Detested investors

I never fail to be amazed by readers stories about how the selfish schemers in this world make life difficult for the rest of us.…

Heartbreak Hotel

When we published our book Apartment Living, Sue Williams and I were accused of being conspiracy theorists because we highlighted the ways that residents of…

Trouble In Paradise

You’d think life in a small strata complex of town houses near a beach was a little slice of the Aussie dream. But it has…

Balcony Ins and Outs

In recent years, Sydney has gone balcony crazy with residential blocks being designed with that “resort lifestyle” in mind. It’s a fairly recent trend. Contrast…

Get Noticed!

If you truly want a sense of community in your building – or even if you just want the building to function effectively – the…

Reeling in the Ratbags

Right now (late 2004), somewhere in a State Government office, a team of bureaucrats, lawyers and politicians is trying to untangle the unholy mess that…

The Company of Strangers

They are becoming endangered species but there are still a few company title apartment blocks around and a shrewd investor shouldn’t necessarily shy away from…

Loathe Thy Neighbour

The hardest adjustment most people have to make when they move into apartments is simply getting along with neighbours all around them. It is usually…

Renters are people too

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with living side-by-side with renters in an apartment building – as long as they’re good neighbours, who cares? But you would…

A sense of security

One of the biggest reasons people move into apartments is for the added sense of security they afford over a house. Suddenly, there’s no need…