Buying and selling a home can be confusing for most of us. Here is some basics to help make the process as clear as possible.   Save for a Deposit The deposit is the initial cost you will need to pay when buying a home. The first step is to get your finances sorted and do a budget to identify how much you can afford to save for your deposit and work out what you

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There are two common ways to transfer property to a family member – either selling or gifting. When the owner changes (either way), the title needs to be updated. Selling the property You can transfer title property by selling it to a family member. Parents often do this for children this way and may adjust the price to give them a better deal than buying a property at market rates. You will be liable for

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Are you contemplating a mortgage refinance?  You likely understand that refinancing can be a powerful tool for optimising your financial situation. But when is the right time to make that move? Refinancing can provide various benefits, such as lower interest rates, reduced monthly payments, and even the ability to tap into your home's equity for other financial goals. Here are a few key factors to consider when determining the right moment for a mortgage refinance:

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Why Consider Property Investment with Your SMSF? Diversifying your SMSF investments beyond traditional assets like stocks and bonds can be a wise decision. Property investment offers several advantages, such as potential rental income and capital appreciation. Here's a brief overview of the benefits: Tax Efficiency: Rental income and capital gains from property held within an SMSF can be taxed lower, potentially boosting your returns. Portfolio Diversification: Adding a property to your SMSF can help spread

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In the complex world of estate management and probate, you might have encountered the term "Letters of Administration." Although it may sound daunting, this legal phrase plays a crucial role when someone passes away without a valid will or when the appointed executor is unable or unwilling to fulfil their responsibilities. So, what exactly is a Letter of Administration, and why does it matter? This article aims to demystify this concept and shed light on

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Take greater control of your retirement savings through a self-managed super fund (SMSF). An SMSF empowers you to oversee how your super is invested. This approach has gained popularity as a retirement savings method. Before transitioning to an SMSF, it's crucial to understand the administrative and compliance requirements associated with it. The information below provides insights into managing your SMSF effectively. What is an SMSF? An SMSF is a trust that manages funds or assets

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In the past few years, we have encountered numerous challenging situations, such as the global pandemic of CoVid 19, which has caused uncertainty in various aspects of our lives. Our lifestyles have been disrupted, housing has become more uncertain, and the cost of living has continued to rise. These circumstances have forced us to confront an important question: What would happen to our personal and financial affairs if we were unable or incapable of making

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The national Home Value Index (HVI) assembled by CoreLogic has recorded a third consecutive monthly rise. The index captured continued growth in May of 1.2%, helped by low levels of available housing supply as owners continued to hold properties. By comparison, home values for March and April grew 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively. Notwithstanding the high uptick in price recovery, most housing markets across the country were still recording values well below their recent peaks. The

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As we approach the tax season, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a statement that they would like to remind taxpayers to exercise caution and avoid rushing the lodgement of their annual income tax return from 1 July. It is important to note that taxpayers who submit their returns before their income statement is marked as 'Tax ready' and before their other pre-fill information is received run the risk of experiencing processing delays and

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Electronic conveyancing (or eConveyancing) is mandatory in Queensland from 20 February 2023. This means that certain instruments and other documents for property transactions will need to be digitally prepared, signed, settled and lodged using an Electronic Lodgement Network (ELN), by a subscriber, unless exempted. This includes transfers, mortgages, caveats (new, withdrawal), priority notices, and transmission by death. Under the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (Queensland), the Registrar of Titles can determine the requirements for Electronic Lodgment

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