Good news! Borrowing capacity is now up 14 per cent

By | 2019-07-17T15:41:56+00:00 July 17th, 2019|News|

Attention home buyers… as of now, the amount you can borrow may have just increased by as much as 14 per cent.  The banking regulator APRA has now officially set new rules for how the banks calculate your borrowing capacity. When conducting their serviceability tests, lenders were previously made to do calculations based on an assessment rate

It’s official: Australia’s rich are getting richer

By | 2019-07-17T15:39:36+00:00 July 17th, 2019|News|

On average Australian householders are millionaires. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest Household Income and Wealth Australia 2017-18 report Australia’s average household wealth has passed the $1 million mark for the first time, up more than 37 per cent compared with a decade ago, thanks to property prices and surging superannuation balances. But when you

Nudgee Named a Top 10 Growth Suburb

By | 2019-06-25T14:40:03+00:00 June 25th, 2019|News|

Brisbane’s property market has seen the median house price increase 1.5 per cent to reach a new high of $680,000. The findings come from the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor report, which reveals capital growth in Brisbane suburbs for the 12 months to March, amid the nation's housing slump. And while the

Last-minute tax-time tips for the time-poor investor

By | 2019-06-25T12:54:04+00:00 June 25th, 2019|News|

End of financial year falls on Sunday, 30 June, and there is still time to make sure you are maximising tax strategies for your investment properties before the week is out. The end of the financial year is nearly here, and for any investor that is yet to get themselves sorted, there is still a

Property industry reacts to Liberal Party win

By | 2019-05-22T16:19:24+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|News|

Last weekend’s federal election saw the Coalition government returning to power in an election that saw policy on property taxation a hotly debated topic between the Liberal Party’s insistence of maintaining the status quo and the Labor Party’s intention to reform the taxation process. As a result, with the Coalition government’s win, many in the

APRA move means 9% extra borrowing power

By | 2019-05-22T13:41:08+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|News|

APRA’s scrapping of the 7 per cent ‘stress test’ buffer on home loans will effectively see a 9 per cent increase in borrowing capacity for owner-occupiers which will rise to between 13 and 14 per cent if the RBA undertakes two interest rate cuts before the year is out. With the current ultra-low interest rate

How Uber Eats and Afterpay can hinder home loan applications

By | 2019-04-30T14:36:52+00:00 April 30th, 2019|News|

If you thought your Friday night ‘order in’ and buy now, pay later habits were harmless, think again, because your excessive digital spending could well derail your mortgage application. Our Afterpay payments, eBay and Uber Eats accounts, Netflix, Stan, and other online streaming subscriptions are coming under scrutiny by mortgage brokers and lenders when assessing

Young investors poised to take advantage of market softening

By | 2019-04-30T14:06:25+00:00 April 30th, 2019|News|

A survey by comparison website Finder has found 35 per cent of Millennials – which total 1.9 million Australians – think the current market decline has paved the way for them to enter the market. The survey, which polled 2,026 Australians, found that 19 per cent of Australians overall would be interested in purchasing property,

Brisbane Most At Ease With Loans

By | 2019-04-30T11:41:58+00:00 April 30th, 2019|News|

A new survey has found that home-owners in Brisbane fare the best when it comes to paying the mortgage comfortably. The research by Finder asked respondents if they struggled with their mortgage - and Brisbanites emerged as the most comfortable with their repayments among the capital cities. It found 62% of Brisbane respondents "can make