• PROPERTY

    How to escape renting and buy your first property by ‘rentvesting’

    Although Australians are strongly urged to enter the property market, not everyone can afford to migrate to a more affordable place. If you're currently renting, chances are you chose your location based on necessity or lifestyle factors rather than financial ones. The advantage of renting is that you can enjoy the affordability of a lifestyle that would have been more difficult to obtain if you wished to buy in the same region. Rentvesting comes into play here. Rentvesting has become a common approach, allowing first-time home purchasers to enter the property market or increase their portfolio while still living the lifestyle they desire in the region of their choice. For…

  • PROPERTY

    Coast and Country Growth, What’s Driving the Change?

    Whether COVID is the catalyst for a change in your lifestyle or it’s always been on the cards, the dream of moving to the country or coast is no longer reserved for retirees. With working from anywhere becoming the new normal and our refreshed perspectives around what we truly value, embracing change is exciting. With many of us thrust into working from home over the last 12 months, we have found that working from home is not only possible but gives us back some precious time in our days. With a designated place to concentrate and a reliable internet connection often all that’s needed, we no longer feel shackled to…

  • PROPERTY

    What to Know About Investing in Commercial Property

    Property has been my bang for over 25 years and while originally, I was all about building and investing in Residential properties, I started to dab my toe into commercial about 15 years ago, why? There are a lot more pro’s when it comes to commercial properties like longer term leases, strong returns, tax benefits and the tenants pay for the outgoings relating to that property, ie- rates, water, maintenance and land tax. It really comes down to what you want to achieve when you invest in property whether it’s commercial or residential.  Some investors look for diversity others look for positive cash flow. I am all about the yield…

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    Fun Easter Traditions to Hop on Into!

    Easter – possibly the most important holiday of the Christian calendar – has always been heavily associated with symbolic foods. Some traditions have stuck from lamb to egg-heavy bread, like today’s hot cross buns, and others like chocolate and bunnies have bounced on the scene. We won’t explore the many respected religious traditions here, but let’s look at the meaning behind some of the lighter traditions and how you can incorporate these into the upcoming Easter break for a bit of Easter fun. One a penny two a penny, hot cross buns While the practice of eating small special cakes to celebrate Easter seems to date back to the ancient…

  • Fashion,  PROPERTY,  Travel

    And the Most Stylish City in Australia is…

    Good natured rivalry is rife across our major cities – whether it’s over sporting events, the best dressed, dining spots, the finest coffee in the land or the ultimate cocktail bar – competition is fierce! Another title that’s up for grabs is that of the nation’s most stylish city. Urban dwellers across the country claim to be the most stylish lads and ladies inhabiting the coolest spots in our fair country, but is there a clear winner? Slightly straddling the fence, we think there’s something cool about every city – but there can only be one…. Sydney Exclusive homes weave along the coast from Darling Point to Double Bay, coupled…

  • Travel

    Faraway Domes

    If you're up for a drive, then set your compass to north-western NSW, just 4 1/2 hours from Brisbane to Warialda, Place of Wild Honey, to a farm called Willunga. With a population of only 1300 people, Warialda is a nature lover's playground. But it's what's on 9,000 acres that had me heading to this rural country town. Two generations of the Munsie family have called Willunga home since 1897. Starting as Merino sheep farmers, then later, they introduced beef. But with the worst drought in history hitting the farm hard in 2018 and with the catch cry diversify or die in the bush, the Munsies chose to diversify. If you've…

  • Travel

    HILL HOUSE FARM STAY

    The Barn at Hill House is the result of a labour of love by the owners and an appreciation of 110 year old farming architecture and a celebration of dairy farming in the Eerwah Valley. This restored old dairy combines rustic charm with contemporary style and comfort in a rural setting. With views of the rolling hills and nearby Mount Eerwah and Mount Cooroy, it’s not hard to see why this place was rated Top 10 places to stay by..... A relaxing private getaway not far from Eumundi, The Barn is everything a farm shack should be and more. Saying it’s a unique stay is an understatement with a fire…

  • PROPERTY

    Top Tips to Buy your First Holiday Home

    As a child, I remember have a family holiday shack down in Dover, Tasmania right on the waters edge. Its where great childhood memories are formed. For many though, the idea of a home away from home may seem like a pipe dream, but seeing as our holiday options are more limited due to COVID, maybe it’s time to consider making your dream a reality.  Many people dream of having their own private getaway in a sunny coastal town or a cottage tucked away amongst the tranquillity of the bush. After all, it means spontaneous weekends or mini breaks away without the burden of bookings and thousands of dollars spent…

  • Health & Wellbeing

    NEW YEAR, NEW YOU 2021

    2020 is sure, no actually it will, go down in the history as the year the entire world stopped and shut down . After cancelled holidays, strange new work environments and non-existent social engagements, we welcome this new year as the year to reset.  While last year may have been tough, looking forward to a fresh start this year with pandemic-proof goals to match will help you gain a sense of control as we head into the new year. Here are my top 7 tips for your best 2021… Live in the now If there’s one thing a global pandemic taught us, it’s the importance of living in the now.…

  • Travel

    AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEACHES

    With nearly 12,000 beaches along the Australian coastline and right on our back doors, or close to it,  it’s no surprise that our beautiful Aussie beaches make headlines globally. Normally (pre covid) more than 8.6 million people visit our shores with beach visits on top of their list. While we’re not currently welcoming international visitors, there’s no better time to soak up everything our glorious coastline – minus the crowds – has on offer. Sure, we’re all familiar with the usual (beautiful) suspects like Bondi, Byron Bay, Burleigh and the Gold Coast, but what about those hidden gems that don’t make the headlines? I've done some swimming on the net…