Tracey Franco

Homeowners feel the pinch as RBA lifts cash rate to 3.60%

March 7, 2023

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has increased the official cash rate for a tenth straight meeting, taking it to 3.60%. How much will this rate hike increase your monthly mortgage repayments, and how many more rate rises are expected to come? The RBA’s latest move takes the cash rate to its highest level since May…

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The latest twist in the tale of national property prices: explained

March 2, 2023

The property market has had more plot twists than a daytime soap opera in recent years. So getting the skinny on current trends is helpful when you’re planning to buy. Here’s the lowdown on the latest surprising bit of data. Despite all the media doom and gloom predicting that the Australian housing market would tank…

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Take the heat off rate hike fears with these 4 tips for buyers

February 22, 2023

Have recent rate hikes made you nervous about taking the plunge into the property market? You’re not alone; it’s a buyer’s market for a reason. Here’s how to stay cool and calm when buying your next property.  As you’ve probably seen in the news, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has increased the official cash…

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How to prepare for a fixed-rate mortgage cliff

February 15, 2023

Do you have a fixed-rate mortgage contract that’s coming to an end soon? It can be a stressful time, particularly with rate rise news dominating the headlines. So today we’ve got some tips for a smooth transition. Like many Australians, you may have taken advantage of the interest rate good times by locking in a…

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RBA hikes the cash rate for the ninth time in a row, to 3.35%

February 7, 2023

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has kicked off 2023 by increasing the cash rate a further 25 basis points to 3.35%. How much will this rate hike increase your mortgage repayments in 2023, and how high is the cash rate expected to go? This is the ninth rate hike by the RBA in as…

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Considering refinancing your mortgage? Here are some questions to ask

February 1, 2023

Home loan not up to scratch? Looking for a better rate? Or do you want to unlock equity? Then refinancing could be for you. But there are some important questions to ask first. If you’re considering refinancing your mortgage, you’re not alone. With the rising cost of living and interest rates hitting the hip pockets…

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Can a job switch affect your mortgage application?

January 25, 2023

Changing jobs may offer more perks – higher income, greater fulfilment, and the opportunity for growth are often things people look for in a new gig. But could it also impact your mortgage application? January and February each year is typically prime time for people considering switching jobs – the Christmas holiday period is in the rearview…

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Planning a reno in 2023? Here are 4 tips for smooth sailing

January 18, 2023

Having a spruced-up home feels great. And it can also boost your home’s value. But, as exciting as the prospect of rolling up your sleeves and getting on with a reno can be, there are certainly pitfalls to avoid. New year, new you, new reno? Renovating is exciting. Having aesthetics and function on point can…

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Get a financial head start on the school year

January 11, 2023

Finding the time to delve into your finances can be a struggle. But the school holidays can offer the perfect time, especially for teachers. Get cracking on your financial to-do list these holidays by looking into refinancing your mortgage. Planning on giving your finances a boost by refinancing your mortgage? Well, you’re not alone. Following…

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What you should know about buying a tenanted investment property

January 4, 2023

Buying a rental property is a popular way to invest. But where do you stand if the property you’re eyeing off already has a tenant? We’ll fill you in on what you need to know. So you’re primed to expand your financial horizons and want to buy an investment property? 2023 may provide promise, with double-digit…

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