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8 tips to save and pay off your mortgage sooner

Posted by Mark Attard on 24 October 2022
8 tips to save and pay off your mortgage sooner
It’s no secret that paying off your home loan sooner can save you. However, with cost-of-living pressures and rising interest rates, it can be hard to find extra cash. A series of small changes applied consistently over time could put you on track to reach your goal sooner. Here are 8 tips to help boost your savings.  Tip 1: Make a plan you can stick to Rather than making extreme changes to your lifestyle and spending habits, focus on a range of savings strategies that will be s...
Posted in:Property  

Renovating for returns in 2022

Posted by Chris Collard on 3 October 2022
Renovating for returns in 2022
The goal of renovating for profit is to minimise expenditure and maximise return. Here are six smart renovation ideas that will resonate with prospective buyers and help you get a great return when you sell. Curb Appeal  First impressions are everything. Consider the view from the street and if it has that ‘wow’ factor.    Spruce up the front façade, fence, garden, windows, roof and driveway. Make them work together to add charm. Kitchen  Reno...
Posted in:Renovating  

Financing the construction of your new home.

Posted by Chris Collard on 29 September 2022
Financing the construction of your new home.
Building your own home can be one of life’s most rewarding milestones. Not only does a new build have the potential to save you money, but it also gives you the opportunity to design the home you’ve always wanted with all the latest fixtures and fittings. You can also plan your finances with confidence, knowing your new home will need little maintenance or repair for years to come. Your finance needs when building a new home can differ a little from buying an established propert...
Posted in:Construction Loan  

Want to become a property investor?

Posted by Chris Collard on 29 September 2022
Want to become a property investor?
Are you looking at becoming a property investor? Purchasing an investment apartment is often a great place to start. Here are a few of the benefits of buying an apartment: An apartment is typically cheaper than a traditional house. This is because houses often have a higher entry price point due to land value - so you could potentially buy an apartment or unit with a smaller deposit. Maintenance is also a cost that must be taken into consideration. If you purchase a house, all maintenanc...
Posted in:InvestmentProperty Investment  

Fixed rate expiring soon? It's time to make a game plan.

Posted by Chris Collard on 2 September 2022
Fixed rate expiring soon? It's time to make a game plan.
If you’re currently playing the waiting game wondering what will happen when your fixed rate term ends, we understand what a stressful time it might be. Fixed rate borrowers have been temporarily shielded from the Reserve Bank’s cash rate increases, but for how long? It’s estimated that almost 40 per cent of Aussies on low fixed rate loans will roll off them next year. This could result in a considerable increase in mortgage repayments for households that are already stret...
Posted in:Interest ratesfixed interest  

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