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Real estate’s biggest trends for 2017

The year 2017 promises self-driving cars, Donald Trump’s “wall”, and the release of the final season of Game Of Thrones. But politics and pop culture aren’t the only sectors facing change. Here are uno’s key predictions for the year ahead in the property, technology and mortgage space. 1. The rise of technology According to a survey

uno helped slice 11 years off my mortgage

It all started when Ken Smith went looking for a renovator’s special for his eldest son, Brady. The concrete truck driver from Albany Creek, near Brisbane, wanted to borrow about $500,000 to give his 24-year-old Byron Bay-based carpenter son a project to work on and a place to live. “That’s eventually where we’re going to

Is it time to fix your home loan? 4 experts fight it out.

It’s impossible to pick the perfect time to fix the interest rate on a home loan, experts say. Even with interest rates in Australia at near historic lows, and with no clear prospect of the official level rising soon, there is no definitive method of choosing the ideal moment to lock in the lowest possible

The best time to refinance your home loan? Right now.

There’s never a bad time to look at refinancing your mortgage. The best time, though, is when interest rates are at all-time record lows, as they are at the moment. That’s the view of Joseph Farhat, mortgage coach at uno home loans. “I would definitely say that the interest rate is one of the main

Is it Risky to Get Your Mortgage Through a Small Lender?

When searching for a mortgage, it’s important to look at the home loans available to you. This can mean exploring second and third tier lenders so that you have a full scope of your options. Increased visibility has helped some people find competitive products with smaller lenders, while leading others to ask if there is an

4 ways to win the property auction game

Don’t let anyone convince you that there’s a “surefire way” to come out on top at a property auction. Every auction is different, and finishing with the best final bid is part science, bluff, luck and performance art. Richard Wakelin has been in the property business for four decades. The Melbourne-based founder and director of

How to spot the ultimate hidden gem property

We’ve all seen them on websites and on the open-house trail – unloved and loveless properties. They’re the ones with the peeling wallpaper, missing fireplace, torn lino and lime-green carpets. Your first reaction might be “eeew, who’d buy that?” But many potential buyers, such as Bernadette Janson, who founded The School of Renovating in Sydney’s

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