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Borrowers could pay $427 a month more in 2 years, if Westpac forecast realised

The average mortgage holder could end up paying $103 more in monthly repayments on their home loan by the end of this year, and $427 a month more by March 2024, should Westpac’s cash rate forecast be realised. 

ANZ cuts its basic variable rate in a bid for new customers

Australia’s fourth largest bank, ANZ, has today cut rates on its basic variable home loan by up to 0.20 per cent.

Is this the year you finally get your super in order?

If managing your superannuation has been at the bottom of your to-do list for some time now, making it a priority in 2022 could be more important than you think.

Athena Home Loans slashes mortgage rates to 1.89%

In a time when home loan lenders are hiking interest rates left, right and centre, Athena Home Loans has bucked the trend by slashing its variable home loan rate to a low of 1.89%.

Number of suburbs with house values over $1m revealed

If property prices in your neighbourhood seem to be climbing higher and higher, you’re not alone. Over 300 Australian suburbs joined the growing list of areas with median house values of over $1 million, making the Great Australian Dream out of reach for many first home buyers.

How could a property peak affect your home loan?

With Australia’s owner occupiers taking out bigger home loans, and signs pointing to national housing values potentially approaching a peak, what risk could home owners face if they were to come face to face with a downturn in the future?

New home loan values reach record highs across Australia

The national average mortgage size for owner-occupiers has reached a record high of $595,568 according to new ABS data. Records were broken in every state and territory except WA.

Australians went on a record breaking $25.7 billion credit card spending-spree in November – but can they pay it back now?

Australians went on a huge shopping-spree in November making almost $69 billion of transactions on their credit cards and debit cards in November – the highest values since records began in 2002.

Australia’s lowest fixed rate of 1.59% is now gone: what’s in store for 2022?

The lowest fixed home loan rate on record has hiked today, ending an era for ultra-low rates.

Homeowners almost 4-years ahead on mortgage repayments

Homeowners across Australia are almost four years ahead on their home loan repayments on average, thanks to low interest rates and forced-savings habits from COVID-19.

How to switch and save in 2022

It’s important to use the best financial products and services for your personal situation. But since our personal situations have likely changed significantly over the past two years, how can you be confident that your previous choices are still up to date?

How a green loan could help you live more sustainably in 2022

If reducing your carbon footprint is one of your new year’s resolutions, there’s no better time to start exploring your options.

Recovering from your buy now, pay later Christmas hangover

If you, like many Australians, have paid for your Christmas shopping through buy now, pay later platforms, you may find yourself with one or more repayments you’re now struggling to manage.