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September 26, 2019

Length Of Home Ownership Continues To Rise

The latest data to May 2019 shows that home owners are holding onto their property for much longer than they were 10 to 15 years ago. The average hold period has consistently increased since 2005 across both house and units nationally. The average hold period figure is based on sales from the past year, using the latest sold date and the previous sold date to establish how many years a property has been held for between each transaction. Nationally, the...

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September 19, 2019

10 Aussie open plan kitchen-dining areas we love

What’s become of the dining room? As Australians, we’ve embraced open-plan indoor-outdoor home design, and with that dining rooms have shifted and evolved.

In Australia, we’ve progressed the concept of the ‘dining room’ to mix and merge with various areas in the home, and the outdoors.

Here, interior stylist Adam Powell shares 10 shining examples of modern-day dining rooms, as well as his tips to get each look.

1. Conveniently place

These days, it’s important for a dining table to not be too far...

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September 17, 2019

Mum’s jaw-dropping $700 pantry makeover

Carmen and Jared Strong picked up the keys to their beautiful new home in January this year.

Unlike other decluttering projects featured in the Clean Sweep series, Carmen, 28, and Jared, 31, had a slight advantage, having just moved into an empty home with their two children, Leilah 3, and Louie, 7 months.

"I had a clean slate building a new home," Carmen told news.com.au.

"While the move was huge in itself, I have slowly focused on one room at a time, budgeting out each...

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September 13, 2019

5 trends we predict will feature in The Block this year

The Oslo in St Kilda was in dire need of refurbishment, but the new Blockheads are sure to return the iconic structure to its former glory and then some. 

With the return of The Block comes work to the rundown Oslo Hotel in St Kilda – The Block site for season 15. The huge renovations are only just beginning, but we simply can’t help but wonder about the trends sure to dominate in the season ahead.

Though it most recently operated as a budget backpackers hotel,...

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September 11, 2019

Business travel on the rise as billion dollar projects kick-off in the region!

Our thriving resources and mining sector along with strong education and health industries are reflecting consistent growth in domestic visitation across the Southern Great Barrier Reef (SGBR) destination with 711,000 business travelers (up 23.6%) touching down and spending time in the Capricorn (Central Highlands, Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast), Gladstone and Bundaberg Regions.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll credits the increase in business visitors to not only the expansion of the CQ mining/resource industry and a record production of coal, but also...

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September 09, 2019

Darren Palmer’s tips for achieving the magazine look at home

A home less ordinary is much more achievable than you might think.

Just look behind the designer curtain at some of the smoke and mirrors we use to make spaces shine as brightly as they can. If you want your home to look photo shoot-worthy, if even only temporarily for a special event, here are some of the stylist tricks that’ll help.

Furniture layout

Worry less about where the television is or if there is one at all. Often we will remove TVs from...

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September 06, 2019

Seven living room style sins to avoid

Some things you want in your home for a reason that’s not aesthetic, but if you want a truly inspiring interior then you’ll have to find somewhere other than your living space to stash these items:

Sports trophies and medals 

No one wants to take away from little Timmy’s first place in the 100m dash, they just want to take evidence of it away from the lounge. We all love celebrating a win but look for a spot elsewhere in your home...

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September 04, 2019

‘Timber is the future’: All the highlights from Milan Design Week

All roads lead to Milan Design Week when it comes to seasonal trend spotting and, as seen at the 58th edition earlier this year, a new era of architectural design and interiors is set to change the way we will live in 2020 and beyond.

It’s time to reconnect to our residential abodes in ways we might not have done before, where curating a place for retreat is ever relevant to our future state of mind.

Mindfulness informs design across the spectrum,...

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September 02, 2019

Discover the beauty of Great Keppel Island by foot

We all know that Great Keppel Island located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef is without a doubt one very special place to be. Simply set one foot on this spectacular island paradise where the squeaky-clean sand slides between your toes and the clear ocean glistens before your eyes, and your worries and stresses will soon fade into the distance.

Most days, it will be difficult to muster up too much energy which is primarily what this ‘resting place’ is for,...

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August 28, 2019

Help for FHBs welcome

The REIQ welcomes the Liberal Party’s tailored initiative to help first-home buyers get their foot on the property ladder.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the highly targeted, tailored approach is exactly the right way to help specific sectors of buyers.

“We need positive policies that help the target group and don’t wreak wholesale damage on the entire property market and the broader community, as Labor’s proposed negative gearing reforms will do. 

“The Liberal Party initiative offers help in a meaningful way to those...

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