Are we there yet? RBA hikes cash rate for eighth straight month to 3.10%
December 6, 2022
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has driven the cash rate up by another 25 basis points to 3.10%. Find out how much this final cash rate hike of the year has increased your mortgage repayments in 2022, and what you can expect in 2023. The good news? This is it. You can head into…
Where there’s a will (and genuine savings), there’s a way
December 1, 2022
Inheritances can be a bittersweet part of life. But an inheritance alone won’t always cut it when applying for a home loan. Having genuine savings can help show lenders you’ve got what it takes to meet mortgage repayments. With many older Australians having accumulated a decent amount of wealth throughout their years, it’s not uncommon…
Your new phone or your home loan? What would you research more?
November 24, 2022
What’s more important: your new phone or your next home loan? Well, we were stunned to see a recent survey that showed Australians put more effort into researching phone plans than they did their home loan. Here’s how we can help you get the balance right. More than 70% of Australians say they’re more likely…
5 surprising reasons for home loan heartbreak
November 17, 2022
Whether it’s your love life or your home loan application, no one likes getting rejected. There are many reasons why it could happen, and some can come as a big shock. So today we’ve outlined five surprising reasons to help you avoid home loan heartbreak. There are few words would-be home buyers dread more than:…
Buying could be cheaper than renting for a third of properties
November 10, 2022
For many Australians, rate hikes and inflation have made the dream of property ownership feel ever more distant. But a recent analysis shows that meeting mortgage repayments could actually be cheaper than renting for more than a third of Australian properties. Look, we get it. Often the biggest obstacle in the way of home ownership…
Hold your horses: RBA hikes cash rate again to 2.85%
November 1, 2022
Whoa, Nelly! The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has lifted the official cash rate again, this time by another 25 basis points to 2.85%. How much will this rate rise increase your monthly mortgage repayments, and when are the hikes expected to stop? Dubbed the “rate that stops the nation”, today’s Melbourne Cup RBA board…
With property prices dropping, is now the time to refinance?
October 27, 2022
You may have heard that property values are on the decline. But what does this mean if you’re planning to refinance? We’ll discuss how falling housing prices may affect your refinancing application and what you can do about it. With the rising cost of living and climbing interest rates, you may be looking to refinance…
Is now a good time to buy an investment property?
October 20, 2022
You’ve bought a home. And now you might be considering adding an investment property to your portfolio. But have recent interest rate hikes cooled your heels? We’ve outlined reasons why now may still be a good time to buy. To buy or not to buy, that is the question. There’s no denying that rolling rate…
Nurses and midwives now eligible for LMI waiver
October 13, 2022
Nurses, midwives and other important healthcare professionals can now qualify for a lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) waiver policy. Here’s how it could save them thousands and fast-track their journey into home ownership. Are you a nurse or a midwife? Or do you know someone who is? There was a pretty big announcement recently that allows…
RBA lifts cash rate for the sixth month in a row to 2.60%
October 4, 2022
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has hiked the official cash rate by another 25 basis points to 2.60%. How much will this rate hike increase your monthly mortgage repayments, and when will it kick in? It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of May the cash rate was just 0.10%. Today it was…
How to escape renting and get into the property market
September 29, 2022
The recent decline in rental properties has caused many to feel uncertain about their housing situation. Here’s how you can leave renting in the dust and make homeownership a reality. Dwindling rental supplies in many parts of the country and soaring rental prices have many tenants looking for an escape. Terms like “housing crisis” are being bandied about,…
How long does it take for an interest rate rise to kick in?
September 22, 2022
Household budgets around the country are feeling the brunt of five back-to-back rate hikes. And we’ve been warned more are on the way. But just how long does it take for each rate rise to impact your monthly mortgage repayments? As you’re probably aware, in early September the RBA raised the cash rate to 2.35%….