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Is it the right time to refinance an investment property?

Loan refinancing is a strategy used by property investors to access funds – usually to grow or improve the value of their property portfolio. The right time to do it largely depends on your strategy, plans and equity. In this article, we highlight some of…

Where are Australia’s most affordable homes?

Everyone wants a property bargain, right? Well, there’s a big difference between a bargain and a home that’s just cheap. For example, Andamooka in South Australia was declared Australia’s cheapest suburb in 2018 – the average house price is just $34,625. The reason why –…

Renovation tricks to add value to your home

Experienced property renovators know the key to a successful renovation is to use the space you have wisely. Renovating areas like the kitchen, living room and dining area to create more space and storage can not only make your home more liveable, it may also…

6 negotiation tactics for spring property buyers

Interest rates remain at a record low currently, and the property market is expected to heat up as we enter spring despite the economic challenges due to the pandemic. Listings are currently lower compared to last year, which means as a buyer there may be…

Spring Property Outlook 2020

Spring is almost upon us and ordinarily that would mean the busiest time of year in real estate. But 2020 has been far from ordinary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Australia’s property prices have held up relatively well amidst the coronavirus crisis, the longer-term…

HomeBuilder grant: What you need to know

If you’re looking to buy your first home, considering your next home or maybe looking to renovate, then you might be interested in learning more about the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant. The HomeBuilder scheme is a tax-free grant program that is designed to help eligible owner-occupier…

Welcome to our July Newsletter

Good news for owner occupiers and first home buyers this month. The HomeBuilder grant may just help you reach your homeownership or renovation goal sooner. Home loan interest rates remain low and with the upcoming Spring buying season, now is a good time get pre-approval…

Are you eligible for the Homebuilder Grant?

Good news if you are wanting to build a new home or renovate an existing one! The Australian government has just announced a HomeBuilder scheme that will provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a tax-free grant of $25,000. To access this grant, owner-occupiers need…

EOFY: Why property investors love tax time

Don’t you just love getting a tax refund? Whilst nobody enjoys all the paperwork that goes with filing a tax return, getting it right can be rewarding particularly if you’re a property investor. One of the major benefits of investing in property over other asset…

Take control of your budget

Getting your budget under control and your finances in order is absolutely essential to anyone looking to apply for a home loan, but it’s particularly important for first home buyers about to take the first step on the property ladder. Now the end of financial…

A homeowners guide to refinancing

With a home loan it’s easy to just ‘set and forget’. But it’s sensible to review your home loan every two to three years or so. We’re living in a world of rapid change, where interest rates can go up and down, new lenders emerge…

Countdown to settlement day: what you need to know

You’ve found your dream property, had your offer accepted, and now there’s just one last yet  very important milestone to achieve – settlement day. The anticipation has been building for weeks! Are you ready for the big day? Settlement day can be both exciting and…

5 key steps to successful property management for new landlords

An investment property is a business, so it is important to manage it properly in order to achieve financial success. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether to manage it yourself or hire a property manager. If you’re the hands-on type…

Why it’s a good idea to get pre-approval

You may of heard it’s important to get a home loan pre-approval. But why do you need it?  Pre-approval confirms you’re eligible to apply for a home loan up to a certain amount. Essentially , the lender checks your financial circumstances to decide if you’ll…

To Move or Improve? Deciding which option is right for you.

For most of us, it’s easy to form a sentimental attachment to our home. However, there may come a time when we either outgrow the property or would like to make changes. Sometimes these circumstances can make it difficult to decide whether to relocate or…