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GOOD LUCK to our HSC High School Students

The lives in many Australian & Asian households are about to change once their teenagers complete their HSC.  Kids are ready to move to the next stage of their lives, as the first formal part of their education is nearly over. This week has seen the commencement of our HSC exams for all year 12 students in New South Wales.  Some 69,261 students (the largest group ever) will sit their exams in over 750 examination centres that also includes schools in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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EVENT: Breakfast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed to traffic, laid with 10,000 square metres of synthetic turf and 6,000 Sydneysiders will lay their rugs out, open their picnic hampers, and tuck into breakfast. Breakfast on the Bridge is a new event on the calendar and was prompted after Events New South Wales noticed that October presented a glaring gap in the year long plan of festivals.

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“View from the Bridge”: The State of the Australian Real Estate Market

What is the state of the Australian real estate market? Luxury real estate agent Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes in his View from the Bridge column looks at rental prices, the first home owners grant, coastal areas, price reductions, the sale of LJ Hooker, International Monetary Fund, and household debt.

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View from the Bridge: The Real Estate Hype

The Global recovery is very much in its infancy and Australia cannot escape the fact that we are part of the global economy. Australian Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry said yesterday that Australia’s growth would remain below its trend level for at least the next year. Sydney real estate agent Michael Marquette of luxury real estate agency Marquette Turner Luxury Homes continues, stating that Dr Henry went further to say that “evidence of a self sustaining recovery in private activity remains tentative at this time”.

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View from the Bridge: Australians Far Too Complacent About the Economy

Despite the monumental shift in the World economy and the considerable distance we still have to travel to recover and restructure, the Australian media, Reserve Bank and the population as a whole has decided to put their heads in the sand. The overwhelming sentiment is that Australia has in some way missed the worst of the economic crisis and is powering ahead. Sydney real estate agent Michael Marquette of luxury real estate agency Marquette Turner Luxury Homes explains that the decision of the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates from 3% to 3.25% today is testament to this way of thinking

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Olympic City Hosts – Announcements for all 21st Century Games

With the host city for the 2016 Olympics to be announced in hours, it seems timely to reflect on some of the recent announcements. Thus, enjoy these videos which start from the announcement of the 2000 Olympics. Simon Turner, Marquette Turner Luxury Homes.

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“View from the Bridge”: The Real Estate Misinformation Continues

In the latest installment of luxury real estate agent Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge” he talks of media misinformation. Apparently, there are happy home buyers who had paid 5-10% above reserve price to ensure they received the First Home Owner’s Grant (FHOG) which ends on September 30, 2009. There was no discussion of the stupidity of buyers who had spent an additional $30,000 to $50,000 to purchase these homes in order to receive the $14,000 FHOG – I would gladly give someone a $14,000 payment if they gave me $30,000 or $50,000 extra in return.

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The Most Expensive Cities in the World

Oslo, now the most expensive city in the world, has come out of the global financial crisis relatively unscathed, as have Zurich in Switzerland and Copenhagen in Denmark – the second and third place cities respectively. Real estate costs are barely dropping.

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Australian Real Estate Governing Bodies

Luxury real estate agent Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes holds a Real Estate License in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, which is no easy role and is made tougher because each state has differing reporting bodies and different regulations and acts that must be followed.The proposal to have only one governing body is a good one, and I wish all those who may be involved in this task, good luck.

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The Problems with Reading a Daily Newspaper

With the introduction of technology, the worldwide web and on line publications, the reading of the daily newspaper is dwindling. This suits luxury real estate agent Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes who states that her problem with reading the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian broadsheets is down to her stature.

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