JC Street Supports…

May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Crown’s premier event for office professionals!

Best breakfast in town…

with the best prizes..

trip to Las Vegas and Mauritius!!!

  Tickets are on sale NOW for Secbrek 2011


Friday 20th May 2011


6:30am arrival

7am – 9am Champagne breakfast


$80 per person

$95 per person premium seats

(Complimentary Multi-Level parking available)

 Your early start will be compensated by an energetic morning bursting with fun,
entertainment and giveaways!

  • Fabulous live entertainment including “Boys in the Band” and “Girls on Film” plus more…
  • Amazing raffle prizes, including overseas holidays to Las Vegas, including two return economy flights with Qantas to take you to your stunning destination. Or maybe just a secluded paradise getaway to Mauritius including five nights accommodation.
  • Over 100 mystery prizes
  • Be pampered by the Crown Metropol ISIKA day spa
  • AND everyone will take home the best goodie bag

You can enjoy all this and more…..

 Whilst supporting this year’s Charity The Treasure Chest Foundation.

The Treasure Chest Foundation, assist women with breast cancer who are on public waiting
lists for breast reconstruction after undergoing a mastectomy.

Follow the links below to find out more about the Treasure Chest Foundation and to buy tickets
to Secbrek 2011.




A dash of style goes a long way in a tight market

October 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Presentation is crucial to achieving the highest price. Real estate agents will tell you they no longer sell property. These days, they’re selling a lifestyle.

Perception and emotion play as much a part in the sale of a property as the actual building itself, and increasing numbers of vendors are finding property styling not only helps a home sell, but often helps it sell for well above market value.

Essentially, styling a property means presenting it in its best possible light. ‘‘Presentation is just so important to getting the highest price,’’

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August REIV vacancy rates

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment


Another month has passed with very little change or improvement in the availability of rental homes in Victoria.
The August release of the REIV’s residential vacancy rates showed that a mere 1.7 per cent of rental homes were vacant, the same as in July this year and slightly better than this time last year when it was 1.4 per cent.

This is in stark contrast to the first half of the last decade when rental homes were much more available; for instance, in August 2003 the vacancy rate was 3.6 per cent.

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State Government still taxing taxes

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

The REIV has called on both the State and Federal Governments to remove the tax on tax rort of stamp duty being levied on GST in commercial real estate transactions.

When the GST was introduced in 2000 it created an anomaly in which state property taxes – stamp duties – were being charged not just on the actual cost of the property but also on the GST paid.

REIV CEO Enzo Raimondo said “the GST is a tax on goods and services; it was not intended to be a   tax on tax.

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Funding a retrofit

October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


The City of Melbourne can now help building owners obtain finance for retrofit works that will reduce energy use, save water and lower carbon emissions through the city’s 1200 Buildings Program.

An amendment to Victorian legislation means financial institutions will be able to advance funds to commercial building owners for environmental retrofitting works. These funds will be recovered by the City of Melbourne through a charge linked to rates collection.

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Top 10 renovation mistakes

October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


Planning to succeed is the key to adding value.

If you’re planning a renovation, there are 10 sure-fire ways to devalue it, according to building advisory service Archicentre.

These range from poor planning to going over the top on things such as taps and ovens. Archicentre’s Angus Kell says the most important step to ensuring value from a renovation is good planning.

If you are renovating in stages, you need a master plan so you don’t waste money.

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Costco pumps $140m into Aussie growth

September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Costco’s only Australian store made $8.9 million in sales and membership fees in its first two weeks of operation, as customers flocked to the warehouse discount outlet.  

But Costco Wholesale Australia made an overall loss of $14 million in the year to August 31, 2009, due to the costs of establishing its second store and headquarters in New South Wales, its special purpose annual report revealed.

The company had reported an annual loss of $2.4 million in the previous year due to the cost of establishing its maiden store at Melbourne‘s Docklands.

That store opened on August 17, 2009, and the annual report, filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission on Tuesday, reflects sales during its first two weeks of operation.

Costco now has 345 employees in Australia and an annual salary bill of more than $9 million.

The annual report also reveals that its parent company in America has injected another $140 million worth of capital into the company.

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