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Inappropriate finance most common broker complaint

October 24, 2017

The most common consumer complaint against mortgage brokers relates to inappropriate finance and responsible lending, a new industry report has found. In the latest Credit Industry Ombudsman (CIO) Annual Report on Operations, around 360 complaints were received about brokers and aggregators in the 2016/17 financial year. This accounted for 6.1% of the almost 5,900 complaints brought […]

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Refinancers caught in the crossfire of APRA’s tightening plan

October 24, 2017

Some Australian home owners looking to refinance their mortgage to reduce debt have discovered they are “stuck” with their current loan due to stricter rules enforced by the banking regulator. One lender says tighter controls are penalising people with a good credit history on loans granted before the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) tightened rules […]

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How to paint like a pro: Experts share their top tips for getting it right

October 18, 2017

Painting a wall might sound easy, but if you want a beautiful and professional finish then roll up your sleeves and prepare for some hard work. Follow these seven essential steps to get you painting like an expert in no time. Choose your paint type There are many choices when it comes to picking a […]

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FOS reports seven broker disputes in 2016/17

October 18, 2017

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has released new figures revealing the low number of broker disputes compared to the banks. The FOS Annual Review 2016-17reported 25,300 accepted disputes overall during the year. Of these, 10,400 involved the banks while only seven involved mortgage brokers.  These seven disputes included two around advice, two around charges, one around […]

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Spending plunge may dent economic growth

October 11, 2017

The sharpest fall in retail spending in more than four years has cast doubt on the Reserve Bank’s economic growth forecasts and adds weight to expectations for a long run of unchanged interest rates. Retail turnover plunged 0.6 per cent to $25.9 billion in August, missing market expectations of a rise from July of 0.3 per […]

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Could avocado prices really be keeping millennials out of the Perth property market?

October 10, 2017

Smashed Avocado keeping you out of the property market? What if you bought an avocado farm instead? Recent comments from an Australian property millionaire claiming that smashed avocado was the reason many millennials had failed to enter the property market. Lazy millennials who want everything for nothing, afraid of hard work and changing priorities, death […]

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How to host a good open home inspection: Experts weigh in

October 10, 2017

our house is on the market – congratulations! But just because the “for sale” sign is out the front and your property is listed online and in the paper, your work is far from done. The inspection is the make or breaks part, where the image seen online or on the placard on your front […]

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Home loan apathy for 33% of Australians

October 8, 2017

Australian homeowners are failing to put in the effort and seek out better home loan deals despite slow wage growth and piling levels of household debt. These findings come from new research by State Custodians Home Loans which polled over 1,000 people across the country. Surprisingly, only 13% said they were always on the lookout […]

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‘Major flaw’ with mortgage comparison rates, says CEO

October 2, 2017

The boss of one of Australia’s largest home loan comparison websites says that mortgage comparison rates are now obsolete and “decades behind” today’s market conditions. RateCity CEO Paul Marshall said that while the comparison rate is a good concept, it is no longer helping mortgage borrowers as much as it once did. “The comparison rate […]

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