Buy your home for less

Aug 25, 2016 10:26:44 AM Share this:

Some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage by our mortgage advice partners Mortgage Express

As a homeowner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to be saddled with debt, or to have to continue working to pay off the balance of your mortgage. Here are some ways to help you reduce your total mortgage and help you buy your home for less.

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Topics: Mortgage Express, Buying

Getting to know your new neighbourhood

Aug 16, 2016 3:05:10 PM Share this:

Buying a new home often means moving to a new suburb, city or even country. It may be a new location you chose simply because you loved it, or it maybe it’s where you need to be for work or family. Whatever the reason for your change in location, it can be a little daunting finding ways to get to know the neighbourhood and have it start feeling like home.

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Topics: buying real estate

Moving house with kids? Here are our tips to keep keeps happy on moving day

Aug 15, 2016 2:13:02 PM Share this:

Moving house with kids can be stressful and upsetting for everyone, but particularly young children, especially if they’ve previously only known one home. But with a little foresight, planning and some good old distraction techniques moving to a new home need not be traumatic.

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Topics: buying real estate, Moving House

To repair or not to repair: interior

Aug 11, 2016 10:02:51 AM Share this:

When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

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Topics: Repairs, Selling Property

Depreciation: Can I claim previous renovations?

Jul 21, 2016 2:43:41 PM Share this:

It’s not uncommon for investors who purchase existing properties to assume that any renovations which have taken place prior to settlement cannot be claimed.

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Topics: Property Management, Property Investment

Five things to consider before buying a holiday property

Jul 20, 2016 1:53:27 PM Share this:

While relaxing and enjoying good times at your favourite holiday location, you stroll past the local real estate agent’s window and browse the offerings.

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Topics: Buying, buying real estate, Holiday home

How important is rental yield when investing?

Jul 12, 2016 10:49:09 AM Share this:

When it comes to buying investment property, is rental yield the iron-clad indicator you can take to the bank? Or is it another statistic that can mislead or misrepresent the potential of a property?

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Topics: Property Management, rental property

Buyers' guide: Purchasing off-the-plan

Jul 12, 2016 9:57:06 AM Share this:

You’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off the plans?

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Topics: buying real estate, Buying off-the-plan

The market can sometimes be hot during winter!

Jun 29, 2016 11:42:03 AM Share this:

When hot chocolate is disappearing off the supermarket shelves, and families are rugging up and heading off to the ski fields for holidays, what about selling your home?

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Topics: Selling Property

Four myths of buying at a mortgagee sale

Jun 29, 2016 11:32:08 AM Share this:

The commonly held view goes something like this: All mortgagee sales go for a song because the bank just wants to get rid of the property as soon as possible to cover the debt.

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Topics: buying real estate