First Home Loan Deposit Scheme – will you qualify?

Dec 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Ahead of the Federal Election earlier this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged government’s support to help first home buyers buy their own home with just a 5 per cent deposit. The First Home Loan Deposit scheme kicks off on 1 January 2020 offering up to 10,000 first home buyers each year the chance to buy a home. Will you qualify and what can you actually buy under the scheme?


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Topics: Home Ownership, first home buyer, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Home Loan Application, First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

When to refinance your mortgage

Dec 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Refinancing your mortgage could help you secure better interest rates, reduce the term of your loan, and even strengthen your overall financial position. Deciding when to refinance depends on several factors and there are many instances where property owners refinance for reasons other than just the interest rate. Take a look at when you could consider refinancing your mortgage.


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Topics: Refinancing Options, Home Ownership, refinancing, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Home Loan Application

How to buy a house in Australia as a migrant

Dec 6, 2019 12:32:18 PM

For many people, owning a home in Australia is the ultimate Aussie dream. And that dream is no different for new migrants making Australia their home. When it comes to buying a house in Australia as a migrant though, there are a few rules you need to know about to pave the way to home ownership. Read on to find out what your options are as a migrant on a temporary visa or as a permanent resident buying property in Australia.


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Topics: Migrant Mortgage Advisers, Home Ownership, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, Home Loan Application

Home loans with reward schemes

Nov 16, 2019 10:09:00 AM

Does earning reward points or frequent flyer miles while you pay off your mortgage sound too good to be true? It’s not as crazy as it sounds: in a bid to snag more business, some home loan lenders offer borrowers the chance to earn reward points or frequent flyer miles on their home loan balance. Read on to find out more about home loans with reward schemes.


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Topics: Refinancing Options, Home loan rates, Financial Advice, Home Loan Advice, refixing, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

Buying a home with a small deposit

May 10, 2019 8:00:39 AM

If you’re struggling to save a deposit to buy a property, you may be wondering what your options are. Should you keep saving and potentially miss out on a bargain or optimal buying conditions in the market, or do you push ahead and apply for a mortgage with a small deposit? While it’s not easy securing a mortgage with a small deposit, it is certainly possible. Here are three ways to do this.


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Topics: lending options, Low Deposit, Home Loan Advice, Low Doc Home Loan, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

5 First home buyer mistakes to avoid

Apr 15, 2019 11:56:33 AM

When buying your first home, it’s easy to get swept up in a whirlwind of excitement and make mistakes that could end up costing you later on. Even if you’ve done your research and have a good understanding of the property market, there’s a lot to take in and to think about. Here are 5 first home buyer mistakes to avoid.


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Topics: First Home, lending options, Home Loan Advice, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

How to get a home loan when you’re self-employed

Apr 15, 2019 11:48:11 AM

When applying for a mortgage, most lenders require you prove your income which can be a challenge if you’re self-employed; particularly if you haven’t already done your taxes or been in business for very long. But that doesn’t mean the end of your home ownership dreams. At Mortgage Express, we help self-employed borrowers every day, working with lenders who offer alternative options and access to competitive home loans.


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Topics: Credit Check, Self-Employed, lending options, Home Loan Advice, Small Business Lending, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

What is Comprehensive Credit Reporting?

Mar 20, 2019 9:37:23 AM

Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) is Australia’s credit reporting system which aims to make it easier for lenders to assess an applicant’s credit history. With CCR, when you apply for credit, authorised lenders will have access to up to 2 years of your repayment history, along with detailed information of your credit accounts. Find out what the change to CCR means for your finances.


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Topics: Lenders, CCR, Comprehensive Credit Reporting, Home Loan Advice, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

Divorce and Your Mortgage

Mar 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to divorce or separation, including a number of decisions that need to be made around your biggest asset: the family home. How property is divided in a divorce or separation will differ in each situation and may need to be decided by the Family Court. Here are some of the things you’ll need to think when it comes to splitting the family home in a divorce or separation.


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Topics: separation, divorce, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Terms, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

Mar 19, 2019 7:00:00 PM

If you need to free up a little cash as you head into retirement, a reverse mortgage could be the solution. A reverse mortgage lets you mortgage your property so you can access your equity with no repayments required until you move out. For many retirees, a reverse mortgage offers financial security to cover those unexpected expenses – like home repairs or major surgery – without having to sell the family home. Read on to find out more about a reverse mortgage.


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Topics: Retirement, Home Equity Loans, Home Equity, reverse mortgage, Home Loan Advice, Australia Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Application