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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 Rates Decision – April 2010

Today the RBA announced it would increase interest rates a further 25 basis point to move the cash rate to 4.25%.  They are trying to take the heat out of the booming housing market, as a threat of a bubble is forming due to the historical low rates implemented during the GFC.   Yet our quick recovery out of the GFC to avoid recession has seen t...

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Mistakes Borrowers Make

With finance the flavour of this month’s newsletter I thought I’d pen a list of borrower’s mistakes. This list is not specific to investors or owner occupiers; they are basic mistakes or assumptions that lead to mistakes that all borrowers can make..... So lets take a look at them (in no particular order) Going straight to their current B...

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Banks Pigeon Hole Their Customers

From my years working in the advertising industry, our Bank clients have always tried to draw a picture of who their target market client is.  You’d be surprised to know that it generally meant that many people were ‘Pigeon Holed’ into the same group and that there wasn’t enough distinctive information that could tell people apart. Have...

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RBA Rates Decision – March 2010

Today the RBA announced an increase in the cash rate of 0.25% to bring the cash rate to 4%.  This is the first increase in 2010 and follows three consecutive increases in late 2009.  The RBA decided to increase the rate based on positive economic news within the Australian economy, led mainly by the improvement in the level of unemployment. Th...

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Cash flow and Provisioning Critical

I am on record pretty much every week, talking about how property investing is a long term play and why would you sell if property values continue to grow and also provide immediate and on-going income via rent payable by tenants. Yet one of the barriers of entry for some to invest in property is the fear of borrowing money (debt) associated wit...

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RBA Rates Decision – February 2010

The RBA announced an increase in the cash rate from 3.75% to 4.00% today.  This is the fourth consecutive increase in rates (given the RBA doesn’t meet in January).  The cash rate has now moved up 1.00% from a low of 3.00% back in April last year. Most forecasters are expecting the cash rate to increase by another 0.75% by the end of the yea...

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2010 Economic Outlook

Australia has defied the rest of the developed world and is looking at its 19th consecutive year of positive economic growth. Most economists are predicting that the economy will continue to grow this year and will fare much better than other economies. Gross Domestic Production (GDP) will be boosted by the planned Government infrastructure spen...

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RBA Rates Decision – December 2009

The RBA chose to increase interest rates by another 0.25% to continue its program of moving rates up from their emergency levers.  This is the first time the cash rate has moved up in three consecutive months, since the RBA starting announcing cash rate movements back in 1990. Brief Interest Rate Outlook for 1st Quarter of 2010 So will inter...

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RBA Rates Decision – November 2009

The Reserve Bank has lifted interest rates by another 0.25% in November as they move to more sustainable cash rate levels, believing we are past the worst of the Global Financial Crisis.  The RBA believes the Australian economy has weathered the global storm well, and will be one of only a few countries that will to lead the rest of the developed ...

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Laziness Costing Borrowers

Last month saw Infochoice release their first quarterly cost-of-banking research report.  It claimed borrowers are throwing away billions of dollars to the major lenders because they are paying interest rates that are too high on their mortgages. We agree, and as interest rates start moving higher and it hits the hip pocket, it is important to ...

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The Affordability Question

Most people will agree it has done its job of getting more home buyers into the market and the follow on effect will be a mini-construction boom, once the land titles are registered and the new homes are under construction. Couple this with record low interest rates and it’s only natural that a spike in sales and demand would lead to price val...

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RBA Rates Decision – October 2009

The Reserve Bank has lifted interest rates by 0.25% from their historical 40 year lows, due to rebounding economic outlook and change in sentiment.  The RBA believes we are past the worst of the economic downturn, yet the historically low rates were originally implemented with the view that the economy and unemployment were going to get worse than...

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Buy now or wait ‘til Post First Home Owners go?

The evidence is in, property prices are on the rise, as I predicted at the start of the year. Demand, due to low interest rates, improved affordability and the First Home Owners (FHO) Scheme’s has lead to a recovery in the price of residential property. Yet the big question is will they been sustainable or will demand drop off post FHO’s? Well ...

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