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As house prices fall in most capital cities around Australia, a host of regional towns are stepping into the spotlight, offering easy commutes, plenty of open space and the lure of one thing money can’t buy - time. Alex Brooks zeroes in on the areas...

This page collates links and screenshots to recent property stories created by Alex Brooks. Property copywriting examples   See my author page on Realestate.com.au House of the week reviews     How to do a $329,000 designer home renovation in 16 weeks (click to read) Artist plans to turn McMansions into mini-sustainable homes...

Failing to maintaining your property will not only devalue one of your largest assets, but may potentially void your home insurance. Here's how to get your house in tip top shape.   The words “home maintenance” can conjure fears of weekends trapped in hardware stores, wobbling on...

Architect Harry Seidler can barely hide his disdain for the term sub-penthouse. "Sub-penthouse is an absurd terminology. It's a marketing piece of nonsense which implies that anything that is up in the air is a penthouse," says the man behind some of Sydney's most famous...

Ray White Balmain agent Paul Cooper made news headlines when he advertised an unrenovated Rozelle house as a dump, “particularly popular with talentless graffiti artists” and with “holes in the wall to provide natural air-conditioning”. The honest ad created Cooper’s “most successful property advertising campaign in...

Councils. LEPs. DCPs. Floor-space ratios. Setbacks. Shadow diagrams. Blah. Renovation dreams easily become a dull, painful headache once they are submitted to council for approval. Arguments with neighbours and debates with council planners can dampen that initial enthusiasm for a new family room or attic...

Mail and telephone messages are hand-delivered by a concierge. The celebrity chef from the restaurant in the lobby has cooked the evening meal to perfection. A sports car is securely parked in the basement, where a valet will wash it in the car wash bay....

There are two certainties in this world: the first is that people have bad taste, the second is that what seems stylish today can seem hideous in a few years' time. Good renovation and design requires choosing new fixtures and fittings that will outlast trends. Things...

There are serious incentives to snap up your own four walls and snare your first house, and not just becayse you want to start nailing in those picture hooks the landlord never allowed. A calm head and solid market research may mean that even with sky-high...