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Launceston real estate agency Key2 Property wins national award

Kings Meadows real estate agency Key2 Property has taken out a national real estate award.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia’s National Awards for Excellence ceremony was was held in Sydney on Thursday, with the 11-person agency winning the Community Service Award.

Key2 Property’s Tameka Smith was also nominated for Residential Property Manager of the Year.

The agency won the award for raising more than $30,000 for Launceston charities and helping fund homeless … Read the full post »

Five Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

Getting your foot in the door isn’t cheap, but sometimes it’s where the money is spent that comes as a shock to first home buyers.

It’s not over once the deposit has been saved and the winning offer made. Experts have identified five areas where hidden costs might be lurking, and how a buyer can avoiding paying more than they need to.

Pre-purchase research

Anna Porter, a property valuer and principal … Read the full post »

Easy ways to transform a tired bathroom without renovating

Easy ways to transform a tired bathroom without renovating

Mouldy grout and dated tiles are just some of the not-so-redeeming features of a tired bathroom, but regular renovations are an expensive and unsustainable option, so how do we fancy-up the bathroom without ripping out the tiles?

Bathroom Renovation

Spring Clean
“The first step would always be to declutter your bathroom and give it a thorough … Read the full post »

HeartKids Car and Bike Show

charity, car and bike show, Key2

This Sunday 11th of February, Key2 will be supporting the HeartKids foundation at the annual Car and Bike Show!

Come along and enjoy a day of family fun at the Longford Village Green between 11:30AM and 3:00PM.

A new robot maid from Aelous can mop, tidy, and even fetch you drinks

A very clever robot unveiled at the annual consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas has brought humanity one step closer to either a delightful futuristic wonderland of household ease, or a kind of terrible dystopian future, depending your perspective.
Our salvation from housework comes in the form of San Francisco company Aeolus’ Robot – it’s yet to be officially named – an … Read the full post »

7 Everyday Steps to an Environmentally Friendly Home

Has the news that Victoria is to become the next state to ban single-use plastic bags got you thinking about being greener at home? Single-use bags are already banned in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, with bans in Western Australia and Queensland due to come into effect next year. Coles and Woolworths are phasing out bags, with a plan for the changeover to be … Read the full post »

How to keep your property new year’s resolutions for 2018

New year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. In fact, research suggests only 9 per cent of people actually keep theirs.

When it comes to property, clearly defined goals, such as saving for a deposit or buying a first home, are easy to set. With planning and perseverance, you’re more likely to achieve them in 2018.

1. Saving for a house deposit

Managing the cost of living and still putting aside a … Read the full post »

The secret to keeping your bedroom cool on hot summer nights

Photo by pablo veiga – Browse bedroom photos

It’s official – the chill of winter is just a memory and we can emerge from our warm, stuffy burrows to sniff the air and greet the sun. Although summer brings an invigorating feeling of freedom from bundling up in woolly layers … Read the full post »

The best and most cost-effective ways to give your home street appeal


Whether you’re wanting to sell or looking to spruce things up, the front of your home should be given as much thought as your interior. Especially since it’s the first port of call for visitors and passersby.

Anne Hindley, founder and architect at Hindley & Co, says, “a custom street number in an interesting font and a statement letterbox are important touches … Read the full post »

Easy and budget-friendly ways to revive the look of a dated, dull kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, which means it’s especially prone to wear and tear. And walking into a kitchen that feels grimy, dated or dull can be particularly uninspiring when you want to cook or entertain.

“[Kitchens] are highly functional spaces that need to work well for all tasks,” says interior stylist Emma Blomfeld. “If your kitchen is badly designed, it will affect the … Read the full post »

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