Mortgage Focus January 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed some quality time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year break. Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019. As many people are still on their summer holidays, there’s not much happening in our property markets this month. Few auctions have been listed around the country […]

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When is the right time to refinance an investment property?

Loan refinancing is a strategy used by property investors to access funds – usually to grow or improve the value of their property portfolio. The right time to do it largely depends on your strategy, plans and equity. In this article, we highlight some of the key considerations for this strategy and how savvy investors […]

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Mortgage Focus June 2018

We hope you are embracing the arrival of winter and enjoying the cool change. In recent weeks we’ve seen conditions for property buyers improving, with fewer homes reaching the reserve price at auction and values trending downwards in many markets. During the colder months, there are usually fewer buyers doing the rounds, so there could […]

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Should I buy an investment property now?

To buy an investment property in 2018, or not to buy? With more than 15% of Australian taxpayers owning at least one investment property, it’s a big question on many people’s minds right now. So, what’s the answer? Last year saw some major curveballs thrown to property investors, which may have left you wondering whether […]

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October 2017 interest rates on hold at 1.5%

At its October meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia has again opted to keep the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. Economists widely anticipated the RBA’s decision, with many predicting no further RBA rate changes until next year. What else is happening in the loan market? Interest only loans: There has been a significant reduction […]

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Mortgage Focus September 2017

Spring has sprung and isn’t it a glorious time of year? It’s traditionally the time for change and new beginnings! If you’ve been considering a property purchase, now could be the time to get out there, enjoy the sunshine and start your property hunt. Perhaps you’ve been considering refinancing to a fresh new mortgage that’s […]

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RBA rates on hold at 1.5% for September 2017

At its September meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%. How will this affect you this Spring? Despite the RBA keeping the cash rate unchanged, lenders continued to cut rates on principal and interest loans for owner occupiers during August. Home loan rates are still […]

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Mortgage Focus July 2017

As the new financial year kicks off, it’s a great time to start afresh. That could mean buying your first home, investing in property, or even refinancing your loan to a more suitable option. With the cash rate on hold and interest rates remaining low, now could be a good time to consider purchasing property. […]

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Rates on hold for July 2017

At its July meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%. What this means for you? Even though the official cash rate remains unchanged, lenders continue to make interest rate moves. Last month, the big four banks increased rates on interest only loans and at the […]

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Mortgage Focus May 2017

It’s been an interesting month for the housing market, with most capital cities experiencing softer growth in April than in the first three months of 2017. Hobart is leading the way as the strongest housing market, with home values increasing 5.1% over the past three months. In Melbourne and Sydney home value growth slowed in […]

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Mortgage Focus April 2017

As we head into the Easter long weekend, activity in the national housing market continues to ramp up. Home prices in Australia’s biggest cities have jumped 3.7% since the start of the year and Melbourne and Sydney continue to lead the way, with strong property price growth and high auction clearance rates. Last month saw […]

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Rates on hold for March 2017

At its March meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia elected to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%. What does this mean for you? Borrowers should continue to expect rate adjustments from lenders outside of RBA movements due to their own increasing costs of borrowing. Property investors are facing tougher criteria from some […]

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