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Can you use your super to save for a home?

Aug. 23, 2018 — Melanie Hearse

The First Home Super Saver Scheme is supposed to make home ownership happen quicker for some, but it isn't right for everyone.

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Australia's rental crisis worsens, report finds

May 2, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

The country's lowest earners are being locked out of the rental market in capital cities.

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Vendor finance and rent-to-buy schemes

April 5, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Think twice (or thrice) before signing up to these dodgy deals.

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Hidden bank discounts could save home owners $3800

March 16, 2018 — Tony Ibrahim

It's tough finding the best deal when you're not told about mortgage discounts.

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After overcharging on 966 mortgages, NAB issues $1.7m in refunds

Dec. 20, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Comes after the bank fired 20 brokers and docked the pay of another 32.

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NAB fires 20 bankers over 2300 cases of loan fraud

Nov. 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Two years on and the bank is ready to remedy affected customers.

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Mortgage brokers rewarded for preying on the vulnerable: consumer groups

July 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Broker commissions are said to conflict with the best interest of customers.

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Tenancy databases and screening

June 27, 2017 — Jemma Castle

Many tenants are fearful of being blacklisted, but how likely is it?

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Utility connection services

May 25, 2017 — Jemma Castle

Who really owns the service they're recommending?

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Mortgage broker commissions average $4600 a loan, report finds

May 19, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Commissions paid to brokers grew by $900m in three years

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Property valuations and price estimates

May 3, 2017 — Jemma Castle

Figuring out how much your house is worth is no easy feat.

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Hot property

April 10, 2017 — Kate Browne

From owner to tenant: What happens when real estate agents value your home more than you?

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Audit of real estate agents finds 20% are not compliant

April 5, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Fair trading slaps 60 agents with fines

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Crackdown on interest-only lending: ASIC

April 4, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Eight banks to offer struggling homeowners remedies.

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Mortgage broker myths debunked in ASIC investigation

March 17, 2017 — Tony Ibrahim

Report finds you'll get no better interest rates than through a bank, but you'll borrow more and be exposed to more risk.

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