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    Which Charity(ies) to donate to?

    Hi, Anyone have a good one to recommend? No jokes please! I usually donate about $300 to $500 a year - for the last 5 years its been to a family friend who runs a charity in South East Asia. Despite this, we reckon we can probably stretch about $200 more a year since we've recently had an...
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    Rise of the Melbourne West

    Another article amongst the many promoting the West. IMHO the gap will close between the East and West relative to distance to the CBD, for example as quoted by the article Box Hill (East) and Sunshine/Keilor (about 15kms from CBD)...
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    Anyone remember the days before the property boom?

    Could be back to the future if there is a bust - i.e. before the boom....anyway, here is my re-collection (I'm in my mid 30s) Circa 1989 - remember the folks visiting a private for sale sign to buy their first home. Auctions was a foreign concept hah. Rang the private number and arranged for...
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    Average Wage vs Median Price

    After Hockey's infamous line....interesting about avg wage vs median price by suburb. Nothing scientific about this nor can any conclusions of substance be drawn from this but nonetheless...
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    What economic group did you grow up in?

    I grew up in the lower middle economic class from when I was about 0-9, middle at about 10 I'd say we were the middle class but probably by the time my parents (at the time) went into small business we were probably upper middle class - I was about 17. My early childhood had pretty much...
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    How much do you have "at risk" if a bubble bursts tommorrow?

    Just wondering? We have 2 ips. I'd say we have about $200K "at risk" money if Our Yarraville warehouse was purchased in 2006 - only cost us $600K at the time and I don't think there is any real risk as I don't think commercial property has had any real bubbles. Id say if we sold today...
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    How much do you spend a year (living expenses)?

    Care to share? Just worked out our family budget with the newborn arriving 6 months ago - worked out to be $24.5K per year, simple breakdown as follows: Utilities $3,500 Transport Fees to Work: $1,550 ($129 x 12) Fuel: $1,500 ($50 a week x 30 weeks avg) Car Costs: $1,700 (Rego plus...
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    Where can I get data on rent rates per m2?

    Hi, I am assisting a family member negotiate a renewal lease in a shopping centre and we require some data to back us up on our negotiations. Can anyone point me in the direction where I can purchase data on rental rates per square metre for a particular area/shopping centre? Thanks.
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    Somerton Man

    Anyone read about this or intrigued about it? I'm a bit of a fan of mysteries and this really caught my attention years ago when I started to read about Madeline McCann and accidentally stumbled upon it. The whole mystery reads better than any fiction book I've read. It's been 65 years, all...
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    Does Melbourne's CBD look underwhelming?

    There are constant comparisons between Melb vs Sydney but honestly having grown up in Melb and lived/living in Sydney, I never quite understood why people even bothered to. Melbourne appears much smaller CBD wise and very err boring... When I work in the Sydney CBD I feel as if it's a bigger...
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    Doncaster/Rowville Line

    Saw Andrew's announcement of the CBD North/South/Domain and Arden Street stations. If the badly overdue Doncaster and Rowville lines would ever be built, would this be a literally jackpot suburbs on that line? Doncaster line: Doncaster, Bulleen, possibly North Balwyn. Rowville Line (via...
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    Partnership vs Going Alone?

    Hi All, Just canvassing some thoughts - what would you do in this situation? We owe about $300K on our ip (also a warehouse that is tenanted). Looking at investing into a warehouse in Sydney - asking price is $800K. We are looking at either buying it ourselves or going in it 50-50 with an...
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    How long with Myer/DJ/[insert former aussie retail icon here] last?

    Can they reinvent themselves and compete head on with big international brands? Are their days numbered? If so, how long? If you were CEO what would you do? Growing up in the 80s, lower middle class Melbourne (St. Albans) in the mid 80s to mid 90s, I fondly recall it was a massive deal to...
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    Moving Level Crossing Undergound, how much price affect?

    Was having a conversation, I was saying moving level crossing underground doesn't really affect that much in price (for the houses near it) whereas my colleague reckons it does (up to $50K he says). Apart from the noise factor, I can't see any benefit from moving level crossing underground for...
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    Is there still any "value" in inner East (Melb)?

    Just curious about your thoughts about inner east Melbourne, is there any suburb at all providing some value? I'm more referring to 600m2 + blocks within 20kms from CBD on the Eastern/South Eastern end of Melb. The only suburb(s) at the moment which springs to mind is Burwood East & Chadstone...
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    Tenant wants to remove wall & electrical fittings

    Tenant in our commercial warehouse would like to remove a wall - he apparently had a structural engineer say it is "fine" to remove. Within that wall there are electrical wires etc. He has advised my property manager in writing that all costs are to be beared by him and also any electrical...
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    Issues with homestay relative (14 yr old)??

    Hi, Sort of a in a pickle and need to see if people would have any suggestions at solving this? In a nutshell, we are providing accommodation for a 14 yr old who is doing high school here - he is from Asia and mrs's nephew. We currently rent my mum's rear unit whilst she lives at the front with...
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    2nd Cybertheft in 1 months! ARGHH

    Hi, Just had to gripe here.....2nd cybertheft within a month. First it was my amazon account - hacked, had to cancel VISA & AMEX cards - they purchased some gift cards which was swifly voided by Amazon and cancelled, got my full refund. Second hack was this afternoon, logged into my paypal...
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    Super to purchase ip?

    Hi, Is it worthwhile? What are the traps in a general sense? Have about $60K combined with wife in super. We live in a little apartment paid off and have an ip (owe about 70% on it with a bank loan). 1 kid, expecting another in 2015. Better off saving and getting another loan and looking...
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    Melbourne: Has any suburb boom then busted?

    Hi, Just curious, has any suburb boomed, peaked then busted with the house price then staying lower than at its peak? The way it is, I seem to be reading all suburbs are currently averaging their highest peak price?? I'm wondering what correction (in $) some of the million dollar suburbs will...
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