Entries by Hazel

Is now a good time to buy an investment property?

You’ve bought a home. And now you might be considering adding an investment property to your portfolio. But have recent interest rate hikes cooled your heels? We’ve outlined reasons why now may still be a good time to buy. To buy or not to buy, that is the question. There’s no denying that rolling rate […]

How long does it take for an interest rate rise to kick in?

Household budgets around the country are feeling the brunt of five back-to-back rate hikes. And we’ve been warned more are on the way.  But just to impact your monthly mortgage repayments? As you’re probably aware, in early September the RBA raised the cash rate to 2.35%. It was the fifth cash rate hike in a […]

Is a home loan lending crackdown on the horizon?

The federal treasurer has given the strongest indication yet that a home loan crackdown is coming, stating that “carefully targeted and timely adjustments” may be necessary to avoid troubled waters.   So what could a potential lending crackdown look like? Lending standards and fast-rising property prices have been hot topics of late. Interest rates are at […]

Has the housing market’s latest record-breaking run peaked?

Property prices climbed at a breathtaking pace in early 2021, which has been good news for homeowners and heartbreaking for house hunters. However, there are seven key signs that the pace of capital gains has peaked, says CoreLogic. Now, it’s important to note that CoreLogic is not suggesting that housing values are about to dip. […]

Australia is building the biggest houses in the world once again

We dream big in Australia.   So it’s little surprise that when the Great Australian Dream becomes a reality it means bigger houses than anywhere else in the world, according to a new report. In 2019/20, the average new house built measured a whopping 236m2, up 2.9% on the year before and the biggest size increase […]