Do not get “snowed under” this Christmas

Its hard to believe but we are only weeks away from Christmas. The “Silly Season” that all too often finds unprepared revelers deep in debt at the commencement of the new year. If you are one of these people who leaves Christmas shopping to the last minute and buys presents “emotionally” rather than “financially” – this article is …

Home Loan approvals down

Data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests despite increased competition in the home loan sector and the supposed war between the big 4 over your mortgage – home loan approvals have dropped away. The number of loans approved towards purchase or construction of houses and apartments fell for the first time in seven …

Aussies on a spending spree

AUSTRALIANS are hitting gyms, golf courses and sports courts in record numbers to sweat off the financial crisis. Others have invested in boats, bikes, caravans and fishing and camping as lavish holidays and hotels were ditched for down-to-earth pursuits. The obsession with health flowed on to chemist counters and medical clinics as workers fearful of …

Strong Auction Clearance Rates

Most Australian capital cities have demonstrated strong  auction clearances in recent weeks. There were 469 properties listed for auction in Sydney on the weekend, with 75 per cent selling on the day. Those results were significantly better than last week, when 73 per cent of 348 properties sold. On the same weekend last year 62 …