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First home owners benefits – Do you know what’s available?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

First home owners benefits – Do you know what’s available?

Now that we have reached the end of another financial year, it’s a good time for first home buyers to start researching whether or not they are ready to jump into the property market. A lot of first home buyers are unaware of the ins and outs of what government grants, exemptions or concessions are available to them as a first time buyer, particularly as rules can change from year to year. We have provided a quick cheat-sheet of what first home buyer benefits are available in Victoria as of 1 July 2018. First Home Owner Grant A First Home...

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Why all property investors should research school zones

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Why all property investors should research school zones

All parents want the best for their child and that includes getting a good education. In many cases the top private schools are simply too expensive or hard to get into, so many parents try to get their kids into the best performing public schools in their area, however this often means that they need to live within its catchment boundaries. Why this should matter to investors Anything that is going to drive up the demand for particular properties is a worthy consideration for any investor. In some cases it may mean paying a premium of up to...

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Is now the time to buy, or should you sit on the sidelines?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Is now the time to buy, or should you sit on the sidelines?

Property prices are easing across the country, so why is it that just when the market is turning in the favour of buyers, many are now expressing concerns about jumping in? May’s CoreLogic home value index results showed that national home values were down by -0.1 per cent over the month, fuelled mainly by price drops in Sydney and Melbourne. Home values in Sydney have fallen by -4.2 per cent over the last year, while Melbourne’s have gone up by 2.2 per cent. There is evidence that things are cooling in Melbourne too however, with a -0.5...

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Why you shouldn’t worry about falling property prices

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Real Estate News | 0 comments

Why you shouldn’t worry about falling property prices

Recent figures from CoreLogic have shown that dwelling values are down across the country, led by falls in Sydney. Data shows a national decline in property values of 0.4% over the past 12 months, with Sydney values 4.2% lower. While this may sound concerning for a lot of people eager to jump into the property market, there’s no reason to panic just yet. Markets constantly rise and fall People often forget that the property market is always moving in cycles. Prices can’t continue to rise forever, and particularly in Sydney where property...

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5 things people forget to check before buying a home

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

5 things people forget to check before buying a home

There is a lot to think about when buying a home, which makes it easy to overlook some of the smaller details. Before buying a home it’s important to take as much into account as you can, because it could affect your enjoyment of the property for a long time to come. Take your time in the home-buying process and before you start signing any paperwork, consider whether some of the below factors are important for you: The neighbourhood It’s always worth a knock on your potential neighbour’s door to get some feedback about the local...

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Tips for negotiating a lower interest rate

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Tips for negotiating a lower interest rate

Australia is currently experiencing a historic period of low interest rates, however just because rates are already at record lows doesn’t mean you can’t try and get a better deal. Many mortgage holders don’t take the time to simply call up and ask their home loan provider if they can offer them a better rate. While there’s a chance that your provider won’t budge, recent research from Mozo indicates that seven in 10 Australian home loan hagglers have been able to negotiate a cheaper interest rate. Sometimes all you need to do is ask...

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Are you claiming your full depreciation benefits?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Are you claiming your full depreciation benefits?

As tax time draws nearer it’s a good time to start getting all of your paperwork together and assessing what you can do to put more money in your back pocket. When it comes to maximising claims from investment properties, a lot of owners fail to full claim their depreciation benefits, possibly due to a lack of understanding of how it works or because they don’t engage the right professionals.  What is property depreciation? It’s essentially the estimated decrease in a property’s value over time. As a building gets older, items wear...

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Tips for winter 2018 buying

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Tips for winter 2018 buying

The temperatures may be cooling down, but that doesn’t mean that the property market is. There will be plenty of prospective buyers out in force this winter, particularly from July 1 when first home buyers can start accessing funds from the First Home Super Saving Scheme. There are also a lot of buyers looking to dive into the market now that property prices are starting to settle and things are looking more favourable for buyers. If you’re looking to get into the property market this winter, it pays to be prepared. Before you dive in...

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Would you buy a property sight unseen? And is it a good idea?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Would you buy a property sight unseen? And is it a good idea?

Buying a property without seeing it first in real life may seem unimaginable to many, but with the start of Channel 9’s latest property show, “Buying Blind” many prospective buyers are wondering whether or not they really need to see a property before purchasing it. The advantages of buying sight unseen Technology is making it easier and easier to purchase a property without having to see it in person and if you’re looking for an investment property, or possibly even a permanent home, then hiring a buyer’s agent to do all of the hard...

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Winter has arrived – 5 cheap ways to keep warm at home

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Real Estate Tips | 0 comments

Winter has arrived – 5 cheap ways to keep warm at home

While a lot of people will be happy to see the end of another stinking hot summer, many homeowners will be concerned about winter’s effect on their power bill. Heating a home can be a huge cost, but nobody wants to stay up shivering when the temperatures dip too low. Luckily there are a few ways to warm up the home that don’t cost a fortune. Use the sun – The sun is a great source of heat and best of all it’s free! Make the most of it by opening up curtains during the day and letting the sun stream through your home as much as...

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