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All about housing: Labor versus the Coalition’s policies

What Labor saysAussies will be able to buy a home with a deposit of just 2% as part ofLabor’s equity scheme, which will cut the cost of buying a home by up to 40% for 10,000 people a year.Labor will also make properties cheaper by building social and affordable housing using a $10... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 20 May 2022 0
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The real issue behind housing supply

Housing affordability is a hot topic everywhere you look. While West Australians have been less affected than our eastern state counterparts, the term ‘rental crisis’ is one we hear and see used frequently by property commentators as a way of highlighting hardships faced by renters... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 12 May 2022 0
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9 tips to get started in property investment

When it comes to building a retirement nest egg for the future, property is still regarded as one of the safest long-term investments. Some investors choose to buy a property and rent it out straight away. Others decide to live in the home, perhaps while they upgrade and modernise or renovate... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 29 Apr 2022 0
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Fixed versus variable – which is best for you?

One of the most common questions mortgage brokers get asked by clients, especially at the moment with interest rate rises on the cards, is whether to fix their home loan or keep it variable. The key to making the best decision that’s right for you is understanding the difference between... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 23 Apr 2022 0
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Love thy neighbour – preventing & solving neighbour disputes

We all want to live in harmony with our neighbours. But in reality, that doesn’t always happen. Living in close proximity to others can bring out the best but also the worst in people. This has been exacerbated over the last two years with more people spending time at home due to the... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 14 Apr 2022 0
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Where in Perth can you still buy a home under $400k?

First homebuyers in other capital cities would be surprised to learn that Perth buyers keen to get off the renting treadmill can still buy a house in our metropolitan area for under $400,000. This is despite increasing house prices in Perth.So, are there many homes available in the under... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 08 Apr 2022 0
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How safe is your pool? Booragoon tragedy sparks safety warning

Fourteen children aged 5 to 14 drowned in Australia in 2020-2021, 3 of those drownings occurring in swimming pools. Furthermore, drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for children under the age of 5 in WA, with most of those occurring in and around the home.The tragic... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 02 Apr 2022 0
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The upside of an autumn sale & tips to optimise it

Although spring is traditionally the most popular time of year to sell, autumn is a very close second. And with fewer homes to compete with, cooler yet still pleasant temperatures, and more serious buyers on the hunt for their dream home, there are plenty of reasons to choose autumn to sell... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 24 Mar 2022 0
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Common 1st homebuyer mistakes and how to avoid them

We all make mistakes. However, if there’s one aspect of our lives where we want to avoid mistakes it’s purchasing what is likely to be the greatest financial asset you will ever own – your home. If you are in the market to buy your first home, it pays to be mindful of the... Read More

Post by ShelMarkblog 13 Mar 2022 0