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If you didn’t get recent updates, here’s a summary of posts you missed:

Radiant heat or Convection Heat - What Type of Heat fits your Home and Lifestyle?

· Regardless heating technology – a warmer home is a combination of heat retention, ventilation and heating. How to use active and passive heating, radiant heat or convection heat and to save money?

29a-Last update:  Fri, 15 May 2015

Active or Passive Heating for the whole House or by Room individually?

· Passive heating means the design of the house opens up towards natural heat sources. Active heating is historical heating by room and nowadays replaced by heating systems

29b-Last update:  Fri, 22 May 2015

Defeat Health Risk - Are Passive and Central Heating the Future?

· What has changed that homes built in the past have been classified as cold and damp? Is the myth true that passive heating and central heating are too expensive?

29c-Last update:  Fri, 22 May 2015

Home Staging—Clever Selling,  Physical Staging vs. Virtual Home Staging

· Physical Staging draws people’s attention, creates emotional connections and visualizes how to use the space. Virtual home staging happens in 3D on the computer more cost effective with focus on image quality. What to choose and why?

28-Last update:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Fair Market Value or Replacement Value - What is a Property worth?

· Fair value (fair market value) and replacement value are used to describe the market sentiment and estimate re-build costs. Assessing price versus value is like build bridges for the seller (high asking price) and buyer’s best price offer

27b-Last update:  Mon, 6 March 2017

House and Land Value - What Dollar Value reflects the true Market Value?

· What valuation shows the true market value when buying a house? Is it the Capital Value (CV, council valuation), Quotable Value (QV), Government Valuation (GV) or the Rating Value (RV, ratable valuation) that influences the Dollar value a buyer is willing to pay?

27a-Last update:  Mon, 6 March 2017

How much does a Body Corporate cost you?

· Buying an apartment under the UTA the new unit owner becomes a member of the body corporate. What are the consequences on your finances when considering long term maintenance and body corporate operational structure?

26b-Last update:  Fri, 9 Jun 2017

Apartments – Safe Haven for Buyers on Budget?

· Flats and apartments are attractive for buyers on small budget. What is the specific of buying properties in multi-unit blocks? Check quality, building management, body corporate management and disclosure statement.

26a-Last update:  Fri, 9 Jun 2017

Leaky Roofs or Homes - How to deal with water proofing?

· Every house leaks at some stage because of fatigue, cracks and poor workmanship. Follow these tips to prevent extensive damage and keep up with maintenance.

25b-Last update:  Mon, 5 Jun 2017

Leaky Homes - Dispute with the builder, what are the options?

· Owning a brand new home is for many a desirable stage in life, but when it turns into a leaky home because of poor workmanship, what are the options?

25a-Last update:  Mon, 5 Jun 2017

Pre-offer preparations - How to beat Home Buyer’s competition?

· Three steps bring you ahead of the competition, follow the online research, pre-offer preparations and meet the seller’s agent for making on offer.

24-Last update:  Mon, 8 May 2017

Cold and Damp Homes - How to Reduce Humidity and Condensation?

· Living in a cold, damp home is wasting lots of energy. Reduce humidity and condensation are the alternatives by increasing energy efficiency and reducing health risk, what can homeowners do?

23-Last update:  Mon, 6 Feb 2017

Moving Household, Buying/Selling—Capital Gain and Taxation

· Why do home owners buy and sell in short succession and lose money due to capital gain tax (Bright-Line Test) or change of personal circumstances?

22-Last update:  Mon, 9 Jan 2017

Resale Value and Homeowner’s Emotion - Is Market Value the Reality?

· Who drives the residential housing market? How can homeowners keep a good resale value and what is the difference to other house valuations like CV, QV, or RV?

21-Last update:  Mon, 22 Sep 2014

Renewal House Insurance - Insurance review can’t be done often enough

· Understand the importance to adjust the rebuild/replacement value in accordance with the price index and to check insurer’s changes to terms and policy. What else to do before renewing the insurance cover?

20-Last update:  Mon, 5 Sep 2016

House Buying Process – Steps for making an offer

· When following the steps for making an offer, avoid to upset the seller if you want to negotiate your price offer successfully. What is the agent’s role and how can you use the agent’s enthusiasm to get the seller’s acceptance?

19a-Last update:  Mon, 15 Sep 2014

House Buying Process - Pre-offer property inspection

· Pre-offer property inspection as part of the house buying process gives clarity to proceed for making an offer, selecting the right due diligence clause and starting offer. For doing so you must not be an expert, take the summary as guideline.

19b-Last update:  Mon, 15 Sep 2014

House Buying Process - Making an Offer and Paperwork

· Making an Offer and Paperwork is the begin to purchase a property. How to do that, who does what - purchase offer, negotiation, conditional contract and the next step of the house buying process

19c-Last update:  Mon, 15 Sep 2014

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