How to buy a house in Australia as a migrant

Dec 6, 2019 12:32:18 PM

For many people, owning a home in Australia is the ultimate Aussie dream. And that dream is no different for new migrants making Australia their home. When it comes to buying a house in Australia as a migrant though, there are a few rules you need to know about to pave the way to home ownership. Read on to find out what your options are as a migrant on a temporary visa or as a permanent resident buying property in Australia.


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Topics: Migrant Mortgage Advisers, Home Ownership, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Home Loan Application

Home loans with reward schemes

Nov 16, 2019 10:09:00 AM

Does earning reward points or frequent flyer miles while you pay off your mortgage sound too good to be true? It’s not as crazy as it sounds: in a bid to snag more business, some home loan lenders offer borrowers the chance to earn reward points or frequent flyer miles on their home loan balance. Read on to find out more about home loans with reward schemes.


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Topics: Refinancing Options, Home loan rates, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, refixing, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

What to do if your fixed rate loan term is nearing the end

Nov 14, 2019 6:15:00 AM

If your fixed rate loan term is nearing its end, there’s never been a better time to review your mortgage. With interest rates at historic lows, you’ll need to decide whether to roll again for another fixed term or take advantage of cheaper variable rates and pay down some serious debt. Be aware though, if you do nothing, lenders may simply put you onto their most expensive variable rates, so it’s vital you take some action. Here are your options:


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Topics: Refinancing Options, Variable versus Fixed, Variable Interest Rate, Fixed Interest Rate, Financial Advice, refixing, Australia Mortgage Broker

Keeping your home safe for the holidays

Nov 12, 2019 6:12:00 AM

Planning a summer break this holiday and heading to the beach, the mountains or overseas?
Empty houses are an easy target for burglars so it pays to be a little more cautious to ensure the security of your home and save you unnecessary stress while you’re away. Stop unwelcome visitors in their tracks and keep your home safe this holiday with these handy tips.


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Topics: Financial Advice, Australia Mortgage Broker, Life Insurance, Insurance advice, Home and Contents Insurance, Vehicle Insurance

How to avoid getting sick this holiday

Nov 8, 2019 6:08:39 AM

How often have you headed off on a holiday only to return feeling sick and germ-infested? You’re not alone. When you consider the combination of different foods and drink, lack of sleep, sun exposure, contact with crowds of people, and new environments, it’s not surprising so many people fall ill on their return from a holiday. To help you stay healthy on your next holiday, here are a few simple tips to follow.


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Topics: Refinancing Options, Home Equity Loans, refinancing, Financial Advice, Australia Mortgage Broker

Pre-approvals: 3 Things You Need to Know

Oct 17, 2019 10:05:54 AM

Getting a home loan pre-approval puts you in the best position if you’re planning to buy property. What’s more, a pre-approval is essential if you’re bidding for property in an auction. While a home loan pre-approval may be conditional, it gives you a relatively secure assurance of the amount a lender is willing to loan you and how much your repayments will be. Here are 3 things you need to know about home loan pre-approvals.


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Topics: Pre-approvals, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Buying property in Australia, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home loan pre-approval

Can non-residents buy property in Australia?

Oct 17, 2019 10:03:15 AM

In December 2015, the Australian Government introduced legislation that changed the way non-residents buy property in Australia. Under the new laws, foreign investors are limited in the types of property they can purchase and must first apply for approval to purchase from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). While it is much harder for non-residents to buy property in Australia, it’s not impossible.


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Topics: Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Buying property in Australia, Non-resident buyers, Australia Mortgage Broker, Non-resident lending

Should you get a “pre-nuptial” agreement?

Oct 17, 2019 9:58:45 AM

Before getting married or entering into a de facto relationship, you may want to consider signing a pre-nuptial agreement. Pre-nuptial agreements are a way to protect your financial rights and obligations; effectively a safety precaution that helps simplify property settlements if a relationship ends. Here’s what you need to know about pre-nuptial agreements.


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Topics: Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Buying property in Australia, Australia Mortgage Broker, Pre-nuptial, Binding Financial Agreement

Helping your kids buy a home

Oct 17, 2019 9:56:20 AM

With the rising cost of property across Australia, it’s not surprising that so many parents are stepping up to help their grown-up children buy property. In fact, it’s estimated that the “Bank of Mum and Dad” is one of the largest lenders when it comes to mortgage lending in Australia. If you’re considering helping your kids buy a home, here are a few ways that you as a parent can do that.


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Topics: first home buyer, Bank of mum and dad, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice, Buying property in Australia, Australia Mortgage Broker

What to do if your property valuation is too low

Sep 16, 2019 1:37:06 PM

While a property valuation is often an essential step in the home buying process, in recent months home buyers across Australia have been left feeling frustrated and disappointed with the valuation process. Lower than expected property valuations have resulted in home buyers having to pay LMI or even lose the property if they can’t cover the shortfall. Here’s what you need to know about property valuations.


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Topics: Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Property Valuation, Mortgage Advice, Buying property in Australia, Australia Mortgage Broker