Westpac dumped from First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

In what is turning out to be a very bad week for the bank, Westpac has allegedly been axed as the second major lender for the governments’ First Home Loan Deposit Scheme over reputational risk concerns.

How to negotiate a lower price on a property

Buying a home is probably the biggest single purchase you’ll ever make in your life, unless you’re buying a mega yacht or two. So is it worth trying to haggle a better price on a home? How do you know what the right price to offer on a property is?

Fewer first home buyers as property prices recover

For the first time this year, the monthly number of new loans to first home buyers has fallen, perhaps reigniting housing affordability concerns as property prices rebound.

How to get a home loan on a single income

Being single can certainly have its challenges. There’s disastrous first dates, ghosting, and the clusterf*ck that is Tinder and Bumble. But that’s all small fry compared to getting a home loan when you’re flying solo.

Houses versus apartments versus townhouses: What type of property should you buy?

Do you dream of a house on a mythical quarter-acre block complete with a Hills Hoist? Maybe you’re keen on the cosmopolitan lifestyle with bars, cafes and restaurants on your doorstep. Or perhaps you just like the idea of having a gym and a pool in the building while being on top of the busway and right next to Aldi.

How I lost 30kg while saving for and buying a home

When I put down my deposit on an apartment at Sydney Olympic Park two years ago, it was a step towards owning my very first home. What I hadn’t counted on was that gaining a home would lead to me losing nearly 30kg.

How to get a home loan for an apartment

Most people dream of buying their own home one day on a big block of land. But as property prices and the demand for inner-city housing rise, more people are choosing the apartment life, which raises the question: is it harder to get a mortgage for an apartment than a house?