Categories for Finance

Brokers Bracing For Shake-up

6/2/2019
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Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has delivered recommendations from the royal commission into financial misconduct that could see consumers forced to pay upfront mortgage broker fees. The recommendations for the radical shake-up to the broking industry was not unexpected, in early 2017 The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) conducted a “Review of mortgage broker remuneration”.READ MORE HERE These are the occasions when a peak body association has to advocate practical solutions that find a balance between its member’s interests and consumer expectations. The...

SCAM ALERT – Did that person, really send you that?

19/9/2017
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In what is suspected to be a “man in the middle scam”, funds were unwittingly deposited by a purchaser into an east coast bank account in the lead up to a settlement and then transferred by the scammers to an overseas account resulting in a significant loss of $557,000. Typically, this type of scam will occur when the contents of person’s private emails are accessed and details of future financial transactions are seized upon by scammers. Victims will be contacted...

Suspect a water leak, How to detect it & what to do…

11/8/2017
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Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Regularly checking taps, pipes and fittings around your property could save precious water and precious money! How can I detect a leak?To conduct a leak detection test yourself, follow these simple steps:Step 1: Ensure no water is being used in your house (turn off all water appliances, such as washing machines and evaporative air conditioners).Step 2: Read the black and red numbers on your meter. Record the black numbers from left to right. The black...

What does Finance Pre-approval mean?

26/3/2017
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Confused about home loan pre-approvals? Here’s everything you need to know before you start house hunting. What information do you need? First, your broker will want to build a comprehensive picture of your finances. To do this, you’ll need to provide evidence of everything including: Pay slips and tax returns for your income. Title deeds for tangible assets (i.e. physical items such as buildings, machinery and inventory), and Portfolio statements for intangible assets (non-physical items such as copyrights and patents). Loan...

Are you looking to buy &/ build on property near WA bush Fire prone area?

20/10/2016
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Are you aware that your build might have extra costs to meet the requirements of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment/report being obtained and being below a certain level to ensure building is less prone to bushfire loss.These requirements monitored by the local council could add thousands of dollars to your build costs. More information might be obtained here along with map of prone areas.https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/waemergencyandriskmanagement/obrm/Pages/default.aspx ​The building standards are not retrospective. Only new class 1, 2, 3 or 10a buildings (and additions/extensions in certain...

Residential property market blooms

11/10/2016
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Spring time sees more property settlements and transactions across Australia than any other season, according to leading conveyancing technology experts GlobalX.GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney said from September to November the grass is greener, gardens are in full bloom and the weather is comfortably warm, making for optimal house selling conditions.Mr Maloney said spring sales were often driven by the desire for a new beginning, with individuals, couples and families preferring to move before the end of the year.“Buyers who have...