Last minute Christmas gifts for the home

Tis the season of giving. But before you reach for that good old bottle of vino, box of handcrafted premium chocolate or velvety hand cream, consider a present that lasts all year long – and perhaps beyond.

The best gifts are the one’s that keep on giving – welcome additions that serve a purpose and become a much-loved practical part of the home.

With only a week to go before Christmas, these gifts will help you complete your holiday shopping without a fuss and be sure to delight the house-proud.

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Vertical communities – the new way of living the high life

You may have noticed lots of new developments popping up all around Canberra. Either under construction or ready for launch, these much-anticipated developments are changing the way we live.

No, they are not James Packers newest Casino’s.

Nor more Westfield shopping centres.

They are the newly designed apartment buildings that are bringing more to the high life.

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Tenant responsibilities 101

Bob lives in a beautiful rental property in Canberra’s north. He has been in the property for just over 7 months and has never had an issue. Recently, Bob spotted a teeny tiny mouse running past his kitchen bench. Shocked and a little disgusted, Bob jumped on a chair and asked himself, “who is supposed to handle this situation?”.

Just like Bob, there are many tenants who are still confused about their tenancy responsibilities— especially tenants who are new to the ACT or first-time renters who don’t know what to expect. Most of these responsibilities are common across the board, however, sometimes there are additional tasks due to the type of property or tenancy agreement terms. For example, if the house has a precious hedge that the owner adores, it may be in your rental agreement that you look after it. Or if the house has a pool, you will need to ensure it doesn’t turn green—who would want a green pool anyway?

A tenant who doesn’t meet their responsibilities risks breaching their tenancy agreement; this can result in being issued a notice to remedy or even eviction.

On the other hand, if you look after your rental properly, it will show the owner that you care about their property and will help to create a respectful relationship between you both. It will also reflect well on your rental history, so the next time you apply for a rental property, your property manager will reference that you adhered to your responsibilities as a tenant.

ACT Real Estate Institute Residential Property Manager of the Year, Renee Bink, gives us the low down of the most common responsibilities that you may not be aware of.

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24 Hours in the Life of a Strata Manager

Strata management is just like a stage play—a lot of behind the scenes work to produce an enjoyable and seamless client experience.

While we may see them walking around the property, taking photos and talking to building managers and executive committees (ECs), many people still don’t fully understand exactly what strata managers do.

We asked Teagan Brissett, Strata Manager at Independent Property Group to share 24 hours with us to see what really happens behind the curtain.

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Hidden added value that you didn’t know about


Life is full of unexpected surprises. The moment you bite into an unidentified filled doughnut and taste that sweet strawberry jam. A remake of your all-time favourite show announced—hurry up Seinfeld. Or when you realise you have leftover money on a gift card.

Here at Perspective, all these prospects are very exciting and there’s one other that gets us jumping: when you realise there are hidden gems around you that add value to your home.

Yes, we all know that a fresh coat of paint, updating the bathroom, repairing small damages and even professional styling can boost your property’s worth. However, you may be able to achieve a higher price without lifting a finger.

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