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Stockland & Berstan Homes

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Many developers talk of great amenity in their estates and most it's just talk. Berstan Homes have been building quality homes in Stockland estates now for many years and find that Stockland not only talk about great amenity but deliver, in their numerous estates throughout Australia.  Some of their estates in Victoria are Mernda Villages Mernda and Highlands estate Craigieburn. These two estates are growing examples of master planned communities boosting shopping centres, schools, parks, gardens and landscaped public spaces
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Aurora estate Epping

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aurora estate is a master planned community owned and being developed by the state government. Berstan Homes currently have 12 homes under various stages of construction or development within the Aurora estate.  With construction of the new shopping centre featuring Coles and speciality shops starting shortly and completion scheduled for 2016. Now is the time to purchase a home and land package and take advantage of the prices before the shopping complex is completed. 
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Knock down rebuild

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Pre-sell your knock down rebuild new home to secure your construction finance. Many of our knock down rebuild clients are pre selling their developments prior to construction for ease of mind. 
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Stockland's latest campaign

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Stockland campaign is off and running with strong sales results throughout all estates. Since the campaign started, Berstan Homes has experienced interest with their house and land packages throughout the Stockland estates.  With a quality Stockland estate and a quality Berstan Homes build it's little wonder clients are increasing for both companies. 
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Low deposits at Stockland's and Berstan

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Many of our clients are currently taking advantage of the low deposit deal Stockland are offering only $5,000 and you are on your way. With such a low deposit this is enabling more new home and land buyers into the market.  Berstan Homes are also offering all pre contract works for a low $5,000 as well to help clients out. These offers won't last so take advantage of this great deal. 
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Retirement Home designs available.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
The design of your home is very important for easy living with this in mind our designers have created practical functional living zones. We have a choice of 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom homes and all come with their own secure garage parking. All homes are built on land with its own title and have no body corporate fees.
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Knock down rebuild process

Monday, December 01, 2014
Many clients ask about the first steps to a knock down rebuild process. At Berstan Homes we arrange a meeting and site inspection to appraise the site for suitability. The next step is to have a feature survey undertaken which will give a clear outline of the surrounding building setbacks as well as trees and other existing features. Once the survey is completed this will enable a more accurate site appraisal enabling a concept design to be drafted. Some of
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Knock down rebuild traps

Friday, November 28, 2014
Many people feel they can save a small fortune doing all the pre building permit works themselves. First mistake they make is to choose a team of the cheapest service providers they can find. This is a practice that is fought with difficulties and in the long run very expensive.  Let me explain why by choosing the cheapest consultants you are getting what you pay for, in most cases poor advice and plans with very limited detail. The cheapest consultants
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Spanish style and flare

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Berstan Homes is currently introducing a new range of bricks to their selection, the La Paloma by Brickworks.  60% of all Berstan Homes have Austral Bricks and we find their range is variable and exciting, with the La Paloma collection just adding another dimension.
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Knock down rebuild Heidelberg

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Once known as the wrong side of town Heidelberg is becoming a very popular suburb for knock down rebuilds with savvy investors and  home owners alike. Heidelberg is appealing due to its close proximity to the CBD being only 12kms away.  Heidelberg also has its own major shopping centre in Northlands with own cinema complex with fifteen screens, Kmart, Myer, Lincraft, numerous foods courts and a total of 330 speciality shops, 4800 plus car parking spaces.    Established in 1966 the Northland Shopping
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Retirement home living with Berstan Homes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Stop don’t buy into a retirement village without looking into the facts about them. A client came to me last week and explained how some friends of hers had purchased a home in a retirement village and the costs were very high. Some of the fees are as follows site fee for having your home on their property. A 30 year lease was offered and at the end of that period the lease would need to be renegotiated. The homes
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Monday, November 24, 2014
Many more couples across Melbourne are looking at a knock down rebuild solutions to solve the home finding problems. Everybody is different and families are the same they all require different styles of homes and this is where the problems begin. Finding the suburb is easy enough the problem is finding a home that works for your family. The inner suburbs of Melbourne are full of old style homes with very little to offer the modern family with their design.
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Knock down rebuild Rosanna

Friday, November 21, 2014
I visited a client last weekend in Rosanna and they had an interesting situation. The home they owned in Rosanna was very old and in need of a total renovation. The clients sort quotations from builders for the renovations and were given quotes around $400k. Their request of me was to provide a cost for a knock down rebuild solution in lieu of the renovation.  The site had a lot of slope around 6 meter from back to front meaning
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Flooring in our investors properties

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Flooring in an investment property is often overlooked by the purchaser, this is even a large cost to replace the flooring when the rental period is up. We always suggest the use of tiles to all main areas and carpet to the bedrooms. Reason being if you install timber flooring the chance of it needing replacement are far greater with timber than tiled floors.  It's an extra cost at the build stage, but money well spent in my opinion. The
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Knock down rebuild Mooroolbark

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
With the homes in Mooroolbark approaching the 40-50 years old mark, they are prime targets for a knock down rebuild.  The maintenance of the homes at this age has increased to the point in some cases that the cost is hard to justify. The land size is another factor to consider with most homes sited on land over 800m/2, which would comfortably fit two homes. Do the figures stack up? Scenario knock down rebuild the old home and rebuild two
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Mernda Villages kids love it

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I was at Mernda Villages over the weekend with my children and I could not help but notice how many other parents and children were using the many parks throughout the Mernda village’s estate. The design of the parks caught my attention and the kids loved it with adventure at every turn. Its little wonder we build so many homes in this great family friendly estate, Stockland really know how to plan their communities.
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Maximum space with design

Sunday, November 16, 2014
With the pressure of rising costs on land development, developers have little choice but to reduce the size of the lots bought to the new home buyers’ market. Increasing the need for innovative design from new home builders to maximize usable space.
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Berstan Homes display village at Hazelcroft estate

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Berstan Homes has selected Hazelcroft estate in Doreen for the construction of their new display village. The display village will consist of 3 homes; The Astoria46, The Stockton26 and the Javier17.  This is a perfect combination of the prestige high end Astoria range to the executive style and quality of the Stockton26 leaving Javier17 being a quality built affordable home.  We are setting this display village up to cater for all tastes and styles of our clients. Showing the three
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Knock down rebuild Doncaster

Friday, November 14, 2014
With such a limited amount of vacant lots left in Doncaster there is a large push towards doing knock down rebuilds in the Doncaster & Templestowe area. Our enquiries have steadily increased over the last year from mums and dads to developers. Most clients have owned their homes since the 1970's and have little or no mortgage left, so they are in a great position financially to capitalise on their land.  Depending on the size of their land that will
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More on the way

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Due to our 6 week sell out of our 7.5 metre home and land packages Stockland and Berstan Homes have decided to release another stage incorporating more 7.5 metre new home packages in March 2015.
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Knock down rebuild Croydon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A client came to me the other day to do a knock down rebuild in Croydon on his existing property. My client has a son and daughter in law and they were having trouble getting into the property market, so the idea was to knock down the old home and rebuild two new homes on the same lot.  Great idea and so many of our clients are doing the same thing, with land prices as high as they are in
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Polished concrete floors

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Many feel that polished concrete flooring is expensive this is not true the costs are very similar to quality porcelain floor tiles. There are many advantages to having a polished concrete floor instead of tiled floors. There are no grouted joints to clean and very easy to clean in comparison to tiled floors. There are an amazing range of colours to choose from and the process is about the same as for tiled floors time wise .
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Knock down rebuild Reservoir

Monday, November 10, 2014
Knock down rebuild Reservoir. Interesting conversation I had with a developer last week he was saying how he was cleaning up doing knock down rebuilds in Reservoir and Preston. He was saying that he couldn’t work out why the home owners weren’t doing the knock down rebuilds themselves. The only reason we could come up with is they don’t realize how much money they could make. Available vacant land in Reservoir and Preston is none existent so the only way
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Knock down rebuild Inner Eastern Melbourne

Friday, November 07, 2014
A client came to me late last year with an idea to do a knock down rebuild on a corner site in an inner Eastern Melbourne suburb. The idea was to build two homes on the corner lot selling one and retaining the other for a passive income.  We obtained council approval for the two homes and the client pre sold one of the properties. The properties are near completion and came in on budget and under construction time allowed.
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Designing your new home

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Why wouldn't anyone want to help in the design of their new home? Buying a new home is something that people only do a couple of times in a life time and it is important to have a well-designed home that works for you as the new home buyer. With this in mind the new home buyer should be able to have input into the design so they are part of the process to achieve their perfect new home design.
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Knock down rebuild Wantirna

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
I had a request from a client for a knock down rebuild in Wantirna today so I did a site visit and i was surprised with the amount of knock down rebuilds in the Wantirna area. Most of the homes in the court where my clients lives have already been had some form of a knock down rebuild solution or another.  Some had 3 homes on the same block and some had had just a new single dwelling constructed at
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Home verses home unit

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
With the cost of home units rising higher and higher and restricted numbers of properties on the market. Berstan Homes and Stockland have the answer with their smaller lot homes. There are many advantages with buying a home and land package with Berstan Homes in a Stockland estate.  Location is a main factor with Stockland and Berstan Homes this is covered by having shopping and public transport in nearly every Stockland estate. Another great advantage is not having to deal with
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Kitchen too dark

Friday, October 31, 2014
A kitchen is the heart of the home, it's a place where we create and to create properly we need a design that works.  Kitchen design is probably the most important area for design in the home and unfortunately most builders seem to neglect this space. Light is essential to a great kitchen and the inclusion of windows for natural light is given. Plenty of bench space is also needed as are pot draws and overhead cupboards are a must
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Park at Hazelcroft works started

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Construction of the first park in the Hazelcroft estate Doreen has commenced and is situated on the corner of Windermere Parade and Patton Street.  The park will have state of the art climbing equipment for children to play on and walkways for the older members of this great community at Doreen's Hazelcroft estate.  The Hazelcroft estate with it's emphasise on parks and open green living spaces is a purpose designed family friendly estate. 
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Knock down rebuild Chelsea

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mr and Mrs R of Chelsea have awarded Berstan Homes with the construction of their knock down rebuild in Chelsea. The project involves the demolition of their old home and the construction of two new dwellings.  The rear property will consist of a 32 s/q single storey home and the front property will be double storey of 22 s/q. The Clients intend to sell the front double storey home which will nearly cover the construction cost of both buildings.  Berstan
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