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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Tuesday 28 January 20

The high cost of LMI (Lenders Mortgage Insurance) is one of the biggest hindrances that most first home buyers face when they want to make their first real estate purchase. In response to this issue, the Australian Government has introduced the First Home Loan Deposit

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Mortgage Offset Savings Account

Mortgage Offset Savings Account

Thursday 10 October 19

You have probably heard of offset accounts. What are they, and are they worthwhile, especially if you have to pay extra to get one? In the video below, James Massey explains what a mortgage offset savings account is, and how it can save money in

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Home Loan Savings

Home Loan Savings

Tuesday 18 June 19

Do you know that your home loan can help you save money? It can do that in a variety of ways. Let me explain.It does cost money to have a loan. It’s the price for the use of someone else’s money. But that’s well worthwhile when it makes

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Using a personal loan for a home deposit

Using a personal loan for a home deposit

Thursday 30 May 19

What do you do if you have plenty of income to cover the loan payments for purchasing your first home, but you don’t have the deposit?  Would it make sense to get a personal loan, and use cash from that for the deposit?Let’s begin with

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Double trouble for credit cards

Double trouble for credit cards

Wednesday 29 May 19

Have you had struggles getting your credit card paid on time? Sorry to tell you, but it’s about to get worse!In the past, banks have encouraged their credit card customers to pay on time by charging them large penalties for late payment. However, the government

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Business loan basics

Business loan basics

Tuesday 28 May 19

Tax savings.  Music to your ears?*For many it is, and for those there is some good news in yesterday’s Federal Budget, especially those in small business.In recent years, small businesses have been able to get an immediate tax write off on asset purchases of up

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A family guarantee for a home purchase

A family guarantee for a home purchase

Saturday 25 May 19

You have probably heard about someone being a “guarantor” for another person’s loan.  They are making a guarantee somewhat similar to how a manufacturer will guarantee their products.  It doesn’t mean that their products will never fail, it just means that if they do, the

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Lender's Mortgage Insurance - LMI

Lender's Mortgage Insurance - LMI

Saturday 25 May 19

What is it?  Lender’s Mortgage Insurance, or LMI, involves a special type of insurance company providing protection to the lender.  If the borrower fails to make the repayments and the lender ends up foreclosing on the loan, if the sale proceeds are not enough to cover

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Loan to value ratio - LVR

Loan to value ratio - LVR

Saturday 25 May 19

What is it?  It’s the amount of the loan divided by the value of the security property, expressed as a percentage.   So, if you were getting a $750,000 loan to purchase a $1,000,000 home, the Loan to Value Ratio, or LVR, would be 75%Why is

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Good Debt, Bad Debt

Good Debt, Bad Debt

Wednesday 01 May 19

A couple of generations ago, the view of debt was very different than today. I grew up between those generations. My father saved like crazy for about three years, then built a brand-new home with something like $10,000 from the bank. I imagine that he

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