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The last 40 years has seen significant changes in housing trends and prices across Australia. Here are some of the most interesting shifts from the last four decades.
With the property boom of recent years and the popularity of TV renovation shows like The Block and House Rules, increasing numbers of Australians have been ‘buying to flip’ – buying a property, reno
New government regulations mean interest-only loans are on the decline. Given the changes, it may be time to reconsider your own loan structure. Rewind a few years and many people would have confidently
Seller expectations are high but buyers want low prices – what’s to be done? Two real estate agents detail how to negotiate in a declining market. After years of rapidly rising house prices, the rec
The Australian residential housing market has been highly variable this year, and we’ve seen some highlights as well as lowlights. We look ahead at what’s expected for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
Confused about the ins and outs of mortgage refinancing? There are two key considerations when you’re looking at taking the step – why and how. Here, we examine both. A home loan is generally a long
So, you’re thinking of buying your first residential investment property? There are a few things to consider before making the move. Here are our top 10 tips for avoiding potential difficulties and ensur
Attracting high-quality tenants can mean the difference between a high and low-performing investment. We explain why.
It's tempting to live in your home while you’re renovating, but is it really a good idea? We run through the pros and cons.
A new kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out these savvy ideas for an updated kitchen with an old-fashioned price tag
When you're running a business, there's nothing better than loyal customers. If you approach your investment property as if it were a business and provide good customer service, you'll keep your tenants ha
Choosing a real estate agent is not just about commissions and costs. Here are some other things to consider: local knowledge, reputation and experience.
When a house is passed in at auction, you’re in the box seat for negotiating if you’re the highest bidder.
Want to cut the clutter in your home? Whether you’re due for a clean-out, need to make space, moving or downsizing, or preparing to sell your home, decluttering can bring both a clear space and a clear m
Open houses give potential buyers (and nosy neighbours) the chance to inspect your house. When done well, they show off the best attributes of your property and allow people to imagine themselves living th
Most Australians are familiar with the housing affordability issue, and getting into the property market is especially difficult if you have debt. We find seven simple ways to manage your debt, putting you
Reducing the interest you pay on your mortgage could help you save thousands of dollars in interest over the period of your loan. As there’s plenty of competition in the home loan sector, it could be wor
With tax return season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make the most of any extra cash.
It’s one of the less glamorous home loan features, but the redraw facility deserves a second look. Here’s why.
Buying property off the plan is exciting as it means you get to own a brand-new home, but make sure you know what’s involved. Start by asking these five questions.
Thinking about buying an investment property and making some money from short-term holiday rentals rather than long-term tenants? Here are some of the pros and cons
When you buy property with other people, there are different types of ownership arrangements available. Be aware that each one has different legal and financial implications.
Home ownership can seem like a maze of jargon and regulations, but it is possible to get a home loan and buy property, even if you’re new to Australia. Discover the steps you need to take so the great Au
Understanding how banks calculate financial risk will help you build a stronger application when seeking a business loan. Here’s what to consider.
Managing your business’s finances can be challenging at times with cash flow a common issue. If you’re considering a loan, here are six mistakes to avoid.
Are you in the market for a small business loan? We break down some of the common types of business loans and what they might be used for.
Will refinancing your home loan get you a better deal? We look at some of the ways you could use refinancing to save.
Some houses are naturally dark, which can affect their general appeal. Here are some clever tricks to let the light in and brighten up the dullest of homes.
If you want to build equity and pay off your mortgage quickly, it’s worth considering an offset loan. It could save you thousands in mortgage repayments over the life of your loan.
Insulation is an effective way to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, while helping you to save on energy bills. And it’s not just about what you put in the roof.
Considering a built-in home audio system? Here's how to navigate the choices and what to watch out for.
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of loans you might come across when you’re buying an investment property.
We all know the advantages of living close to transport, but what about when it’s just too close for comfort? Here are some top tips for living on a main road.
Should you renovate your home while expecting a new baby? Only you can decide, but here are some things to consider before you get out the toolbox.
With options ranging from decorative to high-security, find out how to make the right choice when fencing your property.
Restumping your house doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Find a good contractor and you're halfway to ensuring a smooth operation.
Attract better tenants for hassle-free renting. Here's our easy guide to help you make it happen
Creating privacy can be tricky if your neighbours are close by. See how you can keep prying eyes out.
White-label loans are much more than just a price-competitive product, but also focus on flexibility, service and quality.
‘White-label’ loans are rapidly growing in popularity in the mortgage market – but what exactly are they, and why might they benefit you?
When you’re house hunting, it’s easy to get distracted by aesthetics. This checklist will help you focus on what’s really important at a property inspection.
Refinancing can seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Brokers are well positioned to work with lenders to help you through the process.
It doesn’t take much to inject some style and energy into your apartment, and you don’t need a huge budget, either.
There are lots of things to consider when removing a tree from your property. Read on to find out the risks and how to avoid them.
We look at some important things to consider when managing your mortgage during a relationship breakdown.
Removing asbestos from your property is a job best left to qualified professionals. But there are steps you can take to identify problems before the asbestos presents any danger
Your garden is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Here are some handy tips for creating a landscape that wows.
Concrete driveways and paths can crack – that’s a concrete fact. The good news is, there are ways to get them looking fresh and new again.
You don’t want your investment property sitting vacant. Giving renters what they want will keep your property occupied, and it doesn't have to be as hard – or expensive – as you think.
Governments across Australia provide a range of rebates and assistance for energy-saving homes. Find out how your investment property can qualify.
Are you trying to work out the best way to structure your loan? Here’s a quick explanation of fixed, variable and split-rate mortgages.
It's fun scouting around for the perfect investment property, but you’ll want to find more than a nice-looking house. So what you should look for when you’re choosing the location for your investment p
Here are some useful tips on the best areas of your place to renovate.
Your broker can help you secure your new home, but they can also help with commercial finance. Here’s how.
Trying to decide whether or not to manage your own investment property? Here are the pros and cons.
Renovation sites can look like big playgrounds to kids. Here's how to keep children out of worksite trouble.
Auctions don’t need to be overly stressful, especially if you’ve done your homework. With the right planning and preparation, you could be a proud home owner in no time.
If you’ve searched the usual real estate websites but haven’t found the right property, try these alternative househunting strategies.
Many people are tempted to DIY – especially when they realise the costs involved. However, some jobs are best left to the professionals, even if they come with a higher price tag.
Confused about all the different home loans out there? This guide takes you through the main options.
The home improvement process can be challenging for experienced renovators, let alone first-timers. You can make the process smoother if you avoid these common mistakes.
Having pre-approval for a home loan allows you to confidently begin the property-buying process. Find out what's involved.
A mortgage is a big commitment – and so is a baby. When you’re preparing to take on both at the same time, it’s a good idea to look at the whole picture and crunch your numbers.
Like many parents, you’re probably keen for your child to get into the property market. Here are some ways you can help them do it.
Did you know that some mortgage brokers offer commercial and asset finance services to their business-owner customers? So, what is commercial and asset finance, and could it be right for you?
Thinking of using a mortgage broker? Here are the ten questions you need to ask any broker you’re considering doing business with.
Is bigger always better when it comes to home loans? We look at some of the features of non-bank lenders, an alternative to mainstream lenders.
Confused about the ins and outs of refinancing? This helpful guide gives you an overview of the process.
Have you ever thought about who’s responsible for insuring a property for the period between signing the contract and settlement? We break down the basics.
Looking to enter the property market? Buying a property with a friend or family member can be a solution, but there are potential pitfalls. We explore the pros and cons so you can be sure it's the right op
Before you start looking at properties, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of your borrowing limits and your financial situation. We show you how to differentiate between what you can borrow
Refinancing can save you money on your mortgage, but it may not be right for everyone. Here are the three questions you need to ask yourself before you decide.
Deciding to renovate your home can be exciting, but figuring out how to pay for it? Not so much. Here’s a practical guide to your options when it comes to borrowing money for renovations.
It's easy to follow your heart rather than your head when it comes to property. We help you avoid buyer’s regret with four things to look for when you’re inspecting your perfect home.
When it comes to buying a first home, knowing what government assistance is available can make all the difference. Read on to learn about the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) in each state and territory.
Buying your own home remains the great Australian dream – and purchasing a second property may help you take your wealth further. Whether you’re building your property investment portfolio, buying a ho
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.
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