If you’re happy and you know it …

Happy Friday!

My fabulous team is here to help you with any of your questions or property needs.

If you are resolved to find a new home or investment this year, we have a few properties open this week and some new properties. Please see our list of open homes below.

Wanting to clear your home and start fresh this year but finding it all a bit overwhelming? Here is a great article about decluttering.

Have a fabulous week.

Best wishes,

Betty and Team

Good time to buy – or sell

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, now looks like a very good time to do it, with new research showing consumer sentiment is at a four-year high.

The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence continued its upward trend this week, climbing 1.2 per cent to 123.5, the highest point since October 2013.

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Where would you be happiest?

Given our glorious beaches, wide-open spaces, easy-going lifestyle and a general lack of strife and turmoil, it’s nice to know Australia sits within the top ten happiest countries in the world.

Interestingly, four of the top spots in the United Nations World Happiness Report 2017 were taken by Nordic countries, with Norway as happiest, followed by Denmark in second place, Iceland in third and Finland sitting close behind in fifth. The US slid to 14th, due to ‘a sense of reduced personal freedom and perceived increase in corruption’.

155 countries were rated in the report, which considered factors such as equality, GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support, and freedom to make life choices.

Stamp duty outstripping house prices

There have been calls for a review of property taxes following the release this week of a report showing stamp duty has increased almost three times faster than house prices since the ‘80s.

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Your first apartment

The new year often brings change, especially for young people moving out of the family home. Here’s a quick guide for making your first apartment feel like home.

Whether you plan on living alone or with housemates, be prepared – your first apartment will most likely be a small one. That’s why it pays to plan ahead. Here's a list of things you'll need, to start with...

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Optimism extends to borrowing

November was an optimistic month for housing finance, with ABS data showing borrowers took out even more loans to buy or build homes.

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Make a green impression

It’s not always easy to keep the garden looking good, especially when we get too busy to water, mow or weed as often as we should. But excuses, it seems, mean nothing to the neighbours.

Research conducted by US sprinkler tech firm Rachio Inc found that poorly maintained yards solicited a lack of respect from three in five homeowners. Conversely, 60 per cent of homeowners were more likely to introduce themselves to neighbours with well-maintained lawns.