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Getting your home Ready for Isolation

March 16th, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is in full flight, with social distancing and isolation fast becoming the new normal. With new limits placed on social gatherings everyday and public spaces turning into ghost towns, living and working at home is the new reality for a growing number of people. Despite selfish behaviour at supermarkets, getting your home ready for isolation is about more than filling your pantry. Let's take a look at some practical advice to help you survive COVID-19 and do your bit to stop the transmission of this terrible disease.

First and foremost, it's important to approach this subject with clarity and compassion. While people in the western world are certainly not used to social isolation and other extreme health measures, spending a few days or weeks at home isn't really that bad. Preparation can help you to survive the pandemic in comfort, and who knows, maybe you'll even enjoy the downtime. While COVID-19 will place enormous economic pressures on a huge number of people, looking after your own health in your own space is the best way to be responsible for the wi [...]

House Prices Back at Record Levels

March 13th, 2020
House prices are once again at significant highs in Australia, with a surge in February sending most capitals back to record levels. All state capitals other than Darwin experienced price gains, with Sydney leading the way and Melbourne not far behind. While Sydney is still down 3.7% from its peak in mid-2017, and the coronavirus will definitely impact the market, positive conditions will encourage many Aussies to return to the property market.

The Rise of Female Sport

March 9th, 2020

Over the last decade, we have seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of women’s sport around the world. Highlighted recently in Melbourne with the popularity of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and AFLW competitions, women’s sport is very much on an upwards trajectory. Almost 50% of women are interested in sport, more people are tuning in to watch women’s […]

Age is no Barrier to Fitness

March 2nd, 2020

Age is no barrier to fitness, or at least it doesn’t have to be. While sedentary behaviours continue to have a negative effect on health outcomes around the world, some older people are taking a proactive approach. As the global population ages, mature people are taking a renewed interest in sport, fitness, and personal wellbeing. Whether it’s social fitness classes […]

Property Rise Spreads Beyond Sydney & Melbourne

February 18th, 2020

The recent surge in Australian house prices has spread beyond the confines of Sydney and Melbourne. While prices are still markedly higher in the dual booming markets, other state capitals are also posting significant gains. Current conditions point towards a reduction in the speed of growth across most markets, along with the spread of growth into state capitals and regional […]

Aussie Dollar Flirting with Decade Lows

February 17th, 2020

The Australian dollar recently tumbled into new decade-low territory, with the currency since rising but continuing to flirt with long-term lows. The dollar dropped to just 66.60 US cents, before rising to settle into a range of 67.10 to 67.50 US cents. With the Aussie dollar already on a fairly sharp downwards trajectory since the end of December, the latest […]

Coping & Thiriving in a New School

February 14th, 2020

While it may be the only constant in life, change can be difficult and stressful for people of all ages. Whether it’s entering high school or relocating to a new city, moving to a new school is a big deal. However, despite the inherent challenges that always accompany change, being surrounded by new places and faces also presents an opportunity […]

Diagnosing Rare Diseases with "The Crowd"

February 13th, 2020

As crowdsourcing gets more popular as a sourcing model for goods and services, the world has started to embrace “the crowd” as a way to divide work and achieve better results. The power of the collective mind has been tested in a recent experiment, and documented in a TV series based on a New York Times Magazine column. When local […]

The Importance of Mental Endurance

February 10th, 2020

While it’s not “all in your head”, physical fitness and athletic performance are widely dependent on mental endurance. Feeling stressed and mentally drained can have a huge effect on how you perform physically, with mental fatigue likely to decrease your motivation, increase the time you take to recover, and impact your lifestyle choices. According to a new University of Queensland […]

Real Cost of the Bushfire Crisis

January 23rd, 2020

The current bushfire crisis in Australia has had a profound effect on people across the country. Human lives have been lost, animal populations have been decimated, and properties have been destroyed along with livelihoods. Twenty-seven people died in the fires, and authorities believe more than 2000 homes have been lost. The overall economic cost of the crisis is only just […]

Biggest Growth Suburbs over the Last Decade

January 20th, 2020

With 2019 now firmly behind us, it’s time to take a closer look at the decade that was. In order to put the current property market into some perspective, and see why some areas are moving much faster than others, it’s important to analyse the biggest movers and shakers over the past 10 years. Using data from realestate.com.au, let’s take […]