Every part of Australia is now a rising property market, says expert report

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Mike Wood| Australian Broker| 19 August 2021 https://www.brokernews.com.au/news/breaking-news/every-part-of-australia-is-now-a-rising-property-market-says-expert-report-278407.aspx Australia’s property market is now rising in every location, according to one of the biggest names in real estate valuation. The monthly Herron Todd White (HTW) property report considers all areas of Australia across houses, units and retail locations, and has found that every part of the residential market is now in …

How Australians’ rising home equity can help make them richer

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Anthony Keane| The Australian| 21 August 2021 https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wealth/how-australians-rising-home-equity-can-help-make-them-richer/news-story/11f3b69c7e6dca35da356c4711707ff0 Surging property prices have given homeowners a massive increase in financial firepower and the ability to get a better deal on their mortgage. The equity in a typical Australian home has jumped more than $100,000 in four capital cities in the past 12 months, and more than $74,000 in the other four …

Save, sacrifice, prioritise: how to get on the property ladder

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Bruce Brammall| The Australian| 8 August 2021 https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/save-sacrifice-prioritise-how-to-get-on-the-property-ladder/news-story/4aaf2ff5bf5d0fd9640f92350af90bc8 I love the old gag about economists and their wayward prognostications: “Economists have accurately predicted 17 of the last three recessions.” The same joke could be made, on steroids, about housing prices: “Commentators have accurately called 159 of the last two housing affordability crises.” Any time house prices rise a bit faster …

Architect-designed renovations increase capital growth for Melbourne home-owners: research

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Elizabeth Redman| Domain| 10 April 2021 https://www.domain.com.au/news/architect-designed-renovations-increase-capital-growth-for-melbourne-homeowners-research-1036743/ Architects have long believed they add value, but now they can prove it, with new research showing owners of an architect-designed home renovation sell their houses for more money. On average, there is 1.2 per cent extra capital growth a year for Melbourne properties with a small practice architect-designed renovation compared to those …

What you need to earn to afford a mortgage in Sydney’s red-hot property market

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Kate Creedon 9 News| 12 April 2021 https://www.9news.com.au/national/ideal-salary-to-afford-mortgage-on-average-sydney-house-avoid-financial-stress/74af8886-aa2a-45f5-94ef-99307bd10c12 Home buyers now need to be making a six figure salary to afford the mortgage on an average house or apartment in Sydney’s red-hot property market, exclusive data has revealed. Data compiled for Nine News by RateCity shows with a 20 per cent deposit, a household needs to earn at least $147,629 …

The huge mistake most mortgage holders don’t know

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Adapted from: The huge mistake most mortgage holders don’t know. Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon| Sydney Morning Herald| 27 February 2021 As the coronavirus pandemic hit last year and budgets threatened to break, CBA sent a letter to mortgage holders saying their repayments would be automatically cut to the minimum. Sounds helpful, doesn’t it? Yes, it eases the purse-string pressure but… it also …

Sydney house prices reach record high, outstrip pre-pandemic levels

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Kate Burke| Sydney Morning Herald| 28 January 2021 Sydney house prices reach record high, outstrip pre-pandemic levels (domain.com.au) Sydney house prices have reached a record high and outstripped pre-COVID-19 prices by nearly $50,000, with median prices jumping by six figure sums across in-demand pockets, new data shows. Sydney’s median house price is now a whopping $1,211,488 after surging by 4.8 per cent …

Lenders extend cashback offers

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Malivaka Santhbennur| The Adviser| 27 January 2021 Lenders extend cashback offers – The Adviser Several lenders and their subsidiaries have extended their cashback offers, while one lender has extended its LMI discount offering. Westpac, St.George Bank, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne have extended their home loan refinance cashback offers, effective 22 January 2021. The extension is applicable for eligible applications …

Value of new home loans hits record high for second month in a row

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Euan Black| The New Daily| 15 January 2021 Property boom: Value of new home loans hits record high (thenewdaily.com.au) Lenders approved a record value of new home loans in November as first-home buyers took advantage of falling interest rates and government incentives. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday shows lenders approved a record $23.96 billion of new …