The real estate market can be tough for young adults, but as a parent you may be able to lend a helping hand. We tell you how.

Parent-to-child loan A parent-to-child loan is when a parent lends their child money. This is a formal, legally binding arrangement, administered by an independent third party. At the start of the loan period, both parties agree to terms including repayment amounts, a schedule and a process to manage defaults. Benefits: You can set generous terms for your child, but your assets, … Read More

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 out to your personal networks, arrange a long-term rental through a … Read More

Asbestos Removal Do’s & Dont’s

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 1940s until the late 1980s. Despite asbestos being phased out … Read More

Tips For Repairing Cracks in Concrete Paths & Driveways

Your home’s driveway and pathways can create a great first impression. They can also crack, and change the whole look and feel of your house. Whether you’re seeing big or little cracks in your concrete, this article contains handy tips for assessing the severity of concrete cracking, and offers some best-practice fixes to get your driveway and paths looking great. … Read More

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.   WHAT TENANTS WANT Property managers and agents know that many tenants judge properties … Read More

Five Top Online Homeware Stores

When it’s time to deck out your new home, make sure your laptop’s fully charged and you’re ready for some high-powered online shopping. You could bag a bargain, and maybe even get some design ideas in the process. Here are some of our favourite online retailers. Big-name bricks-and-mortar stores like Myer, David Jones, Ikea and JB Hi-Fi have large online stores (especially worth remembering at stocktake … Read More

Fixed, Variable or Split Rate Loans

FIND THE LOANS THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU   In Australia, there are a number of ways to structure your home loan repayments. Finding the best option may save you time and money on your mortgage. Here is some information to help you choose the repayment structure that works best for you.   VARIABLE RATE LOANS Variable interest rate loans are … Read More

Why Location is Crucial When Buying an Investment Property

The first thing most of us look at when selecting an investment property is its location. If the property itself isn’t quite right, you can always renovate, but it’s not as easy to move a house to a better location. That’s why you should consider the location carefully. Here are some of the most important things to look for. LOVE … Read More

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 part of your property to focus on for the best … Read More

Borrowing to Renovate

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.   You’ve been dreaming of that new kitchen and dining room for as long as you can remember, and now the time has come to put your plans in motion. But do you really have the budget to afford the works? Here are a few things to think about before making the leap from Pinterest … Read More