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    Too close to a station

    Hi, I am looking at buying a property which is literally about a 20 metre walk to a train station. I think being close to a train station is a good thing, but when does it become a bad thing? Ie, is it good to be say, 300-500m away so the walk is not too far, but the noise doesnt disturb you. Or...
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    Student accommodation

    Hi there, does anyone on here rent to mainly students? I have seen a property in the vacinity of UQ which is advertised as 8 bedrooms (4 beds plus a bathroom, kitchen and living area on each of 2 floors). It is rented fully furnished and the rent is increased each year. Each room currently...
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    LMR land in Brisbane

    Hi Everyone, Does anyone happen to know what difference LMR land makes in Brisbane if it has 2 street frontage? Im looking at a block which claims to have 2 street frontage although one of the streets is only a lane - does that count? And if it counts what does it mean? The site has a...
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    Are we doing something wrong?

    Hi everyone, Thanks in advance for reading this but I am starting to feel desperate... I started reading on this forum almost 6 months ago and I have posted a few things in that time. In that time i have also learned so much. Anyway, I am now at the stage where I have put in offers on 6...
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    Where can I get a cheap Darth Maul mask

    Hi there...nothing at all to do with property investment but has anyone seen a plastic Darth Maul mask around lately? My husband wants to dress up for our son's 4th birthday (son will be Darth Vader) next week and I dont want to sepnd much money on this but I cant find a mask anywhere. Can...
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    Help and advice needed - whether to buy this house at action or not

    Hi, I have been looking at a house for several weeks now which is being aictioned on Saturday. I had a building and pest inspection done last MOnday and one of the things which came up was that 2 of the rooms (it is a 5 bed house) are not legal height - they are 1.5cm short. The hosue has...
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    How do you get hold of approvals for an auction property?

    Hi, I had a building and pest inspection done on a property yesterday that is up for auction on Saturday. There was quite a lot of stuff they pointed out to me, one of which was to make sure all of the alterations to the house had council approval. For example, the house has been extended in a...
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    Building and pest inspection for Auction properties

    Hi, I fully believe in getting the building and pest inspection done on a property but what do people do when it is an auction? We are looking in the western suburbs of Brisbane (5km to city) and a lot of properties are being auctioned. We hvae looked at a number of properties lately and I would...
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    Which one would you go for?

    Hi, I have been using the forum for around 4 months now and I have been trying to secure my first IP. I have so far missed out on a hosue at auction, missed out on 2 at separate dutch auctions (first we came second out of 2; second time we came second out of 8), and another house we couldnt...
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    Can you negotiate management fees?

    Hi, sorry if this has been asked before...but can you negotiate on the fees? I have contacted several PMs in western Brisbane and I am really impressed with one but they quoted me 8.8% which sounds high. How does that compare to others? Also, has anyone negitiated with just one IP or...
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    The 'Rent as opposed to buy debate'

    Did anyone read this article entitled 'Does renting make more sense' which makes the case and crunches the numbers for renting as opposed to buying. Does Renting Make More Sense? What are you thoughts? I thought it made a really interesting read and I wondered if anyone had gone down that...
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    Where can I get a really great looking Darth Vader costume?

    Hi everyone, my son will be 4 in about 6 weeks and has asked for a Darth Vader costume. I have been scouring the internet and have so far come up with nothing that special. Has anyone happened to see anything good - especially in the run up to Hallowe'en - in any shops??? Thanks in...
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    Working out GST on a new build - help please!

    Hi, I am looking at purchasing a property which has a house on 2 blocks. My plan is to keep the existing house and build either 1 new house on the other block or a duplex. From what I ahve read, if we plan to do this we need to register for GST and charge this on the price of the house. Is...
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    Cost to build townhouses in Brisbane

    HI everyone, Has anyone built townhouses in Brisbane recently? I am looking for builders and so far I cant find any (not sure if I am being a bit thick..?:confused: ) I can see loads for stand alone houses but for townhouses there doesnt seem to any builders that I can come up with. Also...
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    Zoning maps for Brisbane

    Does anyone know where you can get (am happy to pay) maps to show all the residential zoning in Brisbane? And also I am looking for explanations of all the descriptions. I have looked on the BCC website but cant find it. I also called today to ask if I can visit the planning department and they...
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    What was your first 'development'?

    Hi all, I am in the process of buying my first IP in australia (I had 2 in UK before we moved here last year) but I also want to get into renovating/developing and I wondered how others on here had got to where they are now... What did you start with (other than buying and holding)? Any...
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    Builders in Brisbane who will follow drawn up plans?

    Hi, I posted the other day as I am looking at buyign a plot of land with DA and approved plans but I have now called 5 different house builders and all have given me various reasons as to why they wont build according to the plans - they will only construct their own designs. Has anyone...
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    Can DA plans be constructed by any builder?

    Hi, I am looking at a plot of land which comes with DA and plans for a house but when I called a builder to ask if they would quote me to build the house, they told me the plans were subject to copyright so they couldnt do it. IS THAT RIGHT????? I thought if a client has plans drawn up then any...
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    Do the renovators have a builder 'on their team'?

    Hi everyone, I am just getting started on my path and my plan is to buy properties to renovate and then sell on most of them and keep some as I go along. Anyway, what I keep coming up against is that when i am assessing properties I feel as if I need a builder to go along and tell me if I can do...
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    Bridging a storm water drain and sewer pipe

    Hi, I am looking at purchasing a block of land which has DA to build 2 stand alone houses in Bardon in Brisbane. I think it could be a great deal (I know both the agent and the vendor are keen to sell) although there are some hurdles but if I can get over them I think there could be money to...
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