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How to save money with stamp duty

How to save money with stamp duty

First home buyer stamp duty recently got a whole lot more affordable – in one state of Australia, at least. Stamp duty is a significant expense when you’re buying a home. In most states and territories, homebuyers will pay around $20,000 when buying a property worth around half-million dollars. In Victoria, however, first home buyer […]

How to keep your money safe while travelling

How to keep your money safe while travelling

While many people travel for relaxation, it can be hard to relax when you’re constantly worrying about your money. Keep your cash safe while enjoying your vacation by following these tips: Bring a small amount of cash Bring enough cash to cover your expenses – food, coffee, transportation, emergencies – during the first 24 hours […]

How to find Sydney’s next big growth suburbs

How to find Sydney’s next big growth suburbs

Keen to know where to invest in property, but you have no idea where to start? Douglas Driscoll, CEO of real estate agency Starr Partners, offers property buyers his insights into the Sydney suburbs that he believes will boom – or in some cases, continue to boom – in the year ahead. Blacktown. A suburb […]

How to predict whether the RBA will cut rates

How to predict whether the RBA will cut rates

If you’re wondering where interest rates are headed in 2017, you’re not the only one: mortgage holders across Australia are grappling with the same conundrum. It’s unclear whether borrowers should fix while interest rates still have a 4 in front of them, or take a punt on the variable market, which could stay flat, drop […]

5 ways to be more productive at work

5 ways to be more productive at work

Workdays are so dressed-in-stress over the onslaught of emails, meetings and urgent action items. To minimise stress and become more productive and efficient in the workplace, you need to turn your attention to an unlikely area: your head. But what role could that little pump possibly play in our levels of productivity? “If we’re not […]

How to avoid risky renovations

How to avoid risky renovations

Did you know that renovations are often not covered by existing home and contents insurance? This is one of the most common oversights that renovators make, and it can lead to costly problems. Insurance comparison service CompareTheMarket had conducted research that shows home renovators need to understand what is and isn’t covered in their home and contents […]

How to calculate a property’s yield

How to calculate a property’s yield

One of the most important aspects of property investing is working out your profit. If you can do this easily, you can quickly evaluate potential property deals, without wasting time on real estate that is never going to stack up. To calculate a property’s yield is a relatively simple equation. The yield is a measurement […]