It’s time for both houses to come together…for houses.

It’s the nJohn Minns_rgb (w)ews headline with more staying power than the Kardashians – Australia’s housing affordability crisis. The content may change—current suggestions include removing the need for deposits for first home buyers—but the main message remains the same.

What are governments planning to do about it?

We at Perspective have weighed into this debate on a number of occasions, and today we’re bringing out the big gun—Independent Property Group COO John Minns, who feels it’s time for parliamentary representatives at all levels to stop playing politics on housing affordability. It’s time for a bipartisan approach to the issue.

This is a national problem … where does it stem from?

Politics aside, a significant part of the issue is simply a lack of supply. This is so in any state and territory where land and planning policies mean there is insufficient affordable land available for people to build affordable houses.

Australia’s a big place – why the shortage? Continue reading

A parent and pet owners’ guide to fixing common damage.

A few weeks ago we here at Perspective wrote an article on what’s harder to rent with, kids or pets. Much of the conversation was about the damage our babies and fur babies could cause. In the interest of everyone getting their bonds back when things go wrong, we’ve compiled a list of DIY repair hack for some of the most common damage issues.

wall repairRepairing holes in plasterboard.

Whether it was football through particularly thin wall, or a restless dog kept inside on a scorching day, a hole in plasterboard can seem like an incredibly difficult and expensive problem to fix. Not so. Bunnings has simple instructions.

Cost: $45 approx. plus paint.   Time: 2 hours (excluding drying time) Skill level: 2/5 Continue reading

Perspective interior styling

Take the leap. How to get started styling your home.

Our colleague Samara has a secret. It’s somewhat embarrassing because it exposes her truly obsessive nature, but in the interest of public education, she’ll share it with you.

When she bought her first couch for her first home—a real one, not hand-me-down or something picked up off the side of the road to furnish a share house—she took two full weeks to come to a decision. She sat on over 200 couches, and every one made it into a spreadsheet. They were ranked and scored against three different criteria. A shortlist was collated. Those couches were revisited. Pro/con lists were drawn up.

It was a very detailed and stress-filled affair.

And it shouldn’t have been. Four years later that couch has scratches where a naughty kitten got its claws out; the leather has rarely been polished, and it’s more often than not mostly hidden underneath blankets, cushions and the dog.

Something as big as buying a new couch can be paralysing. There’s the feeling that you have to get it right.

We spoke to Kier Gregg from Dept. of Design about what holds people back from diving into interior styling. Continue reading

Renter’s regret. What we wish we’d thought of beforehand.

It’s no secret that the Canberra rental market is tight at the moment. Our city is a veritable melting pot of nomads, with a steady stream of both uni students and public servants seemingly constantly moving in and out of the city.

Earlier this year, a 3 bedroom house in O’Connor had a whopping 93 groups through to inspect in the space of an hour. Independent Property Group received 49 applications for the property. Their vacancy rate at the moment is a tiny 0.44%.

With so much competition, it can be tempting to apply for every available home and just be thankful when you get accepted, but that kind of desperate haste may lead to big problems down the road.

We here at Perspective put a shout out to find out what sort of rental regrets people had, and the responses ranged from the minimal, to the seriously frustrating to the down-right bizarre. Continue reading

Trading cocktails for carrots. When is it time to move to the ‘burbs?

14th January 2016. That was the day Jane went from a girl whose weekends were full of galleries, cocktails and shopping to a homemaker with gardening gloves, hiking boots and a well-used Netflix account.

No it was not the day she got married.

Nor was it the day she bought her own home.

It was the day she moved from inner city Melbourne to a suburb on Canberra’s fringes—from a two bedroom apartment with a gym and pool to a three bedroom house with a yard and fruit trees. Continue reading