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First Home Buyer Deposit Dilemma

personOtto Dargan access_timeSeptember 4, 2020

70% of first home buyers have been forced to chip into the deposit funds they had saved towards fulfilling their home ownership dreams.  This startling figure was revealed in a nationwide study conducted by Gateway Bank. The study surveyed 700 aspiring first home buyers in May...

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Pros And Cons Of Cash Out Refinance

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 31, 2020

As many Australians manage the financial strain of coronavirus, cash-out refinance is an option to support households by putting cash in the pockets of Australian homeowners. Cash-out refinancing is when you take out a loan that is worth more than your original mortgage usually...

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NAB’s Home Loan Policy On Post-retirement Repayment Plan

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 31, 2020

In its commitment towards responsible lending, National Australia Bank (NAB) has revised its credit policies around borrowers who are approaching a retirement age.  From 25 July 2020, NAB will ask its customers about how they will manage their home loan repayments after retirement.  Therefore,...

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Banks Tighten Lending Criteria Due To COVID-19

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 17, 2020

Banks in Australia have revised and tightened their lending criteria in response to the COVID-19 economic downturn.  They are getting stricter in their assessment to reduce the risks of borrowers defaulting on their home loans.  Why is it harder to get approved for a home loan? Getting...

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How COVID-19 Has Changed Australian Home Ownership Goals

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 13, 2020

Research conducted by Westpac and ING has revealed what Australians want in their next home, where they want to buy and how they have reignited their dreams of home ownership due to the pandemic.  Recent research by Westpac revealed that COVID-19 restrictions have impacted what...

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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: How To Secure Your Spot?

personOtto Dargan access_timeJune 26, 2020

It came as no surprise that first home buyers quickly snapped up all 10,000 places of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme during the last financial year. Under the scheme, first home buyers with a 5% deposit saved anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000 in LMI fees based on the maximum...

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What Is The HomeBuilder Grant?

personOtto Dargan access_timeJune 4, 2020

What is the HomeBuilder grant? It is a $25,000 tax-free grant given to eligible owner-occupiers, including first home buyers. The grant can be used to: Build a new home Renovate an existing home The HomeBuilder grant is a federal scheme designed to help the Australian residential...

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NSW Plans To Abolish Stamp Duty

personOtto Dargan access_timeMay 7, 2020

error We have a page on NSW stamp duty changes with information on stamp duty waiver for first home buyers, effective from 1 August 2020. In order to revive the NSW economy that has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, NSW’s Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has laid out...

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CBA’s Home Loan Repayment Change

personOtto Dargan access_timeApril 30, 2020

From 1 May 2020, Commbank’s home loan repayment is automatically changed to the minimum, to free up household spending. By only repaying the minimum amount, CBA estimates that it will release up to $400 per month for customers who have been hard-hit by the coronavirus. This...

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Coronavirus Plan For Your Family

personOtto Dargan access_timeMarch 17, 2020

We need to act now! It’s clear that the government’s response has been insufficient and that we’re going to face significant health, social and economic disasters. By acting now you can reduce the impact of coronavirus on your family and society. You should work on...

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