When people buy property together, particularly if it’s with a partner or spouse, they often register the title in both people’s names – especially if they’re going to live in the property. But other arrangements are possible, several friends might opt to own individual shares in a property, for example, or a couple might choose… Read more about Buying property with other people: Mine, yours or ours?
There are many perks to working for yourself, but when it comes to applying for a home loan, it seems being your own boss sends up a red flag to banks and other lenders. Why? A salaried employee has a regular, steady income and is less likely to experience the cash flow volatility of a… Read more about Finding a home loan when you’re self-employed
No one likes paperwork; however, providing your broker with the right documentation will save you time and money. What information will your broker ask you to provide? When you ask to enlist the services of a broker, they will probably ask you for the following documentation: Identification, including photo ID such as driver licence Income… Read more about Why does my broker ask for so much documentation?
With so many products offered by various lenders, it can be quite perplexing trying to figure out whether or not you’ve scored yourself a good deal on your home loan. While doing your research and comparing what’s out there in the market is one of the most obvious ways to find out whether you’re sitting… Read more about How do I know I’m getting a good deal from my lender?
While refinancing your home loan may seem overwhelming at first, it’s less complicated than you might think. With historically low interest rates and increased competition across the home loan industry, lenders are keen to get your business. When you first took out a home loan, you probably paid very close attention to interest rates. Over… Read more about Easy refinancing for a better deal on your home loan
Getting a foot in the door of your dream home might be getting harder, but talking to a mortgage broker could get you the keys more quickly. Purchasing a property in today’s housing market is not for the faint-hearted. Would-be homebuyers have only to turn on their TV – or check Facebook or Twitter – for the latest… Read more about Why brokers hold the keys to getting your foot in the property door
A home loan is generally a long-term proposition, but in some situations it can make sense to refinance your mortgage. Read this guide to the refinancing process, and speak to a mortgage broker, before deciding whether it’s right for you. Refinancing involves taking out a new mortgage and using those funds to pay off your… Read more about What you need to know about refinancing
So you’ve decided to partner with a mortgage broker to smooth your first – or return – entry into the world of property, mortgages and loans. But before you choose your mortgage broker, it’s worth understanding the value they bring to the lending equation, and also how their commission structure works. After all, if you’re… Read more about Mortgage broker commissions uncovered
It’s often said that Australians are more likely to divorce their spouse than switch banks. But with plenty of competition in the home loan sector, refinancing can be a good move. You might want to refinance for a number of reasons – you can consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards into a home loan with… Read more about Refinancing could save you thousands – and give you greater flexibility
The real estate market can be tough for young adults, but as a parent you may be able to lend a helping hand. We tell you how. 1. Parent-to-child loan A parent-to-child loan is when a parent lends their child money. This is a formal, legally binding arrangement, administered by an independent third party. At… Read more about Want to help your kids buy property? Here’s how.
If you are thinking of purchasing your first property, there are a number of things to consider, including your financial status and personal circumstances. (1) Think about why you want to buy a home Are you buying a place to live in or will it be an investment property? The answer to this question can… Read more about 5 things first-home buyers need to know
Whether it is your first home or third property, it is an emotional journey and it’s easy to get carried away with the fun part of looking at houses. This should not distract from the less exciting, but equally important task of arranging finance as it will likely strengthen your negotiating position on both the… Read more about Should I organise a loan before buying a property?