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A vote on the federal government’s bill to change responsible lending laws could arrive as soon as this week

The federal government’s bill to wind back responsible lending laws received strong endorsement from the Senate last week when the Economics Legislation Committee tabled its report recommending that the bill be passed. Echoing the Morrison government’s rationale for introducing the bill, the official view of the committee includes a statement describing the “current credit protection[…]

Calculating mortgage repayments following a rise in the interest rate

Australia’s strengthening dollar could affect fixed-rate mortgage repayments sooner than expected

  In the RBA’s first monetary policy announcement for 2021, it was predicted that the conditions for a rise in the interest rate wouldn’t “be met until 2024 at the earliest”. This statement gave many potential homebuyers added confidence about how much they could afford in terms of mortgage repayments. However, as pointed out by[…]

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First home buyers need to know the risks when buying a property

  A Melbourne schoolteacher is facing a first homebuyer’s worst fears after discovering that the apartment she purchased in 2018 contains severe defects. Lauren Bird decided to invest in an apartment in order to get into the property market. Unfortunately, she wasn’t aware of the importance of a strata report when purchasing an apartment. Ms[…]

Wendy Chamberlain - Melbourne Fixed Price Buyers Advocate

It’s an honour to be listed by PropTech Newsletter as one of the 100 most influential people in real estate

  Earlier this week, I was listed along with 99 other experts in PropTech Newsletter’s The 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate. It was a wonderful surprise and it’s an honour to be placed in the company of those who made this list. I’ve been in the real estate industry for over 25 years[…]

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Properties within sought-after public school zones continue to fetch huge premiums

  Six-figure premiums continue to be paid for homes within Melbourne’s top public school zones. In February 2020, the REIV released the results of an analysis of 2019 residential property sales. The analysis revealed that families can expect to pay up to $425,000 more to reside within a school zone “when compared with the median[…]