Finance News

Is the ‘tree-change’ retirement option back in vogue?

Packing up and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city on retirement seems to be becoming a popular option once again.


Older Australians holding the property market steady

While many experts theorised that an ageing population would lead to a slump in property prices, it seems the exact opposite is true.

Finance News

Painting your front door this colour could add thousands to your home

It’s no secret that a coat of paint could add thousands of dollars in value to your home, but choose the wrong colour and you could actually decrease its value.

Finance News

The four rules you need to follow when planning renovations

There are a number of traps when you are planning a property renovation, but if you follow these four golden rules, you should be able to avoid the worst of them.


Three key reasons why elder abuse is on the rise

Combine an ageing population with strong house prices and superannuation balances and you have the perfect recipe for a growth in elder abuse, according to key sources.


The super fund that wants tougher regulations for the industry

Real Estate Industry Super has called for stricter controls on the establishment of self-managed superannuation funds with small account balances.


Explained: How to find the ‘fair market value’ of your house

Downsizing is a great way to free up some of the equity you have in your house for your retirement, but how do you calculate what your house is worth?

Legal & General

Complex issue needs urgent professional advice

Zivana has a complex question for estate planning expert Rod Cunich, one that is further complicated by the length of time that has passed since her father made his Will.


How to renovate to maximise your sale price

Renovations are about adding real value to your property when it is time to sell. Here are some ways to maximise your sale price.


Stop SMSFs gambling with their super, says expert

With a big number of SMSFs borrowing to invest in property, experts warn that urgent reform is required.

Mortgage & home Loans

Poor lending practice putting older Australians at risk

Now that the property market bubble is easing, there are concerns poor banking practice and irresponsible lending during the real estate boom will spell ruination for many retirees.


Renovation or retirement home? The great ‘age in place’ conundrum

You may not see signs of fingernail scratches on the door jambs yet, but it is a fact that most older Australians would have to be led kicking and screaming out of their homes and into aged care.

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