Knowing what a property is worth is central to avoiding paying too much for it. It’s about doing your homework, knowing what you want, knowing the market and making sensible offers. Set a benchmark Comparing nearby properties that have sold recently is the best way to assess an acceptable price for the property you are… Read more about How to avoid paying too much for a home
Fixed rate loans A fixed rate loan is one that maintain the same interest rate over a set period of time regardless of market fluctuations in interest rates. A fixed rate home loan can offer stability for those conscious of a budget and who want to take a medium-to-long term position on a fixed rate.… Read more about Fixed rate versus variable loans
Every home loan application is unique, so the time between your first contact with your broker and approval can never be predetermined. If an application is not completed correctly, you risk delays in approval, or even being declined by potential lenders. There are, however, some things you can do to help the process move quicker.… Read more about Getting your home loan approved faster
In 2020, many retail businesses have pivoted their models to incorporate delivery – as opposed to traditional ‘bricks and mortar’. Some businesses are switching back now that restrictions are easing, but not all. So how is this changing the commercial property landscape? The new, newer normal In a year full of uncertainties, there’s no doubt… Read more about Delivering the Goods: Are our buying habits driving industrial property demand?
2020 has seen a serious slowdown in city property markets, but some rural real estate agents say they’re busier than ever. So, is this simply a result of the pandemic? Or a trend that’s set to keep growing after COVID-19 is gone? The fact is, most of us have spent a lot more time indoors… Read more about Get Out Of Town: Are rural areas the new Australian property hotspots?
In late June, during an online panel discussion hosted by ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy, RBA Governor Philip Lowe said what many had already assumed: “I think it’s likely we’re going to see interest rates at their current level for years”. So it was no surprise that rates have been held at 0.25% for… Read more about Back in Action: How long-term low interest rates could benefit your business
In business, growth is often the goal. But for many businesses, expansion means needing new equipment, vehicles, machinery or technology – and that all costs money. Asset finance can help reduce the initial outlay, while your business gets what it needs to scale. Here are some key things to consider before you apply and what… Read more about Getting what you need to get ahead: asset finance explained
Managing multiple loans can be difficult – and stressful. One way to simplify your financial situation and save yourself time, effort and (hopefully) money is to centralise your debt. But it’s not always the right answer, so here’s what to consider before you consolidate. When you borrow money, the most important thing is being able… Read more about Getting it together: what to know before you consolidate
If you want to look inside perfectly-designed homes, there are more and more ways to than ever before, many delivered directly to your phone or social feed. But – from blogs and newsletters to Pinterest – when does inspiration become overload? While it used to be that the cutting edge of design was reserved for… Read more about Inspiration or imitation? Home design in an online world
It’s never a bad idea to have a little help managing your money – and when you’ve got monthly mortgage repayments to make, balancing the books is extra important. There’s a great range of apps and tools designed to help you budget, save and track your finances. And we’ve put together a list of some… Read more about Future focused: apps and tools to track your finances
If you are concerned about servicing your loan, reach out to your local mortgage broker for help. As Australians everywhere take a close look at their financial circumstances, mortgage brokers stand ready to lend a helping hand. Whether experiencing financial hardship through job loss, a reduction in work hours, or business disruption, an increasing number… Read more about Concerned about servicing your loans?
Building a new home that looks and feels just right – or making big changes to the place you live – is a goal for many. But it can be a more complicated process and a very different experience to buying an existing property. And it can require a specific type of financing – a… Read more about Building not buying: do you need a mortgage or a construction loan?