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All you need to know about off the plan contracts.

Posted by Chris Collard on 12 February 2019
All you need to know about off the plan contracts.
Considering buying a property off the plan? It sounds good in theory, with the possibility of stamp duty concessions and other benefits for first home buyers. But in 2018 there were quite a few people who got caught out by the hidden risks. Read on to find out what you need to know if you're thinking about buying off the plan this year, or if you're having second thoughts about an off the plan purchase. What does 'buying off the plan' mean? When you buy 'off the...
Posted in: real estate Property Buying a house Building Upgrading your Home First Home Buyers  

How to pick the right colour for your home

Posted by Mark Attard on 30 January 2019
How to pick the right colour for your home
Selecting paint colours is all fun and games until someone has to pick a white. With a kaleidoscope of hues to choose from, it can be overwhelming knowing which one will best complement your home's overall aesthetic and mood. So, if you're looking for a little interior tint-spiration, Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr shares her top dos and don'ts for working with colour. Picking paint colours for your home is never black and white. You can sift through swatches until y...
Posted in: Home staging Interior styling real estate Property Upgrading your Home First Home Buyers  

Why is a loan pre-approval so important?

Posted by Mark Attard on 11 October 2018
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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Is it time to fix your interest rate?

Posted by Mark Attard on 4 July 2017
Is it time to fix your interest rate?
It is one of the most common questions we get asked. Should I fix the interest rate on my loan? Below are the things you need to consider and talk through with us before making the right decision for you. Principle and Interest Home loans Most lenders offer better rates for Principle and Interest (P&I) repayments. They also offer better rates where your total loan limit is 80% or below the value of your home. Given the increase in property prices in Melbourne and Sydney...
Posted in: Debt real estate Interest rates Financial planning Investment Home loans Upgrading your Home Smart Money Management Reducing Debt  

Investing in property for beginners

Posted by Mark Attard on 2 March 2017
Investing in property for beginners
Don't invest in property before asking yourself these 3 important questions. Have you heard it can be surprisingly low-cost to purchase an investment property ? Well, that's often the case, so why do the majority of Australian property investors stop at just property ? Before you jump in, ask yourself these three questions.
What return do I expect from the property ?
Mistake number one that many people make, is investing in property because they believe it is t...
Posted in: Property Investment Upgrading your Home Retirement Building Wealth Upgrade My Home  
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