Welcome to our second edition of Star Weekly’s Spring Property Guide.

Response to last year’s first edition was overwhelmingly positive, so we’ve once again collated the best local information and real estate agent wisdom to help you buy, sell or simply renovate your home.

This guide has something for everyone.

Star Weekly has once again assembled its team of reporters and real estate experts to arm you with the latest information on suburbs and property “hot spots” throughout the western and northern suburbs.

VIEW THE DIGITAL EDITION

Coupled with Australia’s leading online real estate website, Domain.com.au, you can access the best and most affordable properties in the region.

Australian property market expert Dr Andrew Wilson explains how the west is primed for a super spring, with robust price growth and low interest rates creating a great real estate market for buyers and sellers (page 5).

On page 7, we offer up six simple but effective tips to help make your property more attractive to buyers.

The decision to break into the market is often a difficult one. On page 8, Star Weekly looks at the pros and cons of purchasing a home for the first time.

To help your decision making, we look at the benefits and risks of building “off the plan” as opposed to purchasing an existing property (page 9).

For growing families, we look at squeezing in some extra room by renovating your attic (page 10).

Our guide looks at building “vertical gardens” (page 12), as well as how to create “feng shui” on a budget (page 14).

All the latest trends are discussed on page 16, including that modern metallic look, sustainable influences and latest color trends.

To help guide you through the western and northern suburbs, we have created sections featuring the latest information, including key statistics, from our key municipalities.

Once again, Star Weekly is delighted to work with our real estate professionals to produce this special Spring Property Guide for our readers.

We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have putting it together.

Jack Gillespie,

Real Estate Sales Director