Coming up roses

In property news this week, indicators show the market is bouncing back; Aussie students in the Solar Decathlon; and we discover a life-size doll-house in a railway station…

Building a successful property portfolio

I don’t believe a successful real estate portfolio is about how many properties you have, it’s about their quality. That is of course if you want to build up a nest egg that will provide you with a reliable return on investment well into the future.

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Housing commitments bounce back

Loans to buy new homes rose by more than twenty per cent in March, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Values adjust as market gains

Home values adjusted slightly in April but the market continues to gain in strength and confidence, according to figures released this week.

The latest RP Data/Rismark Home Value Index shows that dwelling values settled back 0.5 per cent in April, after posting a solid 2.8 per cent gain over the first three months of 2013.

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Australia represented in Solar Decathlon

For the first time ever, an Australian team has been selected to compete in the international Solar Decathlon challenge.

By demonstrating how to retrofit an existing home, Team UOW from the University of Wollongong is taking up the challenge to design, build and operate a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.

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New home sales rebound

New home sales bounced back in March to maintain the modest recovery already underway, according to the latest monthly survey of Australia’s larger building firms.

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Living under milk wood

Would you like to live where you can ‘hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night'?

Or perhaps live where the man who authored that line lived, since the "shack at the end of the cliff" Dylan Thomas once called home is now on the market, according to Wales Online.

Perched on a headland in New Quay, Ceredigion, where the famous poet lived and worked, the three-bedroom house has been recently renovated and has a price tag of just over AU$690K.

Inside the threshold

For two days last week, New Yorkers got to let their inner children run free in a life-size, two-storey dollhouse. The installation, set up in Grand Central Terminal, captured attention, imagination and credit card details alike.

In what seems to be stroke-of-genius marketing, Target opened the doors to the life-size replica to herald in their new Threshold collection of furnishings, decor and housewares. Passers-by were able to explore, play, gather inspiration for their own homes and even purchase specific items via mobile devices.

A video of the dollhouse being constructed is online via Target's youtube page.