You thought Codral helped clear congestion? Wait till you see this plan for Melbourne!

By | April 29th, 2016|infrastructure|

Frustrated Melbourne commuters will welcome the news that the Victorian Government has committed to spend the full $10.9 billion needed for the city's new Metro Tunnel. After announcing the Budget, Treasurer Tim Pallas said he was “deadly serious” about the project, which will include the construction of two 9km tunnels. He'll no doubt have thousands [...]

Harriet Tubman makes US history again, this time on US currency

By | April 27th, 2016|Banks & Finance|

Anti-slavery campaigner Harriet Tubman is set to become the first woman to appear on the front of a bill of US currency, having been given pride of place on the new $20 note. She replaces former president Andrew Jackson, who was himself a slave owner. And they say that Americans don't understand irony. Jackson will [...]

Giving away a $20 million property! What was he thinking?

By | April 22nd, 2016|Market Information|

Well actually, he was being very charitable. Philanthropist James Fairfax, formerly of newspaper fame, has donated his huge home, worth around $20 million, to the National Trust of Australia. This makes it the largest donation to them on record. And not only that; he's also handed over another few million to help with the upkeep [...]

Driverless cars could change your life more than you realise

By | April 20th, 2016|lifestyle|

It wasn't long ago that driverless cars only appeared in sci-fi plots. You'd have been laughed at if you'd tried to tell your mates that autonomous road cars would be a reality in our lifetime. Now, the technology is edging closer and closer to allowing us to drive around without having to actually do any [...]

7 creative ways to declutter without feeling overwhelmed

By | April 18th, 2016|lifestyle|

Let's be honest. We've probably all, at some point in our lives, looked around and thought "Do I really need all this stuff?" Having less to clean, less to organize, more space, and more money seems like a no-brainer. But for so many of us it is no more than that – a thought – [...]

What is inflation and how does it affect my back pocket?

By | April 7th, 2016|Banks & Finance, Market Information|

Have you considered how the price of chicken, petrol and postage stamps can influence your mortgage interest rate? They are in fact more closely connected than many people realise. That’s because these commodities — along with alcohol, clothes, education and more — help inform Australia’s Consumer Price Index, which is the biggest single contributing factor [...]

Property investing just got harder. Banks are making borrowers jump through the hoops.

By | April 1st, 2016|Banks & Finance|

Sure rates are low, but some banks are really starting to put the heat on our first home buyers and investors. If you are looking at property investing. Here's what you need to know. When you apply for a loan, the bank or financial institution will look at if you can make repayments at not [...]

Sydney’s copying Coles: Property prices are down. Down, down. Prices are down.

By | April 1st, 2016|Market Information|

The brakes are finally starting to come down on the Australian property market, with a tiny amount of growth recorded over the last few months. Nationally, growth has come in at just 0.2% for that period, with the Sydney market taking a leaf out of the Coles playbook: “Prices are down”. And it’s the first [...]