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Can you use your super to save for a home?

Aug. 23, 2018 — Melanie Hearse

The First Home Super Saver Scheme is supposed to make home ownership happen quicker for some, but it isn't right for everyone.

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Vendor finance and rent-to-buy schemes

April 5, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Think twice (or thrice) before signing up to these dodgy deals.

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Hidden bank discounts could save home owners $3800

March 16, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

It's tough finding the best deal when you're not told about mortgage discounts.

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After overcharging on 966 mortgages, NAB issues $1.7m in refunds

Dec. 20, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Comes after the bank fired 20 brokers and docked the pay of another 32.

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NAB fires 20 bankers over 2300 cases of loan fraud

Nov. 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Two years on and the bank is ready to remedy affected customers.

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Mortgage brokers rewarded for preying on the vulnerable: consumer groups

July 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Broker commissions are said to conflict with the best interest of customers.

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Mortgage broker commissions average $4600 a loan, report finds

May 19, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Commissions paid to brokers grew by $900m in three years

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Property valuations and price estimates

May 3, 2017 — Jemma Castle

Figuring out how much your house is worth is no easy feat.

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Crackdown on interest-only lending: ASIC

April 4, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Eight banks to offer struggling homeowners remedies.

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Mortgage broker myths debunked in ASIC investigation

March 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Report finds you'll get no better interest rates than through a bank, but you'll borrow more and be exposed to more risk.

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Do I need a buyer's agent to buy a house?

Jan. 30, 2017 — Jemma Castle

A buyer's agent or advocate should make the process of finding a new home easier and less stressful, but are they worth the money?

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Real estate price underquoting

Jan. 18, 2017 — Jemma Castle

Looking to buy property? Beware the price guides, which are often lower than the final sale price.

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Apartment building defects

Sept. 15, 2016 — Jemma Castle

Thinking of purchasing an apartment or unit? Make sure you know what you're buying into.

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Saving for a first home

July 5, 2016 — Natasha Patch

The journey of a 20-something first home saver.

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Risky financial moves for over-50s

Jan. 22, 2016 — Andy Kollmorgen

Reverse mortgages, home reversion schemes and SMSFs.

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