NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Getting into your own home sooner

    ​Last October the Reserve Bank introduced new restrictions to stop high risk lending. Worried by the threat of high-risk lending practices (that is, loans granted with low deposits), the Reserve Bank saw these restrictions as a way to increase the stability of the financial system. The new restri...

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    Are you ready for refinancing?

    There are lots of reasons to refinance your home loan. You may have found yourself with extra cash in your pocket from lower repayments. Perhaps you've landed a new job and have more money to spare each week. Or maybe you're sick of paying for loan features that you don't need. Part of making sur...

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    Prioritising your finances for 2014

    ​Will you open up a savings account and place extra money there? Perhaps you'd like to take the opportunity to branch out into property investment? Or maybe you'd like to pay down your debt while interest rates are low? As rates can change quite rapidly, it's best you make a decision sooner rathe...

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    Keep the Summer Feel in Your Home

    Summer is a great time to renew and refresh your home - inside and out - to herald in the warmer weather and longer days. Whilst the summer holidays have now been and gone for most of us, there are ways you can keep the summer feeling in your home for longer with some simple home styling. There a...

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    School Holidays on a Budget

    ​One mum recently said, “I love the first two weeks of the school holidays, then the novelty wears off, usually when the activities and money runs out.” While you want to keep the kids occupied, you don’t want to break the bank with expensive outings. Check out these top tips for keeping your kid...

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    Bill Granger's Pavlova Recipe

    ​Pavlova is a Kiwi summer favourite. I hope Bill Granger’s pavlova recipe from the OzHarvest cookbook inspires you this Christmas.

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    Make Your Mortgage Disappear Faster

    ​In all the excitement of finding the perfect property and getting settled in, it’s easy to forget you have to actually pay back the loan. When the reality of having a mortgage hits, don’t panic, there are plenty of ways to reduce it quickly. Your home loan doesn't have to feel like a weight hang...

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    Get Set to Sparkle This Christmas

    ​Christmas is a time of year to enjoy the company of friends and family, often by entertaining them in your home. To create a bit of festive fun, update the look of your home with these festive home decor ideas for spaces large and small.

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    Debt the Halls

    ​Christmas is a time when spending is on everyone’s mind and saving is far from it. You’ve got to find money for presents, the big lunch, pre-Christmas socialising and maybe even travel - it can get expensive.

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    Sex and Money

    Men and women deal with their finances differently. There are no surprises there. New qualitative research conducted by Professor Roslyn Russell at RMIT University in Melbourne has explored why women make the financial decisions they do. Professor Russell discovered the major factors behind most ...

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    A beginner's guide to property investment

    ​Interest rates are at an attractive level, which has led many people to look towards investing in a rental property. But before you make your first investment you'll need to decide on a strategy: property type, location, and how you're going to fund it.

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    Make the most of current interest rates

    ​It's easy to become comfortable with your home loan over a long period of time. While this can be a good sign to show that you're happy with the loan you have, it can also lead you to miss out on other things.

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    Why should I use a property manager?

    ​Many landlords have asked themselves at one time or another if they’d be better self-managing their investment property. It’s a question that’s especially relevant if a landlord’s had a negative experience with a property manager who failed to deliver the service they initially promised.