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Could you use your home equity to buy an investment property?

If you own a property and have been paying off the mortgage, it could be time to think about taking the next step on the property ladder – investment. For many Australians, an investment property is a fantastic way to generate extra income and secure a long-term asset. Even so, getting a deposit together while […]

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How does a bridging loan work for buying property while selling?

So, you’ve bought a property and have been paying off the mortgage. Now, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next. Purchasing a property certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes on the market, and there’s always something out there that can capture your attention and set you thinking about another move. Perhaps you’re […]

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Tips for saving your first deposit

Younger people are having difficulty breaking into the housing market according to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The report found that home ownership for the under-40s has dropped significantly since 2002. And those who have made it into the market are not paying off their mortgage at the same rate. The […]

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Understanding low doc loans for the self-employed

There’s a lot of appeal to being self-employed. Sole traders or people who own their own small business enjoy freedom, flexibility and the chance to adapt their work to best suit their interests and skills. However, there are a couple of drawbacks to being self-employed. One of the biggest is the difficulty these workers face when it […]

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Housing supply under $400,000 dries up

by CoreLogic The ongoing increases in dwelling values over recent years has led to a significant reduction in the proportion of sales occurring below $400,000. Across the nation, 31.2% of houses and 37.3% of units sold transacted for less than $400,000.  By comparison, a year ago the proportions were recorded at 32.8% for houses and […]

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Client stories:

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
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
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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