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2020 Year Of Hope

Is 2020 the year of hope?

Welcome to 2020, Yes the new year is here and all eyes are on what our housing markets around the country might do. At the end of 2019, there were strong signs that Sydney and Melbourne in particular were well...
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The Next Step for Property Investors: Property Development

Many Australians are taking advantage of the current interest rates cuts to give their investment portfolios a boost. And it’s a reasonable strategy (but I have cautioned against being hasty and committing to fixed interest rate loans). The question is:...
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Bank valuation vs market value – How much is your property worth?

Here’s the thing: Did you know that there are two potential values for your property? Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t understand the difference between a market value and a bank value – but it’s vitally important that they do. In fact,...
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Home Loan

Five reasons why you might not get a home loan

You’d think by all of the media coverage on low interest rates and strengthening property markets that lending was equally as shiny at the moment. Sure, it is much better than it was a year or two ago, when lending...
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Self Employed

The ins and outs of home loans for the self-employed

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few years about how tough the banks have become when it comes to assessing home loan applications. And it’s true. The house price correction, pressure from the financial regulators and the...
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2019 Review

2019 – The best and worst of market times

No one would argue that 2019 was a year of market ups and downs. In fact, those words probably should be the other way around, with markets in many locations less than rosy at the start of this year. I’ll...
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Man using drill on house outline

Renovate or sell – what’s your best option?

The popularity of renovating is growing every year, no doubt helped by the plethora of reality television shows like The Block. But, like so many other things in life, renovating is not necessarily the same as it appears on our...
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Investor Rise

Big changes in investor lending

Like me, you’ve probably been following the monthly median price results for property markets around Australia with keen interest. What a difference a year makes! If you cast your mind back to this time last year, we were faced with...
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home loan

A Guide to Guarantor Home Loan Requirements

The main issue for many first-time homeowners and investors in the current property market is the ability to save a deposit. Pulling together a big enough deposit remains a struggle for many would-be property buyers, especially when they have to pay...
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How much do you need to buy property in super?

For a while there, it seemed like just about every investor you’d speak to was tapping into their superannuation nest eggs to buy real estate. Seven or eight years ago, as major property markets in Sydney and Melbourne began their...
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