Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : February 2010 Contents 26 d'fine magazine February 9, 2010
The five green lights for property
Shutting out the heat
Garage doors form part of the 'face' of
most suburban homes. They sit at the
top of the drive almost guarding the
house from the street.
When they are attached to the house, along
with the roof and windows, they are a major 'heat
If you go near them in the middle of a summer
day, they will be almost too hot to touch, while in
winter, they allow internal warmth to escape. So
what to do?
Insulating the garage doors is a simple and cost
effective solution. Garage door insulation kits
using foil type insulation are readily available and
are clean and easy to install yourself.
You simply need to know what type of door
you have and its dimensions.
Different products are available; some just to suit
tilt doors while others will suit both tilt and roller
doors without affecting the operation of the door.
Garage door type insulation comes in a few
forms to suit different insulating needs, either
layered air cell structures, continuous roll or single
expandable concertina accordion shape. It is also
seen sometimes in ceiling and walls.
It is most effective in hot situations as it blocks
radiant heat transfer into the house and is moisture
proof and resistant to mildew and mould.
Try it and feel how much cooler in summer your
garage and house feels.
If you want the house and garage to be even
cooler make sure the driveway is a light reflective
colour,(NOT black or grey) and shade it during the
hottest time of the day.A beautiful summer shady
tree would be perfect or, perhaps, a shade sail.
Bronwyn Elliott is a sustainability consultant offering a
simple, creative and common sense approach to doing
every day things. Bronwyn is registered as a Household
Sustainability Assessor with the Federal Government's
Home Sustainability Assessment Scheme.
Bronwyn's company Solutions-in-Store operates from
Birkdale on 0407 678779 providing advice on sustainable
building design as well as sustainable business and
marketing strategies to consumers, companies and
Previous versions of the Sustainability articles are
available on www.solutionsinstore.com.au
Is this the right time to invest in property or
the investment markets? If you have not given
yourself a New Year's resolution yet, here's
one for you....
If you take advantage of this early stage in the
new property cycle, buy the right property in the
right location then you'll do very well in the long
term. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. A Stable Australian economy - The
Australian economy's vital signs are healthy and it is
performing better than anyone expected this time
last year. Ultimately, indicators like strong
employment levels, wage and productivity growth
and manageable inflation drive prosperity and the
demand for goods,including property.
2. Increased Demand but a Lack of Dwelling
Supply - Remarkable growth in immigration
levels over the last few years plus a baby boom
have boosted demand for housing. However
despite a shortage of dwellings around Australia
builders are just not constructing enough new
homes and developers are not producing enough
new apartments or townhouses to meet demand.
300,000 babies will be born in 2010, a post war
record (beating the baby boomer years), and they
all have to live somewhere!
A shortage of supply, continuing demand, the
increasing cost of development and the shortage of
finance for multiple dwellings, all point towards a
rising value in new dwellings.This of course will have
a positive impact on established property prices.
3. Demographics - Our population is
fragmenting, with more people living alone;
which means we need more dwellings just to
house the same number of people. At the same
time we are living longer.This means that as more
people seek more accommodation, both as
tenants and owner occupiers, property values and
4. Rents will strengthen in 2010 - With
demand for rental properties outstripping supply,
rents increased strongly over the last few years.
Record low vacancy rates, fewer investors bringing
new properties onto the market and low housing
starts mean rents will rise even further over the next
few years.The rental boom has only just begun.
5. Low Interest Rates - Last year saw 3 interest
rate rises and even though it is likely that there will
be further interest rate rises this year, we still have
relatively low rates compared with long term trends.
These 5 factors make 2010 a great time to buy
properties as this new economic cycle and this
early stage in our property cycle offer's great
opportunities to create long term capital growth.
A warning though - every year there is one "X
factor", one unknown that pops up and surprises
us and some suburbs will perform well and others
will under-perform. So it's important always to
progress with contingency plans at the ready.
Ocean Blue Finance is entirely impartial, with no direct
affiliations and no real estate product to sell.There is no
cost whatsoever to discuss your goals or existing property
plan. Everyone has different financial circumstances so
please take advantage of our extensive knowledge! For a
confidential discussion Shane Duff can be contacted on
1300 851 047.
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