Category: Government Policy

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apra restrictions

Loan restrictions in place until household debt stabilises

Earlier this year, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) placed restrictions on investor lending and interest-only loans to address housing affordability, and potential mortgage stress. At the time, interest-only loans accounted for almost 40 per cent of lending. APRA Chairman Wayne Byres recently told building societies and credit unions that restrictions will remain in place […]

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Good news for first home buyers

It looks like the tide is turning for first home buyers in Australia. The data released by Australian Bureau of Statistics in September shows that investor lending is decreasing, while lending to owner-occupiers is on the rise. Lending to first home buyers is the highest it’s been since 2013. In July 2017, first home buyers […]

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5 ways to save your mortgage deposit faster

Are you wondering how you’ll be able to scrape together a deposit for your first home? What with rent, bills, other expenses and any debts you’ve accumulated, it can be hard to imagine ever getting together the amount needed to secure your first property. However, if you begin implementing some simple saving strategies, you’ll be able […]

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Australian Taxation Office

New depreciation rules affect property investors

Changes to the way landlords can claim tax-deductible expenses related to their investment property were introduced on 1 July. The changes mean property investors can no longer claim a tax deduction by depreciating plant and equipment assets – which are the easily-removable and mechanical fixtures and fittings on the asset – for properties that exchanged […]

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Government schemes to help you buy your first home

Are you an aspiring property owner struggling to figure out how to afford your first home in Australia? With average mortgage rates more expensive than ever before across the majority of states, it’s little wonder. But there’s plenty of assistance for first home buyers in Australia thanks to government schemes. To help you out, here is a […]

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The difference between owner-occupier and investor interest rates

New regulations have changed the way financial institutions set interest rates. There’s now a bigger difference between the rate borrowers are charged when they buy a property to live in, compared to loans taken out by investors who don’t live in their properties. This means the rate available could be cheaper for owner occupiers. The new […]

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Rates for interest-only loans on the rise

Concern about the growth of mortgage lending across the banking industry has prompted the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to tighten requirements for banks offering interest-only loans. Here, we look at what the changes are, and how they are affecting the lending market. APRA is concerned that too many mortgage holders are paying interest only […]

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Client stories

Nick Tinning and Naomi Parkes

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Belinda Fellows

Having a great mortgage broker can really help ease the stress and strain that comes with buying a property – particularly when...

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Kerry Simpson and Scott Wright

Kerry and Scott joke that their Smartline Adviser knows more about their finances than they do. Over the past 11 years...

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