Has your lender raised its rates?

Has your lender raised its rates?

Tweet NAB has recently announced it will be increasing its variable mortgage rates, making it the last of the Big Four banks to bring in out-of-cycle rate hikes. The bank will be increasing its investor and owner-occupier rates on its variable Tailored Home Loans, effective as of 31 January 2019. According to NAB’s Chief Customer Officer – Consumer Banking Mike Baird the bank held off on raising rates as long as they could, “despite being subject to the same increasing wholesale funding costs and market pressures as other major...

read more

Current home too small? The steps you need to take to upsize

Current home too small? The steps you need to take to upsize

Tweet Is your current home starting to feel a little cramped? Or maybe you’ve gotten a job promotion and you want a home with more features or in a better location? Whatever the reason you have for upsizing, it can be hard trying to figure out what steps to take to get you where you want to be. Finding a local agent to have a chat to can help put you on the right path. They might be able to answer any of your specific concerns or point you in the right direction to help you on your property journey. But before you give your local real estate...

read more

Should you buy based on school zones?

Should you buy based on school zones?

Tweet With the summer school holidays almost over, many parents are starting to think about where they want their kids to go to school in the years ahead. Picking a school isn’t as easy as it seems however, with many schools requiring that their students live within designated school catchment boundaries. This means that parents should start considering the school they want their child to go to years before they need to enrol them to ensure that they have time to move into the right zone if they need to. A few things to consider: –...

read more

Appealing to buyers in a competitive market

Appealing to buyers in a competitive market

Tweet The property market has cooled across the country and this means that sellers may need to work that little bit harder if they want to dazzle buyers and sell in a short time frame. In the current market a lot of buyers are taking their time finding the right property and being conservative in their offers, but there are things that sellers can do to make buyers act fast! Get to know the competition While no two properties are ever the same, it’s worth doing some research to find out if there other properties like yours currently on the...

read more

How a cool garden can cool your home

How a cool garden can cool your home

Tweet Homeowners are increasingly looking for inexpensive ways they can keep their home cool, (i.e. without having to keep the air-conditioning running all summer long) and an often overlooked way of doing this is by making the most of gardens. A well-designed garden can help make a property far more bearable on a scorching hot day, while a bad design will have you reaching for that air-conditioning remote. Make some shade Try to find trees and plants that will provide adequate shade for you and your home. Tall mature trees can be great for...

read more