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Business Conditions and Confidence Improves

The National Australia Bank monthly business survey showed its conditions index rose by a further six points in September, buoyed by its trading and profitability sub-indices. “After some volatility in the two months, conditions are around the level seen pre-COVID,” NAB group chief economist Alan Oster said. “Employment continues to

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How to Decide on a Home Design?

When it comes to home designs, there’s as many variations as there are colour palettes for a feature wall. If that’s giving you a case of analysis paralysis rather than relief, don’t fret: we know that deciding on a home design is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when

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Signs Your Home Needs a Major Renovation

The state of your home can be considered an outward reflection of your love for the space. While there is a vast difference between worn in and decrepit, it’s important to differentiate between the two. You know your home better than anyone else, all its creaks and leaks and cold

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Four Things You Should Always Ask of Your Home Builder

There are plenty of qualified and effective builders who not only hold to their promises but surpass many with their attention to detail and craftsmanship. With this in mind, we know that those seeking to renovate their home may be hesitant to get started. But with the right guidelines and

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Saving Smart for Your Next Home Project

When it comes to undertaking a new home project, one thing for sure is that you’ll never be lacking in ideas on how your new installation will look. From the architecture to the décor items, your creativity may be in ample supply but your financial budget may not be. That’s

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Housing Market Activity Rebounds

The housing market continues to look strong, NAB Group Economists said this week. NAB’s July 2020 Australian Housing Market Update reports that the past month has seen a further improvement in housing market activity from both a sales and listings perspective, although home values continued to drift lower across most

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When’s The Right Time To Build Your Dream Home?

Not sure when the right time is to build your dream home? You’ve come to the right place. Check out this blog from the team at Family Home Designers & Builders and you’ll be well positioned to make the right call. Have you been saving up for a long time?

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The Benefits of Building Your Home Rather Than Buying

Building your own home allows for a range of benefits that can make a world of difference to your family. You can bring dream design ideas to life, customise to suit your style, minimise the need for upgrades down the track and enjoy many luxury amenities that may not be

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Everything You Need To Know about the HomeBuilder Grant

It’s no secret that the Australian real estate market has stagnated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in an attempt to assist the residential construction market to bounce back from the crisis, the Australian Government has actively decided to provide funding to encourage the commencement of new home builds and

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International Compost Week

The extreme heat over the summer months and ongoing drought brought the worst bushfire season we have seen in Australia, destroying houses, local businesses, vegetation and wildlife. The impact was felt further than by those directly in line of the fires, however, and it has meant that Australians everywhere are

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Benefits of Selling Vs Renovating Your Home

Deciding between whether to renovate or sell your home and move is a question for our hearts as much as our heads. Moving to a new place can be an expensive and time-consuming process but a new location can be exactly what you need. On the other hand, sprucing up

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NSW Construction Sites Extend Working Hours

Tradies and builders in NSW will be allowed to work extended hours after the state government eased restrictions to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes introduced the “extraordinary orders” under the Planning Act last Thursday, 2nd April. Building sites will now be

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Sentiment strong for property

Sentiment is solid for a good start to the year 2020, new research suggests. The ANZ/Property Council Survey for the March 2020 quarter shows that strong house price expectations over the next 12 months have offset modest confidence in the economy, to deliver an improved outlook for the property industry.

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Housing Rebound Spreads

Home values lifted for the fifth month in a row in November, with all states registering improvement, new figures show. CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index lifted 1.7 per cent over the month, delivering the largest monthly gain since 2003. From its lowest point in June this year, the national dwelling

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Confidence Returning to Housing Market According to the HIA

According to HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon, the cuts to interest rates have more than offset the rise in home prices to ensure an ongoing improvement in housing affordability. HIA’s Affordability Index is calculated for each of the eight capital cities and regional areas on a quarterly basis and takes into account

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Major Builder Wins Echuca-Moama Bridge Project Contract

Stage three of a contract that will see a second river crossing built between Victoria and New South Wales at Echuca and Moama has been awarded, with construction set to begin in 2020. McConnell Dowell Contractors will undertake the construction works and deliver new bridges over the Murray and Campaspe

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What’s changed for first home buyers?

The past twenty years have brought many changes to our daily lives, such as the impact of social media, wireless technology, a greater awareness of the fragility of our planet – and even first home purchasing. Research conducted by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has revealed that

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Home Extension Workshop October

Thinking of starting your renovation? Book a seat at our Home Extension Workshop for information about the planning and design process, getting approvals, construction, and more. Seats are limited, so book now by completing the form with your details. Roman Pazniewski, our Managing Director, along with a few guests will

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House Values Stabilise in July

National dwelling values stabilised in July, with five of the eight capitals recording a slight rise in value. The latest CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index results, released this week, show that nationally, total home values remained unchanged from the previous month. Values in the combined capitals rose by 0.1 per

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Average Household Wealth Passes $1 Million

Average household wealth passed the $1 million mark in 2017–18, a rise of 37 per cent compared to just over a decade ago, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released today. ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman, said in 2017–18, average household wealth was $1.02 million compared to

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Road and Rail Infrastructure Spend Further Planned in NSW

Unprecedented investment in road and rail projects across NSW will be taken to the next level, with $55.6 billion allocated across the next four years to invest in transport infrastructure, easing congestion and keeping the community moving. This includes $32.2 billion for public transport projects and $23.4 billion for road projects. Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said this

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7 Essential Steps for Home Extension Success

Need more space at your place? Address: Unit 17, 380 Eastern Valley Way, Roseville NSW 2069. Parking available on site. When: Tuesday 18th June 7pm If you’re thinking about extending your home, then it’s imperative that you attend this workshop. You will learn vital information about the 7 steps required to make

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Renovation Planning Workshop – 20th August

Need more space at your place? Address: Unit 17, 380 Eastern Valley Way, Roseville NSW 2069. Parking is available on site. When: Tuesday 20th August 7pm If you’re thinking about any large scale renovations, then this workshop is right for you. We’ll take you through the 7 steps required to make

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Wood Waste, The New Building Material

Wood waste could become the building material of the future, creating stronger, more watertight homes with a lighter footprint on our environment. Researchers from the National University of Singapore have come up with an innovative way to turn biochar from sawdust into cement, as an alternative use for the large

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HIA Affordability Index Shows Affordability is Improving

Housing affordability is improving across most Australian capital cities, helped by recent falls in property values. The Australian Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) Affordability Index rose by 0.2% in the March quarter, largely reflecting price declines in Sydney. “Affordability improved in most of Australia’s capital cities during the first three months

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Gender Trends Shifting In The Property Market

Women across Australia are taking over the reins when it comes to the property market, with findings from Westpac’s annual Home Ownership Report showing women are now significantly more likely than men to be considering a range of housing actionsin the next five years (71% vs men 61%). The research

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How Do I Find The Right Designer?

Who will I engage to design my dream home? Once you have decided that renovating your home is the right solution for you, you will want to find the best/right person to help you design the most useful, cost effective, and beautiful home renovation. The right person will help you navigate

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Sell, Renovate or Knock Down and Rebuild?

In this article I will explore the options available if you want to create a better home for your family. Are there better alternatives than renovation? Can’t face the hassle of renovation? Renovating your home might not be the only solution or even the best solution. If you can’t stand the

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What to Consider When Commencing Your Home Renovation Journey

Starting any challenge is always difficult, but none more so than a home renovation. If you aren’t already involved in the industry, immersing yourself in the world of construction can be daunting and difficult. However, by asking the right questions, you can ensure a smooth and successful building journey.   The first

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Do I Need Approval To Do My Home Renovation?

In this article I will discuss some of the approvals you will need to obtain before you are able to start building that dream renovation. However, if your project is only minor and only internal changes, it might be classified as “Exempt Development” which does not require Approvals. If your

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What Do I Look For In A Building Contract in NSW?

Whether you’re renovating your current home or building a new property, having the right building contract is essential to ensure everyone understands their rights and responsibilities. Home building contracts come in different forms depending on the size and type of project. It’s important to understand these different building contracts and

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