If you applied for a home loan in the current financial environment , your lender would probably assess your application in the context of both your credit score and your credit history – on top of your income, assets, liabilities and living expenses. Your credit score is a number calculated by a credit-reporting agency, which compares… Read more about Credit report changes: don’t be caught out
A new financial year can be a great time to set money goals, such as paying down a home loan. Paying off a mortgage early can save on interest, free up cashflow each month and help you enjoy all the benefits of a debt-free lifestyle. If reducing your mortgage debt is a key financial goal… Read more about Tips For Paying Off Your Home Loan Faster This Financial Year
Rental yield – essentially the rate of rental income returned against the costs of an investment property is a great indicator of a property’s investment potential. But you need to keep things in perspective when you factor it into your decision to purchase property. Calculating rental yield A good first step in examining rental yield’s… Read more about Rental yields – what you need to know
As a home owner with a mortgage, chances are you’ve heard of the term ‘refinancing’. Refinancing involves reviewing your current mortgage, and potentially swapping your loan to another lender who can better meet your current needs, wants and circumstances. Refinancing can also allow you to consolidate your debts or pay down your mortgage more quickly.… Read more about When is the best time to refinance your home loan?
There are advantages and disadvantages to managing your own property. Let’s look at why you may want to do it yourself and why you might hire a professional. Buying an investment property is a major commitment. A key decision for many investors is whether to manage it themselves or to hire a property manager. The… Read more about Is it a good idea to manage your own investment property?
Crunch time has come for property investors with June 30 fast approaching. If you are a property investor, you will know what a hectic time end of financial year (EOFY) can be. However, with a little forward planning, you will be well on your way to a smooth tax lodgement come EOFY. Read on for… Read more about Three must-knows for property investors to prepare for End of Financial Year
Confused about the ins and outs of mortgage refinancing? There are two key considerations when you’re looking at taking the step – why and how. Here, we examine both. A home loan is generally a long-term proposition, but in some situations it can be suitable to refinance your mortgage. Refinancing involves taking out a new… Read more about Refinancing: what you need to know
Knowing what a property is worth is central to avoiding paying too much for it. Set a benchmark Comparing nearby properties that have sold recently is the best way to assess an acceptable price for the property you are looking at and provides a valuable bargaining tool when you are negotiating with a seller or… Read more about How to avoid paying too much for a home
Urgent maintenance is an unavoidable aspect of being a landlord, so having a cash buffer set aside will help you deal with any unexpected problems. When renting out an investment property, having access to extra cash is vital for two reasons (1) to cover the costs of maintaining the property, giving it the best chance… Read more about Why property investors need savings
Offset accounts and redraw facilities work in similar ways; they both allow you to reduce the balance of your home loan, and therefore the interest charged, by applying extra money to your debt. Redraw facilities allow you to deposit spare income into your home loan account, allowing you to redraw a sum equal to the… Read more about Explainer: how redraw and offset accounts can save you money
So, you’re thinking of buying your first residential investment property? There are a few things to consider before making the move. Here are our top 10 tips for avoiding potential difficulties and ensuring success. (1) Know your goal Understanding your financial objectives is key to finding the right investment property. The actual property itself is… Read more about 10 tips for choosing an investment property
When people think of buying an investment property, many only think locally. Investing in a property interstate could possibly be a smarter idea, potentially resulting in a better return on your investment. it may also be a potential way to snaffle a bargain. You could be buying into an area with greater potential capital growth… Read more about Investing interstate