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Granny flat could boost your property value by 30%

Backyard cricket pitch not getting much of a workout these days? Sick of your weekends being taken up with mowing and gardening? Installing a granny flat could be a lucrative solution - boosting the value of your home by 30% and adding around 27% to rental income. That’s according to a combined analysis by CoreLogic…

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How to find a bank with strong corporate social responsibility

Yes, we’re well aware that this may sound like an oxymoron to some! But cheeky jokes aside, this is a question we’ve been increasingly receiving. So today we thought we’d look into what good corporate social responsibility means, and how you can find it in a bank. What do you look for when pairing with…

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Is the housing market finally about to reach rock bottom?

‘Are we there yet?’ That seems to be the million dollar question on everyone’s lips. Today we’ll take a look at whether or not the property market is finally starting to stabilise, as well as when we might start seeing some positive changes in the market. Shhh. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of…

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Getting hounded by ATO impersonators? Don’t get scammed this tax season

Tax time is just around the corner, which means ATO impersonators are pulling out their bag of tricks to try and scam you. Here are the main scams currently doing the rounds. It’s fair to say that no one likes getting on the wrong side of the ATO. And this is one of the main…

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Will lenders pass on the RBA rate cut to you?

The RBA has cut the official cash rate to a new record low of 1.25%. But hang on a sec… Will lenders even pass on the cut in full? Today we’ll look at how you can make the RBA rate cut work for you. The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to 1.25% - down…

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Your home is not perfect: the value of pest and building inspections

They say that home is where the heart is. And it’s true that we spend so much of our time, money and emotions in our homes. So it can be hard to truly look at them and think that something could be wrong. But when you're selling your home, or looking to rent it out…

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APRA suggests banks relax key lending criteria

Here’s a bit of good news: you may be able to borrow more for your next home loan after the prudential regulator sent a letter to the banks asking them to relax a key lending criteria. In a letter to lenders, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has proposed removing its guidance that lenders should…

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What the re-elected Coalition government has promised

No doubt, like most, you’re suffering from a bit of election fatigue. But stick with us - here’s one last article that explains what you can expect from the 46th parliament of Australia. With the Coalition securing enough seats to form a majority Morrison government, this week we thought we’d recap a number of key…

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How the new govt scheme could give you a head start on property

Did you know that it takes four to seven years for the average household to save a 20% deposit for their first home and avoid paying lender’s mortgage insurance? However, a new scheme promises to drastically reduce that time by dropping the required deposit to just 5%. As you may have seen, the Coalition government…

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Interested in increasing your rental returns by up to 30%?

What would you say if we told you that you could potentially increase your rental returns by up to 30% simply by ticking a box? You'd probably call us 'barking mad'. But according to new research by Domain Group data, median asking rents for pet-friendly properties are higher than for homes that don’t allow pets…

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