New design guide supports NSW building reforms

In the wake of major NSW legislative and regulatory reforms to improve building quality and safety, three peak bodies have released a landmark guide for design practitioners and engineers. Consult Australia, Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects have joined forces to develop the Guide for design practitioners and engineers to help their members tackle the […]

The future home: How digital lifestyle trends are impacting energy demands

From powering our devices and heating and cooling our spaces, to working and studying from home, the role of the home continues to change along with our day-to-day impact on household electricity demand.  The Future Home Life report reveals the emerging technology trends shaping the way we live now and how these trends have implications […]

5 reasons why people are waiting to buy their first home

By the end of May: The number of owner occupier first home buyer loan commitments fell 0.8% in seasonally adjusted terms, though it remains at historically high levels particularly in New South Wales and Victoria. The cessation of the HomeBuilder grant and other state government initiatives have influenced falls in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. […]

How property investors should prepare for macroprudential measures

“Macroprudential policies are financial policies aimed at ensuring the stability of the financial system as a whole to prevent substantial disruptions in credit and other vital financial services necessary for stable economic growth. The stability of the financial system is at greater risk when financial vulnerabilities are high, such as when institutions and investors have high leverage and are overly reliant on uninsured short-term funding, and interconnections are complex […]

How automated AI Real Estate agents are being used to sell property

Australian property technology start-up, Propic has closed its oversubscribed Series A raise with a $6 million investment from ACM (Australia Community Media)’s Antony Catalano and Alex Waislitz.  Propic has developed two AI property technology (proptech) solutions enabling real estate agents and property managers to respond and communicate with consumers via automated conversational or text AI any time of […]

Versace Home to create the stunning interiors for new Dar Al Arkan luxury villas in Shams Ar Riyadh Project

Dar Al Arkan, the leading real estate company in Saudi Arabia has announced a unique collaboration that will bring the world’s first ever villas with interiors by Versace Home to the Kingdom’s Shams Ar Riyadh project. Versace Home’s outstanding design and craftsmanship will augment the extraordinary ‘Upside Living’ design of the limited-edition luxury villas which […]

6 cool ways the next generation of air conditioners changes climate control

A new generation of air conditioners was unveilled by smart home heavyweight, Haier. Air conditioners with the air wash feature can remove seven common air pollutants (PM2.5, formaldehyde, bacteria, lint, odors, dust mites, and pollen) from the air, while simultaneously releasing 10,000-grade negative ions and water molecules that help humidify the room. It can wash […]

5 Behavioural Trends in Home Buying

A new report by Luxury Portfolio International reveals five behaviours that are driving property purchases in 2021 amongst Luxury Buyers. State of Luxury Real Estate study focused on consumers in the top 1%-5% income bracket of 17 countries, representing more than 30 million households. It was commissioned by Luxury Portfolio International (LPI), the luxury marketing […]

The importance of negotiating all specifics with your tradie to avoid bill shock!

New legislation came in to effect today that means homeowners who don’t pay their tradies can be made to pay by having the dispute taken out of their hands and assessed by an independent adjudicator via the ‘Security of Payment Act’ that previously only applied to commercial building work.  The process takes 5-6 weeks and […]