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Mark Bristow

Personal Finance Editor

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Mark Bristow is RateCity's Home & Personal Finances Editor, and an experienced analyst, researcher, and producer. Focused primarily on Australian mortgage and home loan expertise, he has been a journalist and writer in the financial space for over ten years, previously researching and writing commercial real estate at CoreLogic. In the years since, Mark has worked for the Winning Group, Expedia, and has seen articles published at Lifehacker and Business Insider.

960 articles written by Mark Bristow

Home Loans

Cashback home loan deals in March 2024

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the national cash rate on hold at its March 2024 meeting. The number of cashbacks available to refinancers and first home buyers to compare also remained relatively steady this month.

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20 Mar, 2024 -

5 min read

Home Loans

Some of the top-rated home loans in March 2024

Whether you’re buying a property or refinancing a mortgage, if you want to get a better interest rate, you may need to actively go hunting rather than waiting for a deal to fall into your lap. Comparing some of the top-rated home loans on RateCity’s database can help make your search a little simpler, as you can see which loans are offering more value and may better suit your needs.

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Mark Bristow -

19 Mar, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Loans

What is Lender's Mortgage Insurance?

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is an insurance policy that protects your lender if you default on your mortgage. The cost of LMI can be significant, and may affect your home loan budget when buying a property or refinancing a mortgage.

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Mark Bristow -

18 Mar, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Loans

How do you avoid Lender's Mortgage Insurance?

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) can make a big impact on your mortgage budget if you plan to borrow with a low deposit. Whilethere are several options available to avoid LMI, some may better suit some borrowers more than others.

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Mark Bristow -

18 Mar, 2024 -

6 min read

Personal Loans

Can I get a personal loan to pay for my wedding?

It’s no secret that tying the knot can be an expensive proposition, with the W-word often being associated with higher than typical prices for many products and services. While you might be wedded to getting a personal loan to pay for it, it’s important to be aware of the risks involved before saying I Do to a bank or lender.

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Mark Bristow -

15 Mar, 2024 -

5 min read

Term Deposits

Some of the top-rated term deposits in March 2024

Could a term deposit help to safeguard part of your wealth from uncertainty? Selecting the best solutions to protect your assets and grow your investments isn’t always easy, but there are a range of options to consider.

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Mark Bristow -

15 Mar, 2024 -

4 min read

Savings Accounts

Some of the top-rated savings accounts in March 2024

How big a difference does your savings account interest rate really make? You may be surprised by the effect that a high-rate savings account could have on your wealth, depending on your saving strategy. Just make sure that the account you choose is one that suits your needs and can help you reach your goals.

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Mark Bristow -

15 Mar, 2024 -

3 min read

Car Loans

Some of the top-rated car loans in March 2024

Records were made to be broken, at least when it comes to Australians buying cars. As car purchasing accelerates, it’s important for buyers to carefully consider their finance options before committing.

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Mark Bristow -

13 Mar, 2024 -

3 min read

Personal Loans

Some of the top-rated personal loans in March 2024

Data shows Australians are increasingly looking to personal loans to secure finance. However, before committing to a personal loan, it’s important to compare the available options and consider your needs to make sure you’re selecting a loan that offers the most value for your needs.

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Mark Bristow -

13 Mar, 2024 -

3 min read

Home Loans

What to expect from the RBA meeting in March 2024

According to many economists, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is unlikely to change the national cash rate at its upcoming meeting on 18 and 19 March 2024. The real question is whether recent economic updates could affect when the RBA is likely to announce its first rate cut.

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Mark Bristow -

12 Mar, 2024 -

5 min read