Month: November 2018

manage investment property

Should you manage your own investment property?

Agent’s fees can consume a sizeable slice of the annual rental income for your investment property, but do they equate to money well spent? Australia is home to 2.03 million residential property investors, according to the ATO, while property research house CoreLogic estimates there are around 2.6 million investor-owned dwellings nationwide. One in four Australian […]

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equipment finance

5 things to know about leasing equipment

Did you know that rather than forking out to purchase equipment outright for your new or existing business, you can potentially lease equipment? This means you effectively rent the equipment from the lender, saving you upfront costs and giving you the opportunity to upgrade or purchase equipment at the end of the lease. Here, we […]

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house insurance

Do you need insurance when buying a house?

We all like feeling secure. Insurance is protection against the things that can go wrong. Yes, it costs a bit of money but insurance gives us peace of mind that if things go awry, we will be okay financially. But do you need insurance when purchasing a house? And if so, which insurance do you […]

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first home buyer credit crunch

Are first home buyers keeping the property market steady?

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have fallen slightly in recent months. Falling house prices can be due to various factors, like increased interest rates, or oversupply. In current times, the drop in house prices has largely been attributed to what they call a ‘credit crunch’. What’s a credit crunch? A credit crunch is a […]

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Mortgage brokers increase customer competition and choice

A new report, ‘The Value of Mortgage Broking’, released this July by Deloitte Access Economics, has found that mortgage brokers increase competition and choice for customers, which brings a swag of benefits to the consumer, and the larger economy. Mortgage brokers began emerging in Australia in the mid-1980s, and now 55.7 per cent of loans […]

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construction boom

What does the construction boom mean for you?

Building and construction is a growing industry. In fact, it has just topped the list for full-time employment in Victoria, providing 20,000 new jobs in the sector in the last year. Why the boom? There’s been a lot of government focus on developing more metropolitan dwellings to address the current housing affordability situation. Development is […]

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apra restrictions

Loan restrictions in place until household debt stabilises

Earlier this year, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) placed restrictions on investor lending and interest-only loans to address housing affordability, and potential mortgage stress. At the time, interest-only loans accounted for almost 40 per cent of lending. APRA Chairman Wayne Byres recently told building societies and credit unions that restrictions will remain in place […]

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renting with pets

Should you rent to people with pets?

Whether to enforce a blanket ‘no pets’ policy or consider allowing tenants to keep animals is a conundrum for many Australian landlords. It’s a topic that recently made its way onto the government agenda in one Australian state. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews hit the headlines in October when he mooted the ban of unreasonable ‘no […]

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Using a guarantor? Here’s what you need to know

Saving for your first home is a big hurdle. With a willing and eligible guarantor, your dream property may be more attainable than you think. But there are risks for the guarantor, so consider the following before heading down this path. A guarantor is usually a close family member who guarantees the security of your […]

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