Welcome to 2019!

In our holiday edition, we look at home values, your rights as a consumer needing to return goods, and how to dispose of that Christmas tree.


Values remain patchy in December

Housing market conditions closed out 2018 weaker in patches, according to the CoreLogic home value index for December.

Nationally, dwelling values fell 1.1 per cent in December, ranging from falls of 1.8 per cent in Sydney and Darwin, through to a 0.4 per cent rise across regional Tasmania.

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Faulty gift? Know your rights

What are your rights as a consumer, if something you received or bought this Christmas turns out to be faulty?

In 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received nearly 34,000 contacts about consumer guarantee related issues. This is an increase of more than 17 per cent compared to 2017 - what's changed, and how can we ensure we are confident enough to demand satisfaction?

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Celebrity bargain: $32m discount

Boxing Day sales usually present the opportunity to pick up a bargain, but any savings most of us might make pale into insignificance against the US$13m discount Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine scored this week.

Levine is reported to have bought the Pacific Palisades home of newly-divorced couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner for US$32m, down from the listed price of $45m.

How to dispose of a Christmas tree

It’s brown, spiky, dropping pine needles all over the carpet and, let’s face it, past its use-by date. What’s the best way get rid of this year’s Christmas tree? We look at your options.

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