10 COMMON QUESTIONS FROM RENTERS

Whether you are renting on your own or with friends, moving into a new rental property can be an exciting time for many people. It might be the first time you’ve lived away from home and you can’t wait to enjoy your well-earned independence. Or you might be an old hand at the rental game and you’re looking forward to living in a bigger property in a better location.

No matter what your situation is, you’re bound to have questions. To make things a little easier for you to find the answers you’re looking for, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we are asked by renters.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING OFF PLAN – PART 3: HOW TO BUY YOUR NEW PROPERTY – FROM DEPOSIT TO SETTLEMENT AND BEYOND.

This is the final instalment of our 3 part series on buying property off the plan. In the last 2 instalments we covered the major benefits of buying off plan and some of the strategies you can use to find the right property. Today we’ll focus on the actual purchasing experience.

To make things easier we’ve broken the purchasing experience down into 4 different sections: the exchange process, the construction period, the settlement process and the post-settlement period.

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WOULD YOU LIVE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE?

While not many people would admit to believing in ghosts and goblins, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’d want to share a home with a poltergeist, spirit or bogeyman.

There’s a great video doing the rounds on social media at the moment where a house in London is rigged up with special effects to make it appear haunted. Then some real estate agents are invited over to appraise the property while hidden camera’s record them freaking out as taps start turning on and off by themselves, doors slam shut and furniture begins moving around.

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Dual occupancies and strata titles are good for Canberra, but the Mr Fluffy planning changes don’t go far enough. We need to be more forward thinking.

You might have heard the ACT Government has recently announced a number of planning changes that will affect a large proportion of the Mr Fluffy blocks in Canberra. The most important planning changes in Draft Variation 343 (DV343) revolve around current restrictions and regulations relating to dual occupancy and strata titles on specifically zoned blocks of land.

Currently if you own a block in an RZ1 zone, you can build a secondary dwelling of up to 90m2 on that block providing the combined size of the existing and new dwelling does not exceed 50% of the site area.

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