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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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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 […]


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Is It A Good Idea To Manage Your Own Investment Property?


There are advantages and disadvantages to managing your own property. Let’s look at why you may want to do it yourself and why you might hire a professional. Buying an investment property is a major commitment. A key decision for many investors is whether to manage it themselves or to hire a property manager. The […]


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What’s The Answer If Your Mortgage Repayment Falls Short?


Whether you’re affected by fluctuating interest rates or or by a change in your personal circumstances, the pressure of maintaining regular mortgage loan repayments can be overwhelming at times. Here is some information to help you understand the available alternatives. What to do before it gets worse If you’re about to miss a mortgage payment or […]


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Ten Tips When Buying An Investment Property


1. What do you want to achieve? Understanding your objectives is key to finding the right investment property. The actual property itself is never the end goal when it comes to investment – it’s the financial element that you’re really concerned about. First and foremost, decide what your end goal is and then create a […]


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Confused About Home Loan Pre-Approvals? Follow These Four Steps.


Ready to buy a property? You’ll need to show the seller you have enough money. For most people, this will mean getting a loan, and the first step to getting one is obtaining pre-approval for it. Pre-approval – also known as conditional approval or approval in principle – is an indication from a lender as […]