Articles by Rolf Schaefer

Rolf Schaefer

Rolf is Director of Metropole Finance and has twice been voted Australia's leading finance broker. He shares his wealth of knowledge about how to best use property finance to fund investments.
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Speculation as to when we can expect the Reserve Bank to make another move on interest rates has been rampant since the beginning of this new decade. Adding to the debate among economic analysts has been the potential impact of the string of natural disasters that occurred recently and Australia’s overall fiscal health. So what…

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With memories of the recent Global Financial Crisis (GFC) still fresh in the minds of Australian lenders, it has become increasingly difficult over the past year or so to gain “easy finance”. Lending policies have been scrutinised and changes made to protect banks from a similar fate suffered by many major lenders in the US….

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As a property investor seeking to make the most from your portfolio, every little aspect counts, right? When it comes to finance in particular, maximising your borrowing capacity, having the right loan structure and product(s) and saving money wherever possible are top priorities. So wouldn’t you like to know some of the banks’ secrets that…

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It was no surprise that the RBA kept interest rates on hold at their September meeting, but home owners and property investors are not out of the woods for the remainder of the year yet and should factor rising rates into their budgets well into 2011. Recently there has been a great deal of speculation…