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Tips to getting started on the investment property ladder...

Start by paying off any high interest consumer debts (credit cards, car loans etc). There would be no point earning 5%+ pa on an investment if you are paying 15%+ on credit card debt. Set up automatic deductions from your salary to accelerate repayments. Continue the salary deductions alter your debts are paid off. This…

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Positive vs Negative Gearing

What investment strategy is right for you? When can a negative be beneficial? When It makes you money of course. When considering any good investment be it property, shares or cash, the main aim is to generate a return in the form of income (sometimes called yield), a capital gain or a combination of the…

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Using the equity in your home to purchase an investment property

If you are already repaying your own home or another investment property, you may be able to use the equity you have built up to purchase an additional property. Let’s use an example to explain this process. Your lender is going to require that the loan amount is less than 80% of the value of…

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Are you a Property Optimist?

While Australian investors have a lot to be optimistic about in 2017, the property pessimists will be out there looking for their typical excuses as to why it’s still not a good time to invest. Now, we don’t have a crystal ball and we're not economists, but it appears that there are many indicators to…

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Budget boosts savings for first homebuyers

It’s not all bad news for first homebuyers... On the 9th of May the Australian Government handed down the 2017/18 budget. It brought some big changes which affect first homebuyers. Most first homebuyers are familiar with the First Home Owners’ Grant, a one-off payment of $15,000 when purchasing a new home. However, after the end…

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How can we improve our ‘financial communication’?

Money has meaning beyond the numbers on a page or notes in your wallet. As it is strongly linked to our sense of security and self-worth, a lack of communication and compromise about money can be one of the main causes of relationship problems and breakdowns. If you and your partner argue about money, you’re…

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You don’t need to be wealthy to invest…

...but you do need to invest to be wealthy. If you think you have to be wealthy to invest in property you might be mistaken! In fact the skills and experience you’ve gained managing a budget on a lower income could make you a better property investor than some big spending high income earners. We…

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Take control of your credit card debt

Is your credit card debt spiralling out of control? Are you struggling to cope with multiple credit card repayments? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to research, around 70% of Australians have credit cards, that’s more than 16 million credit cards throughout the country, as of January 2017. The average credit card debt is around…

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Identifying a good investment property

Most of us have heard the saying 'Location, location, location', but have we thought about what It actually means? Is It the only factor when considering buying an investment property? Location, location, location There is no doubt that location is one of the most important factors in determining a good investment property. It influences your…

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Don’t Move…Improve! Our Top Tips to Add Value to Your Home

Dreaming of a better house for your family but can’t face the prospect of moving. You are not alone. The main reasons that people stay put are: The financial costs of selling – e.g. agent fees, stamp duty etc. The hassle of moving. Not getting the right price due to market conditions. So don’t move……

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