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Location may be a big driver of property prices, but in any given suburb a few streets can be all that separates paying top dollar for a home or potentially scoring a bargain. Here’s how to use a tool to find pockets of value in any given neighbourhood.

Each suburb has its own median house price, and sites like realestate.com.au can provide a useful guide to median values for a particular postcode.

However, the median is obviously only the middle point in each suburb’s dataset – and it’s common for prices to vary widely across a single suburb.

Fortunately, there is an easy online tool that can help you identify more affordable pockets in the suburbs you’re looking to buy in.

New interactive price tool

PropTrack has developed an interactive property price tool that reveals the median values across different parts of each suburb.

The price differences can be surprising.

For example in Beecroft, on Sydney’s leafy north shore, the median house price is about $2.4 million.

But as PropTrack’s price tool shows, in certain parts of Beecroft, the median rises to more than $2.8 million.

Yet, several streets away, that figure is closer to $2.2 million.

There is a reason for the $600,000 difference.

The more affordable parts of the neighbourhood lie adjacent to the M2 Hills Motorway.

It’s a similar story in Melbourne’s popular inner suburb of Fitzroy North.

Known for its character-filled terrace houses, Fitzroy North has a median house value of $1.6 million.

But if you want to live near Edinburgh Gardens – the suburb’s attractive parkland – be prepared to pay closer to $3 million.

In Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the trendy James Street Market side of James Street has a median house price of $3 million, whereas across the road towards Brunswick Street there’s a median house price of under $1.9 million.

These price differences are not unusual.

According to a PropTrack analysis, home buyers can typically save around $365,000 by buying in the more affordable areas of a suburb.

In some neighbourhoods though the price gap becomes more of a chasm.

In the Perth suburb of Subiaco, for instance, several pockets of homes have median values topping $2 million.

Head just around the corner to Subiaco Oval and the surrounding homes are priced closer to $840,000.

What to watch with bargain buys

By this stage you’ve probably noticed a trend.

Nearby features can have a real impact – good and bad – on surrounding property values.

Access to the beach, great views or a local park can push property values higher.

On the other hand, homes bordering a 6-lane highway or nearby industrial estate can offer bargain buying – as long as you’re prepared to live with whatever is keeping the price lower.

And then there may be not-so-obvious factors – such as flood zones or upcoming changes to council zoning – so it’s worth doing your research.

After all, there’s a lot you can do to renovate a home, but you can’t change the location.

Seizing opportunities

That said, pricing differences within suburbs can offer opportunities to save.

A single street can be all that separates an expensive home from its more affordable neighbour.

Buying in the cheaper neighbourhood lets you enjoy all the amenities of the more expensive postcode, without the higher price tag.

It’s also worth keeping tabs on any planned local developments that could have the potential to transform today’s ugly duckling pocket into tomorrow’s upmarket enclave.

Thinking of buying? Call us today to understand your borrowing power – it’ll help let you know where you can afford to buy.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Great news for home buyers! After an extended run of low listings, the number of homes coming onto the market is skyrocketing. So could this have an impact on the property market? Let’s take a look.

Take a look around your local suburb, and chances are you’ll see freshly minted For Sale signs popping up all over the place.

That’s because a large number of homes are coming onto the market.

Research firm PropTrack says the property market is off to a strong start for the year, with the number of new listings nationally on realestate.com.au up 12% year-on-year in January.

Melbourne and Sydney had their busiest January in over a decade.

Activity was also strong in Hobart, Brisbane and Adelaide, with Canberra experiencing its busiest-ever January for new listings.

Only Perth bucked the trend, recording slightly fewer new listings this year compared to January 2023.

Why the uptick in listings?

The rise in new listings reflects strong demand, very low unemployment and population growth.

Home buyers are also enjoying a more stable interest rate outlook.

February saw rates remain on hold, and PropTrack says financial markets are now expecting a reasonable chance that interest rates may start to fall later in the year.

What does more listings mean for home buyers?

More homes coming onto the market gives buyers the benefit of increased choice, and that’s a real plus if you are looking for your first home or upgrading to your next place.

But the rise in listings may not push home prices down.

That’s because we are still seeing plenty of keen buyers.

As a guide, CoreLogic estimates 115,241 homes were sold over the three months ending January 31 – an 11.9% increase on the same period last year, with high levels of migration being a big driver of demand.

CoreLogic adds that expectations of lower rates later this year could see house price growth accelerate.

How you can prepare

More choice can be a good thing for buyers. However, it can become easy to lose track of what you’re looking for in a property, especially if you’ve attended a large number of inspections.

That’s when it helps to draw up a list of must-have home features (such as aspect, block size or parking requirements) followed by nice-but-not-necessary features (like, say, a swimming pool or a shed) to assess each home you visit.

It also makes sense to be ready to act when you see a property you’d like to buy.

Having home loan pre-approval in place lets you set a buying budget, so you can focus on homes within your price range. It also means you can make an offer with confidence – and stay one step ahead of less-organised buyers.

Talk to us today to get your home loan ducks in a row and take advantage of a wider choice of homes listed for sale.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Lending to property investors is soaring once again. We lift the lid on what’s driving investor interest – and what it could mean for the property market throughout 2024.

It looks like property investors are back … and in a big way.

The latest ABS figures show that in December 2023, banks lent over $26 billion in new home loans – and one-third of this figure, a whopping $9.5 billion, was to property investors.

That equates to 36.2% of all housing loans – the highest market share for property investors since mid-2017.

It’s also quite an uptick from December 2020, when the ABS says investors took out just 23.6% of mortgages.

So why the big shift in recent times?

What makes an investment property so attractive?

There are many reasons why people may love owning a rental/investment property.

An investment property can be a source of extra income, and right now, some investors are pocketing very attractive rental yields (that’s annual rent divided by the purchase price of the property).

PropTrack, for example, is reporting yields as high as 9% in some suburbs.

Investors may also expect to see their property grow in value over time, which could add up to some pretty impressive capital gains.

CoreLogic looked at the results of 86,000 property resales in the third quarter of 2023, and found 93.5% were sold for a profit, with the median gain coming at $298,000. Not bad at all.

And home values are tipped to jump a further 6% in 2024, according to ANZ Bank.

Add in rental vacancy rates hitting record lows of 1.1% in January 2024, and many investors are attracting good tenants, which can be great for cash flow.

How could the return of investors impact the market?

On a personal level, buying an investment property could potentially be a boost for your long-term financial well-being.

ABS has acknowledged that rising household wealth in Australia is being supported by house prices that have continued to grow despite higher rates.

More broadly, PropTrack points out that the re-emergence of investor activity “heralds good news for the overall health of the market, helping to drive more new construction”.

Long story short, the benefits of more rental properties could extend beyond individual investors.

Is an investment property on your radar?

If you’re thinking about buying a rental property, or you’d like to add to your current property portfolio, talk to us today about your options for an investment loan.

We can help you work out how much equity you may be able to leverage, as well as your overall borrowing capacity.

From there, we can help you track down a suitable mortgage with a competitive rate from our broad suite of lenders, leaving you free to focus on finding your ideal investment property.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Happy days! The Reserve Bank kept rates steady in February. But a shake-up in the number of times our central bank meets each year is raising questions about how long the rate pause will last. Here’s what we could expect.

It seems fitting that in a month known for Valentine’s Day, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has shown borrowers some love by keeping the cash rate steady at 4.35%.

In reality though, the latest rate pause has nothing to do with romance or affection.

It’s more to do with keeping a lid on rising living costs.

After months of steadily rising prices, inflation looks to be heading south – currently sitting at 4.1%, down from 7.8% in December 2022.

That’s exactly what the RBA has been aiming for with their interest rate hikes.

Long story short, home owners can breathe easy – for now at least.

But when will the next cash rate decision be made?

RBA rate calls won’t be as frequent in 2024

Aussies are used to RBA rate decisions being made on a monthly basis, with a break for the holiday season each January.

That’s changing this year.

Instead of 11 meetings, the RBA will meet just eight times to decide interest rate movements, handing down their decision on the second day of:

– February 5-6
– March 18-19
– May 6-7
– June 17-18
– August 5-6
– September 23-24
– November 4-5
– December 9-10

What do less frequent meetings mean for borrowers?

So, whatever rate decision is made in March, home owners need to live with it for almost two months until the RBA meets again in May.

As such, some pundits believe fewer meetings will naturally lead to fewer rate movements. Farewell to back-to-back rate hikes every month, for example.

However, experts also warn it might lead to bigger increases or decreases as the RBA has fewer opportunities to move the needle.

And that’s not to say individual lenders can’t, or won’t, change their home loan rates whenever they like, regardless of RBA rate decisions.

For example, Mozo reports that a number of lenders lifted their variable rates in December 2023 despite the RBA keeping the cash rate steady.

Buy now or wait for rates to fall?

While the February rate pause will be welcomed by borrowers, the RBA has cautioned that further rate hikes “cannot be ruled out”, especially if inflation starts to climb again.

Even so, plenty of lenders including NAB, the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac, expect to see interest rates fall this year.

There are no guarantees – a lot can happen over the next 12 months. But it does raise questions about whether now is a good time to buy a home, or if it makes sense to hold off until rates head lower.

On one hand, a drop in interest rates could boost your borrowing power.

The catch is that lower rates could stimulate home buying activity, potentially driving home prices higher.

If this happens CoreLogic warns we could see new measures introduced to contain housing credit risk such as changes to lenders’ loan-to-value ratios.

So when might be the right time to buy?

We believe the ideal time to buy a home is when you feel ready to do so.

And a good way to find out if you’re ready is to speak to us about your borrowing power.

We can help you crunch the numbers to let you know how much you could borrow, which in turn helps you figure out what kind of property you could afford to buy.

If that sounds like a good plan to you, give us a call today.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Applying for a mortgage when you’re self-employed may have you jumping through more hoops. But it needn’t deter you from getting into the property market. Here are 4 tips to help you apply for a mortgage like a boss.

Being your own boss sure has its advantages: the flexibility of setting your own hours, building your own business to represent your values, having someone else fetch you coffee…

But when it comes to home loans, you may have more to prove than the average applicant.

You see, lenders may view you as a little more risky. That’s because, in their eyes, you may not have a steady paycheck to make those all-important repayments.

But being self-employed needn’t stop you from getting your slice of the great Australian dream.

Planning ahead and knowing what lenders generally look for could give you an edge when it comes to mortgage application success.

1. Get your finances in order

As a self-employed applicant, having rock-solid finances is important.

Even if your business is booming, most lenders will see you as more of a risk for defaulting. That’s because self-employed incomes can be less consistent.

Lenders want to know that the likelihood of you making regular repayments is high.

And to mitigate risk, loan options available to you may have a lower loan-to-value ratio (meaning you may need a higher deposit) and/or have a higher interest rate.

So, to prepare to apply, consider getting your finances in check by:

– Building up a healthy credit score.
– Lowering your living expenses by focusing on the essentials.
– Saving up a healthy deposit (aka genuine savings) and a cash buffer.
– Running your business on accounting software such as Xero, MYOB or Hnry so you can provide up-to-date and accurate profit and loss statements.

2. Gather your documents

It’s important to keep your business and personal finance documents up to date, so you’ll be ready to rock and roll.

For verification of income, many lenders require two years worth of lodged business and personal tax returns.

It’s a great idea to tell your accountant in advance that you’re planning on applying for a home loan. That’s because some of the financial wizardry they apply to lower your tax bill might work against your application and lower your borrowing capacity.

Also, keep in mind that business owners who do lots of “cash jobs” can find it harder to obtain a home loan because they have less income to show for their work.

On top of running your credit score, some lenders may want statements from loans and credit cards for proof you can make regular repayments.

They may also want to see verification of assets such as any property, savings and investments.

Some lenders may want to see the whole kit and kaboodle when applying for a loan. Some may need less.

And some offer low-doc loans if you don’t have extensive documentation. But they may come with higher interest rates or the need to pay lenders mortgage insurance (or both).

Exactly what documents are required depends on the lender and the type of loan.

3. Choose your lender wisely

Not all lenders are comfortable providing self-employed loans for the reasons mentioned above.

And every time you apply for a home loan your credit history is “pinged”. The more this occurs, the more of a red flag this may pose to lenders.

So targeting lenders that have a track record of approving self-employed loans might be a wise move.

Having a reputable mortgage professional on your side may be helpful here. Which brings us to our next point …

4. Get in touch with us today

Just as you’ll want to give your accountant plenty of notice, so too will you want to reach out to a mortgage broker sooner rather than later.

That’s because we can help you work out your borrowing capacity, and provide you with other tips that you can start working on now that may eventually help make your application more attractive to lenders.

So if you’re self-employed and think you’ll be seeking a home loan in 2024, get in touch today.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Hats off to Australia’s first home buyers! The latest lending data shows they’re refusing to let last year’s rate hikes and rising property values dampen their goal of buying a home. Here are five tips to help you buy your first home in 2024.

You’ve gotta hand it to first home buyers in the current market.

Not only were they faced with 13 cash rate hikes in just 18 months – which can obviously affect borrowing capacity – but property prices still rose 8.1% in 2023, according to CoreLogic.

Still, they won’t be deterred.

The latest lending data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a massive 20.3% jump in the number of loans to first home buyers last year.

But it takes more than grit and determination to buy your first home. A few handy hints can also help.

If you’re hoping to buy your first home, below our top tips can help you become home loan-ready in 2024.

1. Make a visit to your mortgage broker your first step

First home buyers are often unsure about what’s involved in buying a home. That’s fair enough.

We can help you know where you stand in terms of loan approval, the costs you should plan for, and the steps you can take now to help improve your finances.

2. Save, save and save some more

Lenders like to see you have a decent track record of regular saving. It shows you have the discipline to manage home loan repayments.

Take a look at your budget, work out where you can trim back, and consider funnelling as much into savings as possible.

It may mean cutting back on luxuries and treats for a while but it’s not forever. And the more you save now, the less you potentially need to borrow.

3. Consider lowering your credit card limit

When you apply for a home loan, lenders are often more interested in the limit on your credit card than the balance outstanding.

That’s because you could, in theory, max out your card after buying a home, which may affect your ability to manage mortgage repayments.

The average card limit is about $9,500, according to a Finder analysis of RBA data.

Shrinking this down (with a quick call to your card issuer) might get you over the line for the loan you need.

4. Check out first home buyer support schemes

There’s a tonne of potential support for first home buyers – from First Home Owner Grants (FHOG) to possible savings on stamp duty.

We can explain what you might be eligible for, but research of your own can narrow down your choice of property.

Some support payments are only available if you buy or build a new home, and many have property price caps.

5. You may not need a 20% deposit

Sure, a 20% deposit is a target worth aiming for.

But you may be able to buy with less.

The First Home Guarantee and Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee let first home buyers get into the market with just a 5% deposit and no lenders mortgage insurance.

That might mean you’re ready to buy now!

Call us today for a chat about buying your first home, and discover how we can help you find a home loan that matches your needs at a competitive rate.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

It’s commonly known that the bigger your deposit, the smaller your home loan, and thus, the lower your monthly repayments. But today we’ll look into another way your deposit size could reduce your repayments: by potentially reducing your interest rate.

A question we’re commonly asked (believe it or not!) is “how can I get a lower interest rate?”

There’s no straightforward answer to this one as it usually depends on a myriad of factors, including whether lenders see you as high risk or low risk, the competition in the market at the time and, as we’ll discuss today, how big your deposit is – or more technically, your ‘loan to value’ (LVR) ratio.

What’s LVR?

To cut through the jargon, LVR refers to how much of your home’s value you’re borrowing.

If you plan to buy a home priced at, say, $600,000 using a deposit of $120,000, you’ll need to borrow $480,000, or 80% of the property’s value. For lenders, this means you have an LVR of 80%.

Why does this matter?

Well, a bigger deposit lowers your LVR. This in turn helps reduce the risk you represent to a lender.

A loan with an LVR of 80%, for example, may be seen as less risky than one with an LVR of 90%.

As a general rule, lenders tend to reward borrowers for that reduction in risk with a lower home loan interest rate.

But note: these figures don’t include stamp duty and other up-front costs, which you may also need to budget for.

Average interest rates by LVR

Mozo checked out the average variable rates for different LVRs.

As you can see below, for home loans with an LVR of 95%, meaning a 5% deposit, the average variable rate is about 7.38%.

Borrowers who can pull together a slightly bigger deposit may see their rate fall. As a guide, on an LVR of 90% (deposit of 10%), the average variable rate falls to 7.13%.

That’s a potential rate saving of 0.25%. This may not sound like much. But along with lowering your monthly repayments, a lower rate could mean paying less in interest charges over the life of your loan.

– LVR 95%: average variable rate of 7.38% p.a.
– LVR 90%: average variable rate of 7.13% p.a.
– LVR 80%: average variable rate of 6.85% p.a.
– LVR 70%: average variable rate of 6.81% p.a.
– LVR 60%: average variable rate of 6.77% p.a.

How your LVR can see you save in other ways

Your LVR doesn’t just shape the rate you’re likely to pay.

If you have a small deposit, usually less than 20%, you could be asked to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).

This is a type of cover that protects the lender if you can’t keep up your loan repayments.

LMI can be a substantial up-front cost.

There are options for first home buyers with a small deposit to avoid this expense. The First Home Guarantee Scheme, for instance, allows eligible buyers to purchase a first home with just a 5% deposit and no LMI.

What if I’m refinancing my home loan?

If you’re refinancing your mortgage, your LVR will be shaped by home equity.

The same basic rule applies. The more equity you have in your place, the smaller the loan you may need.

This may help lenders see you as a lower risk (all other things being equal), so chances are you may be offered a lower rate.

How we can help

With so many loans and lenders to choose from, home loan interest rates can vary widely.

Yes, your deposit or home equity can play a role in the rate you pay. But a variety of other factors come into play also.

That’s why it’s important to speak to us if you’re buying a first home, your next home, or refinancing.

We can help you find a home loan that’s suited to your needs at a competitive rate in line with your LVR and any other contributing factors.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

What exactly can a mortgage broker do for you? Well, we don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we can make your home loan journey a whole lot easier, letting you focus on the fun part: planning for your new home!

The words “home loan application process” can strike fear in the hearts of many.

Trawling through different loan products is a time drain. The bureaucratic tape can be a headache. And let’s not forget banks scrutinising your finances.

But it doesn’t have to be a drag.

The majority of home loan seekers have now cracked the code: turning to mortgage brokers to help them land a loan.

In fact, between July and September 2023, mortgage brokers wrote 71.5% of all new residential home loans in Australia, according to the MFAA.⁣

That’s the second-highest mortgage broker market share the industry has ever recorded.⁣

Let’s find out why so many Australians have jumped on the broker bandwagon.

1. We do the legwork for you

Let’s face it, life gets busy. You’ve probably got a million things on your plate.

Carving out time to deep dive into home loan products across lenders can be tough. And often overwhelming.

Mortgage brokers can take that tedious task off your hands – we can assess your situation and find home loan options to suit you and your goals.

We’ll even lodge paperwork and apply on your behalf, then chase things up to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

And fret not: all brokers are bound by a best interests duty.

That means we’ll always put your best interests first – not ours nor the bank’s!

2. We could help boost your chances of success

When looking around for a loan, having a knowledgeable professional on your side could be a game-changer.

We can explain the whole home buying and loan process, which is particularly helpful if you’re a first-home buyer or if it’s been a while since you’ve applied for a mortgage.

We know the application process inside and out and can prime you to have your paperwork and finances ready to roll the moment the perfect property comes along.

We have a wide range of lenders within our network – potentially providing you with access to a variety of home loan options across different banks and lenders.

Whether your financial situation is complex or straightforward, we can use our panel of lenders to help you find a suitable loan. We can also let you know which lenders have a history of approving applications similar to yours.

This potentially cuts down on countless hours trawling through lender websites for the right type of home loan. It may also lower your risk of rejection, which can negatively impact your credit score.

3. You’ll get continued support

Once you’ve been approved for a home loan, the party doesn’t stop there.

We can continue to support you by regularly reviewing your rate with your bank on your behalf.

That way you can avoid the “loyalty tax” – where new customers tend to get the lower rates.

You can contact us any time with any questions you may have. And when you’re ready to refinance, unlock equity in your home, or anything else finance-related, we’re here to help.

Get in touch today

Are you ready to make the home loan process a whole lot easier?

Get in touch today to get the ball rolling. We’ll take care of finding your home loan so you can focus on planning for your new home.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

Thought of a New Year’s resolution yet? Or perhaps you’ve broken one already? Either way, check out our list of possible mortgage goals for 2024 – try one, or have a go at them all – to save a bundle in the year ahead.

It’s that time of year when Aussies love to set resolutions.

According to Commonwealth Bank research, as we dive into 2024, three out of four Australians will make at least one financial resolution, often involving plans to follow a budget or spend less.

But when it comes to New Year goals, it’s worth shining a spotlight on your mortgage.

After all, it’s likely to be your largest debt, and setting (and achieving) a few goals for the year ahead can help you pocket savings and become mortgage-free sooner.

Here are our top 5 home loan resolutions for 2024.

1. Give your home loan a health check

Don’t just assume you still have the home loan that’s right for you.

Chances are, life has dished up a few changes over the past few years.

Or maybe there are big things on the horizon for 2024 – like starting a family, upgrading to your next home, or tackling a major renovation.

Checking that your mortgage is still well-suited to your needs can be a starting point to achieve these goals.

Talk to us about a free home loan health check to be confident you’re heading into 2024 with a loan that still ticks all the boxes for your situation.

2. Ditch lender loyalty

Interest rates soared in 2023. Yet less than one in 10 home owners refinanced their home loan to get a better deal last year, according to Canstar research.

At the start of 2024 we’re still seeing big variations in rates between banks, with many lenders still offering lower rates to new customers, according to Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) statistics.

So, staying loyal to a lender can cost you.

We can compare your mortgage to many others in the market to see how it shapes up in terms of rate, features and flexibility.

That’ll help you decide whether to stay, or save by switching to a new loan and/or lender.

3. Check you’re not paying for features you don’t use

Home loan features can be very handy, but the more features a loan has, the higher the rate (or fees) may be.

That’s not a problem if you regularly use features such as, say, an offset account to save money.

However, if you’re not using particular loan features, you could save with a more basic loan that potentially comes with a lower rate.

Not sure which features your loan offers? Call us today for a quick rundown and we’ll help you check it all out.

4, Plan now for the end of a fixed rate

The fixed-rate cliff is not over yet.

The RBA says 450,000 home owners will roll off a super-low fixed rate in 2024.

If that includes you, it could pay to act now.

We can help you plan ahead and decide the right course of action – be it reverting, refixing or refinancing – so that your finances won’t be too squeezed when the end of your fixed rate rolls around.

5. Leverage your home loan to achieve other property goals

A home loan doesn’t just have to be a debt.

It can also be a valuable tool that lets you work through a personal bucket list by putting home equity to work.

And you could be starting out 2024 with a lot more equity than you realise.

Back in January 2023, the median home value across Australia’s state capitals was $770,374, according to CoreLogic.

Fast forward to January 2024, and the median value has increased to $832,193.

That might mean extra money (aka equity) up your sleeve to build wealth through an investment property, for example.

Call us today to get a clearer picture of your home’s potential equity – and how you could use it to tick off your wish list in the year ahead.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

The year has flown past, and as our thoughts turn to trees, tinsel and turkey, we’d like to thank all our fantastic clients for your support throughout 2023.

It’s been quite a year, with higher interest rates, soaring national property values (who’d have thought?) and a few welcome surprises including more help for first-home buyers.

There is plenty in store for 2024, and we look forward to partnering with you again to help you navigate whatever goals you have planned in the new year.

In the meantime, we hope you can take the time to relax, unwind and enjoy all the fun of the festive season.

There’s no doubt the next 12 months will dish up its fair share of surprises. But some things never change – we will be here for you in 2024 and beyond.

So, wear that ugly Christmas sweater with pride, relish the magic of the festive season, and celebrate all you have achieved this year.

May your happiness be large and your bills be small! We look forward to being part of your property journey in 2024!

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute tax or financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

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