Category Archives: Australia

How to Get Notifications and Avoid Traffic Congestion During Christmas and New Year

I don’t know about you, but I hate being stuck in traffic. I live in Auckland, New Zealand where traffic congestion is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in it. You have choices … Continue reading

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Kindle eBook Launch ‘5 Top Mistakes People Make When They Are Buying a House

Finally after a little bit of work every day for months, loads of revisions and “that’s not what I thought I said” from the haze of pain medications because of a back injury, my latest book has arrived at Amazon … Continue reading

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House Hunting in Auckland with the Barfoot and Thompson Real Estate App

It’s been 5 years since I last looked at the Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate App. I did a brief review of it back in 2013. That version was a finalist in the Designers Institute Best Designers Award and they … Continue reading

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Buying a House? How Good is Your Credit Rating and How Do You Find Out?

When I was a teenager and still at school I bought a Cry Baby Wah Pedal for my guitar from a department store. It was probably a couple of hundred dollars and I was earning about $30 a week giving … Continue reading

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House hunting and Remembering Which Feature Went With Which Room

I remember so many debates over the color of walls, the type of appliances, the wallpaper with a rip in it and other positives and negatives when viewing open homes or homes for sale in general. I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Paying Too Much For a House

I noticed a story in The Australian about people in Australia being worried about paying too much for the property, but unfortunately it was hidden behind a paywall. It’s a bit of a shame really. I research internationally and with … Continue reading

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Finding a Mortgage Calculator AND Why You Need to Borrow More Than You Thought

I think the common denominator is that banks can’t afford for you to fail financially when you are buying a house. Sure they want your business, but they want your successful business, because they know that if you buy a house and can make the repayments. Sometime in the future you will sell it and buy a more expensive home and borrow even more money from them. That’s how they make money, not by you saving money. Continue reading

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