Category: Renovating

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Renovate on a budget

Renovating can be very expensive, but there are a number of ways to keep costs to a minimum. If the cost of renovating is putting you off, consider these options. Make a budget Once you have a general idea of what you want to do, talk to your Smartline Adviser about the maximum amount you […]

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Should you flip your property?

Watching The Block’s Elyse and Josh sell the property they renovated for $450,000 over the reserve price last year, makes doing up property to sell for profit an attractive option. Flipping property, though, can be a risky and expensive business. It’s no wonder, then, that CoreLogic’s recent report found that only 1.3 per cent of […]

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Tips for improving your home this summer

Summer holidays are looming. For some, this means time off work, and hopefully, time on your hands. Between pool-side relaxation and trips to the ocean, you might like to spend some of your spare hours making improvements around your home. Here are some simple home improvement tips that won’t break the bank. Before you start Know […]

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Should I renovate?

There is plenty to consider when buying a home. Location. Size. Style. Price. One of the other important questions you might ask is, should I renovate? If you have a limited budget, you might be looking at buying a home that needs work. Or you might be happy with your home the way it is, […]

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How do construction loans work?

Aussies love to build and renovate houses. If you’ve been inspired by The Block and want to build your own home, the type of home loan that you’ll need will differ from those buying existing properties. On the surface, construction loans can look a bit complicated, but we’re here to simplify them for you! How does a […]

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Funding renovations

Renovations can be costly and stressful, but as long as you are increasing the value of your home, it can be a sound financial decision. Here are the various finance options available: Top up your current loan Since your equity typically increases over time, you can often borrow additional money on your existing loan. You […]

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Three ways to add value to your property

If you’re thinking about how to improve your home or investment property prior to putting it on the market, the preparation you do beforehand can make a big difference to the price it fetches on auction day or through a sale process. The idea is to work out the best ways to add value to […]

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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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Client stories

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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Udaya and Nita Lohani

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Dee and Henry Nieuwenhuis

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