10 cost effective tips for adding value to your investment

At Living Here South Yarra, we understand the importance of effectively maintaining a property to ensure the best possible rental return for owners. There are areas where your money is better spent to prevent overcapitalising on your investment and these include:

Window furnishings
Curtains or blinds are another area which reflect the era of a property and can easily date a home. If replacing the window furnishings think about the long term … Read more »


Should you sell your home or Lease it out?

So, you have found your dream home but you’re not sure whether you should sell your existing house to buy the new home or keep your existing house, lease it out and buy the new home.

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question but there are a number of considerations to keep in mind.

The … Read more »


28 Things that are SO Chapel St

Ah Chapel Street, what a weird little darling you are. But you know what’s even weirder? Those of us who live here. Here are a few little things that are just so Chaps, it hurts.

Gym, shower, redress in activewear
Owning, or plan to own a poodle, oodle, staffy, bulldog or italian greyhound
Totally tapping on when you ride the 78 one block, right?
Will walk 2 km from South … Read more »


The nine experts you should include on your Property Investment team

While property investing is one of Australia’s favourite past times, it doesn’t mean it’s always an easy ride. There are ups and down and certainly rewards to reap, but you do have to put in some ground work and planning to become a successful investor.

While this can seem overwhelming at times – especially for first time investors – the good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. … Read more »


Looking after your pets over the holiday season

Everyone loves the thought of a puppy or kitten as a present.

Impulse buying can impact the long term happiness of you and your prospective pet. It’s important to do the research when looking for a new dog or cat. Make sure you investigate breed compatibility and take into consideration your lifestyle before buying any animal. Why not consider adopting an animal from … Read more »


Christmas Trading Times

To all of our Landlords, Tenants, Trades, Suppliers and Clients, we would like to take this time to thank you for your ongoing business and support in 2017. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Please see below our office trading hours over the Christmas / New Year period.

Sat 23 Dec – Mon 1 Jan – Closed
Tue 2 Jan – Business … Read more »


5 Easy ways you can organise your home this Summer

Look around your home right now – how much ‘stuff’ can you see on the floor, or on benches, that just doesn’t belong there? If you’ve never decluttered your home, there are likely a few things you think could live somewhere else.

So, how should you go about organising your home this summer? Take note of the following interior design trends and tips, and you’ll have an … Read more »


Important things to do before leaving for a holiday

Excitement and emotions are all around before you leave for a trip, so it’s very easy to let some important to-dos slip through the cracks.

Read through our list of things to make sure you’re ready for your next travel adventure!

Pay off your bills before you leave or schedule automatic payments for your bills. You definitely don’t want to be responsible for … Read more »


New depreciation legislation for Australian property investors

In one of the most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in more than 15 years, Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 as at Wednesday 15th November 2017, with the Bill now legislation.

The new legislation means owners of second-hand residential properties (where contracts exchanged after 7:30pm on the 9th of May 2017) will be ineligible to claim depreciation on plant and equipment assets, such as air … Read more »


Things to clear out of your kitchen before Christmas

You have prawns to prepare, turkeys to stuff, cheese platters to construct and don’t forget the trifle!

This is the one time of year to clear the decks and get rid of unwanted stuff from your draws, pantry, fridge, shelves and benchtops. Be ruthless and the reward will be a smooth run through your Christmas preparations and celebrations.
Throw away or donate to charity:

Broken utensils
Can openers – keep one that … Read more »