Going up: what record low interest rates mean for property prices

House prices are rising in Melbourne and Sydney – one of the desired effects of the RBA’s historically-low rates. But do low rates always lead to higher prices? Just weeks out from Christmas, the RBA decision to keep rates steady in December at 0.75% didn’t come as a surprise. In fact, it suggests we’re still… Read more about Going up: what record low interest rates mean for property prices

Behind the curtain: what drives RBA decision making?

The RBA’s decision to hold on interest rates gives us time to take a deeper look at what is going on. After all, there could be further cuts. What drives the decision making? What could send rates lower? To cut or not On the first Tuesday of each month, except January, the RBA board meets… Read more about Behind the curtain: what drives RBA decision making?

The art of the possible: how to pay off your mortgage sooner

It’s a simple equation. Paying down your mortgage sooner can save you thousands of dollars in interest in the long run. Here are some ways to make the most of every dollar while paying off your loan quicker. Increase your repayments… Let’s take a look at repaying a $500,000 home loan, using the mortgage calculator… Read more about The art of the possible: how to pay off your mortgage sooner

A home for all seasons: is spring the best time to sell?

If you’re selling, there’s plenty to consider, including when to go to market. The popular view is that spring is the best time to sell, but is it the season for getting more interest and a better price? Spoiler alert. The short answer is no. But not by much. There are plenty of reasons it… Read more about A home for all seasons: is spring the best time to sell?

Four questions every property buyer should ask their real estate agent

If you are buying a new home or investment, chances are you will be attending a lot of open houses and meeting a lot of real estate agents. Finding the right property involves time and research, so you will need to ask the right questions to ensure you are making a competitive offer on a… Read more about Four questions every property buyer should ask their real estate agent

Three questions to ask before you refinance

With interest rates at record lows and competitive deals on offer, switching to a new loan or lender may be an appealing prospect, with the potential to make significant savings. Since the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) began its latest round of rate cutting, lenders have been lowering mortgage interest rates across the board, with… Read more about Three questions to ask before you refinance

Understanding Which Home Loan Features Are Right For You

Buying a home is probably one of life’s most important milestones, so getting the right home loan tailored to your specific needs and circumstances is essential. When it comes to home loans, there are many factors to consider besides interest rates. Choosing the right home loan could not only provide flexibility as your financial situation… Read more about Understanding Which Home Loan Features Are Right For You

Four Things To Consider Before Buying Off-The-Plan

Buying a property that is yet to be built is a popular strategy, particularly for first-time homebuyers. It offers the potential for stamp-duty savings, time to save more for the deposit, and, of course, the opportunity to move into a brand-new home. While the glossy brochures and artists’ impressions can be appealing, purchasing property off-the-plan… Read more about Four Things To Consider Before Buying Off-The-Plan