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The late RBA Mail

At 2.30 on Melbourne Cup day (just before the big race) the November RBA cash rate decision is always handed down. We thought you might appreciate some “late mail” from a few organisations that are “in the know” when it comes to this decision. The first place we looked was the Sportsbet betting agency. “Stay […]

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The NSW Pool Registration deadline is TODAY

All pools (and spas) must be registered with the NSW government by the end of tomorrow (October 29th, 2013). I know this warning may not apply to everyone but you might know someone that would appreciate this last minute reminder. The fine for not registering today is $220. You can register on this website. www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au […]

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Are foreign investors driving up our house prices?

As property prices continue to surge, there are all sorts of theories being thrown around to explain this growth. One theory that seems to be gaining some traction is that foreign investors (non-residents and temporary residents) are driving price growth. We have done some research into this claim and have found that foreign investment is […]

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The “RBA rate vs Home Loan rate” ARGUMENT

I was recently involved in an argument with a few of my Smartline colleagues. We were arguing about the size of the gap that has opened up between the RBA cash rate and basic home loan rates since the GFC. During this friendly argument we all decided to have a guess at the size of […]

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Home loans: The bigger picture

Many Australians have been waiting to buy a home their whole life. And while imagining that one perfect day when you finally get the keys to your very own property can help you to buckle down and save for a home loan deposit, it can also cause you to get first home tunnel vision. This […]

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Rate cut may deliver relief to mortgage owners

Home owners will likely welcome the recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to cut the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent. At its monthly meeting yesterday (October 2), the RBA concluded that economic conditions deemed a rate cut suitable to address economic concerns. RBA governor Glenn Stevens […]

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How do I choose a house to be my home?

The search for the perfect home can be exhilarating – knowing you are on the cusp of owning your very own property and finally making that transition from tenant to owner is an exciting time indeed. However, it can also be exhausting. Trolling the internet, attending inspections and going over your list of must-haves with […]

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Targeted advice for first time buyers

The prospect of buying property for the first time is exciting – soon you will have a place to call your very own! However, getting from real estate seeker to proud property owner often takes quite a lot of time, due to the fact that there are many details to take care of. Securing finance […]

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Client stories

Linda and Trevor Friend

Linda and her husband Trevor had their mortgage with one of major banks for years. With rates going down steadily, the time had...

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Matt Richardson

Running his own successful IT project management business while growing his investment property portfolio means Matt Richardson...

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Nick Tinning and Naomi Parkes

Nick Tinning and fiancée Naomi Parkes thought securing a loan to build their house would be relatively...

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