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No better time to buy in Darwin

July 5, 2018


A slowdown in house prices around the country has improved the prospects for some first home buyers but the improvements are slight and in one major market it’s taking even longer to scrape together a deposit. First home buyers in Sydney need to save for an average of almost seven years, twice as long as […]

The time to invest is now

April 30, 2018


FOR years, people from all over the nation have been buying investment properties in Darwin. It has always been well-known among investors that the Territory’s capital is home to fantastic rental yields and just this week, new CoreLogic data revealed that Darwin’s rental yields are the highest of any Australian capital city at 5.8 per […]

5 ultimate value-adds when renovating your home

April 24, 2018


Are you looking to unleash the potential of your home? Knowing which renovations to invest in for the best return can be one way to work your way up the property ladder. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to make a good profit or a first-time investor, choosing the right renovations to add value and impact […]


March 20, 2018


Disaster assistance for people affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcus in the Northern Territory has now been activated.  Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Territory Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said this has been a powerful category 2 cyclone that has had a […]

The biggest interior design trends of 2018

January 31, 2018


The year that was was defined by millennial pinks, terrazzo tiling and resort-style living. But the design-savvy are predicting a shift in the way we’re set to decorate our homes in 2018. Those who followed our interior advice in 2017 will be happy to hear that marble, jewel tones and understated luxury are here to stay, but […]

The year that was

January 31, 2018


Buying property in Darwin hasn’t been this affordable in a very long time. Only 4 years ago Darwin briefly overtook Melbourne and sat 2nd only to Sydney for the highest median property price in the country. The top ends capital is now on the verge of becoming 2nd only to Hobart for the lowest median […]

Auctions the way to go for Darwin property sales

January 3, 2018


AUCTIONS are becoming an increasingly popular way to sell property in the Top End, Darwin real estate professionals say. One local business proving private treaties aren’t the way Darwin properties are selling is Real Estate Central. The Darwin-based team are hosting a “Christmas Clearance In-Room Auction” on Saturday where a total of 22 properties will […]

Investors bussed in to Darwin

October 30, 2017


Australia’s largest wealth creation organisation ‘Property Club’ has labelled the Territory’s capital as a “future property hot spot” and its members are already taking advantage of the city’s affordable homes, units and apartments on offer. Earlier this year, the club hosted a bus tour of properties for sale in Darwin which attracted about 50 members […]

5 tips to beautify your backyard

September 4, 2017

Renovation Renovation & Styling

Your outdoor space can play many roles. It may be an extension of your home and its living space, or it may be a relaxing oasis designed for peace and quiet. Perhaps you picture your backyard as a space for your children to play, or large enough that you can entertain all your family and […]

Darwin Residential Property Overview

August 10, 2017

Darwin Investment

Buying property in Darwin hasn’t been this affordable in a very long time. Only a few years ago Darwin briefly overtook Melbourne and sat 2nd only to Sydney for the highest median property price in the country. The top ends capital is now on the verge of becoming 2nd only to Hobart for the lowest […]

A great time to invest in Darwin

July 24, 2017


Buying at the bottom of the market, when prices, competition and confidence is low, could be a lucrative strategy. You’d be able to cherry-pick the best property at a rock-bottom price and then ride the upward swing in prices. Todd Hunter, buyer’s agent and founder of wHeregroup, says it’s the only way to invest. “When […]

Australian Government Restricts Investment Lending 

July 6, 2017


If you have listened to any news lately, you would be well aware that there have been many changes in the Investment Lending world. One major change is Lenders have been restricted to how much they can grow their investment portfolio year on year, and they face large penalties from the regulator if they do […]

Tax depreciation: What investors need to know

July 6, 2017


When selling property, something that can differentiate a good agent from a great agent is their general understanding of the financial aspects that add value to an investment, writes Bradley Beer of BMT Tax Depreciation. One of these aspects is depreciation which can make a significant difference to the cash flow position an investor attains […]

Census data shows Darwin fastest growing capital city in Australia

June 28, 2017


Darwin is the fastest growing capital city in Australia, according to the Census. During the past five years Darwin’s population grew 13.5 per cent to 136,828, Litchfield 26.4 per cent to 23,528, and family-friendly Palmerston 22 per cent to 33,695. Australian Bureau of Statistics indigenous statistics and social information director Tony Grubb said the high […]

Luxury touches to upgrade your bathroom

June 27, 2017


Are you in the midst of planning a bathroom renovation and left wondering how you can include a little extra luxury? We have put together a few of our designer’s favourite luxury touches to add to your bathroom renovation plans. Shower heads Gone are the days of selecting the one traditional overhead rain shower. Our […]

5 tips for owners to save on home loans

June 27, 2017


With the new financial year approaching soon, it’s important that owners pay off home loans sooner rather than later. MoneyQuest, a national mortgage broking franchise, gives five tips on how owners can pay off home loans and save some money as well. 1. Combine pay day and repayments According to MoneyQuest, the average home loan […]

Exiting times ahead for Palmerston

June 15, 2017


THE retail segment in Darwin in 2017 will experience its greatest shake-up for many years when not one, but two new regional shopping centres open their doors for business. Gateway is located on the highway on the fringe of the Palmerston CBD, 18km southeast of Darwin. This is a joint venture project between the Coombes […]

You CAN save for a house while you rent

June 4, 2017

First Home Buyer

If you’re like many Australians who currently rent but would one day like to own their own home, you’re not alone. Having to pay rent, utility bills and other expenses, whilst trying to save for a house deposit may seem unattainable, but with some discipline and commitment it can be done. Work out a budget […]

5 tips for landlords to survive tax time

May 31, 2017


With tax time fast approaching, property investors may not be prepared. One landlord insurance specialist gives some tips on how to play nice with the tax man. Carolyn Parrella, executive manager of Terri Scheer Insurance and property investor, says landlords often come under scrutiny from the ATO when lodging tax returns and it is vital they […]

10 tips on buying in an under performing property market

May 10, 2017


Now is a great time to buy a property in areas of Australia where the property market is underperforming such as Perth and Darwin. Buying property is as much about timing as it is about location, location, location. If you bought a property in Sydney when this market was underperforming during the period 2004 to […]