08 Jul My beginner’s guide to whisky

I collect whisky. Interestingly, what started as a passing interest has developed into a bit of a passion. You’d hope so – my collection’s fast approach the 60 mark.  I’ll be frank, two years ago I knew absolutely nothing about whisky. Like nothing at all. On a scale of 0-10, my whisky knowledge was a big, round zero. Fast forward 24 months, and I reckon I’m...

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01 Jul Rent-vesting. The good and the bad.

If you’ve been close to the property market over the past few years, you’ve no doubt come across the term ‘rent-vesting’ in your travels. If you haven’t, it’s basically where you’re both a landlord and a renter at the same time.  Rent-vesting’s a concept that’s exploded in recent years. So much so there was even a rent-vesting expo held in Sydney a couple of years’ back....

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Renovate detonate move

03 Jun Renovate, detonate or move?!

Let’s face it, renovating or knocking down a house is a daunting proposition. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a huge decision. Same goes for selling up and the arduous task of then moving, particularly if you’ve been living in the same spot for a while. Many families arrive at a point where their home doesn’t quite meet their needs anymore. It could be...

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01 Jun Mortgage tips to pay off your home faster

Before you buy your first home, the thought of taking on a sizeable mortgage can be pretty daunting. I totally get it. I felt the same prior to taking the plunge and buying my first property back in 2007. There’s something about the psychology of borrowing such a large amount of money and paying it off over such a long period of time if, like...

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03 May Get smarter, don’t work harder to buy your family home

Buying a home for the first time, particularly if it’s your family home, is a massive financial decision. And for good reason – buying your family home quite possibly could be the biggest purchase you’ll likely make in your lifetime. I know because I’ve been there myself.Throw in the pressure of having a young family (or if you’re planning on starting a family in the...

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09 Apr Should I put $600K into my kids’ education or invest it?!

Life’s all about trade-offs, particularly when it comes to financial goals. Now, I’m not going to get into the whole public vs private school debate and which is better. Private schools are expensive – we know that. The financial trade-off is enormous.To give you an idea, sending our two girls through six years of private education (high school, basically) will mean we’ll need to fork out...

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21 Mar The cost of sending your kids to a Melbourne private school explained

Private schools aren’t cheap. Far from it.Last year, Australians forked out around $10 billion dollars for private school tuition, with 49 percent covering the annual cost of out of their disposable income.With that 49 percent in mind, if you are thinking of sending your kids private, there’s a lot to consider. You need a gameplan. The earlier you have one, the better.The...

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05 Mar Meet the budget for budget haters!

Budgeting sucks. I get it. Unless you’re someone who takes great pride in creating intricate Excel spreadsheets that break down every aspect of your weekly spending in forensic detail, budgeting can be a pain in the you know where.If you can’t be bothered, like to keep your head in the sand with your finances while fearing the worst, or shy away from getting ‘bogged down...

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Bad with money

21 Feb Four Telltale Signs That You Could Be Better With Money

How good are you with managing your money? And don’t worry – it’s not a trick question. The reason I ask is you’d be surprised at how many people make it well into adulthood without learning the basics of good money management.In Australia, we’re talking almost half the adult population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Meaning, around 45 percent of Australians...

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