Sue’s Views

Thanks for reading. Here’s why I write to you.

If you’re anything like me, your inbox is full to overflowing. So I thought I should take the time to explain why I send out these emails every month.   A big part of my job is keeping you informed.    Yes, we love working with you to arrange a mortgage and setting up...

A new scam.

Just when you think you’ve heard all the tricks scammers get up to, along comes a new one.   I recently attended a business event in a hotel with a good friend of mine. The event was totally above board but what happened during was interesting. First of all, my friend...

We need to talk.

How often do small problems turn into big problems, simply because we’re too embarrassed to talk about them? More often than you think.   I volunteer at Lifeline, and it’s astonishing (and depressing) how often I find myself talking on the phone to someone who has got...

The sins of the insurance industry – and my response.

You may have noticed there’s been an enquiry into practices in the insurance industry, leading to some rather bad publicity.   I haven’t read the full report yet – that will be on my holiday reading list – but I would like to make one simple point.   If you’ve worked...

You only get one life.

Last month I spent a fascinating Saturday with eight people who responded to my invitation to a one-day seminar.   We all got so much out of the day that I decided to do it all over again – and you’re invited. But before I tell you the date, let me share a little of...

Get Airpoints Dollarsjust for having insurance.

You need insurance to protect what’s important. And if you’re with Sovereign, you can now get rewarded on top.   Since 30 November 2018, everyone who buys or holds an eligible Sovereign insurance policy can earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $100 of premium.   There’s...

‘Tis the season to blow budgets.

The festive season. A time to send out party invites, uncork the champagne, dine on delicious food, and shower those we love with expensive goodies.   All good fun but it comes at a price.   I’ve been thinking about this, not because I’m a Grinch – far from it! But...

7 questions to set you up for a fantastic 2019.

I’ve just returned from Sydney, where I took part in the last of my quarterly seminars with my mentor, Dr Fred Grosse.   Dr Fred has an interesting approach. Instead of treating the end of 2018 as a time for reviewing the year, he uses it to get a head start on the...

Is this the next ‘leaky building’ or ‘meth testing’?

 Over the past decade or two, thousands of homeowners have been financially wiped out when they bought houses that were later revealed to be rotting from within. Others have seen their equity take a hit when P residues from dodgy tenants caused widespread alarm.  Now...

A weird development this winter.

Winter is normally our quiet time. Most people aren’t looking to buy a house so they don’t go shopping for a mortgage either. But this winter has been different. I have lost count of the number of phone calls and emails from people who want me to “just have a look” at...

Putting things off, Part 2.

Last month I talked about making your will, and how it’s human nature to put it off. Sadly, procrastination isn’t limited to legal documents that set out your future wishes. It can affect your wellbeing in the here and now. Want a real-life example? I know someone who...

Making a mountain out of a molehill.

It’s only human to avoid irksome tasks, such as updating your will. I know this all too well! I was in my late teens when I made my first will. Entering fulltime employment and taking my first steps into property ownership, I thought I should leave some instructions...