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FIVE QUESTIONS POTENTIAL FIRST-HOME BUYERS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES


  As a new home owner, you may be asked by friends and family interested in buying their first home what to consider before diving in.     Here are five tips you can pass on. Is it the right time Moving house can be stressful and time-consuming, so consider whether it’s suitable right now. […]


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DID YOU KNOW… ABOUT PROPERTY INSURANCE BETWEEN SIGNING A PURCHASE CONTRACT AND SETTLEMENT?


Buying a property isn’t always a straightforward process, and one area that can cause confusion is the question of who is responsible for insuring it between the signing of the contract and settlement.     There are differences in regulations between states, but the basics are as follows. First, it’s important to clarify whether the […]


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DID YOU KNOW… ABOUT NON-BANK LENDERS?


Deciding where to go for your home loan is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. While many prospective property owners will choose to use a mainstream lender, non-bank lenders also have their advantages. What are non-bank lenders? Essentially, a non-bank lender is a lender that’s not a bank, credit union or building society. […]


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FIXED, VARIABLE, SPLIT – FIND THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU


In Australia, there are a number of ways to structure your home loan repayments. Finding the best option may save you time and money on your mortgage. Here is some information to help you choose the repayment structure that works best for you. Variable rate loans Variable interest rate loans are all about flexibility. Essentially, […]


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HOW TO ADD MAXIMUM VALUE WITH RENOVATIONS


Renovating is one of the best ways for property owners to increase the value of their homes. If you’re looking to add value to your home, but don’t want to renovate every room, it can be difficult to decide where to start. Here are some ideas to help you decide which part of your property to […]


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WHY LOCATION IS CRUCIAL WHEN BUYING AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY


The first thing most of us look at when selecting an investment property is its location. If the property itself isn’t quite right, you can always renovate, but it’s not as easy to move a house to a better location. That’s why you should consider the location carefully. Here are some of the most important […]


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THE RENOVATION JOBS YOU CAN DO YOURSELF – AND THOSE YOU SHOULDN’T


When it’s time to renovate, everyone wants to save money. It’s fine to be hands-on for some tasks, but there are a few projects that are definitely not DIY friendly. Here’s a guide to what you may want to do yourself and what you should leave to the professionals. What to do yourself Painting A […]


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House hunting Your Way: Alternative Ways To Find A Property


Finding the perfect property isn’t always easy. Despite the number of homes for sale, the unpredictable nature of the market can make house hunting exhausting. If you’ve tried property websites, newspapers and real estate agents’ windows without success, here are five more unconventional strategies to try. 1.Do a letterbox drop This is a strategy most […]


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Smart Tips For Paying Off Your Home Loan Sooner


Wondering how to pay off your home loan sooner? We look at some things you could do. Australian home loan interest rates remain at historic lows, and the opportunities for paying off a mortgage early are better than ever. Used in conjunction with low rates, here are some extra steps that can speed up loan […]


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Five Essential Pre-Auction Day Tips


  After months of house hunting, you’ve found your ideal home or investment property. When auction day is approaching, it’s time to get serious about preparing to bid. Here’s a checklist of five essential things to do before putting up your hand at auction. Secure your finance If you’re serious about a property, you’ll bid […]