the TV, as well as, the other items that you plan to store. You should select a TV cabinet that is durable and utilises reliable construction to ensure that it is structurally sound and won't collapse under the weight of the contents. In addition, you should expect to spend at least a fair amount on a TV cabinet. Cheap TV cabinets generally do not provide the support that is needed to house your electronics.

For more furniture buying tips and decorating advice take a look at our guide to buying the right couch, smart tips for buying patio furniture that'll last and our top picks from the IKEA catalogue.

Author bio:

Simone Doppler writes for Huset furniture. Headquartered in Cheltenham, Victoria, Huset is Melbourne’s leading supplier of fine European designed original furniture. Our reputation for offering premium furniture, lighting and accessories speaks for itself; we work hard to earn customer trust and loyalty.

About homely.com.au:

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Strategies for buying property at auction

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Strategies for buying property at auction

Buying a property at auction can be a very scary thing to do, especially if you haven't participated in one before.

If you're planning to put in a bid at an auction this weekend it's important to prepare yourself for all possible outcomes. It can be emotionally taxing over time if you miss out on your dream home over and over because of unrealistic expectations or misinformation on pricing.

Set yourself up for success by thoroughly researching prices and clearance rates in your areas of interest, to make sure you're not wasting your time and that you can afford the types of properties that are going to auction there.

If you are the successful bidder of course you need to have all the practical things at the ready to be able to make the purchase on the day. Get the contracts looked over by a solicitor prior to the auction date, have your written pre-approval organised and be ready to pay a deposit on the day, which is usually 10 per cent of the sale price.

We also recommend attending a few practice auctions before bidding yourself, to get a feel for the auction process and what to expect when people get bidding. Afterwards review what happened and think about how you would've handled the same scenario if you were bidding.

Here are some bidding tips and strategies to think about for your next auction.

For sale: 10 Orlando Street, Hampton, VIC. Auction- Sat 25 March, 2017.

For sale: 10 Orlando Street, Hampton, VIC. Auction- Sat 25 March, 2017.

Tip 1. Open the bidding.

A good proactive strategy is to open the bidding close to what you think the reserve will be. If someone else enters the opening bid come in with a confident bid straight away and repeat this throughout the auction. Most buyers will be put off by this and lose the desire to keep bidding because they miss the chance to feel a sense of ownership of the property and don’t form an emotional attachment to it.

Tip 2. Bid with odd numbers.

Kick off the bidding with an odd number and always increase your bid in odd numbers. This may slow down the auctioneer, and confuse and slow the momentum of other potential buyers. At auctions it's so important to stand your ground and be aggressive in your approach. If you don't come into bidding strong someone else will step up and you'll miss out. Take control and show you mean business by putting in numbered bids straight after everyone else's.

Image: AFR, Glenn Hunt

Image: AFR, Glenn Hunt

Tip 3. Wait it out.

This one is a riskier tactic where you want others to bid first and you give them the chance to gain a sense of ownership and become emotionally invested in the property. Here you should wait until the very end of the auction to place a bid when everyone else has stopped. At this point a majority of buyers are likely to have reached or exceeded their budget and have already let the property go in their head.

Tip 4. Use research to plan your bidding.

Remember to do your homework. This will help you to gain a better understanding of how much the property will realistically cost. Look into what comparable properties in the area have sold for by weighing up their key features, such as the number of bedrooms, whether off street parking is included or not, the property's condition and size.

Also, consider what the overall growth has been in the suburb over the past 12 months and beyond. Look into plans for future developments that will impact the value of the property, like shopping centres, train stations or schools. Factor in all of this research when thinking about how much you're willing to spend on the property and to set your maximum bid or 'walk away' price before auction day.

For more information about auctions check out the pros and cons of selling at auction, how to buy a property after it is passed in and what you need to know about buying property in your capital city.

Best of luck for the auction.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

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Interior Secrets: 3 trends to try this autumn

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Interior Secrets: 3 trends to try this autumn

Goodbye summer, hello autumn! The last bit of summer may have left and now that the leaves are changing and the temps are cooling, let us share some interior secrets to help you brighten your home this autumn. Here are three up-and-coming trends in furniture and interiors to try out at your place this season.

1. Shades of grey

We're embracing every shade of grey at Interior Secrets this autumn. Grey walls, grey chairs, silvered branches with a touch of marble and white are the right elements to make a room more warm and spacious. The signature Infinity Wall Art Print in Black ($290.00 AUD) is the stand out feature in this grey and white space and can be a staple for many room looks, with or without coloured accessories.

Featuring: Tisha Dining Chair in Grey + Cyclone Round Dining Table in White (Isamu Noguchi Replica) 

Featuring: Tisha Dining Chair in Grey + Cyclone Round Dining Table in White (Isamu Noguchi Replica) 

2. A place to write

Going back to school or work? Or need a desk that befits those seasonal scribblings? Interior Secrets thrives on Scandinavian theming as the designs clean lines are timeless in their simplicity. Take a look at the highly functional Marc Scandinavian Console Table ($395.00 AUD). It's simple and to the point with design and will add a chic and modern flourish to any study.

Featuring: Alberta 3 Wall Art Print + Hemma Dining Chair in Grey.

Featuring: Alberta 3 Wall Art Print + Hemma Dining Chair in Grey.

3. Pastel power

Pastel dreams that so it seems! Featuring the stand out Raymond Lounge Chair ($580 AUD) in a gorgeous shade of blush pink, that has a great ability to blend with natural materials such as wood panelling, timber floors and even polished concrete. Pastel colours first emerged in the 80s adorning living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms to make a powerful design statement. In today’s interiors, pastels are back in a big way! Whether you're thinking of giving your interiors a makeover or just adding some pastel touches to your textiles – there is a wonderful emergence of all different pastel hues (think mint, lemon, baby blue and pale pinks) in furniture and interior design right now.

Featuring: Zeno Buffet + Albany Wall Art Print

Featuring: Zeno Buffet + Albany Wall Art Print

At Interior Secrets we strive to bring new and upcoming trends and styles for customers and designers. We don't just sell furniture, we thrive to showcase what we implement with our products to upcoming trends. There you have it, our secret is out in the open.

For more home decor ideas take a look at seven ways to make your rental more homely, 10 reasons to love wallpaper and 70s decor trends making a big comeback.

Company bio: 

Interior Secrets was launched in 2009 to provide Australian consumers with access to modern and designer pieces at Australia's most competitive prices. We have since grown Interior Secrets to be a single destination boasting the most comprehensive online collection of modern design furniture and wide range of homewares. We strive to give everyone the opportunity to share the styles that we adore. 

Our aim is to provide our customers the best prices for all furniture, great quality in products and of course for your peace of mind we are Australian owned. Due to the company's passion and drive, we were featured in Business Review Weekly’s Fast 100 in 2015. You can follow Interior Secrets on Facebook.

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How you can help your kids get on the property ladder

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How you can help your kids get on the property ladder

You’ve probably helped your kids countless times over the years – and what kind of parent wouldn’t? In today’s economic climate, young people or ‘Gen Y’ (those born around 1982 to 2000) are finding it harder to get into the property market. With Sydney’s median house price hovering around $1 million, a 20 per cent deposit is growing further out of reach for most Australians, not just Gen Y. So how can you help your kids get on the property ladder? As always, it depends on your approach.

Be a beacon of financial advice

You can teach your near-adult or adult children about good finance through leading by example. You should encourage them to look at their own finances and credit histories. This will give them a broad understanding of their own financial position.

You should also share with them the real cost of buying property, such as government stamp duty, legal fees, conveyancing and other fees from your real-world experiences. You should also teach them about the difference between fixed & variable interest rates, for example. Show them how lenders market certain rates to entice customers, such as advertising base rates vs. comparison rates, which include most fees.

If you’re a more recent first homebuyer, teach them the steps involved with applying for the First Home Owner Grant.

Hotel de Mum and Dad

One of the time-honoured ways of helping kids on to the property ladder is letting them stay at the family home, bill and rent-free. Of course, this cramps their style as much as it does yours. Even so, nearly one in four young Aussies lives at home longer for financial reasons. It does give them more room to save for a deposit faster, though.

The Bank of Mum and Dad

Helping your children with their finances directly is an option too, and there are a few ways to go about it.

The first option is going in as a joint borrower. That means co-owning a house together with your child and helping them pay it off. This also saddles you with an additional debt if you already have a mortgage, and leaves you on the hook if your child can’t keep up repayments.

Another, safer option is co-signing a loan as a guarantor. An additional security gives lenders peace of mind. However, if your child defaults, it also leaves you vulnerable to clearing the debt.

The safest option by far is giving your child part or all of the deposit for their home as a gift. A better deposit will help them pay off the loan quicker and avoid paying extra for Lenders Mortgage Insurance. Be wary: large monetary gifts can affect Centrelink payments.

Image: Tony Gough, Herald Sun

Image: Tony Gough, Herald Sun

As always, you should seek advice from a financial professional before making any major financial decision.

For more useful advice for first home buyers (FHB) take a read of the pros and cons of rentvesting, a FHB guide to the extra costs of buying a home, how to save for a deposit as efficiently as possible and advice for buying your first home.

Author bio:

Bill Tsouvalas is the founder and CEO of Savvy, one of Australia's leading finance solution specialised in subprime home loans and mortgage refinance. Established in 2010, Bill turned Savvy into one of BRW's fastest growing companies in 2015. He frequently shares his knowledge and ideas on cars, mortgage, money and investment in the media and on the Savvy Blog.

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Home colour schemes we're loving this autumn

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Home colour schemes we're loving this autumn

Autumn is here and while shorter days, lower temps and falling leaves typically signal the changing of the seasons, your home doesn’t need to feel dreary in the cold. 

Colour has been proven to effect the feel of any kind of interior, whether brightening up a space or creating a cosy effect. It also effects moods signalling actions and changing emotions.

Autumn is typically likened to fiery reds and browns, but there are a lot more colours to love this season! Take a look at our fave colour schemes this season.

Ethereal

While Rose Quartz and Serenity were the top colours last year, light pastel colours like Blush, Yellow and Dusty Blue can be added to your home to create delicate and airy interiors.

To get the ethereal glow going in your home, paint your walls in blush tones for a dramatic change and effect. If you’re weary of major changes, why not opt for some artwork in pastel tones? These light colours can create havens of rest and relaxation. Pair these colours with love seats, chunky knits and throws for a cosy inviting nook. 

Get the look: Narelle Modern Designer Scandinavian Slatted Bed - Queen Size - Light Grey, Mia Contemporary Nightstand with Shelf, Cactus Blush Framed Print

Get the look: Narelle Modern Designer Scandinavian Slatted Bed - Queen Size - Light Grey, Mia Contemporary Nightstand with Shelf, Cactus Blush Framed Print

Get the look: Trian Framed Print, Aston Occasional Chair – Rose, Rudy Modern Designer Side Table

Get the look: Trian Framed Print, Aston Occasional Chair – Rose, Rudy Modern Designer Side Table

Florabundant

According to PANTONE’s Home + Interiors 2017 forecast, rich floral hues are great for this season. As the name 'Florabundant' suggests, dramatic pinks and reds like Pink Yarrow, Chrysanthemum, Red Dahlia and Baton Rouge will make your home a floral masterpiece, accented with varying shades of green.

Make a case for floral in printed couches combined with a bold wall colour in your living room. These colours scream wow and is a fun twist to the usual browns and reds people associate traditionally with the season. Create balance with these floral tones by combining light green or creamy neutrals into your interiors establishing a space full of romance.

Image: Brit + Co

Image: Brit + Co

Forest dreaming

Greenery is the Colour of The Year so it’s no surprise that the forest is a great colour inspiration! Not only is green calming and refreshing but it also makes you feel closer to nature. Greens and Blue-greens would be great additions to and accents for your home. Cushions and vases in green hues are perfect for adding some freshness and letting nature in.

Why not counter the falling leaves by putting the ultimate blooming greenery into your home – plants! Go for seasonal flora and fauna or add in prints of tropical leaves for a sunny vibe all year long.

Get the look: Narelle Modern Designer Scandinavian Slatted Bed - Queen Size - Light Grey, Ambrose Solid Wood Bedside Table

Get the look: Narelle Modern Designer Scandinavian Slatted Bed - Queen Size - Light Grey, Ambrose Solid Wood Bedside Table

Into the deep blue

Make your interiors more vivid by adding deep blue hues to your home. Paint a wall dark blue for a striking accent to make your artworks pop and complement a dark coloured sofa for a remarkable impression. You may also opt for dark blues for your furniture like dining chairs and ottomans in velvet fabrics, taking inspiration from the cosmos, the stars and space. 

Get the look: Brent Rosenberg – Saint Wall Print, Rudy Modern Designer Side Table, Arnie Scandinavian Style Designer Ottoman - Rose with Tan Piping, Aston 3 Seater Sofa - Shadow Grey

Get the look: Brent Rosenberg – Saint Wall Print, Rudy Modern Designer Side Table, Arnie Scandinavian Style Designer Ottoman - Rose with Tan Piping, Aston 3 Seater Sofa - Shadow Grey

Get the look: Ambrose Solid Wood Dining Table, Saguarao Framed Print

Get the look: Ambrose Solid Wood Dining Table, Saguarao Framed Print

We hope these colour schemes put you on the right path to an autumn home full of life and colour.

For more ways to refresh your interiors this season here are five dashing home décor trends to try this year, how to make the most of your living room space and how to revamp your bedroom on a budget.

Company bio:

Retrojan started over four years ago after noticing a gap in the furniture and homewares market. Targeting customers seeking unique statement pieces of furniture for their homes at affordable prices.

The Retrojan team designed and sourced ranges of products that were inspired by legendary designs of the past, but with their own modern take. Our offering spans across living, dining and bedroom, with local and international designers having input to ensure each piece is a practical solution for our customers living spaces. Visit our Melbourne showroom or shop online at retrojan.com.au.

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Use Australia's favourite furniture styles to help sell your home

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Use Australia's favourite furniture styles to help sell your home

Recently, designer furniture store Brosa conducted a survey that reveals Australia’s favourite furniture styles.

The results not only reveal what furniture styles are trending now, but also what’s on the horizon. It’s great for getting more informed about on-trend furniture and helping those keen to refresh their home this year.

But there’s another benefit to these findings: helping homeowners who want to make a meaningful and important impression on prospective buyers. We all know styling is so important when selling a home, so why not use our state by state furniture style preferences to guide your home refresh...

Firstly, what does the survey reveal?

Image: Brosa

Image: Brosa

The furniture style survey featured 3,700 respondents from every state and territory in Australia. The results show that our favourite interior décor styles are ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary’, a sign that people are fully behind current, clean and minimal design trends.

Here are some other interesting findings:

  • Country style is a close runner-up
  • Scandinavian makes a top-pick appearance in the ACT
  • Younger generations embrace Scandinavian furniture
  • Cottage is a classic pick for over 65s

One key advantage of the survey is that the data is broken up by state, gender and age, which creates the ability to hone in on your target market and to decorate your home accordingly. 

How can this information be used to help homeowners?

There’s no doubt that furniture plays a role in leaving a valuable impression on potential buyers. It can maximise your ROI and even make or break a sale. In fact, evidence proves that furniture helps set the mood and improves your chances of securing interested buyers by orienting buyers to the purpose of the room.

By drilling down into your state and desired age demographic, you can see which furniture styles are in vogue. For example, if you live in Sydney, you’ll benefit from knowing that modern and contemporary styles proved most popular. However, amongst young city slickers, Scandinavian scored well. Hence, if you’re trying to sell a modern apartment there, you may want to invest in modern Scandinavian furniture and styling. 

It may seem odd to buy furniture to sell your home but it’s an effective tactic. There’s even a lucrative industry of home stagers that focuses solely on fixing up your home so its ready for inspections.

The fact is, you’ll have to pack your belongings when you move, so why not invest now in items you know you (and potential homeowners) will love? At Brosa, we get a huge number of customers for this very reason, the most popular products being sofas as these are usually susceptible to the most wear and tear as furniture goes.

What other tips can you provide homeowners?

Brosa’s lead designer Kelly King has a few more simple tips to see you across the line  when styling your home for sale:

Declutter

All clutter must go, end of story. It's not easy, and it may even require offsite storage (or a nice relative's garage) temporarily, but it’s well worth the trouble.

Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly. Even if you have an awesome vintage-chic look going on, rein it in for the sake of appealing to the most number of people.

Make your master bedroom a neutral space

Appeal to everyone with a clean bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can't go wrong with clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork and a blanket folded at the foot of the bed. If possible, remove family photos. Buyers want to imagine themselves living there, not to put themselves in your shoes.

Get your house sparkling clean

It might sound obvious but all surfaces, from shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, should sparkle.

Create kerb appeal

This is attracting buzz at the moment. Get the garden looking clean and fresh: weed, replace tired plants, keep things hydrated and work in some colour (some annuals should do the trick). Outdoor furniture is another great touch, helping to show a buyer how they might use the area.

So if you’re thinking of selling your property in the near future, you may want to consider updating your interior décor before the marketing pictures are taken and a trail of wide-eyed prospective buyers traipse through your home.

Author bio:

Kate Smith is a content producer at Brosa, who uses her background in interior design to help people make the most of their homes. A busy mother of two, Kate divides her time between decorating hundreds of properties, styling product shoots and writing articles for Brosa’s blog, like the recent Eco Design Tips. For this post, Kate enlisted the help of Brosa's lead designer Kelly King. Outside of work, Kate is a big fan of comfy beds and summer ice-creams. 

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The top 7 spots to make a wonderful window seat

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The top 7 spots to make a wonderful window seat

A classic feature that never goes out of style, the humble window seat is easier to create in your own home than you might think. You just need to know where to look.

The great thing about window seats is that they work so well with an array of interior styles including cottage, contemporary, Scandi and minimalist just to name a few. So, you won’t have to worry about changing your whole rooms scheme when you add one.

Plus, on the practical side they’re a space saving seating and storage solution perfect for smaller spaces and making the most of ‘dead space’. Depending on the size of your window you can typically add between two or six extra seats to a room.

If you’re considering installing a charming window seat in your home, here are seven of the best spots to consider for your cosy nook addition.

1. Relax and recline in the living room.

As the room we spend most of our relaxation and leisure time at home in, it's easy to see why the living room is one of the most popular choices of location for a window seat. With the addition of a window seat to your living space say hello to more entertaining at home and afternoons lounging on the sunny window sill over a good novel.

For those without a bay-window, a savvy way to utilise space and maximise storage in a living room is to create your own window seat niche by adding built-in cabinets either side of the window. Display nicknacks and stow books, blankets, extra cushions and DVDs in your new storage units. For bonus points use your window seat to cleverly conceal an unsightly heater or cooling unit as pictured below.

Consider having a timber bi-fold window installed (as below) to further enhance the indoor-outdoor feel of your fabulous window seat and allow the refreshing breeze to flow through your living room.

2. Extra special kitchen seating.

Up the French bistro chicness of your kitchen with the addition of a cafe style eat-in window booth. Don't forget to include extra cushions for better comfort and back support while dining. This is a great kitchen feature for pouring over recipe books, helping kids with homework, meal planning for the week and especially if you like to socialise with guests while you cook.

For sale: Clayfield, QLD

For sale: Clayfield, QLD

3. Enhance a spectacular view.

Whether it’s overlooking a pretty garden, ocean waves crashing on the shore or the rolling countryside, a well-placed window seat can work wonders to encourage you to admire and frame an attractive view. This cosy and incredibly plush looking window seat is just beckoning you to take time out for a sit with a glass of wine while admiring the tranquil harbour views.

4. Highlight feature windows.

A window seat is the ideal way to showcase beautiful windows in your home. Make your stunning stained glass, leadlight, bay or bi-fold windows the focal point of your room by dressing them up with a welcoming window seat that catches the eye.

5. A handy surprise in a walk-in robe.

If you have the luxury of a walk-in robe with windows, you have the perfect opportunity to add in a handy window seat. On the functionality side you won't have to leave your wardrobe to make sure your shoes match your outfit, as you can perch comfortably on your window seat to try on as many pairs as you like.

Best of all it doesn't eat up too much precious closet space and you can even add extra storage drawers or baskets into the cavity underneath the bench. The perfect solution for keeping shoes, bags and accessories organised.

6. Study reading bench.

A simple fix for a dull study wall and unexciting window is to introduce an under window bench. Load up a bench seat or day bed with plush cushions for a more inviting look. Presto, you have a comfy well-lit out of the way spot to peruse the Sunday paper, finish off your uni readings or even take a sneaky siesta after a morning hard at work.

7. A rowdy rumpus room.

A window seat can be the a great addition for a rumpus room or teenage retreat that is lacking character and seating room. The bench seat will provide ideal extra seating for the kids to sit and read quietly, have their friends over for a film night, sleepovers, watching a sports match or to wait their turn during a table tennis tournament, a video game contest or game of pool.

We hope these stunning window seats have inspired you to add one (or maybe all seven!) charming bench seats into your house. For more interior design ideas take a look at creative places to display art at home, 10 reasons to love wallpaper and how to make the most of your living room space.

Happy decorating!

The homely.com.au Team

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Living on location in La La Land

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Living on location in La La Land

When your home is spotted by a location scout - like the home chosen for Oscar-winning ‘La La Land’, your bricks and mortar can become a star in their own right.

Fade in: Interior of a mid-century modern house in Los Angeles, summer 2015. Damien Chazelle, writer-director of the Oscar-winning Whiplash, meets Adene Lacy, owner of the house, to approve its use as a location in his latest project, a valentine to the movie musicals of yesteryear. Fast-forward one-and-a-half years to today. Chazelle’s La La Land could win as many as 14 Academy Awards on February 26, equalling the record for most nominations for a film. And Lacy has a nice chunk of change and the satisfaction of seeing her property in a hit movie.

Mia, played by Emma Stone, centre, attends a casual pool party in a scene from La La Land that was filmed in the backyard, below, of Adene Lacy and her husband, Rob. La La Land photos by Dale Robinette / Lionsgate

For the scene, the filmmakers sought a mid-century modern house with a pool in a lush setting. Cast Locations photos by Kevin Taylor

The role of a lifetime

La La Land was the first appearance in a feature-length film by the Lacy home. The movie chronicling the romance between aspiring actress Mia (played by Emma Stone) and struggling jazz purist and pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) counts eight private residences among 48 locations used over 42 days of shooting, location manager Robert Foulkes says. They were the interior and exterior of Mia’s apartment, the settings of two pool parties, Sebastian’s first and second apartments, Mia’s childhood home and 'the flashback house to what might have been,' he says.

'Clean lines, glass and mid-century modern design with a David Hockney-esque pool were desired for the ’80s party scene,' says Foulkes, referring to the Lacy homes big-screen moment. 'That style and era are featured in so much iconic residential Los Angeles imagery that we wanted to get that feel into the movie.'

In the scene, Mia is surprised to run into Sebastian at a backyard pool party. In two previous encounters, he’d brushed her off. This time, though, he’s the hired help, dressed in a rad get-up and backing an ’80s rock cover band. Sensing her chance to give him his comeuppance, Mia requests A Flock of Seagulls’ I Ran, and a humiliated Sebastian winces through the pop song on his keytar as she gleefully lip-syncs and bops along.

The filmmakers wanted 'a pool for a party scene – something with a lot of flora,' says Cast Locations manager David Hatfield, who represents the Lacy home. 'A big part of it also had to do with it being possible to film at night, access for trucks and equipment, and so on. The house is in the San Fernando Valley but feels like a Hollywood Hills house. The Hollywood Hills are much tougher for nights and access.'

In fact, though the movie’s opening musical number involved shutting down a ramp connecting two LA freeways for two days, that shoot was very contained, Foulkes says. 'Shoots that take place in residential neighbourhoods are sometimes the most challenging in that you have surrounding residents that need to be included and handled properly on an ongoing basis,' from planning through shooting, he says.

'We also knew that we were going to choose a more high-tech, contemporary-modern house for the opening schmooze-fest party, so this would mix up the styles a bit,' Foulkes says. 'In a similar way, the classic Old Hollywood, Spanish courtyard of Mia’s apartment contrasts with the small, boxy Valley apartments for Sebastian.'

Those locations were transformed for the movie by the production designer and set decorator. 'We had two of the best on La La, the husband-and-wife team of David and Sandy Wasco,' he says.

Colour palettes inspired by ‘La La Land’

Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, left, and his band mates perform just outside the Lacys’ bedroom, at right in photo below.

What winds up on screen isn’t always the most flattering portrait of the location, Hatfield says. Sometimes location managers 'need a house that looks like a porn house, a crack house. This can be a difficult conversation, but I think homeowners have to know.'

'In most things, we do recognise our house,' says Adene Lacy, who has owned it with her husband, Rob, for a dozen years and who happens to be in the movie industry herself – not on the artistic side, she points out, but rather on the accounting side, as chief financial officer for Vendome Pictures. 'We knew they were using the pool area. The band was by the pool equipment, adjacent to the master bedroom. They built a platform for the band and moved patio furniture out of the way. They removed all our stuff, and artwork because it’s not licensed, and put it in the garage.'

'I love our home, but I don’t think it’s anything special,' Lacy says. 'We have a big, open space. You can see the inside from the outside. They can figure out what they want with a clean palette. When you walk in the front door, you can see 99 per cent of our house.'

'For the most part, directors, designers and cinematographers love open floor plans, where you have ease of movement around a homes interior, and which can lend itself to nice depth of focus and various angles through doorways,' Foulkes agrees. 'Unless, of course, a more claustrophobic feel is called for.'

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The Lacys spent two nights in a hotel at the production company’s expense while the filmmakers prepped, shot and wrapped the scene over five days. Aside from meeting Chazelle during the scouting process, they didn’t meet any of the cast.

Staying away was wise, Hatfield says. 'You have to let go a little bit. They come in with 50 to 100 people and invade the property. It’s like a circus.'

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As for the movie, 'I really liked it,' Lacy says. 'It was very different and a little surprising how well it has done. I never thought that musicals were going to come back.'

This article was originally published on the Houzz.com.au. Read the original article here.

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Victoria Villeneuve is a member of Houzz's editorial staff. Remodeling veteran, copy editor and reporter who enjoys writing about home and garden, especially when they intersect with travel, history, health, literature or the arts. Previously at Sunset magazine and the San Jose Mercury News.

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What ongoing expenses are involved with property investment?

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What ongoing expenses are involved with property investment?

It’s an all-too-common mistake, residential property investors only considering the acquisition cost of a property and failing to look at the holding costs. So what ongoing expenses are involved with property investment?

While the cost of buying a residential investment property is highly important, equally important is understanding the expenses you’ll have to meet once you take ownership of your new investment.

It’s all well and good to buy an investment property that’s within your price range, but if you can’t afford to pay the ongoing expenses then you’ll be forced to sell, and most likely end up with a net loss after you’ve paid stamp duty (for acquisition) and selling agents fees.

So what ongoing expenses do investors in residential property need to be aware of?

Mortgage repayments

Investors need to buy a property that will suit their budgetary requirements. For example, if an investor has a small disposable income, they could target properties with higher rental yields, as this will help cover the mortgage repayments. For investors with larger disposable incomes, though, they don’t necessarily need to target properties with higher rental yields. As a general rule of thumb, properties with higher rental yields will record lower capital growth, and vice versa. Therefore, investors also need to consider why they’re buying an investment property – for rental income or for capital growth?

Maintenance costs

Investors should have some buffer funds set aside for annual maintenance costs, whether it be for a yearly gutter clean before winter, to repair or replace an ageing fence or for a fresh coat of paint. This is particularly important if your investment property is a house, as houses typically have more maintenance requirements than a new apartment.

Property management fees

The cost of utilising a property manager will vary from company to company, however investors shouldn’t choose a property manager based purely on price. A cheaper property manager probably won’t provide a proactive service to optimise your assets. A good property manager will specialise in investment rentals; provide value add recommendations and complete annual reviews to maximise rents and grow your property portfolio faster. Property management fees are also tax deductible.

Insurance

It’s important to consider what types of insurance you will need when buying an investment property. Landlord protection insurance, income protection insurance and life insurance are just a few insurance policies that you need to consider as a property investor. Such insurances will help keep your property investment journey on track should you fall ill or if your property is damaged by tenants or natural causes.

Strata fees

Apartments and townhouses will often require investors to pay strata fees. Typically, these are paid by the landlord, not the tenant. The strata fees are used to maintain common areas within the complex, such as lifts, pools and gardens, so the more features within the complex the higher strata fees will typically be.

Investors need to consider these additional costs in their budgets when planning their next acquisition.

While some investors might regard maintenance buffers, insurance and property management as extra cost imposts that they don’t need, by spending a little now, investors can save a lot of money in the long run and avoid unexpected costs.

For more advice for property investors check out these common property investment mistakes and how to avoid them, property investment FAQs, and a first timers guide to finding the right investment property.

Author bio:

Damian Collins is the founder and managing director of property investment consultancy Momentum Wealth. Offering market leading research and advice on the Australian property market, the company helps clients accelerate their wealth through property investment by assisting them in the strategic planning, financing, acquisition, management and development of their commercial and residential investment properties.

Damian has completed a Bachelor of Business at RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma in Property at Curtin University. Damian is a board member of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) and is the Deputy President of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA).

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The little things in your new home that make a big difference

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The little things in your new home that make a big difference

So, you're trying to choose and build a new home. You've been paying attention to all the major details. You have already spent time finding the perfect block and floorplan. You're reading and looking over tenders, selecting your colours but it's very easy to overlook the small things that will make your home that much easier to live in day-to-day.

Here’s a list of the little things that'll make a huge difference in your new home, not to be forgotten in the planning and design stages:

Power point positioning

Pay special attention to the simple everyday things you need to have easy access to a power point for. The best place to start is in the kitchen.

Think about the appliances that never leave your kitchen benchtop - the kettle, toaster, microwave and coffee machine. Maybe you recharge your phone in the kitchen? Are you planning to install a dishwasher? It is essential to make sure that you have enough power points in the right places. It will make your kitchen that little bit more functional and easy to use.

Also think about the other places in the home where you need extra power points, such as around the TV, your alfresco area (think outdoor TV), over the bathroom sink (for electric toothbrushes, trimmers, hairdryers etc.) or in the study. Spend time thinking about how you'll practically use the space, your furniture layout and where you’ll need those plugs to be.

Lighting plan

Every room needs lights and you may have already considered downlights for your new home. Here are the key places to think about when selecting where the lights in your home will go:

  • Exterior laundry door - Make sure there is an outdoor light above your laundry door. Better yet install a sensor light that comes on to safely light your way to the backdoor at night time.
  • Where your bins are kept - Whether you're taking the garbage bags out late at night or putting the bins out on bin night, having lights near the bins and along the pathway to the kerb will be a useful and safe addition that you'll thank yourself for later.
  • Spotlights out the front - Having the path from the driveway to the front door illuminated at night is very useful especially if you have a lot of steps to navigate.
  • Feature lights - These can add style to your home. Be they pendants over the kitchen benchtop or up and down lights to add an extra element to your facade - feature lights can be a great modern accessory.
  • Hallways - Not having enough light in your hallway is an incredibly common problem. Some hallways may require a skylight to allow natural light in during the day but you can also turn your hallway into a feature by adding creative lighting to illuminate the space in the evening.

Additional outdoor taps

Don't take for granted the taps on the outside of your home. Here are a few ideas for some extra taps outside that can make a huge difference when it comes to maintenance and entertaining. 

  • Your alfresco space - Think about how your alfresco area will be used. Maybe you'll add an outdoor kitchen or shower later, or you plan on putting the BBQ there. Make sure there is adequate plumbing available for the future projects you want to undertake. This will make the alfresco space all the more functional and easy to clean too!
  • Extras at the front or back - Most builders include at least one outdoor tap but think about what you'll use it for. If you think you'll utilise an extra exterior tap at the front or back of your home then add them while you can - you won't regret the decision later especially when the back lawn is looking thirsty.
  • Near your bins - Having an extra tap near where your bins live can be super helpful. There's nothing worse than having a smelly bin right outside a bedroom window. An extra tap will make the bin clean up quick and easy.

These practical little things make living in your new home even more enjoyable. You're building the home from scratch, after all! So why not make sure the little things are customised perfectly to suit you.

For more guidance on building a house check out the pros and cons of building your first home, how to select the right building materials for your new home and how to budget for the hidden costs of building.

Author bio:

Daniel Simone is the General Manager of Simone Homes. He believes the foundation of every family is the home and is passionate about building them. Proudly family owned and operated, the team at Simone Homes have been building bespoke homes for over 35 years. Follow Simone Homes on Facebook and Instagram.

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8 creative places to display art at home

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8 creative places to display art at home

Art can be used for all kinds of reasons in interior design. Whether it’s to enhance the atmosphere of a space, to tell a story, convey your personality or simply to look pretty, there are so many creative ways to proudly display your art collection around the home.

Here are eight quirky spots and ideas for displaying art in the home.

Bathroom

Many people overlook their bathroom as a good opportunity to display art. We can’t think of anything better than admiring one of your favourite artworks while taking a relaxing soak in the tub, a warm shower or even while brushing your teeth. As we spend so much time on mundane activities in the bathroom, art is a great way to make the space more interesting and one that you’ll love spending time in.

Image: Ideal Home

Image: Ideal Home

It’s important to carefully consider the type of artwork you display in the bathroom, as you don’t want steam and moisture causing any damage. Canvases and sculptures are a better bet than unframed prints and paper artworks for instance. An aluminium photo print would be an optimal material to keep your art looking good in a humid bathroom environment.

Staircase

As a key thoroughfare in the home that you use many times a day, the staircase is an ideal candidate for an arty makeover.

Add art at the bottom of the stairs, at the top on the landing or even under the stairs if there’s spare wall space. Art on stairway walls gives guests an idea of your style and a warm welcome to your home as soon as they step inside.

Bedroom

As this artwork will be one of the first and last things you see every day you really want to make sure you love it. Think about the vibe and theme you want to create in your boudoir and search for a work that complements that theme and makes you feel the particular emotion you desire.

For example, the tranquil deer artwork below plays perfectly on the rustic organic theming of this bedroom, complementing the feature timber bedhead and enhancing the restful atmosphere of the space. It’s also a good lesson that art doesn’t have to always be centred over the bed to work. Add art to your bedroom entrance, your walk in robe, by a window, over a dresser or above a study nook for that unexpected bedroom arty touch.

Outdoors

Give your favourite piece of art a new lease on life and new perspective by displaying it outdoors. If it's not weather resistant we recommend hanging it under cover on a pergola or veranda or getting it reframed into a sealed waterproof perspex frame.

Don't limit yourself to just pictures and paintings when it comes to getting arty in your backyard or courtyard. The great outdoors is the perfect opportunity to opt for bigger bolder statement installations, water features, screens and sculptural pieces of art. Your letterbox, garden beds, furniture, lighting, fire pit, footpaths and trellises are all blank canvases to display your passion for art in your own private open air gallery.

Mantel

A mantel, windowsill or shelf is the perfect spot to prop up artwork for a more relaxed look. This is an especially good damage free trick for renters who want to bring some art into their home. Be careful if there is a working fireplace below or you have children or pets, as you don’t want the artwork getting damaged by the heat over time or easily knocked over.

Kitchen

As the hub of the home, the kitchen is a great spot to bring some colourful artwork into your life and add cheer to your day. Hang a lively abstract print or a traditional oil painting above your breakfast bar to up the sophistication of your kitchen.

For a funky modern look, consider fixing a neon sign over the kitchen doorway or to a bulkhead with a playful message.

Image: Stiff + Trevillion

Image: Stiff + Trevillion

Forget sticking things to the fridge with flimsy magnets. Get the little ones involved and frame their best colourful works of art to display in the butler’s pantry. Get frames that are easy to open so you can play gallery curator, changing over the crayon and painted masterpieces as often as you and the kids wish.

Study

As a space that acts as a quiet haven and where typically a lot of important household business is taken care of, the study can be the perfect place for inspirational artwork that shows off your personality.

Can’t decide which of your favourite pieces to display? Why not arrange them all into an eclectic wall gallery display above your desk or couch. Mix and match paintings, photos, record covers, maps, memorabilia and souvenirs, whatever your heart desires to create your personalised one-of-a-kind gallery wall.

To save yourself time and trouble (and lots of false starts and nail holes in the wall!) it’s smart to plan your gallery out using Blu-Tack and cardboard cut-out templates of the pieces, to ensure you get the configuration and balance of your display right first time around.

Small rooms

Use a panoramic landscape artwork or wall mural in a small space (think powder room, laundry or a small living area) to instantly add interest and depth to the room. If the space doesn’t have much of a view art can be the perfect opportunity to rectify the issue and transport yourself to another place or time. Look for large-scale pieces to up the wow-factor and create a more convincing illusion that you have a window with a captivating view.

For more home decor inspo take a look at retro 70s decor that's making a comeback, new looks to refresh your home and dashing home decor trends for 2017.

Happy decorating!

The homely.com.au Team

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Two bedroom rentals for under $500 a week

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Two bedroom rentals for under $500 a week

Are you tired of not having enough space in your one bedroom rental for a study, home gym, extra storage or even a guest room? Now could be the ideal time to search for a bigger place.

Core Logic’s August 2016 Rent Review revealed the combined capital city median rents were $481 per week, the lowest rate since November 2014. According to research analyst Cameron Kusher, renting is now a whole lot cheaper for Australians.

Last year Kusher told news.com landlords have little wiggle room to raise rents ‘with construction activity set to peak over the next 24 months, and with many new properties still to settle, there is a real possibility that rental rates with fall over coming months.’

‘For renters, it potentially means more surety in securing accommodation and the potential to upgrade into a higher level of accommodation for a similar cost,’ Kusher says.

Finding an affordable apartment or unit with a decent sized second bedroom can be a bit of a challenge when you’re wanting to live close to the CBD and all its lifestyle perks. But with rental rates predicted to hold steady or even decline over the next 12 months, now might be the perfect time to upsize your rental.

Perhaps you’re looking to split the costs with a housemate, move in with your significant other or just upsize from your current one-bedroom flat, here are 10 of the best two-bedroom rentals for less than $500 a week within 15km of different Australian capitals.

Brisbane

Cost- $450/week

Details- Uninterrupted city views, two bathrooms, a car space with storage included, laundry facilities, a dishwasher, spacious balcony, lobby intercom system and air conditioning make this large apartment a steal. Only 4.5km from the CBD, everything is right on your doorstep including parks, Newmarket Pool, shops and public transport.

Cost- $480

Details- 6km from Brisbane CBD, this sophisticated apartment comes with two secure carparks, open plan living, an enclosed balcony, air conditioning and access to the communal pool and BBQ area. Running errands would be a breeze with local shops and Guyatt Park ferry terminal within walking distance. 

Sydney

Cost- $500/week

Details- In a city where the median cost of rent is $593 per week unfortunately it's pretty slim pickings when you're searching for a two bedroom apartment close to the CBD for under $500 per week. This two bedroom Lane Cove unit is just about as good as it gets. 10km from Sydney's CBD, the apartment features an internal laundry, an undercover parking space, built in robes in both bedrooms and a sunny balcony. Best of all the apartment complex has a games room and large outdoor swimming pool.

Melbourne

Cost- $465

Details- Just under 10km outside Melbourne, this contemporary 'mini-penthouse' has a balcony with bay views, an elevator entrance, an intercom system, 1.5 bathrooms, a Euro laundry and one car space. Enjoy all Elsternwick has to offer with shops, cafes, restaurants and a cinema only a stroll away.

Cost- $480/week

Details- Conveniently 6km north of the CBD and close to Mount Alexander Road shops and restaurants, this charming townhouse offers great bang for your buck. Highlights include the private tranquil courtyard, tiled living areas, a study nook, seperate laundry, under stair storage and a single lock up garage.

Cost- $430/week

Details- 12km from the city, this adorable recently renovated apartment gives you the very best of inner suburb living with access to trams and The Village shops and cafes. The home features two spacious bedrooms, a huge entertaining deck, bright living and dining areas, and a car space. Perfect!

Adelaide

Cost- $440/week

Details- Just 5km from the CBD and strolling distance to The Parade shops and cafes, this beautifully renovated maisonette has everything you could ever need in a cosy inner city home. Housed in a charming building but featuring modern upgrades, the house includes polished timber floors, a decorative fireplace, renovated kitchen and bathroom, a Euro laundry, car port and low maintenance gardens.

Perth

Cost- $320/week

Details- 7km from Perth's CBD, this airy two bedroom home offers excellent value for money. With timber flooring, sprawling open plan living, soaring vaulted ceilings, a car space, a dishwasher and two easy care courtyards, this unit is a very neat and appealing package.

Cost- $480/week

Details- This luxury fully furnished high-rise apartment is only 3km from central Perth. Drawcards include the heavenly views, remote controlled blinds, marble benchtops, two bathrooms, laundry facilities, intercom security system, timber floors, a car park with storage, ducted AC and a large balcony.

Hobart

Cost- $390/ week

Details- Only 4km from the heart of Hobart and two minutes drive to Sandy Bay shops, this sweet home is the perfect option for a renter looking to break away from compact apartment living. The quaint house has a big backyard (great for those with pets), carport, polished timber floorboards and an entertaining deck.

For more advice for renters take a look at how to ace your rental application, five steps to negotiate lower rent and six damage free decor ideas for renters.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

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Selecting the right door locks for your home

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Selecting the right door locks for your home

Buying, building or renovating a home is an exciting but often stressful time – with so many things to do it’s easy to overlook the small stuff. But the small stuff could be one of the most important decisions you make for your new home! We’re talking about home security – door locks to be exact.

There’s a number of considerations you’ll need to make when shopping for the right type of door lock and handle sets for both outside and inside your home:

  • How many people need access to the front door?
  • Will I be renting my home out during holidays or on Airbnb?
  • Do I have small children I need to protect from exiting the house?
  • Do I have a security screen that needs locking?
  • What kind of budget do I have?

There are all sorts of locks available to meet different needs but it can be difficult trying to work out the best fit. So we’ve taken the hard work out of your search and created an infographic, which looks at all the different popular lock types available, the pros and cons of each and a security rating based on our experience and expertise.

Many locks will have at least one disadvantage, so it's generally recommended to choose a combination of door locking systems – such as a deadbolt and a locking handle set. If you’re confused then just give your local locksmith a call to discuss your best options.

For more ways to improve home security take a look at these security tips for moving house, six ways to prevent burglars from targeting your home and three simple security tips to save on insurance.

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Precision Locksmiths Melbourne is a qualified and dedicated team of commercial and residential locksmithing professionals servicing the greater Melbourne region.

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