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Thinking about buying your first home? Here’s your checklist

So much to think about, so much to consider. We’ve broken it down for you into a handy up-to-the-minute checklist that you can download, print and pin up on your wall at home. Once you’ve got all the nuts checked off, you’re good to go!

Financial planning

How to pay off your mortgage faster

Making it onto the property ladder is a huge milestone, but the journey doesn’t end there. Now you're in a huge amount of debt. We've put together some of our top tips for helping you manage and pay your mortgage off faster.

Housing Market

Building Wealth through Commercial Property

Are you ready to jump into commercial property? I wasn’t for a long time, but given I own a business and rent premises it makes sense. If you are a business owner and new to commercial property, here's how you could make it work for you.

Housing Market

Should I rent or buy my first home?

It’s easy to get caught up in the news headlines and neighbourhood chatter about what’s happening in the property market. Everyone you know will have an opinion on whether you’re better off buying your first home or continuing to rent, and it can be hard to sort fact from fiction.

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5 costs to be aware of as a first home buyer

Everyone knows buying your first home is a big investment. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but first home buyers can often be surprised that there are quite a few additional costs involved beyond the purchase price.

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The Virtue of Patience

Property development carries with it many risks and currently it’s perhaps the most difficult market to find finance. Often, I find clients who haven’t exercised much patience and as a result can find themselves in a pickle.

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How to sell a house in a soft property market

I’ve recently written a blog post on how to buy in a soft market. This one is the opposite, for those of you selling. Let's talk agents, strategy and tactics to get you the best outcome.

Housing Market

How to buy a house (and make money) in a soft property market

In this post I’ll cover off what I’ve learned about buying in a soft market, and how Squirrel can help beyond simply arrange the mortgage.

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Top 5 first home buyer tips

Starting a new role at a new company is always an exciting time. For me, leading up to my start date here at Squirrel, it also gave me an opportunity to sit back and reflect just a little.

Lifestyle and Technology

5 practical ways to spruce up your garage

We all know that most garages do much more than storing vehicles. And because they are not so visible, it’s easy to let them become dirty and disorganised. Here are Johanna's top 5 tips on how to get your garage in better working order.

Housing Market

The importance of liquidity in the housing market

Property isn’t as liquid as you might think. Just try selling an investment apartment in this market, especially one under 50sqm.

Lifestyle and Technology

Adviser insight: how to survive the balance

Balancing work, life, two tiny children and trading property isn't easy. But if I can do it, anyone can. I started in this country with nothing, not even a word of English.