If you are a Tasmanian first home buyer or are buying anywhere in Australia, we have answers to your burning questions. We may have even answered some questions you haven't even thought of yet.
There are a lot of things to consider when buying your first home and it can be difficult to know where to start. We want to make the experience of buying your home enjoyable and our blogs are a good place to start your journey.
Included in our blogs is information on available grants - including the Tasmanian Government First Home Owners Grant and the Federal Goverment First Home Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) along with expenses that you may not have considered, especially Tasmanian Stamp Duty (as a first home buyer, you may be eligible for discount on your stamp duty!).
Also Included in the blogs are links to calculators you may find useful. So be sure to read on.......
When you take out a home loan there are a few options you can choose to make repayments more manageable. However, choosing a financial institution and interest rates aren't the only things you need to consider. It’s also important to look for eligible home loan options which can reduce your interest repayments and give you flexibility to pay off your home loan sooner.
Buying a house is likely the biggest investment you will ever make. Over the last three years, Tasmania has seen record rises in real estate prices meaning saving for a deposit to get your start in the property market is no small task. Recently released statistics show that almost 60% of first home buyers rely on help from the 'bank of mum and dad' when buying their first home.
Commonly, people start their property search by attending open homes, talking to agents, making offers, applying for their loan and then waiting for approval… but this doesn’t have to be the case. Applying and being accepted for a loan can be your first step, and while not essential, it is great way to ensure you don't miss out!
We've all had to pay more than we expect. Maybe it's the extra 50 cents for a sauce sachet with your pie, or a $1 additional shot in your morning latte.
Buying a property is no different. You'll have to pay a little extra on top of the purchasing price. The official term is call stamp duty.
Be aware that every forgotten electricity bill, loan repayment, and credit card application is being tracked… But you can put away your tin foil hat! You’re being assessed for your credit score.
When applying for a loan, you’ll hear terms such as “borrowing power”, “borrowing capacity”, and “assessment rate”. But how do they relate? What do they mean? We’ll break it down for you in a simple equation.
During your research into your financial situation, you may have clicked on our calculator section – and been overwhelmed with the number of different types available! What do they all mean and what are they used for?!
Do you track your monthly expenses? When life’s busy, it’s so easy for your finances to not be a priority (did someone say Netflix binge?!). But we’re here to remind you that it’s actually really important to set some time aside each month to audit your spending (sorry guys).