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What is the ideal property type for your first home?

What is the ideal property type for your first home?

Getting ready to buy your first home is an exciting time. While saving for your deposit or wading through the intricacies of home loans can be a strain, it’s all worth it when you can finally start picking out your dream home. But with so many types of property on offer, what do you go for first?

We’ve run through some of Australia’s main housing types to help you decide what will work best for you.

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Popular holiday spots to invest in

Popular holiday spots to invest in

Australia’s natural beauty, vibrant culture and outdoor pursuits make it the ideal destination to invest in a holiday home. A property that is not only an investment in your quality of life, renting it can be an income all of itself.

So, where are the best Australian holiday spots to invest in property?

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4 renovation tips to boost your house sale

4 renovation tips to boost your house sale

Looking to sell your property this year but unsure how to get the best price? Pre-sale renovations are a great way to make sure your property is snapped up for a better market value.

So, what do you need to know to help maximise your investment without breaking the bank?

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Tips for first-time buyers in 2018

Tips for first-time buyers in 2018

The Australian housing market hasn’t always been a friendly place for first time buyers. With property prices looking as if they may soften for the first time in over half a decade, 2018 could be the year to get a foot on the elusive property ladder.

So, what can you do to secure your place on the property ladder this year?

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The questions you should ask before getting a home loan

The questions you should ask before getting a home loan

Taking out a home loan can be a nerve wracking experience, particularly for first time buyers. The key to making the experience not just bearable but fruitful is to understand exactly what you are taking on.

Here are the questions you should know the answer to before getting your home loan.

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Our tips on how to create a multi-generational home

Our tips on how to create a multi-generational home

Broadly defined as a home containing two sets of adult generations, a multi-generational home includes adult children living with parents or grandparents moving into the family home.

For an increasing number of reasons, notably inflated house prices and rising care costs, adapting your house to fit several generations under one roof is proving a popular option for many Australians.

So how can you make your home work for the generations that may be joining you?

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3 reasons why now may be the time to consider a commercial loan

3 reasons why now may be the time to consider a commercial loan

There’s no better time than the present to expand your business. The past few months have seen business conditions rise well above the long-run average, according to NAB’s November monthly business report.

Successfully growing your company is all about knowing when to take action. While factors such as improved conditions, increased confidence and better payment times are positive across the board, business owners in Australia should seize the opportunity to expand their companies.

Let’s look at the current business outlook in Australia.

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4 mortgage terms you need to know when buying a home

4 mortgage terms you need to know when buying a home

Purchasing a property is a huge financial decision, which is why people should familiarise themselves with the mortgage process and any essential terminology. Unfortunately, recent research has indicated many Australians aren’t as familiar with common home loan terms, as they need to be.

Do you know how split home loans work? Any idea what an offset account is? What about the differences between interest rates and comparison rates?

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How to find the best tenants for your investment property

How to find the best tenants for your investment property

Getting the best value out of an investment rental is a collaborative effort between the landlord and a great tenant.

To achieve long-term returns on a rental, the property has to last – and that means finding tenants who are willing to look after the home just as much as you are. Paying the rent on time is always important, but beyond that, the best tenants are ones who will take care of the property, respect the neighbours and community, and will rent indefinitely.

So how can you attract a tenant you can trust? It all begins when you’re first buying your rental.

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Can you ask for a discount on your mortgage rate?

Can you ask for a discount on your mortgage rate?

Haggling doesn’t come easy to many people. Negotiating over the price of goods and services simply isn’t that common in some countries.

But are homebuyers missing out on thousands of dollars of savings because they balk at bargaining? The answer is yes, according to new research from finder.com.au.

People can save $20,000 over the course of a mortgage by securing a discount of just 0.2 percentage points on the interest rate, yet less than half of respondents (43 per cent) have the confidence to ask.

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