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STEVE JOBS THE ULTIMATE DEVELOPER

STEVE JOBS THE ULTIMATE DEVELOPER

All of us here at Blockbrief are truly saddened by the passing of technology visionary Steve Jobs. Being kids of the 80’s and Gen Y entrepreneurs we have grown up using his inventions and our lives have been enriched by the technological advances Apple made over his decades at the […]

Obtaining Planning Permission for  a Granny Flat

Obtaining Planning Permission for a Granny Flat

The construction of a granny flat on your block has great potential to substantially increase your rental yield. Jo Chivers for Property Observer provides a great breakdown of the profitability of granny flats in her recent article A granny flat is a good way to maximise your NSW investment. Jo […]

14 Super-Prestige Suburbs In Sydney

Sydney now has 14 suburbs with a median price of over $2 million and remains Australian’s most expensive property market, according to the latest Australian Property Monitors (APM) data. Point Piper tops list of Sydney’s Prestige Suburbs, with a median price of $9.9 million. Followed by Bellevue Hill  with a median […]

8 Mortgage Tips To Get Control Back The Banks Won’t Tell You

8 Mortgage Tips To Get Control Back The Banks Won’t Tell You

September has been declared to be mortgager health month by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), who are urging people to undertake a mortgage health check this month.  Mortgage stress has grown this year due to the increase in interest rates over the last year, the natural disasters at […]

Market Update – Property Focus

August edition of the Blockbrief Monthly Update. Economic indicators released in August were mixed. Australia’s jobless rate as at July has increased to 5.1% as the economy lost 22,200 full time jobs, a result which was much weaker than generally expected. The ANZ Job Advertisements Series fell 0.7% in July, to […]

NSW Budget 2011-12

NSW Budget 2011-12

Mike Baird Treasurer for NSW handed down his maiden Budget today. Summary A key piece of the budget related to real estate investing, confining stamp duty concessions for first home buyers to make them available for the purchase of newly constructed homes and apartments only from Jan 1 next year. The decision […]

The Block – Four Bulls In A Bear Pit

The Block – Four Bulls In A Bear Pit

Channel 9 can now breath a sigh of relief, The Block is over, all houses have been reportedly sold and except for the sisters, all above the set reserves. Pheww! The drama surrounding the finale of the block is an interesting case study in how the wider economy has been […]

Rotten Tomatoes?

Rotten Tomatoes?

The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (DoPI) has launched the NSW Planning Review website, which is to be the public interface of the review of the state’s key piece of planning legislation. The state’s main planning legislation the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), outlines how decisions are […]

Blockbrief – Pinpointing Your Property’s Development Potential

BLOCKBRIEF IS LAUNCHING SOON! Blockbrief provides clear and accurate planning information for you to understand and pinpoint a properties development potential. PINPOINTING YOUR PROPERTY’S DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL – CAUSE THE VALUE IS IN THE DIRT The development potential of your property is a crucial factor in its value. Local planning controls […]

The Renovators – The Best Laid Plans

The Renovators – The Best Laid Plans

The best laid plans of developers and TV producers often go askew when council’s planning officers become involved. This was apparent on last week’s episode when the progress of many of the teams was delayed due to the processing of their development plans with the various local councils. The show illustrated […]