Archive for February, 2010

Stamp Duty

The push is on again to abolish or at least reduce stamp duty rates. The Real Estate Institute of Victoria said the government should abolish stamp duty for first home buyers, or double the first home buyers grant from $7,000 to $14,000, and called for an overall review of stamp duty rates.

The Victorian government has estimated annual stamp duty revenue of $3.4 billion next financial year. The REIV said ‘Over … Continue Reading »

Our Backyard

Inevitably, with very strong sales over the Spring and early Summer period, stock levels (which are always tight in our area) fall, and again agents focus will turn to listings.

There are currently a number of listings in the pipeline, and some that have sold prior to even going on the market. Registering on our alerts will let you know when properties are loaded onto the web, … Continue Reading »


With the peak Summer period now well and truly behind us, it is likely that there will be a number of properties coming onto the market in coming months. Some will be marketed, some will not.

While many purchasers can access email alerts via our website and other websites, it is important to talk to your agent and specify exactly what it is you are searching for. A significant number of … Continue Reading »

Better access for Weekenders

Below is an extract from leading demographer Bernard Salt, as written in the Herald-Sun on Saturday, January 30 when asked ‘What will be the next big sea change location?’

“The biggest change over the last year with regards to access to sea change locations has been the ring road around Geelong. In one fell swoop 23 sets of traffic lights between Corio and Grovedale/Waurn Ponds have been eliminated. It is now … Continue Reading »