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

Property tips to help with your New Year’s resolutions

A big welcome to 2017 from everyone here at Perspective!

Like many of you, we have a whole suite of resolutions planned for this year. In fact, some of us may have gone overboard. Unfortunately the statistics don’t look good. Online research from Statistics Brain says only 9.2% of respondents kept their 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

But we won’t let that dissuade us, because apparently 2017 is a ‘one’ year, according to people with more experience in numerology than us. It’s a year of rebirth and positivity.

So on that note, and because we’re your biggest fans, we’ve giving you some help in achieving some of what Time Magazine says are the Top 10 Most Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions. And when we say some, we mean eight because hey, we’re property professionals, not life coaches. Continue reading

Pets vs. children

The Throwdown – Parents vs. Pet Owners vs. Landlords

Recently we published a Canberra rental market update and the topic caused more than a few watercooler discussions here in the Perspective office. While it may come as a surprise given we’re surrounded by amazing properties for sale all day, not all of us own our own home. Several of us are actually mired in the monster that is the current rental market. And our biggest debate? Kids v.s. fur kids.

No we’re not talking about the ‘pets are not children’ war started by New York Magazine The Cut a few weeks ago, we’re talking about which type of 2 or 4-legged dependent makes it most difficult to rent a new home.

Given that approximately 58% of households have resident children/teenagers and a similar number have pets (roughly 60%), you’d think landlords would be falling over themselves to cater to this large market of potential tenants for their properties, but that doesn’t always feel like the case. Continue reading

The Block real or reality TV

The Block – how real is this reality TV?

The Block is over, and there is an hour-long hole in our evenings. Already we’re missing the daggy late night dancing, frantic shopping sprees and endless supply of coffee. We’re sitting on the couch flipping through Pintrest to get our interior design fix. And the memory of that final night, and the massive winnings, is quickly blotting out those scenes of stressed out tears, long nights and fights over the Cam Van.

We’re beginning to think… well we can do that, right?

Before we commit ourselves to purchasing a ‘renovator’s dream’ and making the big bucks, we thought we’d chat with an experienced renovator, Independent Property Group Sales Agent Helen Brennan to discuss the similarities and differences between The Block and flipping houses in real life.

So Helen, you didn’t watch The Block last night, but you heard all about it at work today, including the surprising auctioneering strategy (which we spoke to auctioneer Mark Larmer about) and the massive prize money. What are your thoughts on that? Continue reading