Second historic rate cut to 1% – July 2019

As anticipated by market analysts, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the official cash rate for the second month in a row, bringing it to just 1% pa – a new historic low. RBA Governor Philip Lowe said last month “the possibility of lower interest rates remains on the table” and many analysts expect […]

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May 2019 rates on hold at 1.5%

At its May meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep the official cash rate at 1.5% – despite speculation from economic analysts that there may be at least one, or possibly two RBA rate cuts by the end of this year. However, it seems the RBA has elected to wait until […]

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Mortgage Focus – March 2019

Autumn has arrived and as the weather cools, property markets around the country are starting to heat up. Auction numbers and clearance rates are a bit low for this time of year, but private home sales are going along quite strongly. Nevertheless, home values are continuing to fall in many areas, and if you’re in […]

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March 2019 – RBA announces rates on hold at 1.5%

At its March meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep the official cash rate at 1.5% despite concerns about the potential impact of a declining housing market on economic growth. Many analysts are now predicting the RBA could cut rates by up to 50 basis points (half a percent) by mid-2020 if […]

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RBA rates on hold at 1.5% for February 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has met for the first time this year and decided to keep the official cash rate on hold. Flat economic data for the last quarter of 2018 will most likely motivate the RBA to leave them unchanged for some time. Meanwhile, several banks have announced out-of-cycle rate changes – […]

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October 2018 cash rate on hold at 1.5%

As expected, the RBA kept the official cash rate on hold for the 25th month in a row at its October meeting. During September, a number of lenders made out-of-cycle rate rises to account for their increasing borrowing costs, so we expect home loan interest rates to remain relatively stable for the time being. Forecasters […]

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August 2018 cash rate on hold at 1.5%

The Reserve Bank of Australia announced on Tuesday that the cash rate is on hold at 1.5%. Property market conditions continued to turn in favour of buyers last month. Home value movements have stalled, auction clearance rates have dropped, and properties are on the market longer. With interest rates remaining low, now is the time […]

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Mortgage Focus May 2018

Can you believe it’s already May? If you’ve been thinking about a 2018 property purchase, here’s why now is a great time to go for it. Firstly, the cash rate remains unchanged at a record low level. Secondly, home values and auction clearance rates are falling in many markets around the country, so conditions look […]

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Cash rates on hold for 18th month, April 2018

At its 3rd April meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. While the RBA decided to leave the official cash rate on hold for the 18th consecutive month, quite a few lenders raised their home loan interest rates last month – some by as much […]

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1.5% cash rate unchanged for March 2018

At its March meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. This is now the 17th consecutive month the RBA have opted to leave the cash rate steady. We can expect this trend to continue, with most analysts predicting no change to the official rate […]

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Interest rates at 1.5% for February 2018

At its first meeting for 2018, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. What does this mean for interest rates? With the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ consumer price inflation report (CPI) coming in below expectations last week, few analysts think the economy will improve enough […]

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Rates on hold at 1.5% for May 2017

At its May meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%. What does this means for you? Interest rates remain low, so it’s still a great time to invest in property or to purchase a home! Despite some lenders raising interest rates on both owner-occupier and […]

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