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November 02, 2020

CoreLogic Home Value Report

Following five months of consistent declines in residential property values, CoreLogic’s national home value index moved back into positive month-on-month growth through October, posting a 0.4% rise.  The lift in home values was broad based, with every capital city apart from Melbourne posting a rise in values over the month.

Index results as at October 31, 2020

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Over the month dwelling values increased by more than 1% in each of the smallest four capital cities...

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November 02, 2020

Three tips for picking the right paint colour

Given that a good paint colour has the power to change the whole feeling of your home and up your resale value – without breaking the bank – how do you get it right so that your space shows off a little personality, style and ultimately makes a good impact?

1. Try before you buy

For those who want to see the colour on their wall before dipping their brush in, the...

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November 02, 2020

5 tips to cool your home in summer

During stifling summers, it can often feel like you’re fighting a losing battle trying to keep your house cool. And with a summer of restricted travel opportunities fast approaching, now might be the time to up your cooling game.

Installing an air conditioner can be an expensive decision, so it’s important to understand how you can maximise the benefits from the money you spend.

Half the battle of choosing a new air conditioning system is picking the right product for your...

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October 01, 2020

Search Mortgages Update

It has been announced that responsible lending will be scrapped leading to less onerous credit rules to encourage the flow of loans and boost the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

In a shift from "lender beware" back towards traditional "borrower beware", Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will dump the responsible lending law that was imposed by the Rudd Labor government in 2009 following the American subprime loan crisis.

“What started a decade ago as a principles-based framework to regulate the provision of consumer...

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September 01, 2020

Search Mortgages Update

Another fortnight has come and gone and the Crows still haven’t won a game (still too raw!).  But the good news is Adelaide has again survived a 2 person outbreak of Covid-19 and our pubs and restaurants are still open.  Hopefully with Spring around the corner we’ll see a rise in home buying, investing and people needing loans!

SA Housing/Lending Market

Despite seeing a dip in sales volumes over the June quarter, REISA has backed the South Australian property market as the...

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September 01, 2020

10 Ideas to Update Your Home for Spring

There is something exciting about seeing the first blossoms of spring, so with that excitement in mind take a fresh look at your home and see what you can do to bring an extra touch of pizzazz to your interior. If you’re thinking of selling your place, a burst of Spring could be a big draw card for buyers.

Paint

This is the easiest and cheapest way to get a fresh and clean change to a room. Spring brings a whole new...

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August 03, 2020

Create a Zen space at home

Lately, under COVID-19-related restrictions, the home has become much more than a home. For many, it’s been a school, an office, a gym, a restaurant and an all-round activity centre.

Because of this, it’s arguably more important than ever before to make sure your home has a dedicated space where you can relax, switch off and channel your zen.

Relaxation means something different to us all but, at the end of the day, it’s all about switching off and disconnecting from the world...

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August 03, 2020

Search Mortgages Update

May saw a substantial drop in new home loan lending across Australia, and you would imagine with Melbourne being in Lockdown that June will also be low. But despite this drop the ABS revealed that refinancing has hit a record high, with external refinancing numbers hitting 29.19 per cent from April to May and 63.10 per cent, year-on-year according to seasonally adjusted figures.

With interest rates continuing at an all-time low our business is remaining steady. To see all the lowest...

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August 03, 2020

How to Grow, Harvest & Use Your own garlic

Every year in autumn we prepare a sunny spot in our veggie beds for growing garlic.

We’ve found the growing process rewarding with the flavoursome fresh cloves used enthusiastically in every meal.

You can buy garlic for planting online, at a nursery or from a local grower at the markets. Standard, imported garlic from your supermarket won’t grow or taste quite as good.

Depending on where you live, you may still have time to get some in the ground so here are a...

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July 01, 2020

Search Mortgages - Finance Update

Buyers taking advantage of early super access

Some buyers are using the $10,000 that they can access (per financial year) as a part of the early release of superannuation funds to put towards their home deposits, enabling them to avoid LMI or just qualify for a loan. 

Despite possible penalties, researchers have found that around 40% of those who took advantage of the early scheme were not substantially financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

What will happen when banks’ mortgage freeze ends?

There is...

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