NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Appreciate Depreciation in Investments

    Did you know you could be missing out on thousands in tax savings each year because you are not fully maximising depreciation allowances on your investment property? Depreciation is one of the most important (yet often overlooked) tax saving benefits available to investment property owners. Just...

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    Neutral a Good Gear for the RBA

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) staying neutral on official interest rates is helping to restore confidence in the domestic economy, says leading mortgage broker Loan Market. Loan Market Chief Operating Officer Dean Rushton said the central bank maintaining its wait and see approach by...

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    Renovate or Knock it Down and Start Again

    So it's time for a change. You want to improve the overall livability of your home, but you're torn between whether to renovate or demolish your existing home and build a new one. Renovating is a great way of adding value to your home. But like most creative projects renovating can be frustrating...

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    The Value of a Valuation

    There has been a great deal of confusion recently in the residential property market, with many home owners and investors wondering about the value of their property. It's important to have a clear understanding of the factors that influence the value of your property. To gain a better idea, it's...

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    Home Loan Deposits

    Purchasing your first home is an exciting time but it can also be stressful when you are renting and saving for your deposit. Apart from your own genuine savings, depending on the lender, you may be able to make use of a combination of sources which may include equity in a family member's home...

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    Competitive Loans for DIY Renovations

    The saying a little change can be as good as a holiday' has never rang more true when considering renovations and DIY home upgrades. Before getting stuck into the exciting parts of your renovation project you should consider which line of finance is best for your renovation project needs....

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    RBA Makes Sensible Move

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has been sensible in an unpredictable global economic environment to keep official interest rates on hold, says leading mortgage broker Loan Market. Loan Market Chief Operating Officer Dean Rushton said despite a variety of predictions over how the RBA would...

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    Invest Now with Little Income

    Property investing is a great way to make money, but it requires major capital outlay. While lenders often view low-income investors as higher risk borrowers, this does not mean you are without financing options. A little effort on your part can go a long way to scoring you that investment...

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    No Rush to Raise Interest Rates

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced interest rates will remain at 4.75 per cent for the eighth consecutive month. Loan Market corporate spokesman Paul Smith said the RBA maintaining the cash rate was the right call given the direction the economy is heading. The eight month pause in...

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    Property Developments and GST

    In theApril edition our Subdivide and Conquer article discussed some income tax consequences that arise when subdividing your property. Property developments and GSTexplores thetypical GST consequences when doing your own suburban development such as buying an old house, demolishing a property,...

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    Tips to Selecting the Right Property

    Have you ever wondered what factors determine a quality real estate asset? Whether buying as an investor or an owner-occupier, selecting investment-grade property is a tricky business. Here are the three top tips to point you in the right direction. 1) Never speculate When it comes to buying real...

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    Investing in the Market

    There is a lot to know about investments, such as how to choose a strategy that meets your needs and goals and which investments to peruse and which to let go. Some investors prefer to invest in property and others prefer to invest in stocks. Depending on your research and level of knowledge both...

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    Rates on Hold

    Another interest rate reprieve from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has given home owners facing cost of living increases some much needed relief. The RBA has maintained the cash rate at 4.75 per cent for the seventh consecutive month, the longest hold since 2007.