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    Any feedback on crowdfunding to teach kids a musical instrument?

    I have a question which I would love get some feedback from SS'ers about :D Do any of you have any experience with crowdfunding? I am considering setting up a funding approach to give at-risk kids the chance to learn to play the flute. Background: I teach the flute. I've set up a...
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    Knock down and rebuild PPoR?

    Periodically the husband and I have discussions around renovating vs moving. His argument is that we're not going to be here forever, and that we could buy (or build) a house which is much more functional for our needs. I tend to be more along the lines of, let's just dress this up and then...
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    Enclosing carport in Perth?

    Hi all, I am looking for recommended tradies and/or businesses to enclose our carport on our PPoR. It's under the main roof and has brick pillar uprights. I thought I'd found someone, but the guy never got back to us with a quote - not sure why, it's a reasonably standard job. :( Anyhow...
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    Perth Flute Lessons

    I have decided to start teaching the flute again, and have set up a website, registered a business and everything. Link is www.perthflutelessons.com.au I guess I'm posting for two reasons: 1. any feedback on the site would be much appreciated! and 2. I can't be the only one on Somersoft...
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    Verge collections - WA suburbs

    Hi everyone! Thought it would be interesting/useful to start a thread with info on the current suburbs which have kerbside collections. You can find all kinds of fascinating stuff on verges.... I have a solid wooden coffee table which I am going to have a bash at doing a Louis 16th paintjob...
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    Anyone else tried DIY upholstery?

    We're currently doing up what I refer to as our 'front room' - technically supposed to be the formal lounge/dining area, but we have only ever used it for storing rubbish. We're going with a modernised French provincial look (if there is such a thing). Green walls and white bookcases, desk...
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    Advice/recs sought: bricking in carport

    Hi all, I'm looking for some advice, and also recommendations as to tradespeople who you might recommend for the above task. Our PPOR is a double brick and tile single story house in Gwelup, WA. The carport is under the main roof, but it has wooden pillars and the 'walls' are wooden...
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    Anyone else a fitness class junky?

    I definitely am! I've been doing zumba classes now for nearly two years, ranging from once a week to four times a week. Typically I'll get to two classes a week, usually those held after work on Mondays and Wednesdays. Love the endorphin high I get from them, and the instructor who runs them...
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    Tiler for small job in Balcatta, WA?

    Hi all, We have just had some plumbing work done in one of our properties, which means that we now need to get about 12 tiles replaced. We can source the tiles ourselves, but I was wondering if anyone here can recommend somebody to do the tiling for us? It is a small job, just the 12 tiles...
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    Unpleasant experience with RE agent

    Oh my gosh. We had a run-in with a RE agent today and I just have to vent! Short story: Put an O&A in for a 3x1 in Balcatta, which was accepted. 28 days to finance, 21 to settlement, plus the usual subject to items (finance, etc etc). Anyhow, while our financial institution would lend us...
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    WA: Home owners being prosecuted for dodgy lodgings

    Here's the link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-13/lodgings-feature/4311724?section=wa Sounds pretty horrific. We have, on occasion, found tenants have had friends move in to sleep on the couch, but fortunately only rarely. We dealt with it by sitting down with them and having a very...
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    Positively geared properties + resistance from ING to OK finance...anyone else?

    Hi all, I tend to be more of a lurker rather than active participant in forums generally, but a recent experience has been a bit unusual, and I'm interested to know if anybody else has had similar issues. We have 6 investment properties, plus a PPOR. All IPs are either neutral or +vely...
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