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Mortgage broking articles & tips

Feeling a bit overwhelmed in trying to find the right loan for your property? There are many different things to think about when getting a home loan, and some you might not have even considered. Check out our videos and articles to learn what to look out for when finding a mortgage broker to make this process as easy and streamlined as possible.

RBA Rate decision – November 2013

The RBA once again has left interest rates on hold at their board meeting today. So the cash rate still remains at record low levels (2.50%). If we look at the RBA Rate Indicator at the start of November only 5% of the market watchers expected the cash rate to be reduced at this meeting. So where are the rate’s heading?... Well it’s still ver...

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RBA Rate Decision – October 2013

Although the RBA still had scope to move the cash rate lower, in line with many economists’ view that rates would continue to fall, the RBA board chose to leave the cash rate on hold at this month’s meeting today. This leaves the cash rate at 2.5%. Many economists are still talking about the cash rate hitting 2 percent at some point into 201...

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RBA Rate decision – August 2013

As heavily anticipated at its board meeting today the RBA has reduced the cash rate by 0.25% to 2.5%.  Glenn Stephen’s comments earlier this month around having ‘reasonable scope’ to reduce rates follows on from his previous comments regarding the slower than anticipated move in economic activity away from the mining sector into the general ...

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RBA Rate decision – September 2013

Not even the biggest of mug punters would have bet on a further rate cut this month so close to Saturday’s federal election.  That’s right, as expected the RBA left the cash rate on hold.  Even though the RBA is independent of any sitting government, it is fair to say the upcoming election, in my view, is something the RBA must factor into th...

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Buy Property with Zero Repayments

Wouldn’t you love to own a rental property that doesn’t cost you a cent in repayments? Imagine how nice would it be to have the investment property paying for itself and you needn't worry about skipping a weekend out to save the money needed to that next loan repayment. Well, it is possible – you just get the tenant to pay the mortgage. With ...

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What to Expect Post Settlement Re: Your Finances

So you have secured the property and settlement has just occurred.  The stress of the last couple of days is sort of behind you as you still try to get your head around the process that just took place and all the parties that made it happen, from the two banks, the two solicitors, the selling agent, the vendor, your buyers agent, your broker and ...

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RBA Rate decision – July 2013

Although the RBA still has scope to move on rates, as indicated within minutes of its last board meeting, they chose to leave rates on hold this month, which was in line with the market consensus of most economists. Helping them with this decision was the movement in the Australia dollar, which has now found a base around the 92 cents US.  The ...

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RBA Rate decision – June 2013

Although Shane Oliver (AMP Capital), a high profile economist, had predicted another rate cut this month, the RBA decided to leave the cash rate on hold for now at its board meeting today. Bill Evans, another high profile economist (Westpac) was also in the cut camp until only last week, when some positive data and the declining dollar swayed hi...

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RBA Rate decision – May 2013

The decision for the RBA to reduce interest rates this month, took most economist and cash rate commentators including myself a little bit by surprise.  Sure the recent economic data highlighted our economy was losing its mo-joe, but again there were signs for me around greater buying activity and strong employment that lead me to thinking there m...

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The Investment A-Team

As the driver of your investment strategy, selecting the right members for your team is crucial to scoring investment gold. In April 2013 issue of the Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley writes about the need to take control and hand pick a team that will be contributing and working towards improving your financial status. Similar t...

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RBA Rate decision – April 2013

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates on hold as widely expected at its board meeting today.  It continues to sit on the fence to consider further economic data following its series of cuts last year, plus the developing story of the new Euro crisis – Cyprus.  Then there’s China, which I come to later.... On the domestic ho...

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RBA Rates Decision – March 2013

The RBA decided to keep interest rates on hold at their March board meeting, as they sit on the fence waiting to see further data flowing through from the significant easing on the cash rate they did last year. Critical figures released last week show there are certain signs of a slowing in the capital expenditure in the mining sector.  Althoug...

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