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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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Lighting

How to achieve the full benefit of LED lighting

LEDs are undoubtedly the future of lighting, says Philips Lighting’s Phil Compson. But there are things that you need to know to achieve the full benefits of the technology.

Home entertainment

Woven vs perforated projection screens

A quality screen is vital to the successful installation of a projected home theatre. Learn about the pros and cons of woven and perforated screens.

Energy and water management
What is energy management?

What is energy management?

Relatively speaking, there’s a tremendous amount of energy used in Australian homes these days. And while our energy consumption is beginning to decrease, we’re still consuming almost twice as much per capita as we did in 1960.

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