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Previewing 2017 : How’s the landscape for real estate buyers?

The market for housing in Australia is always an active one. This is never going to change, as people will obviously always need places to live. Prices are always subject to ebbs and flows, however, as levels of supply and demand fluctuate and the market adjusts accordingly. With this in mind, it’s interesting to think […]

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Learn to recover from the post-Christmas financial blues

There’s no time of year more exciting than Christmas – but the truth is that once it ends, it’s common to feel a little blue. The gifts, the meals, the special time with friends and family – they’re all over until next December. And also, there’s usually a financial crunch that comes with wrapping up […]

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Figuring out your long-term goals in property investment

Everyone has their own reasons for getting into property investment. Some people just do it because they enjoy it; others get into it because they’re eager to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible. Still other investors do it because they have a specific goal in mind. Do you have a target […]

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Protecting your property investment with solid insurance policies

Any time you buy a home, whether it’s to live in immediately or stash away as a long-term investment, you’re making a big financial commitment. If you’re spending hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars on a piece of property, you want to be sure that you’re spending wisely. Above all, what you want […]

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Is the bubble bursting for profitable property investment in Australia?

Traditionally, for people looking to make investments that will diversify their portfolios, buying property has been one of the best possible decisions you can make. People are always going to need places to live creating future demands on housing stock. This means you can buy a place, watch it appreciate in value and make money […]

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Getting home loans can be a little tougher when you’re self-employed

Being self-employed might sound to many like a dream come true. After all, who hasn’t fantasised about being their own boss, setting their own schedule and controlling their own destiny at work every day? The downside, of course, is there’s no promise of financial stability when you work for yourself. And because of this, it’s […]

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Client stories:

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When Ivan Marsic and his wife Tanja Brinkman decided they wanted to knock down their house and build a duplex, they didn’t expect to have any problems securing a loan to build the new property. The house had been fully paid off, and Ivan had been with the same bank since primary school. They also […] read more
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Having a great mortgage broker can really help ease the stress and strain that comes with buying a property – particularly when you’re doing it solo. Getting back into the property market was a priority for Belinda Fellows, after she had separated from her partner and they had sold the property they had together. “I’d […] read more
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It was Christmas Eve 2015 and Elly Marie and her husband Nic were busy with their new baby and planning their upcoming wedding in February.  On a whim, they decided to put an offer on a unit – another investment property – which they didn’t think would be accepted. It was. With no finance preapproval, […] read more

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