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3 signs you’re ready to buy an investment property

Property can be a relatively safe investment that could be the key to helping you safeguard your financial future. Why then are Australians sometimes reluctant to invest in real estate? Perhaps it’s the daunting costs of entry, uncertainty in the market, or simply a reluctance to go through the whole process of buying a home again. […]

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What are the biggest challenges facing first home-buyers?

Australian first home-buyers are facing a more difficult challenge than ever before, thanks to constantly rising property prices throughout the country. As a result, many such aspiring homeowners are struggling to realise their property dreams, remaining in rentals or the spare room at the parent’s place. While mum’s house is swell, and getting your shirts […]

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How to get the most out of your renovations

Australians love to renovate, tearing out and updating everything – including the kitchen sink. If you know what you’re doing the right additions and modifications can make your home a more comfortable place to live, or even increase it’s resale value. Before you rush in jackhammer first and rip out everything, it’s important to consider the […]

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What are the most exciting trends in modern homes?

The things that Australians expect from their homes are changing every day. Once we were concerned only with the size of our yard, the straightness of our fences and the number of rooms we had for visitors. Nowadays the criteria are more complex and diverse. You may want to be make your home safer using […]

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Maximising capital gains from your investment property

Capital gains on property are a glorious thing. If you buy well you may enjoy a larger gain than expected, netting you a tidy profit which could set you up for life. Over 92 per cent of Aussies who sold in the March Quarter of 2016 enjoyed a profit on sale according to CoreLogic RP Data, […]

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The meteoric rise of Melbourne’s property market

Sydney has long been the crown on top of Australia’s property market, recording year on year growth and netting investors huge capital gains. Melbourne has often come a close second, never quite reaching the dizzying growth-heights of Sydney’s market. It looks like things may be about to change, as Melbourne’s property market has peaked it’s […]

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A quick guide to safe DIY

Us Aussies love rolling our sleeves up and getting stuck into some hard work, whether it’s a bit of gardening on a Sunday afternoon or a full-scale home renovation. As admirable as that can-do attitude often is, it can cause DIYers to bite off more than they can chew, or neglect safe working practices in order […]

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Which method of selling your home is right for you?

In the March Quarter of 2016, 92 per cent of Aussies who sold made a capital gain on their house, according to CoreLogic RP Data. So if you’re considering selling, it’s imperative that you know exactly what you’re doing to ensure you are amongst the 92 per cent, and not the unfortunate eight. Knowing the methods of […]

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Client stories:

Going green wasn’t an optional extra for the Nieuwenhuis’, it was an integral element of their property investment strategy. ‘I’ve always had a passion to live more green,’ says Dee. ‘I have faith in the fact that we will have to go that way eventually – so the sooner the better. I thought that green […] read more
Using the equity they had built up in their family home, Neville and Christine Lewis started investing in property in the early 1990s as a strategy to help fund their retirement. Working closely with their Smartline Adviser Tony Leggett, Neville and Christine started investing in property in the early 1990s. Taking a sensible approach to […] read more
Kerry and Scott joke that their Smartline Adviser knows more about their finances than they do. Over the past 11 years Smartline has helped Kerry Simpson and Scott Wright buy their first unit, upgrade and invest in other properties and start a share portfolio. As a result, they now live in a home that is […] read more

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