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Home buyers rejoice! More listings are hitting the market

Home buyers rejoice! More listings are hitting the market

Great news for home buyers! After an extended run of low listings, the number of homes coming onto the market is skyrocketing. So could this have an impact on the property market? Let’s take a look.

Take a look around your local suburb, and chances are you’ll see freshly minted For Sale signs popping up all over the place.

That’s because a large number of homes are coming onto the market.

Research firm PropTrack says the property market is off to a strong start for the year, with the number of new listings nationally on realestate.com.au up 12% year-on-year in January.

Melbourne and Sydney had their busiest January in over a decade.

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They’re back! Why property investors account for one-in-three new home loans

They’re back! Why property investors account for one-in-three new home loans

Lending to property investors is soaring once again. We lift the lid on what’s driving investor interest – and what it could mean for the property market throughout 2024.

It looks like property investors are back … and in a big way.

The latest ABS figures show that in December 2023, banks lent over $26 billion in new home loans – and one-third of this figure, a whopping $9.5 billion, was to property investors.

That equates to 36.2% of all housing loans – the highest market share for property investors since mid-2017.

It’s also quite an uptick from December 2020, when the ABS says investors took out just 23.6% of mortgages.

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When will the next RBA cash rate call be made?

When will the next RBA cash rate call be made?

Happy days! The Reserve Bank kept rates steady in February. But a shake-up in the number of times our central bank meets each year is raising questions about how long the rate pause will last. Here’s what we could expect.

It seems fitting that in a month known for Valentine’s Day, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has shown borrowers some love by keeping the cash rate steady at 4.35%.

In reality though, the latest rate pause has nothing to do with romance or affection.

It’s more to do with keeping a lid on rising living costs.

After months of steadily rising prices, inflation looks to be heading south – currently sitting at 4.1%, down from 7.8% in December 2022.

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4 tips for self-employed home loan applications

4 tips for self-employed home loan applications

Applying for a mortgage when you’re self-employed may have you jumping through more hoops. But it needn’t deter you from getting into the property market. Here are 4 tips to help you apply for a mortgage like a boss.

Being your own boss sure has its advantages: the flexibility of setting your own hours, building your own business to represent your values, having someone else fetch you coffee…

But when it comes to home loans, you may have more to prove than the average applicant.

You see, lenders may view you as a little more risky. That’s because, in their eyes, you may not have a steady paycheck to make those all-important repayments.

But being self-employed needn’t stop you from getting your slice of the great Australian dream.

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First home buyers charge back into the market

First home buyers charge back into the market

Hats off to Australia’s first home buyers! The latest lending data shows they’re refusing to let last year’s rate hikes and rising property values dampen their goal of buying a home. Here are five tips to help you buy your first home in 2024.

You’ve gotta hand it to first home buyers in the current market.

Not only were they faced with 13 cash rate hikes in just 18 months – which can obviously affect borrowing capacity – but property prices still rose 8.1% in 2023, according to CoreLogic.

Still, they won’t be deterred.

The latest lending data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a massive 20.3% jump in the number of loans to first home buyers last year.

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How your deposit size can shape the rate you pay

How your deposit size can shape the rate you pay

It’s commonly known that the bigger your deposit, the smaller your home loan, and thus, the lower your monthly repayments. But today we’ll look into another way your deposit size could reduce your repayments: by potentially reducing your interest rate.

A question we’re commonly asked (believe it or not!) is “how can I get a lower interest rate?”

There’s no straightforward answer to this one as it usually depends on a myriad of factors, including whether lenders see you as high risk or low risk, the competition in the market at the time and, as we’ll discuss today, how big your deposit is – or more technically, your ‘loan to value’ (LVR) ratio.

What’s LVR?

To cut through the jargon, LVR refers to how much of your home’s value you’re borrowing.

If you plan to buy a home priced at, say, $600,000 using a deposit of $120,000, you’ll need to borrow $480,000, or 80% of the property’s value. For lenders, this means you have an LVR of 80%.

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The pros of having a mortgage broker on your side

The pros of having a mortgage broker on your side

What exactly can a mortgage broker do for you? Well, we don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we can make your home loan journey a whole lot easier, letting you focus on the fun part: planning for your new home!

The words “home loan application process” can strike fear in the hearts of many.

Trawling through different loan products is a time drain. The bureaucratic tape can be a headache. And let’s not forget banks scrutinising your finances.

But it doesn’t have to be a drag.

The majority of home loan seekers have now cracked the code: turning to mortgage brokers to help them land a loan.

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5 New Year’s resolutions for your home loan

5 New Year’s resolutions for your home loan

Thought of a New Year’s resolution yet? Or perhaps you’ve broken one already? Either way, check out our list of possible mortgage goals for 2024 – try one, or have a go at them all – to save a bundle in the year ahead.

It’s that time of year when Aussies love to set resolutions.

According to Commonwealth Bank research, as we dive into 2024, three out of four Australians will make at least one financial resolution, often involving plans to follow a budget or spend less.

But when it comes to New Year goals, it’s worth shining a spotlight on your mortgage.

After all, it’s likely to be your largest debt, and setting (and achieving) a few goals for the year ahead can help you pocket savings and become mortgage-free sooner.

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Merry Christmas! Season’s greetings from all of us to you

Merry Christmas! Season’s greetings from all of us to you

The year has flown past, and as our thoughts turn to trees, tinsel and turkey, we’d like to thank all our fantastic clients for your support throughout 2023.

It’s been quite a year, with higher interest rates, soaring national property values (who’d have thought?) and a few welcome surprises including more help for first-home buyers.

There is plenty in store for 2024, and we look forward to partnering with you again to help you navigate whatever goals you have planned in the new year.

In the meantime, we hope you can take the time to relax, unwind and enjoy all the fun of the festive season.

There’s no doubt the next 12 months will dish up its fair share of surprises. But some things never change – we will be here for you in 2024 and beyond.

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Ho ho ho! The smart move that has 1 in 10 borrowers feeling jolly

Ho ho ho! The smart move that has 1 in 10 borrowers feeling jolly

Home owners have been battling rising interest rates for over a year and a half now. But a new report reveals the important step some savvy borrowers are taking to rein in higher rates and swap “oh no!” for “ho, ho, ho!”.

It’s no secret that refinancing has the potential to slice a big chunk off your monthly loan repayments.

And according to Canstar, 1 in 10 mortgage holders chased a better deal in 2023 and switched to a new lender to save on their repayments.

But what’s surprising to us is that 9 in 10 didn’t.

So what’s holding them back? Let’s dive in.

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What’s tipped for house prices in 2024?

What’s tipped for house prices in 2024?

If buying a home is at the top of your wish list for 2024, don’t miss our rundown on how the property market has fared in 2023 – and why the new year is shaping up as potentially another big year for real estate.

As we turn the page on 2023, let’s take a quick rear mirror look on how home values moved over the past 12 months.

In a year that saw five official rate hikes, and a cost of living squeeze thanks to high inflation, home prices still jumped by 7% nationally.

Several cities eclipsed those gains, with double-digit price growth in Sydney (up 10.2%), Brisbane (10.7%) and Perth (13.5%).

But it wasn’t just price growth that took everyone by surprise.

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More lenders sign up to low deposit first home buyer scheme

More lenders sign up to low deposit first home buyer scheme

First home buyers with a small deposit now have an even wider range of lenders to choose from. We reveal the latest banks to join the 5% deposit scheme that’s helping more buyers get into the market sooner.

First home buyers have just received an early Christmas gift, of sorts, with an uptick in the number of lenders that have signed up to the Home Guarantee Scheme (HGS).

Three Westpac brands, St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA, have added their names to the list of lenders available to first home buyers under the HGS.

If you’re not familiar with the HGS, it gives first home buyers an opportunity to buy a place of their own with as little as a 5% deposit (and no lenders mortgage insurance) through the First Home Guarantee or Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee.

First home buyers aren’t the only ones to benefit. The HGS also includes the Family Home Guarantee, which allows solo parents to buy a home with just a 2% deposit.

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How to manage your home loan over Christmas

How to manage your home loan over Christmas

It may be called the silly season but a few smart strategies could help you enjoy the festive season this year without missing a beat on your home loan. Check out our tips to share the Christmas cheer this year without breaking the bank.

Store shelves are starting to be lined with tinsel, ‘Santa stop here’ signs are popping up around the neighbourhood, and chances are you’re beginning to hum a few bars of Jingle Bells.

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner, and now’s the time to plan for what can be a pricey time of year.

After 13 rate hikes in close succession, plenty of homeowners are feeling the squeeze of higher home loan repayments.

The good news is that you (hopefully) won’t have to cancel Christmas this year. Below are three clever hacks that could help you manage your mortgage over the festive season.

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The big stretch: should you extend your loan term?

The big stretch: should you extend your loan term?

If the November rate hike will seriously stretch your finances, one potential solution may be to extend your loan term. It can ease the hip pocket pain by lowering monthly repayments. But taking more time to pay off your mortgage can come with hidden downsides. Here’s what to weigh up.

Will the RBA’s latest 0.25% cash rate rise squeeze you financially? (not to mention the other 12 rate hikes!)

The majority of lenders lost no time increasing their variable home loan rates following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 0.25% Melbourne Cup Day rate rise.

According to Mozo, the 13th rate hike since May 2022 has pushed up the average variable rate to 6.62%.

What does that mean in dollars and cents?

On a $500,000 variable rate home loan payable over 25 years, the latest 0.25% rate hike can see monthly repayments jump by $78.

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RBA increases the cash rate by 25 basis points, up to 4.35%

RBA increases the cash rate by 25 basis points, up to 4.35%

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has increased the official cash rate by 25 basis points, taking it to 4.35%. So just how much will this year’s Melbourne Cup day rate hike increase your monthly repayments?

Some more tough news for mortgage holders around the country today.

Despite the official cash rate being on hold since June (and many hoping it would stay that way), the RBA has decided to press ahead with a second consecutive Melbourne Cup day rate rise in an attempt to rein in inflation.

This means we’ve now had 13 rate hikes in 18 months since 1 May 2022, and it takes the official cash rate to its highest level since November 2011.

It also happens to be the first rate hike under new RBA Governor Michele Bullock, who commenced in the role in September.

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Brokers help settle a record 7-in-10 new mortgages

Brokers help settle a record 7-in-10 new mortgages

Mortgage brokers have notched up a new personal best, with seven out of every 10 new mortgages settled thanks to their help! It’s a sure sign that mortgage brokers are delivering the goods when it comes to helping Australians move into their dream homes.

In the nine months to 31 March 2023 (while interest rates were rising), mortgage brokers helped settle more than 70% of all new residential home loans, according to the latest data from the MFAA.

It’s the first time ever that brokers have helped settle more than 70% of home loans over a three-month-plus period.

For context, just two years earlier brokers were helping settle between 50-60% of new home loans.

So why are more Aussie home buyers turning to mortgage brokers?

For starters, it looks like word is getting out about how much help we can provide when it comes to giving you an informed choice with your home loan.

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Revealed: the four cities tipped to be future property hotspots

Revealed: the four cities tipped to be future property hotspots

No matter whether you’re in the market for a home or an investment property, it makes financial sense to buy in an area where values are tipped to rise. But where to look? Today we’ll unveil the Australian cities where population growth is tipped to turbo-charge the property market.

One of the biggest drivers of property price rises right now is … drumroll … population growth, according to PropTrack.

Let’s take a look at the cities more people are expected to call home.

Is the regional renaissance over?

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians were flocking to regional areas.

The population of regional Australia grew by 70,900 people during 2020-21 – the first time in over 40 years that the regions outpaced capital cities.

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How much can you really save by refinancing?

How much can you really save by refinancing?

Not sure what refinancing is all about? You’re not alone. Our quick explainer lets you master the basics and helps you work out how much you could save.

Home loan refinancing is a hot topic right now.

Ever since interest rates hit an upward trajectory in May 2022, skyrocketing numbers of homeowners – as many as 28,000 each month – have turned their attention to refinancing.

However, plenty of Australians could be missing out on the savings of refinancing simply because they’re unsure of what’s involved.

Research by Finder shows one-in-five people are in the dark about refinancing, while 63% admit to being only “slightly confident” in their knowledge of refinancing.

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One-in-three first home buyers use guarantee schemes

One-in-three first home buyers use guarantee schemes

Know anyone who wants to buy their first home? A new report confirms that low deposit schemes are getting younger buyers into a place of their own sooner.

First home buyers are ignoring headlines warning that it can take years to save a deposit.

Instead, they’re flocking to guarantee schemes that allow them to get into the market with just a 5% deposit – and without the cost of lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI).

NHFIC, which runs the First Home Guarantee schemes set up by the federal government, says that in 2022/23, close to one-in-three first home buyers tapped into the guarantee schemes.

That’s up from one in seven the year before.

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The one big factor pushing house prices up

The one big factor pushing house prices up

Property prices have soared almost 7% this year alone. With the upswing predicted to continue, we unpack what’s driving national housing values higher – and why it could pay to get into the market sooner.

Another month, another round of price upticks.

September marked the eighth consecutive month of home price growth, with CoreLogic saying property values nationally are up 6.6% since January.

That’s a solid price hike. The crazy thing is that prices are soaring despite a whole slew of interest rate hikes over the past 18 months.

So what’s pushing prices higher?

The key factor putting a rocket under property prices is a shortage of homes listed for sale.

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