Understanding Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)

Clients of mine who are first home buyers have saved a $50,000 deposit and are looking to buy a property for around $550,00. Given that their deposit is around 9% of their purchase price, they are required to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). Based on their deposit amount and property purchase price, the LMI is … Read more

Will interest rates increase in 2017?

Interest rates have been at historical lows for such a long time, home owners could be forgiven for forgetting what it is like for rates to rise.   In recent weeks though, major lenders have increased their fixed term rates, across several loan terms (two, three and five year terms). A rise in fixed rates … Read more

5 simple financial New Year’s resolutions

The new year is here and after an indulgent holiday break most of us are happily fixated on health goals. Kale sales will no doubt sky rocket in the next couple of weeks, along with gym memberships, as we all vow to lose five kilos. But what about ‘financial health’ resolutions for 2017? With a little focus and thought … Read more

Insurance and protecting your family home

Why do I need life and income protection insurance? One of the questions Mortgage Brokers ask clients is whether they are insured – not just car insurance or house insurance (which everyone should have by the way) but life insurance and income protection insurance.  Brokers are obliged to get clients thinking about how they would pay … Read more

Want to knock down and build multiple dwellings?

As the population in our major cities continues to grow and with the centralisation of the workforce there is an increasing trend toward greater density of population and smaller households. What does this mean? It means where there used to be warehouses there are now blocks of apartments and where there used to be a … Read more

Buyers Advocates are on your side

Today’s Guest Blog is by Ray Becher, Principal and Founder at Reimund Property Advisory As a professional Buyers Advocate, one of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What can a Buyers Advocate do for me that I can’t do for myself?”. My response is always the same in that it always pays to have … Read more

What is a good interest rate? How do you know if you have one?

Your mortgage is likely to be your single biggest monthly expense and yet you might (like many people) struggle to know what interest rate you are paying, let alone whether or not you are getting a ‘good deal’. The difference in interest rates can be significant. The best rate in the market at the moment (after the recent rate cut) is … Read more

How much can you afford to borrow with your first home loan?

Understanding how much borrowing capacity you have when buying your first home is an essential step for all newcomers to home ownership. The question of “How much can I borrow?” rears its ugly head for all new home buyers. As daunting as it can be, understanding your borrowing power is important – and essential – … Read more

5 reasons why pre-approval makes things a whole lot easier

Whilst it is not a mandatory requirement for home buyers to seek a pre approval, doing so can make things considerably easier. So why might that be?   1) You get a clear and accurate price range Whilst you can use a borrowing calculator to work out your approximate buying power, different lenders have different requirements … Read more