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How can I find a flat when I work at weekends?

. March 9, 2017
How can I find a flat when I work at weekends?

Having recently returned home from the UK, ISOBEL WILLIAMS set about finding her first Sydney flat from which to launch her new life.  She knew it wouldn’t be easy … but did it need to be this hard? I have recently embarked on the tortuous journey of hunting for an (more…)

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Renters priced out of airbnb hotspots

. December 7, 2016 . 0 Comments
Renters priced out of airbnb hotspots

Rents in Sydney’s hottest Airbnb hotspots are soaring by up to five times as much as city averages, an analysis of housing costs reveals. And ordinary tenants are being driven out of some of the city’s formerly renter-friendly suburbs as landlords switch from residential rentals to holiday lets, according to (more…)

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Taking the plunge: Waterslide apartment back on market

. October 13, 2016 . 0 Comments
Taking the plunge: Waterslide apartment back on market

Who will buy the world’s most expensive apartment … complete with its own waterslide, asks Jamie Thomson It’s always little surprising to see what the ultra-rich are willing to spend their money on when the world’s most exclusive apartments come up for grabs. Knocking through the walls to make one mega-apartment lacks (more…)

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Boom or bust: bubble fears are building

. September 29, 2016 . 0 Comments
Boom or bust:  bubble fears are building

Boom, bust and much, much worse: untangling the uncertainties of Australia’s housing bubble By Jamie Thomson Are we in a boom or a bubble?  Is the apartment market about to explode or just fizzle out. Are we looking down the barrel of negative equity in off-the-plan apartments, or does Australia’s (more…)

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Capital units left in dark by missing meters

. September 20, 2016 . 0 Comments
Capital units left in dark by missing meters

Canberra developers ‘savings’ on electricity meters leaves new residents waiting weeks for power hookup by Jamie Thomson When you move into a new unit, you expect to be short of something – a battery for the doorbell, perhaps, or even a light bulb. But not the electricity to power one, and (more…)

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Opposition vows to scrap pro-Airbnb law

. September 15, 2016 . 0 Comments
Opposition vows to scrap pro-Airbnb law

Liberal and Greens MPs in Victoria have vowed to overturn proposed laissez faire amendments to short-stay letting laws in the state, with one Shadow Minister labelling them a “cop out”. David Davis, Liberal MP for Southern Metropolitan Region and Shadow Minister for Planning has told more than 80 supporters of the “We Live (more…)

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Fob clones key to overcrowded flats

. September 1, 2016 . 0 Comments
Fob clones key to overcrowded flats

When new technology replaced old-fashioned cut keys with electronic readers there was one aspect of apartment living that took a step back – security. It was actually quite difficult to get locksmiths to cut copies of high-security keys.  And that made it hard to allow free access to overcrowded apartments (more…)

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Airbnb baddies test $1million guest bond

. August 12, 2016 . 0 Comments
Airbnb baddies test $1million guest bond

Will Airbnb protect law-breaking hosts when guest turn bad? By Jamie Thomson While Airbnb might be battling hostile authorities in a number of major cities around the world, probably the biggest concern of their would-be hosts is: what if I end up renting to a criminal who won’t think twice about (more…)

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Facebook lets you text your way to a new home

. August 12, 2016 . 0 Comments
Facebook lets you text your way to a new home

Social media giants join forces with online estate agents to make househunting as simple as texting a friend By Jamie Thomson We’ve already told you about the apartment block that demanded tenants “friend” it on Facebook, and about Mark Zuckerburg’s plans for virtual reality house-hunting. Now, it seems the worlds (more…)

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Tilt: Sinking fund needed for leaning tower of Frisco

. August 4, 2016 . 0 Comments
Tilt: Sinking fund needed for leaning tower of Frisco

Alarms Bells over Rate of sink– And Tilt – of Luxury Apartment block in San Francisco By Jamie Thomson Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener. The moneyed few who forked out millions of dollars to live in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower – rated as one of the top 10 residential (more…)

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