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Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now. The latest figures on house prices, mortgages, number of first time buyers and so on are dissected by journalists and commentators as if this is an issue of recent origin. In fact what we have here is a long-term structural problem that has been neglected for decades.

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Smart home tech is becoming more and more common. So much so that it's worth considering when it comes time to sell your home, especially because it can be so expensive. Does it add value to your home? Or is it merely a perk? Before you go installing the latest gear, here's what you should know.

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Your home is probably the most expensive thing you'll ever own, and that expense goes beyond the closing price. There's the cost of the house, but then there are other ongoing and upfront expenses that can catch you off guard. Especially if you're a first time buyer, it helps to know what you're getting into.

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Followit is a new app for Android and iOS that pitches itself as the Instagram of real estate. Instead of following friends and celebrities, you follow houses in specific streets and suburbs where you want to live. Here's how it works.

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Before you buy a home, it's always a good idea to get a professional home inspector -- but that shouldn't be the only time you give your home a thorough look. Here's a checklist of what to look for when performing a yearly visual inspection on your own home, or one you are considering buying.

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The appeal of owning a home seems deeply embedded in the psyche of Australians. Yet psychologically, it is not clear the home ownership dream is entirely rational. Achieving the dream may not be all we might have hoped, and chasing it may even do damage.

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There's no doubt that selling any property is a complex and time consuming process, but it becomes even more challenging when you're selling an investment property with tenants living in it. While investment properties provide large long-term returns and a regular income, they tend to be trickier to sell than a property you're actually living in. Consider the three factors below before putting your investment property on the market, to combat some of the uncertainty and stress involved in the process.

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Hi Lifehacker, I have recently moved and my previous landlord has sent me a water bill. The real estate agent told me when signing my lease -- and it is written in the lease -- that I would not be charged for water until the owner fitted water-saving devices, which he never did. Do I still have to pay?