Monday 18th November 2019

What You Need to Know About Debt Consolidation

What You Need to Know About Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation is the process of consolidating all your existing debt into a single loan rather than pay them off as multiple loans each with their rates of interest. On a surface level, it might make things easier to manage…

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Monday 11th November 2019

What Are Bridging Loans?

What Are Bridging Loans?

Bridging loans are loans used to buy a new home when you haven’t yet sold your existing home. Sometimes it is helpful to purchase a new home before you’ve sold your old one. In which case, you need a bridging…

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Monday 4th November 2019

The Differences Between Owner-Occupied and Investment Loans

The Differences Between Owner-Occupied and Investment Loans

When you buy a home whether it is classified as owner-occupied or investment depends on your intentions behind buying the property. If you are planning to sell the property for a profit on what you originally bought it for or…

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Tuesday 29th October 2019

Why Spring Is the Time to Buy a House

Why Spring Is the Time to Buy a House

Spring is often the busiest time of the year in the property market with the most amount of homes listed, and the greatest number of houses sold. The sun is shining, the grass is green and it’s the perfect time…

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Monday 21st October 2019

Why Mortgage Brokers Are Essential When Buying Property

Why Mortgage Brokers Are Essential When Buying Property

There are hundreds of lenders and thousands of home loans to choose from and compare. As a result, it can be extremely time-consuming to decide on which home loan is suitable for you. It can also be costly if you…

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Tuesday 15th October 2019

Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House?

Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House?

This is a multifaceted question that depends on how you define cost. In terms of the raw numbers, it’s cheaper financially to build a house rather than buy one. However, the total cost doesn’t consider other costs of building a…

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Monday 7th October 2019

How You Can Fund Home Renovations

How You Can Fund Home Renovations

Making renovations on your home can be both exciting and exhausting. Whether you are adding a spare room or sharpening the look of your kitchen it is rewarding to see the transformation. That is why we have made a list…

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Monday 30th September 2019

How Often Should You Review Your Home Loan?

How Often Should You Review Your Home Loan?

We live in a constantly changing world where circumstances and conditions are constantly evolving. Our personal situation and lifestyle will shift endlessly throughout the years and we will change what we eat, where we live and what we do constantly.

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Monday 9th September 2019

Should you pay off your home loan early

Should you pay off your home loan early

It makes sense to want to pay your home loan off early, being free of debt can free you of your stress and worry. With the number of financial benefits that come with paying a home loan off faster, it…

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Monday 2nd September 2019

Think Outside the Box with a Non-Conforming Home Loan

Think Outside the Box with a Non-Conforming Home Loan

A non-conforming home loan is a loan that does not fit a lender’s standard criteria for a home loan. These loans are usually offered to people that have a bad credit history or extraordinary financial needs. Because non-conforming home loans…

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Monday 26th August 2019

How Much Deposit Do I Need for a Home Loan?

How Much Deposit Do I Need for a Home Loan?

In the past, it was possible to borrow 100% of a house’s value and not even have to pay a deposit. Now, lenders are a lot stricter and acquiring a loan without a deposit is much more difficult. So,…

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Monday 19th August 2019

How the Government Can Help You Buy a Home

How the Government Can Help You Buy a Home

Buying a home is a big undertaking, which is why the government offers a range of initiatives to make things a little easier for home buyers. These initiatives are available to every Australian so it is important to take advantage…

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Monday 12th August 2019

How to Finance a Fixer-Upper

How to Finance a Fixer-Upper

Houses that need a lot of hard work and love in order to truly shine are sometimes referred to as a ‘renovator’s dream’. However, this dream can sometimes turn into a nightmare if you aren’t careful. We’ve outlined a few…

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Monday 5th August 2019

Buy a House When the Sun Shines

Buy a House When the Sun Shines

Just like a farmer’s crops, the time of year you choose to buy a home significantly affects price and supply. As a result, it is important to take into account the seasons when looking for a new home. Spring The…

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Sunday 28th July 2019

Funding Your Business for Success

Funding Your Business for Success

As a business owner, you’ll more than likely have challenges and problems that need to be overcome. It can often be hard to manage your business’s finances when you’re busy getting your brand out there, figuring out how to price…

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Monday 22nd July 2019

Wanting to Invest? Why You Should Consider Commercial Property

Wanting to Invest? Why You Should Consider Commercial Property

Commercial property is classified as any non-residential property that is used exclusively for business purposes. This includes retail properties, office buildings, shopping centres, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, apartment complexes and land for development. For many investors, acquiring commercial property is…

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Monday 15th July 2019

Secure Your Future with a Pre-Approval

Secure Your Future with a Pre-Approval

A pre-approval is when a lender approves you for a home loan before you actually decide on a house to buy. It’s essentially a guarantee that you will be approved for a home loan if you decide to apply for…

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Monday 8th July 2019

Can You Get a Home Loan for More Than the Asking Price?

Can You Get a Home Loan for More Than the Asking Price?

Acquiring a home loan higher than 80% of the asking price is already a difficult task. Going a step further and getting a home loan for more than the asking price is nearly impossible. However, there are rare situations where…

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Monday 24th June 2019

How can your credit card affect your chances of getting a loan?

How can your credit card affect your chances of getting a loan?

When it comes to the relationship between your credit card history and loan applications, it seems many people are in the dark about what’s truth and what’s not. Gather a group of normal Australians in a room and ask them…

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Monday 17th June 2019

Common home loans: why and how to repay them quicker

Common home loans: why and how to repay them quicker

Finding the right home loan and the best way to pay it off can seem insurmountable alone. But with the help of an experienced broker, it’s much easier finding terms that will suit you. Read on for our guide on…

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Wednesday 12th June 2019

Why it’s important to check your credit score regularly

Why it’s important to check your credit score regularly

Your credit score is like going to the doctor for many – you don’t have a check-up unless you absolutely need to. The Veda Australian Credit Scorecard, surveying the credit behaviour of people nationwide, proves this to be true for…

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Thursday 23rd May 2019

Why young investors should take advantage of falling housing prices

Why young investors should take advantage of falling housing prices

The falling market can be both good and bad for homeowners and first-time home buyers – while properties may lose value, lower prices make it a cheaper and thus more desirable time to purchase a house or apartment. If you…

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Monday 13th May 2019

Low Doc Loans: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

Low Doc Loans: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

In recent months, Australian banks have tightened their credit standards amid concerns around increasing property prices, household debt and pressures from the royal commission. This means that getting a loan might be even more difficult for borrowers. If you’re struggling…

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Wednesday 8th May 2019

A Guide to Refinancing Your Home Loan

A Guide to Refinancing Your Home Loan

Life changes, and so does your financial plan. There are many reasons why you might consider refinancing – perhaps you are looking to get lower rates, consolidate your debts or make a major purchase with your equity. Whatever your reason…

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

Keeping Your Household Budget in Check

Keeping Your Household Budget in Check

Ever gotten to the end of the month and wondered where all the money from your pay check goes? Keeping a budget can help you track where your money is going, stay on top of your bills and debts, and…

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Sunday 14th April 2019

Why you should consider ditching the car to save for a home.

Why you should consider ditching the car to save for a home.

Car ownership is on the decline with young Australians. The change could be due to rising housing prices and thus altered priorities for first-time home buyers. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey shows that between…

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Friday 12th April 2019

Comparing Loans: What to look out for

Comparing Loans: What to look out for

With so many loan options and an increasingly complex market, it can be hard to pick the best loan for your needs. There are many different factors to consider when it comes to choosing loans. In this article, we outline…

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Tuesday 26th March 2019

In the market for an apartment block?

In the market for an apartment block?

If you’re looking for an investment unit, an apartment block can be a great option to get a big return. This strategy is becoming more and more popular in Australia, and as such there isn’t quite enough supply for the…

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Tuesday 12th March 2019

Your guide to property investments

Your guide to property investments

Investing in property is a smart choice for many Aussies looking for long-term profit potential. But before you dive in, there are a few things you should know. Consider if you’re ready to buy, what kind of property is best…

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Wednesday 6th March 2019

How to get rid of holiday credit card debt

How to get rid of holiday credit card debt

You may still be recovering from Christmas festivities, whether eating and drinking less or getting to the gym. But how is your credit card balance? Finder.com.au analysed data from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and found that Australians have…

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Monday 25th February 2019

What will the 2019 economy look like?

What will the 2019 economy look like?

As 2019 heats up, many predictions for the Australian economy are focused on recent lending announcements and the housing market. Here’s a look at some of the latest. Housing market There was a lot of negative talk about the housing…

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Tuesday 19th February 2019

What do rising interest rates mean for you?

What do rising interest rates mean for you?

The first month of 2019 saw interest rate hikes in Australia that could affect home loans. Make sure you understand your options for dealing with these changes. What follows is a look at the latest news and what it could…

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Tuesday 5th February 2019

Summer renovation tips

Summer renovation tips

Home renovation projects can be a fun activity for families to do together. But these jobs can also be expensive and taxing, financially physically and mentally. When you’re taking on home projects this summer, follow these tips to ensure everything goes…

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Thursday 17th January 2019

How much can an offset account save you?

How much can an offset account save you?

Including offset accounts in your home loan strategy could end up saving you thousands of dollars. Here’s a look at how they work and whether you should consider going this route. What are offset accounts? Offset accounts aim to…

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Tuesday 8th January 2019

Market predictions for 2019

Market predictions for 2019

Experts in Australia are predicting more declines for the housing industry in 2019. The effects on the economy are still yet to be seen, but some are expecting a hard landing for the market in the coming months. CoreLogic’s latest…

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Friday 21st December 2018

What might negative gearing changes mean for the housing market?

What might negative gearing changes mean for the housing market?

A proposal from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) aims to reform negative gearing, and News.com.au says that Aussies are conflicted on the issue. But what is negative gearing, and why are the proposed changes so controversial? What would change? To…

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

What we think of the new best Australian streets list

What we think of the new best Australian streets list

In a sweeping look at which streets are the best across the country, Realestate.com.au revealed the 10 most popular streets based on where users do the most searching. Six of the winners are in Victoria, making a case for the…

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

Common Loan Mistakes to Avoid

Common Loan Mistakes to Avoid

Getting a loan can be quite a tricky task. Seemingly small mistakes may get you trapped in debt, make a permanent record on your credit file and/or lead to rejections on new mortgages. Here are a few common mistakes that…

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Sunday 25th November 2018

How will the market turn out for home buyers as 2018 come to an end?

How will the market turn out for home buyers as 2018 come to an end?

The housing market may still be uncertain in Australia as 2018 comes to an end. The September auctions proved that buying was low. However, first-home purchases may be on the rise by the end of the year. What follows is…

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Tuesday 20th November 2018

Should you wait for the market to drop further to buy your first home?

Should you wait for the market to drop further to buy your first home?

The Australian housing market has been in a steady downturn over the last year. CoreLogic data shows that it’s seen a cumulative 1.9 per cent value fall since September 2017. While some experts are warning that the market could continue…

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Tuesday 13th November 2018

Why you should pay off credit cards before considering a home loan

Why you should pay off credit cards before considering a home loan

The beginning of 2018 brought a rise in Aussie credit card debt. The average credit card had $2,000 of debt in April, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, the highest it’s been in two years. With the country’s housing market…

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Thursday 8th November 2018

Your quick guide to interest rates

Your quick guide to interest rates

Just starting out in the property market? Interest rate terminology on your home loan can be hard to sift through. To understand what you’re agreeing to, it’s important to understand the basics about interest rates. What is an interest rate? When…

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Sunday 4th November 2018

7 tips to help you save money for a summer holiday

7 tips to help you save money for a summer holiday

Saving for a summer holiday? Boost your funds by tracking your spending, cutting one unnecessary expense and staying home for dinner. If you’re still saving up funds for your next getaway, here are tips to help you along the way. Check your bills…

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Thursday 11th October 2018

Spring market may help first-time home buyers

Spring market may help first-time home buyers

Falling housing prices may not bode well for the overall property market. As the first spring auctions in the major cities have shown this year, it’s still unsteady. Australia’s housing downturn may be getting worse, ABC News recently reported. Melbourne…

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Wednesday 10th October 2018

How major bank rate changes could affect you

How major bank rate changes could affect you

Westpac, Suncorp Bank, and Adelaide Bank have all announced interest rate hikes on home loans. So, what do these raises mean for your repayments? If you have a home loan, recent interest rate changes could affect your repayments. After Westpac increased…

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Tuesday 18th September 2018

4 signs it’s time to move neighbourhoods

4 signs it’s time to move neighbourhoods

Moving can be a stressful experience, which is why many Australians avoid doing it as much as possible. However, certain factors can arise that make it a good time to move on to another neighbourhood, including rising housing prices, bad…

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Sunday 9th September 2018

What kinds of debt affects your home loan application?

What kinds of debt affects your home loan application?

If you are considering buying a house, you will likely need a home loan. If you already owe on previous advances, whether higher education debt, credit card debt, or personal loan debt, it could impact your home loan application. Australia…

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Wednesday 5th September 2018

Super fund changes that affect the housing market

Super fund changes that affect the housing market

Recent changes to superannuation funds may start to affect the housing market. Two such measures are the First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme, and the downsizing contributions into superannuation funds. These changes were introduced by the Australian Government in the…

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Tuesday 28th August 2018

Reasons why you should refinance your home loan

Reasons why you should refinance your home loan

Saving money and unlocking equity – those are two good reasons why you should consider refinancing your home loan. Before we start talking interest rates, it’s important to know if you can achieve one of those two things. Unlocking equity…

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Wednesday 15th August 2018

How long will it take to sell your home?

How long will it take to sell your home?

How long will it take to sell your home? We’ve had a closer look at the numbers around home sales in Australia to give you a better idea. The average Australian home takes 45 days to sell or 40 if…

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Wednesday 8th August 2018

Property vs neighbourhood: Which is most important?

Property vs neighbourhood: Which is most important?

Unfortunately, most Australians can’t afford the best house on the best street. For that reason, buying real estate is a constant compromise between budget, location and the physical attributes of the property. With that compromise in mind, what’s more important…

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Thursday 26th July 2018

What is the First Home Super Saver Scheme?

What is the First Home Super Saver Scheme?

As of December 2017 the average house price in Australia was $687,000, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, although this average is considerably higher in population centres like Melbourne and Sydney. These prices make buying your first home a…

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Thursday 26th July 2018

3 home loan tips that could make repaying your loan easier.

3 home loan tips that could make repaying your loan easier.

The average size of a home loan in Australia is almost $400,000, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Most people will repay their loans over 30 years, during which time they’ll be charged a whopping $319,820.45 in home loan…

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Monday 2nd July 2018

Common home loans: why and how to repay them quicker

Common home loans: why and how to repay them quicker

Finding the ideal home loan and the best way to pay it off can seem insurmountable alone. But with the help of an experienced broker, it’s much easier finding terms that will suit you. Read on for our guide on…

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Monday 25th June 2018

Should you build your own investment property?

Should you build your own investment property?

Building an investment property is a labour of love – while it does require a lot more work than simply buying a pre-built unit, it’s the perfect way to ensure you come out with a property that you love. It’s…

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Monday 4th June 2018

What is negative gearing for property investment?

What is negative gearing for property investment?

Negative gearing – it may seem like investor mumbo jumbo, but it’s really quite a simple concept to get your head around. More than that, it’s an important option in an investor’s toolkit when looking for a property to invest…

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Monday 4th June 2018

How to purchase your next car with a car loan

How to purchase your next car with a car loan

Australians have a few options when it comes to financing a car, and you should make sure you know what each finance option entails before committing to one or the other. Different types of financing can cost more or less…

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Monday 28th May 2018

What is the ideal property type for your first home?

What is the ideal property type for your first home?

Getting ready to buy your first home is an exciting time. While saving for your deposit or wading through the intricacies of home loans can be a strain, it’s all worth it when you can finally start picking out your…

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Tuesday 15th May 2018

4 renovation tips to boost your house sale

4 renovation tips to boost your house sale

Looking to sell your property this year but unsure how to get the best price? Pre-sale renovations are a great way to make sure your property is snapped up for a better market value. So, what do you need to…

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Monday 7th May 2018

Fixed or variable – what’s the ideal home loan for you?

Fixed or variable – what’s the ideal home loan for you?

Home loan options can be challenging for those unfamiliar with the fluctuations of interest rates. So how do you know which home loan is ideal for you: fixed or variable? Read on to learn more about what fixed and variable…

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Friday 4th May 2018

5 must have features for your investment property

5 must have features for your investment property

Buying an investment property brings with it a lot of choices, but rest assured, there are certain features which every investment property owners should consider to increase their property’s rental yields and ensure value growth. An area of strong economy…

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Monday 9th April 2018

Popular holiday spots to invest in

Popular holiday spots to invest in

Australia’s natural beauty, vibrant culture and outdoor pursuits make it the ideal destination to invest in a holiday home. A property that is not only an investment in your quality of life, renting it can be an income all of…

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Monday 26th March 2018

The questions you should ask before getting a home loan

The questions you should ask before getting a home loan

Taking out a home loan can be a nerve wracking experience, particularly for first time buyers. The key to making the experience not just bearable but fruitful is to understand exactly what you are taking on. Here are the questions…

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Tuesday 13th March 2018

Tips for first-time buyers in 2018

Tips for first-time buyers in 2018

The Australian housing market hasn’t always been a friendly place for first time buyers. With property prices looking as if they may soften for the first time in over half a decade, 2018 could be the year to get a…

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Thursday 1st March 2018

3 reasons why now may be the time to consider a commercial loan

3 reasons why now may be the time to consider a commercial loan

There’s no better time than the present to expand your business. The past few months have seen business conditions rise well above the long-run average, according to NAB’s November monthly business report. Successfully growing your company is all about knowing…

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Wednesday 21st February 2018

How to find the best tenants for your investment property

How to find the best tenants for your investment property

Getting the best value out of an investment rental is a collaborative effort between the landlord and a great tenant. To achieve long-term returns on a rental, the property has to last – and that means finding tenants who are…

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Monday 12th February 2018

Can you ask for a discount on your mortgage rate?

Can you ask for a discount on your mortgage rate?

Haggling doesn’t come easy to many people. Negotiating over the price of goods and services simply isn’t that common in some countries. But are homebuyers missing out on thousands of dollars of savings because they balk at bargaining? The answer…

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