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The ‘Plug-in House’ costs $13,000 and takes one tool to build. A number of skylights help illuminate the home.

The ‘Plug-in House’ costs $13,000 and takes one tool to build

Sydney homeowners face properties being reduced in value because of climate change, Climate Risk group says. Sydney's coastal homeowners face their property values being reduced, as the future risk of increasingly extreme weather events grows, a climate risk consultant says.

Sydney homeowners face properties being reduced in value because of climate change, Climate Risk group says

Real estate agents from around the world jockey for attention of Chinese buyers – Domain. If they were anywhere else in Beijing, the five young women in cowboy hats and matching red, white, and blue costumes would look wildly out of place.

Real estate agents from around the world jockey for attention of Chinese buyers – Domain

But here at the city’s biggest international property fair — a frenetic gathering of brokers, developers and other real estate professionals all jockeying for the attention of Chinese buyers – the quintet of wannabe Texans fits right in. As they promote Houston townhouses (“Yours for as little as $350,000!”) , a Portugal contingent touts its Golden Visa program and the Australian delegation lures passersby with stuffed kangaroos. Welcome to ground zero for the world’s largest cross-border residential property boom. Motivated by a weakening yuan, surging domestic housing costs and the desire to secure offshore footholds, Chinese citizens are snapping up overseas homes at an accelerating pace.

Busted: Six myths about Chinese property buyers. Chinese buyers have taken centre stage on Australia’s property scene following an exponential surge in real estate investment from offshore markets.

Busted: Six myths about Chinese property buyers

China is by far the biggest foreign buyer of residential and commercial property, proposing $24.3 billion of spend in 2014-15 – more than triple the United States and six times the outlay from Singapore, the Foreign Investment Review Board annual reports shows. This is a giant leap, considering the value of China’s proposed investment was behind the United States and Singapore in 2011-12 – at just $4.2 billion. Some experts tip India will be the next major player in Australian real estate. Australian first home buyers and Chinese investors are unlikely to compete for the same property. How much does a kitchen cost? How much does a kitchen cost?

How much does a kitchen cost?

Ask a kitchen designer that question and they are likely to think, “How much do you want to spend?” Though they’ll put it more politely and show you your options. A better question might be: “What is the range of costs for a new kitchen?” This way, you can buy a kitchen that fits the area you have to cover and your budget, too. Designer Tobias Fraenzel’s awesome door doubles as a ping-pong table. Got a house full of bored teenagers?

Designer Tobias Fraenzel’s awesome door doubles as a ping-pong table

Need some budget entertainment in your cramped sharehouse? Then this door designed by Tobias Fraenzel could be the door for you. The SmartSlab dining table can cook food, chill drinks and charge your phone. Dining tables are hot spots in the home.

The SmartSlab dining table can cook food, chill drinks and charge your phone

They’re used for eating meals, gathering friends and family together, and, at times, even as makeshift desks. The bunker house with a window in each room. This unassuming shed located on a 1.7 hectare property in Phoenix, Arizona may not look out of the ordinary, but it’s hiding something.

The bunker house with a window in each room

This unassuming shed is hiding something much larger. The real point of high speed rail: property development. Where To Find A Bargain Beach House In Australia. It’s the great Aussie dream – a place to call your own near the water.

Where To Find A Bargain Beach House In Australia

Looking for an affordable beach house? Here are Australia’s coastal bargain suburbs. These are the small, sleepy beachside towns that according to data are most likely to deliver on value for money. Many of the nation’s more affordable beachside properties can be found in Victoria. Rule Change Puts Property Developers' Plans in Limbo. Millions of dollars worth of development is in limbo following a change to the Foreign Investment Review Board’s rules for international purchases of Australian property.

Rule Change Puts Property Developers' Plans in Limbo

Developers’ plans have been thrown into chaos by changes quietly introduced late last year to what constitutes a new dwelling under Australia’s foreign investment framework. The new guideline states a single home built to replace a demolished established home will “generally not be considered a new dwelling” by the FIRB. Foreign non-residents are only allowed to buy new or off the plan properties, and vacant land, in Australia, meaning cashed up overseas investors will be shut-out of the booming market for new luxury homes in Melbourne’s east and elsewhere under the new rules.

Others have already begun work on luxury homes that were aimed at Chinese investors and are worried they will not get the prices they expected when building started. Mike Baird unveils details of $1.1 billion affordable housing fund. "This new fund will allow us to unlock new homes for those who need them most": Premier Mike Baird.

Photo: Matt Blyth/Getty Images. Why a property crash in Australia could totally screw up our economy. This extensively renovated house at 46 Idaline Street, Collaroy Plateau has an asking price of around $2 million — more than double than what it sold for in 2009. How much more can house prices go up? I REMEMBER the first time I went on a rollercoaster, at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. Beforehand I was petrified, but the long, slow ride up the first steep hill was calming. At the top, I admired the view. The Great Australian Dream. Featured: Top 10 Android Apps For Home Improvement. Neighbourhoods: Lindfield. Nearly 80 per cent of all homes in this upper north shore suburb are occupied by families.

Lindfield is a popular family-oriented suburb on the upper north shore with nearly 80 per cent of all residences occupied by families. More than 40 per cent of homes have four or more bedrooms and the suburb is home to several schools including Holy Family and Newington Preparatory as well as being within the Killara high school catchment. News of an innovative school to be opened at the UTS Kuring-gai campus is further cementing this suburb as offering exceptional educational facilities. The Lindfield Learning Village, as it is dubbed, will educate children from pre-school to university. Transferring Property – The New Rules You Need to Know. There are many things to think about when looking to buy or sell property, but have you considered the process of changing ownership of the land title? As a way to reduce the risk of land title fraud, each state authority is introducing reforms for a new Verification of Identity (VOI) policy.

Read on to learn more about this policy and what it means for you. What is VOI? Whenever you’re buying, selling, or transferring property, there are steps in place to help protect the parties involved from the risk of land title fraud and irregular land title issues. In particular, state laws require all parties involved in a conveyancing transaction to have their identity verified before settlement can occur. State laws require you to have your identity verified before settlement. The good news is, the VOI policy is creating a framework to ensure that sufficient steps have been taken to verify the identity of those involved in buying, selling or transferring property.

Fast growing towns: Toowoomba. This fast growing city of 157,000, 130 kilometres west of Brisbane is one for investors to watch. While many regional centres decry the lack of opportunities, that doesn’t wash in Toowoomba. You can see the “T-Bar spirit” on display at its spanking new airport, which opened to QantasLink flights last year. Named Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport it was built with private money by the well-known Wagner family who predict it will one day host international flights.

The sunny optimism is shared by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, a regional board, which estimates there will be $11 billion in development in the region. “No other regional city, nor capital city for that matter, will be able to boast the amount of infrastructure development occurring,” TSBE chief executive Shane Charles said. No other regional city will be able to boast the amount of infrastructure development occurring.

With a diverse economy, Toowoomba is not reliant on one industry. Building Supertowns: Going Regional. Despite the size of our country and the prevailing romance of the bush, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics we’re a very urbanised country. 8 signs a suburb is about to surge in value. Understanding the factors that trigger price growth helps ensure you pick a winning investment at the right time. Metro rail: Twenty-storey apartment towers proposed for north-west suburbs. Slowing market triggers the highest rate of auction withdrawals in years. Sydney sellers are pulling out of the auction market in droves, unwilling to gamble on the lowest clearance rates since the boom began three years ago. More than 500 sellers cancelled their scheduled auctions in November and the trend is likely to continue as December shapes up to be a quiet month.

In the past eight weeks 12.5 per cent of vendors cancelled their auctions, compared to 7.3 per cent over the same time last year, Domain Group data shows. Ben Allen withdrew his property at 12/2 Waratah Street, Rushcutters Bay, from auction and instead opted for private treaty. Aussie property crowd-funding. New rules give neighbours bargaining power. Chinese developer wants to bring large-scale residential estates to Australia. Prospective buyers filing through the glass doors of the grand information hall at Phoenix City are being drawn to one thing – a scale model of the vast residential development they’ve come to inspect.

Like everything about Phoenix City – a gated community with a population of about 150,000 on the outskirts of Guangzhou, in southern China – the model is big. So big it covers a footprint larger than many of the individual dwellings on the 650-hectare site. A view or some dirt? Lifestyle choices define the new split in property buying. “I always think people who live in apartments have failed,” said the marketing man. Virtual reality app allows buyers to walk through an apartment before it's built. An Australian company has created a way for you to walk on the rooftop of an imaginary building and look at the terrifyingly clear view of the cracks in the pavement below. China's rich snub new Australian stocks-for-visa program. How To Choose A Great Sofa. A sofa is central to the living space, not only as a showpiece of design and décor, but also as a functional part of your home’s everyday environment.

It has to stand up to the demands of life’s daily routines and special events. Falling house prices in Sydney and Melbourne: Why we should invest in business instead. This 3 bedroom house at 17 Walkom Ave, Forestville, NSW recently sold at auction for $1.67 million. That’s nearly double the $825,000 it sold for in 2012. The Japanese innovation that lets you stay in bed all day.

Don’t fear boarding houses: they’re probably not what you think. Property News – Are moveable walls IKEA's best hack yet? Amazing skylight window that transforms into a balcony. In the zone: Insider trading rife in land rezoning racket. What is the property cycle and why does it matter? Capital city prices grow 4.7 per cent over June quarter. Cherie Barber fails to sell Leichhardt renovation project at auction. Google Earth Sydney and NSW property sales data is now available. Explainer: Why the interest rate decision by the US central bank is one of its most important ever. Download a sustainable home from the government, save $10,000. Buy Australian Properties Corporation - Investing with Integrity. Why ordinary Australians are investing in commercial property. Plying Development Code / Certifiate: Sydney Architects. Foreign students set to power housing. Queensland is the new hot spot for Chinese buyers, according to

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Coastal suburbs are tipped to offer good returns for investors this year. Watch a skyscraper being built in just 19 days. Joe Hockey and Luke Foley's help for first-time home buyers is a con. Online PlanningHub could cut waiting time for home renovators. Australia's cheapest property spots - 43 locations to buy under $185,000. House prices: Buy a property in Buffalo, New York, for just $1. Why you should always read the fine print: Developers demand $1m from first home buyers. Chinese New Year creates frenzy at Sydney auctions. Chinese having huge influence on property prices as Year of the Sheep dawns. Chinese househunters click on Victorian real estate listings.