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Finance

What is a mortgage?

What is a mortgage?

A simple, easy to understand explanation of what mortgages and construction loans are, and how they work.

What's the best place to get a home loan?

What's the best place to get a home loan?

A rundown of the many different types of lenders you can talk to for a loan - and what to expect from each.

Variable vs. fixed interest loans

Variable vs. fixed interest loans

Learn the difference between variable and fixed interest loans - and get the information you need to decide which is right for you.

What is equity?

What is 'equity'?

A simple, easy to understand explanation of how home equity works - and what it means to you.

What is lenders mortgage insurance?

What is Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)?

A simple guide to Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), explaining what it is, why you might need it and how to avoid it.

What is negative gearing?

Negative gearing, positive gearing and neutral gearing

Find out what negative gearing is, how it works, and how it can be used for deductions from your income tax.

Sort out your finances

Sort out your finances

Unless you're swimming in cash, finances are a very important consideration when it comes to renovating sensibly. While they aren’t usually cheap, they’re often very easy to justify in terms of the value they’re likely to add to your home.

Sort out your finances

Get finance to build

The first step to building a house is to find out how much you can afford to borrow (if you need to) - and to arrange for the necessary finance.

How to calculate projected rental yields

How to calculate projected rental yields

A guide to gross and net rental yields, how they're calculated and what they're used for.

Refinancing your house

Refinancing your house

Straightforward advice on what to expect if you're thinking of refinancing or consolidating your debt.

What happens if I miss my loan repayments?

What happens if I miss my loan repayments?

Find out what happens if you skip a mortgage repayment - and how to stay on good terms with your lender.

Loan serviceability

Loan serviceability

Part of getting a home loan is ensuring you can afford repayments. Find out how 'serviceability' is assessed.

Tax implications for investment properties

Tax implications for investment properties

Find out what kinds of tax issues you may need to consider for your investment property.

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How to renovate

The renovation process

There’s no one ‘process’ as far as renovation goes – each house is different, and each set of renovation requirements brings with it new challenges and new tastes.

Cooling
Split system air conditioners

Split system air conditioners

Split system refrigerative air conditioners are popular because they are relatively quiet and are designed to effectively cool the sorts of areas you might find in homes.

Sustainability

Lifecycle assessments of home wind turbines

Not all micro turbines will generate enough wind power to provide for your entire house - and some will be serious overkill. See how different systems perform, and what's likely to be the most efficient choice for you.

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