A Gallery-Like Family Home

When designing the Colonnade House in Melbourne’s East. Malvern, Splinter Society were tasked with creating a modern, concrete extension for grand Federation-era home. The vision was to bring these two very different architectural styles together into a single cohesive, family home. With a robust materials palette and deep, moody colour scheme, the architects have done just that! The resulting home cleverly balances old and new, and provides the … Continue reading A Gallery-Like Family Home

Melbourne earthquake: Can you make a home insurance claim?

Victorians are being urged to check their home insurance policy, as the state records a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the largest in nearly 200 years. The quake hit near Mansfield, about 150 kilometres east of Melbourne, at around 9:15 a.m. AEST today. Emergency services reported tremors as far north as Dubbo and Sydney, both about 700km from the epicentre. Finder checked 11 home insurance policies and … Continue reading Melbourne earthquake: Can you make a home insurance claim?

ACT women in construction benefit charity

A new charity house project launched today promises to provide a significant boost to a range of local community organisations in West Belconnen, ACT while providing a platform to promote the growing participation of women in the construction sector. The project will see the Ginninderry Joint Venture and Master Builders ACT collaborate on the design and construction of a premium home in the fast-growing suburb … Continue reading ACT women in construction benefit charity


Safer Homes for Aussies

Insurers and Builders Joining Forces to Improve Australian Homes The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Master Builders Association (MBA) are uniting to develop proposals that will help strengthen homes and communities against natural disasters.  The industry groups have heeded key findings from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and will host a series of roundtable discussions to create a pathway towards national … Continue reading Safer Homes for Aussies


Cash rate at ‘unprecedented’ low

At its meeting today, the Board decided on a package of further measures to support job creation and the recovery of the Australian economy from the pandemic. Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision With Australia facing a period of high unemployment, the Reserve Bank is committed to doing what it can to support the creation of jobs. Encouragingly, the recent economic data have … Continue reading Cash rate at ‘unprecedented’ low


REBAA: Buyer advocacy group calls on Victorian premier to allow private inspections

Australia’s largest buyer advocacy group is calling on the Victorian premier to reconsider its position on lockdown restrictions so that private inspections can recommence in greater Melbourne. Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA) president Cate Bakos said Sunday’s announcement by premier Daniel Andrews to extend the Stage Four lockdown restrictions to October 26 had stunned many buyers and sellers alike. “During the past five-weeks our … Continue reading REBAA: Buyer advocacy group calls on Victorian premier to allow private inspections

RBA survey: Banks to raise variable mortgage rates independent of the RBA, experts say

News highlights:  57% of experts believe banks will raise mortgage rates by 2021 despite cash rate freeze All experts (40/40) expect the cash rate to hold at 0.25% in September 88% say more banks will follow Westpac and ANZ by slashing or deferring dividends  31 August 2020, Sydney, Australia – Banks may increase variable mortgage rates to recoup pandemic-induced losses despite a stagnant cash rate, according to experts.  In … Continue reading RBA survey: Banks to raise variable mortgage rates independent of the RBA, experts say

Happy As A Pig In Mud

Happy as a pig in mud – that is how Zac has described this property he is marketing on Brisbane’s Northside. The home is set on a 728sqm block with a 16m frontage. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the local state school, golf course, and 10 minutes to get you down to the waterfront. The house has three bedrooms, a large shed, an … Continue reading Happy As A Pig In Mud

Pandemic drives demand in regional markets

According to reports we have been receiving, there has been a noticeable increase in inquiry from investors and first home buyers, who, having negotiated to work from home and can see the benefits, has encouraged them to consider relocating to more affordable regional centers.  Property Mavens buyers and vendors advocate Miriam Sandkuhler tells me what she is experiencing. Continue reading Pandemic drives demand in regional markets

Doomsayer explains his theory

When Veronica Morgan first heard of our next guest, she wrote him off as just another disaster predictor out to get a headline and get noticed –  but it wasn’t until she had a conversation with Martin North that she realized there was some reasoning behind his thinking.  In the first part of this interview, Veronica asks Martin about his view that property in Australia … Continue reading Doomsayer explains his theory