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Changes to make to get you on the property ladder

Housing affordability has been a hot topic for some time now. You may think you’ll never get to own your own property or move up the ladder, but by making some changes and with a little lateral thinking, there are ways. Interest rates are still low, and if you are a first-time homebuyer, you apply for a grant and/or access your super Now if you are really serious about buying a house o... Continue reading

Five things you Need to do when you Buy an Investment Property

The ink has dried on the contract and the keys are in your hands. Congratulations! You’ve done it. You’ve bought your investment property and you’re on the way to achieving your financial dreams. Yes, the hard part of searching for a property, raising the finance, doing the paperwork and negotiations is over, but there are a few more ‘i’s to dot and ‘t’s to cross to ensure ... Continue reading

Common fears of Property Investment and how to face them

Right now, there are some great investment properties on the market. Interest rates are still low, the economy is stable and annual capital growth is positive. So what are you afraid of? Here are five common property investment fears and five ways to overcome them to help you take the plunge and work towards your financial dreams. I’m new to property investment and don’t know enou... Continue reading

What Type Of Investment Property Should You Buy?

This is a question we frequently get asked, but ultimately you have to consider what is best for you, what your long-term strategy is and ask yourself a couple of questions. Do You Want A Rental With  A High Return? Unless you have a lot of equity, positively geared properties are far and few between - generally you have to purchase in a mining town where when things are going great yo... Continue reading

Six Silly Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Property

  Whether it’s your home or investment property, when it comes to selling it, you want to get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of stress. Knowing what to avoid will keep costs down, save time and it will lead to a successful sale with both sides happy. Here are some common mistakes sellers make when putting their property on the market: ... Continue reading

How to Have a Stress Free Move

The secret to having a stress free move is careful planning, listing of priorities and setting realistic goals of what needs to be done by when. Many people start packing as soon as they know they are going to move, saving the most used items until last. Labelling boxes with what’s in them and which room they are for also reduces chaos and saves time when it comes to unloading and unpacki... Continue reading

Top Tips to Winter Proof Your Home

While the temperatures have been hovering in the 20s recently, it is going to get colder in the Hunter Region. When the winter months really kick in, they often bring with them some unwelcome expenses – usually in the form of increased energy bills and if you’re unlucky, storm damage. Here are some tips to help reduce your winter utility and maintenance bills: Avoid the Draft Air ... Continue reading

Where to Buy an Investment Property

One question we’re often asked by potential investors is which are the best suburbs to buy an investment property in. We could start listing some popular suburbs around Newcastle and Cardiff, or some of the areas being developed, however, we believe people live anywhere and there are always people who need to rent. Potential investors very often overthink it. They are always looking for t... Continue reading

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