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May 01, 2020

Finance Update - Search Mortgages

Throughout April we found some potential buyers without recent pre-approval are unable to borrow from some lenders.  Lenders have further tightened their assessment around employment/income and what effect COVID-19 has on each applicant’s position.

From an operations perspective, since lenders currently do not require us to meet clients face to face, Search brokers have become Zoom experts. Every lender is allowing us to interview clients over the telephone and via video conferencing. In these circumstances, the client still needs to provide...

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May 01, 2020

Lockdown Workout!

Exercise with these household objects for a full-body workout during quarantine

5L of water: check. Wine bottles: check. What more do you need?

I think we can all agree that working out at home can be a struggle sometimes. Not only do endless distractions exist -- snacks, Tiger King on Netflix and your pet being the cutest quarantine animal ever -- but it's easy to fall into a creative rut when it comes to your workouts. 

If you didn't have time to run to a sporting goods store to pick...

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April 01, 2020

Coronavirus real estate: South Australia’s property market expected to prove resilient

The South Australian property market’s long history of stability will save it from dramatic price slides despite the coronavirus crisis deepening, according to real estate experts.

While it won’t escape the fallout, experts predict the market will stay resilient and ride out the economic chaos.

Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee said SA, notably Adelaide, had never experienced the sharp rises and falls of other cities.

“We don’t see that high volatility in Adelaide,” she said.

“South Australia, I see, is a relatively stable...

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April 01, 2020

Eight home maintenance tasks to complete while housebound

It’s guaranteed that Australians will be spending a lot of time at home right now, so why not make your space look and feel as great as it possibly can?

Here are eight home maintenance and DIY tasks to tackle, now that you finally have the time.

Upgrade your doorknobs 

This is one of those small changes that makes a big impact. With just 10 minutes and a screwdriver, swap out old, boring doorknobs for something prettier. DIY guides online, like this one...

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April 01, 2020

Working from home: Tips for creating a work space and staying productive

If you’re used to waking up, listening to a podcast on your daily commute and then spending eight hours in an office working, then this week may have looked a little different for you.

Meetings have gone from the boardroom to webcam and your favourite colleague is now the family dog (who sleeps on the job all day). This is called working from home, and for many Australians who are fortunate to work remotely this is the new normal.

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March 02, 2020

Finance Update - Search Mortgages

When the RBA meets next week they will have to weigh up the positive and negatives of another interest rate cut. With unemployment increasing, recent bushfires and the global impact of coronavirus this will be an intriguing meeting.

Some lenders have already started to move rates down with ANZ offering 2.68%pa on a 2 year fixed loan. Search Mortgages best current rates can be found here.

Please find below a list of turnaround times from many of...

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March 02, 2020

Six ways to transform your cluttered garage into a selling point

The garage takes up a large proportion of the footprint of any house. Most people view this as a place to store and protect the car. But if you surprise potential buyers with a well kitted-out space, it could result in a welcome increase in the value of your home. 

Most garages have a cement floor, probably exposed brick walls and a roller door. Drab, dark and totally uninspiring. Here are some ideas which can transform that dull space and potentially lift...

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March 02, 2020

Seven items to remove from your home when selling

One of the most exciting parts of house hunting is picturing yourself living in the perfect home you’ve just found, but it can be difficult to imagine that place being yours while it still feels like it belongs to someone else.

Buyers will feel the same way visiting your home when it’s on the market. Clutter and excess possessions can detract from the home and turn buyers off, reducing competition on auction day.

Real estate agents almost always recommend decluttering the home...

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February 03, 2020

SEVEN ITEMS TO REMOVE FROM YOUR HOME WHEN SELLING

One of the most exciting parts of house hunting is picturing yourself living in the perfect home you’ve just found, but it can be difficult to imagine that place being yours while it still feels like it belongs to someone else.

Buyers will feel the same way visiting your home when it’s on the market. Clutter and excess possessions can detract from the home and turn buyers off, reducing competition on auction day.

Real estate agents almost always recommend decluttering the home...

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February 02, 2020

Finance Update - Search Mortgages

When the RBA meets next week they will have to weigh up the positive and negatives of another interest rate cut. With unemployment increasing, recent bushfires and the global impact of coronavirus this will be an intriguing meeting.

Some lenders have already started to move rates down with ANZ offering 2.68%pa on a 2 year fixed loan. Search Mortgages best current rates can be found here.

Please find below a list of turnaround times from many of the...

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