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covering all costs lending fees checklist

Covering all costs: Lending fees checklist

So you’ve finally found the perfect property. Everyone agrees; even the dog likes it! If you’ve done your homework, all you need to do now is finalise the details, because otherwise, your dream home may turn out to be for someone else. Before getting too entrenched in the house hunt, it pays to understand how …

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fomo meets its match in market driver tina

‘FOMO’ meets its match in market driver ‘TINA’

Record-low interest rates and surging property prices in Australia and New Zealand have fuelled buyers’ fear of missing out, otherwise known as FOMO, since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. But with the cost of renting closing in on that of standard mortgage repayments and demand for housing stock continuing to outstrip supply, TINA …

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real estate tax terms explained

Real estate tax terms explained

The end of a financial year prompts swift action for tax-related matters.  This includes relevant information for property owners, renters and potential buyers in their bid to streamline real estate and financial processes. With this in mind, our explanatory guide about tax terms and real estate phrases are designed to clarify, refresh knowledge, simplify selling-and-purchase …

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buying land what to consider

Buying land: what to consider

With record construction figures and government stimulus propelling the growth of new-build industries, there’s increasing interest in building on property dreams from the ground up. Regional appeal, design customisation and cementing lifestyle aspirations are the major attractions. But it’s paramount to be aware of the pros and cons of buying land and what to expect …

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restoring period homes to their former glory

Restoring period homes to their former glory

Owning or buying a period home is a pleasure and privilege, but not without its maintenance challenges.  Reflecting current and recent trends, the National Trust is noticing an uptake in the restoration of period residences from the 1940s to 1960s. As a general guide, there are several aspects to consider when caring for, or renovating, …

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buyer sentiment downcast amid rosy property outlook

Buyer sentiment downcast amid rosy property outlook

Affordability and supply issues appear to be dampening the mood of Australian homebuyers, according to findings from ME Bank’s latest Quarterly Property Sentiment Report. Conducted in April 2021, the report perceives the overall sentiment of buyers and sellers in the residential property market dipping seven percentage points to 42 per cent in the past three months. This follows record-high …

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homeownership getting your finances in order

Homeownership: getting your finances in order

Money truly makes the world go around, and nowhere more so than in real estate. It talks in terms of what and where you can buy, and it speaks volumes about your aspirations and motivations. In the case of first-home buyers, spending power will be the biggest single factor in determining the choice available to …

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budget encourages young buyers and single parents and rewards retirees

Budget encourages young buyers and single parents and rewards retirees

The Australian Federal Government’s May 2021 budget offers positive signs for first-time buyers in the real estate sector. In terms of a recap and brief overview, the budget makes allowance for an extra 10,000 places to be added to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The scheme enables first-home buyers to purchase a property with …

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buying off the plan positives and checkpoints

Buying off the plan: positives and checkpoints

On paper, buying a property off the plan can be an extremely profitable experience. However, as with any new acquisition, particularly when sight unseen, an internal radar and thorough research are required.  Mostly offered in new and refurbished apartment and townhouse projects, off-the-plan developments reward forward-thinking buyers with considerable stamp duty concessions (the earlier you …

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cashing in on the mortgage boom

Cashing in on the mortgage boom

Broker-originated home loans reached record highs towards the end of 2020, according to mortgage broker eChoice. Data commissioned by the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia and researched by CoreLogic estimated that $57.47 billion of new loans were settled by 18 leading aggregators. “With great wealth comes great responsibility,” Bill Gates famously quipped. So, how …

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