Getting the Most from Home Insurance

Taking out home insurance is a requirement of most lenders, but it pays to become familiar with the fine print before you choose a policy.

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How to Buy a Second Property

You already own one property and now you want to purchase a second. How do you get started?

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Thumbs up for Investment

Investment loans dominate the market and the majority of investors use a mortgage broker, according to new research.

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Seeking Super

There is over $18 billion of lost superannuation in Australia sitting in unused accounts; could some of it be yours?

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Online Property Tools

Web sites and apps give us a great shortcut to buying, selling and investing in property. Check out some of these online ideas; combine them with advice from your mortgage broker and you’ll save yourself time and money.

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Squeaky Clean Credit

Paying your loans and bills on time has taken on a new level of importance thanks to reforms to Australia’s credit reporting system.

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Use Depreciation to Slash Your Tax Bill

Did you know that you can claim tax deductions for the wear and tear to the fixtures, fittings and appliances in your rental property?

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Statistics Snapshot

Here’s a round-up of interesting statistics you might want to know about:

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Getting Ready to Retire

Some of us dream of an early retirement, while others are keen to keep going as long as possible.

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Save on Property Price

A few thousand knocked off the purchase price of a property could save you thousands in interest repayments. We did some research to find out the top five strategies that buyer’s agents use to negotiate a good deal with vendors.

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Life insurance: stepped or level?

When taking out life insurance you may be asked to choose between stepped and level premiums. As there are significant differences between the two, it pays to consider both your current and future financial needs before making a decision.

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Shrinking Blocks

Australian house block areas are shrinking to a quarter of the size they were in the 1950s. From an average of 810-910 square metres sixty years ago, they were down to 200-350 square metres in 2012.

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Financial resolutions that last

Losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money and getting out of debt are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

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20 Questions to Ask

What better time than the start of a new year to evaluate your life, think about all that is behind you and all that lies ahead. Are you happy with what you have achieved so far? Have you plans for the future?

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Super life insurance

Is it better to have life insurance included in your superannuation or as a stand-alone policy (outside your superannuation)? Many of us opt for super-life insurance because the premiums are cheaper, without fully realising that the level of cover is significantly less than that of a stand-alone policy.

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The Power of Offset

An offset account can provide huge savings over the life of a home loan so be sure yours is set up to get the best bang from your buck.

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Economy solid in 2014

There’s plenty of data to back up the rumour that Australia will be a star performer among the global economies of 2014.

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How to avoid a credit card hangover

Between all the Christmas parties, gift buying and holiday activities, it’s all too easy to wake up in January with a credit card hangover. Start thinking now about ways to practice safe Christmas spending and you may well avoid the New Year pain.

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6 Financial Mistakes to Avoid

We lock up our homes to avoid being burgled, yet there are many other ways people are being robbed of their money. Keep your finances safe by avoiding these common traps.

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Property Developer Dilemmas

Most property developers would say risk is an unavoidable part of their trade and being prepared for what lies ahead can mean the difference between success and failure.

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