NEWS & INSIGHTS

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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.

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    Consolidating your debt into your home loan

    ​Dealing with debt can be stressful. You might be managing multiple payments to different lenders or paying various interest rates across accounts. You may just have an outstanding credit card debt hanging over your head. Many people choose to consolidate their debt into their home loan to simpli...

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    Getting Home Loan Approval

    ​There are many ways to put yourself in a better position to get the right home loan for your needs. With the Reserve Bank looking at introducing loan-to-value (LVR) restrictions it’s never been more important to put your best foot forward when applying for a home loan.

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    What to Look for in a Property Manager

    ​Managing an investment property means more than simply collecting the rent. Yet even if that were the case, property managers would still be a great resource for owners. As it is, they can take care of much, much more.

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    Decorating on a Budget

    Whether you have a few hundred dollars for a room makeover, or tens of thousands, you'll need to plan carefully and make tough choices to meet your bottom line. Decorating on a budget isn't about being cheap; it's about being smart, making informed decisions and getting the best value for your mo...