Home Loan

Preparing for a Loan: How Your Living Expenses Affect Your Borrowing Power

Written by Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage and Finance

If you’re looking for a home loan, one of the first things your lender will ask about is your living expenses. That’s because, under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act, lenders must allow for living costs when deciding how much an applicant can afford to borrow. While some lenders will simply require a rough estimate of your weekly or monthly... Read more

Parents Helping Children Into the Property Market

Written by Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage and Finance

As house prices rise across Australia, more and more clients seek advice on ways they can help their children enter the property market. In fact, reports suggest up to 80 percent of parents are prepared to provide some sort of financial support. But What is the Best Way to Help? There are several ways parents can give their children a... Read more

Overcapitalising: The Risk of Spending Too Much on Improvements

Written by Tricia Williams - Manager, Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance

  By Tricia Williams, Manager – Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance Renovating your home or investment property can be a wonderful way to make it more appealing to buyers and increase its overall value. However, there’s a fine line between spending money to make your property more appealing and overcapitalising on your renovations. In this article, we look at overcapitalising.... Read more

Low Bank Valuations Pose a Risk for Buyers

Written by Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance

Low bank valuations are a real risk, particularly for buyers with smaller deposits, and especially in a booming market. Consider the following scenario. Hollie and Sam are preparing to buy a new home in their popular suburb. The house they want is for auction, and they expect it will sell for around $1.8 million. They’ve saved enough for a 20%... Read more

By Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist from Oliver’s Insights, AMP Capital, Edition 9 2016 Key points Very expensive housing and high household debt leave Australian housing vulnerable. However, in the absence of either a recession or  much higher interest rates a property crash looks unlikely. The Sydney and Melbourne property markets are likely to slow further... Read more

Deposit Guarantee Can Take the Place of Cash

Written by Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance

When you have found the right property and need a deposit to secure the purchase, a deposit guarantee may assist buyers whose funds are currently tied up. A deposit guarantee is a substitute for the cash deposit. The deposit guarantee is issued by a guarantor, for a fee based on its value and duration of cover. At the time of... Read more

By Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist from Oliver’s Insights, AMP Capital, Edition 27 2015 Key Points As expected the RBA left interest rates on hold. While it’s a close call, chances are that the RBA will cut rates again before year end reflecting the poor business investment outlook, greater than expected weakness in commodity prices, the... Read more

Abolition of the first home saver accounts scheme

Written by By Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance

From 1st July 2015, the first home saver accounts scheme is abolished. All first home saver accounts will be treated like any other account held with a provider. Restrictions on withdrawals will be removed from 1 July 2015. You can withdraw and use the balance of your account however you like from this date. More information available from the ATO... Read more

Buying a Property With Friends

Written by By Tricia Williams, Manager - Edney Ryan Mortgage & Finance

The lending industry is responding to social changes in property buying. As prices continue to rise, first home-buyers are increasingly looking for novel ways to get started. Lenders have now established a class of home loan specifically for buying a property with friends. The new style of loan enables pooling of money with friends, or family, without the usual shared... Read more

Premium Property Stamp Duty

Written by Andrew O'Donnell - Director, Edney Ryan Legal

Some clients that we have assisted with property transactions have been unaware of the Premium Property Stamp Duty payable on residential property transactions in excess of $3 million. The duty payable is calculated as $150,490 plus $7 for every $100 that exceeds $3 million. In comparison, the rate for properties less than $3 million pay duty at the lower rate... Read more