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.   … Read More

Finding a home loan when you’re self-employed

There are many perks to working for yourself, but when it comes to applying for a home loan, it seems being your own boss sends up a red flag to banks and other lenders. Why? A salaried employee has a regular, steady income and is less likely to experience the cash flow volatility of a small business owner, contractor, entrepreneur, … Read More

What’s the best fence for your property?

Privacy, security, beautification – there are plenty of reasons why you might choose to fence your property. Understand what your options are and how to choose the right fence.   Why fence? You might want to keep your dog, or kids, securely inside. Or maybe you want to keep others out. Fencing can conceal a less-than-attractive streetscape. It can also … Read More

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 loan that’s right for you can seem like a … Read More

How to safely remove a tree on your property

Established trees can enhance a property, so tree removal is generally a last resort. Given that a tree is a living organism – often a large and very heavy one – specialist skills are required even for partial removal jobs. Safe tree removal involves more than just a chainsaw and a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. Here’s what … Read More

Restumping 101: Everything you need to know about restumping your home

While it might seem intimidating, restumping your house doesn’t need to be a nightmare. Keep your cool and understand what you need to know to find a good contractor, and you can get the job done with a minimum of stress.   Does your house need restumping? Are there cracks in your plaster walls? Is your floor uneven? Do your … Read More

Should you live in your house while you renovate?

It can be tempting to stay in your home when you’re renovating, rather than spending money on rent. But is it really a good idea? Consider the pros and cons before you make a decision.   Advantages of staying in your home   You’ll keep your creature comforts and sleep at the same address, but what are the real advantages … Read More

Is it a good idea to manage your own investment property?

There are advantages and disadvantages to managing your own property. Let’s look at why you may want to do it yourself and why you might hire a professional. Buying an investment property is a major commitment. A key decision for many investors is whether to manage it themselves or to hire a property manager.   The pros of managing your … Read More

How to instill financial smarts in your kids

Worried about your kids not mastering the skills to manage their finances as adults? These tips for parents will help children develop good financial sense from a young age. Most parents want their children to achieve the Australian dream of home ownership. The good news is that parents can actually play a key role in making this happen by teaching … Read More

The renovation jobs you can do yourself – and those you shouldn’t

When it’s time to renovate, everyone wants to save money. It’s fine to be hands-on for some tasks, but there are a few projects that are definitely not DIY friendly. Here’s a guide to what you may want to do yourself and what you should leave to the professionals.   What to do yourself   Painting A fresh coat of … Read More