Number of new mortgages is at an all-time high

Buyer confidence: 7 Koondara Street, Camp Hill, recently sold for $1.535 million through Place Bulimba estate agency.

Consumer confidence in the housing market continues to climb, with the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that new loan commitments have risen across all buyer groups, with Queensland leading the way in most instances.

Adrian Kelly, president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia said the ABS figures reveal a 12.6 per cent increase in new loan commitments for owner-occupier housing in August, compared with the previous month, and a 19.3 per cent rise for the year.

He said increases were seen in all states and territories, except the Northern Territory. “The largest increases in the value of new loan commitments were in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.”

While this is the largest monthly increase in the ABS’s history of its Lending to Household and Business series, Mr Kelly said some caution in the interpretation of the month-to-month comparisons was required.

“The ABS points out that commitments in August reflect customer demand in earlier months, with lenders reporting that current processing times mean that August finance commitments reflect customer demand in June and early July, prior to Victoria imposing stage 3 and stage 4 restrictions,” Mr Kelly said.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella.

“The value of loan commitments for investor housing rose 9.3 per cent for the month, but was down 4.6 per cent for the year, with Queensland and Victoria driving the increase in commitments for investment housing in August.

“The number of owner-occupier first-home buyer loan commitments increased by 17.7 per cent for the month. This is the third consecutive monthly increase and is the highest level since October 2009.”

Mr Kelly said the recovery in lending is encouraging and reflects the recent easing in restrictions on movements and subsequent market response. However, he said the figures did not yet reflect the impact of second-wave restrictions in Australia’s second-largest market of Melbourne.

The rise in consumer confidence, for Queensland at least, looks set to continue for some time.

With rock-bottom interest rates unlikely to move in the near future, and the banks and Federal Government pushing to ease borrowing restrictions by February next year, mean it has never been a better time to borrow to buy a home.

However, is this combination in an ease of borrowing and increase in house prices setting us up for a potential financial fall?

Antonia Mercorella, chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, said that while a pandemic did require reform of lending legislation, finding the balance was key.

“It was not that long ago that we had a Royal Commission into banking practices and there was some pretty dark and damning revelations that came out of that.

“As a result we saw the pendulum swing, perhaps too far in the other direction, where the banks became too tight with their lending practices.”

Ms Mercorella said that in a pandemic it was necessary for lending laws to be changed but it was important that that occurs within a framework that allows people to be protected and does not lead to borrowers losing their homes and livelihoods.

“We welcome lending practises that allow people to be able to make decisions and fund their acquisitions. This is beneficial to mortgagees and also the broader economy, but we don’t want to see the more vulnerable in society to be negatively affected,” she said.

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Live like the King rugby league immortal Wally Lewis

Wally Lewis at the height of his prowess during State of Origin Game 2 in 1989 scoring a try for Queensland. The Maroons won this one 16 to 12.

Rugby league immortal and Channel 9 presenter Wally Lewis is selling his waterfront home that’s pimped out with pontoon, tennis court, pool and all the barbecue space you could desire.

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Beautiful waterfront spot,

A massive 1,353sq m block.

The home has all the trappings that make Queensland a wonderful place to live.

The man widely known as The King and The Emperor of Lang Park played into three decades – the 1970s, 80s and 90s – becoming one of the greatest players the NRL has seen and went The 30-time Queensland State of Origin captain bought the four bedroom waterfront property in Birkdale along the Redland coast in Brisbane’s east in 1994.

He paid $275,000 for the property which he has held for so long that the land alone is valued at $1.15m last year, according to CoreLogic records.

Wally Lewis gets into some backyard football with the next generation.

What a way to retire.

Great spot to spend the summer.

In the last five years alone, houses in Birkdale have risen in price by 13.5 per cent, with the median asking rent sitting at around $485 a week.

The King’s beautiful home comes with all the trappings you would expect of an up-market Queensland home with a tennis court, pool, gazebo, and pontoon on a large 1,353sq m block.

What a view from the gazebo.

One of several living zones.

The humble sporting legend has not sought publicity over the sale, with CoreLogic simply showing that he has had it on the market for just over 20 days.

Records show he also owned a three bedroom beach house in Kings Beach which he sold five years ago for $590,000. He also owns a four-bedroom house in Tingalpa.

Play tennis and wave at boats coming by.

What a view to wake up to.

Take your own boat out from your ‘backyard’.


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At home with 1000 Chairs’ director Emma Thiessen

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.

Interior spaces, art and architecture had always been an inspiration for retailer Emma Thiessen. After working in the airline industry, the 45-year-old decided to follow her passion and start a career in the design industry.

Becoming the director for Adelaide-based furniture company 1000 Chairs, Emma has worked hard to showcase the very best of South Australia’s makers and designers.

“Our local furniture and design community is exciting and innovative,” she says. “The reasons to support local South Australian and Australian made could not be more important than in the time we are living now.

“Appreciating the incredible talent we have on offer supports families, businesses and in turn the wider positive outlook it creates for our state and country.”

When she’s not sourcing furniture, Emma loves spending time with her family and making the most of their most recent home additions.

“The pool and the pizza oven would have to be the best additions we have made and we love how they bring us together,” she says.


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My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.




1K chairs (1000 Chairs).


Working with the phenomenal local design community in this state. I’m humbled by how talented and energetic they all are and I’m lucky to be able to work closely with them in a small way.


My husband James and two children, Bebe and my stepson Noah.


It’s a story of all the places I have been, the relationships I’ve experienced in my life, a cosy space to share with my family.


Sort out the spare room!


Playful, yet practical.


My LRNCE Moroccan textile art that I had local Jam Factory associate and artist Ivana Taylor create a walnut rod and rope system to hang above our bed.


Art and chairs.


The new master bedroom and ensuite. The outlook is to the pool area, and gives me the feeling of being on holidays all the time.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.


■ The loves of my life, my family.

■ Pool and wood oven.

■ Cutie the cat.


A lot of succulents!


I usually get into my house pants as soon as possible and ask how everyone’s day went, then start to cook or watch my husband cook and sit at the kitchen bench and chat about the day.


Relax and recharge with yoga and a hike and good bottle of rosé or pinot.


A 1983 Honda Civic named Ursula.


Music of all genres, currently loving Billie Eilish.


Sarah Wilson’s This One Wild and Precious Life.


The Castle, always.


Clean freak.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.


To travel. NZ was cancelled this year due to Covid and keen to get over to Switzerland to do some mountain hiking after we finally get to NZ in 2021.




Golden Boy.




A singer or a politician.


Summer holidays at Sellicks/Aldinga/Silver Sands.


A yin yoga instructor.


So many but love the beauty of KI.


Bora Bora for total R + R.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.

My Place Emma Thiessen

At home with Emma Thiessen, Director of 1000 Chairs. Photo: Nick Clayton.




Caring and helpful.


My daughter Bebe.


In a simple beautiful modernist home on some land and with views of the ocean and the mountains.



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Culzean Crescent, Highton sells for $100K above auction reserve

Multiple buyers wanted a slice of this Highton view at Saturday’s auction.

Local buyers have paid $100,000 above reserve to upgrade to a renovated house in one of old Highton’s most prized streets.

The Belmont couple beat five active bidders to secure 51 Culzean Crescent for $830,000 at auction on Saturday.

Barry Plant, Highton agent Matthew Constantine said the popular riverside location, which offers great city views, attracted 12 registered buyers.

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There’s more to the property than meets the eye.

See the GMHBA Stadium lights in the distance.

“We had 10 bidders on site and two bidders on the phone,” Mr Constantine said.

“The reserve was $730,000 and it sold at $830,000.

“There was a Melbourne person who was prepared to buy it sight unseen but it was a local buyers.

“I guess there were some big pluses with what had been done to the property, the renovations over the years and it had a great outlook.”

Party ready.

Views over Geelong are a highlight of the two-storey, three-bedroom house, best enjoyed from the open-plan living area and adjoining deck.

A second rumpus room with a bar provides another option for entertaining downstairs.

Mr Constantine said there was strong demand for limited listings in that Highton pocket from buyers who wanted to be close to the Barwon River and Montpellier Primary School.

A home among the treetops.

He said many Geelong buyers were also keen to wrap up sales before Melbourne buyers hit the region again.

“People expect obviously the Melbourne market is going to come down when they are allowed,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is that local people are out in force and it shows great confidence in our market.”

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Funky ‘60s vibes in this flexible, updated Sandy Bay home

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay. Picture: SUPPLIED

JUST a three-minute drive from Long Beach, this superb, stylish Sandy Bay property offers family living and a contemporary apartment.

This Fehre Court property boasts an exceptional blend of practical 1960s architecture with stunning contemporary design, the latter achieved under the guidance of acclaimed Tasmanian architect Maria Gigney.

As the floor plan suggests, this home will be ideal for buyers looking for indoor and outdoor entertaining.

Alongside established gardens, tall trees and green lawns, the property also has a huge deck off the dining room with a wonderful outlook over vibrant gardens.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

Plenty of parking.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

So much space.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

The place to be.

The expansive living zone, dining area and well-appointed kitchen take in views of the Derwent Estuary, Tasman Bridge, eastern and western shore suburbs, plus glimpses of the city.

The northerly aspect of this home and expansive windows fill it with light and warmth.

The residence benefits from entry-level access alongside the off-street parking and secure garage.

All three bedrooms are positioned on the walk-in level. Each is an expansive size and they have new built-in wardrobes.

The main bedroom has a spacious ensuite while the family bathroom has been refurbished to a high standard to reflect modern standards and very chic style.

The house has been repainted, and new carpet and plumbing were installed in recent times.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this property is the sensational Maria Gigney-designed self-contained, ultra-stylish and contemporary apartment.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

Get creative in the kitchen.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

Relax in the bath.

11 Fehre Court Sandy Bay

Light and bright.

The apartment offers privacy and light, complete with a green outlook and an air of solitude.

Its exceptional main living area benefits from underfloor heating.

It has mains gas connected for heating and hot water.

Although currently separated from the main house, there is an option to reconnect the internal access to the apartment to create a main bedroom suite that opens on to the garden.

Both the upper and lower areas of the home have gas heating and individual panel heaters.

The upstairs main living area also has a reverse-cycle unit, perfect for a quick cool down in summer.

This property would ideally suit a family or those looking to cater for a teenage child or elderly relative under one roof with separation.

For potential buyers wishing to draw an income to supplement their mortgage, the lower level apartment could be just the ticket.

No.11 Fehre Court, Sandy Bay is priced at “Offers over $1,150,000” and it listed with Lennard McLure.

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Ray White keeps Melbourne auctions online despite easing restrictions

Melb Auctions

Melbourne Ray White auctioneers, including chief auctioneer Matt Condon, will keep hammer time online despite a shift in auction restrictions. Picture: Aaron Francis.

One of the nation’s largest real estate agencies is sticking with online auctions in Melbourne, despite the state government clearing in-person bidding to resume.

On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews revived outdoor auctions for the first time since July 8, with just 10 people plus the minimum required staff allowed to attend.

But Ray White agents are expected to send 122 Melbourne homes under the hammer online only this week — meaning at least one in five of Victoria’s anticipated 500-odd auctions will not be held face-to-face.

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Ray White Victoria chief executive Stephen Dullens said policing the attendance cap would be complicated, particularly if a property didn’t have a backyard or a gate to control access to a front yard. As such, proceeding online would reduce risks and disruptions.

His main concern stemmed from the firm’s internal figures from more than 800 Victorian online auctions held since March, which showed an average 34 viewers and six registered bidders. In many cases, these online attendees were joined by a partner, too.

Hampton auction in backyard

Auctioneer Nick Johnstone conducted one of the city’s first backyard auctions after restrictions banning auctions during Melbourne’s first lockdown ended. Picture: Alex Coppel.

“Agents will have to tell people to leave, and husbands and wives will be told one will need to go wait in a car,” Mr Dullens said.

“If it hails, you won’t have the option to move it inside.

“Our recommendation at the moment is to stay online. With the settings as they are, it doesn’t make sense to be on site when it could be online.

“(On-site and online) hybrids would be good, But there are challenges and online is working really, really well.”

Last weekend, a four-bedroom house at 87 Pakenham Street, Blackburn, soared $100,000 past its reserve to a $2.105m sale in an online auction. Twelve registered bidders and 34 onlookers logged in.

87 Pakenham St, Blackburn - for herald sun real estate

87 Pakenham St, Blackburn, surged past its reserve in an online auction last weekend.

Mr Dullens also had concerns about minimising staff on site, if a live stream needed to be hosted as well.

He added Ray White would review the advice to its auctioneers if the cap was raised to 20 people or restrictions were otherwise eased, making the situation “more manageable”.

He said he did not believe vendors would be worse off, with the agency’s 2020 clearance rate sitting 3-4 per cent higher than the same time last year and hovering in the high-80 per cent range over recent weeks, despite auctions being limited to online and phone bidding.


Other large agencies have said they would resume in-person auctions this week. Picture: Sarah Matray

Despite Ray White’s decision, most Victorian auctioneers are expected to return to the streets across the week.

Barry Plant, one of the city’s next biggest agency groups, is expecting just under 100 homes to go under the hammer.

Chief executive Mike McCarthy said bidders would be confirmed to attend as they registered. And once 10 people signed up, others would be asked to attend digitally.

“That worked fine earlier in the year,” Mr McCarthy said.

To conduct COVID-safe public sales, the Real Estate Institute of Victoria is recommending agents pre-register attendees, clearly mark out “auction zones”, hold auctions in backyards if possible and mark bidder spots with the required 1.5m gap.

The REIV also notes on-site auctions must be held outdoors, and regional Victorians can only participate in Melbourne auctions virtually.

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INXS guitarist Tim Farriss and wife Beth upsize to Narrabeen lakefront home


INXS guitarist Tim Farriss (right) has upgraded on the northern beaches. Picture: Craig Greenhill.

INXS guitarist Tim Farriss and his wife Beth are upsizing on the Northern Beaches, having sold their longtime Kangaroo Valley weekender and apartment in Fairlight.

The couple, who pocketed $6.07 million from the two sales, have now spent $3.9 million on a Narrabeen lakefront abode.

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Supplied Editorial INXS drummer Tim Farriss upgrades to Narrabeen. 39A Mactier Street,
 Narrabeen, NSW 2101

The home is on the lakefront.

The late 1930s five bedroom weatherboard, transformed in recent years, is one of few that has a north-to-rear lake frontage. The living room and dining area open to a lakeside deck.

It sold, with approval for a pool in the 880sqm grounds, through Cherie Humel and Garry Greco from Clarke & Humel Property.

The purchase is the second highest house sale in the suburb in 2020, only behind a grand Malcolm St home that fetched $4.27 million last month.

Supplied Editorial INXS drummer Tim Farriss upgrades to Narrabeen. 39A Mactier Street,
 Narrabeen, NSW 2101

Lots of open plan living.

Supplied Editorial INXS drummer Tim Farriss upgrades to Narrabeen. 39A Mactier Street,
 Narrabeen, NSW 2101

Not a bad spot.

The band recorded more than 200 songs since its inception in 1977.

There are whisper quiet plans by impresario Michael Cassel and longtime INXS manager Chris Murphy for a stage production with a story ­inspired around the band’s music, similar to Queen’s We Will Rock You and Abba’s Mamma Mia.


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The Block 2020 episode 33 recap: Plasterer’s shocking attack reduces Sarah to tears

Walls went up (and were torn down) as Harry and foreman Keith went to war yet again.

Harry, who was already fuming over the revelation that his was the only house not getting a brand new front door – leaving him slammed with the additional, time-consuming job of restoring the existing one – was further incensed when Keith accused him of sneakily trying to advance in the competition.


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Harry’s crime? His tradesmen had begun fixing the external walls before wrapping them in plastic to protect them from the elements.

Keith and Harry clash again

Another day, another fight between Keith and Harry.

“It’s not facade week,” Keith said sternly, before pointing out that contestants were only allowed to work on the spaces they were allocated from week to week.

“You don’t need to be rude,” spluttered a flustered and frustrated Harry.

“I am not being rude,” Keith interrupted (he was because, let’s face it, that’s his signature schtick).

“You just don’t like hearing the truth, Harry.”

In fairness, Harry and Tash are the only pairing without a trade qualification between them so presumably it is harder for them to figure out the basics of building that come more naturally to the other four teams.

Certainly, IT specialist Harry was adamant that it’s his lack of experience rather than sneakiness that keeps getting him in hot water.

“It got quite heated, but I don’t cheat,” Harry explained.

“If I know the rules I won’t cheat.”

The wall facades had been put in place while a lightly unhinged Harry was off site, sulking about the door issue.

“I feel like we are being penalised — and in hell week,” he said after Keith had tried to sugar coat the fact he was the only contestant expected to revitalise the original front door. According to Keith, Harry’s old door was too attractive to be thrown in a skip and warranted refurbishing.

Keith's Harry face - the pair have clashed all season

Keith’s resting Harry face.

Harry wasn’t sold on that, repeatedly ranting: “I am pissed off!”

Daughter Tash agreed they had been given the door short-straw and sympathised with Harry’s emotional response.

“It takes a lot for dad to get to this point and to see him like this, is not good,” she said.

“For dad to say that he doesn’t care anymore you just know (the show’s) pushed him too far.”

It was while he was still reeling from the mounting pressure of the growing number of tasks ahead of him for the week that Keith appeared on site to accuse him of playing dirty.

“Harry doesn’t like being caught out and I have caught him out a number of times in recent weeks,” Keith said. “I’m going to have to watch him even closer because every time I turn around, he’s doing something wrong.”

This was an interesting about face from Keith, who just a few hours earlier had stood side-by-side with his fellow foreman Dan as he told Harry that his team (along with Jimmy and Tam) would be first to get their stairs installed. Dan told Harry it was a “compliment” to be first cab off the rank with the stairwell installation because it meant they trusted him to be the fastest worker.

In reality it meant that poor Harry (who has repeatedly been told and shown to be disorganised) was under tremendous pressure to get the entire stairwell prepped on Day 1 during a period of construction dubbed “hell week” because of the number of jobs that he had to juggle.

Jimmy and Tam on The Block

Jimmy and Tam discover Harry has dobbed them in.

Although he didn’t object to Dan’s glowing assessment of Harry’s time-management skills, Keith remained noticeably silent during the pep talk.

He wasn’t so tongue-tied when he inevitably discovered Harry had failed to get his stairwell ready in time, nor when he was tearing strips off him for the exterior wall fracas.

Keith also took great delight in visiting Jimmy and Tam to dob Harry in for saying they’d broken the rules too (he’d seen their house wrapped in plastic and thought they’d also been straightening their outside walls), which left the Queensland couple bemused and annoyed in equal measure.

“There’s the Block rules and Harry’s rules and that’s why Keith and Dan spend most of their time up there at House 1,” Jimmy said, as Tam simply raised her eyebrows over the latest dust-up.

Keith and Harry weren’t the only ones going toe-to-toe on The Block.

Another heated episode came from an unlikely source — mild-mannered Sarah.

The primary school teacher was shocked when she saw one of Luke and Jasmin’s plasterers nick her Gyprock sheets.

An emotional Sarah breaks down

An emotional Sarah after copping a spray from a plasterer.

The plasterer, when confronted, let fly with a string of profanities that left Sarah in tears.

“It’s hard that I have to deal with it because George isn’t here and I hate confrontation,” she said, wiping away tears.

“It’s also hard when you’re a woman to be spoken to like that.”

She didn’t find much sisterly solidarity from Jasmin who basically told Sarah that she was on the receiving end of the salty spray because she had come on to the site, all guns blazing, demanding her stuff back. According to a nonchalant Jasmin, foul language and flared tempers are to be expected on a building site.

Jasmin's face says it all

Jasmin’s face says it all

Thankfully Sarah found a more sympathetic ear with Dan who pulled Luke aside and told him that theft and disrespect were not on. Luke agreed to reprimand his plasterer for the incident (although that was not shown on camera, nor was the face of the bloke behind the tirade).

We can probably expect more incidents like this throughout the week as all five teams will be under tremendous pressure to complete their main house finished.

They don’t call it “hell week” for nothing!

The teams are expected to plaster and decorate the stairwell and hallway as well as complete their laundries, powder room (that’s real estate talk for spare dunny) and any of their past rooms that need revisiting.

Across the five houses that means the bare minimum of work that needed to be done was 402 sqm of walls to Gyprock and paint, 160 sqm of flooring to lay, 100 stairs to build and 38 lights to install before judging.

And this monolithic amount of work also means cramped and crowded conditions as a huge number of tradespeople would be on site every day.

Amid all this chaos everyone was looking for ways to make what could be pedestrian spaces like hallways and laundries stand out from the crowd.

For Sarah and George, still riding high from their first win of the competition, this meant pulling out all the stops with high-end vintage posters for their hallway.

Dan's rentadog is hired by one team

Dan’s rentadog is ready for his close up.

Plus, they had their “game changer” move to make this week, installing an impressive-looking glass arched doorway in their hallway to separate the old part of the house from the new extension.

Sarah also had a cunning (not to mention cute and cuddly) plan to make sure her laundry had that all important “emotional connection” that the judges bang on about — a live dog. She asked Dan if he would loan her his pet beagle for Room Reveal Day. Once Dan checked in with his “boss” (wife Dani) he gave Sarah the green light to use his furry friend for the day provided she paid his pooch (with a few dog biscuits).

Harry too saw the light about how to make his hallway a showstopper, deciding to install three new skylights. This, of course, wasn’t exactly a surprise move given his penchant for skylights. All up, his three new ones will bring his skylight total to 24! If he doesn’t get a job as a Velux spokesman as a result of this show, then something has gone awry.

Keith, Dan and Harry have words

Keith, Dan and Harry have words

“Not more sky light! Where are you putting them now?” Tash fumed when she heard his latest lofty lighting plan.

“Why is he so obsessed with skylights? I don’t know. Maybe he’s got some childhood trauma of being in a room without windows.”

Or perhaps he wants to ensure he’s got as many escape hatches as possible at his disposal for when Keith next comes to call.


Episode 32: The Block’s most heartwarming moment

Episode 30/31: Daniel’s foul-mouthed tirade at Dan

Episode 29: Why Harry and Tash didn’t deserve their win

Episode 28: Jimmy and Tam’s ‘complete fail

Episode 26/27: Harry storms off The Block

Episode 25: ‘Say it to our face’: Luke & Jasmin hit back

Episode 24: Did Luke and Jasmin copy again?

Episode 23: ‘It’s not in the spirit of the game’: Scott Cam slams copying

Episode 22: ‘They won with somebody elses idea’

Episode 21: Why Dan’s tradies walked off the job

Episode 20: Why winning room looks eerily familiar

Episode 18/19: Queue jumping Jasmin earns Jade’s wrath

Episode 17: ‘It’s shifty’: why the contestants are dirty on Harry

Episode 16: The most jaw-dropping bathrooms The Block has seen

Episodes 14, 15 recap: ‘D*** move’: Tensions rise as team dobs on another

Episode 13 recap: ‘Blockhead’s potty antics disgust Keith’

Episode 10-11 recap: The new Block rule that could ruin the season

Episode 9 recap: Favouritism allegations hit The Block

Episode 8 recap: Judges pull no punches on grieving Daniel and Jade

Episode 6-7 recap: Sack your builder: Keith slams ‘pathetic’ work

Episode 4 recap: Luke and Jasmin’s big stuff up

Episode 3 recap: “So two years ago”. Team’s boring room slammed

Episode 2 recap: Disappointment as Block houses are handed out

Episode 1 recap: Block 2020 tears start flowing early

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Melbourne restrictions eased: Top questions for real estate answered

Melburnians are seeing some light at the end of the lockdown tunnel after the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a slight easing of restrictions amid the stage four lockdown, which include a number of important changes for real estate. 

Under a suite of new rules announced Sunday 18 October, residents can travel up to 25km from their home and enjoy an unlimited amount of time outdoors.

Melbourne’s real estate industry will also begin to fire up again following Sunday’s announcement. Here’s what we know so far.

Can live auctions take place?

From 11.59pm Sunday 18 October, outdoor auctions will be allowed with up to 10 people in attendance, not including the required staff.

Northcote facade

Live auctions are once again allowed to take place with limited attendees. Picture:

How many people can attend an auction?

A maximum of 10 people plus required staff can attend a live auction.

Vendors and agents are encouraged to make a strategic decision on the best approach for selling a property, including live auction (albeit with limited attendees), online auction or private sale.

Are online auctions still available?

Yes, online auctions are still being used as a platform for selling homes in Melbourne, and around the country, as buyers take advantage of attending auctions from the comfort of their homes.

Online auctions have been successfully taken up around the country as sellers and agents see the positive side of being able to accommodate potential bidders regardless of their proximity to the property.

Are online auctions better than face-to-face?

Mario Butera from Woodards Northcote said each property will differ when it comes to the best approach for sale.

Whether it be a physical auction, virtual auction or private sale, the method should be determined by characteristics of that specific property and what the potential market for it will be, he explained.

“We’re doing a lot of ‘sale-by-set-date’ at the moment and I’d say that will continue. We’d only look at doing a physical auction if we could be sure that there was a lot of interest and that it would get a better result at the end of the day,” Mr Butera said.

“Without the big crowds, you’re missing that theatre – if it’s not a popular home and you’ve only got a few people in the backyard then you risk people getting intimidated.

Computer gavel online auction

Online auctions for real estate have become the norm for real estate in areas affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Picture: Getty

“We’re not excited about onsite auctions unless it’s a really popular property, but for the average apartment we’ll be leaning towards a sale-by-set-date situation. But if I had a property with five or six couples that want to go hard we’d consider moving that to a face-to-face auction.

“Because of the limit of 10 [people], you don’t really have that crowd to get the same buzz and energy.”

Can I attend a private inspection?

Private residential property inspections are permitted after the state government brought forward the easing of these restrictions in late September.

The ban on physical inspections of Melbourne commercial properties has also be lifted.

Can I stay in short-term accommodation?

Residents from metro Melbourne are still not allowed to travel to regional parts of the state, as the authorities continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 cases and ensure numbers remain low.

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Tri-level entertainer’s home for sale in the Parliamentary Triangle

Set within Canberra’s coveted Parliamentary Triangle, this sophisticated three-storey home

has been cleverly designed for an executive lifestyle befitting its location.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom Curtin home has a flowing but flexible floor plan that caters to all seasons, including a sprawling living area that opens to the outdoors and an elegant lounge with a fireplace.

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Tri-level entertainer’s home for sale in the Parliamentary Triangle. Picture:

Selling agent Ante Vatavuk of inStyle Estate Agents, said it’s a “true entertainer’s residence” that maximises a modern family lifestyle.

“[The layout] is a three-in-one combo, if you like, that let’s everyone do their own thing. You can segregate the space quite easily,” Mr Vatavuk said.

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One of the living rooms across the homes three levels. Picture:

“The centrepiece of the home is undoubtedly the combined living area and kitchen [on the second floor], which extends out to the alfresco kitchen area and plunge pool for the warmer months.

“Windows bathe the home with an abundance of natural light and create extreme street appeal from the front.”

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Room to entertain for days. Picture:

There’s a theatre room and cellar on entry on the lower level, and minor bedrooms on the top floor allowing plenty of privacy and retreat space.

The second floor serves as the main hub, with a large high-spec kitchen, living area and balcony, as well as the main bedroom, a parent’s retreat and a separate study.

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Now that is a statement bath. Picture:

A stunning designer bathroom and wardrobe makes the master suite a serious sanctuary. “Everything is impeccably presented and finished with high-end inclusions, and it’s on a fantastic street in one of Canberra’s best suburbs. This is not an ordinary home,” Mr Vatavuk said.

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The kitchen. Picture:

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