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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Well aren’t things getting interesting down Sullivans Creek as Gorilla Fairies get down to community gardening?
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 [...]
It seems simple enough. If someone is getting a windfall from the public kindly letting them build apartments on a chunk of land that was not zoned for it when they bought it then they owe the public back a slice of the action.
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth, however, is still raging against this imposition on [...]
Perth Now is taking an interest in new Raiders’ Coach Ricky Stuart’s move into Kevin Rudd’s old Yarralumla house:
RICKY Stuart loves a celebrity mansion. When he started coaching at the Cronulla Sharks he bought Ian Thorpe’s waterfront home on Burraneer Bay in the shire.
Now he has moved to Canberra and is living in former prime [...]
I live in a unit complex with a neighbor above me. I recently bought a new sound system with subwoofer.
I usually watch action movies/thrillers starting at about 6pm until 8pm. I know my neighbor wakes early(around 5am) so thats why I cut the sound around 8pm so they can sleep.
My hearing is fairly sensitive so [...]
Simon Corbell has announced his plans for Pialligo:
Heritage and semi-rural character will be maintained in the Pialligo master plan whilst promoting small scale commercial development, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.
“The ACT Government has been working closely with the Pialligo local community to produce a master plan that guides Pialligo’s [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is out for his first Constitution Avenue Rodeo.
A stretch of road dominated by gravel car parks and bordered by Canberra’s oldest graveyard will, we are repeatedly promised, be transformed into the Paris of the South.
Anyway, here’s Shane’s stab at it:
Work is progressing on the upgrade of Constitution Avenue with design plans now finalised [...]
I have a very wet underfloor to the family castle. Despite a fan bringing in outside air for 6 hours a day, for the last year or two, the humidity is constantly high.
I have already applied a number of quite excessive drainage solutions, but have reached the point where I need a better brain.
Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]
Is anyone able to shed any light on how the rules and regulations of front fences are interpreted and enforced (or not) in Canberra? In our street in Ainslie there are at least half a dozen house with fully enclosed yards, not to mention “property demarcations” that are more than double/triple the height specified by [...]
Belconnen’s suddenly sprouted manhattanesque skyline is getting an even bigger 27 story tower as GEOCON have announced they’ve been successful with planning approval:
GEOCON is very excited to announce that its proposal to build Canberra’s tallest residential building has today been approved by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). The approved development will be located [...]
The dinner party bores have fallen silent as the ABC reports on Canberra’s ever softening real estate market:
the situation in Canberra is different where real estate prices slipped 1.5 per-cent in October.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) says uncertainty over public service jobs is driving the fall.
HIA senior economist Shane Garrett says the easing of [...]
How does an air conditioner that uses less energy than a light bulb sound?
Run by solar panels during the day, the Alexander Watson’s solar powered air conditioner consumes only 30 watts. Compare this with the 550 watt consumption of a traditional system and you find yourself with a 94% saving off your cooling bill.
Quick go steal your neighbors weeds, they have value now!
The weed swap will run from 8:30am-4.45pm on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3th November.
“On Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November 2013, the biannual Weed Swap will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near [...]
[ 16 November 2013 at 11:00 am; ]
Fusion Canberra will host a Local Food Security Mini-Expo on the 16th of November at their premises at the Carleton Street Shops, Kambah, to demonstrate different ways to get fresher, healthier and cheaper food closer to home. From 11 am to 3 pm, a variety of fun and engaging activities will be available for everyone [...]
I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car.
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]
I’m trying to arrange a kitchen and bathroom renovation for a rental property in Queanbeyan at the moment. I’ve called a number of the companies that people have recommended on here but am not having much success in finding someone who can do it at short notice. The place is vacant now and I’d [...]
TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:
The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.
“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the [...]
By Douglas Brown
As we are currently witnessing, transferring the suburban house into a setting susceptible to bushfires causes a lot of problems.
Put simply: if you are going to live in a bushfire area you should expect to live in a home that is designed and built differently. Our challenge is to create a new, better [...]
GEOCON are excited to announce the group’s latest release of 23 exclusive apartments located on Macarthur Ave in the inner north suburb of O’Connor. Chelsea Village is like nothing else you will find in the inner north, set amongst wide tree-lined streets and established houses, you’ll find it hard to imagine yourself anywhere else.
Chelsea Village [...]
Have an awful garden? Live in Belconnen? Maybe some volunteers will fix it up for you (probably not).
This Saturday, volunteers from BCS, Housing ACT, and Beer Wine Spirits will band together to clean up 10 lucky gardens in the Belconnen area as a part of the 10/10 project.
The 10/10 Project began as an opportunity for [...]
The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.
Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher and Simon Corbell have this morning unveiled their draft city plan, which has it’s own website and the draft plan as a snapshot pdf and a full report.
The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth.
The Property Council have announced their Centenary Declaration:
The Declaration calls for catalyst infrastructure projects to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to the community, including an agreement with the Commonwealth on funding for High Speed Rail.
“We are calling for the revitalisation of our city centre under the stewardship of a new, well-resourced and professional Civic [...]
The ABC has a report on Morris Property Group’s grand plans to transform the corner of West Row and Alinga Street in Civic:
The 12 levels of residential apartments would include one, two and three bedroom units, as well as a gymnasium, pool and courtyard.
The shopfronts to Canberra House, the Alinga Bridge to Canberra Club connection, [...]
So we’re living in a rental at the moment and we’ve just got a notice that we’ve failed our inspection and that there’ll be a re-inspection.
This is quite surprising as we’re generally fairly clean. In past inspections, we haven’t made any extra effort at all and things have been fine.
So we suspect that as we [...]
The ABC is trying to convince us that there’s value where angels fear to tread:
Charnwood has been identified as Canberra’s cheapest suburb for housing, followed by Crace and Ngunnawal.
The RP Data guide shows Canberra house prices rose 3.7 per cent in the past year, taking the median house price in Charnwood to $385,852, with [...]
The Property Council is gloomy:
Concern about declining demand for office space and domestic economic conditions are suppressing confidence in the ACT property industry.
The latest Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey shows a shift in sentiment from 94 on the index for the September 2013 quarter to 99 for the December 2013 quarter. A score of [...]
Andrew Barr has put forth word on the grandly titled “Southquay” development for the somewhat more prosaic Lake Tuggeranong:
Work is about to start on Southquay, a new mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong, which will see the construction of up to 1,000 dwellings and more than 3,000 square metres of commercial space. [...]