Why You Should Review Your Home Loan Each Year

Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Buyers Agent - property buyer and property investment - review your mortgage regularly

Most mortgage holders haven’t changed their home loan in the last five to 10 years, even though their circumstances have most definitely changed in that time.

Largely that’s because there’s the perception that refinancing is a difficult process or because people think the deal they got at the time was good — it it ain’t broke, etc, etc, etc. The truth is that banks will readily increase their rates and let you know via email or their app and you can do the same to them! Continue reading “Why You Should Review Your Home Loan Each Year”

What to Look For When You Buy a House and Land Package or Off the Plan

New house and land packages in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, real estate buyers agent and investment property training

Buying a brand new home often means signing up to a house and land package, or if you’re buying into a townhouse or apartment complex, buying off the plan.

In both instances, however, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds, as no two house and land packages or off the plan purchases are ever the same.

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Get into Property with Friends Through Fractional Investing

How DomaCom and Fractionional Investment works for property investors to buy shares in a property in Newcastle, Central Coast or anywhere - Newcastle Buyers Agent

With tighter prudential lending rules, people wishing to get onto the property ladder may find it harder than it was 12 months ago. (They might also find the high property prices in most Australian states a barrier, too.)

But a number of new fractional investment platforms aim to make it easier for investors to start a property portfolio and these options are available through an Australian company that’s listed on the ASX!

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Property Inspections, vetted by a buyers agent

The Internet is NOT the Real World, it’s a Sales Agents World

If you’ve ever looked for property on the internet, then you know that very often things are not always what they seem. Bedrooms that appeared light and spacious online often turn out to be dark and cramped; lush gardens overgrown; that short distance to the local shops: a ten minute drive on a street signposted at 100km/hr.

Inspecting a property, especially if you intend to live in it, is an important part of the property buying process. Continue reading “Property Inspections, vetted by a buyers agent”

First Home Buyers and Family Pledge Applications

The toughest part of getting into the property market for a first home buyer is getting the deposit together. Most lenders require at least 20 percent — though tightened lending practices mean some lenders require more. But there are Government incentives and other ways to get into the property market, particularly in the Newcastle area.

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How To Get Your Lender to Lower Your Interest Rate?

Use a mortgage broker to get new valuations, lower rates and equity release to invest in property again - St George might be a good alternative

The Reserve Bank has kept the official cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent, and while that doesn’t directly translate to lower interest rates on home loans, it’s still a good enough reason to see if you can get a better deal on your current loan. Here are some ways a mortgage broker can help more than your contact at your bank.

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How Buying a New Home is Safer & Better for Tax

While an established property in an established suburb is never a bad investment — older suburbs tend to be in higher demand and property values appreciate faster — there are more than a few reasons why the right new home could be a better investment.

Governments often consider Stamp Duty Concessions and Super Contributions to encourage not only First Home Buyers but also the building industry.

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Single Income Family In Need of a First Home Loan?

Separation Agreements Matter

With the volume of property bought and sold in Australia each week, you might assume getting a home loan is a straightforward process. Unfortunately, it’s rather complex. And not every lender approves applicants the same way, leading to some very different lending outcomes.

A mortgage broker understand what each lender is looking for and which one will suit your circumstances.

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Stamp Duty Lowers Capacity, BUT NSW Gov Concessions for First Home Buyers

Stamp duty is a “State based” tax levied on certain transactions, including the purchase of real estate. The rate you’ll pay varies in each state and territory.

As stamp duty is a tax, you cannot borrow money to cover it, though it can accommodated for by reducing the amount of your cash deposit and increasing your home loan to cover the difference. This may mean taking out lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) [What is Lender’s Mortgage Insurance?] to compensate for your reduced deposit.

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