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Getting your mortgage application together can require quite a bit of financial scrutiny. In order to figure out your serviceability, your potential lender will look deeply into your finances. It’s a no brainer to take your credit card debts into consideration when applying for a mortgage. But what many people do not realise is that...
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With so much emphasis on property in the media, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. But before investing in any type of asset―including property―it pays to consider the pros and cons, and any commonly held misconceptions. Here we bust 3 property myths. Myth 1: Prices always go up Believing that property always...
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The end of a relationship may be something you never imagined would happen. And while separating from a partner can be emotionally overwhelming, it’s important at a time like this to keep your financial wits about you. A divorce can have a lasting impact on your financial position. For example, there’s a tendency for people...
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First the good news. Millions of Australians gain their life and disability insurance as well as income-protection insurance through their super funds’ default cover. And the level of that default cover tends to be much more adequate than a decade ago. Now the not-so-good news. It can be a costly mistake to assume that your...
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You’re looking for the house of your dreams or maybe you’ve already found it. It’s an exciting time but it can be daunting when it comes to arranging finance and meeting all the upfront and ongoing costs, such as lender’s mortgage insurance. How lender’s mortgage insurance works When it comes to arranging a home loan, if...
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If you were born in 1950, for example, your average life expectancy is 87 years old (if female) and 84 years old (if male)1. Looking more into the future, it is predicted that by 2055 people will be living almost ten years longer than this still2. So the simple approach to life of studying, working...
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If the time comes for you to retire and your partner is still working—or vice versa—it’s a matter of anticipating the natural changes ahead and then balancing and planning so both your needs can be met.  Understanding differences The age you retire may depend on the work you do, your employment arrangements, your health or...
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Buying a home has been hailed for generations as an essential part of the Australian dream. But with house prices increasing faster than earnings, getting into the property market seems more like an impossible dream for first home buyers. You may even be better off renting in the meantime before attempting to get into the...
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Negotiating the best property price isn’t a matter of swindling a seller. It’s about doing your homework, knowing what you want, knowing the market and making sensible offers. When you are buying property, getting the best price can mean the difference between being able to afford it and having to settle for second best. And,...
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Rising house prices are making it increasingly difficult to enter the market. Parents who guarantee their children’s loans can help, but it is important to understand how this can impact the parents’ retirement or investment plans.  Being a guarantor generally means using the equity in your own property as security for your child’s home loan....
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