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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6 negotiation tactics for spring property buyers

With home values and auction clearance rates softening in our spring property markets, buyers will have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating on price. So, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with some sharp bargaining tactics before diving in. Nobody wants to pay more than the current market value for a home. […]

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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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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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A Step-by-Step Guide to Investing in Property

When done right, investing in property can help you to build long-term wealth, and who doesn’t like the idea of an additional income stream? (Imagine what you could do with that!) The really great thing about property investing is that just about anyone can understand the principals. If you’re thinking about building wealth for your […]

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Record 21 months cash rate on hold – May 2018

At its May meeting yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5%. Today’s decision makes it 21 months in a row where the RBA has decided to leave the cash rate on hold. It is also the longest period without a cash rate rise in the […]

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How to bid at an auction by phone

Bidding at an auction by phone is becoming more popular. You may have noticed these bidders – mysteriously whispering into their phones and then bellowing out bids with unwavering confidence. Whilst some of these people are buyer’s agents, others are just experienced property buyers bidding on behalf of friends or family. Why bid at an […]

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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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5 tips to take the stress out of settlement day

You’ve found your dream property, had your offer accepted and the all important settlement day is the last hurdle to overcome. The anticipation has been building for weeks! Settlement day can be both exciting and stressful, as sometimes things can go wrong. In this article, we offer some tips about settlement day and explain how […]

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Is now the right time to buy your first home?

If you’ve been dreaming about purchasing your own place, but a niggling voice in the back of your mind has been offering up objections, we’re here to tell that voice to pump the breaks, champ! In this article, we tackle some of the common objections first home buyers may have to buying right now, and […]

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