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How to avoid home envy

Thanks to blogs, TV programs and magazines, property perfection is everywhere we look these days. It can be inspiring, but if we’re not careful, maybe even a little disheartening. How can we ever compete?

Here’s how to avoid going green-eyed with home envy.

Have you ever glanced at a ‘for sale’ sign boasting glossy photos of perfectly decorated rooms, only to find yourself desperately wanting to live there?

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How to have a good relationship with property

Your head spins, you can’t sleep, and your nights are filled with passionate and vivid dreams as you imagine the life you will live together.

But it’s not a new beloved that has your heart pounding, it’s the thought of purchasing that so-called perfect piece of real estate, and the more flooded your emotional state becomes, the less clearly you think about what will probably be the most significant financial purchase of your life.

When we fall in love, our frontal cortex shuts down, leading us to suspend all judgement and criticism, perhaps to increase the likelihood of reproduction and survival of our species.

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Downsizing: From little things big things grow

It’s the venue of your famous birthday parties, the sanctuary for your newborn babies, the battleground of angry teens and the site of the fragrant garden you planted and nurtured; it’s home, but now it’s time to move on.

Just because you no longer need the space or can maintain the garden like you used to, it doesn’t mean downsizing from a larger home to a smaller one is easy.

If downsizing is on your radar, or that of someone you love, consider the following tips to help ensure a smoother transition.

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Keeping sane during ‘sale’ season

Is it me, or does there always seem to be a sale on in your local interiors/furniture store?

The sale season seems to be in full swing all year round and many of us are being bombarded with alluring emails, colourful catalogues and decoy signage about the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ bargains which promise to transform our homes, ourselves and our lives.

Most of us have at times been lured into bargain hunting by seductive offers of 2 for 1, up to 30% off, or buy 1 get 1 free – and the deals appear to be hotting up season on season.

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