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Five strategies to pay off your mortgage faster

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians spend more on housing costs than any other budget item, including food and drink. Imagine how much more money you’d have to spend on the things you value if you didn’t have a mortgage payment to meet every month. With interest rates at rock bottom, there’s never…

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Property market update July 2020

If there’s one word to describe the Australian property market, it’s resilient. Even among the tumult of 2020, prices have stayed relatively steady across the country – defying pessimists who predicted otherwise. As we enter a new financial year, the forecast for buyers and sellers alike is pretty positive. Sellers can feel confident that they’ll…

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How to get a home loan in the age of COVID-19

With interest rates at rock bottom, home loans have never been so affordable. But has the COVID-19 pandemic made things harder for would-be borrowers? John Rolfe, head of Elders Home Loans, calls it a ‘moving beast’. “Lenders are definitely very wary. They’re trying to avoid risk in an environment that keeps changing, and every bank…

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Help for home owners during COVID-19

These are troubling times. COVID-19 has already meant large scale changes to the way we live and work, with more to come. With social distancing and shutdown orders expanding across the country, a huge number of us are worried about our economic security. Many people have already lost their jobs, especially those who work in…

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Four ways to pay your mortgage off faster

Dreaming of being mortgage free? Just think of all the things you could buy with the money you send to the home loan every month! With interest rates at an all-time low, there’s never been a better time to make that dream a reality. Here are four strategies to get you mortgage-free. 1. Make extra…

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Cash rate drops to record low 0.75%

The RBA’s decision to reduce the official cash rate has seen it fall below 1% for the first time in history. The reasons for the reduction are many but one motivation was the continued weakness in some sections of the property market. Despite two previous rate reductions this year, property stocks are still low and…

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Is lenders mortgage insurance right for you?

Buying a first home, or getting back into the market after a split? With interest rates at historic lows, there’s never been a better time to buy. However, there’s still the matter of the deposit. If you want to avoid lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) you generally need to find 20% of the purchase price up…

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Smashed avocado and marketing to millennials

Millennials, commonly categorised as those people born between 1981 and 1996, are a huge market demographic – and they’re wielding more force than ever before. There are a lot more of them than their Gen X counterparts, and now that they’re between 23 and 38 years old they’re at the prime age to buy their…

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First home loan deposit scheme explained

For many people, the hardest part about buying a first home is coming up with the deposit. The general requirement is that you have 20% of the purchase price saved in addition to additional costs like stamp duty and conveyancing or solicitor’s fees. Some lenders will approve loans with a smaller deposit, but there are…

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From zero to home owner

Buying a house or a unit of your very own is high on the wish list for most adults, but it can also feel very daunting. From the moment your mind turns to real estate, there are a lot of steps to take to arrive at the moment you walk through your very own front…

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