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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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How to soundproof a home

How to soundproof a home

There's a bit of an art to properly soundproofing a house. Mostly it comes down to knowing how sound travels through different materials, and which parts of your home are the weakest spots.

Shower
Cleaning a shower

How to clean a shower

Find out how to deal with stubborn water film on glass, how to clean a shower head and how to wash tiles to make your shower sparkle like it's new.

Energy efficiency

Heat dissipation and thermal mass

Dense concrete floors easily absorb a great amount of heat - which is great in some climates, but far from ideal in others. Find out what kinds of floors are suitable for different types of climates, and why.

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