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3 tips for saving while paying off a mortgage

Paying off a mortgage can be a lofty task indeed. With those weekly payments coming out of your account, you may have nothing left for other financial goals such as saving for a holiday or perhaps even making extra mortgage repayments. It doesn’t have to be that way. With smart advice courtesy of one of […]

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3 mistakes to avoid when investing in property

Investing in property can reap massive rewards – do it right and you could be living dreams of early retirement. In fact, CoreLogic’s Pain and Gain report reveals that over 92.1 per cent of people who sold during Q1 2016 made a profit, at an average of $239,855 per sale. On the flip-side, if you do […]

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Is spring the best time to buy property?

The frost on your windshield is getting a little thinner in the morning. Trees are slowly turning green again. There’s even a little warmth in the sun. It’s spring – a beautiful time of year when colours come back to nature and the temperature starts to increase before the glorious Australian summer begins. Lovely as […]

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Should you buy an apartment or a house?

When buying property and securing a home loan whether to buy an apartment or a house should be one of the first decisions you make. For some, the answer will be clear straight away, but for many the right choice will be a complete mystery. There’s several benefits to both types of home and neither option provides […]

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The basics of refinancing to renovate

There’s a number of situations in which refinancing to renovate is a good idea, and it can be a smart financial move if you manage the process well. Perhaps you inherited a home that’s falling apart, need more space to accommodate a growing family or want to renovate for resale and increase your capital gain in a […]

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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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Client stories:

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
Borrowing money can get awfully complicated and that’s where having the right mortgage broker made all the difference for Belinda and Ashley Benson. The couple initially met Smartline mortgage adviser Sharon Lee through a work colleague when they were buying their first home. “It was our first time borrowing this kind of money,” says Belinda, […] read more
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

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