Archive for September 2018

Home Loan Market Update – September 2018

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The investment and home loan market is in a state of flux. This article will run you through the latest news on the home loan as at September 2018.

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a number of announcements that lenders will be increasing their home loan rates without waiting for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

This is due to the fact that the RBA’s official cash rate is still sitting at 1.50%. Please keep in mind, this is the lowest it has ever been.

The rate increases are mainly on variable rate home loans at this stage. However, we expect to see an increase in all mortgage rates in general as Lender’s cost of funding is starting to rise on the back of movements in the global economy.

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Changes To Interest Only Term Extensions

Home Loans

Changes to lending regulations are forcing banks to change the way they assess requests to switch or extend Interest Only repayment periods. These changes effect customers who want to extend Interest Only repayment periods, as well as those wanting to switch from Principal and Interest to Interest Only repayments.

In the past, CBA customers would simply call the bank and request to switch to Interest Only repayments over the phone. Customers were also able to change their existing loan from P&I to IO over the phone. Other banks applied a very similar process when customers requested to switch to or extend Interest Only terms.

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Live In Your House Or Move Out During A Renovation?

Home Renovations

Is it time for a renovation? Have you thought about whether you will continue to live in your house or move out during the renovation process? It is a good idea to list down the pros and cons before making a decision.

Live In Your House Or Move Out? Advantages Of Staying In Your Home
It’s nice to think there won’t be too many changes and disruptions during a home renovation, but what are the real advantages of renovating and being able to live in your house in the middle of a renovation?

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9 Tips For Choosing An Investment Property

Investment Property

Are you considering buying a residential investment property? You need to consider a few key points before making your offer.

We’ve got 9 tips to help you in choosing an investment property. What to do and what to avoid in order to steer clear of any potential difficulties and ensure success in your next investment purchase.

The process starts with knowing your goal. When choosing an investment property, it is vital that you understand your financial objectives. The financial elements should be your key focus to purchasing an investment property, rather than the actual property itself. You will need to decide first on what your investment goal is, AND THEN create a plan to achieve it within a realistic time frame.

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