NEWS & INSIGHTS

As home finance experts, we love keeping Australians like you up to speed on finance news, home advice and tips to grow your wealth.

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    Get prepared for tax time

    Tax time can be stressful, but with a bit of preparation and organisation, you might be able to save yourself time, energy, and most importantly, money. The additional funds will be particularly useful if you’re looking to apply for, or make extra payments toward your home loan.

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    Selling your home in winter

    Although the market is typically a little slower during the cooler months, there are advantages to selling during winter. Serious buyers will be on the lookout for property regardless of the time of year, and you may find there are fewer homes for sale, therefore less competition. Here’s a few th...

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    Buying off the plan - what you need to know about lending conditions

    Buying off-plan can be more affordable and flexible than buying an existing property. However, it’s important you’re fully aware of all the benefits as well as any potential pitfalls, in particular those related to lending conditions.

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    You CAN save for a house while you rent

    If you’re like many Australians who currently rent but would one day like to own their own home, you’re not alone. Having to pay rent, utility bills and other expenses, whilst trying to save for a house deposit may seem unattainable, but with some discipline and commitment it can be done.

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    Kiss your home loan goodbye, sooner

    Anyone who has ever had a mortgage will most likely tell you that they wish to have it paid off before the end of the loan term. For many of us it can be easy ‘to fall asleep’ on our home loan as we continue to automatically make the mortgage repayments without giving it a second thought. Howeve...

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    VIC abolishes stamp duty

    Earlier this month, premier Daniel Andrews announced a scheme to have stamp duty cut for first home buyers in Victoria. Starting July 1, 2017, if the government plan is approved, anyone buying a house for the first time will not pay stamp duty, providing the value of the house is up to $600,00...

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    Tips for property buyers

    For many people, buying property is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make, so it pays to do the homework. Today, home buyers are faced with a number of hurdles to jump through, more than ever before. Tighter lending restrictions, foreign investors and large deposits required are j...

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    What buyers need to know about saving

    The ability to save money plays an important role in obtaining finance. Typically, when buyers are in the market for property, they have saved up for a deposit. However, it’s important to remember that lenders categorise different types of savings when assessing the borrowing criteria of a potent...

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    Buying property with family and friends: Is it wise?

    Interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been, but many people are still finding a challenge in purchasing a home on their own. If you’re looking to enter the property market or eager to climb up the property ladder, the solution could lie in buying property with family and friends.

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    Debt consolidation

    When you have multiple debts, it can be stressful trying to keep them all under control, and can put pressure on your family and other areas of life. Many of us have personal loans, car loans and credit cards which we pay off each month, often to different financial institutions. This means you c...

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    Tips to growing wealth

    For most of us, there is no instant lottery ticket to being wealthy, but commitment and discipline are paramount for a strong wealth creation strategy. We share some valuable tips to assist your clients in successfully building wealth and finding financial direction.

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    Using superannuation to buy a first home

    The Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA) is considering a plan where Australians who make voluntary payments into their retirement savings, could be allowed to delve into them when buying property for the first time.

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    Loan Protection - Are you aware of the benefits?

    Whilst many of us have mortgages that will span over a period of thirty years, there are also many of us who don’t have a loan protection policy in place. Whether it’s because we’re not aware that it exists or we’ve heard about it but don’t really understand what it is and therefore don’t see the...