Articles by Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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35% of Australians are embarrassed by financial situation. Mortgage Choice and CoreData’s Financial Fitness Whitepaper has revealed that a significant number of Australians are embarrassed by their financial situation. 34% of respondents say they feel embarrassed by their financial habits.  Furthermore, it revealed that 42% of Australians feel embarrassed by their personal debt, and one…

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APRA’s decision to remove the 7 per cent floor on home loan serviceability assessments will help take the brakes off Australia’s home loan credit crunch. Previously, APRA made banks check whether home loan applicants could pay their mortgage at a rate of at least 7 per cent. Most banks applied a minimum rate of 7.25…

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The past decade has certainly been tough for homebuyers. The post-GFC property boom meant many hopeful homeowners all but gave up hope of buying their dream home in their desired area, but in the last year or two, a switch has been flipped. Dwelling values are on the decline, lines of credit have tightened up,…

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The end of the financial year is fast approaching and with it comes a hard deadline for important life admin . Here’s a list of 7 things you need to do before June 30 according to the team at Finder.com.au. 1. Check your life insurance cover within your super Many Aussies opt in for life…

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One of the biggest boosts to our newly invigorated property markets is likely to be Australia’s surging population. According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics  figures, Australia’s population grew by 1.6 per cent during 2018 reaching 25.2 million people. The number of births in 2018 reached an all time high of 314,900 – the…