Top Stories in Australian Home Ownership December 12, 2016

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

  • Taking the plunge: What goes into designing the perfect pool
    With summer on our doorsteps, the thought of jumping into a swimming pool beckons. While as tantalising as this seems, the reality is that swimming pools are often used for a relatively short period of the year.Therefore, designing a poolthat does more than simply cool you off, requires skill. A swimming pool should feel integrated into the architecture rather than being treated as an afterthought, says architect Emma Tulloch, a director of Nixon…
  • Buying a home a worthwhile challenge
    Saving for a deposit and home loan affordability were also named by Victorians in Westpac’s 2016 Home Ownership report as the most challenging…
  • Property advisory and buyer's agency launches new in-house mortgage brokerage
    This year has seen many changes to the Australian real estate and property investment sectors, especially with interest rates hitting record lows.
  • Property market: lending rate hike adds to squeeze
    … be repeated next year, further dampening demand among property investors … At the same time mid-tier lender Bendigo and Adelaide Bank hiked variable mortgage rates for both owner-occupiers and investors. … on the recent pick-up in house prices from having strengthened recently to rising…
  • Speedy rate hikes protect bank margins
    … the time it took lenders to cut home loan rates four months ago, another way … Suncorp’s 0.15 percentage point rate hike for property investors will take … is the only major lender that did not hike variable mortgage rates last week.