Your Essential Property Research Checklist

Buying your first home or investment property is exciting! Like planning for a holiday, you start researching about the fun things you want to do. Out of excitement, you also start looking up other activities not in the original plan, instead of researching the basics, like accommodation and transportation options. Buying a property is the […]

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Everything you need to know about rentvesting

Rentvesting has become increasingly popular in recent times. Last year, research from the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) found that one third of first-time buyers opted to become “rentvestors”, rather than homeowners. Here’s what you need to know before deciding whether rentvesting is right for you. But first, let’s look at an age-old question. […]

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Why invest in commercial property?

Whether you’re a seasoned investor looking for a new opportunity, or you’re after other ways to get your foot on the property ladder, a commercial property investment may be worth considering. In this article, we explore the reasons why people venture into commercial property investing, and some of the areas to be aware of. And […]

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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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Mortgage Focus December 2016

Summer is here and Christmas is just around the corner. Our last newsletter for 2016 focuses on maximising those New Year car sales, investment loans and becoming a good landlord, and how you can apply some damage control to your Christmas spending. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has met for their final meeting for […]

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Mortgage focus – December 2015

Christmas is just a few weeks away and we’re all looking forward to a summer break after a very fast-paced year in our property markets. Our last newsletter for 2015 focuses on your goals, financial health and getting ready for another busy year in 2016. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met for their final […]

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No change in cash rate until at least February 2016

Summer has arrived and at its final meeting for 2015 today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has again elected to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0%. With its next meeting not scheduled until the first week of February next year, we can look forward to the cash rate remaining at this level […]

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No change in interest rates for September 2015

As we head into spring and Australian share markets experience some volatility following falls on the Chinese stock market last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0% during its September meeting today. Most analysts were expecting rates to stay on hold due to the […]

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Investment Lending Changes: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Macquarie

There are currently numerous changes coming through at the moment, mostly surrounding investment loans. These changes are predominantly a result of the restrictions that APRA are currently imposing on the lending institutions around investment lending to try curb this type of lending. Overview of key changes ANZ Effective 10 August 2015, ANZ is changing its […]

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What do APRA’s property investment lending changes mean to me?

Some of you may have heard that APRA has cracked down on investment lending, influencing many lending institutions to review their investment lending policies. But we imagine for the majority of you, it’s a case of “APRA, who?”. In short, APRA are making some changes to investment loans, and we thought you would like to […]

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