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Recommendations for a good Brickie?

By 8 January 2014

I am after a recommendation for a good Brickie that does breeze block/brick retaining walls at a reasonable cost with good workmanship. 
I’d go stone (using a Stonemason) but that is considerably more expensive apparently. 
Also the wall is to be build at the side of the house so aesthetics are not an issue for [...]

Supply shrinking slightly in the rental market

By 6 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Our quick and dirty survey of the rental listings on AllHomes is showing some life returning after the Christmas break.
The total supply in the market is down slightly from recent weeks but still higher than in late November.

Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.
My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.
Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.
My initial reaction was, [...]

Swimming Pool Water Consumption in Canberra?

By 31 December 2013

Does anyone have first hand experience of how much extra water they used each year by installing an inground swimming pool?
And, how effective are pool blankets really?
Would installing a rain water tank be sufficient for topping-up the pool?
Perhaps someone has done a comparison before and after installing their pool.
After the first fill-up I suspect a [...]

Life with the robot. How I came to love the Roomba

By 30 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

In a desperate and forlorn effort to reduce the amount of screaming in my domestic situation I splashed out on an iRobot Roomba 630 which Costco at Majura Park is flogging for $500.
While the shouting has only intensified the floors, with very very little effort, are now spotless despite living with shedding dogs.
So I thought [...]

Few new rental listings over the Christmas break

By 30 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Our quick and dirty tracking of rental listings on allhomes doesn’t have too many surprises this week.
As one would expect there were very few new properties listed over Christmas week (although one landlord found the time to trouble the scorers on Christmas day), while around 200 properties came off the market.
On the other hand the [...]

Malcolm Snow to head the National Capital Authority

By 30 December 2013

It seems to have missed everyone that on the 19th of December Jamie Briggs announced the appointment of Malcolm Snow to be Chief Executive of the NCA:
I am pleased to announce that Mr Malcolm Snow has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA)—Canberra’s key agency for planning and development [...]

Rental listings tighten very slightly

By 24 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Our quick and dirty survey of rental listings on allhomes has seen a very slight reduction in available rental stock.
As one would expect there’s an easing of listings and more being taken than are being added, but not by a great deal.

Ascot townhouses in Harrison

By 24 December 2013

I’m thinking of buying a 2 br townhouse at the Ascot development in Harrison on the Flemington rd side to live in with my wife and small child.
I am wondering if anyone has any advice? In particular, how are they during winter?
The weatherboard part at the back seem to lack insulation and you can [...]

Sod turned for Common Ground

By 20 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has joined with Mayor Rattenbury to kick off construction for a Common Ground homelessness facility:
Construction has commenced on what will be one of Canberra’s most significant projects to address homelessness, providing affordable and stable accommodation and support services to the most vulnerable in the community.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Minister for [...]

Floriade numbers for 2013

By 20 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Andrew Barr is palpably thrilled with a booming Floriade and expanding nightfest:
Floriade has again achieved outstanding results in 2013, recording the second highest overall attendance, the biggest NightFest and the greatest economic return to the ACT in the event’s history.
A total of 448,987 visitors attended the capital’s 30-day spring festival, making it the second [...]

Real Estate Industry admits 2013 was awful, promises 2014 will be better

By 18 December 2013

The Financial Review is doing some serious cheerleading for Canberra property prices.
After a year of cherry picking numbers to say things are OK there is finally in hindsight a recognition that the last year was not good.
But never fear! Cherry picking the numbers again we can promise happy times are here again in 2014!

Simon wants a conversation about the construction industry

By 18 December 2013

Simon Corbell is kicking off a consultation on Canberra’s construction industry:
The ACT Government is calling on interested parties to contribute to a discussion paper on the regulation of construction design and inspection practitioners as part of the government’s commitment to improving building quality in the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, [...]

Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Screencraft media have sent in their spectacular look at all the Richards family have done with their Guinness World Record Christmas light display on Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, raising money for SIDS and Kids ACT.
Well worth a look.

Five beautiful Canberra residences?

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Property Observer is taking us through “five of the most gorgeous properties currently listed”.
I don’t think any of them will be troubled by Kevin McCloud.
I mean seriously. O’Malley twice?
They are taking votes but at the moment appear to only have two votes, one of which is mine, and I didn’t like any of them.

Rental supply still rising

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Our quick and dirty tracking of the allhomes rental listings is showing the torrent of new properties into the market has started to ease.
But the total number of properties available has gone up again (slightly) indicating they’re still not getting filled the way they used to.

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

Simon’s planning a park for Chisholm

By 13 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]

Simon’s vision for Tuggeranong

By 11 December 2013

Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 318 to make Tuggeranong the Paris of Southern Canberra:
Draft variation 318 to the Territory Plan proposes amending the Greenway precinct map and code to raise maximum building heights in the town centre.
“While allowing greater building heights the variation will protect and accentuate key views of the distant hills [...]

Advice on living peacefully with heavy smoking neighbours?

By 10 December 2013

I’m a non-smoker living in a low-level apartment complex. I’m on the ground floor and have a fellow non-smoking flatmate. Occasionally we have friends around who smoke outside, which makes it hard to complain about other smokers in the complex.
However, new people moved in upstairs about three months ago – two couples, with a toddler [...]

Rental listings still pouring into the market but starting to move

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Some interesting results from this week’s quick and dirty scan of allhomes rental listings.
The daily listings continued very strong. But the relatively slight increase in overall listings indicates a lot of homes were either filled, or taken off the market.

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Duplexes to need DAs

By 5 December 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing duplex houses under the Development Application umbrella:
“The unique character of duplexes means their demolition and alteration can have significant impact on the adjoining duplex.
“Anyone wanting to demolish and rebuild a duplex or make major alterations will have to lodge a development application, which gives neighbours the opportunity to [...]

Lawson auction goes swimmingly

By 3 December 2013

Andrew Barr is celebrating the great success of his Lawson auction:
The popularity of Belconnen’s newest address was demonstrated with buyers for all of the 73 residential blocks auctioned in the suburb of Lawson.
Lawson is certainly a unique offering as it is a greenfield development while at the same time also being an infill site [...]

One-off house cleaning advice in Canberra?

By 3 December 2013

We’ve sold our home and will be moving out shortly. To save time and energy, we’re considering hiring a cleaning company to come in a do a clean of our home before settlement. However, having never hired a cleaner before, I have no idea about the costs involved.
Can any Rioters (a) recommend a cleaning company/person [...]

It’s raining rental listings!

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

My quick and dirty mapping of daily AllHomes rental listings has shown another week of properties flooding onto the market (see graph above).
But surely some of those are being taken up?
Well last week when we checked there were 2350 rental listings for the ACT on AllHomes.
This week there are 2959.
At long, long last, it is [...]

Selling a house privately in Canberra. My 2013 experience

By 3 December 2013

As promised a few months ago, here is my experience of selling a house in the ACT. If you don’t want a long read then here are the highlights for you:

It’s pretty easy to sell a house privately, you don’t need a real estate agent.
Banks can be annoying to deal with.
Lawyers are not the fastest at responding [...]

Rent Reduction. How to ask in Canberra?

By 25 November 2013

Afternoon all,
I have a question that I would like some Riot-Act input to …
I am currently renting a property in Canberra for lets say $570/ week. As many of you have commented, rents seem to be dropping and there isn’t a huge market at the moment. Due to this, a property that is directly behind [...]

Canberra rental listings graphed over time. 25 November 2013

By 25 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We realise it’s not a perfect metric. But suspect it might be an interesting one to track over time.
Allhomes have a page which tells one the number of rental listings they’ve had for a given date.
And I’ve started plugging each day into a spreadsheet which in turn yields the above graph. We’ll update weekly.
It’s worth [...]

Gorilla Fairies are not the Sly Fox

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Well aren’t things getting interesting down Sullivans Creek as Gorilla Fairies get down to community gardening?

So where is Tone’s ghost house?

By 18 November 2013

SBS has an intriguing story of the $3,000 a week house DPMC are renting for the Prime Minister while he goes all monastic in the AFP College:
Senior DPMC official Elizabeth Kelly said the department signed a 12-month lease on August 31, a week before the September 7 federal election.
It signed even though neither Mr [...]

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