Have the lending floodgates really opened?

Have the lending floodgates really opened?

n June the Australian Prudential and Regulation Authority (APRA) announced its first relaxation of credit controls imposed on the banks since its imposition of much tighter controls in 2017. These had been imposed to wind back a ramp in lending to property investors, to put a ceiling on interest-only lending, and to force the banks to more thoroughly consider individual borrower’s living expenses.

From APRA’s perspective, this has had the intended effect on the property market. The rampant growth in capital city property prices was controlled, and risks to the financial system implicit in highly geared investors, and even owner-occupiers holding interest-only loans in a property market “bubble”.

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Understanding fixed and variable interest rates

Understanding fixed and variable interest rates

Choosing which loan structure is best for you depends on your personal situation, possible changes in income or expenses, and your short term expectations with your property. Your overriding approach should be to understand that fixed interest rates are a risk management tool; they are not necessarily a way to save money. Do not try to second guess the interest rate market. My rule of thumb is that 80% of the time lenders will end up ahead on any fixed rate loan contract, simply because they understand money markets much better than their customers.

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Market Essentials - May 2018

Market Essentials - May 2018

In this month’s edition, the real estate slowdown across the country continues, with Domain Group data showing national property prices slumping 1.2% in the 3 months to March. Over the year however, prices were up 6.3% on CoreLogic data, with Tasmania taking out top spot for six of the 10 most sought-after suburbs in the country.

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To Buy, Or Not To Buy, That IS Indeed The Question

To Buy, Or Not To Buy, That IS Indeed The Question

We get a steady flow of questions from those who read our research, or follow our posts, but one question, more than any other we get asked is –  Should I Buy Property Now? Many cite the real estate industry claims that now is a great time to buy – but is it really?

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