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Home Loan Market Update – November 2019

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We’re well and truly into Spring, and the RBA’s official cash rate is still sitting at 0.75%… Yes, below 1% – the lowest it has ever been.

This update will walk you through what the team at OneSite are currently observing in the Home Loan and general Credit Markets. There are currently a number of factors affecting the credit markets; mainly rate cuts, property market outlook and regulatory changes.

The article will also show you the current lender specials following the RBA announcing a third rate cut in quick succession.

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How Do I Get a Lower Interest Rate On My Mortgage?

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One of the most common questions we get is; how do I get a lower interest rate on my mortgage?

In this video, Liz Zaki will walk you through the 6 factors that help answer this question. There are 6 factors that govern how easy it is for you to get a lower interest rate on your mortgage. They all apply equally.

1 – Loan Purpose

Is the mortgage or home loan in question used for your primary place of residence? Or is it used for an investment property?

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7 Reasons To Use a Mortgage Broker

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The mortgage market in Australia can be very complicated. With that in mind, here are the top 7 reasons to use a mortgage broker next time you want to find a new home loan.

Most mortgage brokers have access to a huge range of lenders. They should be able to provide you with a huge choice of rates and mortgage options. With partnerships in a vast array of lending institutions, including banks, credit unions, trusts, national and regional lenders, and non-traditional lenders, a good broker will be able to help design the perfect mortgage for you.

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Home Loan Borrowers To Receive Borrowing Capacity Boost

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Borrowers are set to receive a boost to their borrowing capacity in the order of $80,000 to $100,000 thanks to a combination of changes to lending standards and interest rate cuts, new modelling shows.

Under the proposed relaxation of loan serviceability rules flagged by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) last week, borrowers will no longer be assessed to see if they can repay their loans against an interest rate of 7.25%.

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Deposit Bonds: Do You Need Cash For a Home Deposit?

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One of the common problems that home buyers face is not having enough cash to guarantee for their purchase.

Sometimes you can’t unlock the equity in an existing asset such as your home or investment property. Sometimes times you don’t want to use extra / bridging finance such as when you’re trying to sell and buy at the same time.

Sometimes you aren’t able to get the funds together quickly enough to secure the new property. This often happens when you want to go to auction or when you have to act quickly on a private treaty sale.

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Home Loan Market Update May 2019

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April has started, and the RBA’s official cash rate is still sitting at 1.50%. The lowest it has ever been.

This article will walk you through what the team at OneSite are currently observing in the Home Loan and general Credit Markets. There are currently a number of factors effecting the credit market:
– General economic variables
– Property market outlook
– Regulator changes

With this in mind, the article will show you the current lender movements in the market.

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How Much Can I Borrow?

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Most borrowers often ask, how much can I borrow? This question can be answered by looking how the Banks calculate your borrowing capacity.

Every bank has their own calculator to work out your borrowing capacity. Having said that, the information that gets entered into the different calculators is largely the same. The video in this article will discuss the criteria the banks use to calculate your borrowing capacity.

The factors involved in calculating your borrowing capacity boil down to your income, your living expenses and your current liabilities.

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Home Loan Market Update – Feb 2019

Where will the market go next?

Another month has gone by and the RBA’s official cash rate is still sitting at 1.50%, the lowest it has ever been. The prospect of the cash rate being cut, along with stronger economic data out of other world markets have led to the Australian Dollar trading at or near 3 year lows. This will have implications for Lender’s debt financing, with a large portion of that sourced in foreign currencies and thus needing to be hedged.

With this in mind some Lenders have signalled an increase to their home loan rates. This article will run you through the latest news on the home loan as at February 2019.

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Existing Customers Pay More For Their Mortgages

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The ACCC found that existing customers pay more for their home loans. Quite a bit more in fact.

As at June 30, 2018, existing customers were paying interest rates that on average were 32 basis points higher than new customers. This is equal to more than one typical Reserve Bank rate increase.

The ACCC found a borrower with an average sized mortgage could save around $850 a year by getting the same rate as a new customer. This figure is quoted on an Australia wide basis. For a typical Sydney mortgage, the savings could add up to tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

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How Does AfterPay and ZipPay Affect Your Home Loan Application?

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Did you know that AfterPay and ZipPay can affect your home loan application? Banks have now applied stricter requirements on lending. Customers applying for home loans are required to disclose what they owe on their AfterPay and ZipPay accounts. This is now part of most banks’ serviceability requirements.

In essence, AfterPay and ZipPay are digital credit platforms that give consumers a temporary line of credit.

With the above in mind, if you use these platforms, it is very important to make AfterPay and ZipPay repayments in a timely manner. Additionally, you need to to avoid any fees and charges for late payments. Late or missed payments can affect your home loan application process.

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