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Interest rates going down

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With the current financial climate the Reserve Bank is more than likely to reduce interest rates even further. What a great opportunity to take advantage  of these historical lows by buying an investment property. Berstan Homes currently have several properties to choose from with turn key packages starting at $290k and an estimated rental return of $300 per week. These investments are offering around a 5% plus return and a return like that won't be found by putting your money
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Fencing feature

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A great way to include a feature around your home is the lining of a fence with blue board and render. This is a simple process and is the perfect job for the home handy person. The blue board can easily be purchased at any hardware shop for example, Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10 ,ETC for around $32 for a 2.440 x 1.200 sheet. Fixing of the board can be either screwed or nailed. Once the sheets are fixed in place
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Home Loan Brokers

Monday, August 24, 2015
Over the last couple of years I have noticed a large increase of phone traffic from home finance brokers offering our sale team large commissions for successful client referrals. Most are offering commissions of $1,700 average this makes me think how much are they really making out of the clients lender and of course this would not be worn by the lender but the client. I feel there should be an enquiry into this industry to sort out this practise,
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Boral concrete and roof tiles

Friday, August 21, 2015
Another load of Boral concrete being delivered for our new display village in Doreen. Boral have also supplied the roof tiles for the display homes. There are three different styles of roof tiles used at the displays, Macquarie, Striata and Contour. The Macquarie is the most commonly used tile being the most affordable with the Contour closely following behind. The Striata gives the illusion of being a flat tile similar to slate and is a little more expensive.
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Investors are making great returns

Thursday, August 20, 2015
We have been building plenty of investment properties over the last couple of years with many of our clients building their second and third properties with us. We have found all our properties are rented within 2-3 weeks after completion and the rental returns of around 5.3%. For an investment of around $300k many are taking advantage and building very healthy property port folios with Berstan Homes.
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Marketing company home builders

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Over the weekend I had some clients talking about some friends that are building their new home via a marketing company builder. They explained the situation to me and what is happening to their friends first of all they answered an advert and the process began, they were then shown a display home built by one of the marketing company builders. The home was of reasonable standard and they were happy to go to the next step choosing a home
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Driveway drainage

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Always make sure you allow for drains in your driveways and make sure your contractor installs them.  Over the weekend I had a very concerned home owner call me about her garage flooding. I went out to have an inspection and found the concreter had not installed any drains. The driveway slope was only slight but still required a drain and the cost of installing a drain after concrete would be around $10,000 for the demolition and re-pour. It's much
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Rubbish Dumping

Monday, August 17, 2015
We are currently experiencing a large increase in rubbish dumping on our sites. The dumping is not only from members of the public but trades and builders are involved. There are many reasons why this is happening  and the main reason is the high cost of tipping fees. The cost of mixed rubbish is currently around $350 per ton, so working on a truck load at $2,400 you can see why dumping is going on. I am now suggesting to
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Knock down rebuild Finance

Friday, August 14, 2015
Many lenders are now tightening up with their lending criteria and this is why you need to look at a team of expert brokers collated by Berstan Homes. We have a team of brokers second to none and are able to offer you the best deal to get your knock down new build financed. Months can be wasted with the wrong lending team and who wants to waste time!
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Austral Bricks

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Over the weekend I visited the new display centre for Austral bricks and what a great example of choice. There are walls of brick exhibits to choose from and the best part it's all indoors. There are plenty of bricks available for samples and the staff are very helpful with years of experience for guidance.
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Matt Blatt

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
On a recent trip to one of our favourite suppliers we noticed the Matt Blatt Replica Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Armchair.  This armchair was perfect for an outdoor alfresco setting that we required for our new display village in Doreen. The chair ticks so many boxes with easy stacking plus being outdoor friendly and plenty of groovy colours to choose from.
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Friday, August 07, 2015
Berstan Homes is proud to release their brand new home, the Astoria54, a modern design with all the extras you would expect from this executive style home. Offering 6 bedrooms and plenty of spacious living zones for the whole family, this home is definitely worth looking at.
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Knock down new build

Thursday, August 06, 2015
Berstan Homes liken knock down new build to putting a large jigsaw together.  All is made easy with the right team at Berstan. We have a team of professionals available for any size project and like a jigsaw all our team work together and fit perfectly. 
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Investment Properties Available

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Berstan Homes and Stockland currently have several properties available and are perfect for the investor. The properties are located a short drive from Epping and are turn-key. The prices start at $280k, a limited number of these properties are made possible by Berstan Homes and Stockland each year.
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Mernda Villages Sales

Monday, August 03, 2015
  Land Sales at the best estate in Mernda are very strong with an average of between 15-20 Lots selling per month. The buyers are a mixture of down sizers and first home buyers. Mernda Villages offers more than the other estates in the area with a shopping complex and schools all within the estate. Berstan Homes have also experienced strong sales over the last  month in the Mernda Villages estate. Berstan Homes currently have eight homes under construction in
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New home builder

Friday, July 31, 2015
Many clients come to Berstan Homes with the same stories about builders behaving badly and some of the stories are quite alarming.  Many of the problems seem to stem from new home buyers looking for a builder often make the same mistake of going for the cheapest price. When the cheapest possible price is incorporated in to your home build it will in most cases create cost cutting by the builder. There are several ways this can happen, one is
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Knock down rebuild finance

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Berstan Homes, the knock down rebuild specialists have several expert financial broking companies they work with for the best results for their clients.  Not every lending institution loan funds for knock down rebuilds and by having a specialist knock down rebuild lender on board from the start can save you time and plenty of money.  Call Berstan Homes today about their finance brokers.
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Hitting Rock

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  With several home builds lately we had the unfortunate situation of hitting rock while we were doing the plumbing and concrete slab preparation works. The rock was so hard the rock breaker was really struggling to penetrate so we had the need for the rock to be cored. By coring the rock we saved our clients thousand of dollars.
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Mernda Villages Park

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Parks have certainly changed a lot over the years with many more interesting items for play and adventure.  Stockland at Mernda Villages have now installed a massive sand pit with plenty of toys for those young up and coming excavators and a basketball court for adults and children to enjoy.
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Berstan Homes Doreen

Monday, July 27, 2015
Our display office in Doreen is really starting to take shape and should be open about the 16th of August. The brickwork will be finished this week and the plastering is also going to be completed. The address for our displays is 1, 3 and 5 Windermere Pde Doreen, which is just off Bridge Inn Road. 
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Fire pits are taking off

Friday, July 24, 2015
On several of our current projects we have been asked to include a fire pit in the landscaping design.  A fire pit is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have some good old family fun toasting marshmallows and toast cooked the old fashioned way.
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Land buyers beware

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Over the weekend I was helping a client choose a suitable estate to build his dream home. While driving from estate to estate we found some very poorly designed homes in different areas. I explained to my client that you had to be very careful of developer's poor standard of design guidelines or you could end up living next door and be surrounded by poorly designed ugly homes that will ultimately bring the value of your home down with them.
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Interior Design Items

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Many of our clients lately have been inquiring about places to purchase items of interest to include in their new Berstan Home. I have found several stores that sell interesting items and one that comes to mind is Schots Home Emporium located at 400 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill. Schots stock a large range of furniture, plumbing, lighting and plenty of quirky items that will cause plenty of conversation.
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Technika steaming up a treat

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
On a recent visit to the Technika showroom, I was very impressed with the new steam ovens available.  Many of our clients are having us install a steamer oven as a standard appliance to their kitchens. By having a steam oven option it enables the cook top to have a rest and of course less cleaning required from all those pots. 
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Gas Fireplace Design

Monday, July 20, 2015
Jet Master has so many different designs available and Berstan Homes are able to offer so many alternatives to clients. Berstan Homes have chosen several different styles in their current display village; the 6000 TRSI, the XLR PlusBro indoor and the XLR outdoor. All models have very different aesthetic appeal. They are all of different style showing logs, stones and flames and the best way to experience the fires is to book an appointment and see them at our display
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Mernda Villages BBQ

Friday, July 17, 2015
  Stockland at Mernda have installed a great BBQ area with plenty of undercover seating and the surroundings are simply amazing. The BBQ area is designed for all ages with plenty of open grassy areas and even a basketball net. The kids can play happily while waiting for the food to be ready.
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Negative gearing

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Government would be better leaving negative gearing in place for many reasons. Negative gearing basically allows plenty of rental properties available in the market place and if removed would cause rental properties to dry up very quickly. Another problem would be a mass exodus from rental properties causing a massive glut of properties on the market and causing a certain price correction. Even if corrected by 20% most renters would still not be able to purchase these properties because
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Outdoor Living Gas

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We are finding an increasing number of our clients are requesting a gas point be included to their Alfresco areas. This is a great idea to include a gas point instead of relying on gas bottles. The savings are worth thinking about as well as the convenience.
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Mernda Villages Sales

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Stockland and Berstan Homes have been selling plenty of home and land packages for all sorts of clients.  Mernda Villages have so many draw cards from schools, great public transport options and a large shopping precinct so the residents really don't need to leave the estate. It is little wonder that so many clients are choosing Mernda Villages as their new home.
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BBQ at Hazelcroft Doreen

Monday, July 13, 2015
The BBQ has now been installed at Hazelcroft. It is located near the rear of the estate and is ready for use.The area has plenty of cover and ample seating. While the food is cooking the little ones have a great choice of play equipment. There is also a large grassed area for some football play.
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