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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

How to get a home loan: a step-by-step guide to applying for a home loan

Getting your first home loan doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. With just a little preparation, you can confidently calculate how much you can afford to borrow, what support you may be able to get, and how to make an application that’s more likely to be approved by the bank.

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29 Feb, 2024 -

11 min read

NBN Plans

Modem vs router: What is the difference?

Learn the difference between a modem and a router for home internet and find out which one is right for you in our RateCity guide.

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Mark Bristow -

28 Feb, 2024 -

2 min read

Credit Score

How fast can you fix a credit score, and how do you do it?

Having bad credit may make applying for loans and credit cards feel impossible. But it is possible to recover from a bad credit score, though the length of time it will take may vary. Checking your credit report is often a good start, as is demonstrating your financial responsibility.

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Mark Bristow -

28 Feb, 2024 -

4 min read

NBN Plans

The NBN connection box explained

Learn more with this RateCity guide to your NBN connection box, including location, installation and troubleshooting.

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Mark Bristow -

27 Feb, 2024 -

3 min read

NBN Plans

What is a good internet speed?

What is a good internet speed? Compare internet speeds to find the best speed tier for your needs with this RateCity guide.

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Mark Bristow -

27 Feb, 2024 -

5 min read

Superannuation

Employer gender pay gaps released: How can you save your super?

Gender pay gaps for nearly 5000 Australian private sector employers have been published for the first time. Whatever their industry or employer, Australian women may be able to take steps to manage the effect of the gender pay gap on their personal finances, from their savings to their superannuation.

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Mark Bristow -

27 Feb, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Insurance

Motor burnout insurance: what you need to know

It may not be the first household problem that comes to mind, but motor burnout can be an annoying and potentially costly inconvenience - especially if your air conditioner breaks down right in the middle of summer. Fortunately, many home insurance policies include motor burnout insurance coverage for this specific situation.

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Mark Bristow -

26 Feb, 2024 -

3 min read

Home Insurance

New home insurance - what do you need to know?

Purchasing a new home is exciting, but can also be a busy time. One of the most important things you’ll need to do after purchasing a property is to organise insurance.

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Mark Bristow -

22 Feb, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Insurance

What types of home insurance are there?

Home and contents insurance are often mentioned in the same breath, and many insurance providers sell them as a package deal, but they are two different types of insurance that cover two different things. Whether you’re an owner occupier, a tenant or an investor, it’s important to know you’re covered with the right kind of home insurance - in fact, having insurance may be a requirement of your mortgage.

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Mark Bristow -

22 Feb, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Loans

ANZ and Suncorp Bank merger back on – what does this mean for refinancing?

The merger between ANZ and the banking arm of Suncorp is set to proceed, with a previous block from the competition watchdog being overturned. But what does this mean for Australian mortgage holders? 

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Mark Bristow -

22 Feb, 2024 -

3 min read