News and updates

Retirement living with Berstan Homes

Friday, February 27, 2015
Berstan Homes are currently offering retirement packages starting at $300k and are a complete turnkey product. The homes are styled with easy care options low maintenance gardens, easy access kitchens and low care flooring solutions.  Locations include: Mernda Villages in Mernda Eucalypt estate Wollert  Highlands estate Craigieburn These homes are being constructed with easy retirement living in mind. The properties have their own titles and no body corporate or management fees. You own the property outright and have no ongoing
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New home builders overcharging

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A client came to me over the weekend and claimed a major new home builder in Melbourne was overcharging for fly-screens.  On further investigation I found the claim has substance and the company was charging 700% over the cost of the fly-screens. An average home of 20 squares has a fly-screen cost of $280 so the company concerned is certainly charging way over the costs it should be.  Most building companies put a margin on their goods and services supplied
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Mernda Villages new land release

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Stockland Mernda Villages has released another stage at Mernda with 6 lots selling on the day of the release. The lots are sized 213m/2 up to 800m/2 with prices starting at $133k to $298k. Berstan Homes are working with Stockland and have packages including land starting at $289,500k up to the Astoria32 on 800m/2 coming in at $618k. An average 400m/2 lot is selling for $195k which is comparable to most estates in the Mernda area. Berstan Homes and Stockland
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Home & Land Package Investors

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Berstan Homes in the last couple of months has noticed a larger volume of investor activity in the marketplace. The Reserve Bank holding interest rates and the possibility of lowering rates further is great news. Lower rates are not only good for investors but home owners as well. Home & Land Packages is a great way for investors to get a better deal with stamp duty, because lets face it who likes paying it. Existing properties attract full stamp duty
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Highlands estate Craigieburn

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sales at the Highlands are now entering their 11th year and stronger than ever and currently selling 600 lots per year. This year Stockland hope to sell 900 lots in this master planned community and are well on their way to this sales achievement.  Berstan Homes are working closely with Stockland and are offering home and land packages starting at $297k up to $550k for the Astoria32. The highland estate is filling nicely with varied size of homes with people
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First Home Buyer Advice 2

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I recently was at  a Developer Function talking with some other builders and they were expressing concern about a particular Melbourne home builder's dubious method of financing homes. They are promoting and advising First Homes Buyers to take out credit card debt as part deposits for their home loans. This practice is a very poor form of advice leading to many First Home Buyers being in financial hot water before they even move into their home .
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Mernda Villages and Berstan Homes

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Signage is now up for the great value Berstan Homes and Stockland home and land packages, starting at $289,500. The home and land packages are a turnkey product with everything you would expect from a quality Berstan home.  The locations of these packages are selected by Stockland & Berstan Homes for easy shopping and public transport convenience. The packages are suitable for first home buyers or down sizes and retirees looking for a quality home. 
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First Home Buyer Advice

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Many First Home Buyers are becoming more interested in purchasing an Investment Property. This can be a sound idea and able to set yourself up well for the future. With many First Home Buyers still living at home this gives a great opportunity for saving and investing. Berstan Homes have investor packages starting at around $290K and well worthy of investigation with rental from these properties around $320 per week makes them a sound investment.
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Million dollar park opening.

Sunday, February 08, 2015
Stockland are celebrating the opening of their sensational million dollar recreational park at Eucalypt Estate Wollert. A great opportunity for families to see this wonderful park and the numerous facilities throughout this great Stockland Estate in the north.   Location: Corner Vanin Street and Weerona Parkway Wollert. When: Saturday 14 February 2015 Time:  12-2 pm. Family Fun: Free ice-cream van and BBQ.  Fitness sessions,  Yoga sessions fun for the kids: Featuring Disney's Frozen, Live Karaoke experience.  Free face painting, Balloon
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Cafe now open at Eucalypt

Friday, February 06, 2015
The sign has been erected on Epping for the Third place cafe at Eucalypt estate and it's now open for business. I dropped in there over the weekend with some clients and what a coffee they make! Both the clients and myself stayed on for lunch and we weren't disappointed, the food was fresh and very filling.  
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