When Neighbours Come Together

Edward has lived in the Belconnen area for over fifty years, he raised his family in a simple three-bedroom, red brick home with a giant backyard that would make any young family jealous.

He’s always known there will be a time to sell but it’s not something he ever gave much thought to. Until one day, when his next-door neighbour knocked on his door with an idea Edward had never considered – “let’s join up and sell our homes together”.

This is not a new concept to real estate. Long a trend in Sydney, builders are looking for other options to meet the needs of growing cities. Back in 2016, 62 owners in Sydney’s French’s Forest teamed up, sold off a combined 4.3 hectares and were paid just under $200 million.

But how relevant is this to Canberra and people like Edward? Curious to know more, we spoke to Wayne Harriden, Executive Director of Project Marketing at Independent Property Group. Continue reading

Hypertravel and Underwater Cities: Will This Be Life in 2068?

The year is 2068. It’s the end of your working day in Canberra. You step into your commuter pod, fly along a pneumatic tube, and ten minutes later, you’re standing outside your home in Fiji. Inside, a personal robot brings you a cold drink—he doesn’t have to ask, he can sense that you’re hot and tired—and you settle down on the couch to plan your upcoming holiday under the ocean.

It might sound like the fever dream of someone who’s watched too much The Jetsons, but scientists are working on all these technologies now.  We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite future predictions to create a picture of what life might be like in fifty years’ time. Continue reading

A Year in Review with John Minns and Hannah Gill, 2017

2017 was a big year for Canberra. Light rail construction was in full swing, our first tram arrived and who could ever forget Lonely Planet naming our great city the third best in the world.

It was a big year for Canberra property, too. With the median house price surpassing $700,000 for the first time and approximately 37 suburb records broken (source: Allhomes), 2017 saw Canberra sitting near the top of the highest growing capital cities in Australia.

But what does this all mean? And where is the market heading in 2018? We sat down with John Minns, Chief Operations Officer of Independent Property Group and Hannah Gill, Managing Director of Independent Property Management, to find out. Continue reading

How Long-Term Leases Can Solve Rental Woes

Catherine still has possessions in storage from the last time she moved. It didnt seem worth finding spaces for them all when she knew shed have to box them all up again in a few months, so now shes paying for a storage unit as well as her rent. Shes already moved four times in the past five years, and her lease is up in six weeks. Shed love to buy some plants for her balcony, or choose her own paint scheme, but it doesnt seem worth it when shell just have to move again shortly.

At Perspective, we hear several tales like Catherine’s. These are tenants who want nothing more than to settle down in one spot, find their favourite local cafe and introduce their children to the nearby schools. But instead, they’re asked to move by landlords who want to sell up, move in or renovate. Some landlords also only offer six-month leases, and because there’s so much competition for the longer leases, tenants like Catherine might find themselves with no choice but to accept six months. Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to…Sell Your Home?

Selling your home during the holiday season may initially seem like a terrible idea. After all, who is going to buy a home for a Christmas present? They don’t slide easily into the back of a hatchback, they’re hard to wrap and tend not to fit under the tree.

But we at Perspective happen to believe that the only terrible idea with regard to your property is not exploring all your options, so we’ve decided to help you weigh up the pros and cons of selling your property during ‘the season to be jolly’.

So what are the positives of selling during this busy, yet fun and festive season? You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there are a whole lot!

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