John Collett Solid credit scores could help you get a cheaper mortgage if Australia follows the US.
First home buyers are locking in more fixed rate home loans than they were four years ago as arrears rates continue to improve.
Clancy Yeates Margin lending is growing for the first time since the stimulus-induced sharemarket surge of 2009, as investors seek to capitalise on record low interest rates and rising stock prices.
Clancy Yeates Australians are rushing to pay off their home loans faster than many households overseas, with half of all borrowers ahead of their mortgage repayment schedule.
Gareth Hutchens Banks could pull back from lending to new home owners after making losses on mortgages.
Margin loans are still out of favour, more than three years after the global financial crisis (GFC) began, with fewer investors than ever inclined to use them - and those that do opting for much more...
Clancy Yeates The number of people taking out home loans with non-bank lenders is creeping up.
By Lesley Parker Responsible lending laws may bring an end to these potentially predatory financial products.
By Barbara Drury Tapping into home equity may seem like an easy way to gain extra cash but mistakes can cost you dearly.
John Collett Property investors taking advantage of Australia's tax system are helping to drive up property prices and shutting out first-time home buyers.
GET FINANCE FIT
Christine Long It can be tough, but some planning can help you survive the first 12 months in your own home .
Mark Bouris With a bit of homework and a willingness to bargain, people can save money on their mortgage and get ahead.
John Collett Sydney and Melbourne property prices still show no signs of peaking.
DEBT'S THE WAY
Christine Long There are different types of debt. Some drag you down, while others can give you lift-off.
Clancy Yeates No one likes missing out, but getting caught on the wrong side of a downturn would be worse.
David Potts Lender's insurance can cost thousands and actually protects the bank, not the borrower writes David Potts.
John Collett Kiwis living in Australia who are overdue with repayments could be arrested on returning to New Zealand.
Clancy Yeates Rates are getting better if you are in debt, but less favourable for people with savings in the bank.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Catherine Robson Rates won't stay low forever - so pay off your debt while you can.
Mark Bouris When interest rates are low, house prices usually rise and first-home buyers can feel shut out of the market. But all is not lost when sticking to a few simple tips: