Renting a house

Breaking up with a housemate

by Greg on September 3, 2014
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Have you ever come home, arms filled with groceries ready to cook dinner, only to find every pot and pan in the house unwashed in the sink? Or maybe you’ve had friends over for drinks but your moody housemate has just sat there, not joining in and making everyone feel uncomfortable. Or perhaps you’ve just […]

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Renting with pets

by Chris Lang on August 14, 2014
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I must say that renting with a pet makes your job much harder, because not many landlords want to accept tenants with pets. When I was looking to rent a place, I discovered that my beautiful dog pretty much ruined my chances of getting a house by 80 percent – 8 out of 10 houses […]

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Realestate.com.au Asks: Is It Time You Left The Nest?

by Chris Lang on September 12, 2013
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Realestate.com.au is beginning to come to terms with harsh facts of life. At the moment first home buyers are not buying – and if this situation doesn’t change soon, the whole housing industry is in trouble. Who will the investors flip houses to? Who will add fuel to the property fire, who will keep the […]

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Habits of renters and sharers 2013

by Chris Lang on June 7, 2013
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An interesting survey by realestate.com.au reveals curious insights into who the renters are, their age, income and reasons why they are renting instead of buying. They asked about 2500 people looking for a rental home a few questions online, and here’s what they found: Most of the respondents were female (72%) – this is quite […]

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Home I Own won People’s Choice Award in the Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition

by Chris Lang on May 1, 2013
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Today I am having the best day in a long, long time, and it started when one particular email in my Inbox, titled “Your winner’s badge”, jumped right at me. Everyone… we won! Home I Own won the title of the Best Australian Blog in People’s Choice round! Woo-hoo!

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Cost of living in Australia

by Chris Lang on April 24, 2013
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Cost of living is very important to any prospective migrant, because it varies significantly from country to country. You can’t model your living expenses based on what you pay in your home country. To get an idea what it will cost you to afford the basic necessities in Australia you need the most recent data, […]

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A Newcomers Guide To Luxury Real Estate

by Greg on October 24, 2012
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So, you are considering purchasing some luxury real estate? Well, before you jump in the deep end and begin your excursion you should really put some thought into which steps to take. The term ‘luxury’ basically defines a number of aspects of the property. Luxury real estate is of course a lot more upgraded and […]

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5 Tips to Avoid Renting the House of Your Nightmares

by Greg on July 6, 2012
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Renting a property can be a scary business for even the most experienced house hunter. Many people end up with the wrong place simply because they forget to bear in mind the basic rules of choosing a property. If you are all at sea then these 5 tips will get you back on the right […]

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Moving out of a rental property – things to remember

by Chris Lang on July 4, 2012
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There are several things you don’t want to forget when moving out of your rental property.

Notifying your agent/landlord

Have a look in your contract and see how far in advance you should notify your real estate agent (or landlord). When sending your notice of vacation, make sure you have proof they’ve received it – either send by registered post or deliver in person and ask them to sign and date your copy of it.

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Serviced Apartments

by Greg on June 28, 2012
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Whether you are traveling for vacation or work, why always stay in a hotel or B&B? Why not look at the option of booking a serviced apartment? If you were not aware of this type of accommodation then here is a brief overview. Serviced apartments can be rented for short or long stay by tourists […]

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Wishing won’t make a housing boom

by Chris Lang on June 13, 2012
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Despite Australian’s love affair for residential property, Australia’s housing market might just be losing friends at a faster pace than facebook. The latest loss is the Reserve Bank of Australia after governor Glenn Stevens said on Friday it should not “engineer a return to a housing price boom.” Speaking in Adelaide to the American Chamber […]

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