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Home renovations blog: Refresh your bedroom on a budget

By the resi financial blog team, 29 April 2015

Home renovations blog: Refresh your bedroom on a budget

The impact of a great master bedroom can sometimes be underestimated. You might think that it's just a room where you lay your head each night, but a cleverly designed area with an attractive colour scheme and interesting accents can actually add value to your home. Unlike other spaces in your property that might need a fair bit more investment, such as the kitchen or bathroom, you almost have free reign to express your creative ambitions without blowing all your money. 

With that in mind, here are some ideas for refreshing your master bedroom. 

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Market/Finance News Blog: Where to for interest rates?

By the resi financial blog team, 28 April 2015

Market/Finance News Blog: Where to for interest rates?

Speculation has been rife about the direction interest rates will take. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has stoked the fire by maintaining the official cash rate at 2.25 per cent at its previous board meeting, but with the next announcement just around the corner, there has been some discussion about whether the board will make good on its promise and trim interest rates further. However, those hoping for a May cut may need to wait a little longer, with the latest consumer price index (CPI) figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggesting that inflation is stable.

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Home renovations blog: Turning your property into an environmentally friendly oasis

By the resi financial blog team, 22 April 2015

Home renovations blog: Turning your property into an environmentally friendly oasis

Sustainability is a buzz word. Australians are constantly looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, but what does this mean exactly? For some people it might mean making smarter choices with how they use energy in their home - but for savvy investors, it could mean making a couple of improvements to your property to make it more environmentally friendly. Green renovations could even draw in a new pool of interested buyers at sale time. 

To put your home onto the energy efficiency map, here are a few tips to guide your project. 

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Home renovations blog: How to create a masterful outdoor living space

By the resi financial blog team, 15 April 2015

Home renovations blog: How to create a masterful outdoor living space

Australia's temperate climate creates the perfect environment for outdoor living. Enjoying a balmy evening on the deck or terrace in the height of summer is a popular feature amongst buyers, so investing the time and money into this area of your home could get you some great returns when the time comes to sell. It might seem counterproductive, but getting your property ready for the warmer months ahead in the cooler period can be a great option - especially if you're planning on a summer sale. 

Here are some tips for creating an attractive outdoor living space. < ...

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Market/Finance News Blog: Lending for property continues to rise

By the resi financial blog team, 15 April 2015

Market/Finance News Blog: Lending for property continues to rise

As a home owner, you're likely to have a lot on your plate. Whether you're juggling repayments or saving up to add another property to your investment portfolio, finding ways to improve your household's fiscal standing takes a fair bit of work. This isn't stopping people from taking out loans for a new home however, with housing finance figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed moderate growth in the lending market. 

ABS data shows that lending for owner occupation grew 1 per cent over the month to February. I ...

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