A Random Person’s Random Investments

June 27, 2008

settlement!!

Filed under: real-estate — arandomperson @ 11:57 pm

Settlement has occured… which is real estate jargon for the transaction and legal stuff is over and we can call the place ours (and the banks). This time, with a competent, professional and straight down the line Real Estate Agent to deal with, while keeping the same Mortgage Provider and Conveyancer as last time (If it aint broke, dont fix it) – it all went smooth and without a hitch. Some minor errors here and there within the mountaints of paperwork being bounced around (possibly inevitable in such a complicated operation) but all picked up and rectified promptly with no negative ramifications.
I guess the payoff from doing it second time around is we ended up with a nicer place, with larger land, a bigger garden in a quieter location that’s closer to public transport so at least we ended up in a better spot.

  • This time I was quite happy with the professional yet friendly manner of the agent, Ranko Delibasic from Harcourts in Dandenong, one of the few agents who waited until the all important Section 32 statement was available before accepting offers, and then he promptly and professionally took serious offers in writing without any of the games played by some other agents, which I think contributed to a smooth and stress free settlement for all involved.
  • Lawyers Conveyancing now have this neat web interface that displays the status of your conveyancing matter as it progresses to completion. It is simple and utilitarian (which I like), with a hard to type in URL (no matter once bookmarked), but was handy to have a row of satisfying tickboxes appear as the various stages of the matter progressed.
  • Ratebusters now using ING wholesale for the loan product we ended up with this time, slightly different feature set but still does what I want, and appears to have a very nice simple, but usable web interface to manage it all from.

June 24, 2008

more electricity notes

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 11:28 pm

Australian Power and Gas – listed on the ASX – have 10% green product.

Victoria Electricity – owned by Infratil – which is listed on NZ stock exchange – have 10% green product.

ActewAGL – owned 50% by Singapore Power and ACT govt? .. hard to tell because of the vague wording on the web site.

Origin Energy – ASX listed

June 16, 2008

green electricity notes

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 12:35 am

Overview here:
http://www.greenelectricitywatch.org.au/

Additional comments in an article from Neerav Bhatt’s blog:
http://www.bhatt.id.au/blog/dont-get-tricked-into-choosing-fake-greenpower-electricity/

Right now tending towards Origin – even though I left them for TXU a while back because one of their door to door sales people was harassing me at home when I was home from work very sick.
Jack Green looked OK but then I read this story of fairly crappy service from them.

June 9, 2008

flooring notes brain dump

Filed under: real-estate — arandomperson @ 1:56 pm

Just pasting some stuff on flooring found on the web:

my guestimates for the loungeroom is 26 m2
two bedrooms all up 31 m2

will measure more precisely on pre-settlement inspection.

found on ebay, laminate flooring from $13/m2
http://www.tiptopfloors.com.au/ – located in Springvale.

also: (NSW though) http://stores.ebay.com.au/Ankors

Style Plantation Bamboo floating floors is $50/m2 at Bunnings, it looks really nice from the demo boards on display there.
http://www.stylebambooflooring.com/products/strand_woven_bamboo/technical_specifications.php

Some of the Bunnings laminate flooring looked cheap and nasty, some of it looked not bad at all. Seems very durable. between $13 and $25 per m2.

Mentioned on propertyinvest forum:
http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20137078 $19.94 / m2
http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/90082181 $14.95 / m2

Ikea bamboo flooring:
http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/40080877 $45.00 / m2
looks really nice, maybe easy to install cos it’s Ikea? not solid bamboo, bamboo on a base of cheaper stuff? Googling for KVIST gives mixed reviews, some like it, some don’t.

http://www.eco-strong.com/bamboo/intro.html – distributor in Balwyn, some was for sale on ebay.


http://www.bambooandtimber.com.au/
– in Oakleigh


http://www.grasswoodbambooflooring.com/
– Mount Martha, showroom in Mornington


http://www.goldenfield.com.au/new/gold_frame_bamboo.html
– “It was $55/m2 or
$80/m2 installed” from someone we know who got it last year – located in Preston. They also appear to trade under another name, http://www.timberfloorcentre.com.au/

Timber Flooring Clearance Centre
861 Princes Highway
Springvale, VIC 3171
– Trading post online store, but have some Bamboo flooring from $38 / m2

Another found on the Trading Post Seeview Flooring who have some Bamboo flooring @ $39 / m2 on their Australian Trading Post page

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