Finance advice

Which financial experts do you need on your side?

By Heidi Armstrong

HeidiArmstrong 70x60Being responsible for your own finances is important, however, you may find that employing the help of finance professionals can help you put your finances to its best possible use.

Blogger: Heidi Armstrong, founder, State Custodians

It can also be extremely beneficial if you have an expert team if you ever run into financial trouble. Take a look at some of the professionals you may want to consider contacting.

Accountant
An accountant is able to provide financial advice whenever you need it. Even if you don’t need regular advice, you may find that during certain events throughout your life you may need financial help. For example, if you want to start a business, buy a property, decide to have kids or get divorced. Accountants can help with:
•    Tax and income advice
•    Investment structures
•    Audits
•    Wills and estate planning

Financial Advisor
If you need help juggling your finances or establishing a plan to reach your financial goals, a financial advisor may be able to help. They can help you establish a savings plan for retirement, your children’s education or give advice on how to invest your money. One of the benefits of engaging a financial advisor is that you will get personalised advice to suit your income and expenses. They can also provide advice on:
•    Investment strategies
•    Risk analysis
•    Life planning

Lender
A lender with a high level of expertise can be extremely helpful throughout your entire home loan term. In the beginning, a knowledgeable lender will be able to discuss which options would best suit your situation. However, it is important that when you are shopping for a home loan, that you carefully research whether the lender will be able to provide you with the solutions you need both initially and during your home loan term.

Solicitor or lawyer
There are a number of circumstances where you may need the advice from a solicitor such as property transactions, contract fine print, litigation and family and relationship assets.

A solicitor/lawyer can not only complete legally binding documents for you, such as property contracts, but they can also represent you if any problems arise in relation to any assets or investments.

There is a good chance that you may need at least one of these financial professionals during some stage in your life. So, if you are able to plan ahead and choose a company that you know and trust, it will help speed up the process when you do require financial advice.


About Heidi Armstrong
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Heidi Armstrong is the founder of State Custodians Mortgage Company. Heidi holds a Law Degree, a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management. An expert in personal finance, securitised lending and the mortgage industry, Heidi is passionate about sharing her invaluable knowledge to educate borrowers. Widely recognised and respected by industry peers, Heidi was awarded the Best Industry Thought Leader at the 2014 Australian Lending Awards.

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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