September 28, 2020

Experienced property renovators know the key to a successful renovation is to use the space you have wisely. Renovating areas like the kitchen, living room and dining area to create more space and storage can not only make your home more liveable, it may also add value to your property.

Here are some renovation and design ideas to help create more space and hopefully boost your property’s price tag at the same time.

Kitchen and dining room

  • If your ki...

September 21, 2020

Interest rates remain at a record low currently, and the property market is expected to heat up as we enter spring despite the economic challenges due to the pandemic. Listings are currently lower compared to last year, which means as a buyer there may be more competition for properties this spring. So, if you are in a good financial position and considering buying this spring, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with some sharp bargaining tactics before...


Our Sunshine State capital is looking even brighter as at the time of writing.

While we’ve had our challenges during COVID-19 (particularly in recent weeks when a few dubious border crossings have left our population holding its collective breath in anticipation), all-in-all we would dub recent virus prevention efforts successful.

Minor transmission numbers coupled with our lower-density population (compared to Sydney and Melbourne) have combine...

September 8, 2020

If you used lockdown to fix little things around the home, you are not alone, with a new survey finding almost two in every five homeowners used coronavirus isolation to get stuck into renovations.

A new survey found that almost two in every five homeowners used the coronavirus lockdown to renovate their homes or investments, with isolation forcing most into becoming DIY specialists.

The Canstar survey conducted in mid July found that despite widespread...

August 24, 2020

Want to tackle your finances this year? Finding out where you stand as a borrower can be a good place to start.

Your credit score gives banks and other lenders a general picture of how reliable you are as a borrower. If you have a good credit score, this signals that lending you money is likely to be less of a risk. But what can you do if your score is currently low and you want to increase it?

What is a credit score?

Your credit score is calculated base...

August 17, 2020

Take the stress out of applying for a home loan with a little preparation. Here are a few things you can expect to encounter when seeking loan approval.

Whether you are applying for your first or fourth loan, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

By familiarising yourself with some of the common home loan requirements and terms, you will immediately feel more confident when applying for your next loan.

ID check

Firstly, you will ne...

August 10, 2020


Before we tackle this month’s theme, let’s see what there is to report on market changes under COVID.

Here in Queensland – as at the time of writing at least – we remain relatively in control of the outbreak, although the coming days will be testing. The result is that a tiny bit more confidence has etched its way back into our market.

Anecdotal evidence suggested a considerable slowdown in activity throughout April and into early May with a red...

July 27, 2020

Spring is just around the corner which traditionally means the property market will start to warm up. If you are considering making that next property purchase, it is recommended to get a home loan pre-approval first. It not only saves you time on your property search but also protects you from overspending at an auction.

How long does pre-approval take?

Turn-around times for pre-approvals vary for each lender from the time of application submission. Ve...

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