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Christmas saving

12 Days Of Saving

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … some really handy tips for making sure your stocking is full this Christmas, and so are your pockets! 1. Have a budget and stick to it Christmas is a time for spending, and eating too much. So how can you enjoy the […]

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AFL grand final

Kick your financial goals

Grab your scarf and jersey. Grand Final weekend is here. To celebrate, we share six ways you can kick your financial goals. 1. Set goals You can’t kick a financial goal that doesn’t exist. The key to getting financially savvy and moving ahead, is to have clear, specific and concrete financial goals. “The more specific […]

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social proofing

Should social proofing help you buy a house?

If you work in marketing, or have ever tried to sell a product or service, chances are you’ve harnessed the power of social proofing.   What is social proofing? In simple terms, it’s basically ‘monkey see, monkey do’. We feel more confident to make a purchase if we see others purchasing the product. The more […]

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Financial tips to keep Dad happy this Father’s Day

With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought we’d prepare a list of tips to help Dad find the happy balance between good finances and family. Before having kids, financial decisions tend to be relatively straightforward. When children arrive, though, parents need to start thinking in a new way. Having children ups the cost, for […]

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4 ways to spring into the warmer months and bloom financially

Can you feel that warmth on your shoulders? Hear the bees buzzing? Yes, winter is nearly over, and spring is coming. We thought we’d celebrate by sharing ways to spring into the warmer months with some smart financial tips. Save first, spend later One way to get ahead financially is not to get behind. It […]

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Australia’s most affordable suburbs with strong capital growth

With a median house price in greater Sydney of more than $1.15 million, and the median house price in greater Melbourne around $915,000, properties under $500,000 start to seem appealing. But what if affordability and capital growth could be measured hand in hand? Turns out, they can. CoreLogic recently released its Top Affordable Suburbs Report, […]

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Improving housing affordability

A new report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) released this July, investigates housing affordability in Australia and proposes new directions for housing tax reform. Why is housing affordability a problem in Australia? Housing affordability has been in steep decline in recent years, despite strong economic growth. The lack of affordable housing […]

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4 reasons location is important for your new home

There is a lot to think about when choosing your new home. Brick or timber. Backyard space. House size. Number of bathrooms. You get the picture. But how important is location? Here are 4 things to consider when deciding where you will buy. House prices The location of your next home will naturally determine how […]

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Client stories

Janine Davies

Janine Davies originally found the idea of buying a home nerve-wracking. Terminology she didn’t understand, mountains of...

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Belinda and Ashley Benson

Borrowing money can get awfully complicated and that’s where having the right mortgage broker made all the difference for...

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Elly and Nic Marie

It was Christmas Eve 2015 and Elly Marie and her husband Nic were busy with their new baby and planning their upcoming wedding in...

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