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Moving abroad- the rite of passage we see so frequently with young Australians. Typically, sights are set on the north- preferably the UK. In fact we’re seeing an uplift- in mid-2007 there were 116,000 Aussies and Kiwis working in the UK, compared with 91,000 in the last quarter of 2014 (source:  UK Home Office).  Work and travel opportunities aside, how far does the Australian buck stretch when it comes to UK property? Is it really the land of milk and honey or it a case of “we don’t know how good we’ve got it”? In this series, we compare what the average property price in Australia’s biggest cities can get you in the UK.

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Ever- increasing median house prices mean more Australians are adopting the commuter lifestyle and sacrificing CBD proximity for housing affordability and value for money. So if half a mill is to be scoffed at when perusing inner city suburbs, what can it get you right now in Australia’s commuter suburbs?

1. Werribee
Median house price:
 $315,000
Train commute time: 40 minutes (55 minutes via train)
Where is Werribee? Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, 32 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Wyndham › Read full article

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Considering investing? Get your head around ‘gearing’

Australians love bricks and mortar. Not only is home ownership the great Australian dream, but when we have spare cash to invest or have paid off the mortgage and want to put our equity to work, many of us turn again to property, buying for investment.

Category: Finance, Investment
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The sound of silence: Reducing noise within the home

As more people move to areas with busy streets to escape the urban sprawl, traffic and night life noise can be a little bit of a surprise. If noise pollution is making your happy home less than comfortable, then you’ll want to take steps to reduce the problem. You don’t have to move house or spend a huge amount on concrete fencing, because there are some attractive ways that you can make the property quieter in an affordable way. By adding shutters, trees, fences and even garden shields noise from your property.

Category: Real Estate, Renovating
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