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?
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
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?
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
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
If you applied for a home loan in the current financial environment , your lender would probably assess your application in the context of both your credit score and your credit history – on top of your income, assets, liabilities and living expenses. Your credit score is a number calculated by a credit-reporting agency, which compares… Read more about Credit report changes: don’t be caught out
After all the talk, October’s decision by the Reserve Bank to cut rates didn’t come as a surprise. The RBA’s call sent the cash rate to a historic low of 0.75 per cent, the third cut inside six months. The call was the latest attempt by the RBA to drive economic growth, and while much… Read more about How low can you go: making the most of record-low rates
Small businesses can always benefit from an upgrade to existing equipment or from purchasing the very latest technology or machinery. However, the reality is that many business owners simply don’t have enough working capital to consider an outright purchase – making equipment finance an advantageous option. Even if you can afford to invest significant cash… Read more about The Small Owner’s Definitive Guide To Equipment Finance
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