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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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New financial year resolutions

Happy New Financial Year! Rather than cringing at tax time, let’s celebrate by setting some meaningful financial goals that can help you get ahead, and live the life you want. Assess your debt How are your credit card bills? Are you drowning in interest repayments? If the debt is weighing you down, now’s a good […]

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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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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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Client stories

Linda and Trevor Friend

Linda and her husband Trevor had their mortgage with one of major banks for years. With rates going down steadily, the time had...

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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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Ivan Marsic and Tanja Brinkman

When Ivan Marsic and his wife Tanja Brinkman decided they wanted to knock down their house and build a duplex, they didn’t...

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