October 2014

Home renovations blog: Water features in the garden

By the resi financial blog team, 30 October 2014

Home renovations blog: Water features in the garden

A water feature is a great addition to your garden, and it is something that is relatively easy to install. There are many DIY options out there, as well as professionally installed pieces that range from enjoyable and inexpensive to luxurious and costly.

Central piece

Installing a waterfall or a fountain can create a beautiful centrepiece for your garden, allowing you to design a themed area or simply plant low maintenance grasses and shrubs, while still maintaining an awesome aesthetic appeal.

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5 Reasons why you should consider refinancing your home

By the resi financial blog team, 30 October 2014

5 reasons to refinance

People look to refinance their home loans for many reasons:

  • To save money
  • To get a better deal
  • To get more flexibility
  • To raise some extra capital

If your personal circumstances have changed since you first took out your home loan, you should consider refinancing your loan.

Here are 5 reasons why you might want to consider refinancing your home:

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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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