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    Clueless unsupportive mother

    I have clueless parents. (Mother more than father to be honest) I'm sorry, but I have to say it. I tell them I plan to buy a property in Brisbane. This is my mum's response: "Lyn don't buy house that far away because if it needs work you are not there to organise workman there." :confused...
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    Poor first home buyers Sydney

    Damn investors with their equity!!!
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    My TV picks up the CCTV footage in the complex

    I had no idea that was possible, it seems to be live as i've seen a person on the footage and then stuck my head out the door and sure enough, a person had entered...
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    Sydney: Central to Eveleigh development

    Hey Everybody, I spotted this proposal (Google "Central to Eveleigh urban growth"), just wondering why nobody's talking about it? Sounds really good. Also known as C2E. In a nutshell, it provides more high density housing but also more office space, utilising the space above and adjacent to...
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    6 months rent payment up front - in which tax year is it deemed as income?

    Hi, I have a potential tenant who said he'd be willing to pay the full rent for 6 months upfront. :D Blame that on a tight rental market. The rental's going to start in the second half of May. If I collect that full amount this tax year, do I have to declare the whole amount as income for this...
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    Ideas for best rental return West Ryde Unit

    Hi, I have a 2 Br apartment in West Ryde. It's on the train line, 1 minute walk from station. I was thinking about how to get the best rental return for this property. I was thinking perhaps leasing out the car space separately to the apartment could be a way to go. Apartment would rent for...
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    Parramatta Albion Hotel 7th May?

    Hey guys. I'm proposing a meetup in Parramatta Albion Hotel for 7th May. Unfortunately I can never do Wednesdays.... edit : I will probably host a meetup in Parramatta, but maybe it will be on the 16th or 18th June.
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    Parramatta meetup 7th May

    Hi! I can never make Wednesday nights so I'm suggesting my own meetup. :) Its Thursday night at the Albion hotel Parramatta 6.30pm, 7th May. Would love to see Somersofters there. Linda
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    Anki - Spaced repetition flashcards for learners

    I just thought i'd share.... i've been trying to learn cantonese practically forever, been learning very slowly. I read about this software called Anki. Wow its good. Its a flashcard system but it can include images and audio. Spaced repetition software and its open source - free on...
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    Albion Hotel April 30th?

    MsAli, wanna meetup on a Thursday night in Parramatta? 30th April, Albion hotel ~6.30pm. Can you make it? I can never do Wednesdays myself....
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    Most fun jobs you've ever had

    Hi all, This was a question on another forum..... And this was my reply. My most fun jobs (It seems to cover most of my working life!!) :) 1. Doing nightfill at a department store. Lots of fun, as most of the staff were uni students like me. Hard work at times like with the store refit...
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    Personality type and jobs

    I figure i'm ITP and don't have a strong lean towards either of S or N I work as a report developer, (I guess it could be described as a watered down/specific kind of Programmer?) but I could happily enjoy any of those ITP group of jobs...
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    Invest or payoff debts - question on another forum

    Hi everybody, This was a question on another forum. A whopping 72% have voted pay off debts! Such a different mindset. Please note that most of the Forumites on that forum are based in North America. Here was the question: Since this is nearly a daily question on the forum, I'd like to get a...
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    Anybody going/want to go to Dympha Boholt (tomorrow Sunday 8th) @ Sydney Olympic Park

    Hi, Is anybody going (or would like to go to this event? I have probably 2 spare tickets that can be given away). I'm going with a friend. (She asked me to go with her). I am going with the idea of don't buy anything, but just calling it a chance to go out, do something... Would be good to...
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    Apartment buying problem inner Sydney

    I bought a 1 br unit in inner Sydney, exchanged in October, took ownership in early December. (I.e. 8 weeks ago). It's awesome, positive cashflow from day 1! So I decided I would like to buy another. Had a look at what's available at the moment in Surry Hills, Chippendale, Redfern...
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    1997 era light and PowerPoint combo?

    Hi, I bought a property. It came with this light switch and electrical Powerpoint combo but the faceplate is cracked and I don't know where I can get a replacement (other than trying the neighbours if/when they decide to upgrade). Any idea where else I can get this faceplate? I think it looks...
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    Executive committee chairperson constantly harassing my tenants

    Hi, I've had a townhouse in the Canterbury Bankstown area of Sydney for about 4 years. My tenants have been in there for about 18 months. They are lovely people, and I always get paid my rent on time and they always pay the water usage charges on time, they let me know of any issues and are...
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    South Western Sydney - a recent human history view

    If you want a peek into South Western Sydney that was put together by a UTS Student who grew up there showing what it was like from 1995 in photos, audio and video, this could be it. I havent looked at the work but it sounds interesting and would like to sometime...
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    Home and contents insurance

    I just came home and found a letter from GIO about the home and contents insurance renewal - I guess 12 months is up. The whole insurance comes to approx $1800 for a year, with $500 excess. While I'd keep the home insurance in case of catastrophe, (my suburb is surrounded by national park - we...
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    Optus tower

    Hi Everybody, Optus has approached my IP strata with a proposal, they would use our building(s) to host one of their towers/base stations. They would pay my strata 20k per year, (increasing 3%pa). The terms would be 5 years with the right to excise an option 3 times for a total of 20 years. The...