Real Estate Archive

4 Reasons Why You May Want to Rent Instead of Buy a Piece of Property

When you buy a home, you will be stuck to that location for the rest of your life, assuming that you will be living in it. Even if you did move out to a different apartment or house in order to pursue a new job or just see what other cities have to offer, you

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Five Factors to Consider Before Investing in Rental Property

It seems like everyone is jumping on the real estate investment bandwagon these days, with the rental market becoming increasingly competitive and allowing landlords to charge ever increasing prices. While becoming a landlord can be a wonderful way to supplement your income, it’s not without its fair share of challenges, contrary to what the popular

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Getting house defects resolved with the builder

Having lived in our new house for almost a month now, you would think that things would have settled down and that we would be getting back into our normal routine. Unfortunately we are only partially back into the swing of things, and the main reason for that is that almost every single day I

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Be careful when it comes to signing covenants

The estate where my wife and I recently built our house had something called a covenant. Essentially it’s a contract between you and the estate developer which outlines the rules for building and living in the estate. It normally includes things like ensuring you put your bins away from the front of the house and

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Handover and the Final Invoice

I’ll start by offering some free advice – don’t build a house. If you’re thinking about building a house, slap yourself a few times then start looking at existing housing stock. OK, it might not be that bad, but we’ve managed to hit yet another hurdle when it comes to finally having a new house

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House Update – Why I’m So Glad I Got An Independent Inspection

Last week I wrote about why it’s a good thing to get an independent inspection done on your property when building. Today I am going to elaborate on why that’s important

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The Building Cost No One Thinks About

Building houses isn’t cheap, in fact, it’s downright expensive, and one cost that most people never seem to think about is the existing living expenses coupled with new interest payments which are payable as soon as you draw down on your loan facility

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New House Update

I realise that I have been mentioning our new house for quite a while now, but I haven’t really posted any updates on progress, so after providing the builder some feedback last week, it reminded me that I should also update things here as well

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Real Estate Investments: Comparing London to New York

Two of the biggest cities on the globe have always been struggling to one-up one another, even if they are not doing so intentionally. London was a global hub first but New York City has quickly met and surpassed the home of Buckingham Palace, the Eye, and Big Ben. Still even as both cities compete

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Helpful Hints For First Home Buyers

Buying your first property can be a nerve wrecking experience. I remember the first time I bought a house – I chose to build a house rather than buying an existing dwelling. The main reason for this was that I couldn’t find a property that I liked in the price range that I was prepared

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The great housing ripoff

On Sunday my brother asked to come over and discuss building houses with me. He was just starting out and wanted to know some of the key considerations he should be aware of prior to starting on the journey. Having just started to go through the building process again, everything was fresh in my mind

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We’ve almost sold our house

It’s been a hectic last couple of weeks around here. Between getting our house ready for sale, buying a new block of land, building our new house, going to work, operating our online businesses and planning for our holiday (i’m on holidays now) things have been super crazy. I’m so glad that everything is finally

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