Buyer beware: Warnings of ‘rorts’ for new apartment buyers

It’s been branded the biggest new rort in apartment living: a way of locking unwary new unit owners into expensive long-term contracts to pay for basic services the developer of the building should have provided. Instead of paying to install the necessary building infrastructure, such as gas, electricity, water, stormwater filtration, heating, airconditioning and internet…

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Planting greenery on roofs can help improve air quality inside buildings: study

Covering the roofs of apartment and office buildings with plants can help improve the quality of air inside and lift property values, according to a growing body of green infrastructure research. Most recently, an article published by US researchers in the Building and Environment journal showed growing greenery on the roof of a building and near the air…

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Sydney’s acclaimed waterfront adds a huge price premium but what’s the cost to buy in?

Tourism authorities have long argued that nothing beats Sydney Harbour. In real estate terms, at least, they’re right. Waterfront homes in Sydney attract the highest price premium around the world, but what is the real cost to buy in? Experts say a shortage in prime waterfront property means the competition to secure a marina berth,…

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