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Bring Work/Life Balance in Check With a Home Office
As home prices continue to rise in major centres like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, affordable housing must be sought further away from the CBD. This can work for many people, but for others, infrastructure like public transport and roads can't quite match what they need to make a daily commute!

Which got us thinking - instead of going off to the office every day, what if you brought the office back to your place? Here are some great ways to turn part of your home into a home office.
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The Real Cost of Raising Kids
A recent report released by the University of Canberra looks into the cost of raising children in Australia today and not surprisingly finds that it's costing us more than ever.

The report compares the cost of bringing up two children for a typical middle-income family now versus how much it cost in 2007. The findings are interesting and raises concerns about what the costs may look like in the future
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Sydney Villa: Light and Leafy Design
Surrounded by cliff, bushy national park and a serene valley view out to the ocean, it’s no wonder this home was designed with a connection to nature at the fore.

This property has everything a family could wish for — space, privacy, peace and tranquillity, as well as a pool, separate zones for kids and parents, large outdoor areas, ocean views and bushland setting. “It’s a unique and beautiful architectural design in a truly magical setting.
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4 Tips for Fantastic Apartment Living
While living in a standalone home can be a fantastic way to raise a family, it looks like multi-unit complexes are currently on the rise. In a Housing Industry Association release from January, chief economist Harley Dale noted that multi-unit property sales were on the rise, and unlikely to stop anytime soon.

So, with units on the horizon, it is time to take a look at some tips for getting the most out of the apartment lifestyle.
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Darren Palmer on Decorating Dining Rooms
The traditional dining room my be a relic of the past, but the value of creating a space where family and friends can gather to enjoy a good meal and conversation is still important today.

Here I discuss how you can create a dining area that creates the right mood, suits your lifestyle and family demands and is decorated with the same gusto as the rest of your home. I hope you find it useful.
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