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Why I haven't bought substantially in Tasmania

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment 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 crazyegg StartFragment When it comes to property investment, you always need to understand the "why" before buying anything. That's because if you don't know why you're investing, you're more likely to make a mistake. And that's why I've developed this new series, which will explain the "whys" of a number of different property investment strategies. Investing 101 One of the key investing fundamentals is that you need to

The pros and cons of furnishing a rental

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While Sydney and Melbourne record decline, more housing stock positive for buyers

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How to personalise an off-the-plan home

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Why 2018 will be a year of market transition

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Why auction budget limits matter

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Keep your home warm this winter with these high-tech solutions

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44 tips on packing your house for sale

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Are you eligible for depreciation deductions?

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Short-term rentals are more profitable

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment 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 crazyegg StartFragment End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] Driven by platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz, the short-term rental market in Australia has doubled in value over the past two years to $1bn and supports over 40,000 full-time jobs, according to a new report from MadeComfy, a short-term property management speciali

Quick-fix interior design tips that won’t break the bank

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Step aside subway tiles: these are the biggest tile trends for 2018

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5 step plan towards your passive income

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Tightened lending policy: A bad thing or a shake-up to get off our credit addiction?

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Granny flats are becoming popular investments

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How to profit from changing market conditions

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Age Pension Drives Hike In Investment Properties

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Are house prices about to crash?

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What does it take to get a premium price for your property?

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DesignBUILD panel addresses life-and-death matter of product compliance

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