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Property Investment Tips: How to predict market trends

By the resi financial blog team, 27 January 2015

Property Investment Tips: How to predict market trends

Predicting market trends is often thought to be a purely rational process, with many proponents of economic science promoting separation of the emotional self from the logical. While it doesn't help to be overly emotional when making financial decisions, recent research has shown that some emotion can be helpful in predicting market trends, as long as it's under control.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), analysed the brain functions of traders in experimental conditions and found that those that did poorly had poor control over thei ...

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Market/Finance News Blog: Tax deductions for home owners

By the resi financial blog team, 20 January 2015

Market/Finance News Blog: Tax deductions for home owners

This year's government tax review could be an avenue to decrease the tax burden on homeowners and buyers, according to the Business Coalition for Tax Reform (BCTR). The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has joined forces with the other business and community representatives that make up the BCTR​, to engage in a dialogue with the government around how to improve the tax system in Australia.

"The current tax system is stagnating and is not reflective of current social trends for a more mobile population with taxes such as stamp duty restricting both labour and ...

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Home renovations blog: Decorating your first home on a budget

By the resi financial blog team, 14 January 2015

Home renovations blog: Decorating your first home on a budget

If you've managed to put away enough cash for a deposit, stamp duty, moving costs and every other thing you can think of to move into your first home, you are probably very aware of the balance of your bank account.

Moving into your first apartment or house can be a very exciting time, but it can be a bit disappointing if you are unable to truly make it your own with some unique decorating. You don't need to hire an interior designer or splurge on custom furniture to achieve a home that has personality and charm.

Minimise flat-pack furniture

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Home renovations blog: Ready to go green in a big way?

By the resi financial blog team, 22 December 2014

Home renovations blog: Ready to go green in a big way?

Green roofs and walls - these are not for the faint of heart, but they can be worth it! Whether your motivation is an aesthetic change, improving the environment or both, there's a way you can create a green space to achieve this. Information from YourHome, a government initiative, is a great place to start.

Green walls

Perhaps easier to implement than a living roof, these vertical gardens can go a long way to improving your home. Aside from proving a fresh feeling for your balcony or living room, a herb and veggie-laden wall could provide a source of re ...

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Market/Finance News Blog: Tax reform on the horizon

By the resi financial blog team, 16 December 2014

Market/Finance News Blog: Tax reform on the horizon

A group of industry leaders and business representatives has formed to lobby the government for tax reform ahead of the tax review in 2015. Focusing on efficiency and competition, the group aims to effect wide-spread change that will positively affect consumers and business alike.

According to a release by the Real Estate Institute of South Australia on December 15, the aim of the Business Community for Tax Reform (BCTR) is to give voice to common concerns and to help negotiate what is likely to be an overhaul of the tax system. The members of the group represent large a ...

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