HOW MUCH IS THIS HOUSE REALLY WORTH?

Have you ever been to an auction and seen a bidding frenzy that led you to ask “Why would anyone pay that much for this?” Have you found a house you love, but are not confident about how much you should pay for it? Are you scared you will end up paying too much for your dream home?

The one thing most people are not prepared for is the emotional impact of the buying journey, and this is not surprising. After all, your new home will be a lot more than bricks and mortar – it is where families grow up, dreams are realised and memories are created. We experience many of the fears listed above because, in more than almost any other area of our lives, this is where our hearts and our brains intersect, and that can be hard to rationalise.

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HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY TO LIVE LIKE BATMAN OR TONY STARK?

We love real estate and we think about it all the time. When you go to the movies and you see Bruce Wayne’s gigantic mansion, you’re probably thinking about what it would be like to live there; while we are sitting there, eating popcorn and wondering how much it would be worth and how we would go about selling it.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to have a look at how we might value and sell some of our favourite fictional properties.

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THE CHALLENGE WITH HERITAGE (AND WHY NORTHBOURNE NEEDS A VISIT FROM MILEY)

A couple of weeks ago Robertsons’ House in Oaks Estate was awarded full heritage status by the ACT Heritage Council. Constructed in stages in 1912 by Richard and Mary Robertson, who used makeshift building materials such as iron off-cuts, kerosene tins, bush poles, weather boards and packing case board, the house is the ACT’s last surviving example of a worker’s shanty.

It’s an important part of Canberra’s history and a worthy addition to the heritage list, which is why it was so disappointing to hear about the lack of care given to the building. If it is important enough to be heritage listed, surely it is important enough to be properly looked after. Instead, the building has apparently become a frequent haunt of drug addicts who view it as a good place to shoot up.

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