Estate Planning

Surprising age most Aussies buy a home

Surprising age most Aussies buy a home

It’s the Australian dream: buy a house young, be successful forever. But how many of us actually buy a house young? Not many, new research shows. First home buyers in Australia are closer to 40 than 20, according to new data from Money.co.uk, so if you’re feeling left behind – don’t. In Australia, the average first…
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House prices to rise in 2021 despite recession global pandemic

House prices to rise in 2021 despite recession, global pandemic

Back in September 2018, well before Covid-19 and a global recession came along, the house price ‘disaster’ merchants were vocal about the risks for a ‘crash’ or ‘collapse’ in house prices. One such perpetual house price gloomster, Martin North from DFA, was actually on a 60 Minutes TV program where he said there was a 40 to…
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Taking care of your castle

Taking care of your castle

Wealth accumulation can be as simple as putting aside money each week into a high-interest savings account, paying down your debts, or building a diversified investment portfolio inside or outside of superannuation. Does the family home also come into mind when considering your personal wealth? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics*, owner occupied dwellings are…
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The 2021 property trend that surprised this expert

The 2021 property trend that surprised this expert

“Has the coronavirus induced recession affected you?” “Are you considering moving to live in a different location because of Covid-19?” “Has the pandemic changed your strategy or approach to property investing?” These are some of the Covid-19 related questions we recently asked 1,500 Australian property investors and would-be investors in our annual Property Investment Sentiment…
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236 square metres Australian houses are the biggest in the world

236 square metres: Australian houses are the biggest in the world

Australians are building the world’s largest houses as the coronavirus pandemic forces people to spend more time at home. According to CommSec’s latest Home Size Trends report, released today, the size of the average new Australian house built in 2019-20 grew by 2.9 per cent to 235.8 square metres, the largest increase in more than…
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How to save 17 000 when selling your property

How to save $17,000 when selling your property

The coronavirus pandemic is driving up demand among buyers for residential property, and private home-sellers in regional areas could be the biggest winners. According to property data group CoreLogic, the median house price in Australia is $559,254. If we assume 2-3 per cent is payable in real estate agent commissions, that’s roughly $14,000 to $17,000…
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Key home loan repayment considerations

Key home loan repayment considerations

When it comes to home-ownership, for most of us this is achieved through saving a deposit and funding the balance via a home loan from a lending institution (e.g. bank, building society or credit union). Importantly, while the loan can help us with entering the housing market, it’s vital to remember that this will most likely be the largest,…
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Should you use your super to buy a property

Should you use your super to buy a property?

Australians who’ve suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access some of their superannuation to help them get by. Perhaps unsurprisingly in this property-obsessed country, some people are pulling out their super and using it to buy property. Now from that start, it’s important to note that anyone eligible to withdraw their super…
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The Aussie city headed for a housing bubble

The Aussie city headed for a housing bubble

The pandemic has changed the world forever – and if it’s also changed your living arrangements, you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, there are some cities you might not want to live or buy a house in at the moment, with Covid-19 putting added pressure on some of the largest cities around the world where…
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