• Loan traps set for borrowers

    BORROWERS are being warned not to be lured in by home loan deals offering significant interest rate discounts without understanding the full costs of the loan. Latest research from comparison website RateCity compared more than 340 home loans and found significant differences in the advertised rate and comparison rate. RateCity spokeswoman Michelle Hutchinson said first-home […]

  • Fixing up is in when budgets are tight

    RENOVATION projects are finding favour with buyers keen to make the most of a sluggish market. Agents and builders are seeing an increase in the number of people opting to buy run-down houses in good suburbs. They are buying their renovator’s delights now with the aim of fixing them up in a few years’ time. […]

  • Renovate your property on a budget

    MORE than half of Australia’s homeowners plan to renovate in the next four years, and doing it right doesn’t have to blow the budget. A national survey by Appliances Online has found bathrooms are the prime focus of renovators. However experts say that money may be better spent elsewhere. The survey found South Australians are […]

  • How to find a flatmate or be chosen for a sharehouse

    THE world of shared accommodation can throw up no shortage of risk and uncertainty. So just what are the best strategies for achieving blissful domestic compatibility and avoiding the housemate from hell? Cast a wide net While considering flatmate candidates from your current circle of friends is definitely the easiest option, it’s probably also a […]

  • Due dilligence checklist

     Before you buy a home, you should be aware of a range of issues that may affect that property and impose restrictions or obligations on you, if you buy it. This checklist aims to help you identify whether any of these issues will affect you. The questions are a starting point only and you may […]