How to get into the (school) zone

It’s that time of the year again. Spring is in the air, and a young parent’s thoughts turn to school catchment zones. With the ‘right schools’ taking on almost mythical status, some parents are turning to nefarious means to get their children enrolled from outside the catchment zone. Whether it’s because certain schools are seen as more prestigious in their own right, or because parents believe they’ll feed into high-performance high schools, many Canberra schools are seeing enrolments surge above capacity.

While as far as we know, nobody has yet resorted to unmarked dollar bills in a plain paper bag, there are plenty of stories of families using false addresses that put them in the right zone. Some school principals across the country have gone as far as to require several years of documentation, hired private investigators or even referred families to the police. Continue reading

The Block passes in…cause for concern?

The only thing bigger than the ratings for the season finale of The Block is the drama, and we at Perspective were hooked watching the late-night painting parties, apparent sabotages and heated body corporate meetings.

Just shy of 2.5 million Australians tuned into Sunday night’s finale to watch the five couples reap the benefits of their hard work. Those looking for high drama and high prices weren’t disappointed.

The auction of Ronnie and Georgia Cacere’s house dropped jaws around the country when it looked like the $2.62 million reserve price would not be achieved. Continue reading

A closer look at Australia’s most haunted city…

Most Australians seem to think the spookiest things in Canberra happen up at Parliament House, but us locals know better. We know that while most of the country fixates on the mysteries of politics, our hometown has plenty of its own secrets. The Haunted and Mysterious Australia guidebook identified Canberra as the country’s most haunted city and this look at the city’s most notorious haunted hot spots proves it. Continue reading

Where The Heart Is

Home is where the heart is, they say. There’s no place like home…all the traditional sayings and adages about home agree that the heartstrings are heavily involved in choosing a place to hang your hat.

Selling a home is considered by many to be one of the most stressful life events, along with divorce and the death of a loved one. Such high stress is associated with not only the sheer organisational challenges that come with moving years of accumulated possessions, but also the sentimental attachment and memories associated with home.

So how does a homeowner deal with the barrage of emotions when the time comes to sell a much-loved home? We spoke to Annie Gregg, whose family farm and acreage property in the rural area of Bywong, just outside Canberra, recently sold to a new owner. Continue reading

Bidding at Auction like a Boss

There are many ways to buy a home, but the Perspective team has noticed that auctions are rapidly gaining popularity for both sellers and buyers. From a seller’s point of view, auctions can be an extremely lucrative method of capitalising on competition between different prospective buyers, whilst for an interested buyer, there’s a transparency at auctions that you just don’t get in a private treaty or sale by expressions of interest.

However, the whole process of bidding at auction can be nerve-wracking and confusing, complete with weird hand signals and a lot of masquerade. So what is an unsuspecting buyer to do?

We spoke to resident Independent Property Group Inner North & City expert, auctioneer Mark Larmer, about the ins and outs of the auction process, including his top tips for prospective bidders and buyers. Continue reading