Home sweet home: Your guide to the FHSSS

Home sweet home: Your guide to the FHSSS The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS) came into effect on 1 July, and the property market has started cooling, so could the time have come for first-home buyers to make their move? CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Jeremy Chiel from Stonehouse Group shares some …

Lender’s mortgage insurance explained

Lender’s mortgage insurance explained Find out what lender’s mortgage insurance is and how it could affect your home loan and what you pay back. Lender’s mortgage insurance is something you can probably expect to pay if you’re borrowing more than 80% of a property’s purchase price. We explain what it’s …

Why real estate can deliver solid returns through different cycles

Commercial real estate is a unique asset class that acts and performs differently from other investment classes.

Is it better to buy an investment property or home first?

Is it better to buy an investment property or home first? There’s a lot to consider when buying an investment property or home, especially for the first time. Have you been saving for a long time and feel ready to get into the property market? Maybe you’re considering buying a …

The lowdown on rentvesting

The lowdown on rentvesting It’s been a hot topic for the media in the wake of our property boom. But is rentvesting really a magic bullet for securing your financial future? Find out if this rent-for-life and get rich strategy is all it’s cracked up to be. When dinner party discussions get …

Should I buy or rent? (Video)

Should I buy or rent? (Video)  Louise Lakomy CFP® Louise has a wide range of experience and depth of knowledge in all facets of financial planning providing advice over 15 years specialising in retirement strategies. As part of the Financial Planning Association’s Ask a Planner video series, Louise Lakomy …

Has the housing bubble burst?

Has the housing bubble burst? In some states the property market is up, while in others it’s down – if you’re confused by what’s really happening to Australian house prices, read on. Driven by falling markets in Sydney and Melbourne, national house prices fell 0.1% in May, according to figures …

How to build equity in your home and use it to invest

How to build equity in your home and use it to invest Whether you’re looking to renovate, invest or pay off something big, home equity can be a valuable resource when it’s used correctly. The equity in your property can be a valuable resource, as it may allow you to …

How does housing affordability in Australia rank on world stage?

How does housing affordability in Australia rank on world stage? When it comes to housing affordability, our capital cities haven’t fared well. There are 28 ‘severely unaffordable’ major housing markets that exist internationally1—and of those, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth all rank among the top 212. These are the …

New legislation aims to benefit first home buyers and downsizers

New legislation aims to benefit first home buyers and downsizers Changes aimed at improving housing affordability have passed through parliament. See what the new rules could mean for you. Government proposals around improving housing affordability in Australia were passed through parliament on 7 December 2017.i As part of the changes, …