Finance

ASIC joins APRA in interest-only home loan crackdown

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
The corporate watchdog has joined the banking regulator in cracking down on interest-only home loans, announcing targeted surveillance of lenders and mortgage brokers inappropriately spruiking the loans. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) also said eight lenders, including Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and ANZ, will be forced to provide remediation, including possible refunds, to consumers who suffered financial difficulty as a result of shortcomings in past lending practices. [More]

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Reserve Bank holds interest rates steady at 1.5pc

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold at a record low 1.5 per cent for the eighth month in a row, as it remains torn between a surging housing market and sputtering economy. The decision came as no surprise, with all 50 economists surveyed by Reuters ahead of the RBA board meeting expecting a steady cash rate. The key challenge for the RBA is surging home prices across Australia’s major south-eastern centres at...

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The Bank of Mum and Dad is just generational self-interest to keep house prices high

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
You know the remarkably high price of homes is now a top issue for our politicians, state and federal. But you may need reminding that house prices are an intergenerational issue. As a general rule, the younger generation buys its homes from an older generation, which means rising house prices constitute a transfer of wealth from younger to older generations. Unfortunately, this conflict of interests between the generations makes it unlikely the measures in the...

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S&P says more borrowers falling behind for first time on mortgage repayments

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
More borrowers are falling behind for the first time on their mortgage repayments, credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s says. The proportion of owner-occupier home loans in arrears increased to 1.29 per cent in January, from 1.15 per cent in December, the agency says. Crackdown on investor loans Treasurer Scott Morrison believes it’s the willingness to loan money to investors coupled with watered down regulations that is negatively impacting household debt and housing prices. (Vision...

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The cost of buying an investment property

Posted on November 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
Are you thinking about buying an investment property? If the answer’s yes, listen up. While buying an investment property is a great first step to take in future-proofing your wealth, it’s important to know exactly how much the endeavour will set you back before you get too carried away. As with any property purchase, you’ll have to spend more than just the cost of the dwelling in order to secure the premises. Some of the...

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StanChoosing the right ownership structure

Posted on November 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments
One definition of the term “structure” is “something built or constructed, as a building, bridge or dam”. Ironic, then, that as property investors we use the term “structure” to define how we arrange our property investment portfolios. Like a building, our investment portfolios need to have a good structure… otherwise they’ll topple down on our heads! The structure we establish will depend upon a variety of things: our personal situations; our goals; our financial and...

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The tax implications of subdividing your backyard

Posted on April 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Subdividing your PPOR (principal place of residence) is a strategy we often get asked about. If you’re thinking about going down this path, there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. By Pat Mannix and Rebecca Mackie There are many different strategies with different outcomes, depending on whether you’re planning to sell the part with the house, or the vacant land, or build and move in, build and rent out or build and sell...

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EXPOSED: How Banks Manipulate Property Values

Posted on April 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment
by Brian White I’ve been involved in the property industry for 25 years (as a mortgage broker, real estate agent and investor). In recent times,flawed valuations have become a significant source of complaint, with manyagents advising that valuers are routinely undervaluing property and causing contracts to fall over. Buyers also accuse builders and developers of overpricing property, resulting in low valuations and contracts being terminated. While these scenarios do occur,the hidden culprit is often the type of...

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Size Matters When It Comes To Defaulting On A Home Loan

Posted on December 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment
An article by Clancy Yeates Bad housing loans will increase one day, and bankers say that many of the loans that will go bad are probably being written now, when interest rates are so low. Australian borrowers are a fortunate bunch. Unlike households overseas, they’ve managed to avoid the wave of painful mortgage defaults that have brought other economies to their knees. Indeed, local banks say the share of people falling behind on their mortgage...

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Converting Your Home to an Investment

Posted on November 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments
Shannon Molloy, deputy editor of Australian Property Investor Magazine, has posted a commendably detailed and informative article on-line on the above topic. Discover what the legal and tax implications are, he writes, when converting your family home into an investment property: Whether you’re taking off overseas for a holiday or new job, moving interstate or buying a new house elsewhere, it’s probably crossed your mind to rent out your current family home rather than sell...

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