How to set a fancy Zoom background / AKA how to survive endless zoom meetings with your sense of humour in tact in the Coronavirus age.

Step 1. Click on the video icon in the bottom left hand section and then little upwards arrow next to it and select “choose virtual background”. Step 2 You may have some pre-populated images in there you can use, or you can use the little plus button (see under the Tiger King’s groin in image 2) to add your own images or video. Next level mastery tip we […]

Read More | 15 Apr, 2020

What’s the value in a lower interest rate?

A lot of our day is spent working through comparisons  for our clients about whether to stay with their current lender or move to a new lender.  Here is an example of what we do, at no cost to you. Our clients, let’s call them Jane and Jack are with Lender A, Lender A has them on a 3.5% interest rate and won’t renegotiate their interest rate for […]

Read More | 09 Apr, 2020

Things to be careful of when buying a unit, flat or apartment.

There are so many pros to buying something smaller and more compact. Let’s talk less cleaning for starters as well as hopefully lower maintenance over time. There might also be the social aspect of being closer to others or closer into town. Then there are some complexes which have shared facilities (like gyms, or pools, or tennis courts).  But – there are number of things you want to […]

Read More | 07 Apr, 2020

What happens if my valuation falls short?

Most of the time when you purchase a property the valuer is merely trying to ascertain (through previous sold settled properties) that what you’ve paid is fair.  You pay $285,000 the valuation will (most likely) come back at $285,000. You pay $666,666 the valuation will (surprisingly) come back at exactly $666,666! But sometimes the valuation can fall short of the mark and here you’ve got a few options: 1.     Accept the lower valuation and either contribute more […]

Read More | 18 Mar, 2020

Valuations explained

There are two main types of valuations: Onsite valuations. Where a valuer will go to the property to inspect it (here’s a little article on what to expect from the valuer when they perform their onsite inspection: https://www.uploans.com.au/blog/2017/06/03/what-to-do-when-a-valuer-is-coming/)  Type 1.  Where there is a contract of sale. Usually you’re purchasing a property from someone who is not a relative. You might be using a real estate agent or dealing […]

Read More | 13 Mar, 2020

Will my pre-approval work for a new build as well?

Woohoo – you’re all pre-approved, awesome, you’ve made the first step towards getting ready to buy.  Quite often however we get clients who can’t find what they’re looking for so they’ll edge towards building instead of buying something existing and that’s fine! Most lenders are equally agreeable to build as they would be a purchase of an existing home, but here are some things to remember: Double check with […]

Read More | 06 Dec, 2019

How on earth are you going to save to buy your first house?

You betcha! If potatoes can become vodka (or gnocchi, or fries from the land of France), and cauliflower can become pizza, and caterpillars become butterflies, tadpoles become frogs, these tiny slugs (see below) can become giant pandas and a chameleon can pretty much become anything – you my friend can become a home owner.  I think it’s best to start an article on savings in the words of […]

Read More | 03 Sep, 2019

Why we can’t tell you what you should offer on a property.

Whenever you’re going to put in an offer on a property, especially your first home, but really any home at any time, the desire to know that you’re not paying too much is really really strong. If you love a property you don’t want to miss out, but you also don’t want to pay too much. We get it!  Unfortunately even though a number of our team members […]

Read More | 03 Sep, 2019

So the property you love is up for Private Sale?

How does this differ from purchasing through a real estate agent? Great question, and in most ways it won’t differ at all. Read through this blog to get started: https://www.uploans.com.au/blog/2018/12/19/backtobasics/ Remembering that two key points are: Get us to do some research for you (email us the property address) It’s GREAT if you’re already pre-approved, if not a 21 day finance clause is advisable Now the part where […]

Read More | 16 Aug, 2019

If it seems like it’s too good to be true – it probably is!

When it comes to debt, the unfortunately reality is – the worse it is for you, usually the easier it is to get! Credit cards, interest free, afterpay, zip pay, personal loans – all typically quite easy to get, all used to buy things which go down in value and they all can impact your ability to get a home loan and your credit score.  Things to be […]

Read More | 16 Aug, 2019