first home buyers

How to find a great house for a good price by asking the right questions (part 1)

by Chris Lang on October 18, 2012
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Many guides and articles will tell you what questions to ask when you are buying a house. None of them explain WHY you need to ask those questions – and many reasons are not obvious. So here is a list of questions you should ask before buying a house – and the reasons why you […]

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The dangers of falling in love with a house you’re buying

by Chris Lang on August 23, 2012
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In an ideal world buying a house would be a very pleasant and positive experience. Many will agree that a home is the most important place in the world, and as such shouldn’t be associated with any negative thoughts. However… The process of buying a home quite often is far from being peaceful and enjoyable, […]

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The #1 Home-buying Story

by Chris Lang on July 9, 2012
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As you all know the competition of “How I bought my first home” stories is officially over, and today we are happy to announce the winner. It was a very close battle between quite a few home buyers who learned and shared a great deal of wisdom in their quest for the most important place […]

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Stamp Duty iPhone app review

by Greg on May 25, 2012
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Victorian State Revenue Office (SRO) created a nice free iPhone app that helps you calculate the land transfer duty you will have to pay when buying property.

This app greatly simplifies for you the process of finding out exactly what grant, bonus or boot applies to your particular situation…

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5 Must-knows for Property Buyers and Investors

by Greg on May 16, 2012
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1. Set your goals – work out what you want to achieve from the purchase of the property. Do you want to live in it long term? Is it simply a roof over your head while you build or save for another property? Will you gain rental income from it? Knowing why and how you […]

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4 Tips For Making Your Home Appear More Spacious

by Greg on January 27, 2012
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There is nothing worse than feeling claustrophobic in your own home. Many first time property buyers can only afford a small house or apartment to start off with and so space is really precious. Here are my top 4 tips for making your home feel much more spacious. 1. Use light colours in your decorating […]

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What any homeowner or tenant needs to know about trees and powerlines

by Chris Lang on January 11, 2012
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The wild weather lately serves as a good reminder about the precautions we need to take to make our homes and yards safe. With winds as high as 100 km/h, trees that are close to powerlines become a real issue. When trees or branches are touching a live powerline they create a threat to people […]

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Homeiown.com has a new look!

by Chris Lang on December 1, 2011
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To everyone who’s been wondering what on Earth has happened to Home I Own – it’s gone through a complete makeover. We reckoned it was about time this popular, unique, independent real estate blog became faster, easier to navigate, more intuitive – and much nicer to look at. A lot of work has been put […]

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7 Practical Tips for Saving for your First Home

by Chris Lang on September 12, 2011
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Buying your first home can be a wonderful experience, picking out the perfect place, moving in and feeling as if you can just put your feet up and relax and that you won’t be moving for a very long time is comforting. Of course, there are some things you need to do before and to […]

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Interesting facts: why people move home

by Chris Lang on June 5, 2011
Interesting facts: why people move home

After the last time I moved home, I swore to stay put for at least 10 years 🙂 Yes, I hated shuffling boxes around THAT much. But it turns out I could be wrong – statistically speaking. You know about my strange fascination with statistics of all sorts, but in my defense, quite often it […]

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Video Tips On Home Buying, Investing and Renovating

by Chris Lang on May 24, 2011
Video Tips On Home Buying, Investing and Renovating

If you are considering purchasing a home, an investment property or doing some renovations to your house, and you like watching videos, this post for you. There’s a new series of videos from the Commonwealth bank that I personally find educational and entertaining. Even though I don’t intend to buy an investment property or do […]

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