December 2015 Newsletter


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December 2015

Welcome to our December newsletter
Christmas is just a few weeks away and we’re all looking forward to a summer break after a very fast-paced year in our property markets. Our last newsletter for 2015 focuses on your goals, financial health and getting ready for another busy year in 2016.
The Reserve Bank […]

December 2015 RBA Interest Rate decision

Summer has arrived and at its final meeting for 2015 today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has again elected to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent. With its next meeting not scheduled until the first week of February next year, we can look forward to the cash rate remaining […]

Wondering why there seems to be so much Chinese activity in the Australian market?

According to Credit Suisse analyst Hasan Tevfik, about $12.4 billion flowed into Australia’s residential property market since the last financial year from Chinese investors, making up 15% of the new home sales. Here are some reasons why:

China has increased the amount of money that can be invested overseas and encouraged outside investment to reduce […]

November 2015 RBA Interest Rate decision

As Melbourne takes the day off to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup Day, the rest of the country has been eagerly waiting to hear if the Reserve Bank of Australia would cut the official cash rate at its November meeting today.
Whilst many market analysts were anticipating a rate cut today, the […]

October 2015 Newsletter


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October 2015

Welcome to our October newsletter
We hope you are out and about looking at properties in the fantastic spring weather! Yes, the busy spring property season is well underway – and there’s plenty of great housing stock available. If you’re in the market to buy right now, the good news is that […]

First Home Owners stressed

A new report from Genworth Homebuyer Confidence Index (HCI) released last September, found that the percentage of first home buyers (FHB) experiencing mortgage stress has highly increased. This is driven by the proportions of FHBs who both experienced mortgage stress and expect mortgage stress. Also, higher cost of living was found out to be […]

October 2015 RBA Interest Rate decision

During the busiest time of year for property markets around the country, the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent during its October meeting today.
Analysts were expecting the RBA to keep rates on hold at today’s meeting. Factors influencing the RBA’s decision to […]

September 2015 RBA Interest Rate decision

As we head into spring and Australian share markets experience some volatility following falls on the Chinese stock market last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent during its September meeting today.
Most analysts were expecting rates to stay on hold due […]

August 2015 Newsletter


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August 2015

Welcome to our August Newsletter
Winter is usually the quiet period for property market news, but with the recent tightening of controls on investment lending by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA), there has been a lot happening, particularly with interest rates.

Even though the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep […]

Stricter Investor Lending Rules – Good or Bad?

For the past few months, an investor crackdown by bank governing body APRA (Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority) has caused no end of changed policies and lender appetites. APRA warned banks late last year and not all listened so in the last few weeks, a new set of regulations for investors came almost instantly into effect. […]