Category: Money

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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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Mortgage brokers increase customer competition and choice

A new report, ‘The Value of Mortgage Broking’, released this July by Deloitte Access Economics, has found that mortgage brokers increase competition and choice for customers, which brings a swag of benefits to the consumer, and the larger economy. Mortgage brokers began emerging in Australia in the mid-1980s, and now 55.7 per cent of loans […]

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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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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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tips for a budget holiday

Tips for holidaying on a budget

School holidays have already begun for some and for others, they’re just around the corner. With the kids at home and a break from work, it’s time to kick back and have some fun. But holiday fun can be expensive. If you are saving for a home loan deposit or are up to the hilt in home […]

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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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Grettan Institute Report

Australian house prices have more than doubled in the last 20 years

The Grattan Institute report, released earlier in March, found that Australian house prices have more than doubled in the last 20 years. The rise has been particularly sharp in the last six years, with house prices increasing 50 per cent in Melbourne and around 70 per cent in Sydney since 2012. So, what caused this […]

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Make your money go further, ladies

How do the words ‘financial planning’ make you feel? What about ‘mortgage’? Or ‘superannuation’? Believe it or not, a staggering 52 per cent of Australian women find dealing with finances stressful, and around 2 per cent of women have no savings for retirement. Australian women face unique financial challenges. By retirement, women have less superannuation […]

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reduce energy costs

Reduce your energy costs

High energy prices are often in the news, which is no surprise given Australians pay the highest energy prices in the world. That, combined with increased energy consumption, means a bulk of your household expenses go towards energy bills. Much of the cost of energy is to do with maintenance of network connections, like poles […]

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Client stories

Neville and Christine Lewis

Using the equity they had built up in their family home, Neville and Christine Lewis started investing in property in the early...

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Alison Bromley

Having sacrificed and worked hard to save the money for the deposit for her first house, Alison Bromley became overwhelmed at the...

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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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