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Melbourne Office Space to Tighten
Prime office rents soared in Sydney and Melbourne over 2016 with both capital cities enjoying double-digit growth and the trend is set to continue this year, according to new figures. Read the full article here: Prime office rents soared in 2016
Meet Caitlin See
Get to know our talented Owners Corporation Manager, Caitlin See.
South Melbourne Market Fesitvities
With 2017 already well underway, the South Melbourne Market is ready for your business.
Should you turn your home into an investment property?
There are many things to think about when deciding whether to turn your home into an investment property. This article highlights some of the key factors which should be considered.
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Preparation for buying a property
Buying a home is likely to be the biggest investment you will ever make. For first time buyers this process can be especially daunting. It is therefore essential to ensure that the right steps are taken to prepare for the purchase – this will make buying property just that little bit easier. Here are some of our tips on how to be well prepared when buying a property: Understand what you can and cannot afford Before you begin your property search it's important to work out exactly how much you can afford to spend on your new home. Many homebuyers do this by calculating if they can afford to pay the monthly mortgage repayments. However, there are a multitude of additional costs to consider with the home ownership process. These include legal fees, stamp duty as well as ongoing costs incurred as a property owner such as repairs, rates, insurance, body corporate etc. By taking all of these additional costs into account you will end up with a much more accurate picture of what you can truly afford. Do your research and understand the market Before buying into a specific market, a sound understanding of the market as a whole is crucial. In addition to this, being well informed about the key trends and conditions of your local area, can help you to make a more informed purchase decision and potentially eliminate buyer’s remorse down the track. The internet is a fantastic resource if you know where to look! Here are a few resources we recommend: Property portals: All of the leading Australian property portals provide current listings as well as sold directories so you can view the latest sales results in your local area. These can be used to develop a clear picture of market conditions and help shape expectations. In addition to this, they are a great source of advice in the form of blogs and articles. Examples of property portals include realestateVIEW.com.au and Domain.com.au Data sites: If you want to take it one step further and really engage with the data then property data sites will be an invaluable resource. Sites like propertyDATA.com.au, Residex and others provide access to market trends, as well as historical sales results, median prices and a range of other information (some of which is free and other resources which incur small fees). Agent & buyer advocate websites: These can also be a great source of information, with many individuals and companies blogging about recent local market activity. Understand the in’s and out’s of buying Once you’ve found a home that fits your needs and your budget, the next step is buying the property – this process will differ depending on the method of sale. It is important to familiarise yourself with the various buying methods to understand your rights/obligations when purchasing via this method. Understanding this upfront may help you to avoid making a costly mistake down the track.
Meet Amy Stewart
Find out a little more about our Commercial Property Manager, Amy Stewart.
Commercial Tenant Focus
Ox the Baker There is something undeniably romantic about the smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of a traditional bakery. We love the idea of being able to grab a warm loaf of sourdough on our way home from work and, luckily for us, this will soon become a reality. One of our newest tenants to join Emerald Hill Terrace in South Melbourne is Ox the Baker, promising traditional-style sourdough with none of the nasties (no additives, preservatives, fillers or ascorbic acid and no imported flour). We just couldn’t wait to find out more about this exciting new prospect so we met up with the man himself, Ox, and had a tour of the bakery. Ox has strong family ties to both baking and South Melbourne. With a great uncle who was a skilled baker and a grandfather who divided his time between his two passions: fishing and baking, Ox grew up eating delicious wood-fired bread. His great great grandfather lived in Port Melbourne and the history of the area has always fascinated him. After years of baking in South Melbourne and refining his skills, opening his own bakery on Clarendon street seems a natural progression for Ox. Being located in the heritage listed Emerald Hill Terrace has resulted in strict restrictions around the design of the bakery. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ox has embraced the old elements and textures of the building, choosing to expose and preserve the 130-year-old raw brick walls which encase the bakery. A coffee bar facing out onto the street will be the perfect spot to grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat. Besides Ox’s delicious bread, we can expect traditional pies, sausage rolls and other tasty baked goods for on the go as well as a personalised Italian coffee blend from an old Roman friend, run through a traditional lever system espresso machine. Ox has just begun his first round of test baking in the new space and we can expect the smells of freshly baked sourdough to waft down Clarendon street any day now! In the meantime, keep up to date with Ox’s progress at @oxthebaker on Instagram.