Top Stories in Australian Home Ownership March 6, 2018

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

  • Banking royal commission: National Australia Bank probing its mortgage introducer program
    National Australia Bank has started further disciplinary investigations into its mortgage introducer program that is set to be examined by the financial services royal commission, according to the Finance Sector Union. The FSU yesterday applied to represent members before the royal commission in…
  • Melbourne 'exporting affordability problems here' says Grattan report
    Report author Brendan Coates said the rate of home ownership was falling, particularly for younger people of which about 22 per cent of people aged … Institute said building 50,000 new homes a year for the next decade could lower house prices 5 to 20 per cent than they would otherwise be in 2028.
  • Coalition failing to capitalise on concern over house prices
    HOME ownership is at the heart and soul of Sir Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People speech. Its health determines the health of society as a whole, he argued. And yet at the national level, at least, the party Menzies founded appears today to have forgotten the resonance home ownership has in the…
  • Falling bank returns don't indicate competitiveness: Productivity Commission
    … independent capital to the small banks,” he said. He backed the PC’s recommendations that mortgage risk weights become more sensitive to actual risks, and for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to be more accountable for anti-competitive impacts of its so-called macroprudential policies.
  • How to style your home for sale: Eight staging tips to prepare your property
    Youve decided to sell your place and now youre ready to throw yourself into fix-up mode to get it ready for market.
    Here are eight home-staging tricks you can use to get your house looking sharp although they might make it look so good you no longer want to.
    1. Real plants in every room
    Even in the toilet, says Kate Alexander interior stylist and home stager of
  • Rental markets in Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong crunched as first-home buyers snap up stock
    Cashed-up first-home buyers are causing headaches for renters in Victorias largest regional cities.
    With median house prices in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo well below $600,000 the cut-off for state governmentsstamp duty concessions buyers are taking advantage, and leaving renters struggling for options.
    Vacancy rates have plummeted with all three cities having substantial drops in available rentals in the past two years, according …
  • Apartment approvals rise 42%
    Total dwelling approvals increase by more than 17% after falling by 20%, ABS data shows