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Easing financial pressures: loan deferrals, refinancing and more

When COVID-19 struck, banks gave eligible customers an option to pause their repayments for six months from March, due to the volatile economic climate. Hundreds of thousands of Aussies took up the offer. Home loan deferrals were due to end in September, but banks announced…

Home loan formal approval process and terminology explained

There’s nothing like being formally approved by a lender for a home loan. It’s your green light to buy the property you have your heart set on. Borrowers who have taken the necessary steps in the pre-application phase will be in a strong position to secure the…

Home Buyers Protection: which one is right for you?

2020 has been quite an eventful year so far… and unfortunately not for the right reasons. From the bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the economic challenges, it’s been mentally and emotionally exhausting for many Australians. During challenging times, we all desire for the peace…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Your Essential Property Research Checklist

Buying your first home or investment property is exciting! Like planning for a holiday, you start researching about the fun things you want to do. Out of excitement, you also start looking up other activities not in the original plan, instead of researching the basics,…

Why use a mortgage broker to refinance?

Refinancing could potentially save you on interest, so it’s worth regularly reviewing your mortgage. Here’s why it’s a good idea to use a mortgage broker to refinance, rather than going direct to a lender. Expertise you can trust The mortgage industry has gone through a…

Tips for first-time auction bidders

Buying property at auction can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But careful planning can make the process a whole lot easier. Here are our top tips for nailing the bidding experience and maximising your chances of success on the day. Attend plenty of auctions before…

4 Key benefits of downsizing for your next home

If you think downsizing is a step backwards, think again. There are many reasons why downsizing has become a popular choice for homeowners, especially retirees. Let’s take a look. 1. Less maintenance and upkeep While larger properties offer more space, they also require more cleaning,…

4 habits of successful property investors

Australians love investing in property, and it’s no wonder why. The property market offers a myriad of opportunities to potentially grow wealth, irrespective of one’s professional background or skillset. However, there are certain habits that successful property investors often have in common. Let’s take a…