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How to decorate a balcony in full sun

Sometimes those little rays of sunshine make cultivating a drag. Try these nine ideas to keep your alfresco space shining. 1. Go with desert-hardy pants. If you're having trouble getting seeds to sprout in your sun-drenched alfresco, go for the ones that thrive in the desert. Cacti and waxy-leaved plants thrive on the beating rays. Image via apartmentfl5 2. Grow an edible garden. Veggies thrive on sweet, sweet sunshine. Make an edible garden box and let it provide you with sustenance the whole year round. All it asks in return is a little H2O and a whole lotta rays. Photographer: Alamy 3. Play with the light. Perforated shutters are the perfect accessory for a balcony that enjoys full sun. N

Trend sees home owners becoming investors

Discover how your tax situation is transformedEndFragment End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragment A recent analysis of schedules prepared by BMT Tax Depreciation highlighted that 22 per cent of schedules were for primary places of residence (homes) which the owners turned into rental properties. This demonstrates a popular trend occurring in the residential market, in which a significant number of home owners are recognising the additional value of renting out their home rather than selling. There are many reasons for this trend. Some home owners may need to temporarily relocate, wit

Australian apartments are becoming smaller, while our houses get bigger

Overall, Australian homes are their smallest in 20 years, but Australian houses remain the second-largest in the world. Australian homes are the smallest they've been in 20 years, according to the new CommSec Home Size Trends Report. The report, which uses data especially commissioned by CommSec from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows the average floor size of an Australian home, including both houses and apartments, was 189.8sqm the 2017 financial year, down 2.7 per cent from the previous year, and the smallest size since 1997. The smaller overall average home size reflects the growing tendency for Australians to live in apartments, and the massive boom in apartment-building - appro

'Rent To Buy' Schemes

crazyegg StartFragmentProperty prices have soared in Sydney and Melbourne over the last few years, dashing the prospects of home ownership for many residents of these cities. EndFragment EndFragment EndFragment crazyegg End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragment StartFragmentThis has led some, like Your Investment Property reader Jodie, to consider alternative ways of getting into the property market. “I’ve recently discovered a rent-to-buy scheme here in New South Wales,” Jodie wrote. “My husband and I don’t have a house deposit, which would enable us to enter the property market.

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