Category Archives: Loan Hub

Navigating a home loan when you’re new to Australia

Mortgage brokers, loan pre-approval, fixed versus variable rate loans, stamp duty, conveyancing…..if you’re new to Australia, the language of home buying can seem mystifying. Here are some of the things you need to know to get yourself on the road to the great Australian dream. Keep in mind, however, that...
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Overcapitalising: What it is and how to avoid it

As a home owner or property investor, you may have heard the term ‘overcapitalising’. But what exactly is it and why is it considered bad? While adding a new deck or kitchen can increase the value and enjoyment of your property, overcapitalising can end up costing you more than you...
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Your guide to investment property loans

There are certain things to look out for when selecting and applying for a loan for your investment property. Here we look at the main differences, the most popular loan types, and how to get the best mortgage for your situation. Interest-only, fixed, variable, offset – finding the investment home...
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A step-by-step guide to attracting better tenants

High-quality tenants make renting your investment property both easier and more lucrative, but how do you actually find them? Along with well-written rental ads, we look at some other ways to get high quality people into your investment property. There are several ways to finding your dream tenants: you can reach...
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Five reasons to consider white-label loans

A white-label loan is essentially a home-branded loan, much like the home-branded products you see in the supermarket aisles. Like these products, white-label loans aim to deliver many of the same great features as bank-branded home loans, but for a lower cost to you the customer.  A trend seen in...
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You’ve won the auction – what happens next?

Congratulations! You’ve just bought a property at auction. Before you can move in, there are some things you need to do. Remember, it’s always recommended to seek legal advice when purchasing a property. Sale contract and deposit There’s no cooling-off period when you buy at auction, so you can’t change your mind...
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Your property inspection checklist

When you’re house hunting, it’s easy to get distracted by aesthetics. This checklist will help you focus on what’s really important at a property inspection. Is it right for you? Is a spare bedroom, second bathroom or ensuite a must? Will everyone be safe or comfortable climbing stairs? Does your...
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Six winning strategies for auctions

Auctions are competitive and stressful for most bidders. Here are six smart strategies that could improve your chances of winning. 1. Don’t show your hand Revealing your maximum bid limit to the agent before the auction could encourage them to push you a little further. For example, during the auction the agent might...
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Easy refinancing for a better deal on your home loan

While refinancing your home loan may seem overwhelming at first, it’s less complicated than you might think. With historically low interest rates and increased competition across the home loan industry, lenders are keen to get your business. When you first took out a home loan, you probably paid very close...
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Asbestos removal do’s and don’ts

Asbestos. The word alone is enough to send shivers down a home owner’s spine. If you’re renovating or selling, how do you know whether your property contains asbestos, and – if it does – what should you do about it? Asbestos was a commonly-used Australian residential building material from the...
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Six smart ways to attract quality tenants

When your investment property lies vacant for even a short time, your earnings can take a big hit. So how do you get the best out of your property in a competitive market? Here are some tips to make your property stand out from the pack; 1. What tenants want...
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Eco government rebates for investors.

Upgrading your property so it’s energy-efficient is not only good for the environment, it can also benefit your bottom line. Australia’s federal and state governments offer a number of rebates and incentives to investors and home owners who include eco-friendly features on their properties. Renewable energy systems Your property can generate...
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How to add maximum value with renovations

Renovating is one of the best ways for property owners to increase the value of their homes. If you’re looking to add value to your home, but don’t want to renovate every room, it can be difficult to decide where to start. Here are some ideas to help you decide which...
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