STATE OF PLAY

The state of the real estate market is, in part, a self-fulfilling prophecy. When the media tells us all about the doom and gloom we are facing, the market seems to play out that way. Bad news begets bad news. However with property clearance rates on the rise again, the media is spreading the word and the more likely it is that the real estate market will continue to pick up. Who doesn’t love a good news story? From all accounts properties are starting to sell well at auction, and if you’re thinking of selling this spring, the stars look set to align for a top result. Yes it’s true that traditionally spring is the best time of year to sell, but add to that a series of economic, cultural and

THE LOCAL FILES: MELISSA WALSH

Melissa Walsh grew up in a home her parents built in Bulleen, on what was known as ‘Mortgage Hill’ back in the 1970s. It’s here that she was raised with her two sisters attending a nearby school. And whilst Melissa’s writing skills have seen her become a published author and well respected journalist, it took some years before her career took shape. “I was so lost in high school,” says Melissa. “I loved writing and it was the one thing I always felt good at, but because I didn’t know what to do I just left school and got a job working as a Receptionist. "Life changed considerably when I found out at the age of 18 that I was pregnant. It was a massive shock especially because I had been told

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