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The week that was

March 26, 2018

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The week following a long weekend can somewhat be a melancholy affair. With the reality of returning to work after a three day break, the anxiety of having to achieve five days work in only four, and the colder and shorter days as Melbourne slows for Winter’s arrival. To make matters worse this particular week, […]

Don't speak.

March 26, 2018

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In the news today, Alexa has been freaking out consumers. Who is Alexa you might ask? She’s basically Amazon’s answer to Siri – it offering an ‘intelligent’ and responsive voice activated ‘assistant’, delivered through a small home speaker. Recently, consumers have noticed that she has started laughing at random and without the usual light that indicates activity. Amazon […]

How did you know?

March 26, 2018

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With the Cambridge Analytics and Facebook scandal capturing the world’s attention this week, the implications of personal data have been on my mind.  The extent to which our data is being utilized and the implications of what they can do with it has resulted in backlash and concerns worldwide. Again this serves as a reminder, […]

Reading between the lines.

March 2, 2018

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Developments and changes in the real estate market is a hot topic for news publications and recently, it seem’s like any news at all can send shockwaves through Australian’s home ownership dreams. This information comes from many sources, some reputable and some downright confusing. So what information can you trust and how can you read between the lines? Personally I keep […]

Fruit of the poison tree

February 27, 2018

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Australia – an Apple store is coming to a cultural precinct near you! In its early life, Federation square was known to many Melbournians for its controversial style and architecture and for many, it has been a love-hate relationship. However, in more recent times it has found its place in our hearts, minds and streetscape, […]

Uncharted waters.

February 15, 2018

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Earlier this week a colleague forwarded an article published in The Australian covering the potential unconsidered tax implications for Airbnb and Stayz hosts. It seems many hosts may be unwittingly opening themselves to capital gains liabilities should they decide to sell their home. The “family home” has long enjoyed a capital gains exemption, however if that property […]

What's on your mind?

January 29, 2018

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The ease of digital communications has improved our lives in many ways, whether or not you see it as a good thing, our social interactions have been made significantly easier through technology. We are easily reminded of important events, birthdays and even prompted to reconnect to those we haven’t spoken to in a while – it’s […]

Are we there yet?

January 18, 2018

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As the last of Melbourne returns to work, marked by the long-awaited reopening of your favourite local cafes and restaurants, the very welcome holiday break already feels like a distant memory. Thankfully, the first half of the year presents the usual abundance of public holidays and long weekends which begs the question; how will you […]

Locked & Loaded

January 16, 2018

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Caine Real Estate began it’s life in Hawthorn twenty years ago before opening in East Melbourne. On Monday, we open doors at our second office at 1165 Burke Road, Kew. Many of our team grew up, were educated and currently reside in the area. As some team members are about to make the move and become permanent fixtures in the Boroondara […]

Where to next?

January 4, 2018

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Melbourne is on the move…   If the thought of trying to find a rental property, gives you anxiety – I hear you! Even working in the real estate industry does not make me immune to the anxiety of the prospect of searching a new place to rent. Melbourne is incredibly competitive when it comes […]

Paris, Barcelona, Berlin...

December 14, 2017

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New entrants disrupting existing markets are often faced with a pushback from government; we have seen it with Uber and now, increasingly with Airbnb. Cities including Paris, Barcelona and Berlin have implemented strict restrictions on Airbnb accommodation. For some, this leaves doubt about its long term viability overseas and at home. Airbnb has grown in […]

Now accepting cryptocurrency...

December 8, 2017

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Today, a single bitcoin is worth $17,619.59. Just a year ago, one bitcoin was worth $992.14. The value has increased by 1,676% in one year. How’s that for return on investment? If you’re asking yourself – what on earth is a Bitcoin? Here is a very brief explanation…Cryptocurrency is a name for digital currency and […]

Hot in the city

December 1, 2017

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As Melbourne heats up, it’s a not so gentle reminder that yes, we live in Australia and it can get bloody hot. Weather like this, including the heavy rain and flash flooding predicted for the weekend is testament to the power of our environment. With the Christmas period fast approaching, most of us are about […]

Water & wind

December 1, 2017

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There are many different ways to style a home in order to make it more aesthetically pleasing. But are there ways your home can give back to you, beyond simply shelter? How can you configure and style your home to give you, your family and all those who enter it, positive and harmonious energy along […]

We're thrilled!

December 1, 2017

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We are thrilled the result of the same sex marriage postal vote and although we still have some distance to go, 61.6% of our country have thrown their support behind the LGBTQI+ community and taken a huge step towards achieving equality. Both of the electorates in which our offices reside showed momentous support for the […]

All mirth and no matter!

November 2, 2017

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Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to see a delightful production of a Much Ado About Nothing at the Pop-Up Globe theatre in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. I’m pretty conservative in my tastes when it comes to Shakespeare, and gravitate (perhaps relate) more to English accents of the Brannagh/Thompson ilk than American and New […]

 

Caine Video Blog - 28th October 2016

October 28, 2016

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The Importance of a First Impression

February 23, 2016

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According to a Princeton University study, “It takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make a first impression”. This actually isn’t a surprising statistic considering in the current microwave society in which we live now, people form an opinion in one-tenth of a second and effectively have the capability of […]

THAT WAS A GOOD CONVERSATION…

February 4, 2016

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It’s universally understood that inspections, whether open or private, are fairly essential when selling or renting residential properties. Having inspected a property the overwhelming majority of inspectors will know whether or not they have any interest in the property. They’ll certainly know what the attractions and detractions are, and whether they think the property is […]

HOLIDAYS, HOUSES AND HAPPINESS: A BRIEF REFLECTION ON THE CONCEPT OF “HOME”…

February 4, 2016

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Having just spent the entire Australia Day long weekend at the beach, something that really stood out for me was the open and friendly community feel created by the regulars of this quiet seaside town. I noticed a familiarity between people passing on the beach or in the street which appeared to come from being […]