Should You Get a Fixed or Variable Rate Home Loan?

How Much of Your Income Should You Spend on Loan Repayments?

Choosing whether to get a fixed or variable rate home loan is an important financial decision. If you make the wrong one, it could cost you a lot of money. Interest is the single biggest cost on any home loan. What’s the difference between a fixed and variable rate home loan? A fixed rate home […]

Rental Income Skyrocketing for Investment Properties

The Pros and Cons of Rentvesting

Rental income levels around Australia are skyrocketing at the moment. Tenant demand is at the highest level it’s been for more than a decade, driving rents up to record levels. That’s good news for investment property owners and potential owners. The latest rental income figures According to the latest statistics from CoreLogic, national rent rates […]

Investment Property Loan Application Tips

First Home Buyers Cashing In

If you’re looking at an investment property to capitalise on Australia’s booming property market, getting your finance approved is crucial. Here are our top 5 tips to help you get your investment property loan application approved. Tip 1: Discount your potential rental income Most lenders will only factor in about 70 to 80% of your […]

What’s the Average Australian Home Loan?

Sort Out Your Finances

Wondering what the average size home loan in Australia is at the moment and what the repayments are? Read on to find out! The table below shows the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. State/Territory Loan Amount New South Wales $664,047 Victoria $555,460 Australian Capital Territory $538,502 Queensland $465,596 Western Australia $431,852 Tasmania […]

Refinancing Tips

Extra Costs to Consider When Buying a Home

Have you ever considered refinancing your home loan? If you haven’t, it’s worth considering every few years. You might be able to save yourself plenty of money, especially with interest rates in Australia being at rock bottom. For the first time in history, some lenders are offering home loans interest rates that start with a […]

What is Home Loan Serviceability?

Home Loan Cash Back Deals

‘Serviceability’ is home loan jargon for your ability to make (‘service’) your home loan repayments. When you apply for a home loan, your lender will calculate your serviceability ratio. Factors that affect home loan serviceability The main factors that will affect your ability to make home loan repayments are: your income, and the amount of […]

How to Make the Most of Your Offset Account

3 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

If you have an offset account (or you’re thinking of getting one), it’s important to make the most of it. There are two major reasons for that. 1) An offset account can help you to pay off your home loan faster. 2) You are usually charged a fee for having the account, so you may […]

Phases of the Property Cycle

Should You Rent or Buy?

If you want to invest in property, it’s important to understand the property cycle. It has four phases:1) boom 2) upswing 3) stagnant 4) downturn. We’ll look at each of these phases in turn. The boom phase The boom phase is when property prices are rising quickly. Australian property prices are currently in a boom […]

Common Home Loan Mistakes to Avoid

Common Home Loan Mistakes to Avoid

A home loan is the biggest financial commitment most Australians ever make. It’s important to avoid making common home loan mistakes. 1. Not checking your credit score before you apply You might not realise it, but if you’ve borrowed money or taken out credit before (even for a mobile phone account or electricity), then you […]

Regional Property Price Growth Outstripping Capital Cities

Regional Property Price Growth Outstripping Capital Cities

Property prices have boomed across Australia over the past 12 months. In fact, they have grown at the fastest annual rate since 1989. Prices in regional areas have led the charge. Regional growth Regional property price growth is outstripping capital city price growth for the first time since 2004. According to the latest data from […]