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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 […]

THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED REAL ESTATE QUESTION OF 2016 (SO FAR)

February 4, 2016

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As residential real estate agents we are asked a huge variety of questions, most of which are specific to the individual properties and the surrounding area. Examples of the more common questions include: What price are they looking for? Where is the hot water tank? Why are they selling? These questions are easily answered and […]

OUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

February 4, 2016

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Estate Agent selling fees are undeniably some of the most questioned, argued and resented service charges of any industry. These fees are also amongst the most frequently and heavily discounted. That this is the status quo is an indictment on the real estate industry and the “professionals” operating within it. There are myriad reasons why […]

FIRST HOME BUYERS… WE CAN HELP…

February 4, 2016

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The Reserve Bank has again kept the cash rate steady for October, good news for borrowers! John and Mandy were introduced to us earlier this year after being told by their bank they did not qualify for a home loan despite having solid employment and incomes. The issue, they were told, was insufficient ability to […]

WHY HAVE BANKS INCREASED INVESTMENT LOAN INTEREST RATES

February 4, 2016

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The Reserve Bank kept the cash rate steady for September; we’ll soon see what happens in October.   Many borrowers are starting to come to grips with lenders having moved interest rates upwards for investment loans, whilst regulatory bodies keep a close eye on how much investment funding is being added to their portfolios on […]

CROSS COLLATERALISATION – PROTECTS THE BANKS, NOT YOU…

February 4, 2016

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A Word from our Mortgage Broker… Peter Vinci of Vinci Financial Services The subject of cross collateralisation has come up again these past months with some borrowers coming to us in frustration after having found out ‘the hard way’ what it actually means. Cross collateralisation is when a bank or lender use more than one […]

RESTRUCTURING – IT’S WORTH YOUR WHILE!

February 4, 2016

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A Word from our Mortgage Broker… Peter Vinci of Vinci Financial Services Mr Johnson (not real name) came to us recently with a restructuring challenge that his current bank would not help him with – his financial position was as follows; Owner occupied property in South Melbourne –Bank value $1,370,000 Investment property in Port Melbourne […]

REFINANCING – A HOT TOPIC WHILE WINTER COOLS THINGS DOWN…

February 4, 2016

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A Word from our Mortgage Broker… Peter Vinci of Vinci Financial Services The Reserve Bank has again kept the cash rate at 2% this week – no surprises here For many borrowers and investors, the beginning of the new financial year is the ideal time to start planning and setting in place new strategies for […]