Newcastle property prices are relatively cheap
I moved to the Morisset peninsula so my family could have more time having fun in the backyard and pool. We live close to the lake, there are plenty of good schools, several shopping centres and property prices are increasing quickly.
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A property sales process tends to move quickly particularly when you are buying from an experienced real estate sales agent. It can also happen if you have all your finances and property checks in order and are able to move quickly yourself to secure a property.
The key consideration at this stage is that you find the best property that suits your needs and budget and that matches your criteria set in your goals!
Continue reading “Property Evaluation fine tunes the property buying funnel”
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”
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.
Continue reading “First Home Buyers and Family Pledge Applications”
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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Many people think that finding the right property at the right price is the most difficult part of the process to property ownership. In fact, it’s securing the finance you need to buy the right property at the right price!
Previously, I wrote about a first home buyer on a single income, who changed mortgage brokers to get a better deal on her home loan [Single Income Family In Need of a First Home Loan?]. In that scenario, the applicant’s lender didn’t change — the broker did.
Continue reading “Home Loan Finance for a Construction Loan is Complex”
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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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.
Continue reading “Single Income Family In Need of a First Home Loan?”
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.
Continue reading “Stamp Duty Lowers Capacity, BUT NSW Gov Concessions for First Home Buyers”
In last year’s 2017 budget, the federal government introduced a new measure to help first-home buyers gain a foothold in the property market: The “First Home Super Saver” (FHSS) scheme, which lets individuals use up to $30,000 of voluntary superannuation contributions as a deposit.
It’s a little complicated but if it helps you get into the property market you might find it worth it. Here’s the important information.
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