Most people know that saving is a good thing, and know WHY they should save. The problem is that many people don’t know HOW to save. Here’s 10 steps you should take so you can get on top of your savings, and make your savings faster, easier and less stressful. 1. Understand what you get…

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Superannuation is our retirement nest egg we have which grows at an exponentially higher rate than our regular savings. However, it is inaccessible to most of us until such time as we decide to retire. For many of us, that is a good thing, we have this safety net to retire comfortably on. But the…

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Since the Royal Commission into banking, we’ve had banks doing all sorts of naughty things, getting caught for money laundering, not checking that people could afford their loans, and money laundering some more. Back when the Royal Commission findings were first announced, it seemed odd that mortgage brokers were being targeted in the recommendations that…

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When it comes to getting a home loan, there’s a few myths that persist regarding whether you’re better off going direct to the bank or using a mortgage broker. I’ve written elsewhere about why you’re better off going with a broker, but here are some common myths about going direct to a bank. 1. It…

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Loyalty, one of the best traits to have in a friend, is one of the worst you can have when you’re dealing with any kind of financial institution. Loyalty will mean you pay more than the next person, and don’t get anything extra for it. When you sign up with a new insurer or bank,…

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Brokers around Australia breathed a collective sigh of relief recently as ANZ became the first major bank to lower their assessment rate. As they bravely took the plunge where no lender had recently, others began to follow suit. Due to a variety of factors, the last few years had seen banks systematically tightening credit, so…

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Living expenses. Invasive or instrumental?

For anyone who has applied for a loan in the last 18 months or so, you may have been surprised by the sheer amount of intrusion into what you feel are your private spending habits. In an existing era, it seemed as if just having a pulse was the pre-requisite for obtaining a home loan.…

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You want to ask your parents to go guarantor for you, but what do you need to know? Guarantor loans are a handy way to get started on the property ladder. In an era of increasing property prices and the corresponding increase in deposit sizes needed, they are the quickest way to get your foot…

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It seems that in the broking industry, we have been steadily getting used to hearing bad news. Whenever there is industry change, instead of expecting something upbeat and positive, we automatically assume that any changes, particularly when it comes to lender policy, are going to make things more difficult, both for us, and for anyone…

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