4 First Home Buyer Myths Exposed
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One thing we love most about our profession as mortgage brokers is assisting our clients in achieving their financial dreams. We know that for many of you, buying your first home may be the biggest financial decision and commitment you ever make. However, for some First Home Buyers, the whispers and stories they hear about…

First home buyers in Vic and NSW look to be taking advantage of recent policy changes to stamp duty
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Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows a rebound in owner occupier first home buyer housing finance commitments.  In August, 10,227 owner occupier first home buyer finance commitments were recorded and represented the greatest number since December 2009 – this is 17.2% of all owner occupier housing finance commitments and the highest proportion…

10 Strategies to Help First Home Buyers - Part 2
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Increasing property prices and poor affordability continue to push many buyers out of the property market – which is especially the case for first time buyers. In my opinion, it is harder to become a home owner today than what it was back when I bought my first home around 30 years ago. As a…

First home buyers need to save to spend
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First homebuyers need to prove they can save as much as possible, before embarking on one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. We outline the ABCs of saving your first deposit.  It’s the biggest, the scariest and the most exciting financial decision you’ll ever make. Your very first home. No parents to put…

Tough times for first homebuyers
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A pretty solid result for housing finance in May with seasonally adjusted total finance rising by 1.3 per cent to just over $33 billion.  Looking at the smoother trend figures, total housing finance has been fairly flat now for about two years, since macroprudential measures first kicked into gear. The value of investors loans continues…

New first home buyer assistance in Victoria
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In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses the proposed changes for first home buyers in Victoria.  Last week I talked about the rising issue of affordability, which is particularly acute in Sydney but also a concern for Melbourne as both cities are leading the way in residential price growth. This boom is now almost five years old,…

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