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How Shane Warne Joined the Ranks of Australia’s Successful Renovators

March 18, 2018


CRICKET legend Shane Warne has delivered a different kind of flipper. The former test bowler has profited handsomely from flipping his Melbourne home after just 20 months ownership. It was the heritage Brighton trophy home he bought in 2016 for $14.2 million and sold last month for a reputed $20 million. The spin king’s off […]

For Sale: Wandin Valley, With Vines and Olives, Listed Again

February 25, 2018


WANDIN VALLEY, the Hunter Valley winery named after a fictional village in the 1980s hit TV series A Country Practice, has been listed for sale. It last sold for $7 million less than two years ago when bought by a director of one of China’s largest animation studios, Lap Tung Tsoi. The 40ha Lovedale property […]

First-Home Buyers Can Dodge Stamp Duty on $1 Million-Plus Homes

February 14, 2018


FIRST-HOME buyers could buy million-dollar properties without spending a cent on stamp duty. But most of them aren’t aware of the quirk in the rules that could save them thousands of dollars, according to industry experts. When the State Government changed the rules for stamp duty payments for first-home buyers in July last year, a little publicised […]

Suburbs Where Residents are Saving $50-Plus a Week Buying vs. Renting

January 16, 2018


BUYING a home has become cheaper than renting one in a string of NSW towns and cities, encouraging a growing number of Sydneysiders to make the move. The savings from buying rather than renting have ranged from $143 a week in the city of Broken Hill in the state’s far west to $45 per week […]

Future Housing Estates: Drone Landing Pads, Homes Built in Days

November 1, 2017


DRONE landing pads, driveways equipped to charge electric cars and modular houses that can be built in days — these could be a part of Melbourne’s housing future. With escalating land prices, lengthening commutes and increasingly technology-oriented lifestyles, a significant rethink of new housing estates and how we build homes is on its way, according […]