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Top 5 Small Cars

After doing a bit of research I’ve found Australia’s top 5 small cars. For the budget conscious and those with out families, read on to see what’s out there and why they are the best on the road. Remember at Pierre Finance we can help you on your way to affording one of these economic stars just a phone call away.

Volkswagon Golf 118 TSI

It’s no surprise that the Golf is up there among the best. This 5 door 5 seater hatch is an excellent runner. It has a spacious interior and also has a decent off road grip.  The engine’s are variant but I liked the Turbo 1.4 MPFI for economic purposes with out loosing the speed and comfort. If you like a car that handles like a dream, looks good and will go the distance this is it. The crash safety rating is 5 stars and the green 4.5. Brand new these retail at around $28,000.

Peugeot 308 Access

This compact 5 door has an unusual large boot, so great if you are a golfer or love getting away from it all. The interior has a classy feel and is really comfortable. The 18 inch wheels give it a sporty edge yet the drive is not as smooth as the Golf and the transmission through the gear change feels a bit delayed. The front interior doesn’t offer up much space either. However for a 1.2l Turbo MPFI it’s not retailing bad at $17,000 to $20,000. The top end of this car is it has 5 stars for it’s crash rating and it’s green score.

Mazda 3

For those who prefer an automatic this 5 seater Mazda is a superstar. This 2l engine offers a buzzy ride and is economic on long runs. A nice interior and a cool looking exterior is ideal for those wanting that little bit more from a small car. I like the tinted windows and the built in sat nav. Just those little extra’s that can make a difference. This car has 5 stars for crash safety and a 4.5 star green rating. Priced from $20,000 to $24,000 depending which model or dealer.

Hyundai i 130

Great value automatic 5 door hatchback with a 1.8l engine giving it a nippy ride. It has really comfortable seats, a generous boot has 4.5 green stars and a 5 star safety rating. Excellent value at around $17,000 and attractive to those who want a decent looking new car that is great value all round.

Toyota Corolla

This 5 star rated green car and also 5 star crash safety score gives it an edge like the Peugeot. It has a nice interior and is comfortable to drive. The drawback is a small boot, but it is a really economical manual geared car. The engine might not be as sharp as the Golf Or Mazda, but it’s very sufficient for the price, at around $17,000.

So that’s the cream of the crop for your small car choices in Australia. As stated above we can help with all your financial needs, just call our friendly team for any advice.

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Home Loan is Rejected!

Have you found your home, get set to buy it and then discover your application for your home loan is rejected.

Rejected applications for finance are a touchy subject, but the main thing is not to give up. There are never two lenders the same so it’s worth shopping around. Just because one lender has rejected your application doesn’t mean to say they all will. Everyday at Pierre Finance we strive to achieve your financial needs and also at competitive rates. We use a variety of companies to achieve the best rates. We shop around while you relax.

It is always good to do some research beforehand as loan rejections can leave  a black mark against your credit rating, which will make it even harder.

The best way is to read on and follow our simple steps:

  • It is always good to find out why your application was rejected. Sometimes there could be a simple solution, or it may not even be your fault.
  • You need to look into your credit history and find out if there is any evidence. There’s lots of different reasons for marks on your credit, like an overdraft, an unpaid bill that has slipped through the net or a default on a past loan or mortgage. So the first thing to do is sort any marks, pay all your bills on time and even try to save a little. It doesn’t matter how much as long as it’s regular. The more reliable your finances look the more options you will have.

If you do happen to have a loan rejected then don’t despair. It is a common thing and it doesn’t mean failure. As long as you prove that you are sensible and reliable with your finances then you shouldn’t have a problem. A savings plan of any kind is the best foot forward.

Contact our expert friendly team anytime.

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Blue House

Going Green

Last Sunday saw the 14th Sustainable House Day in Australia. Going green has never been so popular which is why Australia hosts this remarkable day to give you all tips and inspiration. A loan from Pierre Finance can save you energy and money in the long term. The benefits of an energy efficient home and way of living can save you a considerable amount of money per year. Some of Australia’s most stunning and Eco-Friendly properties were on display, so lets have a look at 2 of the highest rating.

It’s no surprise this beautiful Tree House has won awards. Surrounded by lots of greenery just adds to the clever modifications that have earned it’s top spot and the budget was very modest.

The constructors used thermally broken insulation including double glazing and a hydronic heating system for the cooler climes. To capture the excess rain water there are 4 20k litre tanks underneath the garage and providing the house with electric is a 2.5 Kw PV installation. The solar power has a gas booster for hot water and heating and wherever possible it provides water for the suspended pool.

The cladding on the house is a mix of Colorbond steel, weatherboards and Weathertex. Everything used are natural bamboo, FSC, recycled and all the paint is either low VOC or at zero level. So even the outside of the house is impressive in sustainable terms. An good energy rating of 7.4.

The Blue House was a new build property back in 2012 with designs for a family with young children. This modest 3 bedroom property is all about light, ventilation, containing heat in the cooler months and shade for the hotter ones. The footprint of the property has landscaping designed to reduce rain water escapes, the floors and walls retain heat in the winter and with a little shading stay cool in the heat of the summer.

The concrete and bricks are totally recycled, the paint is low VOC, and the carpets are 100% wool. Solar panels take care of the heating and hot water, and energy is monitored by using energy efficient appliances, low energy lighting and draft proofing. Again a water storage tank built underground can hold 22.500 litres. A good rating for this property at 7.3.

I hope I have inspired you to look into different ways of saving energy, and remember you will also save on living costs.

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Property Market Update

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Important Auction Results

If you are a first time buyer, moving home or thinking of putting your home up for sale it is very important auction results that could influence your decisions. Studying these results will give you the insight into the value of properties and the current markets. Here at Pierre Finance we are always researching the market so we can offer you the best advice and guidance for when the time is right for you to get that home loan.

Whether you are buying, investing or simply checking out the value of your current home keeping up to date after a weekend of auctions and performance is a clear cut way to gauge the market. Each suburb has it’s own unique performance results which is essential for anyone who wants to research the property market.

You need to study the amount of properties that sell before the auction, during and after. Also how many auctions in each state and the clearance rates and those that didn’t sell. All this data is relevant to your decisions. It is good to know what the house down the street sold for, and also where people are investing. It does take a bit of time but once you get in the habit you can keep a results and performance document so you can easily see the patterns emerging.

Here are some examples of the information you can easily retrieve.

  • In Queensland there were 129 property auctions this weekend with a clearance rate of 51%.
  • 10 properties sold before the auction, 32 sold at auction
  • 35 passed in
  • 6 were withdrawn
  • 0 sold after the auction

Each individual property, town and street number will be listed.

So, in Alderly number 30 Kate Street, a house with 4 bedrooms sold before the auction at $732,500.

In New South Wales there was a total of 995 auctions with a 78% clearance rate,

  • 181 sold before the auction and 473 at auction
  • 138 passed in
  • 48 withdrew
  • 5 were sold after

In Abbotsford suburb a 2 bed unit was sold for $760,000 prior to auction.

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Boat Lovers Dream

If you are into your boats then look no further than the affordable Dehler 38, a boat lovers dream. This mix of contemporary design with splashes of art deco shows how creative and unique the design is from Vroliijk and Judel. Whether you are into cruising, racing or simply enjoy yacht life with family and friends this new generation of Dehler really are something innovative and special.

At Pierre Finance we are here to make your dreams happen. This affordable beauty is on the market for $355,000 which is not bad for such a good looking, well designed yacht. With the right finance in place we make sure your in budget and not out of your depth. Our service is based on the non stressed finance options.

The deck design has clean lines whatever lay out you choose. The fact that you can choose the layout to suit your sailing style and needs is an important added bonus. The steering is a comfortable, short handed twin wheel system and also accompanied by 6 winches and Harken deck gear. Experienced sailors will appreciate the responsive handling of this well balanced, stable yet lightweight yacht, with it’s dream helm, making it a serious racing contender.

The main features:

  • Choose from custom materials for the inside
  • Large fully equipped bathroom
  • Extensive side windows for great visibility
  • Spacious open plan cockpit
  • Brand new hull
  • Contemporary, clean cut deck design
  • Layout options for 2 or 3 cabins

The whole package is here for those seriously looking for a 38 foot cool performer. With this yacht you will be the envy of many a seasoned sailor as it will cause interest in any harbour moored up or out on the water doing it’s stuff. Dehler really have put in some serious passion with this latest head turner design.

Specifications:

  • It weighs a standard 7 tonnes
  • Upwind sale is 79.3 square metres
  • The engine is a Volvo Penta 30
  • Optional 300l water tank
  • 160l fuel tank
  • 3.75m beam
  • 2/2.3/1,6m draft

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Melbourne City

Melbourne is on the Top Spot

Melbourne is on the top spot for living as out of 140 cities worldwide it has been renamed the worlds best city to live in. It was an almost perfect score according to the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index. The score was an impressive 97.5% only just beating Vienna by a mere 0.1%. Adelaide was also up there in 5th with a 96.6% result.

It’s no surprise that Melbourne is in the top spot with its great restaurant and bar scene, the hip lanes areas, the abundance of art and culture, and it is chosen to host major sports and other important events. The booming property market has also helped it’s popularity as more and more people want to call Melbourne home.

The close of the financial year saw the average price of a home was $560,000 with a registered growth of 10.2% again. Property is selling in record time frames from the moment they are on the market to completion and this months auction records show a 70% clearance already. Here at Pierre Finance we can help you live your Melbourne dream or simply contact us for any financial service.

It’s great that Australia took some top 10 spots, Sydney came in at 7th and Perth came in at 8th. Their seemed to be a similarity among the top liveable cities such as  being medium sized, no excessive infrastructure, not over populated, low level crime and offering a balanced range of recreational areas and activities. All the top ten cities were either in Australia or Canada which proves our wealth.

There were 5 categories under assessment to achieve the results they included, healthcare, environment, culture, infrastructure and education. These were all scored by measuring the quality and quantity in the 30 different factors in all areas.

The factors were given scores based on whether they were undesirable, restricted living, tolerable, highly acceptable and comfortable.

The cities that scored 80 to 100 had a good standard of living appeal and those that were very restricted scored 50 or less.

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