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Explainer: income protection insurance
February 3, 2016

Explainer: income protection insurance

Insurance for something you can’t see or touch, such as your income, may seem strange. But how would you pay your mortgage if you were unable to work?

When considering…

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Case study: financing a franchise failure
February 2, 2016

Case study: financing a franchise failure

Having purchased a branch of a well-known fast food franchise, Damien Smythson was looking forward to beginning his small business. However, only 24 hours after the purchase, he received news that the company was…

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Explainer: how redraw and offset accounts can save you money
January 28, 2016

Explainer: how redraw and offset accounts can save you money


Offset accounts and redraw facilities work in similar ways; they both allow you to reduce the balance of your home loan, and therefore the interest charged, by applying extra money to your debt.

Redraw…

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Solicitors versus conveyancers
January 25, 2016

Solicitors versus conveyancers

A conveyancer is a solicitor, but just deals with property, right? Wrong. The two are different, and it is important to have the right one on your team, in order to avoid paying too much…

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Case study: don’t let the small stuff derail settlement
January 21, 2016

Case study: don’t let the small stuff derail settlement

Jess and Louisa Davis* were the beneficiaries of a trust bestowed on them by their grandmother, which included 17 tenanted properties with a substantial amount of outstanding debt. When they encountered problems transferring that…

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Explainer: fixed-rate loans
January 19, 2016

Explainer: fixed-rate loans

With interest rates at an all-time low, taking the option of locking in an interest rate on your home loan to guard against possible future fluctuation may be attractive. However, it pays…

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Case study: corporate restructure to improve cashflow
January 13, 2016

Case study: corporate restructure to improve cashflow

When the directors of a national medical company were having difficulties with the company’s superannuation payments, they turned to their broker for help. Working with a team of finance professionals, the broker…

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How to avoid extra home loan fees
January 12, 2016

How to avoid extra home loan fees

Exit and early termination fees can put the brakes on plans to sell, to refinance, and to renovate or purchase  an investment property. Here’s how to avoid them from the start.

Fees…

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Explainer: Home loan pre-approval
January 7, 2016

Explainer: Home loan pre-approval

For those getting ready to stride into the world of home ownership, the uncertainties of pre-approval can cast a shadow of doubt over an otherwise exciting time. When is it necessary? How long…

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Can you make extra home loan repayments?
January 4, 2016

Can you make extra home loan repayments?

Making extra repayments on your home loan can be a clever financial strategy. Investing your extra cash into your home can speed up your loan’s life cycle, with the added benefit of saving money…

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