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    City of Stonnington - Draftsperson

    Does anyone have any good references for a draftsperson for a small renovation/ extension and that have experience in the City of stonnington. We know what we want but need to translate to drawings and understand some of the particulars and variables around setback requirements. Thanks
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    Price guide above xxx,000

    I have noticed in Sydney some agents have the above commentary when marketing price. Is this equivalent to the Melb practice of saying xxx,000 plus? With the plus supposedly being 10%. Or is this used in practice so differently between agents that it's pointless to assume. Given its the...
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    Additional person requested on lease

    Background is as follows. My IP (4br house) has been rented to two applicants starting January for 12 months. Rent is $395pw Have received a request for another person to go on the lease. The property is sufficiently large enough to cater for the extra person. The person is a 22yr first...
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    Ducted heating duct replacement - expense or depreciation

    After having a service on my ducted heating unit, it seems as if an animal, namely my partners dog, has destroyed or at least pierced most of the ducts under the house. A quote has come back of $2135 to replace :( Now, my initial thoughts are that this must be depreciated as its a...
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    Brass Polishing

    I am in the process of utilising Brasso to clean and polish a number of brass items. One of them, a front door letter brass item in particular is quite a challenge due to it not being done for many years and doing it by hand is a very slow, laborious task. Does anyone know where they can...
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    Review of Westpac’s Federal Budget Dinner with Bill Evans (Westpac’s Chief Economist)

    Was lucky enough to score another invite to the evening. So I will try and summarise Bill’s 1 hour presentation last night. I did notice MichaelW also mentioned here that he would be going to a lunchtime briefing, so it will be interesting to see his take on the information presented...
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    Best way to buy an engagement ring?

    Aside from the traditional retail store of course. Have people had experiences with buying their diamond(s) of choice and then having a jeweller setting it. I have the idea of the approximate size, cut, clarity, gold colour etc and the design of both the engagement ring & wedding band, I...
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    Ducted Heating - Servicing

    Any experiences with people getting their ducted heating units serviced. Was it worthwhile? Do you do it regularly? Has it identified any performance issues?
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    Marvellous Melbourne Footage 1910

    For those who would like to see video of the streets and surrounds in Melbourne 1910. Love that the older public buildings haven't changed. Enjoy
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    Chris Caton - Chief Economist BT Aus & Global Economy

    Was invited to come along to a BT/Westpac presentation by Chris Caton about the Aus & global economy last night. Thought I would share some of his comments. Hopefully these are in some logical order. Stockmarket At the current level, the market's PE ratio is about at its long term value...
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    Trustee Entity Type Question

    Can a trustee's entity be a trust? I am aware that it can either be an individual or company but haven't heard of a trust as a trustee? If the answer is yes, it can be, I would presume, that for the purposes of a contractual relationship, that I would need to contract with a company or...
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    Tax Variation Question

    In the process of starting a new job in the New Year and was looking to submit a tax variation form as soon as practically possible so the first pay is at the adjusted tax rate. In filling out the form however, it asks to attach a payslip. Question is, do I need to wait until after the first...
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    Myths....don't believe them

    One example does not prove a point definitively, but it does provide evidence to disprove some long held property myths. Given the learned views on SS, this might not be news, but i thought worthwhile to share. This 2 br flat sold yesterday in North Balwyn sold at auction yesterday for...
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    Tenant Screening - TICA / NTD

    I realise tenant screening is still being used intermittingly amongst PM's, so the charge of incomplete databases, which undermines the value of using it, is legitimate, especially when there are more than one (1). But they will only get to a critical mass of usage, acceptance & value within...
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    LG Closet Steam Styler - Is this the next mod con?

    Is this the next new high end mod con? First saw it on this link. Would you put it in a WIR? From what I can see on the net, it sells in South Korea for around USD2000 (converted). Disclaimer: I am not associated with the product or LG....
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    Gillard & Obama..Winning not whining

    An article today by Nikki Savva - Gillard could learn from Obama that it's about winning not whining in the Australian today. I would be interested in particular in the female views of Gillard's comments but more particularly the way she has dealt with the issue. I have always been struck...
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    Australia Household Debt substantially revised down

    In the article below, it seems as if the ABS has found missing assets in their calculations which has dramatically reduced household debt. This has been one of the key arguments supporting the fragility of the Australian household and consumer to future economic shocks. Yet again, we find...
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    Cost to Build in Rural Areas

    I am familiar with the cost of building in metro areas (Melbourne specifically). But am looking at building on vacant land in rural areas (around Bonnie Doon - ~160kms out of Melbourne). The property would be pretty standard, so nothing too out of the ordinary. What I am not familiar...
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    Modern take on period home design

    What do people think of this contemporary take on the period home.
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    Residential lease special conditions

    A resi lease has a special condition in it, which states the following * 5% of the annual rent is to be paid by the Agent if there is a lease break. This for clarity, is separate to the letting fees, advertising costs and obvious responsibility for paying rent until a new tenant is found...