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Sustainable properties sell faster

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Tracey Emin's delicate bronze birds to "inspire hope" in Sydney CBD

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The key steps to successful property development – strata subdivisions

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How to decide between renovating and upsizing

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Planning growth in Australia’s largest cities

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Property vs shares – the age-old debate

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A guide to reviewing rental returns

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Millennials favour property investment

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Dear Homelife: How to clean & maintain your deck

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First Investment Property Tips

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Planning and investment the keys in population debate

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What the colour of your front door says about you

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Does property investing actually work?

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The number one mistake bidders make at auction

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Friends with housing benefits

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Planning to sell your home this year? Renovate strategically

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