Australians have had a long lasting love affair with the coastline. But you would think that having so much land with water lapping on it, prices for dwellings with water views would be reasonable.
You've just had a blissful two weeks at your favourite beachside getaway. Days of sun and surf, balmy nights and easy laughs. The stresses of daily life and work seem a long way away.
When you first enter the property market, one of the initial decisions you will need to make is whether you want to buy a new or an existing property.
It's often said that property is the most expensive purchase any of us will ever make, which is why it's so important to take a serious approach to your savings.
Granny flats are blooming across Australian cities, for alternative living space, extra income, or as generational change prompts families to move closer together for help looking after the kids.
Taking on a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you'll ever make, so it's important you are prepared for making that all-important application.