August 31, 2018

How important is rental yield?

When it comes to buying investment properties, is rental yield the iron-clad indicator you can take to the bank? Or is it another statistic that can mislead or misrepresent the potential of a property?

If you’re looking for an investment property, consider rental yield as one tool in your kit, albeit an important tool. It indicates the possible annual return on investment, over time, in comparison to the purchase price.

Rental yield is calculated as follows:




August 31, 2018

5 Tips for a Stress Free Moving Day

Article provided by Ben Ballard, Complete Removals

As moving day approaches it is easy to be left wondering what you should be doing to get prepared.

You’ve taken all the first steps, your addresses are changed, your utility transfers are pending.

So much time and effort has gone into organizing and preparing for the transition from one home to another….yet there is one lingering question that remains;

What can I do before my removalists arrive that can help to ensure the smoothest...


August 31, 2018

7 simple home styling rules

The basics of interior styling are easy to master and they’ll completely transform your home.

Home styling can often feel overwhelming and never-ending. We paw over gorgeous home and lifestyle publications and aspire for that polished, perfect magazine look. Some of us even seek professional help to achieve the perfectly styled home – and interior designers can be worth their weight in gold. They have fabulous style, are great at sourcing hard-to-find pieces, and they have a meticulous eye for detail.



July 30, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering

Regardless of how much space your home has, there always seems to be a certain amount of clutter that congregates throughout the year. Then the big ‘Spring Clean’ comes along!

If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed and wondering where to begin, then read on. Here are our top tips for decluttering and getting your home back to basics.

1. The first step is the hardest
Just get started. Right now, this minute, do something. One of the hardest things about decluttering is finding...


July 30, 2018

Preparing to Spring

With August about to kick off, we are just about through our winter months, which means now is the time to start preparing your garden for Spring.

There are still plenty of tasks that you can do during August to make sure you have a fabulous garden to look at and immerse yourself in come Spring.

Now is the time to finish off pruning your dormant plants, especially those rose bushes. From late July to August they will start to...


July 30, 2018

Getting Started in Property Investment

If you haven’t dipped your toe into property investment yet, you may be wondering about how to get started and there’s no doubt it can be a bit of a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be!

There are a few strategies you can go with and what you end up pursuing really depends on what you’re looking for.

While some investors might be looking to buy a property and rent it out straight away with a view to start earning...


June 28, 2018

5 Tips for Selling in Winter

Are you listing your property for sale this winter? While Spring is often perceived as the best time to sell, there are some great advantages to selling in winter…

One of the biggest advantages your property will have is a lack of competition from other similar properties on the market compared with busier selling periods like spring. With this in mind, it’s still important to make sure your house is the best presented one for those buyers willing to brave the...


June 28, 2018

To Downsize or Not to Downsize

Whether you are retiring, looking to free up some capital, or simply wanting to de-clutter, downsizing can offer some real advantages – but it also comes with some downsides. We weigh up the pros and cons of making this lifestyle change.

PRO: A smaller home means smaller bills
If you are looking to save on daily living costs, downsizing into an apartment or smaller home usually means you will save on basics such as heating costs, electricity, and house insurance.


June 28, 2018

The Handy Loan Feature

Provided by Search Mortgages

It’s one of the less glamorous home loan features, but the redraw facility deserves a second look. Here’s why:

The redraw facility explained
A redraw facility lets you make additional repayments to reduce your variable rate home loan balance and save on interest. If you pay more than your minimum scheduled repayments, then you’ll have money available to redraw from your home loan.
The redraw facility is a common feature of many home loans. It’s not...


May 30, 2018

Landlords, Tax Time is Looming!

Now is the time to carry out that last minute maintenance and even a renovation or two to maximise your return.

Renovating your investment property may seem like a daunting task, but making adjustments and improvements to your investment can reap rewards.

Keep in mind that any renovations which are completed should increase your depreciation claim for eligible items, which in turn will reduce your tax bill. You may also be eligible to ‘scrap’ any assets you’ve removed during renovations. While repairs and...


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