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Today: Weekend Property — The Bank of Mum and Dad

This time on Channel 9's Today Show, Bryce and Ben as co hosts of The Property Couch, talk to Peter Stefanovic and Alison Langdon about the "bank of mum and dad". So... what is this investment strategy and how does it help first home buyers get on the ladder? And no, it doesn't necessarily mean parents dip into retirement savings...   ...

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RBA Rate Decision – July 2017

FACT SHEET: Changes on Government Fees and First Home Initiatives (Effective since 1 July 2017) [gravityform id="23" title="false" description="false"]   Today the Reserved Governor and the Board met and they've kept the cash rate on hold at 1.5% for the start of the new financial year. Let's have a look at some of the economic data tha...

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First Home Super Saver Scheme – What is it?

In this How To session, I want to talk about the 2017 Federal Budget. Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced a First Home Super Saver Scheme. Now, this Saver Scheme is all about trying to help first home buyers save for a deposit. Let's look at how it works. Effectively what you can do is, you can salary sacrifice into your super a maximum of $15,0...

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Will it be harder for First Home Buyers?

So with all of this prosperity, this economic prosperity that Australia is enjoying; there is one group of people who are looking in at the property market thinking, “Can we play the game too?”. And of course, I am talking about the first home buyer. They're finding it increasingly difficult to get their foot on the ladder. Because let's think ...

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Home Sweet Home

The prospect of buying a first home in today's market can be daunting - especially given high prices and competition for desirable properties. In this issue of Bride to Be Magazine, Ben Kingsley was asked to provide his opinions on what to consider before starting your search. Here's a snippet of the article: "It's no secret that homes are more ...

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Things to Do Before Buying a Home

There are few things more thrilling than buying a home of your own for the very first time. Having a decent savings or down payment on the home is just a small part of the process. Make sure you have all of your bases covered and a solid idea of what to expect during your journey of becoming a proud homeowner. So just what should you know about how...

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RBA Rate Decision – March 2015

Today the Reserve Bank of Australia decides to keep rates on hold after dropping rates by 25 basis points last month. Now looking at the Board Meeting minutes from last month, it was a bit of a flip of the coin whether they were going to drop rates in February or potentially wait until March. Ultimately, we all know the outcome of that. They d...

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How can Parents help?

I had a fabulous Christmas party with my Mum's side of the family Christmas just gone. Three exciting things happened. Firstly - I'd pulled together a wonderful negotiation on a large floorplan 2BR apartment in St Kilda for a lovely client who was traveling in Vietnam with her friend. Her Dad had agreed to be her Power of Attorney in the event that...

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