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House Prices Surge in Melbourne and Sydney

Sensational home price gains in Melbourne and Sydney over the last month are encouraging the national average dwelling values to move slightly higher. However, analysts are cautioning that the bump in August probably isn’t the start of a new boom.  Capital home prices rose by around 1% in August, driven by 1.4% and 1.6% rises

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Introducing the Most Popular Suburbs in Melbourne

When it comes to investing in valuable real estate, location is everything.  Now that Melbourne is finally facing a market turnaround, it’s important for locals to consider their options for neighbourhoods carefully. The suburb that you choose to create your home in today could make or break your chances of a profit in the future. 

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What is Strata? The Basics

There are a lot of terms in the real estate world that can be confusing at first. Whether you’re an owner-occupier in a home or a property investor, these are the words that you’ll need to get used to using when making the most of your investment. One particularly common term that will appear in

Financial

Everything You Need to Know About Home Loan Interest Rate Discounts

When home buyers and investors start out on their property journeys, they can sometimes feel a little lost and confused when deciding on which mortgage is right for them. In today’s loan market there are a huge number of mortgage options, each slightly or dramatically different from the last. When applying for each home loan,

Financial

What to Expect for the 2019 Melbourne Real Estate Market

Melbourne’s property market looks to continue in the same direction for 2019, with another year of modest price falls, red tape on borrowing money and a continuing rise of housing developments appearing in the outer Melbourne suburbs. Experts are hoping the city’s surging population will put a floor under the declines as more new residents

Financial

To Fix Your Interest Rate or Not to Fix

A fixed rate home loan means your loan repayments will be charged at the same interest rate for a given period, generally this time frame is 1 – 5 years, but longer fixed rate terms do exist. After this period, the rate will revert to a variable rate, unless you enter into another fixed-term contract.

Lifestyle

Measurements to Take Before Moving into Your Apartment

Although hilarious on television moving large furniture like couches and mattresses in real life: not so funny. Before you move into your new apartment taking a few measurements will help you ensure your furniture will fit in your new space and won’t get stuck on the way. 1. Interior Rooms Measure the length, width and

Financial

8 Ways to Slash Your Property Tax Bill Before the End of Financial Year

The end of financial year can bring a bit of stress to new investors, after all simply mistakes can be costly and trusting the wrong person can leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. With a few years of experience and the right guidance, this stress will become a thing of the past

Financial

How to Make the Most of Comparison Sites When Shopping for a Home Loan

Price comparison sites offer plenty of value and definitely make life a little simpler. To do the process justice, one thing you will need is plenty of time, so grab yourself a coffee and some snacks, load up a range of comparison sites and get cosy with comparing. As long as you use the information

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Lining up Your Ducks Before You Buy a Second Property

Selling your home and buying again comes with a host of costs and headaches, including the potential drama of juggling two loans and trying to match up settlement dates. Plus, there are fees such as stamp duty and agent’s selling commission. Save time, stress and awkward interactions by putting together a comprehensive budget and to-do-list;