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10 reasons why you should use an online estate agent over a traditional agent

If you know anything of the real estate business and you haven’t been living under a rock, you would have heard of a new little sub industry that has emerged known as; online estate agents. Yes, that’s right, you’re now able to sell your massive house while sitting in chair behind your computer screen. The […]

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The value of Australian property through the eyes of foreigners

While Sydney property has had extraordinary growth over the last three years (52.5 per cent according to RP Data), putting it out of reach of many Australians, it is still relatively affordable for many foreigners. In the last three years, the Australian dollar has dropped in value by 34 per cent when compared to the […]

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Homeworkers in the UK on the Rise

Talk to anyone you come across on the commute to work and you will find that a good number of them would rather work from the comfort of their homes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as there are lots of benefits to gain from working from home; not least avoiding the weather in the […]

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Irish Manors for Sale Proving Popular with American Property Investors

No matter the real estate climate, there will always be investors looking to buy and there will always be owners wanting to sell.  That’s certainly one of the truths of the property market. Having recently visited Belfast, Northern Ireland we were blown away to see that the cheapest property on the market in the UK […]

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The Countries with the Most and Least Secure Energy Supply

A new report released by British risk analysis firm Maplecroft, the 2011 Energy Security Index, evaluates the energy security of 196 countries, looking at both the risks for the short and long-term. Canada is the only G8 country not at a “high-resk” for short-term energy security during geopolitical upheaval & dwindling traditional resources

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The Two Achilles Heels of the Australian Economy: Debt Levels and Housing Prices

For years we have been arguing that Australian real estate prices are obscenely high and ultimately unsustainable. Despite our citing of data from such respected institutions and organisations as The Economist, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, it is only now that the message and our warnings seems to be catching up with reality. Are we predicting a massive bursting of an unflatteringly obese bubble?

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The Expensive Tastes of Russian Officials

We recognise that working in Russia can often be a grimey job, so news from the UK Guardian newspaper that members of President Dmitry Medvedevs’ security detail have ordered a 336,000 Ruble ($11,900 USD) bathtub should barely makes a splash in the media.

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How Much Do We Spend on Food and Dining?

The clever people over at Column Five recently partnered with Mint.com and Akorn.tv to visually display how much Mint users spend each month on eating and drinking in a project called “Eat, Drink and Be Thrifty”.

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Who’s Working the Hardest? The OECD Publishes Society at a Glance

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group representing 25 countries, has just released “Society at a Glance”, giving an overview and comparison of social trends and policy development within the group. These include the amount of hours engaged in paid and unpaid work, life-expectancy, cultural tolerance and more.

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How Rich is Rich?

NOTE: This article was written with Australians in mind. One Australian Dollar is currently trading at approximately $1.03 USD Would $1 million really make you rich? Unfortunately, a million dollars ain’t what it used to be – many property owners living within five kilometres of a major Australian city would fit the bill, based only […]

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