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Is it time to update your rental property for the modern Australian?

The modern world is constantly changing. Whether it’s trends or technology, it can be hard to keep up with the times. If you’re a current landlord or looking to take out a loan for your first investment property, it is more important than ever to ensure that your current or future real estate is appealing […]

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Some steam left in the property engine as confidence grows

Despite the lower levels of housing construction in 2016, the property industry completed the year with a show of confidence from the business world. This revelation comes as a result of the recent release of the ANZ/Property Council Survey, which questioned over 1,500 business people about their confidence in the property industry  – an industry […]

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The importance of building inspections

If you are in the market for a new property, then you may have been warned of the dangers of not getting a building inspection done before you buy. You may scoff and think that you would never be so unwise as to purchase a new home without doing your homework. But shockingly, according to […]

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3 terms every first home buyer should know

So you’re finally taking the leap and buying your first home. Congratulations, and welcome to the world of real estate! It’s a fantastic decision, but the realm of property can be extremely confusing. If you don’t know your way around, you might find yourself signing up for a home loan that doesn’t meet your needs. […]

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A short guide to moving home

The new year is here, and with it comes a reassessment of your priorities. Are you happy with your current home? Do you want to move somewhere bigger? Smaller? Closer to work? Nearer to family? Whatever the reason for your move, it can be a daunting task to find a home loan, uproot yourself and […]

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3 tips for buying a house at auction

Buying at auction is an adventure as well as a business strategy. It’s exciting, nerve-wracking and can end up with someone spending more than they intended. If you buy at auction correctly, however, you can walk away with an absolute bargain. Whether you are buying for investment or simply looking for a new family home, it is imperative […]

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3 homes to avoid for first time buyers

Buying your first home can be a daunting experience, and you may feel like there is far too much to learn before you start searching. Everybody has tips and tricks about what to look for in a first home, but what about the properties you should absolutely avoid? We’ve put together a short list of […]

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Property Council of Australia calls for abolition of stamp duty

The Property Council of Australia has released a statement calling for state governments to reconsider their stance on the implementation of stamp duty. Latest figures from the New South Wales government have revealed that the state is on its way to receiving a record revenue from stamp duty this year: 8 billion dollars, more than double what […]

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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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