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What you need to know about commercial loans

Business is booming in Australia. As employment rises, and the private sector grows, there are 190 new office spaces currently under construction around Australia, according to CoreLogic data. This is good news, not just for people needing office space, but also for the general economy. ‘The office projects being constructed are worth a combined $7.1 […]

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home heating tips

Winter warmers: hot tips to heat your house for less

There’s condensation on the window. The grass is crispy with frost. Winter is setting in. For beach-loving Aussies, staying warm through the cooler months is a top priority. Are you looking for efficient ways to heat your home during winter? Since heating and cooling your house consumes 40 per cent of your home’s energy, it […]

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rural property market

Should you invest regionally?

With house prices in Sydney, Melbourne and other metropolitan areas nearing record highs, it’s tempting to look further afield. Buying a home regionally can be a good option for first home buyers keen to break into the market. Regional areas can also be a good place to purchase an investment property. Market factors, combined with improvements […]

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Preparing your home for sale

Planning to be on the move in little while? If you’re thinking of upsizing – or downsizing – then you face the big task of preparing your home for sale. The typical capital city house owner moves every 10.5 years, while unit dwellers up sticks every 8.4 years, according to 2015 research from Core Logic. […]

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5 things to consider when leasing business equipment

Setting up a new company can be expensive. You have location costs, staff wages, business planning and branding. One of the biggest expenses is often the cost of equipment. Whether equipment is industrial, used for construction, or for the office, it’s a big investment. This is why many businesses opt to lease equipment. Rather than […]

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investing process tip

4 tips for investing in property

There’s a reason that property investors take up a large chunk of the mortgage market. Investing in property can be a reliable place to store your money, and hopefully make a return, all going well. Like all speculation, there is always risk. But there are strategies for minimising the risk, and getting the most out […]

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Costs to buy home

Costs of purchasing a home

You’re trawling real estate sites, and popping into open houses every Saturday. You’ve done your calculations, spoken to your mortgage adviser, and know roughly what you can afford to spend on your first home. The advertised price of the property, though, is only one expense to consider when buying your first home. So that you […]

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Client stories

Matt Richardson

Running his own successful IT project management business while growing his investment property portfolio means Matt Richardson...

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Kimberley Harrison

Kimberley and her partner Todd were looking at buying a home together. They had each contacted their respective banks but were...

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Scott Micallef

Several years ago, Scott Micallef already had 9 investment properties and was looking to buy more. He had about $5 million worth...

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