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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...

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    Three useful tips for renovating

    Each year, thousands of Australians spend money to spruce up their dwellings. If you’re looking to renovate your home, be cautious of not over-capitalising, the last thing you want is to overspend on items that won’t add value to the place if you later decide to sell it. We offer some tips to hel...

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    Investor Rates – the new landscape

    For those who have an investment property loan, you are undoubtedly aware by now, that APRA (the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority have hit the lenders with a proverbial ‘stick’ in 2016 for growing their investment books too quickly. It is their job to ensure our banks remain resilient a...

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    WA first home buyer’s increase

    In Australia, The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) is a government initiative aimed to assist eligible borrowers to become property owners. The grant mostly applies to new homes, with different terms and conditions in each state. This is a great way to help people who are looking to make a break th...