Tag Archives: real estate

‘Rent by negotiation’

By 28 June, 2010

I’m looking for a rental property through allhomes, and I keep coming across this – ‘rent by negotiation’.  Can anyone tell me how this works? 
I know it might sound like its obvious – but I’m wondering if there is more to it?  Is it essentially a rental auction?  Am I missing something?

Half a million Canberrans or bust

By 28 June, 2010

The Canberra Times has the intriguing news that our leader Jon Stanhope wants a population of half a million:
Mr Stanhope said he believed continued population growth was essential to keep the territory’s economy growing and to provide the enhanced level of services that Canberrans were coming to expect. ”I’m not dreaming of a big [...]

The Government gets an architect

By 24 June, 2010

The Chiefly Stanhope has announced that the ACT Government has acquired for itself an architect, one Alastair Swayn:
“In a city with a global reputation for its strength and quality of design, there has been a growing conversation about the need for a dedicated ACT Government Architect,” Mr Stanhope said. “Someone with vision and expertise, [...]

Affordable housing – get thee to the trailer park

By 23 June, 2010

Katy Gallagher has the happy news that from 1 July there will be no stamp duty on caravans:
Stamp duty will be abolished on applications to register caravans and camper trailers in the ACT from 1 July, after the Legislative Assembly today passed the Duties Amendment Bill 2010, ACT Treasurer, Katy Gallagher announced.
“The changes will [...]

London Circuit Car Parks fail to sell

By 22 June, 2010

The Canberra Times has a typically complex planning story on the failed auction of the Baileys Corner car park and the matching one across Northbourne Avenue.
A glut of commercial development space in Canberra and fears of a legal challenge over a planning amendment on City Hill are being blamed for two premium development blocks [...]

final inspection

By 16 June, 2010

We had the final inspection yesterday,the Real Estate was very happy.
Later they rang to let us know,that the owner likes to do an inspection on his own on friday.
So they withheld our Bond Money until the Owner gives his OK.
Can they do it???
I am so upset. We done everything right,and now we have to wait [...]

Save McGregor Hall?

By 16 June, 2010

[First filed: Jun 15, 2010 @ 10:07]

The Canberra Musician’s Club is launching a campaign via Facebook to save McGregor hall.
The hall, notionally home to the Canberra Pensioner’s Club has been an on and off redoubt of local entertainment endeavour (and also rightly famous for the devastatingly handsome bar staff) for many long years but the [...]

ANU to squeeze in another 1023 accommodation units

By 15 June, 2010

The ANU has the welcome news that they’re throwing up another 1023 new accommodation units over the next two years.
The ACT Government is making land available and the Commonwealth’s National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is putting in some of the money.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said: “When the Commonwealth and ACT contributions are [...]

Units, units, units…

By 11 June, 2010

If it’s an apartment/unit (what is the difference?) you want, your options will be a lot broader soon it seems.
The DA notices in today’s paper alone, with no doubt more to come tomorrow, have:
Braddon – 59 units
Braddon – 50
Dickson – 18
Narrabundah – 70
Yarralumla – 11
Yarralumla – 34
Duffy – 14
Kambah – 9
Everyone getting in before the [...]

Big houses on small blocks

By 9 June, 2010

One thing that always strikes me as strange when I’m driving through the new suburbs of Gungahlin is how the majority of the houses are single storied.  My understanding is that most blocks being released up north are between 400-600 metres square (with some as small as 230 metres square).  
If you build a large [...]

The donut city looms as NSW slashes stamp duty

By 9 June, 2010

The Canberra Times has a piece on the fallout of yesterday’s NSW Budget (note how NSW cleverly wait until after they’ve seen the Federales).
The big thing for us is that in NSW houses under $600,000 will be exempt from stamp duty. This in turn will allow developments in the surrounding Canberra region to be priced [...]

Lake access fears?

By 8 June, 2010

In the Canberra Times John Thistleton is raising fears that a tiny part of the newly created harbour at Kingston will not be accessible to the public.
The work will remove a 3m-wide access path around the harbour edge on Kingston Island, which contractors developed from reclaimed land in a $31 million project.
”The proposed harbour [...]

When Cosmetic surgery goes wrong….. The new look Canberra Times

By 7 June, 2010

They started the teasers weeks ago and it got me hooked……“ The new look Canberra time launching Saturday June 5th” I had really predicted a  massive change I would go  one step further a monumental change, I wanted to walk into my local newsagents and be put in a position of searching high and low [...]

Who’re you callin’ a shonk? Building Industry meets Government

By 4 June, 2010

Andrew Barr is sending his people to talk to Canberra’s recently maligned builders about how to improve standards.
“Possible solutions contained in the Minister’s ten-point plan will be discussed as will any
solutions that industry might propose. After the meeting ACTPLA will develop a strategy under ACTPLAn to give to the Minister next week that covers possible [...]

Terrace housing for Kingston?

By 4 June, 2010

[First filed: Jun 3, 2010 @ 9:13]

[ACTPLA Promo video for the consultation]
The ABC has a moderately confusing piece on plans for the East Lake development in Kingston:
Neil Savery from the ACT Planning and Land Authority says the plan includes a minimum of 42 per cent being individually owned, low-rise housing on single lots.
“[It will] [...]

Veterans Park and AFP DA

By 2 June, 2010

The hundreds of people who claim a patch of grass and sunshine in Veterans Park every lunch time may have to find somewhere else – at least for a while.
When the potential redevelopment of the soon to be vacated AFP building between Northbourne Avenue and Mort Street was mooted in Canberra Times a few months [...]

A strongly worded letter to clean up the building industry

By 27 May, 2010

The ABC brings word that Andrew Barr has cleaned up the dodgy builders of Canberra with a letter to the building industry associations telling them off for not making progress in reducing their profit margins.
Now Mr Barr has written to the major building industry bodies saying they have not made enough progress coming up with [...]

Molonglo goes on sale 19 June

By 27 May, 2010

Mr Stanhope informs us that the first blocks new suburb of Wright in the Molonglo Valley is going on sale on 19 June in a 100 block auction.
At this stage Wright is really going to be a northern extension of Weston Creek before the whole 13 suburb conurbation takes shape.
And guess what! It’s close to [...]

Another rental question… “failed” final inspection

By 22 May, 2010

First off, I know there are posts about this but mostly seem to be about inspections while you are still within the lease.
My housemate and I recently departed a rental property at the end of the lease as the owner was moving into the property.  The end of the lease was 19 May, which was [...]

Shock Report: Canberra’s Apartments are Dodgy

By 21 May, 2010

Scary report here on the ABC quoting both ACTPLA and the Owners Corporation Network … but maybe it’s only scary for me, considering I’m in the market for my very first apartment!
The OCN reckons that there are widespread safety and quality problems with Canberra’s newer apartments, but I’ve heard horror stories associated with developments from [...]

Installing laminate flooring – more than just a jigsaw?

By 17 May, 2010

The house we’ve bought has laminate flooring that is extremely Fugly and we were hoping to have it ripped up and nicer-looking laminate laid down.  It’s pretty much going to be the whole house except the kitchen and bathrooms.
We have a dog so we were hoping for the AC3 or more rating of laminate.  We [...]

Grace at Forde opens

By 12 May, 2010

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the opening of the Grace at Forde Apartments:
“The opening of the Grace at Forde Apartments in Forde provides affordable rental accommodation at 75% market rent, which translates to a saving of $92 per week for a two-bedroom unit and $78 per week for a one-bedroom unit,” Mr Stanhope said.

Grace at [...]

Bob Winnell throws in $1.5 million for Stanhopian dream

By 11 May, 2010

His Chiefliness, Jon Stanhope, is thrilled to announce that Bob Winnell, on behalf of The Village Building Company, is chipping in $1.5 million for the Jon Stanhope Memorial Gardens (aka the arboretum).
We’re sure such an act of generosity would never sway decisions around planning approvals.
Also of interest is that $1 million of the money is [...]

Bond loans easier to get

By 10 May, 2010

Joy Burch has announced that the ACT Government’s Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program is now going to be available to more people for an interest free hand paying a bond.
ACT Minister for Disability Housing and Community Services Joy Burch said the changes would enable more people to enter the private rental market by increasing [...]

Augmented reality comes to Canberra realty

By 10 May, 2010

The Canberra Times has a story on St George’s new “housefinder” app for the iphone which is now operational in the ACT.
Launched by St George Bank and mobile platform specialist Insqribe, ”Housefinder” allows users to simply point their iPhone’s camera at a property that interests them to find out free real estate information.
St George [...]

Failed rental inspection

By 10 May, 2010

I’ve recently moved to Canberra and have been subjected to my first rental inspection which I “failed” for having not vacuumed my floor, having a dusty vanity in the bathroom and having a stove top that wasn’t spotless!  I stupidly forgot about the inspection and so they let themselves in while I was at work, [...]

More high-rise for Campbell on Constitution ave

By 7 May, 2010

Campbellites, get ready for more high-rise on your doorstep. I stumbled across the following documents that apparently show approved buildings due for 2011 completion on the Campbell side of Consitution ave (ie backing on to residential streets).
The existing RSL and small offices look set to be replaced with these 6-9 story glass monoliths. With the [...]

Who is the shy businessman?

By 2 May, 2010

The Canberra TImes has a story on the highest priced land sale in Canberra.
27 Mugga Way in Red Hill has gone for $7.3 million, smashing the previous record of $4.5 million.
But who will be moving into the palatial grounds?

The ACT Crime League Table – March 2010 data

By 29 April, 2010

So how does your suburb stack up for crime?
With Crime Statistics now online I’ve taken the very crude measure of ranking police patrol sectors by the total crimes committed per 1000 people in March. Interestingly nicer areas seem to have more crime. Do they have more to steal? Or are they more likely to report?
155.3 [...]

What’s Duffy like?

By 29 April, 2010

My family is moving over from Perth and you guys have helped me out with advice on schools – thank you! We’re keen on Duffy  – it seems cool and is in our price range.
I’d love to know your opinions on Duffy as a suburb, Weston Creek in general and what you know about [...]

Land in Molonglo now up for grabs

By 23 April, 2010

I can’t say I’ve ever seen the appeal of living in new houses.
But for the very many of you that do yearn for ensuites, walk in wardrobes, and home cinemas, Jon Stanhope has announced that blocks in the new satellite of Molonglo are available for registering interest in.
“The registration of interest (ROI) process commences [...]

Canberra’s continuing planning fiascos

By 19 April, 2010

The recent case of the Quayside apartments (ACAT overturned ACTPLA’s approval of a clearly non-compliant DA) shows that the ACT planning system is still totally dysfunctional.  It’s worth spending a few minutes to consider why we continue to have case after case overturned when they get to the appeal stage.
Firstly, both main parties are driven [...]


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