Friday, 31 January 2014

Perth - What do the planning changes in WA mean for developers?

What do the planning changes in WA mean for developers?

Published on Sep 19, 2013

PSD talks to managing director of Property Wizards Liz Sterzel about recent planning reforms in Western Australia.   

Anyone in Perth should become a Facebook Friend of hers 
She knows her stuff.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Get Google Maps offline SAVE DATA COSTS

Get Google Maps offline

Ok how does this work and why is bit useful.

Yes every time you use google map especially on those long trips to Mornabah and back and
you use Google maps on your iPhone iPad, it is constantly using data.
So save data costs and just cache the map.
Do this from a Wifi point, not using your phones data plan.

How to do it simple.
Put the map up on your device and zoom in or out for the coverage area.
Now in the search bar type "ok map" . Thats it !! Now you can switch off data on your device and it will just use the downloaded map to show you around. The GPS will work fine with out internet access and the map is downloaded so no data being used.

Watch video if need more help. Thanks ethan...
click link

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Listen to Australia Property Investing Mag Podcast

Listen to Australia Property Investing Mag Podcast 

you can even just download it and listen to it later.

API Podcast – February 2014

What surprises are ahead for the property market in 2014?   Kevin Turner discusses the possibilities with John Linderman and amongst many things will find out:
  • If the current rates of property value increases in Sydney and Melbourne can be sustained
  • If Brisbane is about to bounce back
  • What is happening with the mining towns
  • The impact of interest rate increases on the market
  • How to spot potential boom areas along the coast as retirees head in that direction
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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Tips & Tricks: Know your area at a glance with RP Mapping

Tips & Tricks: Know your area at a glance with RP Mapping

Many real estate professionals use maps to research their local areas and enhance their local knowledge.  The RP Mapping tool of RP Professional not only offers many useful features to help handle this, but can also provide handy material for presentations.
As shown in its tutorial video and Getting Started Guide, the big difference between the RP Mapping tool and other online maps is that RP Data’s map is a cadastral map, which not only displays accurate property boundaries, but allows for the easy addition of overlays and labels.
RP Mapping
RP Mapping
As well as providing the ability to zoom in and out and move up and down streets and areas, RP Mapping lets you measure distances and block sizes.  This can help you determine a property’s distance to local landmarks and measure double-blocks.
Adding contour lines can help pick out the steep and level blocks of land, and in some states you can also overlay easements (check your map label for this option).
To assess the state of your local market at a glance, with just a few clicks you can overlay the sale details and block areas for every property on a map.
RP Mapping Overlays
RP Mapping Overlays
RP Mapping can even show sales in a block of units; using the info button, click on the block to find a table showing all unit sales in the block.
There is much more to RP Mapping and it’s a great idea to go in and start exploring.  In a future blog, we’ll take you through the best ways to use RP Mapping to enhance your presentations.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

RPDATA Mapping

Tips & Tricks: Save time searching for those tricky property locations
Have you searched high and low for a particular property which you know exists but just can’t find it? From time to time the property you are trying to locate might not initially appear in your search results. There may be a number of reasons for this, for example the property might lie on the border of two suburbs or a street name is misspelled.
If this happens there some quick tools you can use to find the property once you log in to RP Professional:
If you have the Lot Number and DP or SP you can use the “Search tab” which is located at the top right of your RP Professional homepage.
Select “Parcel tab” enter the Lot Number, followed by a ‘forward slash’ and the DP or SP number.

You can also search by using the property owner’s surname and suburb in the “Name tab”.
Another option is to use the RP Map Tool within the Property Tasks.

Once you have selected the map icon, and the map appears on a new page, go to “Info” and click on “Find Property Detail”. This will enable you to select another property in that vicinity which will display on your initial webpage.

For more information on Parcel search register for a free online e-Training with an RP Data Training 

Friday, 24 January 2014






They updated their maps to show the house , so now its easy to see the block and the house on it.

Now Double Blocks are super easy to find , Yes see if you can see the double blocks on the below map.

Remember to send me big Thank You if you spot a deal.

google map

Thursday, 23 January 2014

NSW to cancel licences for Hunter Valley mines at centre of ICAC corruption findings

NSW to cancel licences for Hunter Valley mines at centre of ICAC corruption findings

By Jean Kennedy and staff
Eddie Obeid
Former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid was at the centre of the Mount Penny mine scandal.
AAP: Dean Lewins

New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell is moving to cancel exploration licences for three Hunter Valley mines at the centre of two high-profile corruption inquiries.
Mr O'Farrell has announced the Government will introduce legislation to cancel the exploration licences for Doyles Creek, Mount Penny and Glendon Brook.
In December, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) recommended the cancellation, saying the granting of the licences was so tainted by corruption that they should be expunged or cancelled and any pending applications regarding them should be refused.
During public hearings into the Doyles Creek and Mount Penny mines, the Premier asked for specific advice from Commissioner David Ipp about what action to take on the licences.
ICAC also recommended the Government cancel a third licence at Glendon Brook, near Singleton, which is held by the same company as the Mount Penny licence, Cascade Coal.
It said legislation to cancel the mines could be accompanied by a power to compensate any innocent person affected buy such a move, to reduce the risk of a court challenge.
The Government says there will be no compensation provided for the cancellation of the licences.
In a statement the Premier says the bill will require the licence holders to remain responsible for any necessary rehabilitation works on the sites.
Jerrys Plains landowner Allen Barry has been fighting the Doyles Creek project since it was first announced.
He says it should never have gone as far as it did.
"I can't see any great personal victory for myself. What it has done is robbed me of months and months of time, it's destroyed the health of quite a few people involved," he said.
"The only thing that saddens me is that government's didn't jump on this earlier."

Nucoal considering legal action

Nucoal, which has the Doyle's Creek exploration licence, says it is extremely disappointed and is considering legal action.
"Obviously, the company will now be looking at all legal avenues to pursue compensation and damages in the order of half a billion dollars," spokesman Patrick Southam said.
Cascade Coal's managing director, John McGuigan, says he is shocked at the decision and will fight it.
"[It is] grossly unjust ... we've got the Government riding roughshod over legal rights for the sake of political expedience," he said.
"We will be doing everything we possible can to protect the assets of the company and interests of our shareholders."
However, Mr O'Farrell says the move draws a line under what he describes as a "sorry saga of Labor politics and corruption in New South Wales".
The ICAC report in December came several months after it handed down explosive corruption findings against former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, former union official John Maitland and a host of high-profile businessmen.
In a marathon inquiry that ran for months with hundreds of witnesses, Mr Ipp investigated if Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald conspired to defraud the state over the granting of a multi-million-dollar mining licence in the Bylong Valley.
It recommended they face criminal charges over the coal-mining deal.

Monday, 13 January 2014

NSW: Proposed changes to strata title in NSW to have major effect on property developers and strata title owners

Australia: Proposed changes to strata title in NSW to have major effect on property developers and strata title owners

Last Updated: 6 January 2014
Article by Carolina Zandarin

In brief - Strata and community title law reform to facilitate much-needed redevelopment

Proposals put forward by the NSW government will make it easier to extinguish strata schemes, allowing thousands of apartment buildings to undergo the redevelopment they desperately need.

NSW government releases position paper on proposed changes to strata laws

In November 2013, the NSW government released a position paper on proposed reforms to strata and community law, Strata Title Law Reform.
The paper sets out over 70 changes ranging from pet ownership, smoking restrictions and occupancy limits to possible redevelopment of older and dilapidated buildings.

Easier termination of strata schemes to facilitate redevelopment of ageing apartment blocks

One of the most significant changes proposed involves a six stage process to permit the extinguishment of strata schemes with a 75% consensus of lot owners (not based on unit entitlements), thereby giving owners greater opportunity to vote and sell buildings to property developers and investors. The current law provides that a strata scheme can only be terminated with the unanimous support of all owners.
These changes would apply to all strata schemes in NSW, but are mainly targeted at older residential apartment blocks that are well past their prime.
It is predicted that the reforms would open the doors for developers and investors, particularly in the Sydney area, where there are numerous ageing and old apartment blocks very much in need of a makeover.

Introduction of bond for work on buildings with more than three storeys

Another major change is the introduction of a 2% bond (based on the contract amount for the building work) to be paid by developers of strata buildings with more than three storeys. The bond must be paid as assurance that defects will be rectified.
This will add to the cost of development. However, the Urban Taskforce which represents developers has welcomed these changes by saying: "The proposed changes to the NSW Strata Act will give greater confidence to the development industry and to owners corporations that apartment buildings will be well designed and managed".

New by-laws to address pet ownership, cigarette smoke and overcrowding

More than 14 changes are proposed to the standard strata model by-laws. The model by-laws are a set of rules which govern the use of common property by residents and are adopted by many strata schemes.
Some of the changes will give owners the ability to keep pets (such as cats, small dogs, birds and fish) without permission, which will give new hope to pet owners wishing to live in apartment buildings.
It is also proposed to amend the model by-laws to deal with cigarette smoke drift and to make it clear that cigarette smoke can be a nuisance or hazard to other residents. Pursuant to the reform, repeat balcony smokers will face steep fines.
Overcrowding has also been a constant problem in apartment living, so it is proposed to amend the model by-laws to limit the number of people who can occupy a lot to combat this issue.

Property developers to welcome greater opportunities to redevelop old apartment buildings

These reforms will no doubt receive some political backlash from the community, as they affect the proprietary rights of unit owners.
In NSW there are currently more than 72,000 strata and community schemes. Many of these cannot be maintained by the owners and are in desperate need of redevelopment. There is no doubt that these changes will be welcomed by investors and developers. However, there will be some owners who will not want to sell, for whatever reason.
Some of the changes dealing with by-laws may be perceived as infringing on personal rights to occupy one's own home and use the common property of a strata scheme. However, they do seem to reflect the current values of Australian society.

Strata law reform - what happens next?

The NSW government is in the process of drafting a Bill to give effect to these reforms. The Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament in early 2014.
We will provide further updates on the strata and community title law reforms as new information comes to light.
Carolina Zandarin

Friday, 3 January 2014

NSW Southwest Sydney to get 3200 homes

Southwest Sydney to get 3200 homes

Mr O'Farrell on Saturday announced that land at Catherine Field on Sydney's southwest fringe had been rezoned and will be the site for 3200 new homes.

The government says blocks of land will go on sale from 2014, with homes available in 2015.
Speaking at nearby Oran Park Town, Mr O'Farrell said he was "absolutely" confident there would be enough local infrastructure to support the development.
"We're releasing the land that people need ... but also at the same time delivering the schools, sewerage lines, the local roads, the major roads but also the railway lines," Mr O'Farrell said alongside Treasurer Mike Baird and Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.
Mr O'Farrell said unlocking the land was part of creating a "modern miracle" for the region.
"We're building homes and at the same time building the infrastructure that those families who will live in those homes need."
Mr Hazzard said it was the seventh "major rezoning" undertaken by the government in three years.
"The critical issue to drive down prices is the availability of houses," he told reporters.
"Turning paddocks into opportunities for people to have homes is what this government is about."
He estimated up to a million people would move to southwest Sydney by 2031.
Mr Baird said the release showed the housing sector was "on the move".
"That is good news for the overall economy ... It's good news for first-home buyers and it's obviously good news for anyone out here today who's looking to purchase a home," he said.
He said new homeowner grants for first homebuyers were up 80 per cent in 2013.
"That's a significant move forward," he added.


The Catherine Fields (Part) Precinct was rezoned for urban development in December 2013.

Catherine Fields (part) Precinct was one of two Precincts released for planning by the NSW Government in August 2011 under the Precinct Acceleration Protocol.
Located in Sydney’s South West, adjacent to Oran Park and Turner Road Precincts, the Catherine Fields (Part) Precinct totals some 320 hectares. The future community will benefit from:
  • Land for approximately 3,200 homes and over 10,000 residents
  • 1 primary school
  • 1 neighbourhood centre
  • 50 hectares of open space, recreation and environmental conservation areas
  • Developer commitment to provide essential infrastructure in stages
  • Upgrades to Oran Park Dive and construction of Rickard Road extension
  • Protection of Oran Park House
  • Conservation of significant vegetation along creeks
  • New pedestrian and cycle links
An FAQ containing more information is available.

Precinct Plan

Following the formal exhibition period of the draft Precinct Planning package and extensive consultation with the community, stakeholders and agencies, the Precinct Plan has been amended to:
  • Increase the amount of land zoned for residential development.
  • Reduce the amount of land required for drainage infrastructure, while still ensuring that appropriate standards are maintained.
  • Review land identified for open space
  • Re-align the route of Rickard Road to run alongside the electricity easement and to improve the road for bus operation
  • Review the layout and nature of roads, parks and housing types around Oran Park House to better integrate heritage conservation with future development
  • Simplify and consolidate the controls under the Growth Centres SEPP and the Development Control Plans that now apply to the land.
A copy of the final Indicative Layout Plan and more information is contained in the Guide to Rezoning brochure.

What does the rezoning mean for land owners?

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 (the Growth Centres SEPP) has been amended, meaning that the land has been rezoned and new planning controls now apply.
Although land has been rezoned, land owners do not have to sell or develop their land. Land owners can choose to develop all or part of their property or not to develop at all. Under ‘existing use rights’, land owners can continue with current uses (provided the use is already lawfully commenced).
Land zoned specifically for infrastructure purposes, will be acquired by the relevant acquisition authority over time and when required. For more information on the compulsory acquisition process and matters for consideration, see the Land and Property Information’s website.

Next steps

The rezoning is accompanied by a Development Control Plan (DCP), which sets out the standards and requirements for particular types of development will become available shortly.
Section 94 Contributions Plan, which details the local infrastructure required to support development has been prepared by Camden Council.  For further information, please contact Camden Council on (02) 4645 7777.
The Department will continue to work with land owners, developers, Council and infrastructure delivery agencies to assist in the development of the Precinct after rezoning.


The finalised precinct planning package is available below. 
Technical Studies:
The previously exhibited draft plans and Exhibition Guide  remain available to view here.
The amended State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 and maps relating to zoning are available on the NSW legislation website.