The Five Step Savings Plan for First Home Buyers

Getting into the property market and buying your first home can seem like an impossible task to many. Saving the deposit seems like a big ask, then you need to consider Stamp Duty and other purchase costs that just require even more savings!

Getting the deposit together takes discipline, but the rewards are great if you can manage your money effectively.

So what are the steps a future first home buyers should be doing to achieve their goal?

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Investment Loans – Banks tighten loan criteria

In mid 2015 we highlighted through this Blog that Banks were tightening credit policy in regards to investment lending and that had resulted in tightening of lending criteria.

This was initially due to communications from APRA to all Approved Deposit-taking Institutions (ADI’s) about expectations of a range of measures to reinforce sound residential mortgage lending practices.   An ADI is basically a bank, credit union or building society.  APRA’s expectation was that ADI’s maintain growth in investment lending portfolios to below 10%. Those communications quickly lead to Bank’s: Continue reading Investment Loans – Banks tighten loan criteria