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Guest Expert

Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.


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Under cover of a speech from the Reserve Bank governor, the Prudential Regulation Authority has moved to make it 10% easierto borrow, writes … Warren Hogan, University of Technology Sydney Australia’s lowest ever Reserve Bank cash rate – 1.5% – is about to be consigned to history. On Tuesday Governor Philip Lowe made it clear he plans to cut it in two weeks’…

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Sometimes all that stands between you and your next purchase is a property valuation. Here are 10 tips to help you get a better assessment.  For mortgage security valuations, the guidelines are well defined. It’s the price of the property if traded between a willing buyer and seller at the time it was inspected, but…

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Without a doubt, self-confidence is one of the most important traits that most people want to possess. When people from all generations were asked which is the biggest issue that humans face on a daily basis, the answer was obviously “self-confidence”. I’ll explain why this might be obvious: Self-confidence is linked to so many other…

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You can’t help first home buyers without making other buyers worse off, writes … Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute and John Daley, Grattan Institute On housing, the contrast between the two major parties couldn’t be clearer. The Coalition is still pretending that you can help first homebuyers without hurting anyone. Labor isn’t. This matters, because Australian…

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Today we look at the most common tenant complaints and how to overcome them. It’s no secret..apartment living can sometimes be an exercise in diplomacy.   Keeping everyone happy in a multi-unit dwelling is no easy task. However, when problems arise and relationships sour all hope is not lost. You wouldn’t think having a vegetarian…

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Surprisingly weak Australian inflation has led to expectations the Reserve Bank will soon cut rates. Some commentators are even suggesting there will be 4 rate cuts this time around! In a recent Oliver’s Insight, Shane Oliver — Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital — explains how the low inflation in Australia…