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By Dave Fleming : 20 March, 2019

mortgage broker castle hillWhat a roller coaster month it’s been for the mortgage brokering industry and our customers. The good news for the both of us is that our service to you will stay exactly the same moving forward, no matter who wins government come May.

The people have spoken and both the government and opposition have listened.

Both sides of the political spectrum have agreed not to change the mortgage broker remuneration model to a user-pays system moving forward.

That’s great news for consumers, who would have had to fork out thousands of extra dollars each time they took out a loan through a mortgage broker.

It’s also great news for us.

The Royal Commission report didn’t exactly paint our industry in a positive light, which was more than a touch unfair considering that less than 1% of consumer credit complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service have been about mortgage brokers.

Without getting into the politics and policy details of it all, both the Coalition and Labor have agreed to continue with a commission-based structure.

Now, both parties have different viewpoints on how commissions should work moving forward, but the long and short of it is that both proposed policies will ensure it’ll be business as usual for the both of us moving forward.

So, from the bottom of our hearts we’d like to say thank you.

We’ve been completely overwhelmed by all the messages of support we’ve received, as well as all the emails and petition signatures that were sent to local MP’s protesting against the proposed changes.

And it definitely has made a difference!

In fact, it’s the only recommendation from the Royal Commission that both parties have ruled out implementing.

Rest assured that no matter what, our first priority will always be you: our customer.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

By Dave Fleming : 20 March, 2019

mortgage broker kellyvilleIt’s no secret that Australians love to travel. The thing is, we also love to own our own home. Can you do both? It turns out most people can!

There’s this myth that once you take out a mortgage you’re locked down in Australia for good. Or at least for the foreseeable future.

It’s no doubt a major deterrent for young people embarking on home ownership.

But it turns out that’s simply not true: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Research just out from InsureandGo shows most people (55%) go on at least one overseas holiday within three years of buying their home.

More interesting still, 21% of home owners travel overseas within their first year of buying a home, and 39% within two years.

Then there’s the 10% who are super keen to scratch that travel bug itch and go jet-setting within six months of buying a home.

How do they make it work?

Cheap airfares are a good start.

Nowadays you can get ahead of the pack and receive free email notifications when a jaw-dropping deal is going through services such as I Know the Pilot and Scott’s Cheap Flights.

They’ll send you an email alert when they’ve found a cheap airfare that matches any airports you’d like to depart from and arrive at.

Don’t forget to see Australia!

Rest assured that if the budget is tight, there’s always Australia to explore.

We take it for granted sometimes, but don’t forget that 8.8 million people travel from all across the world to visit our beautiful country each year.

The first few years of your mortgage may serve as the perfect chance to join them in exploring our vast continent.

In fact, that’s exactly what half of all new home owners do within the first year of taking out a mortgage, according to the InsureandGo report.

You don’t have to fly across the country and fork out hundreds of dollars, either. Every state has its own beautiful coastline and national parks, many of which are situated near affordable campgrounds.

Final word

Becoming a house-owner these days doesn’t mean you have to become house-bound.

Sure, meeting your mortgage repayments will always come first. But it’s also important to give yourself and your family a much needed holiday every now and then.

By combining clever budgeting, smart saving, good deals, and a dose of discipline, you don’t have to sacrifice travel for home ownership.

To find out more about budgeting with a mortgage, get in touch. We’d love to help out.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

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By Dave Fleming : 20 March, 2019

Higher interest rates, increasemortgage broker sydneyHigher interest rates, increased fees, less flexibility and fewer options. That’s how borrowers will lose out if the banking Royal Commission’s recommendations around how mortgage brokers are paid are implemented. Here’s how you can have your say!

You may have seen in the news that the banking Royal Commission recently recommended that the cost of using a mortgage broker should be transferred from the banks to the customers.

Now, first things first: it’s business as usual for us.

We’re here to help you and will always do so with your best interests at heart.

However, it’s important to note that if these recommendations are adopted, it would cost customers using a mortgage brokers thousands of extra dollars up-front when buying a home.

On top of this, the imposition of a blanket ban on commissions (starting with the removal of trail commissions from 2020) would significantly lower broker remuneration, kill competition, and drive up the cost of borrowing for millions of Australians.

Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) CEO Mike Felton explains: “The recommendations on brokers represent a massive win for the big banks. The Royal Commission was set up to protect (consumers) from big bank power but has simply entrenched it further”.

“How mortgage brokers can be front and centre of the recommendations is inexplicable. A massive new bank fee added to the cost of buying a home cannot be a good outcome for Australians.”

The stats

Reviews by ASIC and the Productivity Commission have found that brokers drive competition by providing a shopfront for smaller lenders.

In fact, mortgage brokers now originate 59.1% of all mortgages in Australia, and more than half a million home buyers use a broker each year.

“I fail to see how decimating the broker channel, leaving Australians with a handful of lenders to choose from, is good for competition, or good for customers,” adds Mr Felton.

Additionally, over the past three decades brokers have contributed to the fall in net interest margin for banks of over 3% points, according to Deloitte. This saves you $300,000 on a $500,000 30-year home loan (based on an interest rate fall from 7% to 4% pa).

Here are some other interesting stats from the Deloitte Access Economics report and independent research released last month from a survey of 5,800 Australian broker and bank customers:

– 58% of Australian consumers who intend to use a mortgage broker in future would be unwilling to pay a broker fee of any nature.

– Only 3.5% of consumers would be willing to pay a fee of $2,000 or more.

– A mortgage broker earns on average $86,417 before tax.

As the stats indicate, most mortgage brokers are small businesses that would be crippled by the proposed changes – and it would only be the big banks that profited!

How you can help us to continue to support you

Right now there’s an industry-wide grassroots campaign running for everyday Australians to send a message to the government that they don’t want mortgage broking fees transferred onto them.

Here’s what you can do in four easy steps:

1. Take action with your local politician: Contact your Federal MP and let them know how you feel by visiting this site. It takes just a couple of minutes as there’s a pre-populated letter already filled out for you (you can edit it as well).

2. Get others involved: Talk to your family, friends and your customers and ask them to go to the site and contact their Federal MP as well.

3. Sign and share the petition: There is also a petition available at www.brokerbehindyou.com.au – please sign and share the petition to ensure policy makers understand the weight of support behind the channel.

4. Share the campaign: Additional campaign advertising collateral will be made available on the website for you to share and promote on your social media platforms daily over the next few weeks and beyond.

If you’d like any further information on this issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to discuss it with you!

Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

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By Dave Fleming : 20 March, 2019

Interested in a cool $150? Update your Medicare account detailsmortgage broker

Medicare customers are being urged to update their bank account details to see if they’re entitled to a share of more than $110 million in unclaimed rebates. Here’s how to do so online in a few minutes.

And no, this is not one of those pesky scams doing the rounds! But we’ll touch upon that later.

The government released an interesting stat this week: almost 670,000 people have not provided Medicare with their bank details, which has resulted in more than $110 million in unclaimed rebates.

As such, the average amount owed to each individual is about $150 – a decent injection that could help you pay off your mortgage, an upcoming bill, or a nice Valentine’s Day dinner!

Some people are missing out on far more – and often they’re the people who need it most – if they are regular visitors to their doctor or have had treatment for a serious medical condition. So make sure you let your friends and loved ones know too.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt put out a statement this week encouraging residents to update their bank account details so they could start receiving their cash rebates.

“It only takes a couple of minutes, and the easiest way to update your details is by using one of the Australian Government’s digital channels, such as the Medicare Express Plus app, or through your myGov account,” he says.

Is that it?

Yup, that’s it.

Once you’ve logged into your account and updated your details Mr Hunt says Medicare will take care of the rest.

“The money you’re owed will be deposited in your account in a matter of days,” he explains.

“My advice is to set aside a couple of minutes, to do what is a really simple task that will ensure you receive what you are entitled to quickly and easily.”

Be wary of scammers!

It’s not lost on us that this sounds like a scam. And guess what? There are actually scammers out there trying to take advantage of this rebate payment by getting in touch with people directly over the phone, via SMS, or email.

The scammers are posing as Medicare representatives and contacting people asking for their bank account details, so you need to remain vigilant.

To avoid falling victim: don’t click on any links in emails or texts as they may take you to a fake website. Instead, go directly to www.my.gov.au to update your account.

“As recently as late last year, scammers were actively targeting people through SMS messages, that urged them to click on a hyperlink to claim their outstanding Medicare rebates,” says Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation Michael Keenan.

“While the department does call, SMS, or email people, it never includes hyperlinks in emails or text messages.”

For more information on how to set up a Medicare online account, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/medicareonline

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Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

By Dave Fleming : 20 March, 2019

Property buyers are increasingly
turning to mortgage brokers

marketing graph showing the increased popularity of mortgage brokers with property purchasersExcuse the humble brag, but property buyers are turning to mortgage brokers in record numbers. Here’s why that’s great news for the both of us.

Ok, ok, sure, we know we’re beating our own drum a little here.

But there’s a good reason why, we promise.

Firstly, it’s fantastic to see that at a time when the royal commission is dominating headlines and consumer confidence in the big banks is tanking, our industry is proving worthy of people’s trust.

During the September 2018 quarter, mortgage brokers settled an unprecedented 59.1% of all residential home loans.

That’s up from 53.6% in 2016 and 55.7 per cent in 2017 over the same period.

MFAA CEO Mike Felton points out that the result reflects not only the trust and confidence customers have in their mortgage broker, but the systemic importance of the mortgage broking industry.

“As banks have persisted in making it more difficult to secure a loan, turning many would-be borrowers away, consumers have continued to increasingly utilise the broker channel for experience, expertise and greater market choice to secure access to credit,” Mr Felton says.

Take that, banks

The figures emerge as the big banks continually try to curb the effectiveness of mortgage brokers. And it doesn’t take Einstein to figure out why: mortgage brokers promote a more competitive lending market at their expense.

According to Deloitte Access Economics, over the past three decades brokers have contributed to the fall in net interest margin for banks of over 3% points. This saves you $300,000 on a $500,000 30-year home loan (based on an interest rate fall from 7% to 4% pa).

Furthermore, on average, mortgage brokers have 34 lenders on their panel, and 28% of the time arrange residential loans through lenders other than the big four banks.

“In addition to providing customers access to a panel of 34 lenders on average, brokers are ideally positioned to help customers, especially those with more complex lending scenarios, to understand the ever-evolving application process and provide the information necessary to meet changing lender requirements,” adds Mr Felton.

Current model under threat

There’s been a recent push by at least one of the big four banks to make the customers pay for the services of a mortgage broker. If they had their way, that would be an industry-wide standard.

However, news that more and more customers are flocking to mortgage brokers under the current system will hopefully help us both out in the long run.

Better yet, a recent report shows that 9 out of 10 customers are satisfied with the services provided by mortgage brokers, so we sincerely thank you for your support.

Got a minute help us out a little more?

Besides continuing to use our services, and recommending us to family and friends, another way you can support us is by contacting your local MP to let them know you’re happy with the mortgage broking service we’re currently providing.

By letting your local Federal Member of Parliament know this you can help prevent the cost of our future services being transferred from the bank over to you – and you’ll also be showing your support for us.

If you’d like any more information on this issue don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to speak to you more about it.

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Disclaimer: The content of this article is general in nature and is presented for informative purposes. It is not intended to constitute financial advice, whether general or personal nor is it intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. It does not take into consideration your personal situation and may not be relevant to circumstances. Before taking any action, consider your own particular circumstances and seek professional advice. This content is protected by copyright laws and various other intellectual property laws. It is not to be modified, reproduced or republished without prior written consent.

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