November 1, 2016

They may have moved out – or not! But this isn’t necessarily the end of your responsibilities to your children.  The relative lack of accessibility for first time buyers trying to enter the property market has led to an increase in guaranteed home loans. In other words, this is when the parents’ or other family members’ equity is used as collateral.

Before...

July 15, 2016

Can redraw and offset accounts save you money?

Offset accounts and redraw facilities work in similar ways; they both allow you to reduce the balance of your home loan, and therefore the interest charged by reducing your loan balance.

Redraw facilities allow you to deposit spare income into your home loan account, allowing you to redraw a sum equal to the ex...

July 5, 2016

While managing your own investment property can seem like a simple way to keep more of the rent flowing towards the mortgage, there’s a little more to it than making sure the house is standing and collecting the money.

Managing your investment property appears pretty straightforward: you find a tenant, they pay rent and you keep a close eye on your asset....

May 9, 2016

It’s easy to get carried away with the fun part of buying a property – looking at houses – but delaying the less compelling task of arranging finance will weaken your negotiating position on both the property and the loan.

Looking for a property to purchase is an exciting time. Choices regarding location, size, number of rooms and local amenities often see...

May 4, 2016

One in two Australians report experiencing anxiety ahead of attending an auction and 48% of people said they’d lost sleep over it, recent research suggests.

Worryingly the St George Bank research also found a lot of us are ill-prepared to buy properties at auction, with 62.1% of buyers saying they do not have a bidding strategy when attending a home auctio...

May 20, 2015

In Brisbane, that has translated into dozens of small-scale projects around the center of town such as the Showground Hill development. In Sydney and Perth, planners have plumped for a mix of smaller communities and large-scale sites, while in Melbourne it seems, big is best.

The push for urban renewal is providing home buyers with a range of interesting n...

July 28, 2014

When you think of property moguls with a portfolio of homes and investment properties, you might be forgiven for thinking of greying baby boomers.

But new research challenges this preconception, revealing that Gen Y is the generation taking the property market by storm.

Gen Y buying property early

It’s a common perception that younger people are locked...

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