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Saving enough for a deposit Saving enough for a deposit

My partner and I have been saving for our first home for a few months now. We want to buy a house around the $400,000 mark and we are hoping to save at least 15% of the purchase price for the deposit.

Lender's Mortgage Insurance

Lender's Mortgage Insurance With my first home, I only saved 10% for the deposit and had a fairly large fee for Lenders mortgage insurance from my lender. Is there any way to avoid lenders mortgage insurance for my next home pur ... Read more

Property price growth

Property price growth At the moment, we are saving to purchase a property, but it seems like property prices are only continuing to increase. Is this going to continue for the next few years or will we see some relief? How ... Read more

Shopping online

Shopping online I do the majority of my shopping online. But is there a way to be more savvy and save on shipping or other fees? ... Read more

  • Kids Money Habits

    What are some simple ways to teach kids about managing money? Read more

  • Renovation no-go

    I only have a limited budget for my renovation project, so I will only be able to renovate a few areas of my investment property. What are the best rooms to renovate which will hel ... Read more

  • Financial advice

    I am looking to invest in property, but the process is new to me. Should I seek professional financial advice? Is it necessary? Read more

  • Making an offer on a property

    Before I put in an offer on a house, what paperwork should I organise? I have been to a few auctions and it is very competitive at the moment. Is there anything I can do to be ahea ... Read more

  • Your Borrowing Power

    How does a lender work out what your borrowing power is? I am looking to take out a home loan, but I’m not sure what information a lender will look at when they are assessing my ap ... Read more

  • DIY Landlord

    I have self-managed my investment property for the past 6 months and want to know if it is worth spending extra money each month to hire a property manager? It makes sense to hire ... Read more

  • Valuation vs. Appraisal

    When I apply for a home loan, do I have to have a valuation done on the property or can I just get an appraisal done? Are there any differences between the two besides the price? Read more

  • Buying your second property

    My husband and I are thinking of purchasing a second property as an investment. It has been about 8 years since we bought our first home. Is there anything different with the purch ... Read more

  • Lenders Mortgage Insurance

    With my first home, I only saved 10% for the deposit and had a fairly large fee for Lenders Mortgage Insurance from my lender. Is there any way to avoid lenders mortgage insurance ... Read more

  • Honeymoon interest rates

    I have been hearing the term ‘honeymoon interest rates’ a lot while looking for a home loan. What exactly does it mean? What are the benefits and do they outweigh any negatives? Read more

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