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Guest blog: Don’t get into hot water with claims

By the resi financial blog team, 28 October 2014

Repairs and maintenance or capital improvements?

Concerns about the cost of repairs and ongoing maintenance for an owner’s investment property can be reduced by claiming back these costs when an investor is completing their tax return. Before an investor can start to tally deductions, it is necessary to understand the difference between claiming repairs, maintenance and capital improvements.

Repairs and maintenance

Work completed to fix damage or deterioration of a property is defined as repairs, e.g. fixing par ...

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Four essentials to know when home buying

By the resi financial blog team, 18 August 2014

Guest blog for new home buyers

Guest blog written by head of PR, and money expert at, Michelle Hutchison


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Interest Isn't Everything When it Comes to Mortgages

By the resi financial blog team, 26 June 2014

Other things to consider on home loans other than interest

If you have taken the leap, found a property you absolutely must have, and are ready to commit to a mortgage, think carefully now: you can move out and rent it out if you get bored, you can unload it on your unsuspecting children, you can even swap it for a boat - but that monthly payment is going to remain with you for a long time, unless you decide to pay out early, in which case you will most likely have some fees to consider as well. When it comes to selecting a mortgage, it is probably the most long-term decision you'll be making in regard to your purchase.

Of cou ...

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5 Perth suburbs tipped for fast growth in 2014

By the resi financial blog team, 24 June 2014

5 Perth suburbs tipped for fast growth in 2014



As the largest city in Western Australia, real estate opportunities in Perth are vast and varied. If you’re in the market for a move over to the west coast, how do you choose the right area?

Currently trending in Perth are “hidden gems,” or suburbs located just outside the trendier suburbs in WA. These communities have many of the same features of pricier ‘burbs, allowing for a premium lifestyle for any type of budget. Below we’ve compiled the up-and-coming areas in Perth for this year.

1. Arma ...

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Guest blog: 10 affordable Sydney suburbs for first time home buyers

By the resi financial blog team, 22 May 2014

Best suburbs in Sydney to buy in

10 affordable Sydney suburbs for first time home buyers


Becoming a home buyer is exciting, but all the considerations you have to factor in before writing a cheque will leave your head spinning. Things like value, location, style and size all come into play during your search, and for first-time home buyers one issue remains paramount – price.

We’ve scoured the state of NSW to find which Sydney suburbs house the most stellar steals. In terms of where to buy in in 2014, we’ve found the name of the game seems to be westward ex ...

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