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Knock Down new build

Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Many people feel that the process for a knock down new build is complicated and way too hard to navigate, so many settle for an old existing home that really is a compromise. Berstan Homes has a full team of experts ready to help you all the way through the process and make every step so easy and the end result is the perfect home for you and your family. The home will be designed to your specification and not
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Knock Down Rebuild Melbourne

Tuesday, July 07, 2015
With land becoming increasingly further away from the CBD it's becoming very popular to engage a builder for a knock down new build. If apartment living is not for you and you don't want to settle for any old home with old fashioned design and poor thermal ratings, not forgetting large ongoing costs for maintenance. Call Berstan Homes today and we can help with the knock down new build process. Yes, it may seem a little overwhelming but let Berstan
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Technika cooking up a treat

Monday, July 06, 2015
On a recent visit to the Technika showroom, I was very impressed with the many new additions to their already wide range of cooking appliances. Technika have in their vast range a great mix of .600mm, .750mm and .900mm wide model ovens with upright and insert options.
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Large snake at Mernda Villages

Friday, July 03, 2015
Stockland at Mernda Villages have cleverly used a giant concrete snake to retain its parks landscaped areas. The snake is around 40 metres in length and greets you on entry to the park.  This is just another great example of the imagination used in master planned communities that Stockland create. Berstan currently have several home and land packages available within the parks area.
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Simple ways of saving in winter

Thursday, July 02, 2015
Many home owners have doors open in their homes to rooms they don't use so an easy way of saving some serious money is to close the doors to these rooms. Another great way of saving is to lower your homes heating to 20 degrees instead of higher and simply put on a jumper.
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Excavation training Mernda Villages

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
A junior excavation training area at Mernda Village is available with a massive sand pit for all those up and coming earth workers. The park is located off Galloway Drive in Mernda Village and is open seven days a week for all to enjoy the experience. Stockland have created a wonderful park with an abundance of areas to explore within the park. Berstan Homes still have several house and land packages available within easy walking distance to this lovely park.
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Knock Down Rebuild Ivanhoe Area

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ivanhoe is the perfect suburb for a knock down rebuild with plenty of good size lots of land and plenty of old homes on them. Talk to Berstan Homes team today about how easy it is to do a knock down new build in Ivanhoe. The major factor with a knock down rebuild is that you will get the perfect home designed for you and your family to live in.
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Jet Master gas fires

Monday, June 29, 2015
Berstan Homes uses and recommends Jet Master gas fires in all their homes. Yes, they may cost a little more than some but you get what you pay for. With so many cheap imported models flooding the market it's great to know you can invest in a Jet Master fire and know it will outlast the rest.
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Use the sun in winter

Friday, June 26, 2015
A simple way of warming your home without any expense is simply open your blinds or curtains up when the sun is shining. Another great tip is to make sure all areas of draft are addressed for example doors fitted with draft stoppers and windows sealed against drafts also.
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Cow in a tree in Doreen

Thursday, June 25, 2015
The cow is a part of a great play area created within the estate and offers plenty of interesting things to do for all.
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Knock down rebuild finance

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Financing a knock down rebuild can have its challenges and that is why you need to involve experts from the start. Berstan Homes in combination with its broker partners have been able to have successful outcomes for hundreds of their clients. It is very important to get the correct financial advice before any works are carried out. Having your finance sorted is a major step towards your dream home being built.
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Use Clean Ducts in Winter

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Older ducts can be a real issue to anyone suffering from allergies and can cause plenty of irritation if not cleaned. There are specialist companies that are available to undertake these works and everyone can enjoy your ducted heating system.
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Knock Down New Build Finance

Monday, June 22, 2015
Financing a knock down rebuild for any lender is potentially a risky endeavour due to the main asset being the existing dwelling needing to be knocked down. There are a limited number of lenders interested in loaning on knock down new builds and it pays you to get experts in the field. Berstan Homes have a group of specialist knock down new build brokers available to make sure every detail is covered for a successful outcome for Berstan Clients.
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Eucalypt Sales

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Berstan has sold over 40 home and land packages in the Eucalypt Estate and still have strong interest for more. The Eucalypt estate by Stockland is a master planned community with many features other estates in the area are envious of. Berstan have packages starting at $300k up to $600k and a new release is coming soon with varying amount of lot sizes to suit most new home buyers.
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Knock down rebuild Donvale

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Out and about looking after our projects over the last couple of days and I have been watching a home being constructed next to one of ours in Donvale. What did I find ?  The installers of the weatherboard cladding have failed to install flashings to the penetrations to these works and this is going to lead to plenty of trouble in the future. Owners beware!!!!!!! Builders need to supervise their trades.
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Knock down rebuild Reservoir.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Several clients lately have enquiring about a knock down rebuild for their land and are subdividing their land for a future development. This is a great idea particularly if you have small children looking for a back yard to play in. 
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Super Investment

Friday, June 12, 2015
With a massive increase in SMSF (self-managed superannuation fund) property is turning out to be a more certain investment for many SMSF managers than shares and relying on interest rates for any growth of their funds. Berstan Homes are supplying investment properties, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom homes, 5 minutes drive from public transport in several locations and are selling well. We currently will have a new release available in two weeks time and we don't expect the properties to last
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Knock down rebuild Heidelberg

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Many knock down rebuild solutions are double story homes and a great feature depending on design, can be the staircase. Here is a picture of a very attractive staircase design with a strong infusion of wrought iron and strong timber presence.  Many staircases are overlooked and become a grand feature of the home entrance.
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Home valuation problems

Saturday, June 06, 2015
Just recently we have had some interesting valuations from some of our client’s banks. The bank values for two particular properties in the same street where very interesting.   One home of 14s/q and land size of 213m/2 valued at $300k then a few houses down in the same street 16s/q home and on a 238m/2 lot valued at $305k work that out? The valuations took place in the same week and by the same bank!   How could this
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Knock down rebuild Montmorency

Friday, June 05, 2015
There are many mistakes made by home owners when looking for a knock down rebuild project. One major mistake is, not taking into account your neighbours boundary setback which will impact on your future project. Berstan Homes are experts in the new home building business and a quick call about your knock down new build could save you a considerable amount of money.
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Retirement living made hard

Thursday, June 04, 2015
When looking for a suitable retirement living solution care needs to be taken when entering into retirement villages. The contracts are very one sided and you should employ a lawyer to check all documentation. Many retirees are not aware of all the fees incurred when such a contract of sale is entered into.  I have compiled a list of the numerous fees and charges you could expect within your retirement contract: Entrance fees Departure fees Management fees Recurrent fees If
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Stockland and Berstan Homes Investor Specials

Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Berstan are currently offering investor packages in Stockland estates designed for the investor. The packages are being quoted with a rental return of 5% plus capital gain. Stockland estates currently participating are Highlands estate Craigieburn, Mernda Villages Mernda and Eucalypt estate Wollert.  The packages are a full turnkey investor solution and completely rent ready. All packages are located within easy access to schools, shopping centres and public transport. Limited numbers are available with deposits currently being taken through Stockland or
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Knock Down Rebuild Eltham

Monday, June 01, 2015
New building restrictions will shortly be introduced in the Nillumbik Shire and everyone looking to have any multi dwellings built on their land will have a limited time to submit proposals. Numerous Councils have been changing their Building Regulations and most will have significant restrictions on knock down rebuilds.
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Walking around Stockland's Eucalypt estate

Friday, May 29, 2015
I was with some clients last weekend and they were amazed by the waterways and parklands at Eucalypt. It's easy to feel that you are not in a residential estate with the amount of open space that abounds Eucalypt. You have hills at one end of the state and the rest have green fields and parkland everywhere. There are very few estates around where you can get out and kick a ball around or play cricket. 
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Knock down rebuild in Melbourne

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Berstan Homes have been experiencing an increase in the number of enquires for knock down rebuilds from all over Melbourne. The inner suburbs of Melbourne are generally where most enquires are coming from.  The popular suburbs are Doncaster, Templestowe, Kew, Balwyn, Ivanhoe, Viewbank and Eltham.
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Eucalypt estate BBQ areas

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The parklands at the Eucalypt estate in Wollert have some amazing barbecue areas and they are surrounded by decking. The decked areas around the BBQ zones are not small, they are huge and able to cater for large numbers.  The outlook from the decked zones range from hills to lakes, a great place for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors. Berstan Homes have limited number of home and land packages within these areas and they are selling fast. 
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Knock down rebuild Lower Templestowe

Friday, May 22, 2015
The Berstan Homes knock down rebuild project in Porter Street Templestowe has been progressing nicely. The new roof is now completed. Brickworks are nearly finished and first cladding will be starting next week.
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Eucalypt Estate Wollert parks

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The parks are amazing at the Eucalypt estate, the photo above shows just one of the incredible pieces of equipment available for play. There are also the conventional swings, but that's it the rest of the equipment is state of the art climbing structures and self-propelled seats and much more.  All this surrounded by grass lands and tree, Stockland have done a great job in creating a fun environment. Berstan Homes has a limited number of home and land packages
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Split Level home site problems

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Many home buyers overlook sloping sites due to various reasons: Higher Site Costs Harder to find a builder to build on sloping Lots Standard Design will not suit Custom Design required Longer build time Retaining walls
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Stockland's latest campaign

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Stockland campaign is off and running with strong sales results in all their estates. Since the campaign started, Berstan Homes has experienced an increased interest with their house and land packages throughout the Stockland estates.  With a quality Estate and a quality Berstan Home, its little wonder clients are increasing for both companies.
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