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Author Archives: Heidi Davoren

Heidi Davoren is a journalist.

Worst house in best street

Firefighters by profession, Joachim and Kerry Matthews are familiar with taking calculated risks – and their newly completed project was a risk that certainly paid off. API joins them on their renovation journey and discovers why ugly properties can make the most attractive investments.

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A David and Goliath battle

When this Queensland couple’s plans to build their dream home turned into a costly legal battle with a major builder, the financial and personal strain was almost unbearable. But with the court case now behind them, they tell API why it’s important not to be bullied.

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The devil in the detail

A stalled development, a seller in liquidation and hundreds of buyers’ deposits frozen for years – this was the nightmare scenario for one inner-city Brisbane project. API looks at how to avoid becoming trapped in the fine print of an off-the-plan contract.

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Design-your-own apartment

Similar to a choose-your-own adventure novel, the concept of buying an apartment shell and creating the floor plan from scratch sounds like an appealing prospect for buyers, albeit a complex proposition for would-be developers.

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