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Archive for March, 2010

Buyers opt for higher priced properties as confidence returns

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 29, 2010

A growing number of property buyers are snapping up more expensive properties in capital cities amid predictions that value will double over the next 10 years.

The latest data from Loan Market showed mortgage demand from borrowers buying top end properties jumped by 30% over the past 12 months. The report also found a dramatic increase in borrowers seeking loans in excess of $800,000 and those who are borrowing more than $3 million.

“There is strong evidence that the prestige property market is on the move and people are on the hunt for homes worth more than $1 million,” said Dean Rushton, Loan Market chief operating officer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Property Investment…New or Old?

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 27, 2010

 

Property investment is not just about whether you decide to buy a unit or a house, you also have the option of new or old.

There are advantages for both styles of properties, and it really comes down to your short and long term objectives. Where you intend to purchase the property will also influence what type of properties are available in a particular geographic location.

Purchasing a property off-the-plan – which allows you to lock in today’s prices for a property that may be finished in a year or two in the future – can be an effective investment strategy as you will not have to make any mortgage repayments until the property is ready for habitation. The only cost will be the deposit.

The key potential pitfall with an off-the-plan purchase is that there is no guarantee that the property you buy today will have grown or even maintained its value. The downside of this is that your lender may not be willing to fund the entire purchase price, which will leave you with a shortfall.

There are also pros and cons associated with the purchase of an existing property. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interest Rate Rises Inevitable

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 26, 2010

Australian interest rates will continue to rise to more normal levels despite global jitters as holding off with increases risks falling behind on inflation, according to a top central banker.

Meanwhile Businessspectator reported RBA assistant governor Philip Lowe as also issuing the clearest warning yet against a speculative bubble in home prices, while welcoming a higher local dollar as part of boom in the country’s terms of trade. 

The Australian dollar duly rallied after his speech while bill futures slid as investors revised up the chance of a rise in the cash rate as early as next month. 

“The RBA remains very upbeat and that means a rate hike in April is more likely than not,” said Rory Robertson, interest rates strategist at Macquarie. 

The central bank has already lifted rates by a full percentage point in six months and the market was now implying a 57% probability of a move to 4.25% at the next policy meeting on April 6.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Lenders Lifted Rates 0.22% more than RBA since July

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 26, 2010

A look at more than 200 standard variable mortgages has shown that home loans have risen, on average, 1.22% since July – 22 basis points more than the RBA’s 1% increase in the cash rate.

The research, conducted by financial comparison site RateCity, found that the average standard variable rate mortgage sat at 2.31% above the RBA’s cash rate of 3.75% in February.

Over the past two years the gap between the cash rate and the standard variable mortgage rate was just 1.75%.

The RBA’s cash rate now sits at 4% after the 25 basis point rise on March 2.

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Home sweet Home

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 25, 2010

 

The Great Australian dream – to buy and own your own home – has always been the ambition of the majority of Australians.  Buying a house remains the biggest single purchase made by most Australians. Given the high rate of home ownership in Australia, our residential mortgage market is one of the most innovative, varied and competitive in the world.

 “Peace and rest at length have come, All the day’s long toil is past; And each heart is whispering “Home, Home at last!”

– Thomas Hood

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Wayne Swan on Westpac

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 24, 2010

| 24 Mar 2010

Federal treasurer Wayne Swan has again slammed Westpac, claiming the bank has become a “serial offender” in “taking its customers for a ride”.

Referring to Westpac’s latest decision on credit card interest rates and its supersized home loan rate hike in December, Swan said this was “exactly why people don’t like the big banks”.

At 7.01%, Westpac’s variable home loan rate is the highest of all the major lenders. By contrast, Credit Union Australia announced yesterday it was cutting its variable rate by 25 basis points, opening up a yawning gulf between it and the big banks. CUA’s standard variable rate is now 6.37%, 0.64% lower than Westpac’s.

A professor of finance at the University of NSW, Fariborz Moshirian, told The Australian Financial Review that there was in fact no justification for extra rate rises by the banks, as international credit markets had settled in recent months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just Joking!….

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 22, 2010

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How your Credit Report affects YOU..

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 19, 2010

If  you want a mortgage, a personal loan, a credit card, a business loan, interest free credit for furniture, or any kind of credit, your credit report usually has to be reasonable.

An impaired credit report can affect your ability to purchase a house, to obtain any new credit cards, to increase limits on existing credit cards, to obtain an overdraft from your bank or most other kinds of credit facilities.

When you start to see early warning signs of debt beginning to become hard to manage..take steps to immediately address your debt problems and protect your credit report. Taking early action will keep your credit report clean and help you in your success when applying for future credit.As soon as you begin to overextend yourself and you find yourself defaulting on payments you are heading to a situation where you are in danger of ruining your credit report.

This will limit the number of credit vehicles available to you. Most banks will not consider a loan and/or issue a credit card. Only the lenders that specialise in lending to higher risk clients will be in a position to lend you money. Those loans will be at above average interest rates to compensate for your perceived higher risk.

These higher rates put you at more risk to default on a loan as your loan will be much more expensive than the average person’s. This illustrates how having a bad credit report can affect you in the long term. It makes it easier for you to get in financial trouble. 

Your credit report is an indicator of your ability to manage money. As well as containing negative information it should also contain positive information about previous credit applications. This information supports any application you make in the future and should help you secure an approval any time you make an application.

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What is a Credit Report?

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 18, 2010

A credit report is simply your credit history. It is a record of the credit applications you have applied for; any credit defaults against you; any serious credit infringements and financial information, which are held on the public record.

It is important to maintain a positive credit report. Every time you apply for credit an enquiry is recorded on your credit report. When you apply for any credit such as a loan or a credit card the credit provider is likely to review your credit report. If you have defaults listed or any serious infringements, it is these negative listings that may determine whether your credit application is approved or rejected.

Your credit report will influence credit providers. If used correctly, credit can be a useful tool for people as it allows them to borrow money and pay it back at an agreed rate. If your credit is serviced and managed correctly then your credit report will always be good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shop around…

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 3, 2010

Yesterday’s interest rate increase is a reminder to mortgage holders to shop around if they are looking to refinance their home loan, according to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia.

“Changes to the official interest rate can present an opportunity to borrowers to get a better deal,” said Phil Naylor, Chief Executive of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).

He said all lenders were competing for business and mortgage brokers were best placed to find consumers the right loan from a range of lenders.

“There is considerable potential to save money through refinancing and the best way to shop around is through an MFAA accredited mortgage broker,” said Naylor.

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Interest Rate Announcement!

Posted by Tamara McDowell on March 2, 2010

Having held off raising interest rates in February, the RBA has today, as expected, pushed up the official cash rate by 0.25%

The central bank’s decision means that the official rate will rise to 4%.

The question though remains – will the major banks increase their rates beyond the official increase?

Were they to do so, any justification would be hard for mortgage holders to swallow, given the healthy interim and quarterly profits announced recently by all the major banks as well as the continued thawing of wholesale funding markets.

Making the announcement today, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said that the global economy was growing, and world GDP was expected to rise at close to trend pace in 2010 and 2011.

“The expansion is still hesitant in the major countries…[but] in Asia, where financial sectors are not impaired, growth has continued to be quite strong. The authorities in some countries are now seeking to reduce the degree of stimulus to their economies,” he said.

Stevens said in Australia economic conditions in 2009 were stronger than expected, after a mild downturn a year ago.

“The rate of unemployment appears to have peaked at a much lower level than earlier expected. Labour market data and a range of business surveys suggest growth in the economy may have already been at or close to trend for a few months,” he added.

He also said there were some signs that the process of business sector de-leveraging was moderating, with the pace of decline in business credit lessening and indications that lenders are starting to become more willing to lend to some borrowers.

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