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How to: Have a good relationship with your agent

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Have you found ‘the one’? The perfect agent – well-dressed, punctual, knowledgeable – to sell your property? Once you appoint said agent, the honeymoon period begins. But what can you do to keep your new business relationship super sweet? What can…

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Warning to check claims, as fake builder fined $20,000

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Proof if it were needed that everyone should check the credentials of the building practitioners they employ, as the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) successfully prosecutes well-known home builder Mentor Gormani, director of Gormani Homes Pty Ltd. The director of the…

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How to: Raise chickens in your backyard

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You don’t have to live on a couple of hectares in the country with horses, cows and geese to be able to keep chickens. In fact, chickens as pets in the inner-city are becoming more common as and there is an…

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Grant for prototype prefab multi-storey housing solutions

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The University of Sydney and Lendlease have been awarded a $3 million grant by the Australian Government to undertake a collaborative research project to develop prefabricated multi-storey housing solutions. The five-year industry-led project received funding from the Department of Industry,…

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6 things to look out for when choosing a builder

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Few things are more inspiring than watching your dream home take shape from the ground up. These tips will help you avoid hidden costs and keep things on track. Queensland housing developer Ausbuild has put together a great list of…

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Warning issued after dodgy builders caught out

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A warning has been issued about using unlicensed building entities, after four companies were collectively fined more than $40,000 for unlicensed building work services and other offences in Queensland. The state’s building industry regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission…

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9 ways to learn a new neighbourhood

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Moving house can be a very disorienting experience, one that’s often made worse if you’re moving miles away from your familiar suburb where your local barista knows your daily order and your dog has a favourite digging spot at the…

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Better signs for home building

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According to The Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, total new home sales ended 2015/16 on a higher note. “The overall trend is still one of modest decline for new home…

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