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
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?
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
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?
If you are buying or selling a property, the settlement period is when you will deal with finances and paperwork to legally transfer ownership of the property. Your financial and legal reps will handle the hard stuff but knowing what is involved is key to a smooth settlement. Here we guide you through it. Before… Read more about What to know for a hassle-free settlement day
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
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
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
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
Most small businesses use finance when they’re starting out. Access to finance can also help you manage your cash flow, cover unexpected expenses and purchase the equipment you need to grow. Different loans are designed for different circumstances so it’s important to find one that meets your needs in a cost-effective way. To help you… Read more about A Simple Guide To Small Business loans
A new financial year can be a great time to set money goals, such as paying down a home loan. Paying off a mortgage early can save on interest, free up cashflow each month and help you enjoy all the benefits of a debt-free lifestyle. If reducing your mortgage debt is a key financial goal… Read more about Tips For Paying Off Your Home Loan Faster This Financial Year
Offset accounts and redraw facilities work in similar ways; they both allow you to reduce the balance of your home loan, and therefore the interest charged, by applying extra money to your debt. Redraw facilities allow you to deposit spare income into your home loan account, allowing you to redraw a sum equal to the… Read more about Explainer: how redraw and offset accounts can save you money