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New study says indoor plants are more than pretty decor

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Landlords beware: encouraging an expectation in tenants of a grant of a lease

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Be careful of these depreciation mistakes this tax time

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Property industry confidence hits record high

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ATO focusses on holiday home rentals

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The True Value of Property

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Five questions you should ask your Quantity Surveyor

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Dealing with winter maintenance issues

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Will long term Airbnb replace traditional renting?

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Can you profit from secondary locations?

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'Amazon of China' to start selling Australian property online

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Top tips for property investor success in 2018

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What colour will add the most value to my property?

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Why zoning matters

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