Flight of the Funky – Escaping Sydney to find hip suburbs below the million dollar median

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our analysis of Sydney’s hippest suburbs, it’s that the inner city lifestyle doesn’t come cheap. That’s not the end of the world while you’re renting, but what happens when it’s time to buy? The bad news is that hip suburbs in the Sydney basin simply don’t come in […]

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Sydney’s Babycino Belt: Family Friendly Suburbs That Haven’t Lost Their Cool

So you have kids, or are planning some. They need great schools and safe places to play,  but you want to keep the vitality of places you’ve lived in your younger, freer days. You’re not ready to move to a typical suburban place just yet. You may now feel the urge to share with your childless […]

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Australia’s Top Suburbs for Your Family

Nothing’s more important than family. Much is made of capital growth and other financial factors, but many members of the Microburbs community are simply looking for a safe, happy home for themselves and their children. Convenience, hipness and lifestyle can take a back seat compared to a good environment for your kids to grow up in. The […]

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The Rate Cut Is Here: How Much Has It Earned You?

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The recent rate cut is finally being passed on by lenders and your home loan rate could now be as low as  2.25%. It’s easy to gloss over financial news, but if you have a home loan, that’s money in your pocket. It could be a lot of money, depending on your current circumstances. The big banks don’t think […]

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Punching Above Their Weight: Sydney’s Struggle Street Schools That Perform Really Well

The federal government’s MySchool website is a treasure trove of data about schools and how they perform. Like it or not, it’s a statistical fact that rich suburbs’ schools perform better and that educated parents have kids who, in turn, do well at school. You can see a pretty strong correlation here with Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) and […]

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Artificial Intelligence Identifies Australia’s Hippest Suburbs

Love em, or loathe em, Australia’s hipsters are at the bleeding edge of progressive culture, seeking out the edgiest trends for the rest of us to enjoy. Identifying Australia’s hippest suburbs is not just important for those wishing to avoid exposure to ridiculous hairstyles and bizarre antics though. Hip areas are cultural beacons, driving demand […]

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Panama Papers Release Reveals Top Tax Avoiding Australian Areas

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What do Geraldton, WA and Mackay in Queensland have in common? Well, apart from being remote coastal towns, they also appear surprisingly often in the Panama Papers – the leak of Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca’s customer data. The Panama Papers contain a wealth of fascinating revelations about Australians and their relationship with offshore tax havens. […]

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What can the PM afford to buy in Sydney?

Joe Hockey famously advised first home buyers to “get a good job that pays good money”. How about the top job? The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia earns no less than $507,000 a year. That’s got to give us some serious buying power, right? How much could you really afford in the PM’s […]

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Microburbs Lifestyle Score – Are you in a hot spot or a dead zone?

Microburbs Lifestyle Score ranks every location in Australia based on lifestyle venues, like cafes, restaurants, bars, beaches and gyms.  Everyone knows that location is vital in finding a property. That’s one aspect that no amount of renovations can change. What makes a good location though? How can you pick the spots that you, or your tenants […]

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Analysis Reveals which Australian Chinese Stereotypes are Actually True

With ever increasing amounts of Chinese expats calling Australia home, we look to our extensive suburb and property data for insight. Stereotypes abound, but can you sort the factual from the phoney?  We’ve looked at Australia’s 55,000 microburbs and done the numbers. Microburbs are smaller areas that make up a suburb, each with about 400 people. By […]

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