The investment property guide

Questions to ask yourself before placing an offer With the property market in a growth phase, rental vacancies at all-time lows and staycations replacing overseas travel, many people are considering this as an opportune time to enter the investment property market. Whilst it’s a decision that needs to be based...

Questions to ask yourself before placing an offer With the property market in a growth phase, rental vacancies at all-time...

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How to drive your renovation dollar further

Questions to ask yourself before diving into a renovation For many Australians, the pandemic has increased our appetite for renovating. With more time spent at home, extra downtime and little opportunity to spend our dollars on an overseas holiday, we are looking to make our own space a little more...

Questions to ask yourself before diving into a renovation For many Australians, the pandemic has increased our appetite for renovating....

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Renting versus Buying: Four factors you need to consider

Australian house prices are now among the most expensive in the world: Sydney and Melbourne have historically led the way when it comes to pricey real-estate, but other states are now quickly catching up. What used to be an achievable goal for most Australians – to work hard and...

Australian house prices are now among the most expensive in the world: Sydney and Melbourne have historically led the...

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Strong-arming the market: the ‘Hemsworth effect’

The picturesque towns of Northern NSW have had a sprinkling of celebrity stardust over the past years - while it’s shone the international and national spotlight onto our beautiful region, are we now paying A-list property prices? Known locally as the ‘Hemsworth effect’, the increase of celebrity visitors and new...

The picturesque towns of Northern NSW have had a sprinkling of celebrity stardust over the past years - while...

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Your home in 2021 — love, list or buy?

Every January, we have a chance to reflect on the year and think about the future. What do we want to achieve in the next 12 months? Where to go on holiday? Could the house do with a lick of paint? However, 2020 was a bit different, fundamentally changing the...

Every January, we have a chance to reflect on the year and think about the future. What do we...

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What is negative and positive gearing?

When tuning in to media coverage around property and particularly investment properties, there is a good chance you’ve heard the term ‘negatively geared’. Of course, as balance would have it, there is also another relative concept called ‘positively geared’. Put simply, negative gearing is where you’ve borrowed money to invest,...

When tuning in to media coverage around property and particularly investment properties, there is a good chance you’ve heard...

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What are some of the ‘extra’ payments when buying a house?

You’ve been following the market, looking at mortgage calculators, and you’ve got your eye on a house you’d like to make your home. The problem is, you’ve been fixated on the cost of the house. You know how many hundred thousand you’re willing to pay for it, but you may...

You’ve been following the market, looking at mortgage calculators, and you’ve got your eye on a house you’d like...

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Avoiding Building Budget Blowout

If you’re knocking up a cubbyhouse for the kids, it’s not the worst thing in the world if you go over budget. An extra set of nails or timber won’t require you to tap into any additional savings. However, if you’re building a new home, those additional costs can amount...

If you’re knocking up a cubbyhouse for the kids, it’s not the worst thing in the world if you...

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What to do When Looking to Refinance Your Home Loan

Buying a house can be such a challenging ordeal that you may be tempted to set and forget – simply paying your regular repayments. Whilst some people’s circumstances may not have changed and their home loan is still fit for purpose, your needs may have altered. You may have...

Buying a house can be such a challenging ordeal that you may be tempted to set and forget –...

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Who is the RBA and what is the ‘cash rate’

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announces what it plans to do with interest rate. Whilst it very rarely exceeds a ¼% increase or decrease, it often gets a mention on the evening news. It’s a fundamental influence on our national economy and...

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announces what it plans to do...

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Understanding what factors into a neighbourhood’s value

Neighbourhood value may be something you may think of, if only subconsciously. You may have a feeling or a thought about particularly suburbs or regions being more appealing or inviting than others. There are several elements that may go into determining the nature of a neighbourhood value. Being more aware...

Neighbourhood value may be something you may think of, if only subconsciously. You may have a feeling or a...

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Which renovations add value and liveability to your home?

Whether you’ve been enticed by a refinancing option with a low interest rate or you just feel like sprucing up your house or investment property, your list of renovation options can begin to grow. It’s often a great idea to look at renovations that may add to the value of...

Whether you’ve been enticed by a refinancing option with a low interest rate or you just feel like sprucing...

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