Existing borrowers must get active or suffer higher rates

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A recent ACCC report on the residential mortgage pricing of five major banks between 9 May 2017 to 30 June 2018 found that opaque discretionary pricing inflated borrowers’ costs (including their time and effort) to discover better offers, directly impacting their enthusiasm to shop around.

Will lenders pass on the RBA rate cut to you?

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The RBA has cut the official cash rate to a new record low of 1.25%. But hang on a sec… Will lenders even pass on the cut in full? Today we’ll look at how you can make the RBA rate cut work for you.

Summary of the Key Findings of the Banking Royal Commission Final Report

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This month, the findings of the damning final report from the Banking Royal Commission into the financial services industry were handed down. High Court justice and royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne unveiled 76 recommendations for key aspects of the banking, superannuation, financial advice, and the rural lending industries. While the final report totals 530 pages, a quick summary of the recommendations …

Be Aware of Major Changes to How Living Expenses Impact Borrowing

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In response to regulator intervention and the influence of the Royal Commission findings, the past few months have seen big changes when it comes to borrowing. The regulator now expects banks and other lending institutions to conduct a detailed assessment of the spending habits and living expenses for anyone looking to change their lending or enter a new borrowing arrangement. …

The Ins and Outs of Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)

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What is LMI? Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is insurance that a lender takes out to protect itself against the risk of not recovering the full loan balance, if you, as the borrower, are unable to meet your home loan’s repayments. If this occurs and the property is sold, any shortfall between the outstanding loan balance and the proceeds from the …

Tips for Taking Out a Home Loan in the Current Lending Environment

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In the current home loan lending environment, the duration of loan approvals for some borrowers has increased significantly as lenders increase their restrictions and scrutiny on applications as a result of APRA and the Banking Royal Commission. This has made it harder than ever for some to get finance. Before you look to purchase a home, ensure you use an …