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“Absolutely a farce”: Mitch’s expletive-ridden tirade against judges

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mitch has unleashed on judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker, and Darren Palmer, after he and Mark received the lowest score for their kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair received harsh criticism for their “dumb” decision to use drawers to store dry food in their main kitchen, with Neale describing it as “all style over substance”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844413/mitch-mark1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1834c04c394d4162bae9a10681ee0192" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The comments are stupid. I have no respect for the judges so I shouldn’t let somebody hurt me that I have no respect for,” Mitch said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark also emphasised that they would not take on any of the judge’s suggestions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Channel 9’s censors were working overtime during the episode, as Mitch said “F*** you!” each time host Scott Cam revealed one of the scores for their kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m supposed to listen to them? Go f*** yourselves!” Mitch said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not interested in their feedback. Their feedback is irrelevant.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mitch and Mark were also fuming over the appearance of Luke’s fiancé, Olivia, on the show once again, after she was spotted helping Luke and Josh prepare for the room reveals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844414/mitch-mark2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0d9777a11c5343adb725db7bd3fde052" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia was filmed helping the twins clean and style their kitchen in a breach of the rules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite being spotted doing the same thing in master bedroom week, her help didn’t affect the brothers’ scores or even receive mention on judgement day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The boys (twins Josh and Luke) brought in help last night that Scotty clearly knows about because it’s all on camera and yet it has no impact,” Mitch said to a producer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, this is absolutely a farce.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite their frustrations, Mitch and Mark were still good sports over Kirsty and Jesse’s win.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country musicians won $120,000 in prizes for their navy blue and gold kitchen, which received a perfect score from Neale and Shaynna.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844415/mitch-mark3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83e9eacaf9da4bc892e34c32c36c0427" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My [arm] hair is standing on end that’s how perfectly they have done the five-zone kitchen in this space,” Darren said, awarding them a 9.5 score for not including a second bin in their butler’s pantry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Neale said the room was “everything he wanted to see and feel in a kitchen”, joking that his hair was also standing on end despite being bald.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ronnie and Georgie came second for their neutral kitchen, after receiving criticism for their small cupboards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tanya and Vito’s pink and terrazzo kitchen came in fourth, with Neale noting: “This is a kitchen that says love me or hate me, but don’t ignore me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shaynna pointed out that the fridge was in the wrong place, there was no bin, and their terrazzo benchtop offered little space for people to sit at or prepare food.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It makes me sick because they imported this [stone bench] and it is stunning but there’s no way to do anything different with that,” Darren commented.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p>

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How retirement villages are Uniting people

<p>In wisdom, we realise that our confidence comes from a sense of belonging. Being connected to a community is what gives us a sense of belonging. Over time our ability to socialise in our free time expands while our community and neighbourhoods are changing.</p> <p>COVID-19 has had a particularly strong influence on people seeking different needs from home design and also their communities. At Uniting we realise that confidence comes from belonging and sharing memorable moments with like-minded people.</p> <p>That’s why community and caring are built in at every Uniting NSW/ACT retirement village. Moving into the next phase of your life should be an exciting occasion. Uniting believes that everyone should enjoy the confidence of belonging<strong>.</strong></p> <p>One person who knows this intimately is Leonie.</p> <p>Leonie decided to move to Uniting Mayflower Gerringong in 2010 after taking part in a village tour.</p> <p>She had already experienced the village when her father had previously lived there. She jumped at the opportunity and set off to make sure she could become part of the community.</p> <p>“One of the first things I did was set up a veggie patch,” says Leonie. “I was a talker like Dad, so it was a great excuse to have a chat.”</p> <p>Leonie’s veggie patch became her own social sanctuary. Many of Leonie’s good friends now do the gardening together at Mayflower and the veggie patch has become its own community centre.</p> <p>“There is something special about our village,” she says. “There is a spirit of caring, not just among the staff but among all the people who live here.</p> <p>“This is a little village and we all belong to each other. We’re family.”</p> <p>Since joining the village at Gerringong, Leonie has seen her social network expand and sees it as her true home.</p> <p>Leonie also enjoys the freedom that retirement living has given her. No longer does she have to worry about mowing the lawns or the letterbox filling up while she is away. Uniting’s specialist staff take away the hassle of maintenance for her property and allow her to focus on what truly matters.</p> <p>“You don’t realise the friendships and the interdependence you’ll develop when you move in,” Leonie explains. “Every day I am surrounded by things to do with my friends. There are more activities going on than anyone could ever hope to get to!”</p> <p>Uniting has had more than 50 years’ experience to consider each and every detail that makes retirement living more enjoyable. People like Leonie live the Uniting values and ethos. And it can only be a home when you are in a community where you belong.</p> <p>Everyone deserves to discover new passions in the comfort of their home. A community full of respectful, social and like-minded individuals, and their pets should they choose.</p> <p>Uniting wants you to retire happily, with easy access to a social network, new friends and other supports whenever you want it.</p> <p>There are many spaces to explore at your leisure, to entertain yourself and to entertain your loved ones, whether that be communal vegetable garden for the green thumbs, the villages’ dedicated clubroom for trivia and crafts, or the outdoor courtyard perfect for barbecues.</p> <p>A Uniting village is a perfect place to find your new home and your new forever friends.</p> <p>In that community, we are Uniting People.</p> <p>Book a tour by calling 1800 864 846 or go to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N1080016.1907402OVERSIXTY.COM.AU/B26377396.312727685;dc_trk_aid=505567170;dc_trk_cid=157190802;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua=;ltd=" target="_blank">uniting.org/retirementliving</a></p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N1080016.1907402OVERSIXTY.COM.AU/B26377396.312727685;dc_trk_aid=505567170;dc_trk_cid=157190802;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua=;ltd=" target="_blank">Uniting</a>.</em></strong></p>

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Inside Frank Sinatra's most-filmed mansion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Sinatra’s seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home has been put on the market for a whopping $USD 21.5 million ($AUD 29.4 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mad Men</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Californication</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dreamgirls</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ali</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are sure to recognise the residence, which has been used as a backdrop for countless films and tv shows over the years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Widely known as the Frank Sinatra Byrdview Estate, the singer called the 758-square-metre mansion home during the 1950s and 60s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home sits on 13.7 acres in Chatsworth, California, and overlooks the 1,325-acre Chatsworth Reservoir nature reserve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home has undergone a $USD 1 million renovation and boasts light wood accents set against white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open-plan design.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with a formal dining room and living room with a full bar, the house also features a deluxe ensuite that overlooks the backyard, a formal sitting room, and a piano room where Sinatra reportedly spent most of his time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside, the home has a patio and a 15-metre swimming pool that includes its own wet bar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also features a guest house where Marilyn Monroe reportedly stayed, which has its own backyard and pool, as well as a gym and massage room in a separate building.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Boss Hunting</span></em></p>

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Calls for urgent changes in building regulations as family home demolished

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother of a disabled woman is calling for urgent changes to be made to building regulations in Australia following the demolition of their brand-new, purpose-built home. 24-year-old Paige was left with severe brain damage as a child after a hospital mistake, and was awarded $5.5 million in compensation from Queensland Health four years ago. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 280px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844345/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35143-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2850aa7004940eea0c1eefa38f90da4" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Part of that money was used to build a home that would meet all of her needs, but after less than a year of living in their new Redcliffe home, the house had such a severe mould problem that it was decided it had to be demolished.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paige’s mum, Linda Hartman, told </span><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/new-development-severely-disabled-queensland-womans-toxic-house-demolished/765a998a-a0d2-40ef-a74d-feb6d86e58e1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">that the situation has caused her and Paige severe stress, but the minister responsible, Mick de Brenni, won’t agree to meet with them to discuss the issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">initially met the family when they were attempting to dry the moisture in order to keep the mould at bay, but those attempts failed, and the only remaining solution was demolition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hartman told reporters she was relieved that the entire building, including the concrete slab, had to go, as it meant she wouldn’t have to deal with the builder anymore. "I'm quite relieved because now I don't have to deal with the builder because dealing with the builder it was just horrific.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 277.86624203821657px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844346/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35148-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c63309e684504d57b3425856725c68ab" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The builder in question was PJ Burns – the director Rick Burns admitted to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ACA </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">that there were problems at the property and that he was “going to fix them”. In early March, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) identified the cause of the mould as "rising damp through the slab due to faulty installation of the damp proof membrane" and found that Burns had failed to rectify structural defects, ultimately deciding that the "demolition and rebuilding of the dwelling" was "reasonable and necessary". </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">QBCC approved a claim of $200,000 under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme, which was less than a third of the actual cost. The trustee of Paige’s settlement money has now commenced legal proceedings against PJ Burns, as well as finding a new builder, with the hope of having a new home ready for the family by Christmas 2022.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 284.5786963434022px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844347/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35210-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/194a66899a64440b95b790b9dada2ea6" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The builder has to be held accountable for what he has done to us and I don't want this to happen to anybody else," Ms Hartman told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ACA.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Ms Hartman believes that QBCC’s lack of action “ruins people’s lives”. She believes PJ Burns’ work is so bad that it should be listed as Tier 1 defective work, which would result in an automatic three-year ban. Ms Hartman feels like the QBCC is “protecting the builder”, while the QBCC claims it is “empathetic to [her] situation” and that its officers have “worked continuously to keep her updated and informed during her case.” A spokesperson for the regulator said, "This builder has been subject to regulatory action and may be subject to further regulatory action in the future.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr de Brenni said in a statement that the QBCC had been in regular contact with Ms Hartman, and his recommendation is that homeowners check the QBCC website before hiring a builder.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A Current Affair</span></em></p>

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"Most expensive urban property in the world" to go under the hammer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A sprawling home in Los Angele, nicknamed “The One”, is </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/us-news-mega-mansion-once-worth-683-million-defaults-on-136-million-in-debt-forcing-a-sale/58a4d087-723c-428f-bbd4-f26f3238a755" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">expected to be sold</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after the owner defaulted on $136 million in loans and debt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dubbed America’s most expensive home, the 105,000-square-foot property developed by former film producer Nile Niami was expected to sell for $683 million, according to Niami.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, after suffering delays and complications and racking up debt, Niami faces a court-ordered sale to pay his debts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Niami bought the property for a cool $28 million, before partnering with architect Paul McClean to build “The One”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Original plans for the home included a cinema, four-lane bowling alley, beauty salon, five pools, a private nightclub, and a casino.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for bedrooms, Niami planned for 20, with the largest being a 5,500 square-foot master suite, complete with its own office, pool, and kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite its original completion date being set for 2017, Niami borrowed $112.78 million from Hankey Capital in 2018 to continue building the home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The design also underwent changes, with the number of bedrooms dropping to nine and plans for an extravagant jellyfish tank being dropped.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In March 2021, Hankey served a notice of default to Niami, who had 90 days to pay or negotiate the now $150 million debt, according to court documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With no payment as of July, the home was placed in court-ordered receivership, an alternative to foreclosure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Theodore Lanes Management Services received the property, and is required to account for debts against the property, then selling it and repaying lenders and creditors with the proceeds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite Niami promising the home was nearly complete in April, there is still some work to be done. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This includes a lack of gas service until a certificate of residence is issued, and an empty space where a commercial-grade catering kitchen was expected to be installed, after the permit to build it was denied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a pretty extensive list [of issues],” Lanes told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Business</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also has more than $2 million in unpaid taxes and invoices for concrete, air conditioning, and scaffolding, according to Lanes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a very complicated property with quite a few open issues,” Lanes said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At present, the focus is to obtain complete insurance and develop a timeline and budget to secure the certificate of occupancy in order to maximise value and to make the property more marketable.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/americas-most-expensive-home-the-24958036" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Lanes said, “What I would love to see happen is that the house gets completed, the certificate of occupancy is awarded and we have an orderly sale that maximises the value.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hopefully, there will be sufficient proceeds from the sale to fund the secured and unsecured creditors and for the equity to realise some value.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: nileniami / Instagram, Bel Air Mansion</span></em></p>

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Michael Clarke scores luxe Vaucluse home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former Test cricketer Michael Clarke has </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/former-test-cricketer-michael-clarke-buys-13m-vaucluse-home/?rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa:strap" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">picked up a new property</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, after putting down about $13 million on the Vaucluse home prior to auction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clarke has recently been seen visiting the five-bedroom home, which had previously been sold for $9.5 million in 2019, with sources confirming he has purchased it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The “European-inspired” home is just a block away from the Fitzwilliam Rd mansion he had lived with his ex-wife Kyly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Fitzwilliam property was sold in an under-the-table deal for $12 million in February, after the couple purchased it in 2014 for $8.3 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clarke’s newest property was scheduled for auction on Tuesday, September 14.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sitting on a 784 square-metre block, the property features a mineralised gas-heated tiled pool with a poolside cabana and two outdoor showers, and is just a short walk from three local beaches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside the home, there are four bathrooms, heated limestone floors, a custom-designed iron wrought staircase, and three gas fireplaces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The master suite comes with its own balcony, stone ensuite and dressing room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also boasts a formal lounge and dining room, as well as an upper-level reading room.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: michaelclarkeofficial / Instagram, realestate.com.au</span></em></p>

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How you can rent Karl Stefanovic’s glam Sydney home

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> host Karl Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine’s new Sydney home has been listed for rent just three months after the couple purchased it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four-bedroom house in Sydney’s North Shore was listed for rent on realestate.com.au this week for a weekly rent of $1800 and a bond of $7200.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current median rental price in the area is $1375 a week, according to data from realestate.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/property/real-estate/sneak-peek-inside-karl-stefanovic-s-new-suburban-oasis" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">settled on the property</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> just before Sydney went into lockdown in June, the Stefanovics’ home is available to rent from this weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though they had plans to renovate the $3.2 million home according to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/details-of-karl-stefanovics-multimillion-dollar-house-revealed/news-story/cbcf9bc387c6bd7bc1856a1f6f5f0a9f" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, no development application has been launched with Willoughby Council so far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With four levels and views of Middle Harbour from most bedrooms, the home also boasts a pool, an open plan kitchen, a self-contained studio, and a private courtyard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The delay in moving into the Castlecrag property has some believing the family are renting a six-bedroom house around the corner instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair also own a property on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, which they purchased just before the country entered lockdown in 2020.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Karl Stefanovic / Instagram, realestate.com.au</span></em></p>

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Peter Overton and Jessica Rowe sell multi-million-dollar Vaucluse home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Television presenters Peter Overton and Jessica Rowe have put their Vaucluse home under the virtual hammer, selling it for a whopping $8.175 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The final price was about half a million dollars above the reserve and more than $1 million above the $7 million price guide it was listed with two weeks ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The auction was opened by James Keenan, Ray White Double Bay’s selling agent and auctioneer, who told buyers an offer of “$7 million to $8 million would be a good start”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With an opening bid of $7.5 million, a handful of bids later the property was declared on the market at $7.61 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">16 bids later, the buyer who opened the auction secured the home for $8.175 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overton recently told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Domain</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he and his family were looking to settle into a larger home in Vaucluse with more space for their two teenage daughters, Allegra and Giselle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s time for a change for that next stage of our family life,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 700 square metre property features designer landscaped gardens, an alfresco entertaining area, and a solar-heated mosaic pool.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside the home, there is a deluxe master bedroom with a walk-in robe, a stylish ensuite and a private balcony, as well as three other bedrooms with built-in wardrobes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property was last sold 12 years ago for $3.37 million, and has undergone episodic renovations in recent years.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Jessica Rowe / Instagram, Ray White Double Bay</span></em></p>

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How much leftover cash does the average Aussie have in their bank?

<p>For some, home ownership is a reality too far away to dream of.</p> <p>It seems however, young Aussies are not alone in this thought.</p> <p>A new poll by <em>Finder.com</em> has revealed that combined, the average Aussie has just under $32,800 for a rainy day.</p> <p>Most people have kept their expenses down during lockdowns, so the figure is up about $5,000 currently.</p> <p>Finder also analysed the data and found out the average earnings and leaving expenses in each state to figure out where Australians have the most disposable income.</p> <p>ACT has the most disposable income per capita, with an average of $2899 left over after paying for living expenses like rent, food and bills.</p> <p>Western Australia ($2832) and Victoria ($2794) come in second and third place for the most amount of disposable income per person per month.</p> <p>NSW was $2602, while Queensland was $2358.</p> <p>Northern Territory have the least amount of leftover cash, with an average of $1635 per person per month.</p> <p>Kate Brown, personal finance expert from Finder.com.au says that some states are just plainly more expensive.</p> <p>“Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world for property, but is also home to some of the highest wages in the country,” Ms Browne told <em>realestate.com.au.</em></p> <p>“The best way to increase your disposable income and boost your savings is to cut your expenses and increase your earnings.</p> <p>“Of course, this is easier said than done.”</p>

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How to prepare your house for sale during lockdown

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yo-yo lockdowns aren’t exactly conducive to selling a house. It’s not an essential service, which puts your selling plans on hold for weeks (or months). But the snap and extended lockdowns across Australia don’t have to pause your plans. A lot of work goes into selling a house – the auction or private sale is just the end of a long journey. Because properties are selling faster (and higher) than ever, the pre-appraisal steps become even more critical.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 312.5px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843770/unnamed.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2c43f2e110e2463da576b1d51537368e" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lockdowns offer a window of time to work through all the essential steps of selling your home (for well above your asking price). Spread out these tasks across the week and you’ll have a big project to keep you occupied through the lockdowns. Once everything reopens, you’ll be ready to sell your house, in the most popular selling season: spring. </span></p> <p><strong>Declutter, deep clean &amp; DIY </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While it’s tempting to jump straight into the property report and appraisals, there are some other things you can turn your attention to today. Have you started decluttering your house? Deep cleaning and cosmetic fix ups? Booking in tradespeople for maintenance and touch-ups when lockdown is over? </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While it’s confronting, start with your biggest, most time-consuming tasks. Go through all your belongings and decide what you’ll pack, throw out, and donate. Start with one room at a time. Declutter and clean, then move onto the next. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This’ll give you a psychological ‘win’ tick on your moving to-do list. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 312.5px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843769/unnamed-1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8ec105e51cf243d1be2812c73354927b" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Decide what DIY tasks and touch-ups you feel comfortable with. Some ideas include paintwork, tidying up the garden, furniture makeovers, installing shelves, retiling the bathroom, replacing tapware and handles, hanging new curtains, paving the garden, tiling a kitchen splashback, and repainting fences and floorboards. Buy products online that’ll help with your DIY tasks. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There will undoubtedly be tasks that are best left to the professionals, so make a list of tradespeople to handle the rest. Reach out to them first to slot into their busy work scheduling. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The idea is to get your house to a point where you can move swiftly once the lockdowns end </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> leverage the spring selling season. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><strong>Map out your selling plan </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Get clear on all the steps you need to take from here. Talk to a financial advisor, as well as your family. While you might not be able to move the needle yet, it’s important to get your head across all the steps ahead.  </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><strong>Find out what your property is worth </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, for the exciting part, the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/your-free-property-report/oversixty/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">property report and appraisals</a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Use Agent Select’s free, independent service to help you find the top two or three real estate agents and negotiate the most desirable terms to sell your house. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/your-free-property-report/oversixty/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843768/unnamed-2.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5a32298d22dc4af09d160aeb9286df15" /></a></p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/your-free-property-report/oversixty/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Click here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or the link above to find the value of your property</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s a targeted algorithm that does all the research for you, without inundating you with hundreds of calls from agents, like other comparison websites do. Make an informed, empowered decision with Agent Select on your side of the fence. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Agent Select rebalances the power disparity, giving you all the resources you need to sell your home above the asking price, in the most enjoyable, stress-free way. Educate yourself about real estate agent </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/agent-fees-commissions/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">fees and commissions</a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and use the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/property-selling-calculator/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">house selling calculator</a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to see what you can expect for the sale. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><strong>Where to next? </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you learn about the value of your house, you can realistically explore your lifestyle options. Are you ready for a change of scenery or suburb? Is it time to downsize or try a new style of living? These are important questions to ponder, especially while you have the time during lockdown. This isn’t just about selling your house. It’s an opportunity to enter an exciting new chapter of life. Let yourself imagine. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><strong>Partner with a team who can handle all the steps in your downsizing journey, contact <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.homesuite.com.au/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">Homesuite</a>. To find the top three real estate agents for you, visit <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">Agent Select</a>. </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lockdown just got super productive for you. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><em><strong>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.agentselect.com.au/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=how_to_prepare_for_sale_article" target="_blank">Agent Select</a>.</strong></em></p>

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Nicole Kidman’s TV home up for rental as Airbnb

<p>Nicole Kidman is a titan Hollywood actress, and now her TV retreat has been put up on Airbnb!</p> <p>Her latest series,<span> </span><em>9 Perfect Strangers,<span> </span></em>is filled with suspense, mystery and intrigue – all factors of what makes up a perfect TV programme for viewers to dig into while stuck in lockdown.</p> <p>With major Hollywood including Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Asher Keddie, it is no wonder how the show has managed to capture the hearts of a nation.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843777/9-perfect-strangers-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dca9880049c241cea7a426416507e76b" /></p> <p>The unbelievable property, Soma Retreat, is tucked neatly into the Byron Bay hinterland, and has proven to be the perfect backdrop for the characters in the newly released adaption of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers.</p> <p>Kidman’s character, Masha, runs a mysterious wellness getaway for rich city folk.</p> <p>And now, the owners of the retreat are allowing the public to spend a night at the extraordinary retreat, for $6500 a night.</p> <p>The place can fit up to 16 people and even has a fully fitted space that can be used as a yoga retreat, or an interesting hang out spot.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843781/9-perfect-strangers-7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef01a4d5e4d04c63881e4233ec5b5d00" /></p> <p>The rental even has a sauna, magnesium ice bath, and a custom-made Zen garden.</p> <p>Staff and services can be booked at an extra cost too, including massages and meditation courses. </p> <p>In the show, Soma is dubbed Tranquillum House and is touted as a place for people to change their lives for the better.</p>

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They’ve hit the market: First look inside The Block homes

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The five homes from this year’s season of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Block</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have hit the market amidst one of the biggest </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/sh-ts-me-up-the-wall-scott-cam-s-furious-ramble-over-cheating-scandal" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">cheating scandals</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the show has ever seen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the drama, Domain has unveiled the finished products from each of the Fans and Faves teams.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The houses, all located on Bronte Court cul-de-sac in Hampton, Victoria, have indicative price guides ranging between $2.6 million and $2.8 million - $450,000 above the area’s median house price of $2.15 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of the homes also include basements, a first for the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a rundown of each team’s home.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843706/239095781_2822450881304882_4303745045489523878_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6a18efdceb614d2dbaae064c179fe7ff" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Ronnie and Georgia / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><strong>Ronnie and Georgia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Allstars duo’s house is described on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.domain.com.au/2-bronte-court-hampton-vic-3188-2017040657" target="_blank">the listing</a> as a “luxe home” with plenty of natural light, high ceilings, and “on-trend” stylings throughout.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ1AqLhw-L/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ1AqLhw-L/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ronnie And Georgia (@ronnieandgeorgia)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair have been praised for their guest and master bedrooms, though the walk-in-wardrobe in the master bedroom is expected to be redesigned after disappointing the judges.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843686/241060610_373999044306311_8661410331665149754_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0a688fede5844e30a4d025149a029eb6" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Mitch and Mark / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><strong>Mitch and Mark</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Described by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.domain.com.au/4-bronte-court-hampton-vic-3188-2017040687" target="_blank">the listing</a> as “a family-friendly sanctuary”, the home from Mitch and Mark offers contemporary style with functionality.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CS34cqfHLNp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CS34cqfHLNp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mitch and Mark (@mitchandmark)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair won for their bathroom, which boasts a deep soaking tub, oak vanity, aged brass fixtures, and a feature wall of marble Norwegian rose arched fan tiles.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843701/241005497_897600004181088_4428729188456585547_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68df4324ee524b6a824a91addfcd08ec" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Tanya and Vito / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><strong>Tanya and Vito</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Doing up ‘The Hunt House’, one of Melbourne’s most iconic modernist properties, has given the pair a unique challenge.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ_glVhF_W/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ_glVhF_W/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tanya and Vito (@tanyaandvito)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newcomers have quickly risen in popularity on the show, with their unique style and passion for mid-century architecture helping them to create “a magnificent home with cutting-edge technology”, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.domain.com.au/8-bronte-court-hampton-vic-3188-2017040665" target="_blank">Domain</a>.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843707/240401836_119965427041916_2388257963551547023_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/817692463bc945e8bbf687d009631b11" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Josh Packham / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><strong>Josh and Luke</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Josh and Luke snapped up the biggest block in the competition, turning it into a modern, luxe home, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.domain.com.au/10-bronte-court-hampton-vic-3188-2017040673" target="_blank">the listing</a>.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ8HmcBirJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ8HmcBirJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Josh Packham (@packham_pear)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home boasts a winning master wing - offering garden and pool views and a state-of-the-art dressing room - and a runner-up guest bedroom - also connecting to an outdoor area - as well as a contemporary and elegant bathroom.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843708/241006733_114973037560549_4257491904410706727_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c9f48d2b653e4a41b9bffaf420d0bf56" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Kirsty and Jesse / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><strong>Kirsty and Jesse</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo behind House 5 have transformed it into a coastal-inspired home with a high-end Hamptons aesthetic, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.domain.com.au/1-bronte-court-hampton-vic-3188-2017040694" target="_blank">the listing</a>.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ_ZPNBRY2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTJ_ZPNBRY2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kirsty and Jesse (@kirstyandjesse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The upper level features a guest bedroom and bathroom with a beachy aesthetic, brass accents, and underfloor heating in the guest ensuite. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Downstairs, the master bedroom suite boasts soft pastel tones, high ceilings, a fully-fitted walk-in-robe and a private terrace.</span></p>

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Angelina Jolie selling iconic French Chateau for $61 million

<p><span>Angelina Jolie is selling her estate in Provence, France, after several legal issues.</span></p> <p><span>The actress filed for divorce from fellow actor Brad Pitt over five years ago, yet the couple remain linked due to the glorious French Chateau that was once a blessing, but now a plague for them.</span></p> <p><span>The pair purchased the estate back in 2008, for a reported €45 million (AUD $72 million).</span></p> <p><span>The incredible property includes several residential and non-residential structures, from a rundown, adorable chapel to a high-functioning farm.</span></p> <p><span>What gave the chateau a firm reputation, other than its high-profile owners, was its glorious pink wine which won them Wine Spectator’s award for best rosé in the world, back in 2013.</span></p> <p><span>Jolie claims since the couple split back in 2016, Pitt has prevented her from selling the estate.</span></p> <p><span>In June, the mother-of-four even went so far as to file a petition to ask the judge to lift the order that prevents a transfer of assets so she could finally be rid of the property.</span></p> <p><span>Considering the couple purchased the estate prior to their nuptials in 2014, Jolie’s lawyers say the glorious French chateau should solely be considered hers.</span></p> <p><span>“After all these years of trying to extricate herself from being business partners with her ex-husband on acceptable financial terms, Ms. Jolie is extremely desirous of closing the pending agreement for the sale of Nouvel, LLC, and requests that the Court issue an order lifting the ATROs and specifying that they shall not apply to Ms. Jolie’s sale of Nouvel, LLC,” the actress’ legal team stated in a document that was obtained by <em>Us Weekly.</em></span></p> <p><span>The rumour mill has claimed the actress has plans to sell it to a willing buyer for an estimate of USD $61 million.</span></p>

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Iconic 130-year-old Aussie pub hits the market

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After serving drinks in Queensland’s far north for over 130 years, The Lions Den Hotel has been listed for sale.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hotel is one of Australia’s most iconic pubs and one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Its current owner, Judy Fry, has run the pub since 2005 but has said it’s time for her to retire.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s become a bit too much for me,” the 70-year-old said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t want to sell it - I really love it, but I have to be realistic about it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sitting on almost three hectares of land along the Bloomfield Track that cuts through the Daintree Rainforest, the pub has seen a long list of adventure seekers exploring Cape York.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pub is still housed in the original building, and boasts the signatures of tin miners and other visitors on the walls and ceilings dating back to the 1800s</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love that it’s not in a town - the people that come here are genuine people that like to come here to learn a little bit about the history and spend a few days,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s part of Australian history and I would really like to see it preserved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The building is still original, the floors are still original and the place still tells a story.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale includes the pub - which also houses a museum and a shop - as well as a caravan park and camping grounds. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After running the place for so many years, Ms Fry hopes the new owners can keep up the hotel's storied traditions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I really hope whoever takes it on keeps the history going and keeps it the way it is,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a fair bit of work and ideally it would be suited to two couples to run it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property is being sold by Harcourts International, with agent Shaun Bishop describing the Lions Den as a “genuine slice of history with a loyal following”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Harcourt International</span></em></p>

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“What have I done?!” New homeowner’s instant regret

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After moving to their new two-storey home by the bay in Victoria, Ros Morton was in tears.  Despite the amazing views of Port Phillip Bay, stunning sunsets and finally living close to her grandchildren, there was one major problem…</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’d had a full hip replacement and was having difficulty rehabilitating,” says Ros. “I was in this fabulous house and thinking: </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">What have we done!? How am I ever going to navigate the stairs?</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I could barely drag myself up from ground level, let alone carry shopping or washing from one floor to the other. We were seriously considering another move.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Morton’s main living area is on the top floor of their peninsula home – ideal for drinks on the deck and sighting ships in the distance, but not so great if you are physically challenged. “I had to rely on my husband Stuart to do all the lifting, which was difficult because he was going through his own medical treatment at the time,” explains Ros. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were in trouble and I felt trapped.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ros had always been active and involved in community life, but now she says she “had no chance of connecting with anyone because I couldn’t get in and out of the house easily. And the thought of moving again was more than either of us could bear!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The solution?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“</span><a rel="noopener" href="https://resilift.com.au/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=website_article" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">RESiLIFT</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">!” answers Ros. “A friend found a brochure at The Home Show. I was considering installing a stairlift, but it was unsightly and too big for our stairwell. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We viewed a RESiLIFT at someone’s home, and as soon as I saw it, I realised my life was about to change. Thankfully, another expensive re-location was off the agenda and our lift was installed extremely quickly.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843576/rosmorton_resilift_sept2021_rd02.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/71f5257f78fb4ef3bebe3bd4a472a0a0" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As soon as Ros saw a RESiLIFT, she realised her life was about to change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As it’s a free-standing lift with no shaft, the building modifications were minimal, and it simply plugs into a standard domestic outlet! All of these factors combined to make it an easy choice,” says Ros.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tax Agent George Dimitropoulos, who recently observed his parents install a RESiLIFT into their home, says that “installing a lift is an undoubtedly justified financial decision. The full cost of installing a RESiLIFT in my parents’ home, including building works, was $35,000 all up. If they were to have downsized, aside from the potential impact this can have on people’s pensions, the stamp duty alone is astronomical. For a $700,000 value home you are looking at $37,000, and for a million-dollar property the stamp duty is $55,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The costs all stack up. As well as the stamp duty, you need to add selling cost (advertising and agent fees will be approximately $25,000), relocating costs, possible ongoing storage fees or disposal fees.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luckily for Ros, she discovered RESiLIFT before the stress and expense of moving again.  As is often the case, “Visitors can’t even see the lift at first glance”, laughs Ros. “It looks as if it was built with the house. It has also enabled our friends with physical limitations to visit us easily.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The RESiLIFT has given me the freedom to come and go as I please,” she continues. In her retired life, Ros is active within the community and supporting her family with babysitting.  “I feel useful again and can do all the domestic duties I used to,” she says proudly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My independence and confidence have been completely restored. Thanks to RESiLIFT.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So if you’re in a quandary about whether you need to move home, before you decide, arrange a complimentary home consultation today.</span></p> <p><strong>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://resilift.com.au/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=website_article" target="_blank">RESiLIFT</a></em>.</strong></p>

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Michelle Pfeiffer flips luxe home for multi-million profit

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hollywood actress Michelle Pfeiffer has made a $3.85 million profit in her latest property flip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The star sold her Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles to an unidentified buyer for $USD 25 million ($AUD 35 million) just 18 months after purchasing it for $USD 22.5 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This isn’t the first home Ms Pfeiffer and her husband, David Kelley, have flipped, selling properties for $USD 22 million in 2019 and $USD 9 million in January last year, according to the </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2021/08/19/michelle-pfeiffers-pacific-palisades-home-sells-for-25m/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home, designed by architect Steve Giannetti in 2019, sits on 3000 sqm and includes seven bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With exposed ceiling beams, pocket doors, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, large balconies, and arched doorways, the home offers a suite of luxury finishes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kitchen range, imported from France, is part of a dining area that seamlessly opens up to the outdoor space.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside the house, there is a pool with a deck that offers views of the Riviera Country Club, the neighbouring golf course, and the Pacific Ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside that there is a hot tub, an outdoor dining area, and a greenhouse-style artist studio that sits under the pool deck and comes with its own private sitting area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beneath the mansion is the wine cellar, with its own tasting area and enough storage space for around 500 bottles, which sits next door to a home theatre.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Michelle Pfeiffer / Instagram, Realtor.com</span></em></p>

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