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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Mortgage Focus March 2018

The busy Autumn property season is upon us, and what an exciting time of year it is! In recent weeks, we’ve seen auction volumes surge as one of the year’s peak selling periods kicks into gear. With so much more stock on the market, property prices in some markets are falling, so you could have […]

Read More

Mortgage Focus February 2018

We hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and that you’ve survived the back to school rush! Action in our property markets has been slow over the summer break but now that we’re back at work, things are bound to heat up. If purchasing a property was on your new year resolution list and you’ve been […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More