Where to spend your renovation dollars

Where to spend your renovation dollars

Putting a few dollars into a renovation can add significant value to a home – just watch an episode of The Block and see how much difference a few thousand dollars makes!

But where should you focus your spending? What needs more attention? Which areas aren’t as important? Here are our picks and pointers.

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Minimise tax on your investment property

Minimise tax on your investment property

It is no secret the property market has been hot over the past year. Sydney and Melbourne are in “boom” territory and the sunshine state is also giving Brisbane investors a warm feeling.

No wonder then that many investors, upgraders and baby boomers are cashing in on their nest eggs and selling for a profit while the good times roll on. After all, it was one of the world’s most famous investors, Warren Buffett, who said: “Buy in gloom, sell in boom.” Selling now could be a beautiful reward for years of hard work and sacrifice.

However, capital gains tax (CGT) can quickly eat into that attractive figure on the contract and make your cash payout much smaller than you originally thought.

The 10 best ways to minimise your tax when it comes to selling property.

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Australians the Richest in the World - Thanks to Our Homes

Australians the Richest in the World – Thanks to Our Homes

Yes folks it’s now official, Australians are the richest people in the world thanks to our homes, according to the latest annual study by Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse.

The median Australian adult was worth more than US$225,000 ($258,000), well ahead of second-place Belgians with a median value of US$173,000, according to the study.

The Italians, French and British followed, all worth around US$110,000.

Credit Suisse says Australians deserve their spot at number one because of the rapid accumulation of wealth, especially household property wealth, over the past 14 years.

Australians the Richest in the World - Thanks to Our Homes

“These are obviously remarkable figures for Australia,” Credit Suisse Private Bank chief investment strategist David McDonald said.

“We are well positioned globally in terms of wealth, as well as the spread of wealth.”

Credit Suisse also classified Australia as a “medium inequality” country, meaning that the richest 10 percent controlled between 50 percent and 60 percent of the country’s net wealth.

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15/38 Beneke Street Chermside Qld 4032

Privacy, Position, Perfect……

15/38 Beneke Street Chermside Qld 4032

For Sale – $425,000

Flutterby and ask to make this your new home. Centrally located. Walking distance to Chermside hospitals, Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre, Craigslea schools, Chermside Market Shopping Centre and public transport.

This well maintained, pet friendly townhouse is waiting for a new owner.

Your new home features:-

– Open plan living
– 3 bedrooms
– 2 bathrooms
– Extra toilet downstairs
– Internal laundry
– Remote garage with internal entry
– Private, fenced courtyard

Main bedroom with WIR and ensuite. 2 other bedrooms have built-ins. Main bathroom with separate bath and shower.

With low body corporate fees this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Hesitate and you will miss out. Flutterby and ask to make this home yours today.

General Features
  • Property Type: Townhouse
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Ensuite: 1
  • Toilets: 3
  • Built in Wardrobes
  • Dishwasher
  • Garage Spaces: 1
  • Courtyard
  • Outdoor Entertaining Area


Madeleine Hicks
Mobile: 0413 733 617
2/6 Trouts Rd
Everton Park Qld 4053
ph: 07 3355 6845
fax: 07 3855 9189

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Reap What You Sow

Reap What You Sow

It doesn’t have to cost the earth – and nor should it – but considerate planning and planting of a herb garden here, and a lemon, lime or mulberry tree there can reap numerous rewards when it comes to adding value to your lifestyle and property.

Whether you plan to sell or stay in your home indefinitely, a few clever additions to your garden now can invoke a real emotional response from prospective buyers: think a ‘cooks-garden’, a lemon tree dripping with fruit (which are marketable commodities), or fond childhood memories of foraging. Or simply increase your enjoyment of your home now. And that’s got to be a good thing.

With the rise in popularity of cooking shows (you know the ones!), home cooking is in and what better addition to your cooking is there but fresh herbs? Smell that winter casserole simmering away, enhanced with your home-picked herbs.

Now, don’t leap into that head-space about herb and vegetable gardening being complicated, but consider this: plant parsley randomly around garden. Shove in some rosemary. It grows to a metre or so in height, so think mid-garden bed. And while you’re at it, toss in some thyme around the edges too.

Reap What You Sow

These three plants – parsley, rosemary and thyme – will serve any home cook well. They are easy to look after and in fact, some would say thrive on neglect, which really means, water if they wilt, and that virtually never happens. They also happen to look great in the garden and rosemary and thyme produce flowers too.

You don’t need a dedicated herb garden and in fact, planting herbs in with your established garden can be both beautiful and beneficial to surrounding plants and humans alike.

Now to the beloved citrus tree. These are easy to grow if you can remember to water them a few times a week and fertilise at the change of each season. Or thereabouts. We could all do that, right?

Outlay around $30 and you’ve got yourself a tree ready to plant. In 2-3 years you’ll be harvesting your first, albeit small crop. But give that tree five years and you’ll be surprised at just how much fruit it will produce. Imagine being able to share that bounty with friends and neighbours.

Has anyone noticed the price of limes come festive season (and most things for that matter), which jump from under $10 a kilo to around $30 a kilo? Plant your own lime tree. Mojito party anyone?

Or what about a trip around the mulberry bush? Many of us have vivid, fond memories from our childhood of gorging on this beautiful fruit, which doesn’t make it to commercial shelves because of its high-perishability factor, but could you think of anything better than your own backyard supply? Perhaps mulberry pie could be a tad better.

So, with all that said, consider getting just a little motivated and reap the benefits of what you sow. Your family, friends and neighbours will thank you in ways innumerous. And come sale time, you’ll thank yourself too.

The groove on how to move

The groove on how to move

Here are some expert tips to help keep your move relatively stress-free.

You’re moving

Start researching removalists if you will need one and get at least three quotes. Give yourself six weeks lead-up time if possible.

Australia’s removalist industry is unregulated but some operators have formed the Australian Furniture Removals Association, which offers insurance to protect your belongings in transit and encourages high standards of truck, equipment and training.


Every item moved adds costs to transport and/or store, and means needing bigger houses, said Bonnie Black from Little Miss Organised.

“Start by pulling everything out, putting back only what you use or love,” she says. “Items can go into keep, rubbish or donate piles: do not have a ‘maybe’ pile.

Hire or buy boxes and start packing early. Always start in the least-used room in the house, leaving the kitchen last.

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Styling for sale – on a budget

Styling for sale – on a budget

What does a photo tell you? A lot if you are hoping to sell your house.

With the widespread use of home stylists in property, the competition has never been stronger if you’re a vendor trying to catch buyers’ interest.

If you are styling your own property for sale, paying attention to the small details could make all the difference in how good your property looks in the marketing images – and how many people you manage to attract to your open homes.

Last week I helped a friend style her modest family home for sale. All the really hard work had been done – the repairs had been completed, the property had been de-cluttered, and everything was sparkling after a really good clean. But there were still some small touches that would really show in the photographs.

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Room for the Whole Family

Room for the Whole Family

Room for the Whole Family

4 Eastwood Place McDowall Qld 4053

For Sale – Early-Mid $600,000?s

Flutterby and ask, this immaculate family home offers a lifestyle many dream of; separation of living, private level yard, perfect entertainer, bikeways and park at your doorstep.

Your new home features five bedrooms, three beautifully appointed bathrooms, central kitchen with open plan living, formal lounge and dining and a media/rumpus that takes your breath away.

Located opposite parkland in a quiet cul-de-sac within the McDowall School Catchment and close to shops and all amenities.

Flutterby and ask before someone else does!!
General Features

Property Type: House
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Land Size: 763 m² (approx)


Garage Spaces: 2

Madeleine Hicks
Mobile: 0413 733 617
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How to get the Interiors Magazine Look

How to get the Interiors Magazine Look

Many of us could spend hours (possibly weeks) pouring over pictures of hip homes in interiors magazines, and dreaming … If you’ve ever pondered the secrets of these pads’ photogenic success and wanted to emulate them, here are a couple of general tips:

Story time: Most photoshoots capture pictorial vignettes – the sofa, the casually draped throw, the lovely fluffy cushions, the pile of artistically arranged books … It’s not just about the furniture; it’s about what these items say and the story they tell about you and your home.

Go into detail:  A photographer’s nightmare is a room with no possessions on show. Editors love details – knick-knacks make a home a home.  We’re not thinking for a minute that you cover every space with your old telephone bills and children’s drawings – think knick-knacks, photos of loved ones and think about putting some of your children’s special pics in a frame – and put the bills and clutter out of sight!

How to get the Interiors Magazine Look

Set great store: Good storage is vital – but it doesn’t need to be an expensive built-in: photographically that’s dull. Try a trendy glass cabinet, such as the eye-catching, Forma.

All the little things:  Bold doesn’t have to equal expensive. If you’re nervous, build on a neutral base – beige or brown lounge – then take risks with accessories: zingy cushions or throws, or a ceramic jar – much cheaper than getting the wrong lounge.

Screened off: Something you’ll never see in an interiors mag is the TV! They’re so huge now – and not pretty. Hide giants in a cupboard – and never hang one over a fireplace.

Personal appearance: Forget having the ‘right’ or fashionable thing. The best style is surrounding yourself with things that you love.

To create that beautifully designed magazine look, be sure to follow these tips.

Source: Nick Scali Reviews