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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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Coronavirus Fears Puts Cash Rate To A Historic Low

personOtto Dargan access_timeMarch 10, 2020

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.50%, and the biggest impetus for this decision was the global coronavirus outbreak. In the past, while small lenders and neo lenders were quick to pass on the rate cut, even major banks...

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Credit Reporting Code Amended: Big Win For Consumers

personOtto Dargan access_timeJanuary 28, 2020

Tens of thousands of Australians whose credit ratings have been unfairly impacted by civil court actions such as court writs, summons, and judgments can breathe a sigh of relief. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OIAC) approved changes to the Credit Reporting...

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NAB In, Westpac Out Of The First Home Buyer Scheme

personOtto Dargan access_timeNovember 27, 2019

The NHFIC announced NAB as the first major bank that will be offering home loans under the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The scheme allows first home buyers (FHB) to qualify for a home loan with a deposit as low as 5% and pay no Lenders Mortgage Insurance...

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Should Banks Automatically Adjust Home Loan Repayments?

personOtto Dargan access_timeNovember 26, 2019

93% of home loan borrowers are making more than the minimum home loan repayments off the back of cash rate cuts by the RBA. This is because currently, banks do not automatically adjust repayments. Basically, if a customer is paying P&I (principal and interest) then when...

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RBA Says: Expect An Extended Period Of Low Interest Rates

personOtto Dargan access_timeSeptember 11, 2019

Great news for borrowers! The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Governor Philip Lowe says that the cash rate will stay low for the long term. In its 4 September meeting, the RBA has decided to keep the cash rate unchanged at 1%, which means that borrowers can enjoy a longer period...

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Borrowing Power Changes: How Much More Can I Borrow?

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 17, 2019

This month APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) has removed rules for the banks about how they calculate borrowing power. As a result, borrowing power has increased by as much as 15 per cent. Who are the winners? Home buyers have seen their borrowing power increase...

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RBA Slashes Cash Rate Again – Is Your Lender Passing On The Full Rate Cut?

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 10, 2019

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) slashed the cash rate once again by 0.25% – taking the already low cash rate to its new historic low of 1.00%. Relatively, fewer banks are passing on the full rate cut compared to RBA’s rate cut in June. Who passed on the full rate...

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Home Loan Experts Wins Australia’s Top Mortgage Broking Office Award

personOtto Dargan access_timeJuly 9, 2019

The Australian Broking Awards is the night of nights for brokers, brokerages, aggregators and mortgage industry leaders. The awards are judged by a panel of leading industry experts and competing in the awards are some of Australia’s best brokerages. On Friday night, we were...

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New Assessment Rate: How Much More Can I Borrow?

personOtto Dargan access_timeJune 10, 2019

In an open letter to the banks, APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) has proposed amending their guidelines to allow banks to determine their own assessment rate. This will substantially increase the maximum borrowing power of many home loan borrowers. We responded...

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