Monthly Archives: September 2010

Commonwealth Bank launches property iApp

The Commonwealth Bank has announced the release of a Property Guide iPhone application which it says will make property and finance searching easier for consumers. The application uses “augmented reality” technology developed with property analytics company RP Data, to deliver up to the minute information about a property, including it’s past and recent sales history, […]

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Negative Gearing Here To Stay

There was an article in the Advisor Magazine recently that says the federal government and the federal opposition party have ruled out the prospect of abolishing negative gearing. At a debate held at the National Press Club in Canberra recently, both parties said that they would not consider abolishing the investment strategy. Real Estate Institute […]

Australians feeling good about mortgages

According to Kevin Eddy of Broker News Australians are most comfortable with their level of long – term debt, particularly mortgages, out of all aspects of their finance. ING Direct’s new Financial Wellbeing Index indicates that Australians’ median “comfort level” in terms of long – term debt was rated at 6.5 out of 7. The […]

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Loans for the Self-employed

The credit crunch and resulting squeeze on liquidity, coupled with the Australian Government’s recent crackdown on responsible lending, has made it harder for the self-employed to secure a home loan. But with one in 10 Australians now self-employed, there is still a strong industry servicing this sector and opportunities are still available for self-employed borrowers- […]

Buying at Auction

Auctions are a fast, practical and effective way to make a home purchase or investment. If you’ve considered buying at auction, here are a few pointers to give you a head start over the competition: Have pre-arranged finance: It’s a good idea not to place a bid on property until you have pre-approved finance. It […]