Welcome to the Aqua Door
Nothing excites me more than helping people. It’s what I love to do!
The best part of my job is becoming a part of your adventure, whether it be entering the property market for the first time or refinancing existing debt, there is nothing I love more than walking with you every step of the way.
Over the past 12 years, I have been privileged to work alongside hundreds of clients, some of whom become friends, helping to secure their first home, assist with growing an investment portfolio or working with them to refinance their loans helping them to achieve their personal finance goals. More recently I’ve spent the last five years working exclusively with doctors, dentists and vets across Sydney and further afield and have developed a deep understanding of their unique financial needs.
Now with a family of my own the time feels right to head in a new direction and spread my wings taking my knowledge and skills out to the wider community again. Aqua Door Home Loans was born, and it has felt like the most organic and natural thing to do.
I am fortunate to live on the beautiful Northern beaches of Sydney with my amazing husband and 2 gorgeous children. Whatever the season we enjoy getting into the great outdoors and making the most of our fabulous location. I have an unhealthy love of horse riding, I dabble in triathlon, adore a sneaky snow holiday and I will seek out any excuse for a glass of wine with friends. Leading the healthy balanced lifestyle I love gives me the motivation and passion I need to provide a truly personalised and caring service.
I look so forward to working with you soon……
Why use Aqua Door Home Loans?
I can’t wait to assist you with all your mortgage, car and personal loan requirements – from start to finish.
Using years of product knowledge to compare multiple loan options, I will find the right loan product to best suit your needs. I can also assist with loan structuring and utilise your offsetting ability which will help you pay down your loan faster, saving you money.
How I can help?
- Arrange a meeting to discuss your wants, needs and requirements
- Prepare the paperwork, lodge the application and do all the follow ups
- I’ll keep you updated throughout the whole process, so you know exactly where your loan is up to.
- I’m there every step of the way from initial chat to settlement and beyond!
- I can obtain the same published rates and can even negotiate a better rate in some instances
- Best of all, this is absolutely free to you – as I receive a commission from the bank
The best part of my job is proudly saying that once the relationship begins, I will be there from start to finish. From that initial chat, the loan approval, through the house hunting stage, all the way to settlement I will be by your side to assist with all the steps that go along with buying a property. Even after settlement I am always available to answer questions, continually assess your loan structures and make sure you are on the best product and rate possible.
The biggest compliment is working with clients ongoing with future financial needs and of course being referred to family and friends!
Qualifications and Memberships
- MFAA full member
- Diploma in Financial Services
- Certificate IV – Mortgage Broking
“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive”
Buying a Home
I can help walk you through everything you need to know about buying your first home, relocating, up sizing or downsizing.
Buying your first home or relocating might seem like a daunting experience, but as long as you have all your ducks lined up and you are prepared, it can be a smooth and fun process.
Before you begin your house hunt, consider things like location, your budget and what you can comfortably afford. Making sure you have considered all these things can make the process smoother and more enjoyable.
Knowing your limits on monthly repayments and deposits can help make the decision on purchase price and geographic area a lot more precise and narrow down options which can often seem daunting at the start. Once this has been decided, the next stage is to obtain a pre-approval, so you can start your ‘active’ house hunt.
When a property is found there is a whole bunch of other things you need to do. Contracts need to be read by a solicitor or conveyancer, valuations required by the bank, building and pest inspections completed etc. but this is where I can help make sure all the ‘ducks are in a row’ to make the process run smooth and as quickly as possible so you can secure the home of your dreams.
“The only source of knowledge is experience”
Purchasing an Investment Property
There are a few things you need to do when looking to enter the investment market. Speaking to your accountant or financial advisor is wise to make sure this path is the best for you.
Understanding the responsibilities of property investment and covering off all related items such as ongoing management of the property, tenants, maintenance and relevant insurances need to be considered before diving in.
Researching suitable areas for best property return is imperative and remember this is not a property you are intending to live in, so you need to look at this purchase as a business decision and try to leave some emotion out of the transaction, unless the long-term plan is to live in it.
Look at geographical locations carefully, checking local infrastructure such as proximity to bus routes, train stations, shops and schools are all sure-fire ways of making sure your investment is successful.
Setting your budget and ensuring you are not stretching yourself too far is critical. If the property is untenanted for a period or renovations are required, you don’t want to find yourself in a financial dilemma.
“A good home must be made, not bought”
Renovating Your Home or Investment Property
Home loans for renovations
Adding value to your property is always a high priority for home owners. The quickest way to do that is through renovation whether it be minor cosmetic or major structural changes.
Borrowing the funds to do renovations may be the better option than using your savings as there are lots of borrowing options to consider.
Funds can be raised from taking out a personal loan, taking out a new home loan or adding the amount to your existing home loan.
Whatever way you decide to raise the funds, if done correctly the return on investment not to mention enhanced enjoyment of your living space is well worth the effort and can be lots of fun!
“Some people look for a beautiful place. Other’s make a place beautiful”
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
Refinancing Your Home loan
Refinancing is done for a number of reasons, restructuring an old loan, looking to get a better rate, accessing built up equity or simply looking to consolidate a few debts to reduce interest payments.
Home loans for most of us are a long-term commitment and it’s important to understand the ins and outs of refinancing to make sure it’s the right option for you.
It’s important to know that there are different types of refinancing depending on your agenda:
- looking for a lower rate to reduce your monthly repayment
- wanting to consolidate debts
- restructure, or
- looking to raise equity (release cash) from your property
Refinancing is basically swapping your current loan for a new one, so it’s important to understand what you want to achieve and do your homework before proceeding, so you can maximise the benefit in doing so.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Are you looking to upgrade, buy a family car or even buy that sports car you have been dreaming of…
Whatever the reason, most of us don’t have the cash for such a large purchase so a loan is the best way to get you behind your new wheels.
Just like cars, there are a huge range of loans available. It’s wise to look at the options available, so you can choose wisely.
That’s where I can help. Don’t just accept the dealers offer, let me show you some other loan options and keep you in charge of your finances.
And the best part, I will do all the paperwork. Unlike home loans, car loans can be done within a day or two, so the process is super quick to get you in the driver’s seat sooner.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
What’s the Story With the Door?
After designing a logo that made me smile the second the draft hit my inbox, there was no question, I had found my ‘brand’.
Since then I cannot believe the number of people who have asked me “so what’s with the door?” It got me thinking why this little door means so much.
It’s my favourite!
For as long as I can remember I have been attracted to doors. My first photo was taken in Santorini at the age of 17 and since then I have been snapping pictures of doors on all my travels both near and far. Not only was I drawn to the beauty, quirkiness or bright colours of these doors, I would often wonder who lived behind them, what person, people or family lived with these fabulous pieces of timber, and how they too clearly have a love of doors and are proud to adorn the fronts of their homes with them.
My 2 beautiful children were born in November, so No.11 was an easy pick.
I could not be more impressed
“I could not be more impressed with Megan’s professionalism and efficiency! Due to unforeseen circumstances, my partner and I had a very short timeframe for purchasing our property. Megan managed to provide us with a pre-approval of funds within just 24 hours and this was quickly followed up with documented formal approval. This enabled us to move into our new home just 4 weeks after placing the initial offer. Megan helped throughout this process; explaining the steps involved, assisting us with the paperwork etc. She went above and beyond by not only securing a very low variable rate on our new property purchase, but also reducing the home loan rate on our existing mortgage. I was happy with the service provided with The Aqua Door Home Loans and would certainly use Megan’s services again if needed in the future.”
C Allerton – Wamberal
A pleasure to deal with
“After a painful process with one of the major banks, Megan was able to use my accounting membership to secure a mortgage rate below any other offered whilst waiving the Lenders Mortgage Insurance. She talked through our plan and advised on an optimal fixed/variable split with offset. As our first mortgage it was a steep learning curve and Megan guided us along with patience. A pleasure to deal with and willing to push for the best outcome for the customer.”
E. Ferguson – Fairlight
Friendly, professional, fantastic to work with
“I first met Megan when she was arranging finance for one of my clients. She is friendly, professional, fantastic to work with and it was impressive how easy she made the finance process for them. Since then I have referred my accounting clients without hesitation to Megan and she has also written loans for my husband and myself. Megan makes what can be a daunting and frustrating process low-stress and seamless. She is well organised, explains the process thoroughly and delivers on what she promises. I recommend her without reservation.”
Elissa Lippiatt – Surry Hills