Top Stories in Australian Home Ownership February 4, 2018

Today’s trending stories in Australian home ownership and Home Loans.

  • ‘I was just so scared’: New push to help Victorian domestic violence victims end leases
    Three weeks after Maylin Pieda moved in with her partner a man she had known for five years everything in their relationship changed.
    He was swearing at me, pushing me, spitting at me, she says. He had packed a bag when I called the cops, and the moment I turned my back, he hit me with the full bag and I fell and hit my head on the door.
    Two of her three children from a previous marriage saw this, and Ms Pieda deci…
  • Irrational behaviour can cost you money, but that's not the whole story
    The exception, of course, is holding debt on a mortgage and savings in an offset account. … Anything you could do with the extra money such as spending more on luxuries or making extra home loan repayments technically belong in different buckets by the Barefoot definitions, so that would throw the…
  • Point Piper developer Phillip Lee draws ire after unauthorised canal discovery on $22 million property
    Wealthy property developer Phillip Dong Fang Lee has once again drawn the ire of some of his neighbours in the Great Lakes district after an unauthorised canal of up to 16 kilometres was discovered on a recently purchased $22 million property.
    The unapproved work and its impact on local water, marine life and native vegetation is now being investigated by a handful of state government departments and MidCoast Council following its discovery in December.
    Stop work orders issued u…
  • Is your bank refusing do drop interest rates on your home loan? Here's how you make it happen
    Mortgage Choice chief executive officer John Flavell said all mortgage customers should be reviewing their loan and ensuring they are not paying too much by making sure they have a rate with a 3 in front. As a general rule of thumb, borrowers should check their home loan at least once a year but,…
  • Life Hacks — Opinion: tossing up between fixed and variable rates? Here's some advice to help …
    JUST like casinos, banks almost always win. And this is what many people are up against when choosing fixed mortgage rates. Banks make money from the interest rates they charge and they are unlikely to consistently offer fixed-rate home loans that will weaken their profits. Research has found that…
  • Being young is not for being sensible
    I scored a massive discount on my home loan by showing the bank what-for and scaring them into shaving five years off my repayments. Actually, I just rang them up and said I was considering … Way too silly for the giant responsibility of home ownership. And that’s why I think we should stop freaking out…
  • Postcodes: Cook, 2614
    Established in the late 1960s, Cook is a hidden gem of Canberras north side. Its one of the territorys smaller suburbs, with a population of 2800 recorded at the last census.
    An abundantly green suburb, its unassuming in nature and offers residents a quiet yet pleasant lifestyle. Cook borders Macquarie and Aranda.
    The suburbs namesakes are Captain James Cook and Australias sixth prime minister, Sir Joseph Cook. Its streets are also named…