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4 ways we can make your life easier right now

You don’t need us to tell you how much the world has changed – there’s been no shortage of news bulletins updating you on that. So rather than telling you about more changes, today we’re going to explain how we can help.

While we can’t babysit your child so they stop shouting out and interrupting that important call you’re trying to make in your new home

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How long does it take to find and secure your dream home?

It takes most first home buyers longer than a full working week to house hunt and apply for finance for their ‘dream’ property, according to new research.

The 2020 St George Home Buying Survey found that it takes first-home buyers an average of 44 hours to research properties, hone in on one they

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Downsizers tipped to be a ‘powerful force’ in 2020

Downsizers are tipped to take advantage of ‘the perfect storm’ and get the most out of the property market this year, predicts the national body representing professional buyers’ agents.

With softer lending conditions and strong property prices tipped for 2020, cashed-up downsizers looking to sell the family home and move into

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Are you being stung by the loyalty tax?

Once upon a time, you were rewarded for loyalty. But borrowers with older mortgages are typically paying a higher interest rate than customers on new loans, confirms the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

The RBA’s study finds that the difference in interest rates between new and outstanding variable-rate home loans increases with the age of the loan.

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How to avoid underinsuring your home

With Australia currently enduring its worst bushfire season on record, we all want to do our little bit to help out, so today we thought we’d discuss the important topic of underinsurance.

Indeed, researchers are warning that the nation is facing an underinsurance crisis, according to a recent report by the ABC, with the

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Swipe right to buy your first home

A new web platform described as a ‘dating app but for home-ownership’ says it can help users enter the property market in half the time it usually takes.

Mortgage Mates – the brainchild of Perth-based mates Daisy Ashworth and Jess Vesely – uses algorithms to match you with like-minded individuals who

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6 tips to prepare your property for valuation

Looking to refinance your home loan? A valuation is a vital part of the process. So today we’ll look at some ways you can help get your home in tip-top shape.

When you refinance to try and get a better deal on your home loan, the lender you’re applying with will arrange a valuation to estimate what your

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Are you a spender or a saver?

Are you paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly? New research indicates that how often you’re paid has a pretty big bearing on whether you’re a saver or a spender.

The research, conducted by small business platform Xero, shows that Aussies who receive their salaries weekly are more likely to splash their

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5 tips to save money as a working mom

If you were to buy a home today, most banks would require you to put down 20 per cent of the purchase price as a deposit. Besides, having a 20% deposit also prevents you from paying an absurd amount of fees for lenders mortgage insurance.

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Frustrating bank habit triggers probe into home loan pricing

You know that infuriating habit the big banks have of failing to pass on the RBA’s cash rate cuts in full? Well, it’s finally triggered the federal government to order an inquiry into home loan pricing.

The inquiry, which is being conducted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), comes just weeks after the Reserve Bank of

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