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RBA Rate Decision – September 2016

The Reserve Board met today, and they've kept interest rates on hold. That's after dropping the cash rate by 25 basis points last month. Now they are looking for a lead in terms of where they go next, and most people are predicting that it is going to go down. In fact, before this announcement, 38 economists were surveyed, and they all anticipated ...

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RBA Rate Decision – August 2016

As I anticipated last month, the Reserve Bank has moved on the cash rate by dropping the cash rate lower. We are now in a stage where we are effectively in an uncharted territory with the cash rate as low as what we've got. It's an interesting time. So on balance, what they've looked at is the inflation data. Now, usually what they like to see is i...

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Is interest rate really THAT important?

BH: Today I'm chatting with Simon Gillespie who's the Senior Finance Adviser and an investment savvy finance specialist and we're going to talk about the question: Is interest rate really that important? I must admit Simon I often get that question from clients where they just say - what's the best rate you can get me? It's probably not the best qu...

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2016 Mortgage and Lending Outlook

Here are the other parts of the 2016 Outlook: Australian Property Market Outlook: Part 1: Sydney & Regional NSW Part 2: Melbourne & Regional VIC Part 3: Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia Part 4: Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania   Global Economy and Equity Market Outlook Part 1:...

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SMSF Lending 101: Unlocking the Additional Equity

One of the most powerful options you can utilize if you have a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is to leverage and borrow into property. Unfortunately, many individuals either do not know about self-managed super funds or they simply do not understand the concept because it can seem at first to be quite complicated. However, those who take...

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What do the Banks look for when Lending Money?

So you are thinking about actually getting a loan? What is it that the Banks are going to be looking for in terms of being able to lend you money for a mortgage? There's actually 5Cs that allow them to do that. Character, Capacity, Conditions, Collateral and Common Sense. So let's explore all five! The first one is Character. When they are talki...

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How Lenders look at your Property?

>> Play Audio Here   Wouldn’t it be nice to know that when you plan to approach a lender, you will have an idea about how they will look at your potential purchase. Do the lenders think its risky? How are they going to value it? Is it comparative to other similar properties around the area? Why are they charging Lenders Mortgage In...

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What Properties are considered Risky by Banks?

I think the answer to this question is having an understanding of what properties the bank would be comfortable letting you have lenders mortgage insurance on, and that's a scenario where if you borrow more than 80% of the purchase price, so 85% - 95% of the purchase price, the bank will actually give you lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). There ar...

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RBA Rates Decision – February 2013

The RBA left interest rates on hold today, which was expected by most economists and commentators, although the inflation data was lower than consensus opening the window for a possible cut.  However the strong employment position would have outweighed the need for a cut right now.  So the cash rate remains at 3.00% This easing cycle has seen ...

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Banks to Move on Rates outside of RBA Call

There has been some media activity within the finance industry and also within the consumer space around speculation that a bank or some lending institutions will move their interest rates down, outside of the RBA cash rate announcement. The speculation has arisen due to the easing in the costs of wholesale funds, which in simple terms is the co...

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