Looking up and out

In the news this week, apprentices get a boost; ATO looks into property investments; and how to choose the right house paint

Do the little things really matter?

A take away coffee’s just a coffee right? Spending $3.50 to $4.00 a day on your favourite caffeine blend isn’t really a luxury is it? Well, take a look at this…

Apartments lift approvals

Approvals to build new apartments jumped again in March, according to data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The latest figures show that the total number of dwellings approved fell 0.1 per cent in March, despite approvals for multi-unit dwellings increasing 5.6 per cent, following a 9.7 per cent decrease in February.

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ATO targeting rentals

Do you own a rental property, or rent your home out on Airbnb? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) might have its eye on you at tax time.

ATO Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh warned this week that the ATO will be prioritising rental property deductions, work-related expenses and capital gains tax.

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Budget boost for tradies

Following reports of a continued shortage of qualified tradespeople, last week’s Budget has delivered some welcome news in the form of fee-free TAFE places so tradies can study without worrying about the cost.

“If we want to build more homes, we need to train more tradies”, Prime Minister Albanese tweeted on Monday, adding “so whether it’s painting or flooring, bricklaying or carpentry, there’s fee-free courses available across Australia.”

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Want the right paint? Ask the right questions

Walking into a hardware store to find paint for your home can be daunting. It seems that each colour comes in at least sixteen shades and then there’s gloss, high gloss, matt, oil-based, water-based, low-VOC…

Here are some questions to help guide you through the maze of paints available today and make your purchasing decision a lot easier.

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A wonderful idea

For most parents, having somewhere the kids can easily store their toys is a constant issue – we often spend our own leisure time cleaning up and packing away errant bricks, cars, tea sets etc.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the kids had somewhere they actually want to pack their toys away? A new Australian venture is tackling the problem with Wonderful Suitcases. Made of sustainable and recycled materials, the pop-up toy suitcases not only encourage imaginative play, but can be stored with minimal fuss on any shelf.

‘Succession’ penthouse for sale

‘Succession’ might be coming to a conclusion, but disconsolate fans could live the dream forever with the announcement this week that Kendall Roy’s glass and brass home has just been listed for sale at US$29 million.

Overlooking New York’s Central Park, the three-level penthouse sits at the top of the tallest tower north of 72nd Street – fitting perhaps for the fictional mega-wealthy patriarch who so thoroughly dominated his children’s lives.