SOUTH COAST HOUSING PRICES ON THE RISE

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The Illawarra Mercury , 8/3/2018, reports that the South Coast housing market has defied Sydney’s falling trend in housing values. It quotes new data from Domain’s June Quarter 2018 House Price Report which indicates that house and unit prices on the South Coast are continuing to rise, despite predictions the … Read More

The Value of Mortgage Broking

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  The Value of Mortgage Broking, a report by Deloitte Access Economics has just been released. This report demonstrates the value that our industry brings to consumers, lenders and the Australian economy, by driving competition and delivering greater choice and valuable services to the Australians who need them most. The … Read More

Can I make up for bad credit with a high income and down payment?

What’s more important for a mortgage? Income or credit score? It’s not uncommon to find a mortgage applicant with great income, but not a high credit score. Do applicants with high income and large down payments still need bad credit home loans? Mortgage underwriting is completed mainly by software The software evaluates … Read More

Many people are considering their options in view of the Banking Royal Commission

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There have been some alarming revelations about the behaviour of Australia’s Banks coming out of the Banking Royal Commission. It has shattered the myth that the big banks always put their customers first. Time and again evidence has been put forward that shows that the lending practices of some of … Read More

Buyers – and sellers – beware as royal commission exposes banking’s risky business

Hearings reveal more tales of reckless lending by banks – but also show that borrowers will take huge risks to make their dreams come true  Westpac lawyers leave the Commonwealth law courts in Melbourne on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Photograph: Joe Castro/AAP What happened in the banking royal commission this … Read More

The difference between median value and median price

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Understanding the difference between the median sales price and the median value can provide you with useful insights into exactly what is going on in your local property market. The traditional metric is the median sales price. This is the median – or middle – price of all the properties … Read More

Were mortgages more affordable 28 years ago?

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Why it’s worth cutting mortgage costs via cheaper loan

Key retail banking product happenings from the past month

Both variable and fixed Home Loan rates are trending down as providers continue to chase owner occupier borrowers. Investor rates have also been easing, even before last week’s announcement by APRA that the investor loan growth limit would be lifted for those lenders that meet its prudential requirements. American Express … Read More

Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

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Date1 May 2018 At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. The Chinese economy continues to grow solidly, … Read More

How Commonwealth Bank got itself into such a mess

The banking royal commission has been full of horror stories. To some extent this is not surprising. Banks undertake millions of transactions per year so it is hardly surprising that there are some shockers in the mix. The Catholic Church and the Returned Services League have provided similar front page news stories … Read More

The many moving parts influencing house prices

Before I dive into where housing is heading, the banking regulator’s analysis of CBA’s vulnerabilities was spot on. In 2010 I posited that while the four oligarchs’ much-lauded diversification into non-core businesses might smooth their return distributions during the good times, it lifted the probability of adverse fat-tail events of the kind NAB experienced in … Read More

8 Financial New Year’s Resolutions For 2018

The beginning of a new year is the most popular time to set goals and make plans, and everyone’s resolution list should include a few financial resolutions. Resolutions, like goals, are best when they’re specific. When you set a resolution or a goal, think of it as picking destinations on … Read More

Westpac shares crumble after poor lending practices conceded in internal documents

Westpac’s share price has nosedived after the release of explosive documents detailing widespread failings in not only the quality and riskiness of its home loans, but the way they are processed. Key points: Westpac shares tumble 4pc after APRA finds it has the worst record of the big banks in … Read More

The untouchables: How the dodgy financial planners kept their jobs

Charging dead people fees, impersonating clients, falsifying signatures. It’s all apparently in a day’s work for unscrupulous members of the $4.6 billion financial planning industry. For the best part of the past week, the Hayne royal commission explored the misdeeds of advisers employed by the big banks and AMP. The testimony was disturbing, and portrayed … Read More

Liquid paper and broken dreams: Homeowners brought to their knees over lending practices

Jason Hannagan had to sell his home and an investment property after a financial lender gave his family a loan they could not afford to repay. Mr Hannagan’s family took out a $590,750 loan from a lender called Pepper Money in 2012. He estimated the family’s monthly income was about … Read More

APRA relaxes investor property loan ‘speed limit’ as boards made more accountable

Despite conceding that risks in the property market remain “heightened”, the key bank regulator will remove the speed limit on investor lending. Key points: APRA is targeting the quality of home loan serviceability, ditching previous investor speed limits Bank boards will be made more accountable for the quality and operation … Read More

Jonathan Munz sells Portsea pile to Russell Knowles for $2.5m profit

Rich Lister Jonathan Munz has made a $2.5 million profit from selling the Portsea house he purchased just two years ago to former rich lister Russell Knowles. Mr Munz, whose estimated $1.1 billion fortune put him 50th on last year’s Rich 200, sold his mansion at 3808 Point Nepean Road for $13.5 million last Monday in … Read More

APRA just relaxed lending quotas for Australian housing investors

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APRA has announced it will remove the 10% annual cap on investor housing credit growth for some lenders. It expects ADIs to develop internal limits on lending at very high debt-to-income levels, and policy limits on maximum debt-to-income levels for individual borrowers. Restrictions on interest-only mortgage lending introduced in March … Read More

Westpac shares slide after UBS flags lending risk concerns

Westpac shares have slumped in midday trade after UBS downgraded the stock this morning. Analysts Jonathon Mott and Rachel Bentvelzen ascribed a target valuation of $26.05 on Westpac (WBC) shares — down from this morning’s opening price of $29.18. Westpac shares fell by more than 4% in afternoon trade before … Read More

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