Mortgage Experts Blog

Is it a good time to buy Sydney?

Marty McDonald - Thursday, November 01, 2018
For many first home buyers the answer appears to be a resounding yes. BIS Oxford Economics for the Australian Housing Outlook 2018–2021 report states that lending to FHB’s picked up by a whopping 74 per cent in the 12 months to June 2018 in Sydney and a more modest but still impressive 24% nationwide. Read the full report here. Read more >

Loan Portability/ Substitution of Security

Marty McDonald - Monday, June 04, 2018
There are occasions when those with an existing mortgage looking to buy and sell at the same time should consider a “substitution of security” (sometimes called loan portability).  Rather than closing the old loan and taking out a new loan sometimes getting from property A to B is as simple as changing the security of the loan from one property to another. The loan remains open at all times. Read more >

Loan Portability

Marty McDonald - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Loan Portability click here..... Read more >

Royal commission into financial services: what does it mean for borrowers?

Marty McDonald - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
If you haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you’re aware that there’s currently a royal commission being conducted into the Australian financial services industry. The first two weeks of sittings have mainly focussed on home loan lending, motor vehicle finance and credit cards. The first hearings were dominated by questioning on how major banks verify (or don’t verify) borrowers living expenses. The reliance on living cost benchmarks has come under intense scrutiny. There has also been a lot of negativity around mortgage brokers and the role they play in the wider mortgage market. The role commission play in incentivising poor conduct etc. The commissioner doesn’t appear to be a fan of brokers at all! Read more >

Attention small business owners: Have you considered buying a commercial property via your SMSF?

Marty McDonald - Monday, March 12, 2018
Currently we have a lender offering rates from 5.80% P&I over 20 years for commercial properties bought through your Self-managed super fund, usually commercial property loans for SMSF are more likely to be around 8% pa. Read more >

Pay your mortgage off faster

Marty McDonald - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wouldn’t it be nice to not have a home loan! Read on for Marty’s tips on how to get your mortgage repaid faster. Read more >

Are Your credit card bill’s getting out of control?

Marty McDonald - Thursday, January 18, 2018
Debt consolidation is the act of bringing many debts together into one new debt. This can be beneficial for helping you manage your repayments and have a clearer picture moving forward. If you have equity in your home this can be done by refinancing your mortgage to pay off current debts, shifting the debt into your home loan which usually has a much lower interest rate than unsecured loans and credit cards. Read more >

What’s happening to house prices in Sydney?

Marty McDonald - Thursday, November 23, 2017
I estimate house prices in the $1-$2 million range have fallen from their peak (which was around June 2017) by an estimated 7%. This won’t show in the official figures for so time if at all as the premium end of the market seems to be very strong still.  Read more >

Construction loans for major renovations

Marty McDonald - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There’s a growing sector of home owners buying cheaper undesirable properties in ideal areas and doing major renovations to create their dream home. They may also do knock down rebuilds that require full construction of a new property. Their many ways you can go about funding these endeavors with equity loans and construction loans both fixed and unfixed being the main avenues of finance. Read more >

Are we finally seeing the effects of APRA’s changes?

Marty McDonald - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Since 2014 APRA has been progressively tightening the screws on mortgage lending to try and de-risk the banks. I think we are beginning to see the cumulative effects of these changes on the property market. 

By way of summary there have been three distinct moves by APRA. Read more >

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