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Selling your House

Because selling your home in record time takes some elbow grease. How far should you go when presenting your home for sale? Do you really have to get rid of all your family photos? Who has the time to bake a fresh batch of cookies in time for every open house? There are some things […]

Two Years with no Official Rate Change

The Reserve Bank of Australia has held the cash rate at its historic low of 1.5% for the 24th consecutive month. It is the longest period of interest rate stability on record. The Bank’s central forecast for the Australian economy also remains unchanged with GDP growth expected to average a little over 3% in 2018 […]

How do I decide between a fixed or variable interest loan?

Unsure about whether to lock down your interest rate for a period with a fixed rate home loan, or take your chances with a variable rate home loan? It’s a decision everyone faces – from first-home buyers right through to investors – at various points in a loan’s life.

Should you Upgrade your home ?

So, you’re thinking about upgrading your home. Maybe your kids are getting older now and it’s time to find a place with a big backyard. Most new home owners will make the decision to upgrade before long – but for many young families, a lack of planning can spell disaster when upsizing the family home. […]

Cash Rates Remain unchanged for another month

The RBA has made its decision on the cash rate, choosing to hold it at 1.5%. It has now been at this rate for 22 meetings and experts are not forecasting a change any time soon. Predictions coming in over the weekend and yesterday had forecast this decision, with AMP Capital’s chief economist, Dr Shane […]

CCR is Coming

From 1st July 2018, comprehensive credit reporting (CCR) will become mandatory, meaning banks will be forced to share detailed positive and negative financial history with other lenders. Currently, most lenders only share negative information such as credit applications, defaults, overdue payments, bankruptcy and judgments. Under the new regime, they will now also have to share […]

Rentvesting – enter the property market without sacrificing your current lifestyle

As property prices continue to rise, purchasing in a centrally-located or sought-after area is getting out of reach for the average working millennial. Instead, many are opting to rent rather than buy as it means not having to compromise their inner city or beach side lifestyle. But for those who are still eager to enter […]

RBA keeps rates on hold at historic low of 1.5%

The Reserve Bank has left interest rates unchanged at the historic low of 1.5 % for the 20th consecutive meeting. The current holding pattern is the longest stretch without a move, with the RBA last changing rates with a 25 basis point cut in August 2016. The decision was of little surprise, with the market […]

How to get the biggest return on an investment property

When purchasing an investment property, there are several factors that could increase or reduce your potential return on investment. In this case it’s not just location, location, location. When considering a property for investment purposes, the most important question to ask is ‘will be attractive to tenants?’.  But how do you know what will appeal […]

Tips for young property investors

It is possible for people to launch into the property investment market in their early twenties – in fact, this is a great time to start, when you are first launching into your career and don’t yet have any other financial responsibilities such as a family to support. However, buying an investment property can never […]

Reserve Bank keeps rates on hold for 19th consecutive month

The Reserve Bank has kept interest rates on hold at the historic low of 1.5 per cent for the 19th consecutive meeting.

Moving house. Should you buy or sell first?

So, the time has come to upgrade your house. But should you buy first, or sell your existing place first? It’s a tough choice. Here are the key pros and cons.

Comparing commercial and residential property investment

If you are looking for a sound real estate investment, look beyond the typical two bedroom apartment and consider expanding your portfolio with a commercial property. There are three types of commercial property – office, retail and industrial. There are some significant differences between investing in commercial and residential real estate, each with a potential […]

The Reserve Bank has kept official interest rates on hold at the record low of 1.5 per cent.

It is now the 18th consecutive board meeting where the RBA has not budged from its emergency setting. The non-move equals the previous longest stint without rates changing since the RBA became independent from Federal Treasury, set between January 1995 and July 1996. The RBA last moved in August 2016 with a 0.25 percentage point […]

Moving house – some costs to consider

Finding a new home can be exciting and fun, however sometimes moving to a new house is the worst. It is one of the most disruptive, stressful and chaotic of life experiences. It can also be expensive. Here’s a list of some things you will need to consider when planning the move. Packing Put simply, […]