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Want advice on the government's reverse mortgage? Tough

Want advice on the government's reverse mortgage? Tough

Access to a government reverse mortgage will be expanded from the middle of next year, but getting advice on whether it is a good idea is another matter.

  • by John Collett

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The most affordable suburbs for first-home buyers
Property prices

The most affordable suburbs for first-home buyers

After being elbowed aside by investors, first-time buyers are back.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons & John Collett
How to be your own mortgage broker
Analysis
Home loans

How to be your own mortgage broker

Three tricks of the trade that will save you a fortune on your home loan.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Higher aged care costs are trade-off for government reverse mortgage
Analysis
Aged-care

Higher aged care costs are trade-off for government reverse mortgage

Comparing the Pension Loans Scheme with a reverse mortgage on the basis of the interest rate alone doesn’t consider all of the costs.

  • by Rachel Lane
How Suzi lost her business, marriage and home at the stroke of a pen
Banking royal commission

How Suzi lost her business, marriage and home at the stroke of a pen

The hazards of guaranteeing a business loan were laid bare by the banking royal commission this week.

  • by John Collett
There is one sure way to avoid being stung as a loan guarantor
Opinion
Banking royal commission

There is one sure way to avoid being stung as a loan guarantor

Stop and think for a moment: do you really understand what is being asked of you?

  • by Noel Whittaker
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Interest-only strategy to be tested with falling house prices
Analysis
Home loans

Interest-only strategy to be tested with falling house prices

Interest-only loans could be a ticking time bomb for those who borrowed to the maximum.

  • by John Collett
It’s here as feared: banks rush to adopt US-style interest rates
Analysis
Banking royal commission

It’s here as feared: banks rush to adopt US-style interest rates

Banks seize opportunity to introduce risk-based pricing on personal loans, even before the July 1 switch to comprehensive credit reporting.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
The government-backed scheme that beats a reverse mortgage
Analysis
Ask an expert

The government-backed scheme that beats a reverse mortgage

Personal finance expert Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon answers your questions.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Government reverse mortgage expanded
Federal budget

Government reverse mortgage expanded

The Pension Loans Scheme, which allows older home-owners to borrow from the government, will be expanded from July 1 next year.

  • by John Collett