APRA announces proposal to scrap inflated interest rate assessment for home borrowers

With many confident the RBA will be cutting interest rates at the upcoming June meeting, Australia’s banking regulator APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) has announced a proposal to scrap a rule requiring mortgage customers’ lending capacity to be assessed at an inflated interest rate. Introduced in 2014 as a measure to contain rising house prices[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 18th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction market recorded an improved clearance rate of 63 percent on Saturday, up from the previous weekend’s 57 percent. Multimillion-dollar sales were noted in several capital cities over the weekend including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The number of scheduled auctions was down to 389 from 489 from while the number of reported auctions was[…]

Buyer’s Agent Kensington – Suburb Profile

Buying a property in Kensington can be a daunting and difficult process. For many of us, it is something we only do a few times in our lives. A buyers advocate (also known as a buyers agent or property finder) can be an enormous help to make it easy to buy a home or investment[…]

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Purplebricks exit no surprise to those in real estate

Purplebricks is to exit Australia after 2.5 years. I don’t think too many in the real estate industry are going to be surprised by this news. It just goes to show the importance of understanding your market and target audience, which is where I think Purplebricks missed the mark. I know that as a buyer’s[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 11th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction market recorded a 57 percent clearance rate on Saturday, down from 61 percent the previous weekend. The number of scheduled auctions also dropped to 489 from while the number of reported auctions was 326. The number of properties sold was down to 190 with total sales amounting to more than $130,424,000. The median[…]

RBA announce rates prior to upcoming election

Despite much anticipation the RBA has decided they will keep rates on hold for another month, announced less than a fortnight out from the federal election. A record low cash rate of 1.5% has now been held since August 2016, although money market traders do not expect it to remain there much longer. It has[…]

Buyer’s Agent Flemington – Suburb Profile

Buying a property in Flemington can be a daunting and difficult process. For many of us, it is something we only do a few times in our lives. A buyers advocate (also known as a buyers agent or property finder) can be an enormous help to make it easy to buy a home or investment[…]

Melbourne Auction Results | 4th May 2019

Melbourne’s auction clearance rate has improved to 61 percent over the weekend from the over 50.4 percent level in the month of April. Since the start of 2019, clearance rates have remained steady within the 40-50 percent range. The number of scheduled auctions on Saturday was 589 while the number of reported auctions was 353.[…]

Buyer’s Agent Carlton – Suburb Profile

Buying a property in Carlton can be a daunting and difficult process. For many of us, it is something we only do a few times in our lives. A buyers advocate (also known as a buyers agent or property finder) can be an enormous help to make it easy to buy a home or investment[…]

The suburbs most popular for Victorian first-home buyers

Buyers and sellers advocate Wendy Chamberlain from Chamberlain Property Advocates has spoken to Domain regarding Melbourne’s first home buyer’s preference towards buying homes closer to Melbourne CBD, shunning long commutes. “Wendy Chamberlain said she had noticed a move towards the northern suburbs over the past six to eight months. “They’re definitely buying based on a[…]