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Beechwood Homes have long established their place in the Australian home building industry, and are known for delivering stylish and modern family homes all across NSW. Beechwood has been proudly building spacious and affordable homes for Australians for over 35 years.

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With property prices in Sydney and the rest of New South Wales falling, the banks copping it at the Royal Commission, and historically low interest rates starting to rise, lenders are putting the brakes on lending.

Lenders are concerned about incurring further reputational damage for approving loans that could quickly move into default, especially if interest rates start to rise. Lenders are also concerned that the property bubble may be starting to burst. In a rising property market, lenders can improve ‘iffy’ loans because if there is a default, the property can be sold at a profit and the bank will get its money back. But when the property market is in decline, if there is a default, the bank may not get all of its money back.

The above conditions are leading to lenders scrutinising loan applications closer than ever. Lending insiders suggest that approximately 25% of loans that were approved last year would be getting knocked back now.

With this in mind, there are a few useful tips to consider when making a loan application:

View your credit history

  1. It is very important to have a good credit history. More information is now available to potential lenders about borrowing candidates and lenders are able to obtain a better picture. If there are defaults, like the odd missed mobile phone payment, it would be a good idea to check that this has not impacted on your credit rating. You should obtain a copy of your credit history before applying for a loan. Making a loan application when there is a negative mark will likely lead to rejection and may make it harder to get a loan in the future.

Avoid job jumping

  1. Lenders want borrowers to have stable employment, because paying off a loan depends on having access to regular income. Red flags for lenders include a borrower changing jobs less than 6 months before applying for a loan or a jumpy employment history where people frequently move jobs every few years.

Avoid spontaneous spending

  1. Lenders are going through borrower’s bank statements with a fine tooth comb. They are looking closely to see where the money is going. Lenders want to see disposable income saved rather than excessive retail spending or out of budget impulse purchases. If you are looking to apply for a home loan, it would be a good idea to delay buying that pair of shoes or those golf clubs.

Avoid exaggerating on your application

  1. It is tempting to give a positive picture of our financial situation. However, the non-disclosure of liabilities or spending habits can lead to rejection if the lender finds out the position is not true. Given that lenders have access to more data than ever, there is every chance that the financier will find out if you tell the odd ‘porky’. What’s more, if the lender feels that you are not being up front with them, your application will go straight into the rejected pile no matter how good your financial position is. Once one lender rejects your application, it generally makes it harder to get approved by another lender.

Speak to a mortgage broker

Applying for a home loan is not something you do everyday. Get some help. Go and see a mortgage broker and get some advice. They tend to have a better picture of which loans will get approved by which lender. They may also be able to negotiate a better interest rate. But with any mortgage broker, make sure you ask how much you will have to pay for their service and whether they receive any commissions depending on the lender you go with.

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When starting out on a new build project, it is important to ask the right questions. But as a new-comer to the world of home building, what are the right questions?

The key components that often trip up a new build seem to be similar regardless of the owner’s individual requirements. We’ve covered a couple of these below, to help you with your project home build.

Why should I build with you?

This initial question is a very important one to ask and the answer will really depend on your personal circumstances. What is important to you when looking for a building partner? Is it price alone? Quality? Speed? Evaluating exactly what you are looking for in a home, and subsequently your project builder, is the cornerstone to facilitating a positive building experience. Beechwood Homes endeavour to meet the unique needs of all their clients.

Can you build to suit my block?

Block size, slope and location can put additional demands on building requirements. It is really important to discuss any concerns you have about your block of land with your builder to ensure you do not stumble across any unforeseen costs during the construction process.

What are the inclusions for my home design’s package?

Thoroughly understanding exactly what comes as part of your home’s building package avoids disappointment when it comes to your finished product. So many people assume that certain things will be included as a standard feature and are really upset when they check their contract too late. If you have any doubts, always clarify with your builder as to exactly what comes with your home.

What if I want to change one of your standard designs?

Although modern home designs are usually carefully considered to account for flow, function and appeal, sometimes they may just require a few little changes. Always check with your builder if alterations are allowed and at exactly which point they need to be made. Deadlines for alterations to design are usually very early in the construction process so that the builder can provide the best possible finished product.

What is expected of me during the construction process? How will I know when to do these things?

Understanding your role as the home owner in the construction process can help to ensure that it runs smoothly towards a successful outcome. It is important to always keep an open channel of communication with your project builder to avoid delays, conflicts and disappointments.

At Beechwood Homes, we understand that building a new home can be a confusing and daunting process. That’s why we are happy to advise and guide you through each stage of the construction process

Beechwood Homes are a widely-recognised home builder in multiple locations. We build traditional and affordable family homes to suit every modern lifestyle. We have built our expertise over many years of successfully providing homes for families. Call us today on 02 9616 0999 so we can help advise on any questions you may have in relation to building your new home.

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One of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process with Beechwood Homes’ is “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)? 


It is important to note that before any work can commence on your new home, either a DA or CDC will need to be lodged and approved by your local council or a qualified certifier.

What are DAs and CDCs? And what is the difference between them?
A Development Application (otherwise known as a DA) is the application made to your local council seeking consent to carry out a development. A Complying Development Certificate (otherwise known as a CDC) is an alternative to a DA and can be known to some as a fast track approval process when dealing with a more straight-forward development.

The major difference between the two is that a CDC’s requirements for development approval are a more universal set of requirements and cannot be amended to suit the needs of your development. The requirements for a CDC are considered to be “black and white” and these requirements apply across the state of NSW. The requirements for a DA will vary between the local councils of NSW. Each local council have their own set of requirements specific to their regions, and whilst your local council may have similar requirements to that of a CDC, your local council are in a better position to assist you with a development approval for your project if your development needs are more complex.

How do I know which method is the most appropriate for my job?
Beechwood Homes have been building new homes, and facilitating knock-down rebuild projects for over 35 years. We have a knowledgeable team of drafts people who, when creating your initial tender, will review and assess the factors your site may contain and will recommend which method of development application is best suited for your new home.

When do I need to decide which path I will go down for my development application?
The decision for a development application will need to be finalised in the early stages of planning your development. Once you receive your plans and tender for review, the team at Beechwood Homes will then discuss with you our recommendations for your development application. Beechwood’s recommendation will be based on your job’s specific needs and requirements.

Is there anyone who can help me with my development application?
When you have opted to build a new home or conduct a knock-down rebuild with Beechwood Homes, the good news is we will guide you through the entire building process starting from the planning stage right through to construction and even maintenance stages, as seamless as possible. Our team have experienced, dedicated members who are happy to assist you in planning, and realising your dream home. We work in conjunction with your local council and reputable certifiers to ensure we stay up to date with all guidelines outlined for both DA and CDC applications.

If you find that you still have some questions regarding your development application, you can seek advice from your local council or an accredited certifier. The team at Beechwood Homes will be happy to go through any questions or concerns you may have and explain them further to you.

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Bushfire is a major challenge for our communities, and hot summers coupled with strong winds are a major concern each bushfire season.

When building on bushfire prone land, there are considerations that go into the design and construction of the home.

Given that many new estates are located near or adjacent to bush land, Beechwood Homes are knowledgeable in building in bushfire prone areas and work closely with qualified consultants to ensure that additional needs are factored into design and construction.

In the aftermath of the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires in 2009, all Australian states have committed to policies to ensure Australian homes are built from materials that have the best possible chance of withstanding moderate bushfire exposure.

Further regulations as part of the Australian Standard AS 3959 have imposed specific zonings, called Bushfire Attack Levels. The Bushfire Attack Levels, or BALs, are a set of distinct material, design and construction specifications for each area in Australia according to their inherent threat of bushfire. These standards take into account the potential for ignition caused by burning embers, radiant heat or flame generated by a bushfire as well as the expected intensity of the bushfire attack on the building. Each BAL has been designed in consideration of the extreme weather and natural phenomena consistently encountered throughout Australia's variable landscape.

As a general rule, the closer your home is to bush land, the greater the chance that additional requirements will be needed. It is first necessary to determine a 'Bushfire Attack Level' for new homes near bush land.

The building requirements for house design and construction vary according to the bush fire attack level that a development falls into. The building requirements for each BAL are set out in Australian Standard: 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas 2009 (AS3959).

When building your new home with Beechwood Home, we work with consultants and local authorities to ensure your new home is being built to the correct BAL standard and will pass any complying requirements.

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The Beechwood Homes Group is proud to announce the launch of a new division, Ascension Living, specialising in the construction of granny flats.

Speaking at the launch at the HIA Home Show in Sydney, Beechwood’s Managing Director, Vic Cavasinni, said “This is a great day for our business. For over 35 years, Beechwood has been building modern, spacious and affordable family homes. We have now developed a modular building system to streamline the building process for granny flats and as a result we can offer customers an 8-10 week build time. What’s more, customers do not need to build a new Beechwood home in order to be able to build an Ascension Living “Bijou” granny flat in the backyard of their property.”

To mark the occasion, Ascension Living has constructed a new, full size granny flat which is on display at the ICC International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, Sydney for the HIA Home Show this weekend. Of course, the “Bijou” granny flat comes with the quality finishes, inclusions and appliances that one expects from Beechwood.

People attending the HIA Home Show will be able to touch, feel and experience a “Bijou” granny flat. The HIA Home Show runs until Sunday, 26 March 2017 and entry is free.

For more information, visit www.ascensionliving.com.au.

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Sea and Tree Changes are often a long-held dream for those living in higher density locations. The lure of a simpler lifestyle with more space and freedom is something we all we wish we could achieve but often dismiss as an unrealistic idea. Apprehensions about the lack of availability of employment, cultural, and educational opportunities can put many people off the thought of making a move to different pastures.

The good news is that in our modern context, we are now able to achieve ideal lifestyles in areas that are not in the conventional metropolitan areas. The South Coast of New South Wales is one perfect example of an area that can offer an excellent balance of lifestyle, affordability, and opportunity. Lower housing prices, easy access to coastal regions, and burgeoning areas of industry and employment are all drawn cards to the South Coast, supporting the perfect mix of country freedoms and opportunities.

It is also an area that is committed to expanding these opportunities and growing their various communities in positive directions. Youth initiatives run by organizations such as the Surf Life Saving South Coast Branch and the Regional Development Office Australia South Coast promote inclusion, dedication, respect, and success through various programs, events, and competitions.

Employment opportunities are also well catered for in the South Coast area with the nearby city centers of Wollongong, Nowra, and Shoalhaven as well as many surrounding commercial and industrial areas.

Beechwood Homes is proud to build their quality homes on and around the South Coast of NSW, providing a beautiful and affordable alternative to city living. The fear of restricted opportunity should not dissuade you from considering a South Coast move as the area continues to flourish and develop in the key areas we all need to make a comfortable and positive life.

To check out the homes we have on offer in the South Coast area, take a look at our Home and Land packages or call us to today on 02 4423 0000.

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The team at Beechwood Homes have really outdone themselves raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation during this year’s World’s Greatest Shave which has them currently placed in 6th position on the Top Fundraising Teams National Leaderboard.

The events took place in 3 locations with professional hairdressers, Jasmine Anderson (of Jasmine Anderson Hairdressing) and Brooke Lowe (of Lil Redz Hairdressing) donating their time and expertise.

For team captain, Beechwood’s General Manager Wayne Barton, the charity lies close to his heart, “I recently lost my father to Leukaemia. In his final days I watched a man who I love, respect and admire suffer as a result of this horrible disease. As I stood by helplessly, I thought, what can I do to help him and the many others that are in the same situation? All I can do is hopefully raise some funds for research for more effective treatments and support for other families who are facing a similar situation to my own.”

The staff of Beechwood Homes, from all across NSW, rallied around Barton and his family to show their support. The team of 19 who signed up to shave, cut and colour their locks raised a staggering $21,000 by the day of the shave, far exceeding their initial goal of $5,000.

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Managing Director of Beechwood Homes, Vic Cavasinni generously offered for Beechwood Homes to match dollar-for-dollar all funds raised by the Beechwood Team by the day of the shave. Not only did he did make this generous offer but he was also one of the members of the Beechwood Team who was brave and shaved his head.

Cavasinni stated, “I was so impressed with the efforts of all my staff, not just those who were brave but also those who gave generously and showed their support. It really does show that we are a tight-knit group. How could I not have the company support the team when the team supports the company?”

Contributing to Beechwood’s success were some of their suppliers: Beaumont Tiles, Trend Windows, Winnings Appliances, Antunes Lawyers, Austral Bricks, Nicsons Concrete, Costas, Savvas Leondas Enterprises Pty Ltd, Marando Solicitors, Redline Enterprises (Aust) Pty Ltd and Brickworks Building Products. Barton had also offered for the highest bidder to win the right to shave his head on the day. A bidding war between Beaumont Tiles and Trend Windows ensued, culminating with Beaumont winning the auction and shaving Barton’s head.

All in all, it was a great result for a great cause with the team raising a total of $48,214.44.

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Beechwood is a name that is synonymous with affordable, stylish, and comfortable family homes. We always aim to bring the best value option to families looking to build a new life in a brand new home but we also excel at providing a prestige option to those who are looking for a little more luxury.

Our Acreage and Estate ranges represent a premium level of design and quality for those homes that can afford a little more space. Starting at a house area of 228m2 and ranging to above 340m2, the Acreage and Estate ranges can offer you the room your family needs to grow and thrive.

Our designs also accommodate the superior range of entertainment and functional options that modern acreage living is known for. These can include triple garages, expansive theatre rooms, and large outdoor alfresco areas. Couldn't you just imagine yourself settling back and taking in the view of your property from your own luxurious outdoor entertainment area?

With a varying range of inclusions and styles, you can tailor your Beechwood Acreage and Estate home entirely to your needs with both the Shiraz and Lakeview range offering a variety of facades and design features.

Your home is always a reflection of your tastes and personality, Beechwood helps bring this into reality. To talk to one of our friendly staff about our premium range of homes for acreage and estate, simply call us today on 02 9616 0999.

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Nestled in Chisolm, one of the Hunter region's newest suburbs, is Waterford County, an estate that boasts a relaxed and contemporary country lifestyle.

Beechwood Homes are proud to build our quality, affordable homes within the beautiful Waterford County Estate. We are currently offering a range of Home and Land packages for Waterford County that feature some of our most popular home designs including the Verdelho, the Merlot, and the Cienna.

Waterford County is an estate that represents a growing move to expand our residential areas to those beyond the metropolitan restrictions. With larger land sizes, more affordable prices and idyllic surrounds, this area is growing in popularity for those in every walk of life. First Home Buyers, investors, and families are all recognising the benefits of living a country lifestyle, with more freedom, time, and relaxation.

Enjoying a 'tree change' lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you will be limiting the prospects for your or your family in the future. Every opportunity is available to the Waterford County residents with employment, education, health, and leisure options all within an easy distance of the estate. All surrounded by views of the gorgeous Wallarobba Ranges, active wild life, and estate facilities.

To take a look at our range of Home and Land packages available at Waterford County, Chisolm simply check out our Home and Land page or give us a call on 02 9616 0999. If you would like to contact Waterford County about their range of lots available or the fantastic lifestyle opportunity they can provide, please take a look at their website. Or why not take a drive to experience the peacefulness of the estate for yourself? It's around a two hour drive from Sydney and you will not regret the scenery.

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Our range of designs feature quality products and considered layouts specifically tailored to fulfil every family's needs for comfort and lifestyle. But sometimes, you might just need a little extra...something.

That something is the Evolution Indulgence package of inclusions. This premium range of inclusions is perfect for those who are a little more discerning and who want the very best for their family home.

The Evolution Indulgence package brings an upgraded element of class and sophistication, enhancing the way you can live in and enjoy your home. These include features that are functional as well as beautiful, making your home a haven of style and convenience.

It is the little details that count when building your home. They may not be glaringly obvious, but a small investment in quality when building, ensures that your home is the way you want it now, and into the future. In the kitchen you can choose from the upgraded Westinghouse oven and stove top combination that best suits your style and habits. The Evolution Indulgence package also features 40mm stone bench tops, splashback and vanities for a sleek and modern appeal.

The Evolution Indulgence package also covers the quality inclusions that you won't notice every day. These include the things that you don't see, like the Granitguard™ termite system, wall and ceiling insulation, and superior slab inclusions. Each one of these features has been designed to increase the comfort, function, and longevity of your family's new home.

The Evolution range of inclusions is extensive so the best way to understand them in detail is to check out the package document or call into one of our display homes to experience these premium features.

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