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    Removing stubborn old tiles & lino

    Hi All, My firstest ever reno is going along slowly, but surely. Presently, I am removing ancient floor coverings in the kitchen and bathroom. Under the lovely brown kitchen carpet, are lino squares which are stuck to the bare cement floor good and proper. I am slowly chipping away with a...
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    How to polish floorboards?

    This might be one for you, GeoffW. (or any other accomplished floor sanders and polishers) This PPOR I am buying has brand new, but unvarnished or polished timber flooring in the lounge/dining areas - a half finished reno. As I am a newbie in town, I don't yet trust the locals to give me good...
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    Two Very Good Questions.....

    Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis; would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before scrolling down to the answer of this one. Question 2...
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    Panning & designing a total renovation

    Hi All Ok, very shortly, I'm about to start my very first reno of my very first PPOR. YAY! How excitement!! :D I have zero knowledge/experience, but plan to have much fun learning to do as much of it as I can. I should be able to manage just by hiring a plumber, a sparkie and an el cheapo...
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    I need $140k - fast!!

    Ok, I've found this week's deal of the decade. Asking $140k renting for $315 per week. I gotta nab this property, man! Trouble is, my only asset is about $12 000 in equity and I start a new job next week. Who will lend me money? I don't want an investing partner, but just a financier. What do...
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    turning vacant land into strata units

    I am currently looking at a 3 bed house on acreage IN town in a fast growing NSW country town which has the potential to be re-developed into 5 or 6 strata-titled townhouses. I have checked the zoning with council. Trouble is that because of the vacant land component in the purchase price, the...
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    Buying at auction

    Greetings Forumites Ok, my first Sydney IP settles on Friday and I am looking at buying another property ASAP. I have decided on a specific NSW country town for many reasons. There are two ex-housing comission properties coming up for auction in late June which are in my price range. Having...
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    deposit paid...what now??

    Hi Guys and Gals The exciting news is that after 2 months of property searching and 2 weeks of number crunching on this one particular unit, I have finally made an offer and been accepted on my very first IP. YAY!!!!! I've paid the $1000 holding deposit, have the contract, and am off to give...
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    Anyone for Kiyosaki in Sydney??

    Hi All, Is anyone planning on going to the Robert Kiyosaki do at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on the 10th May? If anyone else is going, I thought it might be a good opportunity for us to catch up for coffee/drinks afterwards, and put faces to avatars as we say! Regards, The...
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    Ways to save money everyday

    OK, it had to happen, this is a spin off thread from photo Guys thread which started to become a "how to be a tightwad" discussion.... Here are some of my tips for saving money. I'd love to hear some other ideas.....c'mon Acey, let's have yours again, shall we? 1. When you go grocery...
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    Sydneysider offering free labour...

    Hi All Are there any Sydney renovators who would be interested in taking on an apprentice - of sorts? It has long been my dream to be a full-time renovator, but alas I am just enering the property market and need to build up some equity/net worth before I have some cash to play with. In...
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    Wanted: volunteers in consumer debt

    Hello, I hope this post is allowed, and not considered 'soliciting'. I have written a 'how to' book entitled "Get debt-free ASAP". It helps the reader to get out of consumer debt so that they can qualify for a 'good debt' loan, or just stop paying interest on consumer purchases. I know...
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    First time financee...

    I am a first time IP purchaser, and I am concerned about getting finance. I live at home and pay $38 a week rent in an inner Sydney suburb. As a part-time uni student, I have only a limited earning capacity. The properties I am looking to buy are all positively geared so the tenant will...
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