Top 6 things that make property valuable

Value… it’s such a tricky concept to unpack and define.

We all know that gold, diamonds, oil and even saffron are high-value commodities thanks to their scarcity, desirability, or the fact that we need them to go about our lives.

It’s the delicate balance between supply and demand that drives up the value of these goods – the illegal drug market is the perfect example of how a highly-coveted, yet hard-to-come-by item can become inflated several times over its original worth because if people want it badly enough, they’ll pay the price.

But what makes real estate so valuable?

We live in a country with vast expanses of space, yet we cling to the major coastal cities for dear life and treat the inner-ring suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane like hallowed turf that we can only hope to be worthy of residing on.

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Kelly Hoppen's simple wallpaper tip will streamline your busy hallway

Interiors expert Kelly Hoppen appeared on ITV’s This Morning this week to give viewers a wallpaper masterclass. On the show, she shared one simple wallpaper trick to transform your jumbled hallway into a sleek and fun entryway.

Related: Bedroom wallpaper ideas – that are guaranteed to make your sleep space gorgeous

In the segment, Kelly, Holly and Philip looked at a range of wallpaper at various price points. Among them was one lovely striped wallpaper from Lick Home, called Stripes 03. ‘This, I adore,’ Kelly says.

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Kelly Hoppen’s hallway wallpaper tip

‘You always see hallways higgledy-piggledy, and then you see doorways. If you use something like a stripe, it actually takes your eye away from all of that.

‘It makes it look taller and makes it look more fun,’ she says. This example from Lick is a really modern take on a style of wallpaper … Read more

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The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Becoming Financially Free

What has been the single greatest obstacle stopping you from becoming financially free?

Why do I ask? 

Well…last week at a private client function I was conducting I had the good fortune to have conversations with a number of our Wealth Retreat graduates.

I was talking with them about their experiences since attending our 5-day workshop, what they had learned, what they were doing differently, and how they were leveraging the relationships they had built at Wealth Retreat.

Some interesting comments came out which I’ll share with you in a moment, but first I want to ask you that question again:

What has been the single greatest obstacle stopping you from becoming financially free?

Speaking to these Wealth Retreat graduates, here were the three main hurdles I’ve seen them face.

As you read on, see which of these three get in your way.

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Best toasters 2021 – our top two- and four-slice toasters

Every kitchen needs the best toaster to make it through the morning. Whether it’s a weekend helping of avo on toast or a freshly buttered crumpet, the best toasters will guarantee an even toasting, every time. Some of the top toasters in our guide come from brands like Bosch, KitchenAid, Breville, Smeg and Russell Hobbs, and features smart extras like frozen modes and even one-sided toasting for bagels and burger buns. Now that’s fancy.

Pair your toaster with the best kettle to get your morning off to a perfect start

Because everyone likes their toast differently we tested these toasters on all the modes they have to offer, and took into account speediness and price. It’s easy to find a great toaster for under £30 but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on something you’ll use each and every day, especially as it’ll live on the kitchen counter full-time. Tested in … Read more

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Australian housing market reaches new peak and surpasses $8 trillion valuation

CoreLogic today announced its estimate of the total value of residential real estate in Australia has reached a new high of $8.1 trillion.

The surge in value follows the recent broad-based capital gains witnessed across the country, with many markets now at new peak levels.


CoreLogic data shows in the three months to April, national home values rose 6.8%, which is the highest quarterly dwelling growth rate since December 1988.

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“The increase in the value of residential real estate has put Australian home owners in a strong equity position, with the RBA estimating just 1.3% of housing loans to be in a negative equity position at the start of 2021.
However for many Australians looking to get a foot on the property ladder, the continued strength in the market is putting home ownership further out of reach despite record low mortgage rates. Wages growth simply isn’t keeping
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