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Types of houses in Australia – now with pictures

by Chris Lang on June 13, 2008
Types of houses in Australia - now with pictures

A picture is worth a million words, right? As I promised in my previous post about types of houses in Australia, here are the pictures of houses of different periods and styles. Hopefully these will help you identify the style of your house and the period it belongs to.

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6 types of houses in Australia you must know about

by Chris Lang on June 8, 2008
6 types of houses in Australia you must know about

It sure helps when you know that any house in Australia belongs to one of 6 types. How many times have you read in the real estate ad something like: “…this beautiful Victorian home” or “…lovely Federation house” and had no idea what the house looks like or how old is it?

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4 signs of changing real estate market

by Chris Lang on June 5, 2008
4 signs of changing real estate market

When you are looking for a house to buy, watching the real estate market helps to understand who has more power at the moment, buyers or sellers. But how can you really watch the market? It is simple – watch the ads in one of the popular real-estate websites, such as …

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Why real estate agents push you to make an offer

by Chris Lang on May 21, 2008
Why real estate agents push you to make an offer

Read estate agents will always try to get an offer out of you. Did you notice that on any inspection the thing they are obsessed with getting your name and number? The reason they do it is to be able to ring you and say: “Hi Drew, its Mike from the real estate agency, did you like that house? Are you ready to buy it? Do you want to make an offer on it?”.

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Buying a house sight unseen

by Chris Lang on May 11, 2008
Buying a house sight unseen

Some people claim that the right way to buy an investment property is without actually visiting and seeing it. Let me explain: they are afraid that seeing a house with your own eyes might influence your decision. When you do the research and learn everything you can about a house, that information is objective and the decision based on it would be logical. Once you have seen the house, your emotions can interfere with the logic.

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The truth about council property valuations

by Chris Lang on April 24, 2008
The truth about council property valuations

I must admit, reading this article about council property valuations totally shocked me. Apparently anyone who thinks that the local council valuates every single property in their area is wrong. I knew that council’s valuations are made once every two years (and therefore the numbers won’t stay accurate for much longer) but had no idea that they take this other “shortcut”.

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Renovation costs

by Chris Lang on April 5, 2008
Renovation costs

Renovation costs are one of the main things you must consider before buying a house. So I was doing my “homework”, trying to calculate how much renovation would cost me for a house I was thinking of purchasing. I was having a pretty hard time there, because there is no calculator or any other tool that lets you do the math quickly and easily (well, there are some made for US, but nothing for Australia).

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Costs of demolishing a house

by Chris Lang on March 23, 2008
Costs of demolishing a house

Before I started looking into demolishing a house, I didn’t realize all the costs that were involved. The only information I could find online was this article in realestate.com.au that explains in general about house demolition.

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Buying a house? Choose the right suburb!

by Chris Lang on March 16, 2008
Buying a house? Choose the right suburb!

Investors or homebuyers, we all would love to see our property going up in price. So why leave that up to chance, if we can have a say in this? Choosing the right suburb can make all the difference, if done wisely.

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Live house auction – have a look

by Chris Lang on March 1, 2008
Live house auction – have a look

Many people have told me they find auctions stressing and intimidating. But let’s face it – more houses are sold now on auctions compared to private sales, so limiting yourself and passing on auctioned properties just because you are scared of the process is not a good idea.

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What building inspection reports DON’T cover

by Chris Lang on February 23, 2008
What building inspection reports DON'T cover

Getting building inspection reports is a very important stage in the process of buying a house. Sometimes people decide to skip those reports for many reasons such as time pressure, the high cost, couldn’t be bothered, etc. They are really playing with fire, because if later on it turns out that house has a problem – it’s their problem.

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