Top Stories in Australian Home Ownership October 9, 2016

Today’s trending stories in Australian home ownership and Home Loans.

  • A functional floor plan key to getting a good price for a house
    Every homeowner knows the driving factor that fuels real estate prices is location. But in todays market a handy position near transport and amenities is no longer enough. A good floor plan is also essential if a property is to spark strong competition and achieve a high selling price.
    Houses and apartments that have a functional floor plan what architects call good front-to-back flow are far more likely to achieve above-market sales results.
  • Windsor rises as buyers pay princely sums for the once blue collar postcode
    Windsor was once a forgotten postcode.
    House hunters in the inner-east, with meaty budgets, long preferred Toorak and South Yarra, or at a pinch, Prahran. Otherwise, they hurdled Dandenong Road and bought in St Kilda.
    But Windsor has risen as a first choice suburb and, much like Fitzroy on the other side of the Yarra, has retained its blue collar heart while undergoing a hipster spit and polish.
    Now its Instagram-a-licious.
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  • Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make
    Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth. … forms the foundation of security for most Australians when borrowing for a home loan. … With the right mortgage product, this equity can be drawn down for emergency…
  • Apartment of the Week: Henley charmer one of a kind
    You have the winning ticket when you can say yours is the only apartment on the market in a particular suburb, especially when the suburb is as charming as Henley….
  • The spring housing market is falling flat
    Housing activity tends to ignite during spring, but if the market performance seen during September is anything to go by, this looks doubtful. Demand and supply certainly did not improve to the degree anticipated as the warmer months approach and long school holidays loom ever nearer….
  • Tracker mortgages: how banks could be made to treat us like everyone else
    When it does, there’s a chance it’ll recommend something every bit as frightening to the banks as a royal commission. It’s called a “tracker mortgage”…