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New Loan Commitments Continue to Grow

Despite the pandemic still hanging around creating intermittent havoc, the Australian property market remains resilient, continuing to break records and defying the logical premise of instability one would have predicted when the COVID lockdowns commenced in 2020.

The latest information from CoreLogic, sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – reveals the total value of new loan commitments for housing grew for the seventh consecutive month and shows no sign … Read the full post »

Property Terminology 101 – Part II

Following on from last week, here is Property Terminology Part II, aiming to provide a simple and clear definition of property terms you may come across from time to time.

Strata Title: The formal ownership of a property within a strata plan where the property is defined within horizontal and vertical boundaries, and proprietors have joint rights over the land and common areas.

Company Title:  The building and land are owned by … Read the full post »

Property Terminology 101

As property professionals we regularly use specific terminology in our communications, often without spelling out what these terms mean, coming from a place of assumption that people just ‘know’.   However, feedback indicates this is not always the case, so over the next two newsletters we have outlined a simple breakdown of some of the most common terms used in the context of real estate.

Appraisal:  An estimate of a property’s market … Read the full post »

Snapshot: Household Debt in Australia

Despite the Australian property market demonstrating its resilience in the face of COVID19, there is still concern about the substantial increase of household debt levels, which have risen significantly over the past thirty years.  In June 1990, the ratio of household debt to annual disposable income peaked at 68%; and in June 2020 it is now at a whopping 185%.

Most of the debt held by households is housing debt, which … Read the full post »

Easing of Lending Restrictions

With the handing down of the Federal Budget last week there is much to digest and indeed the path to economic recovery is a long one; however, the government have been widely praised for their handling of the pandemic, particularly in regard to stimulus packages aimed at keeping the economy moving, and the JobKeeper payments enabling employers to retain staff.

One of the real game changers, in term of stimulus emerged … Read the full post »

Home Loans Surge…

Queensland’s ‘The Courier-Mail’ published on September 9th that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that new home loan commitments in July 2020 rose 8.9% compared with June; this is the largest month-on-month rise in new home loan activity ever recorded by the ABS.

Why is this happening?  Well, it is driven by a few factors, from the easing of restrictions (in most states), continual historic low interest rates, along with … Read the full post »

Sharp Fall in Housing Finance

The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), reports a record 11.6% drop in new finance commitments for purchasing dwellings, in May 2020, the single largest monthly drop in 18 years.

Australia’s leading real estate portal CoreLogic, says the June results, when finalised could show a partial recovery.  The chart below shows the monthly value of new finance for housing from the ABS, against the number of property … Read the full post »

New Financial Year

We are now into week three of a new financial year, and no doubt some of you have already lodged your tax returns or are in the process of…particularly if you are expecting a refund.

The start of a new tax year often brings some changes…this year there are some particularly significant changes that have taken place, summarised below.

Superannuation:

Second Round of early access: from 1 July 2020 until 24 September … Read the full post »

Institutional Responses to COVID-19

This week, we summarise what is currently on offer for people financially impacted by Coronavirus.

At the start of April, stimulus packages totalled approximately $331.6 billion, or 16.6% of GDP.

Monetary Policy:

Over March, The Reserve Bank of Australia reduced the cash rate, and launched unconventional monetary policy. The RBA have reduced the cash rate to the effective lower bound of 0.25%. The RBA signalled there would be no further reductions to the cash rate, … Read the full post »

Federal First Home Buyers Scheme Launched

On January 1, 2020 the Federal Government launched a scheme to assist first home owners to enter the property market with a smaller deposit.

They will assist 10,000 borrowers eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to buy a home with as little as a 5% deposit, as opposed to the normal 20%.  The government will provide a loan guarantee of up to 15% of the property’s value to individuals … Read the full post »

Interest Rates on Hold

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday; retaining the official cash rate at 1 per cent.

RBA Governor, Philip Lowe reports that despite further signs of a turnaround in established housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne; softer economic conditions and heightened global uncertainty could lead to further cuts in coming months.

“Economic growth in Australia over the first half of this year has been lower than … Read the full post »

Advantages of Pre-Approval!

When you’ve made the decision that you want to invest in a property – whether as an owner-occupier or investor, one of the first steps you should consider taking is securing a formal property loan pre-approval from your financial institution of choice.

Why?

Securing a formal pre-approval gives you great negotiation power at offer stage; as it demonstrates to the vendor that you are in a genuine financial position to purchase … Read the full post »

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