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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Mortgage Focus – November 2018

November is an exciting month as the Spring Racing Carnival kicks into high-gear and we begin the countdown to Christmas. It’s an exciting time for property buyers too, as auction clearance rates continue to slide, and sellers struggle to get their price in the spring property market. Interest Rate News At its November Melbourne Cup […]

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RBA cash rate on hold for November 2018

As expected, the RBA kept the official cash rate on hold again at its November Melbourne Cup Day meeting. Forecasters are predicting no rate rises until late 2020 and don’t rule out the next move being a rate cut, considering declining home prices. However, despite auction clearance rates falling below 50% in most markets during […]

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Mortgage Focus – October 2018

The last weekend in September was a little quiet in our property markets, as buyers took time off to watch the AFL and NFL Grand Finals. We hope your team won and you’re now back on the open inspection circuit – there are plenty of bargains up for grabs in our spring property market and […]

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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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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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July 2018 – rates on hold at 1.5%

As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5% at their July meeting today. This month, it’s all good news for home owners and those in the market for a new loan! Next month (August) will bring us to a record breaking two year period […]

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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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June 2018 – rates still on hold

As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5% at their June meeting today. The RBA has not moved on rates since August 2016, with the objective of stimulating inflation, employment and wages growth through rate stability. However, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development […]

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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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