How Much Can I Borrow?

How much can I borrow? Can I afford my dream property on my own? This easy guide shows you how to use our borrowing power calculator to work out what amount you can afford to borrow based on your income and expenses. To get started, click here to open our borrowing power calculator page in a new tab. Let’s start filling out the boxes. Your net in...

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How To Make An Offer On A House

An exciting journey  If you’re a first time home buyer, buying a home is likely to be the biggest single purchase you’ve ever made. It’s a big deal and can be stressful and overwhelming. Knowing what’s involved in the process, will make you feel confident as you move through the motions from inspecting properties to signing a contract and receivin...

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Buying A House - Saving Made Easy

Saving to buy a house? You’ll have more options with a larger house deposit Your house deposit is just one of the costs you need to consider when saving money for a house. Other costs include stamp duty, legal fees, removalist plus money for furnishings and the list goes on. Let’s take a look at how you can save for that dream home faster. Work o...

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Having A Home Buying Strategy

As property loans are usually a long term commitment, you need to ensure you have a strategy in mind that places you in a good position to repay that loan. Let’s look at a few key topics to consider in your home buying strategy. Factors affecting the property market Education about the property market is key. There are trends where house prices r...

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Five things to consider with an investment property

Buying an investment property can be an overwhelming process, especially if it is your first time researching property investment. That’s why we have put together the top 5 things you should consider when making this purchase for your future. Clarify your goals and do your research Smart property investment starts with asking yourself, why am I i...

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Tips For Home Buying Success

With pre-planning and research, you can ensure you are on the right track to set yourself up for success when buying a home. Follow our easy home buying guide below to get an idea of how you can break into the property market. Determine How Much You Can Afford Using our home loan repayment calculator is the first step in understanding how loan re...

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What is an offset account?

What is an offset account? A home loan is a major financial commitment. This is why it’s a good idea to use products that will help you manage this commitment. Put simply, an offset account is a savings account that ‘offsets’ your loan balance and can help you pay it down more quickly. Here's an example: Sarah and Tom have a $400,000 Mortgage Bre...

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Equity - How To Use It For Investment

What does it mean to have equity in your home? Equity is the difference between the current market value of your home, and what you still owe on it. Equity in your home can help you achieve your property goals. How do you calculate total equity? You can use a simple formula to work out the equity in your home. You will need a property valuation ...

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Buying an Investment Property

The benefits of buying an investment property include:  Ownership of a secure asset  The future sale and benefiting from capital gains  Rental income to cover loan repayments and other associated expenses  Building equity  Taxation benefits Four main factors to consider when you decide to purchase an investment propert...

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