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My Real Estate Mate summer reading series: Buying off the plan - the first move

Time is of essence! Have you ever enquired for an apartment project on the Internet, only to discover by the time you speak to the real estate agent - or visit the display suite - the project is almost sold out? Apartment Register ensures our client’s receive first priority pick in new off the plan developments prior to public launch. Having said that, you need to be organised with a clearly defined apartment selection criteria and understanding...

My Real Estate Mate summer reading series: Purchasing off the plan apartments

New off the plan apartments are increasingly becoming the first choice for first home buyers, owner occupier and investors. Buying off the plan property is very different to established property offering apartments to purchasers prior to construction commencing. Since launching the Apartment Register platform, My Real Estate Mate clients regularly ask us ‘how do I buy an apartment off the plan?’ So we thought it would be a good idea to guide you...

Rothelowman's expansion plans pay dividend

Architecture practice Rothelowman has capped an impressive year by scooping a number of prestigious awards recently. Earlier this month the firm was announced as Consultancy of the Year by UDIA Victoria, in addition to collecting the UDIA Awards for Excellence in both Victoria and Queensland. The Victorian acknowledgement covers a commendation for Medium Density Development via their Lex Apartments design in South Yarra, as well the Award for...

Apartment Register: bridging the gap between purchasers and developers

My Real Estate Mate has launched Apartment Register , a website where customers register their contact details and selection criteria for first priority pick in residential apartment developments. Developers have embraced the concept, instilled with sales confidence acquiring and designing development sites based on the needs and wants of their qualified database. How did it all come about? It was 5pm in the packed underground in Hong Kong,...

The exclusive Amber Camberwell

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Amber Camberwell located at 994 Toorak Road is the latest project to involve the in-depth brand expertise of Scharp Property Marketing - an Urban Melbourne Industry Hub member. Developer Luvarc Property appointed Scharp to create a brand that captured the luxury and sophistication of the development's design and showcase its fine attention to detail. "We came up with an inspirational, yet clever and memorable name of 'Amber' that sits within the...

Skyscraper trends: Optimising sites and maximising floor plates

With highly prized land parcels in Melbourne's CBD becoming smaller and scarcer, how do you maximise their development values and are skyscrapers viable on these compact sites? As well as sites getting smaller, so are apartments. But do they need to? How do we maximise floorspace to improve returns without compromising design and comfort? Incredible shifts are happening in technology and building practices; we have a new generation of technology...

The China Syndrome: Beller's Andrew Fawell on the Chinese-driven apartment frenzy

As one of Melbourne's largest independent real estate agencies with over 50 years experience, Beller Group has a fundamental understanding of the current Melbourne apartment market and the nuances which influence it. By way of establishing Beller China and forging an alliance with Beijing-based property agency giant Sagacity, Beller Group have gained an intimate, market-leading understanding of the factors behind the unprecedented rush of...

Meinhardt's 'Skyscraper Trends in Melbourne' seminar reviewed

Last week Meinhardt Australia held their Skyscraper Trends In Melbourne: From Super Skinny To ‘Prefabulous’ seminar which brought together a select group of Melbourne's development industry elite to consider the influences shaping the future direction of Melbourne's built form. The latest in a string of successful seminars held under the Practical Imagination - imagin8 banner, Urban Melbourne was present to cover the informal yet highly relevant...

Development site sales still booming

This morning The Australian reported that a large chunk of the former CUB site bordering the CBD had been sold by Grocon to a mainland Chinese developer for $60 million, thus continuing the string of high profile sites purchased for a healthy sum. With the buoyant market seemingly churning out major development sites within days of one another, it's an opportune time to cast an eye over some of the biggest and best development sites currently...

Meinhardt and Urban Melbourne present a seminar on skyscraper trends in Melbourne

There are very limited spaces available for architects, developers and project managers to attend a tall buildings seminar in Melbourne’s CBD next week. “Skyscraper Trends In Melbourne: From Super Skinny To ‘Prefabulous’” is part of Meinhardt’s imagin8 seminar series and is presented in partnership with Urban Melbourne. Melbourne has become a hotbed for tall building development, with the Planning Minister dubbed ‘Mr Skyscraper” following a raft...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 00:00
M-City stage 2 has launched with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments now available to buy. M-City stage 1 was popular and bought by local owner-occupiers and investors with demand driven by proximity to Monash University, the nearby IKEA homemaker centre, views to the CBD and Dandenongs, as well as the 24-hour lifestyle amenities that will be built as part of the master-planned development.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00
The amount of construction in Melbourne's central city is reaching fever pitch with a number of large scale towers either topping out or rising out of the ground, forever changing the face of the city. But that's not what today's article is about.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 08:00
Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.