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Why don’t lenders drop my repayments when the interest rate falls?
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Why don’t lenders drop my repayments when the interest rate falls?

A question that’s been popping up a bit lately has been ‘why didn’t my lender reduce my repayments when the interest rate fell last year?’
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The race is on: thousands rush to apply for first home loan scheme
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The race is on: thousands rush to apply for first home loan scheme

If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme then you better act quick, as thousands of first home buyers have already applied for the 10,000 guarantees available.
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How to avoid underinsuring your home
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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.
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First come, first served: first home buyer scheme now open
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First come, first served: first home buyer scheme now open

Applications for the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme are now open, with 10,000 guarantees available to first home buyers looking to get a leg up into the property market.
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How to spread some free Xmas cheer these holidays
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How to spread some free Xmas cheer these holidays

Did you know there’s around $1.1 billion owed to Aussie families in unclaimed shares, bank accounts and life insurance? With the festive season just around the corner, here’s how to find some long lost funds for you and your family in less than one minute.
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Season’s Greetings! Here’s to a prosperous 2020!
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Season’s Greetings! Here’s to a prosperous 2020!

With 2019 drawing to a close, we hope you're shifting into holiday mode and getting ready to relax and unwind (or, at least, looking forward to a few public holidays!).
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Could you flick Netflix? ASIC updates responsible lending guidance
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Could you flick Netflix? ASIC updates responsible lending guidance

Could you say goodbye to Netflix to take out a loan? That’s one example corporate watchdog ASIC has included in its responsible lending update.
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Banks ‘too cautious’ on SME loans: financial regulators
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Banks ‘too cautious’ on SME loans: financial regulators

The country's top financial regulators are concerned banks are ‘too cautious’ when it comes to loans for small business borrowers.
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6 tips to prepare your property for valuation
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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.
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Caps for new first home buyer scheme revealed
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Caps for new first home buyer scheme revealed

The property price caps in each state have been revealed for the federal government’s new first home buyer scheme. Read on to find out the maximum value of a property you can purchase under the scheme.
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Crunch time: tax debts can now be reported by ATO to credit agencies
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Crunch time: tax debts can now be reported by ATO to credit agencies

Got a large, overdue tax debt with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)? Then best listen up, because certain tax debt information can now be reported to credit reporting bureaus (CRBs).
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Frustrating bank habit triggers probe into home loan pricing
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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.
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SMEs need more support from lenders to grow: RBA
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SMEs need more support from lenders to grow: RBA

The ‘pendulum may have swung a bit too far’ when it comes to the tight lending standards currently imposed on small businesses, says the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).
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Four ways to dive into the property market with a smaller deposit
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Four ways to dive into the property market with a smaller deposit

Three-in-five prospective first home buyers intend to buy soon with a smaller deposit, rather than wait until they have saved a 20% deposit. So how do they plan on doing so?
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Home-ownership within reach: will you qualify for new buyer scheme?
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Home-ownership within reach: will you qualify for new buyer scheme?

Imagine buying your first home with only a 5% deposit and not having to pay lenders mortgage insurance. Well, that dream is one step closer to reality after the government introduced legislation to implement the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
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Has the tide turned? Household lending surges
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Has the tide turned? Household lending surges

Lending to Aussie households spiked 3.9% in July, the strongest growth seen since October 2014, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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Is the housing market drought finally over?
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Is the housing market drought finally over?

Marge, Marge, the rains are ‘ere! Home prices have recorded their first rise since October 2017, with national dwelling values increasing 0.8% over August, according to the latest CoreLogic report.
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Buy now, pay now: the importance of budgeting for gifts
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Buy now, pay now: the importance of budgeting for gifts

How much do you think the average Aussie spends on gifts each month? $20, $50 or 100? (hint: we’re a generous bunch). Today we’ll look at why it’s important to budget for these expenses correctly, rather than succumbing to ‘buy now, pay later’ services.
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Caviar and wine, anyone? What a court ruling means for you
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Caviar and wine, anyone? What a court ruling means for you

Indulgences such as caviar, wagyu beef and the finest bottles of wine shouldn’t count against you when lenders assess your application for finance, a Federal Court judge has said.
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On the hunt for a new loan provider?
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On the hunt for a new loan provider?

One in 10 consumers have switched credit products in the past year, according to new research, with Millennials and women in particular pouncing on offers from small banks, credit unions and building societies.
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