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Wealth & Home Ownership

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

26 June 2017

An article published on http://www.domain.com.au caught our eye this week. According to the article, a recent survey commissioned by the publicly listed mortgage broking firm, Mortgage Choice, found that almost two thirds of us regard the Great Australian Dream of home ownership to be something reserved for the wealthy. An article published on http://www.domain.com.au caught our eye this week. According to the article, a recent survey commissioned by the publicly listed mortgage broking firm, Mortgage Choice, found that almost two thirds of us regard the Great Australian Dream of home ownership to be something reserved for the wealthy.

Victoria is placed behind South Australia and Western Australia, but is still ahead of NSW and Queensland, on the home ownership front. Despite the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult for some buyers to get their foot on the property ladder, the research demonstrated that property ownership is still the Great Australian Dream for almost all of us.

Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said, “Regardless of how difficult property ownership becomes, people still want to own a home. In fact, our research shows people rate ‘home ownership’ as more of a priority than career success, travel, or having a luxurious lifestyle.”
The study’s findings indicate:

  • Almost a third of Australians reduce their spending in order to save for a deposit on their first property
  • 24% decide to buy a smaller or more affordable property, and
  • 20% aim to reduce the overall expense of purchasing property by buying with friends and family.

Click here to read the full article.

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Can you build wealth through property 10 years from retirement?

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

15 June 2017

If you’re in or approaching your mid to late 50’s and you think you’ve missed the boat to create a nest egg for your retirement by investing in property, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that all is not lost.

While it generally takes time to build financial freedom and it is a little more challenging the older you are (in an ideal world you would start planning in your 30’s or earlier), it is possible with as little as ten or so years to go until retirement, as long as you play your cards right.

Voted Australia’s leading property investment adviser, Michael Yardney has written an in-depth report on the ins and outs of building wealth through property just 10 years out from retirement.

He uses a scenario of a married couple in their late 50’s who are only just starting to plan for their retirement to demonstrate what can be achieved.

The harsh reality is the majority of Australians won’t retire with enough superannuation to see them through the remainder of their lives. Read this in-depth article for Michael’s tips on how you can turn this around even if you are older.

Click here to read Yardney’s eye-opening article.

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Tips to heat your home without breaking the budget

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

08 June 2017

As the mercury drops it’s tempting to crank up the heating at home to keep warm and cosy during winter. But the last thing you want is to receive a frightening energy bill come the end of the season.

Fortunately there are some budget friendly options to keep you and your family comfortable throughout winter.

Here are a few sustainable ways to heat your home without breaking the budget:

1. Use your window treatments to your advantage – it may sound simple and obvious but many people fail to maximise the warmth generated by Perth’s glorious winter sun by leaving their curtains and blinds closed during the day. Once the sun sets and the temperature drops, closing blinds and curtains will help retain the heat generated during the day and prevent heat loss from heaters through the glass.

2. Close off unused rooms – closing the doors to any unused rooms in your home will ensure that whatever heating you choose in your home, it only warms up the rooms being used. This has the potential to save you a significant sum off your energy bill.

3. Rug up – We are not suggesting you have to wear numerous layers indoors here. By rugging up we are referring to adding rugs to wooden and tiled floors to make the space look cosy and feel warm underfoot.

4. Seal gaps – Identify, repair and fill any gaps in your floors, windows, doors and walls. It’s generally easy to identify where gaps are in your home simply by paying attention to any cold draughts as you walk though. Sealing gaps with putty or sealant you can purchase at your local hardware store will help keep the cold out and the warmth in.

5. Insulate – Although this tip costs more than the others to implement, insulating your roof is well worth the investment. It creates a barrier to heat coming in to your home in summer and prevents heat from escaping in winter. This one change can reduce your energy bill by up to 50% and help keep you comfortable year-round.


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Renovating for profit. 6 tips for success

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

01 June 2017

The DIY property renovation craze has been spurred on in a huge way by popular TV shows like ‘The Block’ and ‘Renovation Rescue’. If you want to purchase a house that needs some TLC with a view to making a profit, here are some key tips that will help to set you up for success.

  1. Do your homework – Find out what improvements are the most likely to add dollar value to the style of home you have purchased, the suburb and the current marketplace. It’s important to take the emotion out of the equation and really study the marketplace and current trends.
  2. Remember that it’s not about you – You have bought this home with a view to make a profit from it, not to enjoy living there yourselves. So stay focused on your target market and keep design choices neutral and in keeping with the style of the home.
  3. Stick to your budget– Don’t risk blowing out your renovation budget. Budget like a hawk, especially when renovating for a profit. If you struggle in this department, engaging the services of a professional valuer can help you estimate costs and draft a disciplined budget. Your goal should be to double what you spend.
  4. Keep it as simple as possible– Simple, low cost improvements like a fresh coat of paint, new light fittings, new tapware and door hardware and new bathroom fixtures are sometimes all you need to substantially add appeal and therefore value.
  5. Connect with a good agent in the areas you wish to renovate for profit– Share your goals with the agent so they can contact you with potential buyers from their database and give you tips on what their buyers are looking for.
  6. Build a network of tradespeople – If you are like most DIY renovators for profit you won’t be doing all the work on your own. Invest in a competent team of tradespeople you trust and have rapport with. The agent you connect with may be able to refer you to good tradespeople in the area.

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