Choosing a contractor to build your home

Building your own home gives you the freedom to design it exactly to your taste, from the ground up. And if you’re a first home owner, there may be some useful government incentives available to help get your project off the ground. Here’s what you need to know about building your own home and choosing […]

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Which option is right for you – to rent or buy?

To rent or buy? For some, renting makes good financial sense. For others, it’s just money down the drain. For you it may be a question of short-term convenience versus long-term financial growth, which can make it a difficult decision to make. In this article, we break down the pros and cons of renting and […]

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Mortgage Focus June 2018

We hope you are embracing the arrival of winter and enjoying the cool change. In recent weeks we’ve seen conditions for property buyers improving, with fewer homes reaching the reserve price at auction and values trending downwards in many markets. During the colder months, there are usually fewer buyers doing the rounds, so there could […]

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Is now the right time to buy your first home?

If you’ve been dreaming about purchasing your own place, but a niggling voice in the back of your mind has been offering up objections, we’re here to tell that voice to pump the breaks, champ! In this article, we tackle some of the common objections first home buyers may have to buying right now, and […]

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November 2017 cash rate on hold

At its November meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5% for the 15th consecutive month! What else is happening in our markets? Future rate movements: Some analysts are speculating we will see our next rate cut in 2018, following recent declines in auction clearance rates, and […]

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6 little known strategies for first home buyers

Saving a 20% deposit for your first home is no easy task – particularly if you want to buy your home in Melbourne or Sydney where home values seem to be rising faster than most people can save. But the good news is that there could be ways to get around the problem. Here’s a […]

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5 tips for saving a deposit for your first home

The comments in the news are enough to make you think saving a deposit for your first home is mission impossible. Not true! So, rather than just encouraging you to stop buying #SmashedAvo breakfasts to save your deposit, we’ve put together some practical tips to get your savings account over the finish line. We may […]

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3 Top Tips for Buying Your First Home

You’ve budgeted hard, given up loads of smashed avocado brekkies, saved your deposit and are ready to buy your first home. High five! There’s nothing quite like finally getting a foothold on the property ladder and moving into your very own pad, but it does require planning and research. With our help, you’ll soon be […]

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Mortgage Focus May 2017

It’s been an interesting month for the housing market, with most capital cities experiencing softer growth in April than in the first three months of 2017. Hobart is leading the way as the strongest housing market, with home values increasing 5.1% over the past three months. In Melbourne and Sydney home value growth slowed in […]

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The First Home Owner Grant Explained

You’re almost there! You’ve spent years budgeting to buy your own home and now you just need that final cash injection to break into the property market. Pop quiz time, hands on your buzzers, first-timers. Do you: Continue living off two-minute noodles for another five years and hoard your pennies? Cash-in your grandpa’s beloved stamp […]

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Which is better: buying an established home or a new one?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first home buyer, next home buyer or a property investor, deciding between a brand new home and an established one is an important choice that every property buyer needs to make. Both choices give you a huge range of options, but it’s a decision that could be very important […]

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