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Open Banking: What is it and how could it help you?

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A new way to quickly and securely share your banking data could help you take more control of your finances. With all the news about Covid last year and its financial impact – interest rates, loan repayment pauses, financial relief packages, government building incentives and so on – you may have missed the news that open banking has begun in Australia. Open banking promises to be a game-changer in the way we can all better manage our money. So what is open banking? Let me shed some light on what…

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Be mortgage-free by your 50s

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Some tips and tricks to paying off your home loan sooner. Buying a home is likely the most significant financial transaction you’ll ever make. So it stands to reason that your home loan will be your largest ongoing financial obligation. Imagine what life would be like without that monthly or fortnightly strain on your income? With the extra money in your account you can afford to work less, travel more, and do the things you’ve always dreamed of. Most loan repayments are calculated on a 25 or 30-year term. And…

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Is it time for a digital detox?

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Have you just spent hours of your festive break scrolling, scrolling, scrolling? It’s a fact that spending too much time staring at the small screen can create stress, anxiety and health issues. Isn’t it time we all aimed to disconnect more from our phones and reconnect more with life, health and happiness? We are more connected than ever, thanks to the internet and phones that let us check up on everything from anywhere. But it may surprise you to learn that a Lonergan Research study found that Australians, on average,…

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Are you paying a loyalty tax to your bank?

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In a recent article by Charbel Kadib in Mortgage Business titled “Investors bear brunt of Loyalty Tax” According to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) latest Lenders Interest Rates data, existing variable rate home loan customers were charged an interest rate over 30 bps higher than new customers over the month of December. Drawing on the research, RBA governor Phillip Lowe encouraged long term mortgage-holders to review their interest rate and refinance to a better deal to capitalise on the competitive dynamic in the market. [1] Looking at the differences found with…

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What to do next if you’re turned down for a home loan.

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Why do people get turned down for loans? Bank’s home loan lending rules can change Having your loan turned down by your bank can be a reflection of their current credit policy, which can change based on shifts in market conditions. This means when you may have had no issues getting a home loan from your bank in better economic times, but you might be turned down today because it’s a tougher financial climate. Boxes not being ticked They look for regular income – so being self-employed can be an…

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What is a non-conforming loan?

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All the major banks have a standard set of rules they use to decide if a loan application is acceptable, or not. A ‘non-conforming’ home loan is simply a term used for home loans designed for people that don’t fit those rules. Loans like these can also be called ‘specialist’ or ‘alternative’ loans (alt doc). Non-conforming may not be a common term, but you might be surprised how many Australians have been declined for a home loan because they fall into this category, and why. For example, people who are:…

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What is an alt doc home loan and how can it help me?

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An alt documentation loan (alt doc) or a low documentation loan (low doc) are mortgages that can be taken out using different sorts of paperwork to the kind needed for a full documentation (full doc) loan. Self-employed borrowers, who can find it difficult to provide standard documentation as proof of their income, often use these sorts of alternative loans. The low down on alt doc loans Once upon a time, a ‘low doc’ loan was just that: a mortgage that could be taken out using less documents to get it….

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Top tips to save a larger home deposit

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When you are thinking about your first home, finding out you should be thinking about saving for a 20 per cent deposit can seem really overwhelming. The good news is that for some of the big non-bank lenders like Pepper Money, a minimum deposit required on some products can be as little as five percent of the purchase price of the property, but it’s always a good idea to have a deposit of 20 per cent or more if possible. So let’s look at how to get there. First work…

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The upsides and downsides of home loan debt consolidation

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All your debts in one basket – Why home loan debt consolidation could be the right move. A lot of small debts can balloon into one big headache. A simple way to get things under control could be to refinance your home loan to consolidate debt. So – is it right for you? What it is Simply put, debt consolidation is combining all your debts – credit cards, car loans etc. – into one single debt with a single monthly payment. When they are individual loans each of them have…

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The top 7 things a new homebuyer needs to know

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Bigger deposit, better position  While some lenders can offer low-deposit loans for less than 5 percent of the purchase price, saving around 20 percent can offer you big benefits:  Access to a wider pool of lenders and products You need to borrow less money overall It’s a clear sign to potential lenders that you’re good at managing money. If you’ve saved less than 20 per cent there are lenders who can help, but deposits of that size may require Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). This adds more fees and another layer…

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