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Live well in a small apartment

Are you dreaming about buying your first home, but feel daunted by house prices? Before you opt out, consider getting your foot on the property ladder with a small apartment.   As the Ai Group reported earlier this year, apartment construction is booming in Australia. Generally speaking, a small apartment is less expensive than a […]

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The Australian construction boom

You’ve seen the headlines, and possibly the cranes dotted along the horizon: construction is booming in cities across Australia. But how does this affect you? Inflated construction costs According to the recent International Construction Costs 2018 report by built asset consultants Arcadis, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane rank in the 25 most expensive cities globally for […]

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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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Knocking down to rebuild: the pros and cons

New information reveals that knocking down to rebuild your home is now practically an Australian tradition. In fact, the Housing Industry Association has forecasted that the number of new dwelling commencements will reach a staggering high of 232,500 during 2015 and 2016, a decent number of which might be knock down, rebuilds. The HIA’s chief economist Harvey […]

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Flipping Houses

Lots of interest from home buyers recently about buying, improving and “flipping” houses. This has always been popular and is a proven path to wealth generation, but made all the easier from the confidence of a Brisbane house price growth cycle. Done correctly it will end in riches (financial and life), but in the same […]

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What Does a Mortgage Broker Do?

A mortgage broker is the “go between” for a borrower and finds the right loan from all the lenders. The individual service is dependent on your individual needs….do you need to leverage off the brokers Experience, or leverage off the Convenience, or is it all about the interest rate? Expertise: Most successful property investors use […]

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3 Golden Rules for First Home Buyers

As someone who has been trudging the rental treadmill for a while, or maybe has never quite found the right home at the right time, getting your foot in the door of the property market can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. But before you make that almighty jump, what should every first […]

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Australia sees increase in construction approvals

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a report that shows an increase of construction approvals in October this year. The total number of residential buildings approved across Australia in October grew to 19,652, of which 9,349 were private houses. This is an increase of 12.3 per cent compared to October last year, and a 3.9 […]

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Client stories

Vanessa Schefe

Vanessa and her partner Brett wanted to buy a new home and approached several big banks for a loan. Not only did they have no...

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Steve Moran and Andrea Bernard

Steve Moran and Andrea Bernard have always been focused on managing their money and maximising opportunities to grow their...

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Udaya and Nita Lohani

With their family having outgrown the two-bedroom unit they had lived in for seven years, Udaya and Nita Lohani knew the time was...

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