On the market? The federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme explained.

The barriers a first home buyer faces when entering the property market are well documented. So, will the government’s new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) help, or not? Here’s a guide to who’s eligible, how it will work and what the new scheme may mean for the housing market. Have you got a spare… Read more about On the market? The federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme explained.

Concerned about servicing your loans?

If you are concerned about servicing your loan, reach out to us as mortgage brokers for help. As Australians everywhere take a close look at their financial circumstances, mortgage brokers stand ready to lend a helping hand. Whether experiencing financial hardship through job loss, a reduction in work hours, or business disruption, an increasing number… Read more about Concerned about servicing your loans?

Finances on your mind? Do yourself a favour, speak to a broker

If you are finding it tough to meet your current financial obligations or you are just interested in reviewing your current home loan, then you are not alone. As mortgage brokers, we stand ready and able to assist with your options during this difficult time. Turbulent does not even begin to describe 2020 so far.… Read more about Finances on your mind? Do yourself a favour, speak to a broker

Does the gig economy make it harder to get a mortgage?

For lenders, the ideal customer has a steady income, ongoing employment and the ‘right’ paperwork.  Here’s what you can do to get a loan in the gig economy. From launching a start-up, to contracting in the ‘expert economy’ or just renting out the spare room as an Airbnb, more and more Australians have sources of… Read more about Does the gig economy make it harder to get a mortgage?

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?

Who’s to blame for millennials’ struggle to buy a first home?

Who’s to blame for millennials’ struggle to buy a first home? The story says young Australians struggle to buy their first home, while their parents negatively gear investment properties. Are boomers to blame? Or do millennials’ habits keep them from owning property? Baby boomers have a 95% rate of homeownership, whereas, at the bottom of… Read more about Who’s to blame for millennials’ struggle to buy a first home?

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

The parent trap: should you loan to your kids to help them buy?

The average age of first home buyers keeps increasing, with more young people turning to their parents for financial help. But is lending your children money from the “bank of mum and dad” right for you? Owning property has always been the great Australian dream. As a parent, it’s natural to want your kids to… Read more about The parent trap: should you loan to your kids to help them buy?

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?

Uncharted waters: what happens if rates go sub-zero?

Since the start of the financial year, the RBA has cut rates to an unprecedented 0.75%. What happens if rates crash through zero and into negative territory? In August, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe told Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economics that the RBA was prepared to do “unconventional things” to kick-start a flailing economy.… Read more about Uncharted waters: what happens if rates go sub-zero?

The rise of second-tier lenders in Australia

In the last five years, Australians’ perception of banks has changed. For many, dealing with banks has become a challenging and sometimes confusing process. As banks become more hands-off with their customers, more people are turning to brokers for help with their finance needs. This trend leaves room for brokers to step in and provide… Read more about The rise of second-tier lenders in Australia

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