At Home, On-Line
With hundreds of thousands of suppliers and millions of products selling online it’s interesting to see how home products rank and which types of home products people around the world are searching for. Out of a general list of the top items selling on Amazon USA, home products rank highly with Amazon’s Echo leading, along with pressure cookers and robot vacuum cleaners. More generally furniture sales and kitchen products rank very highly for home goods being sold online.
Amazon Smart Apartments
The Amazon Echo is popular and in the USA, some developers are collaborating with Amazon to offer smart-home features and amenities in new apartment projects. Buyers will receive complimentary Amazon Echo Show smart speakers when they move-in. Buyers will also receive a complimentary smart outlet, which can link to the Show device and highlight the possibilities of smart home and voice-activated technology. Penthouse buyers will get an expanded service, including electrical outlets, light switches, and thermostats certified to work with the Amazon Alexa personal assistant device and the Echo Show. The spread of smart home technology to a full smart apartment concept is bound to gain in popularity.
Figures from the ABS show that the number of first home buyer (owner occupier) loans recorded strong growth between July and November 2017. The increase has been driven mainly by changes to first home buyer incentive programs in New South Wales and Victoria. Stats also show that the average age of a FHB is 32, a figure almost unchanged for 20 years. Connected to this figure is the fact that based on ABS income data and assuming an average combined salary for two people aged between 25-34 is around $132,000, saving 20% of their pre-tax income in a high-interest savings account. It would take Sydney buyers 8.2 years to save a reasonable house deposit of $215,000 and 5.9 years for an apartment. The national average being 4.6 and 3.6 years respectively.
Sydney’s Most Walkable Suburbs
Walking is good for us. Good for our health, a good way to relax and walking usually makes us calm and happy. It’s no wonder that living in a walkable suburb is a plus, no matter if you’re walking to work, school, a local café or down to the shops. The website walkscore.com rates Sydney’s 10 most walkable suburbs as: Haymarket, The Rocks, Sydney (City), Ultimo, Surry Hills, Chippendale, Millers Point, Darlinghurst, Newtown and Rushcutters Bay. Parramatta and Manly were also mentioned in the site’s comments section.
Melbourne’s Most Walkable Suburbs
While Melbourne has its very popular trams walkable suburbs are also very popular and walkscore.com rates Melbourne’s most walkable suburbs as: Carlton, Fitzroy and North Fitzroy, Melbourne (City), St Kilda, South Yarra, East Melbourne, South Melbourne, Collingwood and Windsor. When you look at the locations in both Sydney and Melbourne there are common factors that make a suburb walkable these include good access to open public spaces, a variety of local businesses, personal safety with good separation of traffic between pedestrians, cars and bikes. Walking also often means that you can save both time and money.
Property Managers in Demand
If you’ve just purchased your first investment property, you’ll need a property manager to look after the day-to-day maintenance. It’s an important choice and there are a few important points to keep in mind. Firstly, the property manager you select should have ample resources to service your needs. If they drag their feet when finding prospective tenants, or organising repairs and basic maintenance tasks this can impact your income and upset tenants. Apartments also operate within varied strata title regulations and laws and a good manager should have a detailed understanding of this area and a good relationship with the strata and building managers. Having good local connections to the community is also very important. So, do the research so that you select the manager that best suits your needs, that you can rely upon and trust to look after your investment.
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