Author: Linda Hamilton

Lending & Finance

How redraw works and why it’s a handy loan feature

It’s one of the less glamorous home loan features, but the redraw facility deserves a second look. Here’s why:

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ANZ Lending Update

Effective 16 June, ANZ Bank will increase their Variable Interest Only home loan rates for both investors and owner occupiers by 30 basis points. ANZ's Standard Variable Rate for investment lending with Interest Only repayments is now 6.26% p.a.

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Last of the Major 4 Banks to cap interest only loans at 80% LVR

Westpac Bank announced today the maximum LVR (loan to valuation ratio) for those seeking interest only repayments will be capped at 80%. This applies to both owner occupied and investment lending. They are last of the Major 4 Banks to cap LVRs for …

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Overcapitalising – what is it and how to avoid it

As a home owner or property investor, you may have heard the term ‘overcapitalising’. But what exactly is it and why is it considered bad?

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Your guide to investment property loans

There are certain things to look out for when selecting and applying for a loan for your investment property. Here we look at the main differences, the most popular loan types, and how to get the best mortgage for your situation.

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Cash rate remains at 1.50% and lending polices are expected to further tighten

The RBA has again left interest rates on hold at the historical low of 1.50%. There has been no changes to the cash rate since August 2016. However over the past few weeks out of cycle rate hikes by the major banks and second tier lenders have made front page headlines. These interest rate increases ranged from negligible increases to owner occupied loans to smacking investors and those whose loans feature interest only repayments with some significant increases. 

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You’ve won the auction – what happens next?

Congratulations! You’ve just bought a property at auction. Before you can move in, there are some things you need to do. Remember, it’s always recommended to seek legal advice when purchasing a property.

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Understanding which home loan features are right for you

Loans are by no means ‘one size fits all.’ Different loan types suit different age groups, different living situations and even different attitudes to money.

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Your property inspection checklist

When you’re house hunting, it’s easy to get distracted by aesthetics. This checklist will help you focus on what’s really important at a property inspection.

 

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CBA & Bankwest temporarily suspend lending for purpose of refinancing investment loans

In breaking news CBA and their subsidiary Bankwest released communications today that they will no longer accept applications for refinance of investment loans as of Monday 13th February.

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Cash Rate Remains Unchanged

The RBA Board announced today that there would be no change to the cash rate, it remains at 1.50%.

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Six winning strategies for auctions

Auctions are competitive and stressful for most bidders. Here are six smart strategies that could improve your chances of winning.

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