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Moving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you're trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common...

So you’ve sold your house and bought a new one – now the work of moving really begins! Packing up and moving your family and all your worldly possessions can be a little daunting. So we’ve canvassed our Harcourts team and our Facebook audience to...

This handy guide will help you to get good intel from your first impression. So, you can be sure you get as much information for yourself before engaging professionals to inspect the building’s structure and health. The Structure When inspecting a property, chances are the current owners...

Renovation is all about Return On Investment. You want to be sure that the amount you invest in the renovation is less than the value you’re adding to the property. Here we explore some of the situations where we wouldn’t recommend renovating if you’re looking to...

You’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off the plans? The short answer is yes – there are some advantages to buying property before it’s been built, but there are some...

Selling your property quickly is a bit like speed dating, and as such can be daunting, and potentially an emotionally draining task. Whether it’s financial stress, your new job is in another part of the country or overseas, or another reason. However, there are factors...

We can’t overstate how important your due diligence is when buying a home. That means doing official research into the property you’re interested in, and top of the list is usually a LIM report. What is it, and why do you need one? A LIM or Land...

Here are some tried-and-tested preventatives for what is known in the real estate industry as ‘home buyer’s remorse’ - it is worth running through these before you go house-hunting. A recent study in the UK revealed that about one new buyer in 10 regrets their choice...

If you’ve been considering buying property at any time in the recent past, it’s almost certain you’ve been introduced to the idea of buying via auction. For the uninitiated the auction process can seem a little daunting, but there’s a reason they are so often recommended...

New subdivision developments are springing up all the time, and attracting buyers from all walks of life. Here’s a look at the good and the bad of these new neighbourhoods. PRO: Amenities on your doorstep Unlike older suburbs that have gradually evolved over time and often outgrown...