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Australian Property Market Sees Upswing and Price Increases

At the end of this year’s first trimester, the situation of the national real estate market seemed to present a more positive outlook than most experts, buyers, and sellers would have imagined. The more enthusiastic of them even touted words such as “boom” to describe the increase in housing prices, in the clearance rates at auctions, and, most importantly, in the levels of consumer confidence. While it would be overly optimistic do describe this mild, yet uplifting increase in overall market levels as a boom, it does indicate that 2013 …

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What to Consider when Buying a House

Purchasing a home is probably the biggest financial decision you will ever make. Taking the time to ensure both your finances as well as the house itself are in good share are crucial. Not all mortgages are created equal so shopping around for the best one can save you money. Equally, not all houses are created equal so going through a check list of important aspects to look for when buying can save you a big headache and your wallet down the road. Follow these steps to help you make …

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Real Estate Price Appreciation / Depreciation by each State

The real estate market in 2013 is showing signs of a good year for homeowners. Home prices seem to have stabilized and some experts are predicting some nice growth in home values in most markets around the country.
While the future looks decent, some still find it difficult to get the taste out of the real estate bust of the last decade. Foreclosures and short sales are still very present in our minds. As such, it’s important to look at real estate similar to how we probably should look at all …

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Tips to secure the lowest possible home loan rate

Fixed loans, adjustable rate loans, interest-only loans; 10-year, 20-year, 30-year terms: it seems like there are as many home loans out there as there are home owners. And if you don’t have experience sorting through all the mortgages out there, the prospect of searching for a loan can feel daunting and overwhelming.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Educating yourself before you start shopping for home loans can make it easier to decide what the best mortgage product is for you. And I can help.
Fixed Rate Mortgages
Since the housing …

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Moving to a new house in the New Year: pros and cons

         The New Year is generally a time when people consider and take stock of where they can improve their lives, be it in a small or a large way. Whether it’s a small change like going to the gym more often or a large change such as a new job or bringing a new life into the world, debt management issues need to remain at the forefront of plans. One area that people often look to change is where they live, which can mean a great deal of DIY or …

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When you are older… Care homes and your assets

Perhaps this is not affecting most of our readers, however it maybe affecting relatives and one day you may find yourself in this situation…
With care home fees now reaching a record high, it’s never been more important to make sure you get the most out of your assets in later life.
Read on for a guide of how to get the most out of your property, savings and possessions…
If you’re liable to pay for your own care and have lived alone, your property will ordinarily be counted as capital 12 weeks …

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Young Buyers’ Homes

Young people may be wise to buy homes rather than to rent apartments or houses. They can rent for many years, but renting will not give them equity to put into their next homes when they want to move. The high cost of buying property may prohibit some people from taking advantage of the benefits of owning homes.

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Compare Home Loans to Find the Right Match for You

Lenders know that potential homebuyers have their own, personal concerns. That’s one of the reasons that there are so many loan options to consider. When you compare home loans, it’s important for you to know what features suit you. You might want to take a close look yourself before you sign any agreements.
Do You Plan for the Future Well?
If you plan for the future well, then you’re probably the kind of person who saves money. You might even be the kind of person who pays ahead on loans. Sure, your …