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

Mortgage offset accounts: Making your loan work for you

Savvy borrowers have an endgame in sight before they even apply for a home loan, and with the right mortgage offset account, they could win that game even more quickly. Home buyers usually focus on the here and now, not the distant future. Rather than the size of their loan balance in 10 or 20 years, they are more likely … Read More

How to modernize your kitchen on a budget

If you want to modernise your kitchen but you’re concerned about the cost, don’t be dismayed. There are many ways to get a new kitchen without destroying your bank balance.   Downgrade to upgrade Saving money doesn’t mean you have to compromise on everything in your new kitchen. Select a few fittings or features that you want to spend a … Read More

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 dog need space to roam? Be realistic about the … Read More

Refinancing could save you thousands and give you greater flexibility

It’s often said that Australians are more likely to divorce their spouse than switch banks. But with plenty of competition in the home loan sector, refinancing can be a good move. There are a number of reasons why you might want to refinance: you can consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards into a home loan with a lower rate of interest; … Read More

The Value of a Pre-Approval?

Ready to buy a property? You’ll need to show the seller you have enough money. For most people, this will mean getting a loan, and the first step to getting one is obtaining pre-approval for it. Pre-approval – also known as conditional approval or approval in principle – is an indication from a lender as to how much you can … Read More

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

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