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All you need to know about off the plan contracts.

Posted by Chris Collard on 18 October 2021
All you need to know about off the plan contracts.
Considering buying a property off the plan? Read on to find out what you need to know if you're thinking about buying off the plan in 2021. What does 'buying off the plan' mean? When you buy 'off the plan', it means the property you're buying is not built yet. Typically, you'll only have to pay the deposit upfront, then the balance of the purchase price once the property is completed. Because an off the plan purchase is a new build home, you may qualify for stamp...
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Rentvesting: 2021's greatest opportunity for first home buyers

Posted by Chris Collard on 18 October 2021
Rentvesting: 2021's greatest opportunity for first home buyers
If you live in Melbourne or Sydney in 2021, you may be noticing some strange phenomenon in the property market. Suddenly, it has become unusually affordable to rent in the CBD area, and increasingly difficult and more expensive to get a lease further out of town. It's a unique side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it could present a rare opportunity for Australian first home buyers. In 2020, the Domain Rent Report found that from March to September, inner Sydney and Melbourne unit as...
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Why is a loan pre-approval so important?

Posted by Mark Attard on 18 October 2021
Why is a loan pre-approval so important?
  Pre-approval is a green light from a lender. Put simply, it confirms you're eligible to apply for a home loan up to a certain amount. Essentially, the lender checks your financial circumstances, to decide if you'll meet their criteria and can afford to repay a mortgage. A home loan pre-approval usually lasts for three to six months and gives you a set budget during your property search. Here's why home loan pre-approval is so important. To confirm your borrowing power B...
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So, you want to escape the rent trap? Here's what you need to know

Posted by Mark Attard on 18 October 2021
So, you want to escape the rent trap? Here's what you need to know
Thanks to a booming real estate market, housing affordability for city-dwelling Millennials in Australia is a widely recognised economic challenge.  If you've done any research into buying your first home, we can almost guarantee you've received some very bad, or at least, tone-deaf advice.  
 
There's no magic pill to saving for a first home deposit, other than financial discipline and finding the right home for your budget and objectives. This ...
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5 common mistakes by First Home Buyers

Posted by Mark Attard on 18 October 2021
5 common mistakes by First Home Buyers
Getting ready to buy your first home? As your mortgage manager, we're here to help you every step of the way. It's an exciting time and it's easy to make mistakes. Here are 5 common mistakes that you should try to avoid!
1. Relying on advice from family and friends Family and friends are people you can trust, so it's understandable that you listen to their advice. However, while they may have the best of intentions, it's always best to seek independent professional advi...
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