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How to beautify your new home's backyard

Thursday 12 Apr 2018

Now that you’ve chosen your dream home and made it through the move, there's nothing more exciting than infusing the new place with your personality. When decorating your new home, it’s important to pay attention to the exterior as well as the interior. Bedrooms, lounge rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are all essential parts of your home, but if you put the necessary energy into your garden, you'll extend your living space, increase the value of the home and create an outdoor oasis to ....

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How to organise the best Easter egg hunt

Wednesday 28 Mar 2018

Easter morning just isn’t complete until the kids have raced around the garden filling their baskets with yummy chocolate eggs. Rain, hail or shine get your family and friends together in the backyard for a little hunting and a lot of laughs. You are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime and if it’s your turn to prepare the hunt, use these instructions to make sure you’ve got the best Easter egg hunt on the street. If you’ve got under 5 year olds, don’t ma ....

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Easter home decorating ideas

Sunday 25 Mar 2018

Before the family digs into the Easter eggs, get everyone together for an afternoon of craft. We’ve collated the five coolest Easter decorations that you can make at home. Crepe paper carrots  Are these not the cutest thing! Made of wrapped paper streamers, these adorable little bundles are actually surprise gifts. As you unwind the paper, you find the trinkets -- jewellery, a novelty, a toy. Display a basketful as a centrepiece or leave a trail of them for the kids to find instead of ....

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Savills UK lists former Holland Park home of singer, Dusty Springfield

Friday 23 Mar 2018

A modern Art Deco style house in London’s W8 which features a blue plaque for singer, Dusty Springfield, is now for sale through Savills Kensington for £14m. Situated on Aubrey Walk, a highly regarded residential street, the ten year old 7,200 sq ft property is the result of a coming together of two terraced homes to create one unique broad fronted house. Arranged over five storeys, bedroom accommodation at Aubrey Walk comprises several suites while the top floor is given over to a m ....

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Savills wins RateMyAgent 2018 Agent of the Year Awards

Wednesday 14 Mar 2018

Savills won the title for Roseville and Gordon in the RateMyAgent 2018 Agency of the Year Awards. For the second year in a row, Stephanie Hearne from Savills took out the title of Agent of the Year for Roseville and Liz Hughes from Savills won the title for Gordon. The awards, which are the largest real estate awards in Australia, recognise those agents and agencies that have ranked the highest based on customer reviews and feedback.  Charles Caravousanos, Director of Savills residential re ....

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The five most common moving mistakes to avoid

Wednesday 14 Mar 2018

Moving can be very stressful, especially if you haven’t prepared for it and you don’t want to tarnish the excitement of moving into a new place. Be aware of these five common mistakes people make when moving and use our tips and strategies to ensure a smooth transition. Mistake #1: Starting too late Packing, moving, cleaning, filling out documents, rental inspections and attending viewings are just part of the large moving process. It’s often a bigger deal than most people real ....

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When is the best time to sell?

Wednesday 14 Mar 2018

  By Stephanie Hearne, Licensed Real Estate Agent I am often asked the question from sellers, when is the best time to sell? The answer is actually quite simple - the best time to sell is when you are psychologically ready to move on. If you are not mentally prepared to sell and move on with the next stage of your life/lives then there is no point investing the time, energy and money needed to prepare your home for sale.   The best buyers often come in the first 7 to 10 days of a ....

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Bargain finds and fresh produce - the North Shore's best markets

Friday 02 Mar 2018

Find hidden gems at stalls selling second-hand fashion, pick up some handicrafts from local artisans and gather fresh fruit and veg from local producers; all at your local markets. The Eastern Suburbs used to have the best markets, but the demand from the North Shore has seen the quality and quantity of our local markets increase over the past few years. The Chatswood Mall Market 9am - 9pm, Thursdays and Fridays As the fragrant smells waft through the concourse you know that there is delicious ....

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They’re called bliss balls for a reason

Friday 02 Mar 2018

‘Absolute bliss’, that’s the best description we’ve heard of Donna Hay’s delectable date and almond bliss balls. Make a few of these yummy treats and freeze them for when those 3pm munchies pop up or friends pop round unexpectedly. What you’ll need: 24 fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (80g) almonds 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder Pinch of sea salt flakes ¼ cup (20g) LSA ¼ cup (20g) desi ....

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First home buyers - the ultimate guide to buying your first property

Friday 02 Mar 2018

Property will likely be the largest investment you will ever make, so gather every piece of information you can, to be able to make informed decisions. 1. The deposit Before you can start deciding on paint colours or buying that fabulous couch you saw in West Elm, be prepared to save up a deposit. This may mean eating less avocado on toast but the rewards will be infinite. A deposit of 20% of the purchase price plus enough to cover costs is ideal. The bigger your deposit, the lower your loan to ....

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