The Bank of Mum and Dad

Dec 14, 2018 6:56:00 AM

Many parents decide to help their children onto the property ladder; so much so that the Bank of Mum and Dad is now recognized as the fifth biggest lender in Australia. While providing a guarantee or even dipping into your own property’s equity to gift your children the money is commendable, it’s also a big commitment and not without risk. If you are considering doing this, here are four questions you need to ask yourself.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Lenders, Home Loan Advice, Home loan rates, Buying property in Australia, Bank of mum and dad, Guarantor, Investing in Property

Setting a Christmas budget

Dec 13, 2018 6:48:00 AM

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of the season and end up spending far more than you intended at Christmas time. From buying extravagant gifts to decorating your home to the endless entertaining: Christmas spending quickly adds up. Which is why creating a Christmas budget makes perfect sense. Here are some key steps you can take to set a budget for Christmas that won’t break your bank.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Christmas spending, Christmas Debt, Budgeting, Debt Consolidation

Buying property in Australia: Non-residents

Dec 11, 2018 6:33:39 AM

Tighter regulations have made it tougher than ever for non-resident buyers to buy property in Australia. While the process may seem near impossible to navigate, once you understand the framework the Government uses to approve applications, it’s actually fairly straightforward. Take a look at what you need to know.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Lenders, Home Loan Advice, Home loan rates, Non-resident buyers, FIRB, Buying property in Australia

What to ask your mortgage broker

Nov 12, 2018 1:48:00 PM

When you’re shopping around for a mortgage, there’s a lot more to consider than just the interest rate. Which is why it pays to work with a mortgage broker who understands the complexities and can guide you every step of the way. But choosing the right mortgage broker can also be tricky. Here are 5 questions we suggest you ask before deciding on a broker.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Mortgage Debt, Mortgage Terms, Home Loan, Home Loan Advice

Financial Health vs. Mental Health

Nov 10, 2018 1:38:55 PM

Your debt may well be costing you more than just the interest you’re repaying! Research shows there’s a clear link between your financial health and your mental health, with some studies reporting a higher risk of mental health problems amongst people who have debt. Having just acknowledged Mental Health Awareness week in October, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of maintaining good mental and financial health.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Mental Health, Financial Health, growing economic pressures, economic uncertainty, Buying a home

How debt affects your home loan application

Nov 10, 2018 11:19:02 AM

When assessing your home loan application, your lender will look closely at your financial situation, including your employment history, your income and any assets, as well your liabilities – or debt – and your outgoing expenses. Your debt to income ratio (DTI) is an important factor in this process, which some lenders use to measure your ability to make repayments.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Lenders, Home Loan Advice, Home loan rates

How Lenders Assess Mortgage Applications

Nov 9, 2018 11:00:54 AM

Every lender has its own method and formulae for determining an applicant’s credibility and lender-ability. While the criteria may differ from lender to lender, there are a few factors that all lenders use to profile their clients. Take a look at what these are, and we also share a list of guidelines to ensure your mortgage application is error-free.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Lenders, Home Loan Advice, Home loan rates

Understanding Asset Finance

Oct 16, 2018 8:49:32 AM

As a small business owner just starting out or expanding your growing business, choosing the right type of finance to buy the equipment and assets you need can mean the difference between thousands of dollars saved or spent. To help you choose the right finance for your business, take a look at some of your options.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Investment Finance, Asset Finance, Small Business Finance, Car Loan

How Lenders Assess Risk

Oct 16, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Much like you, lenders are in business to make money, and when they lend to you, they take a calculated risk that you will repay your loan. When assessing financial risk for a business loan, lenders look primarily at the business owner but there are other equally important factors they consider too. Take a look at what these are.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Small Business Finance, Investment Finance, Long term investment, Asset Finance, Risk

Home Buyer Traps to Avoid

Oct 16, 2018 7:55:42 AM

Buying a home is one of the largest and most complex purchases you’re ever likely to make. And getting it wrong can have a significant impact on both your financial and emotional health. That’s why it’s important to take time to fully research and understand the process and the complexities that go along with home buying. Here are our home buyer traps to avoid.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Australia Mortgage, Home Loan Advice, Home Loan, buying property, Buying a home, Investment Property, Home Buying Traps