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The 20 Most Expensive Cities in the World
The website Expatistan.com collects information from almost 200,000 users around the world to calculate average prices in 1,600 cities for everyday items such as food, rent and petrol. Read More »
Local Inflation - the blow-up bouncy bar
America's very first inflatable pub has opened its doors - and pumped up its walls - for punters across the pond.
Thirsty pub-goers can rent out the bar for up 70 people, and there's even space for your cousin's rock band in the bouncy bar. Read More »

There Goes the Gayborhood...

There Goes the Gayborhood...
If you lived in San Francisco’s Castro District in the ’80s, you witnessed a monumental period in the gay rights movement. You also witnessed the start of a real estate trend — what “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate” calls The Gayborhood Phenomenon. Read More »
Ten Things You Need to Know Before Going to an Auction

1. They are unconditional You can’t bid subject to finance or a building inspection, everything has to be sorted out in advance. 2. …...

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The Downsizing Dilemma

The Downsizing Dilemma

A recent survey found that almost half of homeowners looking to sell are doing so because they want to downsize. Why Downsize? Downsizing involves...

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Home Improvements: What Pays Off and What Doesn't?

First and foremost, consider why are you are wanting to improve your home. Is it to maximise its value in the eyes of potential buyers prior to listin...

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Five Reasons to Buy in Winter

Five Reasons to Buy in Winter

Many would-be home buyers stop looking during the winter months because there are generally fewer homes listed for sale, but there are also opportunit...

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Six Reasons the NZ Property Market will Continue to Boom
BNZ’s Chief Economist, Tony Alexander, writes a weekly overview on the economy. We pored over the figures for some pointers as to where property prices might be headed, and found six factors that suggest, up, up, up. Read More »

News Pick: The Skin You Sit In

News Pick: The Skin You Sit In

If your place is missing that "human" touch, Gigi Barker might have the ideal furniture solution.

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News Pick: "Fast Eddie" Needs to Make a Quick Buck

It was the setting for award winning movie, The King's Speech and for many a hedonistic party, now 33 Portland Place, in London's West End is up for sale and "Lord" Edward Davenport is far from happy about it.

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