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Retirement Planning

Retirement: will you be able to pay off your mortgage

According to new research from MLC, paying off the mortgage is the new Australian dream, with almost 80 per cent of Australians placing outright home ownership as their most important priority.

Finance News

Mortgages over 50 not so easy to secure

Whether you’re downsizing, starting out on your own again or simply moving to a new home, you may find that getting a mortgage over the age of 50 isn’t so easy.

Finance News

Locking in low interest rates

If you're still paying off a mortgage, the low interest rates are good news, but is it worth looking to fix your rate?

Banking & Investment

Big banks delay rate cuts

Two of Australia’s biggest banks are expected to profit $68 million by not passing on the rate cut to customers until 17 days after the Reserve Bank decision.

Banking & Investment

How to get the best bank deal

Even if you only have a few years left to pay out a mortgage or personal loan, switching lenders can save you a considerable amount of money. So, how do you get the best deal?

Mortgage & home Loans

Can I use super to pay my mortgage?

YOURLifeChoices member Tony is trying to reduce his debt by paying off some of his mortgage with funds from his super. Craig Hall of NICRI advises if this is possible.

Bank customers make the switch

In last year’s December quarter, more than 50,000 home-owners refinanced their mortgages with other banks, totalling $12.6 billion of mortgage business. This increase in switching was led by customers looking for a better deal.

Spending the inheritance

In the recently released Apia Life begins at 50 report, 70% of baby boomer respondents said they would rather spend their money on enjoying their retirement than leave it behind as inheritance.

Property

Can you get stamp duty concessions?

There were some questions raised following our article on the new stamp duty concession rates granted to pensioners in Victoria who buy a new home.

Mortgage & home Loans

When a reverse mortgage is the right choice

The National Information Centre on Retirement Investments Inc (NICRI) receives many requests for information or advice on whether an equity release product is the right choice when looking to access funds. NICRI is an Australian Government-funded, independent consumer agency providing information to the general public on investment products.

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