Tips for building a new home

Home ownership achievable with Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are you in your thirties with a family and still renting? Do you feel home ownership is out of your grasp because of the current high price of houses?

It is possible to save money when entering the home market by choosing a new home build in Melbourne. 
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First home buyer's advice 9

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 05, 2015

With so many new estates around the outer suburbs there is plenty of competition between the land agents for your custom. This can lead to numerous problems due to many agents being focussed on their bottom line.  
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First home buyer's advice 6

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 27, 2015

When looking for land let the builder do the work and get the builder to source your land.   
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First Home buyer advice 3

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 19, 2015

I had some clients come to me to discuss their first home requirements over the weekend nothing out of the ordinary there I thought. Over the next few days I found them a great block of land in the Mernda Villages estate and I priced an Onella18 Berstan home on the site and fixed the price no more to pay. I then sent the details to the client who replied back with a much lower price with a major volume Melbourne home builder and the price was for a similar home design. The problem was the land the builder had quoted on had 2.5 metres of fill over it and this is where the issue will begin. The builder had stated a (fixed site cost allowance) problem being the allowance was well under the amount required engineering due to the fill. Unfortunately the first home buyer couple have proceeded with this builder and they will find out about it the hard way with thousands of extra costs coming their way. 
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Retirement home living with Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stop don’t buy into a retirement village without looking into the facts about them. A client came to me last week and explained how some friends of hers had purchased a home in a retirement village and the costs were very high. Some of the fees are as follows site fee for having your home on their property. A 30 year lease was offered and at the end of that period the lease would need to be renegotiated. The homes offered were portable style homes similar to cabins you would find in a caravan park. Site management fees that increased yearly and common areas that were all to be maintained at another cost. Basically not a very good deal at all and no equity in the cabin what so ever. The cabin would be more of a liability than an asset. At Berstan Homes we offer a home and land package combination without any fees other than rates and energy use. All properties have their own title and are located near shopping centres and public transport. The properties are designed with easy maintenance in mind. Enjoyable easy care gardens, timber decked areas, stainless steel appliances including dish washer, gas ducted heating and quality floor coverings. These great properties are available in Mernda, Wollert and Craigieburn. Cost of these great value packages are all around $310k. 
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Has your home seen better days!

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 13, 2014



I drove passed this old treasure in Warrandyte over the weekend and I couldn’t resist taking a photo. If your home is a little passed its use by date why not consider a knock down rebuild same location just a brand new home. 
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Land buying tips

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Always consult with your builder before you buy land. They have the experience and knowledge to help you determine if the land is suitable for your requirements.  
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