Top 5 suburbs in Sydney for first home buyers Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Top 5 suburbs in Sydney for first home buyers Up until 2020 it was all about big cities, rush and sparkling city lights, 2020 has turned the tables on our views and preferences. A first home buyer's choice used to be to live in the heart of the city, but now some are choosing to move into the suburbs. The pandemic has not only adversely affected our lives but also the way we live. People are choosing to get away from the chaos, a report shows a remarkable growth of properties being bought and sold in regional areas within an hour or two from the CBD. The mass relocation of the people has increased the demand in the market which has led to a 3.1% increase in prices although there was a 2.1% price drop between April and September. Now with the consecutive positive growth, the market seems to be rebounding sharply this year. Every buyer has unique circumstances, goals and aspirations. Keeping all that on the table we have made a list of top 5 hotspots for our first home buyers to invest in. Bexley Bexley is a suburb in South Eastern Sydney, located 14 kilometers south of the Sydney CBD in the local area of the Bayside Council. The suburb has seen rapid growth in transportation, population, commercial, and industrial areas. The suburb attracts mass because of its shopping centers. Bexley is a great choice for first home buyers are it represents great value. Maroubra When we think of waterfronts, we often think of beach suburbs, because who doesn't like beaches! Maroubra, located in the Eastern area of Sydney, is 10km south-east of the CBD in the local government area of Randwick CouncilMaroubra has secured a place in the top 5 list not only because of its beaches, but also its ease of transportation, great health-care and effective schools makes it a great suburb for first home buyers. Windsor This historic town in New South Wales is 46 kilometers north-west from Sydney. The town is regarded as an outer suburb. Since Windsor has both urban and rural lifestyles, job growth has created an increase in the need for people. These outskirts are best to invest if you are seeking an affordable big comfortable house. Box Hill Along with seas, cities, outskirts, Hills has also made it to the list. Box Hill is a suburb of New South Wales, located 42 kilometers north-west of the Sydney CBD. If you want to enjoy city life living away from the city, this is the place you should go to. This city has the best transportation and healthcare services compared to almost anywhere else. Newcastle Whether you want a house with water or a mountain view, you get all the options in this suburb. Newcastle one of the best suburbs in the north-eastern portion of New South Wales, is situated near the river Tyne. The iconic suburb is famous for its heritage and popular nightlife. The … [Read more...] about Top 5 suburbs in Sydney for first home buyers
How to find a trusted mortgage broker in Sydney, Australia Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin How to find a trusted mortgage broker in Sydney, Australia It's normal to be cautious when looking for a mortgage broker. After all, buying a house is a huge investment, and perhaps the biggest decision you'll make in your life, hence it's important to be sure that you're making the best choice possible. Finding the right house is just the beginning of the process, and there are a lot of additional factors such as starting with finding the best suburb, finding a trusted mortgage broker, getting the best mortgage rates, stamp duty, paperwork and more. However, the daunting process can be a little easier with the assistance of a broker, but you must be sure they are trustworthy and experienced before selecting the broker.A mortgage broker is an intermediate between the borrower and lender. The broker helps the borrower to get hitched with the best possible interest rate. But the question is, how do you find if the broker is trustworthy. It can be a somewhat daunting experience finding the best mortgage broker. We're dedicating this blog to help you in your quest of finding the best mortgage broker in Sydney that appeases your needs. Check educational qualifications and work experience The very first thing you should inquire about is the educational qualifications, and what experience the broker holds. Most of the professional brokers will have a diploma, while others have other credentials such as a degree in finance, economics or accounting. It's better to go for the brokers who have more credentials than needed by the government and own an Australian Credit License or/and are qualified to act as an authorised credit representative. Check accreditation It is better to invest time in choosing your broker than wishing that you hadn’t chosen them later on. The wrong one can be costly and you will pan out with a mortgage that doesn't truly fit your financial situation. Therefore, before sealing your deal with a broker, make sure they have licenses which include - Accredited under the National Consumer Protection Act, Certificate IV and a Diploma in Financial Services, has a membership of Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia( MFAA) or Finance Broker Association of Australia (FBAA), and a member of Credit Ombudsman Service Ltd (COSL). Check their lender panel A lending panel can provide you with a brief description of their work and experience. Brokers are constrained by a list of lenders they can access, this list has been named as a lending panel. Check the list if they have connections with a range of reputable institutions and how many lenders they use on their panel. Don't be afraid of asking questions, be sure the rate they are offering matches you need. Ask about why they have shortlisted the specific lender. Ask him/her for the top 10 lenders they send the … [Read more...] about How to find a trusted mortgage broker in Sydney, Australia
10 Mortgage Questions a First-Time Home Buyer May Be Embarrassed to Ask Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin First-time home buyers have a lot of questions about mortgages. The problem is compounded by the embarrassment of interrupting a would-be lender or mortgage broker in the middle of a conversation. No, not everyone knows the questions that should be asked. You should ask these questions. Research and study a bit, so you know the basics. Here is a short guide to the most common mortgage questions and answers you need to know. How much can I borrow to purchase a home in Sydney? Lenders may consider your debt-to-income ratio, employment status, and credit history when determining how much you might qualify for. You should talk to a lender about getting pre-qualified for a home loan before you start searching. The whole experience can be made better if you do this. Special government-sponsored mortgage programs may be available to veterans and first home buyers. Your lender can tell you what you might qualify for. How does a mortgage pre-qualification differ from a mortgage pre-approval? A pre-approval holds more weight than a pre-qualification. You can get someone to print out a pre-qualification letter for you online. You’ll discover that if an agent is looking at a pre-qualification letter when you’re negotiating, it probably isn’t worth much to them. Pre-qualification is not an approval or commitment to lend; you must submit additional information for review. A pre-approval letter takes more time and effort to prepare because lenders verify your finances in an independently verifiable way. For that reason, it carries more weight. If you're serious about buying a home, ensure to get yourself pre-approved. How much money do I have to pay down? Put down 20% of the purchase price if you want the best rate and terms on your loan. Although higher down payment isn't necessary, a lower down payment can result in a PMI premium if you're under 20 percent. The down payment you put will also have an impact on other variables such as interest rates, terms, and monthly payments. Ask your lender for more information regarding the minimum down payment required for your loan and any cost-saving assistance programs you might be eligible for, and then decide what’s right for you. What kind of assistance is available to help with the down payment? If you need help with down payment, experts say your parents may be able to help — provided their finances are in order. Gifted money can also be helpful. Even so, you must absolutely inform your lender that the money was a gift otherwise faking on this front would raise red flags. If private assistance isn’t a possibility, or isn't enough, there are over 2,000 down payment assistance programs in Australia that can help,as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for both income and credit. Find out if there are any programs in your area to … [Read more...] about 10 Mortgage Questions a First-Time Home Buyer May Be Embarrassed to Ask
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin The federal government’s HomeBuilder grant has led to the largest number of new home sales in two decades, according to new data.The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has reported that:The number of new home sales in December was 91.8% higher than NovemberDecember was the biggest month for new home sales since March 2001Sales volumes for 2020 were 32.5% higher than 2019 “This surge in sales can be attributed to HomeBuilder as households finalised contracts to build a new home before the 31 December 2020 deadline to access the $25,000 grant,” according to the HIA economist Angela Lillicrap.HomeBuilder is continuing until the end of March, but with a reduced grant of $15,000.Needing a great deal? Hit the button below to arrange a conversation with one of my loan specialists to find a deal that's best for your situation. Book a review today We partner with over 50 lenders so you can find the perfect solutionFollow Facebook Linkedin Do you have questions about mortgages or loans?Ask us in the comments below … [Read more...] about New home sales jump 91.8% in December
Should I Work With a Mortgage Broker? Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Should I Work With a Mortgage Broker? You should consider using a bank loan officer or a mortgage broker if you plan on buying a home. Here's what you need to know. Mortgage shopping can be an overwhelming task. There are many mortgage lenders and a variety of ways lenders can adjust home loans to make them look lower than they actually are. You may also feel vulnerable as lenders scrutinize your credit report while you're excited to own a new home. In many cases, home buyers are trapped in bad mortgages because they just wanted to get the process over with. Sadly, that's a big mistake: Even fractional percentage points are enough to add up to thousands of dollars for a 30-year mortgage. What does a bank or Credit Union loan officer do? Bank loan officers are employed by a specific bank or lender and often receive volume incentives when they provide clients with loans from a single bank's or lender's branches. You can apply for a mortgage by walking into the bank or credit union in your area and sitting down with a loan officer. They will consider your application and, hopefully, present several loan options tailored to your situation. If you’re a loyal customer, you might get a wonderful deal from the bank. The best mortgage rates are often offered by small local banks and credit unions. The problem is that many of these institutions only lend to consumers with excellent credit scores. If such a requirement isn’t met, many first-home buyers simply won’t qualify since they don’t have long enough credit histories. However, let's say your bank offers you a loan. But how do you know it's the best deal unless the bank offers a lower rate than national averages? So you go to another bank to get a quote, or you go to a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers They are responsible for connecting borrowers with lenders. Usually, they work for more than one lender and earn commissions on each sale. The same way talent agents show aspiring actors to films, mortgage brokers present applicants to different lenders. The best mortgage broker will work to find borrowers with less-than-perfect credit, the lowest rates and also the cheapest mortgages. The broker gets paid more when the loan is more expensive. Additionally, brokers may not want to show you the absolute best loans (although I am not saying they all do this). So shop around and make sure to negotiate as you would with a home or car: Don’t be afraid to push for better terms and don’t just say the first thing that catches your eye. Mortgage Broker Vs Loan Officer Mortgage brokers work with a variety of lenders to offer borrowers a variety of loan programs. In return for a fee or commission, brokers connect borrowers with specific lenders and loan programs that match their needs. A loan officer, on the other hand, works for a specific institution, like a bank, and has access to the products that they offer only … [Read more...] about Should I Work With a Mortgage Broker?
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin If you’re in the market and you’re struggling to find property, there’s a good reason – the number of homes listed for sale had an unexpectedly large fall in December.SQM Research has reported there were 272,999 properties listed for sale in Australia in December, which was down 7.9% on the previous month and 5.8% on the previous year. This shortage of properties has helped drive an increase in prices – which is why some commentators expect listings to significantly increase in January and February, as home owners look to cash in.If you’re planning to buy in 2021, here are three things to consider given the unusual conditions right now:Expect to pay a low interest rate for now but budget for future increasesBe prepared to move fast if there’s a shortage of stock in your target areaConsider how Covid-19 might affect inspections and auctions in your areaWanting to buy in 2021?Hit the button below to arrange a conversation with one of my loan specialists to find a deal that's best for your situation. Book a review today We partner with over 50 lenders so you can find the perfect solutionFollow Facebook Linkedin Do you have questions about mortgages or loans?Ask us in the comments below … [Read more...] about Big fall in the number of for-sale properties
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Banks have raised their lending standards over the past decade or so, by reducing their volume of low-deposit and interest-only loans. The share of home loans with a loan-to-value ratio (LVR) of 90% or more (i.e. a deposit of 10% or less) fell from 22% in 2009 to 9% in June 2020, according to data from APRA, Australia’s mortgage regulator. Meanwhile, the share of interest-only loans was 46% in 2015, but averaged only 17% of new lending from mid-2017 to mid-2020.That doesn't mean it's no longer possible to buy a home with a 10% deposit or take out an interest-only loan – it is. There are still lots of options available for that type of borrower.Needing a great deal? Hit the button below to arrange a conversation with one of my loan specialists to find a deal that's best for your situation. Book a review today We partner with over 50 lenders so you can find the perfect solutionFollow Facebook Linkedin Do you have questions about mortgages or loans?Ask us in the comments below … [Read more...] about Australia’s mortgage market has been getting safer
Your Local Mortgage Broker in the Northern Beaches, Sydney Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin How do I find a mortgage broker in Northern Beaches, Sydney? Mortgage brokers are financial professionals who work to connect lenders and borrowers. Usually they work with dozens or hundreds of loan companies as independent agents, not as employees.Mortgage brokers are like scouts. They identify and evaluate home buyers, determining which loan would be best based on each person's credit situation. The broker submits the home buyer's application to few lenders for the approval of the loan, and works closely with the lender until it closes. The best mortgage broker can find a lending institution for pretty much any type of credit situation that you have. To find the right mortgage broker in Sydney, ensure you ask the right questions.One important fact borrowers should realize is that great brokers don’t tend to focus on every market, they tend to stick to a particular niche.Moreover, the needs of a first-time home buyer may be different compared to the needs of a busy professional.In order to determine whether your broker is a good one, ask the following questions to your mortgage broker after you have a shortlist of potentially good mortgage brokers.Are you licensed to operate or are you using someone else's Credit license?Are you a member of the FBAA or the MFAA?What is the length of their tenure in this industry?Which lenders do they usually work with and how often?Do they have any testimonials or customer reviews?What can you offer your customers that others can't?How many accreditations do they have? If they have less than 10 accreditations, then they probably aren’t very good.In the last 12 months, how many lenders did they use? A good mortgage broker would work with at least eight lenders.How many home loans have you closed in the last 12 months?What types of clients are you most frequently working with?It’s about finding a broker who is experienced, and dealt with clients in similar situations, e.g. first home buyers, investors, construction work, Australians who live overseas etc. What is a typical mortgage broker fee? The mortgage broker who is securing your loan earns commission from the loan transaction and the better the deal they get a lender, the more they get paid. You don't need to disclose the interest rate you intend to accept to a broker. Let them tell you what terms they can obtain for you. Shop around to make sure you're getting a fair deal. Most of the mortgage companies advertising online are mortgage brokers. Why are some mortgage brokers in Sydney charging a fee? Mortgage brokers who are new to the industry or have less experience may levy an upfront fee or mandate as a means of obtaining commitment from a client to invest in their project, in case the broker spends time on the customer's application but never results in a settlement.They might have … [Read more...] about Your Local Mortgage Broker in Northern Beaches, Sydney